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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.

Linda Morgan: Conservatives – Whitchurch and Tongwynlais

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Name – Linda Morgan
Party – Conservatives
Ward – Whitchurch and Tongwynlais
Website – wandt2017.wales
Twitter  –
Facebook – Whitchurch and Tongwynlais 2017
How can people get in touch with you?lindamorgan@wandt2017.wales, Facebook.

About You

Tell us about yourself

I was born in Tongwynlais to Winston & Iris Griffiths where we can trace our family roots back several generations , I married my husband Barrie in St Michaels church in the village we now have 3 children and 6 grandchildren and I have lived most of my life in the village apart for 6 years in Whitchurch as a teenager.

My father Winston was a County councillor for Whitchurch and Tongwynlais for some 20 years and my son Jonathan was a member of The Welsh Assembly for 10 years. As a child I attended Tongwynlais Primary School and upon passing my eleven plus I then attended Caerphilly Girls Grammar school finally going on to The Welsh College of Music & Drama. I have always had a keen interest in politics and community work I have been a community Councillor in Tongwynlais from 1999 and I also served 2 terms as a County Councillor in 2004 to 2012 for Whitchurch and Tongwynlais where I sat on the children and young people’s scrutiny committee. I was also the Education spokesman during my term in office.

During my terms of office both myself and Mike Jones-Pritchard successfully put forward a Notice of Motion to save the music services department situated in Cardiff City. Unfortunately this department has now come under threat once more.

As a musician I am involved in a large amount of voluntary work in Whitchurch and Tongwynlais Primary schools. I am also involved in many other voluntary organisations in both villages. I am also the founder of The Castell Coch Choral Society which is now in its 40th year and over this period we have raised many thousands of pounds for local charities. I am the Chair of the Tongwynlais Village Hall committee who are passionately committed to keeping the hall running, I organise both the Summer and Christmas fayres in the village. I am the secretary of The Ton Churches together, and a member of the TON Group.

I attend St Michaels Church in the village where I am leader of the Sunday School and deputy organist. In Whitchurch I am a member of the Whitchurch Community Centre where I was also part of the committee who successfully built the new centre. I chair the Whitchurch and Tongwynlais summer festival committee which was started by my late father Winston Griffiths.

I firmly believe all the organisations I am involved in are extremely important to the wellbeing of all aspects village life.

In my spare time my family, my music and walking are very special to me.

Finally I believe to be able to serve your community you must live in that community. I also agree with the saying if you want a job done give it to a busy person, and if elected I promise to do just that.

What are the biggest issues in your ward?

The main issues that are continually raised are litter, traffic, potholes, parking, dog mess, a lack of facilities for the youth, the rat runs in Whitchurch and the overspill of parking from The University Hospital of Wales. The continual mess around Coryton interchange with road signs left to rot on the grass verges.

Obviously I am very interested in the new Velindre cancer centre and welcome all the benefits for our community.

The additional housing and the undoubted pressures it will have on local schools and the infrastructure as a whole.

What’s your favourite place in Cardiff and why?

Our villages are wonderful, I also enjoy the parklands, woods and musical centres in Cardiff centre and the Bay.

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

To teach young people the difference between The Welsh Assembly and Westminster, to engage more with the general public in a similar way as some people can be confused as to which institution is in charge of a particular department. I think most politicians do the best they can but cannot always achieve everything. It’s very important to keep your promises as the electorate need to be able to trust you.

What’s your favourite film?

The Sound of Music and Ben Hur.

If You’re Elected

What will you do to improve your ward?

If I am elected I will work to put right problems that are effecting the residents of both villages. To try and insure that funding is spent in Whitchurch and Tongwynlais. I believe the libraries are essential to the community in both Whitchurch and Tongwynlais and need to be maintained and sustained.

How will you communicate with residents in your ward?

By telephone, Facebook or e-mail. Hold regular surgeries and to continue with my voluntary groups to reach as many residents as possible, put out regular news letters and surveys.

