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Clare Jones: Labour – Rhiwbina

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Clare Jones

Name – Clare Jones
Party – Labour
Ward – Rhiwbina
Website – rhiwbinalabour.cymru
Twitter  – @ClareJonesGPR
Facebook – RhiwbinaLabour
How can people get in touch with you? – Email clare@rhiwbinalabour.cymru or call 07793 382021

About You

Tell us about yourself

Originally from Newport, I have lived in Cardiff for the last ten years and moved to Pen Y Dre in Rhiwbina around eight years ago.

I have a two-year-old daughter, and really feel I have started to enjoy the full benefits of living in Rhiwbina since starting a family (partly from being at home more) – and I particularly love the sense of local community (including the number of local community groups for children and families) and green open spaces and parks that Rhiwbina has to offer.

Following my maternity leave, I decided to start my own specialist PR and communications consultancy, Grasshopper PR (www.grasshopperpr.co.uk), which will be celebrating its second birthday this month. I have enjoyed the entrepreneurial challenge of running and growing my own business, as well as the flexibility this has given me to fit work around my family. My professional experience is focused around community engagement for planning, development and infrastructure, providing a range of skills and insights that I believe would be beneficial to the role of a Councillor.

Outside of work and being a mum, I enjoy playing netball and touch rugby with the Varsity Vandals, as I find team sport a fun and sociable way to keep fit. I also enjoy cooking, gardening and photography.

As my daughter approaches school age, I want to invest in my local community and help make sure Rhiwbina remains a great place to raise a family, and I also think it is important to make sure the views of mums, parents and families across Cardiff are properly represented, and have therefore decided to stand as a candidate in the local election.

What are the biggest issues in your ward?

Rhiwbina is a great place to live, with some of the best schools in the City, a diverse High Street, its very own conservation area maintaining the local heritage and character of the area, and a variety of green open spaces. And so far we have found, when speaking to people across the ward, that generally there is a limited range of issues being raised, with people generally seeming pretty happy with the performance of the current Labour run Council in terms of local services and managing the local environment etc.

However, there are of course some issues, and the key issues that we have identified (and based our pledges around) are as follows:

  • Ensuring the long-term future of Rhwibina Library
  • Traffic management and the need for 20mph zones to be rolled out in certain areas of Rhiwbina
  • Road maintenance and resurfacing improvements
  • Lack of parking availability (and need for improved management of parking) around Rhiwbina High Street and local train stations
  • Need to support local businesses (in an increasingly challenging environment) to ensure a vibrant and diverse local High Street

What’s your favourite place in Cardiff and why?

One of our favourite things to do as family at the weekend is go for a walk (or a bear hunt) in the Wenallt woods.

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

There seems to be a general mistrust of politicians and a consequent apathy in relation to politics. I strongly believe a more diverse range of local representatives, that people can identify with more easily (as being like them) – would help make a start in terms of encouraging people to engage with politicians and the work they do.

What’s your favourite film?

Twin Town.

If You’re Elected

What will you do to improve your ward?

Our election pledges are as follows:

  1. Help build a vibrant community and economy by supporting local businesses and traders
  2. Preserve Rhiwbina’s green spaces and unique buildings
  3. Improve traffic management and road surfaces
  4. Address parking problems by exploring new and creative solutions
  5. Continue to support Rhiwbina Library

How will you communicate with residents in your ward?

We believe a range of communications approaches is key to ensuring effective engagement and dialogue, not only with the more engaged segments of society (that vote and engage in consultations etc), but also less engaged residents, for example, younger people (who are after all the future of out City).

Therefore alongside the more traditional approaches of political communication (newsletters), we would ensure a strong social media presence, as well as a commitment to building relationships with existing community networks and activities to help us engage with a range of people across the ward.

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

As I have mentioned previously, my professional background is in planning, regeneration and economic development, so this is an area I would be particularly interested in taking a city-wide involvement in.

Final Comments

What would you change about Cardiff and why?

