Category: Local Elections

Jayne Cowan: Conservatives – Rhiwbina

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Jayne Cowan

Name – Jayne Cowan
Party – Conservatives
Ward – Rhiwbina
Website – rhiwbina.campaigningforyou.com
Twitter  – @JayneCowan
Facebook – jayne.cowan.5
How can people get in touch with you? – Mobile 07970 013332, jaynecardiff@gmail.com, Twitter or Facebook.

About You

Tell us about yourself

Born and brought up in Cardiff North, I have lived here all my life. I started my adult life as a teacher, after qualifying in Cardiff with a Science Degree with Qualified Teaching Status. I later went on to complete a Masters Degree in Education.

Married to Adrian, who is also a ward colleague in Rhiwbina, we live locally on Manor Way. Along with Adrian Robson, Oliver Owen and Amanda Anderson, I have enjoyed staging Rhiwbina’s first Street Food Festivals. The festivals raise money for local charities and good causes, and also bring a wonderful selection of excellent food to the local area. I have been involved with charities my whole life, and am a proud ambassador for Autism Puzzles, a local based charity. My Dad was a Past President for St John Wales, and I was delighted to be asked to follow in his footsteps by becoming the President for Rhiwbina and Llanishen Division.

Since first elected in 1999, I have been pleased to support the work of the Chrysanthemum and Dahlia Society, and Adrian Robson and I were pleased to be made Presidents. The Society hold their shows in Rhiwbina twice a year.

The fabulous Rhiwbina RATS are a very successful local amateur group who perform a number of shows across the year and are celebrating their 60 year anniversary this year. Adrian and I support the shows, and became patrons a number of years ago. As a proud chairman of Governors at Greenhill Special School in Rhiwbina, it has been wonderful to see how the school have developed and is recognised as a green performing school which is credit to the teachers, staff team, pupils, their families and my excellent governors.

I enjoy swimming, tennis, calligraphy, cooking and social media!

What are the biggest issues in your ward?

Parking is an issue which the local police are trying to address. Parking problems are always discussed at the Partnership and Community Together (PACT) Meetings and is a priority, which means it gets heightened attention. With the birth of social media, a number of residents share information on this matter.

Even though Wedal Road isn’t in the ward, it is a much used facility for residents living in Rhiwbina. The future of the site is subject of much discussion.

The future of Rhiwbina Library – thanks to a wonderful campaign with the local residents, the library had a stay of execution, but there is no cast iron guarantee for its future. It is essential that it is retained as it is the busiest library in the City (with the exception of Cardiff Central) and I will do all I can to retain it. A huge thanks to the residents for their support with the campaign.

What’s your favourite place in Cardiff and why?

Rhiwbina – there is so much on offer from excellent shops, beautiful scenery, lovely parks and most importantly amazing people with true community spirit who work tirelessly for others, charities and good causes.

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

Politicians need to be engaging, accessible and visible. This needs to be done via social media, meetings in person, ward surgeries and home visits. The ward surgeries should be held at different times, different days and in different venues.

What’s your favourite film?

The Sound of Music.

If You’re Elected

What will you do to improve your ward?

  • Remain very visible, accessible and always ready to help.
  • Campaign to keep Rhiwbina Library open indefinitely.
  • Campaign to keep Wedal Road open.
  • Fight to improve the roads and pavements – not just with minor works, but with large scale improvements.

How will you communicate with residents in your ward?

Keep informing residents of local issues and events via newsletters, social media and meetings.

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

  • Wedal Road Recycling Centre.
  • City Deal.
  • Job Creation.
  • Look again at the Local Development Plan.

Final Comments

What would you change about Cardiff and why?

I’d like to see Cardiff become a cleaner City with the Council having more of a focus on the needs of residents. Many residents talk about improving the council’s roads and pavements, security of Wedal Road and commitment to keep Rhiwbina Library open.

I’d like to see the next Council having a good relationship with the business community to maximise opportunities for Cardiff.

The City Deal is critical for Cardiff and the surrounding regions – Cardiff needs to show it is open for business and ensure all opportunities are taken.

Any final comments?

I have had the pleasure of representing Rhiwbina since 1999, and I would like the opportunity to continue to serve Rhiwbina and Pantmawr. Rhiwbina is a very special place with a wonderful community spirit.

Councillor Jonathan Bishop: Independent – Llandaff North

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Jonathan Bishop

Name – Councillor Jonathan Bishop
Party – Independent
Ward – Llandaff North
Website – jonathanbishop.org.uk
Twitter  – @votejonathan
Facebook – votejonathan
How can people get in touch with you? – Web and social media.

