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Will Ogborne – 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.

Will Ogborne

Will Ogborne

Welsh Liberal Democrats

I have lived in Cardiff for the last decade and have made Llanishen my home. I work for a small Cardiff-based technology firm as a Software Trainer and Digital Integrator.

I joined the Liberal Democrats to demand better for our city, our environment, our local businesses, and to fight Brexit.

It’s an honour to be selected by members to be the Liberal Democrat candidate in this election.

We urgently need to improve local bus services, tackle traffic chaos, support local businesses and force this Labour council to keep their promise of a new recycling centre in Cardiff North. It would be an honour to represent my community.

I believe that Labour’s failure to deliver on their promise of a new recycling centre from 2017 when the Wedal Road centre was closed is embarrassing for our part of the city, and the opening of a new centre must be a priority.

It’s been nearly three years now with no progress from the Labour run council on this. Having to travel to centres in Grangetown or Rumney instead of having a centre nearby is having a clear impact on the city, with fly-tipping rates on the increase.

People in Llanishen and Thornhill deserve better. This simply isn’t good enough.

I also want to work with local bus providers to improve peak-time capacity in Llanishen and Thornhill, to ensure that buses are routed to the areas where the services are most needed, and to encourage a higher public transport take-up with the aim of having less cars on the road causing congestion.

As a daily bus user myself I see first-hand how busy that services can get in the morning and evening peak periods, with buses often full before they leave our area in the mornings, and full to standing on those return journeys from the city centre in the evening. I’d like to see both Cardiff Bus and N.A.T. commit to running larger capacity buses on our local services at peak times to improve journey comfort, and in turn encourage drivers to switch to using the buses to commute to the city centre instead.

With our city in the midst of a climate emergency we need to take positive steps to reduce traffic congestion on our roads, and long overdue improvements to our public transport services can only help toward this.

In my spare time I’m a Cardiff Devils ice hockey season ticket holder, an avid fan of American Football and enjoy walking my two terriers around the local area with my partner Sarah-jane.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of, and should not be attributed to, My Cardiff North.

Garry Hunt – 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.

Garry Hunt

Garry Hunt

Welsh Labour

I have been a civil servant for almost 40 years and have lived in Llanishen for most of my adult life after attending Llanishen High School between 1969 and 1976.

I was first elected onto Cardiff City Council for the Llanishen and Thornhill ward in 1991 and was re-elected in 1995, 1999 and 2012 spending 18 of the last 28 years as a Councillor for the ward.

For all those years I was on the Council’s Planning Committee building up a sound working knowledge of the planning and development system.

I was on the Governing Body of Thornhill Primary School when it first opened and I served for ten years on Cefn Onn’s Governing Body before the school closed. I have been on Coed Glas’ Governing Body for 28 years including a period of 15 years as Chair of Governors and have been Chair of Governors of the Court Special School on Station Road for over 10 years. The budgetary pressures on schools are intense and becoming worse and experience and knowledge of the system is needed now more than ever.

I have been Chair of the Court Field Action Group for over 10 years – a group of residents who help to administer and maintain the Court Field having negotiated a new 25 year lease with the Council 2 years ago. The Group is an example of a community functioning together and is an example of how retaining open space is functional and practical as well as aspirational.

I have also been on the Committee that has organised the Llanishen and Lisvane scouts firework display for the last two years and have been involved in the group that works alongside the local Rotary Club to organise the Llanishen Village Christmas lights.

When I was a Councillor previously I helped set up a Youth Action Project in Llanishen and Thornhill working alongside the Police and those residents interested in provisions for teenagers. It was this initiative that led to the creation of the skateboard park on the Glider Field still there today and still popular. As Councils have been forced to cut back on youth services, local initiatives have become more vital in creating facilities for the young.

In the 1990s, I set up a social inclusion unit within Cardiff Council and poverty and its manifestations and underlying causes locally, regionally, nationally and internationally remains an interest for me.

My work as a front line Civil Servant dealing directly with the public has helped me to be able to deal with personal cases with discretion and sensitivity and I have also organised and engaged with numerous local campaigns over the years against unwanted proposed developments .