Traffic and congestion around the City at peak times is clearly currently problematic – and I would like to see Cardiff lead the way in delivering initiatives to get people off the roads. In my view this needs to be a combination of improved public transport, encouraging active travel (steps having already been taken to explore this through initiatives such as the recent consultation on the Cardiff Cycling Strategy) and facilities to encourage and facilitate flexible and remote working (within both the public and private sectors).

Any final comments?

I would just encourage everyone to use their vote and have a say on May 4th.

Mike Ash-Edwards: Labour – Heath

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Mike Ash-Edwards

Name – Mike Ash-Edwards
Party – Labour
Ward – Heath
Website – heathandbirchgrovelabour.org.uk
Twitter  – @HeathBirchLAB
Facebook – heathbirchgrovelabour
How can people get in touch with you? – By email at mikeae100@gmail.com.

About You

Tell us about yourself

Coming from Cardiff, I have lived in many other places before returning 8 years ago, and making the city my permanent home . A varied career has including being a traffic engineer, a campaigner with Oxfam in the UK and overseas and working for the Co-op taking responsibility for the business’s membership and community programmes in Wales.

I am committed to a world which is a fairer and better place for all, and one in which people work co-operatively together to resolve and tackle problems. I am a volunteer for a number of community focused organisations, and a board member of the Wales Co-operative Centre.

I enjoy most sport, as a spectator, player and until recently as a referee.

What are the biggest issues in your ward?

Overwhelmingly the issues that people are raising in Heath and Birchgrove focus on traffic and parking, though concerns about the Wedal Road waste site, and the future of community facilities and open spaces are also important to people.

All of these issues need to tackled, in consultation with local residents, to arrive at sustainable and workable solutions. Residents groups such as the Heath Residents Association have been worked with to arrive at ways forward for parking schemes, and we hope that formal consultation can be commenced soon. Consultation will shortly commence on a 20mph restriction around Birchgrove School, and we are putting forward proposals for 20mph zones in other areas of the ward where local people wish to pursue.

Commitments have been made on waste and recycling provision in North Cardiff and Wedal Road will not close until local alternatives are up and running.

The Labour candidates in Heath and Birchgrove are working with community organisations in the ward including the Oaks Garden Centre, Maes-y-Coed Community Centre and Friends of Llwynfedw Gardens, to ensure structures are in place that are sustainable and can be supported and allow local people to control and set their priorities.

We are committed to continue the protection and enhancement of our local green and open spaces, particularly Heath Park.

What’s your favourite place in Cardiff and why?

My two favourite places in Cardiff are Heath Park which is a wonderful oasis of tranquillity and at the same time provides recreational opportunities for people, and the Principality Stadium which has been a location in which I have enjoyed many great sporting days, and which gives the City a real heart.

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

  1. Greater accessibility of politicians to their electorate. Social media helps but politicians also need to be more available to their electorate at times/places that suit voters.
  2. Giving the vote to 16 year olds, and at the same time increasing the time spent on educating people about our democracy in schools and elsewhere.
  3. Ensuring politicians can be more easily held to account for the promises they make.
  4. Ensuring local people are engaged in decisions about their communities in ways that are simple and easy to access, and allow local debate.

What’s your favourite film?

Spirited Away.

If You’re Elected

What will you do to improve your ward?

  • I will focus on supporting the building of strong local community organisations, to ensure that local people have the mechanisms to control and run what’s important to them locally, and have ways of campaigning for the issues they feel to be most important.
  • I will support local businesses particularly in Birchgrove centre to help ensure a vibrant and thriving community.
  • I will work with local people to find agreed ways of addressing the issues people feel most strongly about, such as traffic and parking, and prioritise my efforts to ensure solutions gain political and financial support from the City Council so that they are implemented.

How will you communicate with residents in your ward?