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

Improve standards of education where needed, keep our beautiful city clean to attract more visitors and to improve transport links.

Final Comments

What would you change about Cardiff and why?

To invest more in local areas to ensure we all live in well kept and looked after areas.

Better transport links between Cardiff Centre and the Bay.

Any final comments?

I believe in people before party politics and will work for each and every resident in our villages and the city as a whole.

Mike Jones-Pritchard: Conservatives – Whitchurch and Tongwynlais

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Name – Mike Jones-Pritchard
Party – Conservatives
Ward – Whitchurch and Tongwynlais
Website – wandt2017.wales
Twitter  – Not yet!
Facebook – whitchurchandtongwynlais2017
How can people get in touch with you? – Phone, MikeJonesPritchard@wandt2017.wales, Facebook – see web page for number.

About You

Tell us about yourself

I live in Tongwynlais with my wife Janine and we have three sons, all of whom attended Tongwynlais Primary and all of whom have now finished university. Born in Cardiff, I attended Heol Hir, (now Llanishen High) and Cardiff High, before going to University here. We moved to Tongwynlais in 1989 and I started an Architect’s Practice in Whitchurch in 1991, moving it to Tongwynlais in 2012.
I had the pleasure and honour to serve as one of Whitchurch and Tongwynlais’ local councillors from 2008 – 2012 and have been a Community Councillor in Tongwynlais since 1999. In an uncontested election, I have just been re-elected for another term.
I really enjoyed my time as a Cardiff councillor, serving on the Planning Committee, the Housing Appeals panel and others, while representing the ward, helping many residents and having an impact on Cardiff wide issues and initiatives. Linda Morgan and I had the only successful opposition motion in four years, where we succeeded in keeping the schools music service in existence. This service, which can benefit all children, is under threat again. In addition to my business, I enjoy working in the community and undertaking voluntary work. I have been the Chair of the governing bodies of both Coryton and Tongwynlais Primary Schools for a number of years. I am a leader in the 1st Whitchurch Scouts and I sing with, and am Chair of, Castell Coch Choral Society. In Whitchurch, I am Treasurer of the Community Centre and in Tongwynlais, I am a member of the choir in St Michael and All Angels Church, am on the committee of the Village Hall, and the TON group, and have helped organise the festivals in Whitchurch and Tongwynlais for many years.
For relaxation, (yes I do have some time left!) I enjoy time with my family, you might see me out running down the Taff or up to Nantgarw, or through the forest on one of the numerous paths in the area. I enjoy listening to music, usually Classic FM these days, reading, chatting with friends and a nice glass of red – but not all at the same time! With my family, I’ve also been in the Cardiff Scout and Guide Gangshow and Pantomime cast, virtually every year since 2008.

What are the biggest issues in your ward?

The main issues raised are traffic, potholes, parking, dog mess and litter. The results of our ward wide survey showed the condition of the roads to be of the most concern with the retention of the Recycling Centre in Wedal Road and the library in Whitchurch, coming second and third. Better youth facilities and improved cycle routes also received support.

The high levels of traffic coming in and out of Cardiff on Junction 32 affects Tongwynlais and north Whitchurch and the parking demands of UHW at Heath Park cause problems for many residents in south Whitchurch. “Rat runs”, with drivers taking short cuts to avoid traffic, cause concern in many parts of the ward, along with high levels of traffic around schools at the start and close of the day, with a demand from many for more parking enforcement.

The new proposals for Velindre Cancer Centre, are generating interest, with differing opinions on the benefits and impacts that they will have on the northern meadows and Whitchurch. The site has had outline permission for housing for around 20 years with the plans now showing a new hospital instead. A major difference is a new access from junction 32, to reduce traffic in Whitchurch. With an outline application to be submitted in May, and a planned construction by 2022, this and the proposals for the rest of the site, including the listed Whitchurch Hospital buildings, is likely to be a major issue in coming years.

