Category: Local Elections

Mia Rees – Welsh Conservative Party

We asked all the candidates to provide a candidate statement of up to 750 words, which should include some background about them and why they’re standing.

Mia Rees

Welsh Conservative Party

@MiaReesWales

I am 29, and live in Kenfig Road, in the south of the ward, with my husband and dog. For my day job I work for a charity which supports young people into education, training and employment which has developed my interest in youth and housing policy. Over the summer I have been working with the Whitchurch and Tongwynlais Councillor Team and have been out speaking to residents about the issues that matter to them. In my spare time I’m a keen cyclist and mountain biker.

I am standing because I care about Whitchurch and Tongwynlais. I have seen first hand the positive impact that good Councillors can have and unfortunately the negative effect of lazy or disinterested Councillors. I love where I live and I want to be part of making it even better. Most of the issues which frustrate residents can be improved and I’m determined to make that happen. 

The main areas I will focus on include:

  • Tackling parking issues and traffic concerns – including inappropriate parking by non residents and illegal pavement parking
  • Bringing pride to the community – by protecting our green spaces and tacking litter issues 
  • Addressing crime and anti-social behaviour – making sure our streets are safe and welcoming for all residents

Marc Palmer – Welsh Labour

We asked all the candidates to provide a candidate statement of up to 750 words, which should include some background about them and why they’re standing.

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Marc Palmer

Welsh Labour

@MarcPalmer75

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My name is Marc Palmer and I am the Welsh Labour Candidate in the forthcoming Whitchurch and Tongwynlais by election. I live at home with my wife and two boys.

I have deep roots in the area as I grew up in Whitchurch and attended Whitchurch High School and lived there for 30 years. Most of my family and friends still live in the village and it’s a place very close to my heart. For almost ten years now I have been running my own business in Tongwynlais.

I am passionate about this community and am a strong believer in giving something back. I can often be seen initiating and taking part in litter picks, planting flowers, building paths and installing benches to improve the community. I now want to make more of a difference and have more influence in shaping the community in which we live and the services from which we benefit.

I’m a Trustee and active member of AWEN (Arts, Whitchurch, Eglwys Newydd) a group formed to support and bring events to Whitchurch Library. Our events are well attended, especially by local children. I’m also a committee member of AFC Whitchurch. A club that has over 400 children, a senior and youth team and a walking football team registered.

This is a great area in which to live and bring up a family but I believe we can make it even better. I would like the opportunity to take your ideas forward and shape the future of our local community and Cardiff as a whole.

If you would like to get in touch, please contact me @marcPalmer75. I would be happy to have a chat and answer any questions you may have. You can also find more information about my community involvement over the years on my Facebook page: Marc Palmer – Whitchurch and Tongwynlais Community News.

My plans

Cleaner Air and Safer Streets

Campaign for cleaner air, active travel (walking and cycling) and a 20mph speed limit in residential areas of Whitchurch and Tongwynlais. This will enable people to feel happier if they’re able to walk along the streets with 20mph limits in place and parents will feel much happier in enabling their young people to play outside.

Community Investment

Fight for future investment into the Whitchurch Well-Being Hub/Library to be refurbished and the service expanded to services for older people to address isolation and loneliness.

Supporting Local Business

Lead on supporting local business to keep our high streets vibrant. I’m involved with the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers to save the High Street. I am also working with independent traders across both Villages to jointly promote their businesses through my Small Business Saturday event which can be found on Facebook @Small Business Saturday – Whitchurch and Tongwynlais.

Road Maintenance

Secure vital road maintenance to roads and potholes in Whitchurch and Tongwynlais.

Affordable Housing

  • Work with Welsh Labour Cardiff Council to roll our new affordable housing across the city.
  • Plan to deliver 2000 new council homes and at least 1000 by 2022.
  • We are on site in 10 locations which will deliver 195 Council Homes 28 Assisted Home Ownership and 68 Homes for sale, of which 66 Council properties have been handed over and 68 open market sales completed.
  • Planning permission granted for a further 4 sites delivering 366 new homes 112 council, of which 44 will be care ready for older people. Out to Consultation on a further 11 sites delivering around 500 homes.

We live in a great part of the City, a City which is widely regarded as one of the best places to live in the UK. If selected, I will work tirelessly for the ward and its constituents. It will be an honour and a privilege to be elected as a Labour representative and to serve our local community and the City of Cardiff.

David Griffin – The Green Party

We asked all the candidates to provide a candidate statement of up to 750 words, which should include some background about them and why they’re standing.

