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Jackie Jones: Labour – Llanishen

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Jackie Jones

Name – Jackie Jones
Party – Labour
Ward – Llanishen
Website
Twitter  – @JackieLlanishen
Facebook – JackieLlanishen
How can people get in touch with you? – Jackie@Llanishenward.org.uk.

About You

Tell us about yourself

I came to Cardiff in 1985 to study. I loved it so much I stayed. I’ve lived in many different places in the UK, including Pembrokeshire.

I lecture law at university and have done so for 23 years. My main areas are equalities and human rights.

I volunteer a lot of my time with women’s charities, including Wales Assembly of Women that has been in existence for over 30 years to bring international law standards to Wales and represent the views of women in Wales at international fora, including the United Nations. I am a trustee of two charities as well and a Governor of Thornhill Primary School.

I am married with one child and a cat. Recently lost my dog who’d been with us for 10 years.

This is the first time I am standing for political office. I want to try to use my skills to do the best I can for the ward and for the future of my son who is 15. I am standing as a Labour and Cooperative Party candidate because I believe in equality for all.

What are the biggest issues in your ward?

The most common issues mentioned by residents are cars and roads. I think these are issues common to most major cities that require a smart solution – city-wide, not just in the ward. We do need to do something urgently about them in Llanishen.

What’s your favourite place in Cardiff and why?

There are many places I love in Cardiff: I love the Bay area, especially the Norwegian Church where I spent many hours; Roath Lake for the ‘wildlife’, play area and ice cream; the blue bell woods and Cefn Onn Park for dog walks (!); The stadium for rugby.

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

I think we are seeing more people getting involved in politics – each in their own way; the older generation on the doorstep and voting; younger generation on social media, in single issue campaigns etc and in the middle – marches and voting… I think it is time for 16, 17 year olds to get the vote. So many laws and policies directly concern them – not fair not to have a say.

What’s your favourite film?

Fave films: Star Wars; My Cousin Vinny.

If You’re Elected

What will you do to improve your ward?

Try to address the issues of most concern to residents, cars and roads, and issues that residents will bring to the weekly surgeries. I also think we need to address transport and continue to improve school standards in the ward (and across Cardiff).

How will you communicate with residents in your ward?

I will use a variety of methods, including social media, newsletters, emails, as well as talking to residents at public meetings/events.

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

Cardiff is a great place to live – let’s make it better. How do we do that? We all need to work together as best we can to address the issues residents in Cardiff are vested in, including: transport, housing, education, jobs, the environment, equality and leaving the EU. These affect us all, let’s work cooperatively to make it happen.

Final Comments

What would you change about Cardiff and why?

I’d like to see a Metro system in and around Cardiff.

Any final comments?

I hope you’ll vote Welsh Labour and Cooperative Party for Llanishen on Thursday.

Peter Hudson: Conservatives – Heath

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Peter Hudson

Name – Peter Hudson
Party – Conservatives
Ward – Heath
Website
Twitter  – @PeterMHudson1
Facebook
How can people get in touch with you?

About 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?

Zulu.

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.

Final Comments

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.

Lyn Hudson: Conservatives – Heath

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Lyn Hudson

Name – Lyn Hudson
Party – Conservatives
Ward – Heath
Website
Twitter  – @orbiscat
Facebook – LynHudsonCardiff
How can people get in touch with you? – 07900 167933 and lyn.hudson@hotmail.com.

About You

Tell us about yourself

I’m married over 33 years to Peter Hudson who is also standing for council in Heath. I have lived in Heath for nearly 50 years, so it has a special place in my heart. Standing alongside us is Michelle Michaelis, a former councillor and one who has a wealth of expertise. I have been a councillor since 2008, re-elected in 2012.

I set up a street party for the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in Crystal Avenue, fundraising and organising it which was then celebrated in the Citizens hall Heath Park when the weather forecast was decidedly poor. I became a councillor after opposing a garden-grabbing development in Heathwood Road and was successful in getting it reduced in size.

We are parents and grandparents and I’m a proud Governor of Ton yr Ywen Primary School. Education is very important to me as this has to be a priority to give our children the best start in life against a competitive market.

I am a dementia friend and care for my disabled mum who lives with us and is 91 years young.

Having a love of all animals, I have owned, bred and shown pedigree dogs and especially cats for over 30 years.

Passionate about Heath, I was also instrumental in getting the re-dedication of Heath Park and preserving it from any further development.

I was delighted to receive a Certificate of Commendation from the Merchant Navy Welfare Board for my services to the committee which was a huge but welcome surprise.

What are the biggest issues in your ward?

One of the biggest issues in the ward has been parking, especially around the University Hospital of Wales area. I took a petition to the Welsh Government in 2008 and it has been an ongoing issue ever since.

Another issue has been the dangerous bus lanes that continue to blight Caerphilly Road and we still do not have enough parking to allow people to visit the area, as well as residents who need to park on their street.

Also there is the issue is the proposed closure of Wedal Road tip. We’ve been told that there is to be a recycling centre possibly in Cardiff North but this will not include a tip and to date nothing has materialised.

We will be fighting the disastrous consequences of a disorganised, divided Labour administration in Cardiff, as well as the Welsh Government who despite having received the best settlement in funding from Westminster, have not used it wisely.

What’s your favourite place in Cardiff and why?

I can’t choose between two places. One has to be Heath Park where we regularly walk our dog. It’s beautiful there, especially to see the changing seasons and it’s also a great place to meet people, whether they are dog walkers like ourselves, playing sport or using the many other facilities on the park. Our grandchildren love the park.

