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Name – Peter Hudson
Party – Conservatives
Ward – Heath
Twitter – @PeterMHudson1
How can people get in touch with you? –
Tell us about yourself
Married to the local councillor, Lyn Hudson, I am standing this time alongside her having supported her in her work since her first election in 2008. The third candidate standing with us is an experienced ex-councillor for Heath, Michelle Michaelis.
I have been heavily involved in the charity sector and volunteered for many fundraisers, and collections plusorganised charity events.
I have been in business all my life, starting with a shop in City Road which dealt with auto-electrical towing and marine equipment
When I was in my early fifties, I obtained my degree as a mature student in Computer & IT.
Throughout most of my business life, I trained and providedplacements for vulnerable people to develop their potential something which gave me great satisfaction.
A Governor for Birchgrove Primary School for about 6 years I have also been involved in fundraising for the school and think education is essential to help our children achieve their potential.
I have always been involved in the community of Heath where I have lived for many years, and have opposed unneighbourly developments in the ward.
In my private life I have rescued many dogs, including great danes which are sometimes difficult to re-home. I even took one dog to work with me and she proved to be a fantastic companion and an asset to the business.
I have a great love of the area and regularly walk our current dog in Heath Park which is at the heart of Heath.
What are the biggest issues in your ward?
It has to be that the parking and the lack of it, combined with the fact that we have one of the biggest teaching hospitals in Wales on our doorstep, has made this an ongoing issue.
The state of the roads, many of which need resurfacing, plusthe dismal change to Caerphilly Road is a problem that is worrying many residents including myself.
The ongoing closure of Wedal Road is an issue as it is the only tip north of the city and the length of the journey times to the other tip in Lamby Way has been woefully underestimated.
The amount of shops closing in Caerphilly Road shopping area, and the uncompleted regeneration scheme which has cost millions of pounds, despite being told it would bring enhanced business to the area.
What’s your favourite place in Cardiff and why?
The community of Birchgrove and Heath, and I include the Birchgrove Pub and Birchgrove School which is where I feel they are the hub of the ward and which contribute each in its own way to a fantastic atmosphere.
What do you think should be done to improve engagement in politics?
Talking to people and more importantly listening to them. We do so much by modern methods that sometimes the personal touch is overlooked and we need to meet with people who are hard to reach by modern methods.
What’s your favourite film?
If You’re Elected
What will you do to improve your ward?
Hopefully find a solution to the parking problem and Caerphilly Road congestion.
Also the waste collection of green bins in the autumn when leaves fall in certain areas such as Heathwood Road where in December there is needed an extra green bin collection not less.
How will you communicate with residents in your ward?
Via social media, face to face surgeries, PACT meetings in revolving locations and as required, holding meetings to discuss events in the ward.
What issues that affect the whole city would you like to get involved in?
The bus station, the Sophia Gardens long distance bus terminus and unblocking the north to south routes of the city.
What would you change about Cardiff and why?
This unprecedented high-rise student accommodation, which could be the slums of the future.
Better transport and parking when we hold prestigious events in the city.
Any final comments?
I feel that at this time in my life, I am experienced, qualified and in the right frame of mind to carry out the duties of councillor.