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David Griffin

The Green Party

@cardiffgreens

I’ve lived in Whitchurch for 12 years and have 3 children who are at or have recently graduated from the local school. By day, I’m an engineer with a broad focus including energy related technologies, food production, and waste reduction.

I was a school governor at Eglwys Wen (later Whitchurch Primary) school through the period of the schools reorganisation programme, and I now sit on the committee of the City of Cardiff (Melin Griffith) Brass Band (who rehearse in Tongwynlais).

I’m a keen cyclist (and member of Sustrans) and a dog walker, so naturally I feel very lucky to live in a beautiful green city like Cardiff.

I was first attracted to the Green Party by their environmental platform but soon found that their policies match my views across the board, including issues of equality, social justice, education, and economic development. On every major issue, from the Iraq War through austerity to Brexit, the Green Party has made the right call from the start.

In 30 years of engineering I’ve learnt that the most important step in dealing with any issue is to have a clear and honest understanding of the problem first. It’s more important now than ever that our elected representatives tell us the truth, whether it’s about the severity of the climate crisis, who stands to lose or gain from a no-deal brexit, or where the money goes when we privatise essential public services. If we’re not told the whole truth, then we’re not fully informed, and we’re no longer living in a democracy. Soundbites are no substitute for the whole truth.

I’m standing in this by election because the most important issue by far facing us (and threatening our children’s future) is the climate crisis, and it is not being taken seriously enough by our government (or our media). The Welsh Assembly declared a climate emergency but we have yet to see tangible changes to our day to day world as a result of it.

The health of our planet should be considered in every decision, whether it be global, national or at local government level. And that will rely on awareness being raised whenever policy is being made.

Students from Whitchurch and the rest of Cardiff have repeatedly marched on the Senedd, demanding that the national curriculum is reformed to address the ecological crisis as an educational priority. They shouldn’t have to do that.

The UK Committee on Climate Change report released in May recommended a 20% decrease in meat consumption and an increase in the consumption of plant-based proteins. Based on this, the Soil Association sensibly recommended that all state schools in England should offer pupils a compulsory plant-based menu one day a week. I would like to see the Welsh Government adopt a similar approach, not just for schools but in catering provision in all public buildings.

Transport plays a huge role in our environmental impact. We and our kids should be able to get around safely without needing to be driven in cars all the time. Less cars on the school run can reduce congestion across the board.

But as well as adequate buses, we require safe routes for cycling that don’t force the cyclist to run the gauntlet of deep potholes, broken glass or puddles reaching halfway across the road. Road resurfacing priorities shouldn’t only revolve around the main routes that cars use.

Another proven way to keep children safer while cycling and walking to school is to reduce speed limits to 20mph along their daily route. 69% of respondents to the British Social Attitude Survey (2016) were favour of 20mph in residential areas.

The negative effects on motorists’ journey times (generally dominated by junction delays) are small.

On the other hand, needless congestion really does slow people down. I’d push for double yellow lines on the park side of Velindre Road to put a stop to the unnecessary daily gridlock and queuing onto the Library roundabout that holds up cars and buses alike. 

More active travel improves public health and wellbeing. I’ll be supporting the #cycleonthesenedd event on 2nd October.

I believe the main parties are well represented on the council already and it’s time for some different local voices to be heard.

Sian Donne – Welsh Liberal Democrats

We asked all the candidates to provide a candidate statement of up to 750 words, which should include some background about them and why they’re standing.

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Sian Donne

Welsh Liberal Democrats

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I live in Tongwynlais with my family and work in health and safety. I studied at Cardiff University and have lived in the city for the last fifteen years. I have a background in politics, law and working with vulnerable people. In my spare time I enjoy cycling, travelling and spending time with my family.

I’m standing for election because I believe we need a strong local voice for our community. People are feeling let down by politicians locally and nationally; we need to restore that trust.

I would work hard for our local area, tackling key priorities including reducing anti-social behaviour, making our roads safer for pedestrians and cyclists and re-opening a recycling centre in the north of the city. We need investment in local facilities such as libraries and playing fields to give our children safe places to spend their time. Walking and cycling bring huge benefits for our health and our environment, but there needs to be more joined up planning for traffic free routes. Labour have failed to deliver on the new facilities for recycling that we were promised in our area and we need to hold them to account on that.

I’m passionate about creating a fair society; ensuring that pupils from deprived backgrounds have the support they need to achieve their full potential, protecting our environment for future generations and investing in mental health services. Actions must begin at home, in our schools and communities and councils have an important role to play in developing measures to enable this.