About You

Tell us about yourself

I am an information technology executive, researcher and writer. I founded the Centre for Research into Online Communities and E-Learning Systems in 2005, now part of the Crocels Community Media Group. My research and development work generally falls within human-computer interaction. I have over 75 publications in this area, including on Internet trolling, cyber-stalking, gamification, cyberlaw, multimedia forensics, Classroom 2.0 and Digital Teens. In addition to his BSc(Hons) in Multimedia Studies and various postgraduate degrees, including in law, economics and computing, I serve in local government as a councillor, and have been a school governor and contested numerous elections, including to the UK Parliament and Welsh Assembly. I am a fellow of BCS, CILIP, the InstAM, the RAI, the RSS and the RSA, senior member of IEEE and a member of the IMarEST with MarTech, the NUJ, CIOJ, CIPR. I have won prizes for my literary skills and been a finalist in national and local competitions for my environmental, community and equality work, which often form part of action research studies. In my spare time I enjoy listening to music, swimming and chess.

What are the biggest issues in your ward?

Air pollution, unemployment, crime and safety.

What’s your favourite place in Cardiff and why?

The Gabalfa Interchange. One can get almost anywhere from it!

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

I edited a book called Transforming Politics and Policy in the Digital Age. The problem is that there is too much focus on politics and not enough on policy. The BBC News Channel for instance focuses on nonsense like divisions in the Labour Party between those who support Jeremy Corbyn and those who do not. Everyone has an opinion on what should happen in their communities and the country, so from my point of view the role of a councillor should be to get the public’s message across to the powers that be and not getting the politician’s message across to the public.

What’s your favourite film?

Joint favourite are Top Gun and Days of Thunder.

If You’re Elected

What will you do to improve your ward?

Act in the interests of the people in the ward and no one else. When I’m elected to a council I represent my ward and am not afraid of making enemies to do the right thing for the people I speak on behalf of.

How will you communicate with residents in your ward?

I will set up a 24-hour telephone receptionist service, a dedicated website, and email. I will also set up a telephone redirection number to make it easier to report problems to the council 24 hours per day.

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

Crime, education, the environment.

Final Comments

What would you change about Cardiff and why?

Improving air quality because it is creating a generation of people with respiratory problems.

Any final comments?

Out of my council allowance I would provide a new apprenticeship each year for someone to help me with my work as a councillor, which would ideally be drawn from those who live in the ward. I would also spend a good proportion of my allowance on match-funding community projects.

Sioned Treharne: Plaid Cymru – Gabalfa

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Sioned Treharne

Name – Sioned Treharne
Party – Plaid Cymru
Ward – Gabalfa
Website
Twitter  – @GabalfaVoice
Facebook – GabalfaVoice
How can people get in touch with you? – gabalfavoice@gmail.com

About You

Tell us about yourself

Born and raised in Cardiff, I have lived here for 24 out of the 25 years I have been on this planet! My alma mater was Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf in Llandaff North, and I went on to study Welsh and History at Cardiff University before completing a Masters degree in Modern British and European History at Jesus College, Oxford. I have been living in Gabalfa for two years, and I work as a Welsh-medium editorial officer at WJEC CBAC on Western Avenue. I recently became Co-chair of Plaid Ifanc, the youth wing of Plaid Cymru, which has made huge strides as a movement over the past 18 months. The importance of political education cannot be overstated, and Plaid Ifanc has been a vessel of political activism among young people in Wales in recent years. On those rare occasions when campaigning/activism don’t swallow my free time (…!), I’ll be found in one of the fine establishments on Whitchurch Road, either enjoying a coffee, a (vegetarian) burger or a devilish cocktail.

Cefais fy ngeni a’m magu yng Nghaerdydd, a heblaw am fyw i ffwrdd am flwyddyn pan oeddwn yn y coleg, rwyf wedi byw yma ar hyd fy oes. Derbyniais fy addysg yn Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf yn Ystum Taf, a chefais radd mewn Cymraeg a Hanes o Brifysgol Caerdydd cyn cwblhau gradd Meistr yn Hanes Modern Prydain ac Ewrop yng Ngoleg Iesu, Rhydychen. Rwyf wedi byw yn Gabalfa ers dwy flynedd, ac rwy’n gweithio fel swyddog golygyddol cyfrwng Cymraeg yn CBAC, Rhodfa’r Gorllewin. Yn ddiweddar cefais fy ethol yn un o Gyd-gadeiryddion Plaid Ifanc, mudiad ieuenctid Plaid Cymru, sydd wedi gwneud cynnydd aruthrol dros y 18 mis diwethaf. Mae addysg wleidyddol yn hollbwysig, ac mae Plaid Ifanc wedi bod yn flaengar yn annog ei aelodau i ymgyrchu dros y blynyddoedd diweddar. Pan nad wyf yn ymgyrchu neu mewn rhyw ddigwyddiad gwleidyddol neu’i gilydd, byddwch yn dod o hyd i mi yn un o siopau/caffis Whitchurch Road, yn mwynhau coffi, byrgyr (llysieuol…!) neu goctêl drwg…!