Other issues that may arise from additional housing here, and elsewhere, will be the pressure on local schools from the need for additional places, both Welsh and English medium, and the capacity of the roads to take any additional traffic.

With the LDP bringing thousands of new houses, the management of the additional traffic and the proposals for an integrated transport network, will concern many in the ward. We need to ensure that Whitchurch and Tongwynlais, do not suffer from even more traffic on the roads in the area.

What’s your favourite place in Cardiff and why?

Apart from home in Tongwynlais with family and friends, the City is just too wonderful to choose a single place. The tranquility and beauty of the parks and open spaces, one of the best shopping centres in Britain, with new buildings and old arcades, the fantastic civic centre with the university, civic buildings and castle, Llandaff Cathedral, the Bay with the barrage, Mermaid Quay and the Millennium Centre, in the centre, the New Theatre and St David’s Hall. I could go on!

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

Politics has gained a bad name, sometimes rightly, from people who should know better. However, individuals and the media treat politicians in a way that non politicians rarely get treated. They are an easy target and often portrayed negatively. We have an electorate of over 16000 and even if there were only 2, our views would probably be wrong half the time!

Avoiding answers, or lying, puts people off but interviewers with alternative lines of argument to catch them out, doesn’t help. We all change our minds but when a politician is persuaded to, it’s a U turn and criticised. More public debates with schools and local groups instead of soundbites might improve engagement.

There is a tendency to focus on those that shout loudest and where this was once from a soapbox, now, a petition of 100 on social media, from a population of 20,000, becomes a headline “Local residents oppose..” Some politicians then agree with those shouting and forget the other 19,900. The loudest are not always right and the quiet ones sometimes have the correct answer. That also applies to politicians. If politicians sought and listened to the views of the quiet ones, there would be more engagement and less “I don’t do politics.”

There need to be many changes, we need to educate, young and old, into how our democracy works. The politician is not there to do what every individual wants, but to represent them. It’s wrong to label individuals as the same because they’re from a particular party, they are people too and their opinions differ. If voters are listened to and understood, if their representative really does want to help and does care, they would engage more and want to use their vote.

What people expect from their representatives and what those representatives can actually do is different. Better understanding by politicians of what the electorate expect and, by electors, of what their representatives actually do for them and the limits of their powers, may be a start.

What’s your favourite film?

It’s a Wonderful Life.

If You’re Elected

What will you do to improve your ward?

Firstly I have to be elected and then, depending on the make up of the new council, whether I am in opposition or part of the ruling group, will have an impact on what I can do.

We have good schools but there is more that can be done to raise standards and I would seek to help all the schools in the ward to do that.

The city has thousands of miles of roads and footpaths that need maintaining and residents are very concerned at the deterioration of these. Money might be tight, but lack of spending now on maintaining roads and footpaths just leads to higher costs in the future and more problems now.

An integrated transport network that keeps through traffic away from residential areas and allows more commuters to choose public transport with roads that allow traffic to flow freely, at all but the busiest times, would reduce rat runs and pollution and improve safety.

I would seek more traffic enforcement officers, booking people for parking on yellow lines and outside schools, where the safety of children is paramount. I would also like to see more lollipop people, along with better home to school walking routes.

Litter is a concern and I would aim to see how local cleansing representatives could be placed back into the community, both keeping the areas tidy and acting as educators, and maybe even wardens, working with enforcement officers to reduce littering and illegal parking.

I would work to maintain a library provision in both Tongwynlais and Whitchurch and develop the libraries as local hubs for other council services as well as a base for the local PCSOs. There is no council hub in the ward for residents to access council services, the nearest, in Llandaff North, has only just opened with the rest all in the south of the city.