The other place is Caerphilly Road which is lively, friendly and busy at any time of the day and night. It’s our favourite place to shop or eat, as we are blessed with many individual unique businesses and there is such a variety of good food and drink.

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

I think councillors should be active and visible in the community. That means using local shops and amenities and being proactive in meeting residents in the areas that are popular, such as my surgeries which are held in the local Birchgrove pub. It’s there that I meet people who want to speak informally and who would not necessarily want a formal setting. We also learn a lot about what is going on and what people would like to see in the ward. I use social media to inform the residents of changes or any alerts that I receive from Council or Police. I also have meetings to discuss proposals that effect the locality or to discuss consultations that will have an impact on the ward. This is important for people who are not on social media, and who cannot access the usual channels.

What’s your favourite film?

The Sound of Music, a feel-good film perennial that our children and grandchildren grew up with and which still comes out from time to time.

If You’re Elected

What will you do to improve your ward?

I would like to see another parking review, as this is still such a huge issue in the ward. My wish would be to have more hybrid parking, that is, some free parking, some time-limited parking and some residents’ only parking.

I want a parking review with a difference. I would like to see parity over the ward, something that would be a fairer system than present, but also tailored to different areas, as for example, some streets have issues with parking for the train stations, while others have problems as they are closer to the hospital.

How will you communicate with residents in your ward?

Holding regular surgeries, holding meetings to discuss individual issues and by informing residents via social media and modern technology.

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

Parking in the individual wards that are blighted by insufficient parking and parking near or in the city centre to access shops, hotels, train and bus stations. This is a huge problem and at present this does not address the needs of the disabled, especially in the city centre.

The City Deal brought about a great opportunity to benefit not only Cardiff but other areas wider of the city. This is an exciting chance for Cardiff to be involved at base level in forming a vibrant venue for both visitors and residents.

The electrification of the railways which is again a chance to connect with the wider outlying areas to make it easier for work or leisure in our city.

A metro system that equals those in other cities and makes transport more of a pleasure than a chore.

Final Comments

What would you change about Cardiff and why?

I would like to see an integrated transport system, with one ‘ticket to ride’ on a variety of buses, trains and hopefully a new metro system. Having used various systems in other cities, it seems to work very well and it should be well signposted not only in the city centre but to get to the outskirts of the city as well, which will alleviate a lot of the problems in getting around our city easily and more importantly, quickly.

Any final comments?

I am delighted to be involved in the Transforming Cancer Services programme for Velindre and wherever the new centre will be based, it is badly needed. Having attended many workshops with politicians and other interested parties, it’s obvious that this hideous disease touches many families and if we want to advance medicine in this area, it will of necessity have to expand to accommodate the technology and expertise needed. I hope there will be a breakthrough in my lifetime and I am always optimistic!

Adrian Robson: Conservatives – Rhiwbina

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Adrian Robson

Name – Adrian Robson
Party – Conservatives
Ward – Rhiwbina
Website – rhiwbina.campaigningforyou.com
Twitter  – @Adrian1Robson
Facebook – adrian1robson
How can people get in touch with you? – 02920627757, adrian1robson@live.co.uk.

About You

Tell us about yourself

First elected in 2004, I’ve been on various Council committees, including the planning committee. Also currently sit on the Glamorgan Archives Joint Committee and am a Non-Executive (unpaid) Director of Cardiff Bus.

Aside from politics, am a member of Cardiff Speakers Club where I practice and compete in public speaking contest.

What are the biggest issues in your ward?

The key issues are basic services. Residents want their bins emptied on time, roads and pavements, swept and in a good condition. Drains cleared, grass cut and lights repaired. Traffic schemes such as a right turn filter at the Ty Wern/Caerphilly Road junction or full pedestrian facilities at the Monico are also needed. And of course retaining facilities such as Rhiwbina Library and Wedal Road are crucial.

What’s your favourite place in Cardiff and why?

I’m going to pick two places. Firstly the views from Wenallt Road back across Rhiwbina, the City and across the Severn Estuary. The second is Cardiff Bay and the Barrage, showing how the city has grown and developed since the 1980s.

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

Politics need to have people who do what they say they will. People need to see how their vote will make a difference. If the issue is relevant to them, or they can make a real change, then they will engage in politics.

What’s your favourite film?

The Shawshank Redemption.

If You’re Elected

What will you do to improve your ward?

Keep pushing for the basic services to be delivered and for roads to be improved. I’d like to see new bus shelters constructed and the community skip scheme reintroduced. Plus retaining what we have already got, whether it is Rhiwbina Library, Wedal Road or the Pantmawr Inn.

How will you communicate with residents in your ward?

Regular newsletters, plus updates on social media. Also advice surgeries throughout Rhiwina and Pantmawr. I’m happy to receive enquiries via any method.

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

For me, the largest issue facing Cardiff is the Metro and the development of the transport infrastructure as the city grows. We’ve one opportunity to get it right and all Councillors need to get involved in this.

Final Comments

What would you change about Cardiff and why?

The relationship with the business community is generally very poor. Business is a key pillar of Cardiff’s success and, mostly due to personalities, there has been real fallout. It doesn’t move the city forward in the way a modern Capital city needs.

Any final comments?

Rhiwbina and Pantmawr is one of the strongest communities in Cardiff and a fantastic part of the city to represent. The residents get behind campaigns they believe in (for example approx 1,000 people turning up at the meeting to call for a community poll to save Rhiwbina Library’s funding). Rhiwbina Councillors are left in no doubt as to what residents want and we make every effort to achieve it.

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.