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Mike Phillips: Conservatives – Whitchurch and Tongwynlais

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Mike Phillips

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

About You

Tell us about yourself

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

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

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

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

What are the biggest issues in your ward?

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

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

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

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

What’s your favourite place in Cardiff and why?

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

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

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

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

What’s your favourite film?

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

If You’re Elected

What will you do to improve your ward?

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

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

How will you communicate with residents in your ward?

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

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

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

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

Bigger issues are education, business development and transport.

Final Comments

What would you change about Cardiff and why?

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

Any final comments?

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

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.

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.