The ward is served well by the Taff Trail but cycling on our roads needs to be safer and that needs to be coordinated with the integrated transport plan. There are proposals for a 20mph limit in many residential areas of the city to be introduced by 2020 but they are all south of Gabalfa. What about the safety of our children and older residents? Surely, 20mph is fast enough on the street outside your house and given average speeds now to cross the city, a reduction to 20mph would make little difference in travelling times but would make the roads safer for pedestrians and cyclists.

How will you communicate with residents in your ward?

As I and my colleagues live and work in the ward, many know us already and we can often be seen at local events and working in the community, where we would be happy to chat with residents.

I would also be available on the phone, by email, by Facebook and via a website, I would even try twitter! In addition, I would hold regular surgeries, and be available to meet local groups and schools, both to hear their views and to explain what a councillor can do, and does, for their communities and the wider city. I know from previous experience that it’s a lot more than attending a council meeting once a month. As part of the local Welsh Conservative team, I would distribute regular newsletters and carry out local surveys, where appropriate, both to inform and obtain views. The surveys could be door to door, by post or via social media on line.

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

There are so many but top of my list would be

  • The development of an truly integrated transport network.
  • Improving the standards of education throughout the city and seek ways to improve the abilities of children before they enter schools.
  • To seek to maintain the quality of our city centre for visitors, residents, sport, business and shopping.
  • Working with other agencies to help those in greatest need.
  • Working with Welsh Government to build Cardiff into an ever better capital.

Final Comments

What would you change about Cardiff and why?

There are a tremendous amount of things in Cardiff that need to be preserved or enhanced, but change is a constant and some will go and be replaced with things that will initially get opposition but will come to be appreciated. Just because something is old and been here for a long time, does not mean that it is good and can’t be improved!

As a councillor we have a greater ability to direct and influence that change. I’d like to see the Bay and the City Centre linked. There is the potential of the Taff river taxi but why not a tram from the Castle to the Roald Dahl Plass, via Callaghan Square with the train and bus station. That will also need some filling in the gaps, the biggest of which might be Callaghan Square itself, but a tram link through it might help with this. It would serve commuters and local residents alike, leading to reduced car use and a reduction in pollution. Callaghan Square could be a fantastic public open space with virtually direct access to the train and bus station, serving commuters, shoppers, visitors and residents alike.

There are also quite a lot of small things that I would change, perhaps unimportant to some but noticed by others, such as keeping our main “gateways” into the city tidy and well tended. Making sure roadwork signs are removed when not used and also removing redundant road signs and posts.

I would also like to see a change in how play areas and our parks are financed. There is very little, or no, budget for works to the parks and play areas, unless it comes from a 106 planning agreement with developers. That’s not the way to do things!

Any final comments?

My personal view is that we should never start with “We can’t because …. “ We should always start with “How can we…?” and if you want to get things done, that’s the best way to start.

We in the UK are known for our tolerance, openness, fairness and friendliness (particularly in Wales, so I’m told by visitors). Recently, there has been a rise of populism along with considerable rhetoric and opposition to certain groups. I would like to see a city where politicians remember it’s not about party politics, or Westminster, or Cardiff Bay, or anywhere else. It’s about people, the people of Cardiff, wherever they live in the city and whatever their situation and it’s for the next council to ensure that Cardiff works for all of them. The first question they should ask is – How can we do this?

I would like to be asking that question, with my colleagues Linda, Mike and Tim, and whether or not we are is in your hands.

Dianne Rees: Conservatives – Pontprennau and Old St Mellons

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Dianne Rees

Name – Dianne Rees
Party – Conservatives
Ward – Pontprennau and Old St Mellons
Website
Twitter  –
FacebookDianne Rees
How can people get in touch with you? – dianne.rees@welshconservatives.com, Telephone, Social Media and if re-elected Council contact details.

About You

Tell us about yourself

I was born and brought up in Cardiff, and have lived in the ward for 23 years. I am married with four adult children and have spent much of my life in public service. I trained as a secondary school teacher and spent time volunteering for local charities and organisations such as citizens advice bureau and have served as a Justice of the Peace for nearly 30 years.