What are the biggest issues in your ward?

Wedal Road recycling centre: given its proximity to the ward, it’s little wonder concerns over its future have been at the forefront of residents’ minds during this election campaign. My colleague, Gareth Holden, called in the initial decision by the Labour council to close the site in August 2015 and halted its closure. However, its future remains uncertain and residents across the ward have been vocal in their opposition to the proposed closure. Fly-tipping is already an issue on non-gated lanes; the number of instances would increase exponentially if the Wedal Road site were to close.

Roads are always high up on the agenda with residents on the doorstep. Traffic, congestion, speed awareness, lack of parking spaces, signage and public transport provision are all issues that require addressing after 4 May. We’ve spoken to a great many people who support the idea of implementing a 20mph scheme in the area – the Gabalfa Plaid team has pledged to prioritise the rollout of the scheme in the ward as soon as possible. People are understandably frustrated at the lack of parking spaces in the area, and while our streets were not designed to accommodate the number of cars on our roads, the situation in Gabalfa is dire. More could be done to alleviate parking problems for residents, and improving public transport services in the area would go a long way to reduce the volume of traffic on our streets.

Canolfan ailgylchu Wedal Road: oherwydd bod y safle hwn mor agos i’r ward, nid yw’n syndod bod pobl yn pryderu am ei ddyfodol, ac mae’r pryderon hyn wedi bod yn amlwg yn ystod yr ymgyrch. Bu Gareth Holden, fy nghyd-weithiwr, yn greiddiol i’r ymdrech i atal y cyngor Llafur rhag cau y safle nôl ym mis Awst 2015. Fodd bynnag, mae dyfodol y ganolfan ailgylchu yn ansicr unwaith eto, ac mae trigolion yr ardal wedi lleisio eu gwrthwynebiad i’r cynlluniau i’w chau. Mae tipio anghyfreithlon eisoes yn broblem ar hyd lonydd heb gatiau; byddai cynnydd mawr yn nifer yr achosion o dipio anghyfreithlon pe bai safle Wedal Road yn cau.

Mae ffyrdd bob amser yn uchel ar yr agenda gyda thrigolion ar garreg yr aelwyd. Mae traffig, tagfeydd, ymwybyddiaeth o gyflymder, diffyg lleoedd parcio a darpariaeth trafnidiaeth gyhoeddus i gyd yn broblemau y bydd angen mynd i’r afael â nhw ar ôl 4 Mai. Rydym wedi siarad â nifer fawr o bobl sy’n cefnogi’r syniad o weithredu cynllun 20mya yn yr ardal – mae tîm Gabalfa Plaid wedi addo y bydd yn rhoi blaenoriaeth i gynllun o’r fath. Mae pobl yn rhwystredig nad oes digon o leoedd parcio ar gael yn ardal, ac er nad yw’n ffyrdd wedi’u dylunio i ymdopi â nifer y ceir sy’n teithio arnynt, mae’r sefyllfa yn Gabalfa yn hunllefus. Gallai problemau parcio trigolion gael eu lleihau, a byddai buddsoddi mewn mwy o ddarpariaeth trafnidiaeth gyhoeddus yn yr ardal yn gwneud cryn dipyn i wella’r sefyllfa o ran tagfeydd yn lleol.

 

What’s your favourite place in Cardiff and why?

I was raised a stone’s throw from Roath Park Lake, so the Scott Memorial lighthouse is home for me. I have many fond memories of hurtling down the bank into the children’s play area on sledges in the snow; nursing aching thighs after an hour on a pedalo; and in more recent years, basking in post-exam sunshine with university friends. I’m also very fortunate in the view I have out of my office window, overlooking Pontcanna Fields – it makes for a glorious sunrise in winter. I love spending a rainy afternoon in the galleries of the National Museum in Cathays Park, and when the weather improves I’m always up for a trip to St Fagans National Museum of History – I must’ve been a hundred times by now!

Cefais my magu dafliad carreg i ffwrdd o lyn Parc y Rhath, felly Cofeb Scott yw ‘adref’ i mi. Mae gennyf atgofion melys o rasio lawr y bryn i mewn i’r maes chwarae ar sled yn yr eira; coesau wedi blino ar ôl treulio awr ar y pedalo; a mwynhau’r heulwen gyda fy ffrindiau prifysgol ar ôl gorffen yr arholiadau. Rwy’n ffodus iawn o’r olygfa sydd gennyf allan o’r ffenestr yn y gwaith – yn edrych dros gaeau Pontcanna. Rwyf wrth fy modd yn crwydro orielau’r Amgueddfa Genedlaethol ym Mharc Cathays ar brynhawn glawog, a phan fydd y tywydd yn braf rwyf bob amser ar dân i fynd am dro i Sain Ffagan, Amgueddfa Werin Cymru – rwyf wedi bod yno rhyw 100 o weithiau erbyn hyn, mae’n rhaid!