I am a long suffering season ticket holder at Cardiff City and continue to have an interest in sports. One of the first community activities I engaged in was as treasurer of a local Sunday league team in the 1980s – the late and much lamented Church Park Rangers. I have always sought to maximise sporting facilities in Llanishen and Thornhill and hope to have the opportunity to continue to do so.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of, and should not be attributed to, My Cardiff North.

Lawrence Gwynn – Independent

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.

Lawrence Gwynn

Lawrence Gwynn


I was born in Cardiff in 1963, and have lived in Llanishen all my life participating in a full and active part socially and trying to help the community in anyway I can, with the residents which live near me.

I believe in a strong community spirit. Residents should be able to express their opinions on all issues and concerns of their community services.

There are lots of issues that I see, and are brought to my attention by local residents, and although I’m not an elected person, but I always try to help or address the issues that they have, and advise the best course of action.

Some main concerns that are on going seem to be,

  1. Road conditions – potholes being a main factor.
  2. Speeding traffic in 20MPH zone. This is a major concern, I see it everyday, the day to day traffic just ignores this, and our fears are that someone will be seriously hurt or killed, our road network in Llanishen and Thornhill just cannot take this volume of traffic at speed. “IT NEEDS ENFORCING”.
  3. Some residents are concerned about the anti social behavior, it would be good to see more beat officers of an evening walking the streets.
  4. The local street drains need to be cleaned, several for example where I live are full and have been for some months now.
  5. Litter and rubbish, this can be a problem, but as a community, everyone can do their bit.
  6. Llangranog road shops, may be a revamp of some sort, all you basically have is the “Premier shop”, and the “Labour local office”.
  7. Coryton Railway service, I know it’s off the area a bit, but I think it would be a great bonus to introduce a Sunday service, this would take more traffic off the road and would benefit all Cardiff north residents.
  8. Very important – Llanishen clinic need to be reopened with a good doctors service, it should never have closed, the people of Llanishen deserve better.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of, and should not be attributed to, My Cardiff North.

Michael Cope – 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.

Michael Cope

The Green Party


My name is Michael Cope and I am the Wales Green Party candidate for Llanishen and Thornhill. I am a local candidate. I grew up in Llanishen and attended Llanishen High School. After four years at university I came back and live here now. I have strong roots and connections to the area and love living here.

One of the benefits of living in Llanishen is the access to green spaces. A keen walker, I enjoy walking through the parks and grassy areas of Llanishen and the wider city. This love of the city’s greenery is what is driving me to stand for election to Cardiff Council. As councils across Wales rush to cut costs, it is vital that our local environment and the local services we rely on are not sacrificed. Our environment and our public services are vital to us and have positive effects on our health and wellbeing. I don’t think Cardiff Council understands that.

With the climate crisis deepening, the need to have local councillors with a strong knowledge of the environment and a passion to improve it is greater than ever. Environmentalism is not just about large, multinational agreements to combat climate change. It’s also about your local area-whether your local green spaces are well maintained, how often your bins are collected, whether public transport is affordable and frequent, whether you have access to decent leisure facilities and many other aspects of local policy which help determine our quality of life. All of us have a stake in the fight for our environment and we all need to work hard to protect it.

I joined the Green Party because it is the only party to recognise the threat climate change poses and the only party with the answers. We recognise that the environment is not separate from economics or social justice but is interlinked with them. In order to truly benefit local communities we must invest in our environment and services, recognising them as a public good with long term benefits that cannot be ignored.

Green Party councillors across the country are working hard to improve their local services and their local environments. I want to become one of them. We need to shake up Cardiff Council.

As councillor, I would:

  • Campaign for the return of recycling facilities to Cardiff North. It was a huge mistake of the Labour council to shut down the Wedal Road recycling centre, forcing residents to travel even further. Llanishen residents need a recycling centre that is accessible and within easy reach.
  • Fight to protect our green spaces from development. All residents should have easy access to well-maintained parks, playing fields and green spaces.
  • Demand that Cardiff Council work to reduce air pollution, particularly around schools and leisure facilities.
  • Work to make public transport cheaper and more accessible to all in Llanishen and Thornhill. Bus travel should ideally be free to all to reduce reliability on cars. I support the planned South Wales Metro, providing that Llanishen and Thornhill residents are provided for by it.
  • Push for the rejuvenation of empty shops by campaigning for Cardiff Council to introduce social business rates and deferred rate schemes to independent businesses. Vibrant high streets should be seen primarily as a public good, not as a money-making exercise.
  • Support methods to increase and improve active travel infrastructure in Llanishen. Walkers and cyclists need improved routes. Roads must be made safer through proper repair of potholes.
  • Push for more investment in our public services and work hard to improve them. I oppose outsourcing of public services and believe outsourced services should be brought back in-house.
  • Call for more affordable and social housing across Cardiff. Councils should bring empty homes back into the housing market. All new homes should be built to the strongest environmental standards. I would support the introduction of a scheme to help homeowners retrofit existing homes with solar panels.
  • Campaign with Green Party councillors across the country for an end to the Tory Government’s slashing of council budgets across the UK. With an ageing population and the effects of climate change biting, councils should not be forced to cut provision for local services which many people rely on to get by. We need an end to short-termist slash and burn attitudes to council budgets.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of, and should not be attributed to, My Cardiff North.

Chris Haines – 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.

Chris Haines

Chris Haines

Plaid Cymru


I’m standing for Plaid Cymru in the Llanishen and Thornhill by-election on Thursday, November 21 because I want to make a tangible difference to people’s daily lives.

An award-winning journalist, I worked for newspapers in south Wales for more than 10 years, leading public interest campaigns, raising money for charity, exposing crime and corruption, fighting cuts to schools and hospitals, and holding public bodies to account. Nowadays, I’m acting director of a business in Cardiff Bay, which monitors policy developments in Wales and Westminster.

As with journalism, you should not enter politics for personal gain, so if elected I will use the £13,000-a-year allowance to set up a community fund to support good causes in the ward.

Having lived in the area for 30 years, like many, I’m fed up with the status quo of Labour and the Tories – and I firmly believe that Cardiff can do so much better.

Labour has a lamentable record in office since taking control of the council in 2012 and in leading the Welsh Government over the past 20 years. Take transport alone:

  • bus routes have been slashed and the city has been left without a bus station for years;
  • elderly and disabled people have faced trouble renewing concessionary passes;
  • thousands of people are sharing a handful of Nextbikes and the bike-sharing app’s broken;
  • and Transport for Wales has made a stuttering start, with trains often cancelled, late or overcrowded.

Now, Labour proposes increasing the age at which people can get a free bus pass by eight years, which would fuel growing problems with loneliness and isolation among older people.

WalesOnline has also reported that there is “renewed hope” for a new motorway interchange at Thornhill, which would increase congestion on Thornhill Road – already one of the city’s worst pinchpoints. Junction 31 would also cost millions, damage the environment, and harm public health through increased emissions.

And all the above at a time when we need to encourage a shift from cars to public transport and active travel.

Plaid Cymru offers a radical alternative in this election. We will:

  • fight for better public transport links in the north of the city;
  • campaign against any plans for junction 31 on the M4 at Thornhill;
  • promote active travel by drastically increasing the availability of shared bikes;
  • call for jobs closer to where people live rather than centralised in the city centre;
  • oppose cuts to local authority education budgets amid a school funding crisis;
  • make local people’s voices heard on planning issues, particularly around new housing;
  • and protect the greenbelt, one of the jewels in Cardiff’s crown, from any development.

If you agree with our vision for a better Cardiff, vote for Plaid on Thursday, November 21.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of, and should not be attributed to, My Cardiff North.

Sian-Elin Melbourne – 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.

Siân-Elin Melbourne

Sian-Elin Melbourne

Welsh Conservative Party


My name is Sian-Elin Melbourne and I am 43, and I have lived in North Cardiff for most of my adult life, having attended Ysgol y Wern as a child, and then sending my 3 children there before moving on to Ysgol Glantaf. I live with my husband Russell and 2 of my 3 children, my eldest has gone off to university and lives in Brighton. I work as a Welsh teacher and I have done this for nearly 15 years.

I have seen how stresses and anxiety has increased over the years in our young people and one of my key pledges is to help raise access to better wellbeing provision in our local schools and to raise mental health awareness. I try to be as active as possible. I enjoy skiing and rugby. I am learning sign language and most recently, I have become involved with deaf rugby and I will be taking part in the Wales Deaf v Rugby against Cancer charity match on Saturday 30th November.