Since 1995 I’ve been a member of Old St Mellons Community Council and served as Chairman for 6 years. First elected as a County Councillor in 2004, re-elected in 2008 and 2012, it has been an honour to serve this Community, the area in which I live and love, for the past 13 years. Being a County Councillor has given me the opportunity to engage with local organisations. Currently I’m Vice-Chair of Governors at the Village School in Old St Mellons and a founding governor of the new Pontprennau Primary School.

Family life is very important to me and I want the people of our area to enjoy quality time with their families. Maintaining and improving good quality living in Cardiff and in Pontprennau and Old St Mellons is important to me.

I am keen to preserve and improve our environment and ensure that children in Cardiff have the best opportunity to reach their full potential in education and subsequent employment.

Listening to the views of residents, I opposed mass development of green fields throughout the ward. I love this City and want to see the best of it preserved for future generations.

What are the biggest issues in your ward?

Parking and traffic congestion is the biggest issue in our Community. On the door step residents often report roads in need of urgent repair and highlight litter and graffiti hotspots.

Protection of the setting of our City is important. Greenfield development on the scale currently proposed will place additional pressures on our roads and Community.

Speeding is also a cause for concern and is often raised. Its good to see the 20mph zone near Pontprennau Primary School has been put in place.

What’s your favourite place in Cardiff and why?

For me it has to be City Hall and the Civic Centre that surrounds it. To me it symbolises the potential that Cardiff has which was the vision of the City Fathers in the early part of the 20th Century – I’d like to regain that spirit again.

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

Democracy and how it works should be taught in schools in an impartial way. I would like to see the press highlight some of the positive contributions made by the democratic process.

On a local level it is important that people understand the importance of County Council elections. They play a major role in delivering the governance of our schools, community facilities and quality of life.

What’s your favourite film?

Mamma Mia!

If You’re Elected

What will you do to improve your ward?

We will work as a team to address the issues our Community faces. Parking and congestion is a problem faced by many areas in the ward.

If both elected, Joel and I will hold a public meeting inviting all members of the Community, the new Cabinet Member with responsibility for traffic and transportation, the local Police, senior Council Officers and members of the business community. No real progress will be made with this issue unless there is real change in Council priorities.

The Council must be tough on flytipping and use CCTV footage and covert methods to detect and prosecute offenders.

If our Party is in control we will have a team of Officers dedicated to local areas to deal with issues such as; litter and drain clearance, parking issues, potholes and hedgerow, verge and grass cutting.

How will you communicate with residents in your ward?

We keep residents informed through our regular newsletters. We also send our targeted letters to areas that are affected by a particular issue. We will continue to call on residents and seek their views.

Since 2015 the Pontprennau Community Facebook page has been a great way to highlight local issues and respond to concerns raised by residents. Hopefully we have proven to the Community that we work well as a team and can do much more if both elected in May 2017.

Social media has become an important way of communicating quickly with residents and this must continue. It is also important to use traditional ways of communication by letter, email and telephone.

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

I am very concerned about the cleanliness of our City. When overseas visitors have come to Cardiff they have commented on the blight of litter on Cardiff roads.

Congestion is a major concern. With roads already at full capacity something must be done urgently to address this issue.

Care for the elderly and the education of children has got to be a priority for all elected members.

Final Comments

What would you change about Cardiff and why?

  • Better transport, including light rail connections in the east of the City. Some parts of my ward do not even have a bus service.
  • Cleaner outskirts and suburbs, free of litter.
  • New building should be more distinctive and reflect local building styles and use local building materials.
  • Less traffic congestion. It can take an hour and a half to cross the City by road.

Any final comments?

I care passionately about this City and the ward in which I live. To be a local politician, you must have passion, commitment and a drive to make things better and its wise to develop a thick skin!