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

I was struck by a recent conversation with one resident on Llantarnam Road. She said, in all sincerity, “I don’t really understand politics.” However, she had said enough within our five-minute conversation to demonstrate she had a firm grasp of the issues affecting people in the area. There’s a widespread, fundamental distrust of ‘politics’ despite the fact that politics is unavoidable in our daily lives. Local activists need to communicate a message on the doorstep, namely that political engagement need only mean getting involved with local community groups or exercising your democratic right by voting. ‘Politics’ isn’t just the preserve of elected ministers and members; it’s for all of us to become active participants in our democratic processes. In this respect, encouraging political education among young people is key.

Gwaeth un sgwrs ddiweddar argraff arnaf. Roeddwn yn siarad â menyw ar Llantarnam Road a dywedodd, yn gwbl ddidwyll, “I don’t really understand politics.” Fodd bynnag, roedd hi wedi dweud digon yn ystod ein sgwrs fer i ddangos fod ganddi ddealltwriaeth gadarn o’r problemau sy’n wynebu’r trigolion yn yr ardal. Mae pobl yn ddrwgdybus o ‘wleidyddiaeth’ yn waelodol, er bod gwleidyddiaeth yn rhan annatod o’n bywydau o ddydd i ddydd. Mae angen i ymgyrchwyr lleol gyfathrebu neges ar garreg yr aelwyd; hynny yw, mai ymwneud â gwleidyddiaeth, yn syml, yw mynychu grwpiau cymunedol neu fynd i bleidleisio. Nid rhywbeth sy’n perthyn i weinidogion ac aelodau seneddol yn unig yw ‘gwleidyddiaeth’; mae’n ddyletswydd arnom, bob un, i gymryd rhan yn ein prosesau democrataidd. Yn hyn o beth, mae annog addysg wleidyddol ymhlith ein pobl ifanc yn allweddol.

What’s your favourite film?

The History Boys.

If You’re Elected

What will you do to improve your ward?

Improving roads – be it by addressing parking problems or reviewing the condition of road surfaces – would be high up on the agenda. Implementing a 20mph scheme in the area would also go a long way in increasing speed awareness and improving road safety in the area, and would therefore be a priority of mine. Even after significant changes, getting on to Gabalfa roundabout from Whitchurch Road remains difficult, so I would lobby for the current traffic-flow system to be revisited and reviewed.

Byddai gwella ffyrdd – boed drwy fynd i’r afael â phroblemau parcio neu drwy edrych ar gyflwr arwyneb y ffyrdd – yn uchel ar yr agenda. Byddai gweithredu cynllun 20mya hefyd yn gwneud gwahaniaeth o ran cynyddu ymwybyddiaeth o gyflymder a gwella diolgelwch ar ffyrdd yn yr ardal. Byddai cynllun o’r fath, felly, yn un o’m blaenoriaethau. Er bod newidiadau mawr wedi’u gwneud eisoes, mae mynd ymlaen i gyffordd Gabalfa yn anodd iawn o hyd, felly byddwn i’n ymgyrchu i sicrhau bod y system llif traffig bresennol yn cael ei hadolygu.

How will you communicate with residents in your ward?

Technology has facilitated easy communication at all hours of the day, but nothing beats face-to-face contact! Continued door-knocking, attendance at PACT meetings, regular surgeries and participation in community groups would ensure I keep my finger on the pulse with regards to issues faces by residents. I never have more than 3 unread emails in my inbox (!!) so rest assured I’d keep on top of communications via email and social media. It’s not always easy for residents to keep up to date with the latest information from the council; I’d therefore aim to summarise the main issues in regular bulletins, to be posted through letterboxes across the ward.

Mae technoleg fodern yn golygu bod cyfathrebu lawer yn haws y dyddiau hyn, ond does dim yn well na siarad yn uniongyrchol â’n gilydd! Byddwn i’n sicrhau fy mod yn gwybod am brif broblemau trigolion drwy barhau i gnocio drysau, mynychu cyfarfodydd PACT, cynnal cymorthfeydd rheolaidd a chymryd rhan mewn grwpiau cymunedol. Dim ond 3 neges e-bost heb ei darllen sydd gennyf yn fy mewnflwch ar unrhyw un adeg (!!) felly byddwn i’n sicr yn gallu cadw cofnod o’r holl gyfathrebiadau byddwn i’n eu derbyn dros e-bost neu ar y cyfryngau cymdeithasol. Nid yw bob amser yn hawdd i drigolion gael gwybod am y wybodaeth ddiweddaraf o’r cyngor; byddwn i felly yn anelu i grynhoi’r prif faterion mewn bwletinau rheolaidd, i’w dosbarthu drwy flychau post ar draws y ward.