I’m a strong supporter of our membership of the EU, the rights and freedoms that membership gives us to live, work, travel or retire abroad and the benefits that European workers bring to our vital services. I believe we’re stronger as an open, tolerant nation, working together across borders, uniting to achieve common goals and overcome challenges facing the world such as tackling climate change. The EU needs reform but it’s better to be a part of positive change from the inside. The Conservatives are making a mess of Brexit and it’s time for the people to have a final say on the future of our country. 

Voters are feeling let down by Labour and the Conservatives and are looking for a change. I would work hard as a fresh, new, liberal voice for our communities in Whitchurch and Tongwynlais.

Dan Allsobrook – Plaid Cymru

We asked all the candidates to provide a candidate statement of up to 750 words, which should include some background about them and why they’re standing.

Dan Allsobrook

Plaid Cymru

@DanPlaidCymru

Facebook

I have decided to run for election because our local and national politics in Wales and the UK have been dominated by the old parties, Tories and Labour, for many years and it’s time for a change.

I’m standing for Plaid Cymru because we offer a radical alternative to the tired old approach. We also need to fight against the rise of populist right-wing ideologies put forward by the Brexit and Tory parties.

Locally my focus is on how we get around whether for work, learning, or leisure. I am very worried that Whitchurch and Tongwynlais have become increasingly dominated by cars at the expense of all other modes of travel, from walking to travelling by bus. This needs to change if our area is to be a safe, healthy, and pleasant place to live.

Our area deserves better, which is why my campaign calls for ‘A Better Cardiff’. We are an ambitious city but too often that ambition is not backed up by action. If elected I aim to change this.

Local Election Results

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The local election votes have been counted and results announced.

Gabalfa

Turnout 36%

Candidate Party Votes %
Rhys Taylor Liberal Democrat  922 23% Elected
Ashley Wood Liberal Democrat  920 23% Elected
Joy Coughlin Welsh Labour 818 20% Not elected
Matthew Hexter Welsh Labour 719 18% Not elected
Sioned Treharne Cardiff Plaid 178 4% Not elected
Gareth Holden Cardiff Plaid 169 4% Not elected
Niall Piercy Welsh Conservative Party 165 4% Not elected
Margaret Evans Welsh Conservative Party 149 4% Not elected

Heath

Turnout 55%

Candidate Party Votes %
Graham Hinchey Welsh Labour / Llafur Cymru 2010 13% Elected
Lyn Hudson Welsh Conservative Party 1830 12% Elected
Fenella Jane Bowden Heath & Birchgrove Independents 1737 11% Elected
Penny Owen Welsh Labour 1704 11% Not elected
Michael Ash-Edwards Welsh Labour 1667 11% Not elected
Peter Hudson Welsh Conservative Party 1602 10% Not elected
Michelle Michaelis Welsh Conservative Party 1477 10% Not elected
Steven Bowden Heath & Birchgrove Independents 1143 7% Not elected
Jane Reece Heath & Birchgrove Independents 930 6% Not elected
Helen Kalliope Smith Cardiff Plaid 410 3% Not elected
Chris Von Ruhland Wales Green Party 251 2% Not elected
Peter Frederick Randerson Welsh Liberal Democrats 244 2% Not elected
Wijdan Said Welsh Liberal Democrats 163 1% Not elected
Daniel Schmeising-Barnes Welsh Liberal Democrats 119 1% Not elected

Lisvane

Turnout 56%

Candidate Party Votes %
David Walker Welsh Conservative Party 1232 76% Elected
Jessica Taylor Welsh Labour 219 13% Not elected
Myfanwy Price Welsh Liberal Democrats 130 8% Not elected
Anthony Couch Cardiff Plaid 49 3% Not elected

Llandaff North

Turnout 44%

Candidate Party Votes %
Dilwar Ali Welsh Labour 1400 29% Elected
Jennifer Burke-Davies Welsh Labour 1349 28% Elected
Elizabeth Morgan Welsh Conservative Party 531 11% Not elected
Steffan Webb Cardiff Plaid 439 9% Not elected
Diana Abuzaid Welsh Conservative Party 422 9% Not elected
Gilliam Griffin Cardiff Plaid 394 8% Not elected
Elinor Dixon Welsh Liberal Democrats 171 3% Not elected
Matthew Dixon Welsh Liberal Democrats 104 2% Not elected
Jonathan Bishop Independent 56 1% Not elected
Gwilym Evans Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition 39 1% Not elected