Residents will receive a regular and comprehensive newsletter delivered to all households, and will be able to see more frequent updates via Facebook and other social media. Regular advertised surgeries will be held in different locations across the wards, and frequent street surgeries will allow for issues to be raised easily and directly with me.

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

I would like to contribute to work to address Cardiff’s transport challenges, an area in which I have some background. I am also particularly interested in helping to address the challenges facing young people in the city, once they are outside the school environment. The future of Cardiff depends on them and the need to ensure training, jobs and good, quality accommodation is vital.

Final Comments

What would you change about Cardiff and why?

Cardiff is a great City, but the world is moving on quickly. The City needs to retain a strong vision of how it wants to develop, and it needs to become even better at competing with English and other European cities. There is a continuing need to update the infrastructure, particularly in respect of transportation, and to connect the city more firmly to its surrounding communities, for the benefit of all. The City needs to continue to innovate and ensure that its many communities are involved in the new ways of doing things and feel in more control of their futures.

Any final comments?

Cardiff needs a strong and visionary leadership to address the massive challenges we face. I would urge voters to back Labour as the only party that can deliver a coherent strategy to take the City forward.

Graham Hinchey: Labour – Heath

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Graham Hinchey

Name – Graham Hinchey
Party – Labour
Ward – Heath
Website – heathandbirchgrovelabour.org.uk
Twitter  – @Hinchey58
Facebook – heathbirchgrovelabour
How can people get in touch with you? – email, Facebook, Twitter, mobile phone, letter, surgery, stop me in the street.

About You

Tell us about yourself

I have lived in Cardiff all my life, and in the centre of the Heath & Birchgrove Ward for over 20 years. I am very involved in my local community, working hard with community groups to make sure that local voices are heard. I am a long standing governor of both local schools – Ton yr Ywen and Birchgrove. I Chair the Friends of Llwynfedw Gardens (FLG) and work closely with the Maes y Coed Community Centre and Oaks Community Garden to ensure these valuable community facilities are protected and go from strength to strength.

I am an experienced Councillor and am currently the Cabinet Member for Corporate Services and Performance. This portfolio includes responsibility for finance and I am proud that we, as a Labour Council, have been able to protect local services and the most vulnerable in our society, despite the ongoing cuts from the national UK Tory Government.

On a more personal level I am married to Anne, am a season ticket holder at Cardiff City Football Club and board trainee Guide Dogs. Our current guide dog is a lovely black Labrador/retriever cross called Ebony.

What are the biggest issues in your ward?

Each part of the Ward is different, with different local priorities. The most common one though is parking – the proximity of Heath Hospital causes many issues with this. Road safety and in particular traffic speed is another. The other big local priority is investment in and protection of our parks and public open spaces.

What’s your favourite place in Cardiff and why?

Heath Park. If you walk through the woods you could be in the middle of the country. The amount of facilities – café, tennis courts, playing fields, dog walkers, cricket wicket, ponds (which Ebony loves) – and the fact that they are all well used makes it a fantastic urban oasis in the centre of the Ward.

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

In order for people to engage with politics they must feel that their voice will be heard and that their views will be taken into account. This means that at a local level elected members should attend residents meetings, coffee mornings and local events so they are accessible and go to where the people are. They should also hold regular surgeries and make their contact details public so people can come to them.

On a corporate level I believe strongly in bringing he Council to the people and I have championed the change to having Council Cabinet meetings held out in the local community instead of just in City Hall. The one held in Maes y Coed Community Centre recently is a great example of this.

What’s your favourite film?

Schindler’s List.

If You’re Elected

What will you do to improve your ward?

I will continue to work hard for the residents of Heath & Birchgrove and deliver on our election pledges:

  • Continue to promote, support and work in partnership with our local community groups.
  • Consult with residents on our community supported proposals to control parking.
  • Keep Wedal Road open until new, local and improved facilities are in place.
  • Remain accountable to local residents, holding frequent public surgeries and publishing regular newsletters.
  • Work with local communities to plan and implement schemes to improve road safety in the area, including the expansion of 20mph controlled zones.