Joel Williams: Conservatives – Pontprennau and Old St Mellons

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Joel Williams

Name – Joel Williams
Party – Conservatives
Ward – Pontprennau and Old St Mellons
Website – joelwilliams.net
Twitter  – @JoelTory
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About You

Tell us about yourself

Cardiff born and bred I’ve lived in Pontprennau and Old St Mellons all my life. I was educated at the local Village Primary School and at St Teilos Church in Wales High School. I first became interested in representing the views of others when I was asked to stand for the School Council when I was 11 years old. I was unhappy with the School’s uniform and the lack of practical work in science lessons!

I am passionate about improving public services that work for all, coming from a family of teachers I understand the importance of education and delivering sustained teaching and learning for all children. When I was 18 I was appointed a governor of a local primary school, since then I serve the School as Vice-Chair and Chair of the Finance & Estates Committee.

My interests in law and the planning system in Wales led me to become an active campaigner against unsustainable forms of greenfield development. In 2014 I led a legal challenge against a major development between Pontprennau and Old St Mellons. Cardiff needs homes, but these homes must be sustainable, with improved infrastructure and roads links- currently we lack this approach.

I’m a member of the local church in Old St Mellons and Old St Mellons Village Association (OSMVA). OSMVA organise social and sporting activities in Old St Mellons and hold regular events throughout the year that bring the community together. I have a keen interest in acting and am a member of a local amateur dramatics group in Cardiff.

Since 2012 I’ve run a small local business in Cardiff which publishes a magazine twice a year- the directory contains contacts for local businesses and groups in the area and has enabled me to listen to the views of others.

What are the biggest issues in your ward?

Parking and congestion is by far the biggest issue that comes up on the doorstep in Pontprennau and parts of Old St Mellons. There’s no point in highlighting an issue unless your prepared to do your best to do something about it. Linked in with congestion is greenfield development. We can’t build thousands of homes between Lisvane and Pontprennau unless we have the road network and infrastructure arrangements in place.

That is why local residents fought against the development between Pontprennau and Old St Mellons- the Pentwyn Link Road is already over capacity with neighbours spending hours in lost time waiting to get onto the M4 or Eastern Avenue.

Unless we address greenfield development from a strategic position the operational fallout on our streets will be continued and worsened parking problems and congestion. Let’s get it right for Cardiff, let’s get it right for Pontprennua and Old St Mellons. It would be wrong for me to promise a quick fix but I will fight tooth and nail for one!

What’s your favourite place in Cardiff and why?

For me it has to be Roath Park.

For the last couple of years its been a privilege to volunteer at Cartref Care Home on Lake Road West- after our meetings I often go for a walk round the lake and ‘clear my head’. Its funny how many people you meet there too!

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

Politics has become a dirty word and its the job of politicians to do something about it. When people ask me on the doorstep why I got involved in politics my answer is always the same: Once I was shouting on the sidelines for action, in this case I contacted Cllr Rees (my running mate for the Elections in May) about 10 years ago because of speeding traffic and pavement conditions, it was Dianne who challenged me to get involved and help improve our Community.

Politics must mean something, it impacts our lives in a good way and a bad way. Improving turnout in elections can only be achieved if residents can see that voting will make a difference. Local elections arguably have the most visible influence over our lives. For example our councils control our schools, our planning system, care for elderly residents, environment, parking and local roads. These examples can influence our wellbeing and effect the areas in which we want to live.

What’s your favourite film?

The best films are the films that make you laugh, for me ‘White Chicks’ is in my top 10.

If You’re Elected

What will you do to improve your ward?

Teamwork is needed to improve the issues our Community faces. Working as team, Dianne Rees and I will do what we can to get the job done when it comes to parking and congestion challenges in Pontprennau and parts of Old St Mellons.

Let’s be honest, if 4,500 homes is given the green light on Greenfields between Lisvane and Pontprennau, our roads will become completely gridlocked.