Llanishen

Turnout 50%

Candidate Party Votes %
Shaun Jenkins Welsh Conservative Party 2890 12% Elected
Phil Bale Labour and Co-operative Party 2805 11% Elected
John Lancaster Welsh Conservative Party 2804 11% Elected
Thomas Parkhill Welsh Conservative Party 2528 10% Elected
Garry Hunt Labour and Co-operative Party/Llafur a’r Blaid Gydweithredol 2523 10% Not elected
Daniel Ruff Welsh Conservative Party 2383 10% Not elected
Jackie Jones Labour and Co-operative Party 2282 9% Not elected
Masudah Ali Labour and Co-operative Party 2254 9% Not elected
Lona Roberts Cardiff Plaid 666 3% Not elected
Karl Mudd Welsh Liberal Democrats 593 2% Not elected
Sarah Bridges Welsh Liberal Democrats 575 2% Not elected
Anabella Rees Welsh Liberal Democrats 543 2% Not elected
Michael Cope Wales Green Party 528 2% Not elected
Robert Godfrey Welsh Liberal Democrats 449 2% Not elected
Lawrence Gwynn UKIP Wales 323 1% Not elected
Crispin Anthony John UKIP Wales 240 1% Not elected
Vivian Evans UKIP Wales 220 1% Not elected
John Hill UKIP Wales 180 1% Not elected

Pontprennau & Old St Mellons

Turnout 45%

Candidate Party Votes %
Dianne Rees Welsh Conservative Party 1851 30% Elected
Joel Williams Welsh Conservative Party 1760 28% Elected
Georgina Phillips Welsh Labour 1134 18% Not elected
Shane Andrews Welsh Labour 891 14% Not elected
David Gwynfor Davies Cardiff Plaid 200 3% Not elected
Mary Naughton Welsh Liberal Democrats 176 3% Not elected
David Keigwin Welsh Liberal Democrats 167 3% Not elected

Rhiwbina

Turnout 62%

Candidate Party Votes %
Jayne Cowan Welsh Conservative Party 3595 22% Elected
Adrian Robson Welsh Conservative Party 3230 20% Elected
Oliver Owen Welsh Conservative Party 2565 16% Elected
Eleanor Sanders Independent 1565 10% Not elected
Meurig Williams Welsh Labour 1524 9% Not elected
Clare Jones Welsh Labour 1500 9% Not elected
Alan Golding Welsh Labour 1159 7% Not elected
Stephen Lake Cardiff Plaid 402 2% Not elected
Jonathan Land Welsh Liberal Democrats 371 2% Not elected
Philippa Willmot Welsh Liberal Democrats 198 1% Not elected
Dale Hargrove Welsh Liberal Democrats 170 1% Not elected

Whitchurch and Tongwynlais

Turnout 56%

Candidate Party Votes %
Mike Phillips Welsh Conservative Party 2905 11% Elected
Tim Davies Welsh Conservative Party 2900 11% Elected
Linda Morgan Welsh Conservative Party 2856 11% Elected
Mike Jones-Pritchard Welsh Conservative Party 2753 10% Elected
Hannah Buckingham Welsh Labour 2700 10% Not elected
Marc Palmer Welsh Labour 2488 9% Not elected
Norman Gettings Welsh Labour 2461 9% Not elected
Maliika Kaaba Welsh Labour 2234 8% Not elected
Mali Rowlands Cardiff Plaid 962 4% Not elected
Dan Allsobrook Cardiff Plaid 951 4% Not elected
Glenys Evans Cardiff Plaid 885 3% Not elected
Julia Mary Burns Cardiff Plaid 856 3% Not elected
Lynne Barrett-Lee Welsh Liberal Democrats 540 2% Not elected
Dominic Eggbeer Welsh Liberal Democrats 516 2% Not elected
Geraldine Nichols Welsh Liberal Democrats 365 1% Not elected
Usman Mahmood Bukhari Welsh Liberal Democrats 312 1% Not elected

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Mike Phillips: Conservatives – Whitchurch and Tongwynlais

We’ve invited all the local election candidates to complete this questionnaire so you know more about the people asking for your vote on the 4th of May. We’re also compiling a list of their websites and social media accounts so you can follow them and get in touch if you have any questions.


Mike Phillips

Name – Mike Phillips
Party – Conservatives
Ward – Whitchurch and Tongwynlais
Website – wandt2017.wales
Twitter  – @MikeP_WandT2017
Facebook – whitchurchandtongwynlais2017
How can people get in touch with you? – intouch@wandt2017.wales.