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

There has been a noticeable increase in homelessness in Cardiff over the past few years. I would certainly be eager to work with charities and organisations, and to participate in projects that help homeless people and that work to create opportunities to keep people off the streets. I would also like to see Cardiff lead the way by being an eco-friendly, green and sustainable city. I believe political education is very important, and would therefore like to get involved with initiatives designed to increase political awareness and engagement.

Rydym wedi gweld cynnydd mawr mewn digartrefedd yng Nghaerdydd dros y blynyddoedd diwethaf. Byddwn i felly yn awyddus i weithio ar y cyd ag elusennau a sefydliadau, ac i gymryd rhan mewn projectau sy’n cynorthwyo pobl ddigartref ac sy’n gweithio i greu cyfleoedd i sicrhau nad yw pobl yn gorfod byw ar y stryd. Rwyf hefyd yn awyddus bod Caerdydd yn arwain y ffordd drwy fod yn ddinas sy’n eco-gyfeillgar, gwyrdd a chynaliadwy. Rwy’n credu bod addysg wleidyddol yn hynod o bwysig, felly hoffwn ymwneud â phrojectau sy’n cynyddu ymwybyddiaeth wleidyddol ymhlith ein trigolion.

Final Comments

What would you change about Cardiff and why?

Unless Cardiff’s infrastructure sees drastic improvement over the next few years, I’m afraid it could miss out on fantastic opportunities to host important events due to the city’s inability to cope with large numbers of visitors. Our roads are congested and pollution is an increasing problem. If Cardiff is to become a clean, eco-friendly city, improvements must be made to our public transport system. I would also like to see the Welsh language become more visible within our capital city. Cardiff must lead the way and promote the Welsh language wherever possible. As the Welsh proverb goes, “Nid da lle gellir gwell”!

Os nad oes gwelliant arwyddocaol yn isadeiledd Caerdydd dros y blynyddoedd nesaf, rwy’n pryderu y gallai’r ddinas golli cyfleoedd i gynnal digwyddiadau pwysig gan nad oes ganddi’r gallu i ymdopi â nifer mawr o ymwelwyr. Mae tagfeydd ar ein ffyrdd ac mae problem llygredd yn gwaethygu. Os yw Caerdydd yn mynd i wireddu ei photensial fel dinas lân ac eco-gyfeillgar, rhaid i system trafnidiaeth gyhoeddus y ddinas gael ei gwella ar fyrder. Byddwn i hefyd yn hoffi gweld mwy o Gymraeg ar hyd a lled y ddinas. Rhaid i Gaerdydd, y brifddinas, fod yn flaengar o ran hyrwyddo’r iaith Gymraeg a chymryd pob cyfle i wneud hynny. Nid da lle gellir gwell!

Any final comments?

Elections tend to focus on the negative aspects and problems within a community. I’d like to stress, therefore, that I love living in Gabalfa. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed meeting many of my neighbours over the past few months – it just goes to show how much you can learn about the different needs of different people within your community by means of a five-minute conversation. I’m aware that some residents may not be able to enjoy all that which Gabalfa as an area has to offer. I would therefore, as your councillor, do my best to ensure Gabalfa caters for the needs of all those who live and work here.

Mae etholiadau yn tueddu i ganolbwyntio ar yr agweddau negatif a’r problemau sydd gan gymuned. Hoffwn i bwysleisio, felly, fy mod i wrth fy modd yn byw yn Gabalfa. Rwyf wedi cael modd i fyw yn cwrdd â nifer o’m cymdogion dros y misoedd diwethaf – mae’n dangos, wir, faint gallwch chi ei ddysgu am amrywiol anghenion y bobl wahanol sy’n byw yn eich cymuned, a hynny o fewn sgwrs pum munud. Rwy’n ymwybodol nad yw pawb sy’n byw yn Gabalfa yn gallu cymryd mantais o’r hyn oll sydd gan yr ardal i’w gynnig. Byddwn i, fel eich cynghorydd, yn gwneud fy ngorau i sicrhau bod anghenion pawb sy’n byw ac yn gweithio yn Gabalfa yn cael eu hystyried a’u diwallu.

David Walker: Conservatives – Lisvane

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Name – David Walker
Party – Conservatives
Ward – Lisvane
Website – cardiffnorthconservatives.com
Twitter  –
Facebook
How can people get in touch with you? – Email or phone.

About You

Tell us about yourself

I was born and raised in Swansea in a working class family. I was fortunate to be the first in my family to receive a University education. I studied modern languages and spent time working in France.

I am a family man who came to politics late in my career. My three children now adults live some distance away so visits become special occasions, which makes them something my wife and I look forward to.

My work life has always focused on people, their education, personal development, working relationships, potential and optimising all of these areas.