In Cardiff there is united opposition to Cardiff Labour’s 40,000 dwelling plan for Cardiff. Ask yourself: Where are the roads? Where are the school places? Where are the hospital beds?

It would be wrong to promise that if elected all greenfield development will go away but we must revise down mass development and ensure infrastructure arrangements and roads are in place before we embark on mass schemes.

Flytipping and the speed of traffic continue to cause concern for local residents. The Council must be tough on flytipping and use cctv footage to detect and prosecute offenders.

There are a number of issues that impact a small number of people and we are committed to working with individuals and groups to mitigate any local issues or concerns and act for our Community.

How will you communicate with residents in your ward?

Since 2012 we have been keeping residents informed through our regular newsletters. We also send our targeted letters to areas that are affected by a particular issue.

Since 2015 the Pontprennau Community Facebook page has been a great way to highlight local issues and respond to concerns raised by residents. Hopefully we have proven to the Community that we work well as a team and can do much more if both elected in May 2017.

Social media has become an important way of communicating quickly with residents and this must continue.

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

Delivering a robust education plan for our City that aims to educate and work with parents, staff, teachers and governors to get the best deal for all stakeholders in Cardiff School’s.

The Local Development Plan needs to be revisited to take account of the views of local residents who are overwhelmingly against mass green field development. Residents were ignored when the Plan was passed in 2015.

Final Comments

What would you change about Cardiff and why?

Cardiff is in a critical part of its development. We must get it right because we can’t afford to get it wrong.

The best people to deliver change in Cardiff and its Communities are local people who know the issues that Cardiff faces. That should also apply to local Communities who should be represented by those who know the issues and are committed to fighting for a solution that works.

As far a possible, party politics should be put to one side and Cardiff and its resident’s prioritised.

Any final comments?

These elections are crucial for Cardiff and for Pontprennau and Old St Mellons. In many ways the election is a local referendum on the issues that matter to residents. Parking. Greenfield development. Congestion.

It is a privilege to fight for our Community and for our City.

Councillor Survey: Jayne Cowan

What are the biggest changes in your ward over the last 5 years?

I have noticed that a number of people have changed their attitude towards the Council in more recent years. Residents are disappointed to see an ever increasing Council Tax with less services, and poorer standards of repairs such as potholes. I have noticed more people sadly living alone in isolation so I’m working closely with Age Connect and other agencies to try and pair volunteers with people in need. There is also a rise in people suffering from Dementia. I have received Dementia Friend Training which really was helpful. It helps people understand the symptoms with a view to signposting residents to services.

Describe three achievements that you were instrumental in implementing and that benefited the community.

Rhiwbina Library Campaign

I was delighted to work with the community, to send a strong message to the Cabinet in County Hall that the library was an integral and essential part of Rhiwbina. This is the only Council facility in Rhiwbina, with the exception of the schools. A leaflet was sent to residents in the ward informing them of the meeting and community poll, and I encouraged people to make representations either by signing the petition or writing individual letters. Thanks to the overwhelming support from local residents, funding for the library was safeguarded until May 2017.

Use of Social Media on a regular basis

I have generated over 5000 followers on Twitter, and have more than 1100 Friends on Facebook. I thoroughly enjoy updating the feeds on a daily basis, and receive regular feedback about the information which I share. It can be from a lost dog, to a consultation on road cleansing, it is always varied. I am pleased to have a lot of interaction from local residents. Social media is a great way of sharing information very quickly and instantly. This is in addition to the regular newsletters I issue with Adrian Robson and Oliver Owen.

Casework enquiries and accessibility

Over the 18 years as a Councillor, I have helped thousands of local residents with issues which range from planning to waste, to highways to enforcement. All enquiries are very varied, and this is the most important work of an elected representative. I have held monthly surgeries at different times and venues throughout Rhiwbina and Pantmawr. I have also arranged numerous local meetings about a number of issues including planning, schools, Rhiwbina library, the introduction of wheelie bins, Local Development Plan and Rhiwbina Buses.