About You

Tell us about yourself

I live with my wife and two daughters in Whitchurch and my business is also based in the village.

Living and working in the ward I have great interest in maintaining and improving the facilities and enjoyment of the area. Although I grew up in Porthcawl I have long links to Whitchurch; my father originally undertook his apprenticeship at Edgefield Engineering on Norman Road in the late ‘50s and early ‘60s, my grandmother used to work a little shop out of the back of The Plough and the village has been my home for almost 20 years.

This is the first time I have stood as a candidate in council elections although I have however been active in the local community for many years. In particular I worked with the school community for a few years before becoming a parent governor of Whitchurch Primary School in 2012, then a local authority appointed governor in 2016.

I have also been involved with the Whitchurch & Tongwynlais Festival including hosting the schools concert and I’m working with the committee to help make the 2017 another great success. I like cycling up hills and ride out with the Caerphilly Cycle Club, which usually starts with a climb up through Tongwynlais to get over Caerphilly mountain, have supported Cardiff City all my life and enjoy spending as much time with my family.

What are the biggest issues in your ward?

Our recent online survey showed that the things we notice most of the time are the things that everyone else does too. Congestion is a massive issue for most people, which affects how we get our children to school, travel to our work and generally get about. Our parks and green spaces are really well used and need improving in many cases and maintaining over time.

We need to find a way to help our area, and others across Cardiff, to keep their character and culture and not just become the outer part of a busy, growing city or a thoroughfare to pass through either end of the day.

This ranges from how we manage our service like waste and street cleansing to how we take an holistic view of development of all kinds and their impact on roads, schools, the high street and everyday lives.

We need to look after out local issues in the context of a growing and vibrant, exciting city.

What’s your favourite place in Cardiff and why?

So many great spaces but it’s easy to choose one. Anywhere alongside the Taff; it’s beautiful, green, the views move from hills in the north of the city to green spaces, the city and the bay. All walks of life can be seen enjoying it, I loved teaching my children to ride their bikes along the trail and the cafes along side it in Bute Park are a superb place to relax and watch life meandering.

What do you think should be done to improve engagement in politics?

It should be easy and anyone who has had a lesson in customer service knows the answer. Listen, be courteous and deliver what you promise. In our case as potential councillors that means representing everyone equally, fairness and reliably supporting our residents.

If we get that right and regularly communicate to the electorate, show them how we are listening and working for them and the results that are being achieved we may be able to get interest in local politics.

What’s your favourite film?

I’d like to say Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, aged seven I was hooked on the trilogy from the start. However re-watching the old Disney classics with my children has strangely put A Sound of Music at the top of my list.

If You’re Elected

What will you do to improve your ward?

We have to listen to what our residents are saying so looking at the use of and condition of roads and pavements, making the place cleaner and make it more pleasant to move around and enjoy has to be high on priorities. We can do a lot to properly join up the active transport network over time too.

I’m also keen to look at how we can improve our schools. There is pressure on them all, running at capacity and yet with more housing planned for the ward. It is essential that we do all we can to help raise standards across the board.

How will you communicate with residents in your ward?

We will communicate frequently using a mix of face-to-face meetings, leaflet updates, via our website and social media pages. As we live and work in the ward we will also have a lot of everyday opportunities to speak to people.

What issues that affect the whole city would you like to get involved in?

We have some cultural aspects that we need to preserve. On the doorstep one voter noted the old lantern on the entrance pillars to Whitchurch Hospital. One pillar has been knocked down and the intern lays damaged otter side. A small thing maybe but important to many.

The current Save Womanby Street campaign is a good example of where we need to ensure technically correct planning developments don’t adversely affect something that makes Cardiff an interesting city to be in.

Bigger issues are education, business development and transport.

Final Comments

What would you change about Cardiff and why?

It’s already a great city so we just need to change our focus a bit. We must continue projects that bring jobs and growth and improve the value of investing here but we need to include how the current residents live and interact in these plans so that more people perceive an improvement in their lives in Cardiff.

Any final comments?

Canvassing has been enjoyable and it’s been interesting to learn some of the common and specific issues people have. What has come across loud and clear is the interest in the communities of Whitchurch and Tongwynlais and the respect that hard working councillors have earned in the past. I’m lucky to be standing in my first election with some of those respected people who are looking to be re-elected to roles they held before. If we all get in we’ll have a great team.