I spent the first half of my career working towards a senior management role where I was able to influence the company culture. Later I was able to use this experience in providing advice to other organisations in areas such as leadership, teamwork, change and performance improvement through people.

Now my interests are mainly politics but when time allows, family life, walks with my wife Jan, travel, reading and sport fill time productively.

I suppose I could sum up my approach to the Council as feeling it could operate so much more effectively, use its excellent people much better, spend money more wisely on front line needs especially education. It is a sleeping giant that needs awakening, it has the potential to be a great organisation responsive to its customers, doing things efficiently What it needs is a catalyst to make things move in the right direction. I believe I could make that difference alongside colleagues.

What are the biggest issues in your ward?

The Local Development Plan proposes 4500 houses on Lisvane’s doorstep and that seems to me hugely out of proportion to what the area and its residents want and could cope with. Traffic heading to Cardiff Gate and the M4 use the village as a shortcut often described as a ‘rat run’. Speed of traffic and wear and tear on roads take their toll.

We are fortunate to enjoy a beautiful landscape which needs protection and maintenance.

What’s your favourite place in Cardiff and why?

The whole city centre, Principality Stadium experience is second to none, as visitors testify. But where do I spend much of my leisure time? In Parc Cefn Onn which has an unique ambience and history.

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

Engage at an early age with young people in school, not on national political issues but on local matters which mean a lot to young people and then take it wider as they develop through secondary school. Skills such as public speaking and debating are key to success in other areas of life and work.

What’s your favourite film?

Singing In The Rain.

If You’re Elected

What will you do to improve your ward?

Challenging and amending the LDP would make a huge impact. Otherwise the graft of day to day representation, that is getting things fixed! Also anticipating issues before they arise and cause problems.

Finding funds to improve local buildings would be greatly welcomed.

How will you communicate with residents in your ward?

I already include a report of my activities every month in the Lisvane Link which is read by 80% of local residents. For political issues I produce and deliver local newsletters.

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

LDP, City Deal, Central Station, rebuild relationship with business community, educational improvement, improvements in roads and public transport. In fact virtually everything.

Final Comments

What would you change about Cardiff and why?

Cardiff as a city is a great place to live and work. The problem is what some people want to do to it which would spoil its great city spirit and culture. My previous comments include examples.

Any final comments?

Individuals can make a difference and the right kid of city leadership can add so much value and contribute greatly to quality of life. I love Cardiff and if I can make a difference in keeping its unique features safe or enhanced then; what could be more rewarding? My total commitment is a given.

Thomas Parkhill: Conservatives – Llanishen

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Thomas Parkhill

Name – Thomas Parkhill
Party – Conservatives
Ward – Llanishen
Website
Twitter  – @tomparkhill
Facebook – LlanishenThornhill
How can people get in touch with you? – Twitter, Facebook, info@llanishen.wales.

About You

Tell us about yourself

I work for biotechnology company, as a salesperson and over the years have a developed a keen interest in science and technology. I believe a good science education is critically important for young people’s future prospects.

I have also helped to run a successful small business for a number of years, which has always driven me to not only to provide value for money, but to challenge others to do the same.

To relax I listen to a wide variety of music or watch sport (football, rugby or cricket mainly) in the local pub with a pint of real ale.

What are the biggest issues in your ward?

Traffic and parking issues are the most widespread across the ward, whether it is Fishguard Road and Everest Avenue being used as rat-runs, the needless road-narrowings on Heol Hir causing congestion or problem parking on Ashbourn Way. This is already a huge concern for many residents and I am worried this will only get worse as the LDP is completed. Potholes are also mentioned on practically every doorstop, I want a different approach to the rag-tag patching we have seen over the last few years, with proper road resurfacing.

In addition I am concerned regarding the lack of maintenance of the green spaces, there are multiple footpaths and lanes that are overgrown, particularly near the Pendragon pub.

What’s your favourite place in Cardiff and why?

Sophia Gardens, specifically the SWALEC stadium, because I am huge fan of cricket and if I had the time I would happily spend days of my time there watching all forms of the game.

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

I think the last couple of years have shown in politics with Scottish Referendum, EU referendum and the clear choice between chaos and competence in the upcoming elections, I think engagement is at its highest in my lifetime. Having lived in Scotland during the referendum campaign I do think we can take lessons from the engagement of young people. Particularly the empowerment to lowering the voting age to 16. I personally think that if someone is able to pay tax, as you are at 16 then you are entitled to a view on how it is spent.

What’s your favourite film?

La Confidential (or any film noir).

If You’re Elected

What will you do to improve your ward?

  • We will remove the Heol Hir road narrowings, to alleviate congestion.
  • We will ensure more parking enforcement occurs in problem spots in Llanishen.
  • We will ensure the council has an effective plan for the maintenance of our parks and green spaces.
  • We will set up a local taskforce of community volunteers to conduct regular litter-picks.