I am standing because I care about my local area of Llanishen & Thornhill. I am aware of the positive impact that good Councillors and a strong team can have. I have been working with the Llanishen & Thornhill Councillor Team and have been out speaking to residents about the issues that matter to them. I love this area; it is where I went to school, and where I sent my children to school. Local people have shared their issues with me, and as such, if elected I will look to focus on the following:

  • Working with local schools to raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing provisions, and ensuring all our schools have equal access to these provisions. So that ALL our young people have access to the tools to be resilient young adults,
  • Addressing crime and anti-social behaviour – making sure our streets are safe and welcoming for all residents. Frontline services are a priority, we want to ensure policing is kept local and is able to deal with problems swiftly.
  • I support other Conservative Councillors in wanting to lower council tax for all, ensuring the people of Llanishen & Thornhill have more money in their pockets,
  • Bringing pride to the community – by protecting our green spaces and tacking litter issues

Sian-Elin ydw I ac rydw i’n 43, rwyf wedi byw yng Ngogledd Caerdydd am rhan fwyaf o’m bywyd fel oedolyn, Es i i ysgol gynradd Y Wern, ac yna ddanfonais fy 3 plentyn yno cyn iddyn nhw symud ymlaen i Ysgol Glantaf. Rydw i’n byw gyda fy ngŵr Russell a 2 o’m mhlant, mae fy mhlentyn hynaf wedi mynd i’r brifysgol ac yn byw yn Brighton. Dw i’n gweithio fel athrawes ac rwyf wedi bod yn gwneud hyn am bron i bumtheg mlynedd.

Dw i wedi gweld sut mae straen a phryder wedi cynyddu dros y blynyddoedd yn ein pobl ifanc ac un o fy addewidion allweddol ydy helpu i gynyddu mynediad i well darpariaeth lles yn ein hysgolion lleol ac i godi ymwybyddiaeth o iechyd meddwl. Dw i’n ceisio bod mor egnïol â phosibl. Dw i’n mwynhau sgïo a rygbi. Dw i’n dysgu iaith arwyddion ac yn fwyaf diweddar, rwyf wedi bod yn aelod â carafan rygbi byddar a byddaf yn cymryd rhan mewn gêm elusen rhwng rygbi byddar Cymru a Elusen Chancer ar ddydd Sadwrn 30 Tachwedd.

Dw i’n sefyll oherwydd fy mod yn poeni am fy ardal leol, sef Llanisien a Ddraenen Pen-y graig. Dw i’n ymwybodol o’r effaith gadarnhaol y gall cynghorwyr da a thîm cryf ei chael. Dw i wedi bod yn gweithio gyda thîm cynghorydd Llanisien a Ddraenen Pen- graig ac wedi bod allan yn siarad â’r trigolion am y materion sydd o bwys iddynt. Dw i’n caru’r ardal hon; Dyma lle es i i’r ysgol, a lle anfonais fy mhlant i’r ysgol. Mae pobl leol wedi rhannu eu materion gyda mi, ac o’r herwydd, os cânt eu hethol, byddaf yn ceisio canolbwyntio ar y canlynol:

  • Gweithio gydag ysgolion lleol i godi ymwybyddiaeth o ddarpariaethau iechyd meddwl a lles, a sicrhau bod gan ein holl ysgolion fynediad cyfartal i’r darpariaethau hyn. Fel bod gan bobl ifanc fynediad at yr offer i fod yn oedolion ifanc gwydn,
  • Mynd i’r afael â throseddau ac ymddygiad gwrthgymdeithasol-sicrhau bod ein strydoedd yn ddiogel ac yn groesawgar i’r holl drigolion, mae gwasanaethau rheng flaen yn flaenoriaeth, rydym am sicrhau bod plismona yn cael ei gadw’n lleol a’i fod yn gallu delio â phroblemau’n gyflym.
  • Yr wyf yn cefnogi cynghorwyr Ceidwadol eraill sydd am ostwng y dreth gyngor i bawb, gan fynnu bod mwy o arian yn eu pocedi ar gael i bobl Llanisien a’r Ddraenen Pen –y graig,
  • Dod â balchder i’r gymuned-drwy ddiogelu ein mannau gwyrdd a thaclo problemau sbwriel

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of, and should not be attributed to, My Cardiff North.

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


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



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


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


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.