How will you communicate with residents in your ward?

We will continue to update residents through our Labour Herald. In addition we have a Facebook page and Twitter account which are highly effective. We all live locally and are highly visible at local events and in the local community. We also attend the Heath Residents Association meetings whenever requested to give updates.

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

The City Deal is obviously a big thing for the City – especially with regards to the Metro. I am also keen that we see the establishment of a Park & Ride for Cardiff North to help alleviate some of the traffic issues experienced. The fact that Cardiff is a Living Wage City is something that I am proud of and I would want to support schemes to increase jobs, apprenticeships and traineeships.

Final Comments

What would you change about Cardiff and why?

We need to tackle the growing problem of traffic congestion and road safety. The Park & Ride for Cardiff North, the Metro and promotion of more sustainable transport solutions are all part of this.

Any final comments?

I am proud to have represented the residents of Heath & Birchgrove over the last 5 years and regard it as a privilege and opportunity to make a difference. If re-elected, along with my fellow Welsh Labour candidates Mike Ash-Edwards and Penny Owen, I will continue to work hard and deliver for the residents of Heath & Birchgrove.

Masudah Ali: Labour – Llanishen

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Masudah Ali

Name – Masudah Ali
Party – Labour
Ward – Llanishen
Website – welshlabour.wales
Twitter  – @Masudah_Ali
Facebook – llanishenlabour17
How can people get in touch with you? – llanishenthornhilllabour@gmail.com

About You

Tell us about yourself

I was born and brought up in Cardiff North. Law Student at Cardiff University and Ex-Llanishen High School Pupil and went to Ton-Yr-Ywen Primary School. I joined the Labour Party when I was 14, ever since I have been involved with campaigns, elections and working with Julie Morgan, Assembly Member for Cardiff North during my summer holidays. I am an avid supporter of lowering the voting age to 16 as issues which affects young people are not high enough in the political agenda.

What are the biggest issues in your ward?

  • Restoring Llanishen Reservoir & securing the return of sailing and leisure activities for the community with new owners Dwr Cymru/Welsh Water.
  • Secure the future of the local Police Station and Library in Llanishen and Thornhill by creating a new Community Hub in the Police Station building.
  • Raising school standards even further.
  • Better transport links, including walking, cycling and local bus services.
  • Improving local parks and neighbourhood shopping centres, such as Fishguard Road and Llangranog Road in Llanishen

What’s your favourite place in Cardiff and why?

Cardiff Bay Barrage! Best tourist attraction and unique to our city!!

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

Voting should be extended to 16 & 17 year olds!! The current proposals from Welsh Government will help engage young voters and place their issues in the political agenda.

Also, using social media to connect with local residents.

What’s your favourite film?

Bridget Jones’s Baby.

If You’re Elected

What will you do to improve your ward?

  • Campaign to restore Llanishen Reservoir and bring back sailing and other leisure activities.
  • Work to ensure our schools continue to improve.
  • Work to improve our local shopping centres and open spaces.
  • Support a new Llanishen library and community hub.
  • Hold regular Councillor surgeries.

How will you communicate with residents in your ward?

  • Hold regular surgeries in Llanishen and Thornhill
  • Via Facebook and Twitter.
  • Produce regular newsletters.
  • PACT Meetings.

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

I’d like to be involved with Cardiff’s City Deal, the £1.2 billion investment is an amazing opportunity for the growth of our City, unlocking a fantastic new partnership between the 10 councils in South East Wales to work on projects such as improving regional transport.

Final Comments

What would you change about Cardiff and why?

Improve the transport system.

Any final comments?

I hope you will consider voting for your Llanishen and Thornhill Labour team on Thursday 4th May!

Dilwar Ali: Labour – Llandaff North

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Dilwar Ali

Name – Dilwar Ali
Party – Labour
Ward – Llandaff North
Website – llandaffnorthlabour.org.uk
Twitter  – @DilwarAliLAB
Facebook – llandaffnorthlab
How can people get in touch with you? – contact@llandaffnorthlabour.org.uk, Phone, Surgeries, Facebook & Twitter.