How will you communicate with residents in your ward?

We will communicate with our residents through newsletters delivered to the door, through our Facebook page and by speaking face to face at surgeries or by knocking on doors.

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

The planned closure of Wedal road must be stopped, as the north of Cardiff needs a recycling centre of its own. The distance and time it would take to reach the other sites will mean an increase in fly-tipping, which blights our community.

I would also like to speak up regarding the local development plan, as there needs to be a better plan for the infrastructure to accommodate the additional homes, particularly regarding transport infrastructure.

Finally I think the capital of Wales deserves better value for money than the inflation busting rises in council tax, which have been inflicted upon us in recent years.

I am also keen to see the bus station fiasco resolved, I find it astonishing and troubling that the current administration did not have funds in place to build a new bus station before the old one was demolished.

Final Comments

What would you change about Cardiff and why?

I think that Cardiff is a lively and exciting city that I am proud to call home. However it is hampered by poor transport infrastructure, if there was one thing I could change, it would be the train services, I think Cardiff (and the surrounding towns) would benefit greatly from an integrated, modern and frequent metro service.

Any final comments?

If you would like a common sense approach to running the city with a focus on giving residents value for money. Vote for all four Conservative candidates on 4th of May.

Steven Bowden: Independent – Heath

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Steve Bowden

Name – Steven Bowden
Party – Independent
Ward – Heath
Website – heathandbirchgroveindependents.co.uk
Twitter  – @SteveBowden10
Facebook – N/A
How can people get in touch with you? – Twitter, bowden.steve@gmail.com, website, face to face.

About You

Tell us about yourself

I am 62 years old and a Cardiff boy. University in Liverpool then worked in London for 6 years before returning to Wales. I have lived in Birchgrove since 1985. My 2 sons both went to school at Ton yr Ywen and Whitchurch schools. I was involved in fund raising for the Friends of Ton yr Ywen and the local Cub/Scout group. I was a governor at Ton yr Ywen School.

I was a hospital pharmacist for 35 years before retiring. I’m a season ticket holder at the Blues and a vinyl record collector. I have been engaged in politics since 1985 and believe strongly in electoral reform.

What are the biggest issues in your ward?

As we have two of the major arterial roads coming into Cardiff through our Ward, traffic and congestion is a major issue. Linked to this is the air pollution associated with congestion. Well-resourced Park and Ride facilities need to be developed and promoted so that commuters will use them.

The Council, University Hospital and the Assembly need to co-operate to find solutions to the problems associated with parking. It must be recognised that more on-site provision is needed and vastly improved public transport is required now. We cannot wait for the “Metro” to be developed.

Our parks and green spaces need protection and funding but, as they are not a statutory requirement, then new ways of funding will need to be explored.

What’s your favourite place in Cardiff and why?

One of my favourite places is the Wenallt – I love the view over Cardiff and have many happy childhood memories.

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

Needs to be taught in school. Not as an examinable subject but to demonstrate how the system works. At present many adults are in the dark about the mechanics of elections, canvassing etc, so start early and educate the younger generation who need to vote in their own interests.

What’s your favourite film?

Depends on my mood. Drama- Usual Suspects. Humour- A Private Function.

If You’re Elected

What will you do to improve your ward?

As we have two of the major arterial roads coming into Cardiff through our Ward, traffic and congestion is a major issue. Linked to this is the air pollution associated with congestion. Well-resourced Park and Ride facilities need to be developed and promoted so that commuters will use them.

The Council, University Hospital and the Assembly need to co-operate to find solutions to the problems associated with parking. It must be recognised that more on-site provision is needed and vastly improved public transport is required now. We cannot wait for the “Metro” to be developed.

Our parks and green spaces need protection and funding but, as they are not a statutory requirement, then new ways of funding will need to be explored.

How will you communicate with residents in your ward?

Already have a website at www.heathandbirchgroveindependents.co.uk. I would hold regular surgeries and continue to keep residents informed through local leaflets. I am on Twitter too. As a local resident I’m often out and about in the ward so can be approached face to face.

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

Transport and environment. There is a desperate need to prevent gridlock; discourage rat- running; improve public transport; and promote walking and cycling. This is vital to improve air quality and reduce pollution.

The road network. It is barely coping now but if the current LDP is followed without a massive improvement in public transport before the development takes place, I feel it will become gridlocked. The South Wales Metro needs more investment if it is going to succeed.

Final Comments

What would you change about Cardiff and why?

The things I would change are firstly the bus station plan. I do not believe the current model will work as an efficient interchange in normal circumstances, never mind on big event days like the six nations games.

Secondly, as an occasional attender at Clwb Ifor Bach I would like to amend any planning requirements that effectively force establishments to close because of new developments. The situation on Womanby St. is deeply disturbing and venues must be supported.

Any final comments?

I have come to appreciate that the role of a councillor is not just about the efficient running of the city but importantly about representing and helping individuals. Often people with a problem approach their local councillor first when they need to be accessing their AM or MP , but as a first point of contact we have a role in guiding them to the right person.

Therefore being local and accessible is very important.

Joy Coughlan: Labour – Gabalfa

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Joy Coughlan

Name – Joy Coughlan
Party – Labour
Ward – Gabalfa
Website
Twitter  –
Facebook – GabalfaGydaiGilydd
How can people get in touch with you? – Facebook or joyamycoughlan@gmail.com.

About You

Tell us about yourself

Originally born in Dublin Ireland, I moved to England in my late teens, then settled in Wales and have lived here happily for 10 years. Wales has been extremely welcoming to me and I’m very pleased I found it as a home. People tell me that what they love about Ireland is the friendliness, but I have found the exact same here, tied in with a wonderful cultural heritage, open-mindedness and appreciation for the national language.

My background is proudly working-class and I have had a variety of jobs in my life, which have enriched my experience in different ways. My first one was holding a sign pointing to a clothing store for hours on end when I was a teenager. I like to think this helped my patience! I found my niche in support work, as it allows you to help others help themselves. It also gives the opportunity to use the experience of any struggles you have had in your life as empathy for others hardships, therefore turning a negative to a positive. My favourite quote has always been “Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.”

Since I was a kid, I’ve loved animals and been concerned about their welfare. My poor mother was constantly besieged by random animals I brought home, like baby birds who had fallen out of nests or creatures who I was adamant needed nursing to health. Luckily she was an animal lover too and put up with me! To this day, a home doesn’t seem like a proper home to me unless I have a furry companion of some variety.

As a member of the LGBT community, a woman, and a human being, I’m passionate about injustice and equalities, having had involvement in various ways since my teens. It is important to me that I do not only promote equality that applies to me, but above all amplify the voices of other marginalised groups, such as the Black and Minority Ethnic communities.

To relax, I like to spend time with animals, read, write poetry, go to the theatre, cinema or gigs. Thankfully there are no shortage of things to get up to in Cardiff!

What are the biggest issues in your ward?

It very much depends on where you are in Gabalfa, but general themes tend to circle around fly-tipping, road repair, parking and speeding. In addition there is plenty of individual case-work for us to get stuck into!

What’s your favourite place in Cardiff and why?

The Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay. It is a beautifully imposing building that holds so much magic inside for the pupils trouping in and out of there daily. Taking a break on the couches there frequently means getting caught up in free performances. Brilliant example of the thriving and accessible arts culture here.

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

Firstly I believe the voting age should be lowered. Long term decisions are being made that will affect generations and it seems only fair to me that they get a say.

Secondly I feel that a more diverse range of people need to be encouraged to be involved. Especially at higher levels, it can be thought of as something only a certain type of person with a certain background can be influential and people think it would not be possible for them to be that voice. But communities need voices from those communities, with their backgrounds, speaking for them. The bubble needs squashing.

Lastly, I believe it puts people off to see their representatives aiming low blows, squabbling like children and being frankly very rude. Politics doesn’t need to be like that, if we all just want the best for our community and society, we can promote that and debate without going back to the worst of the schoolyard. So, I would suggest that honest, respectful and fair behaviour would help to engage more people to get involved.

What’s your favourite film?

As Good as It Gets.

If You’re Elected

What will you do to improve your ward?

Being a representative, to me, means listening to those who are directly affected and basing your policies on what you hear, rather than the other way around, Therefore from the conversations I have had on the doorstep: I would campaign for a fair share of the budget for road improvements to be spent in Gabalfa. To help solve the parking issues I would communicate with residents and local businesses, seeking to ensure more residents parking where needed and considering any other possible solutions. In addition I would be active in and promote the Love Where You Live campaign, towards a cleaner and greener Gabalfa. As well as this, I would intend to be very involved in any issues residents wished assistance with on an individual casework level.

How will you communicate with residents in your ward?

Engaging with the community I would be representing is very important to me. I would intend to hold regular surgeries, street stalls and door knock residents. In addition I would communicate through newsletters, social media, phone and email.

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

The Love Where You Live campaign is one which I feel is important. I feel it brings communities together to solve issues such as littering and also puts pressure on those who affect the city in this way to think about what they are doing.

I would also be vocal on caring for our most vulnerable. Cardiff has a big heart and that can be reflected in our policies going forward.

Final Comments

What would you change about Cardiff and why?

I would wish to further improve public transport and cycle routes, as I feel that not only will this make Cardiff an even greener city, it would also help with traffic congestion.

Any final comments?

It would be an honour to represent my neighbours in Gabalfa. I would promise to listen to you and work hard, respectfully and honestly for our community.