About You

Tell us about yourself

I live in Llandaff North and was elected to Cardiff Council on 3rd May, 2012. I also served as Deputy Lord Mayor of Cardiff 2015/2016. As a Councillor this has given me a real insight into the wide range of needs within the community and I understand the value of engaging, listening and learning. I am an Associate Member of the Royal Society for Public Health, Member of Cardiff City Supporters Trust, Member of the Advisory Board, Uprising Cymru and involved with many organisations as well as fundraising for many charities. I am a founder of NAID (Nationwide Association for Integrated Development), a charity established in 2001, and serving Director of NAID. I have served last 5 years on Cardiff Council’s Economy and Culture Committee, Democratic Services Committee, Constitution Committee, South Wales Fire & Rescue Service and Cardiff Airport Consultative Committee. I am a governor at Gabalfa and Hawthorne Primary Schools. I have vigorously campaigned for reform of the law relating to dangerous dogs and animal welfare generally. Also a keen fan of both cricket and football.

What are the biggest issues in your ward?

Residents around the ward have different issues, as every street is different but we have heard more often is speeding, parking, potholes and improvements to Hailey Park, Bowling Green and Tennis Court.

What’s your favourite place in Cardiff and why?

Love Llandaff North because of the great community feeling and lovely to have Hailey Park & Taff Trail so close to me.

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

I have a real insight into the wide range of needs within the community and I understand the value of engaging, listening and learning.

What’s your favourite film?

Star Wars.

If You’re Elected

What will you do to improve your ward?

Schools: Education is a priority for Welsh Labour. We continue to invest in all our local schools, ensuring we provide the children and young people of Llandaff North with the best education and facilities.

Parks: Our local recreation facilities are a vital part of our community. Myself and Jennifer Burke-Davies promise to improve and maintain our parks to promote health, leisure & sports, and the environment.

Potholes: Will ensure all pavements and roads are resurfaced across Llandaff North. We support the Safer Roads and ’20 is Plenty’ campaigns to make our streets safe for everyone.

Street cleaning: With the support of Keep Wales Tidy and Cardiff Council, we will campaign to ensure our streets are free of litter and well-maintained.

Surgeries Advice: We will continue to hold regular advice surgeries around the ward and engage with residents on any issues that affect them. Our aim is to support you.

How will you communicate with residents in your ward?

Quarterly newsletters which reaches every household, Llandaff North Labour Website, Facebook & Twitter and I am always available by phone, email or at surgeries.

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

My interests include better cycling and public transport, the regeneration of Llandaff North, Central Square and Cardiff Bay.

Final Comments

What would you change about Cardiff and why?

Whilst serving on Economy and Culture Scrutiny Committee, I have had a keen interest on trams for Cardiff.

Any final comments?

I would like to thank residents of Llandaff North for the opportunity to represent the area since 2012 and whether you voted for us or not – I hope you’ll consider putting your faith in your local Llandaff North Labour Team, (myself and Jennifer Burke – Davies) to keep delivering our promises on Thursday May 4th!

Georgina Phillips: Labour – Pontprennau and Old St Mellons

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Georgina Phillips

Name – Georgina Phillips
Party – Labour
Ward – Pontprennau and Old St Mellons
Website – cardifflabour.wales
Twitter  – @G_A_Phillips
Facebook – PontprennauOldStMellonsLabour
How can people get in touch with you? – By any of the ways already provided. Most residents already have official telephone no. which is still usable.

About You

Tell us about yourself

I was born and brought up in Cardiff, and have lived in Old St. Mellons for about 25 years. I have watched Pontprennau grow from farm land to the new community which has developed over all these years.

When I was first married I spent some years travelling with my husband, who was an officer in the Merchant Navy. We both thoroughly enjoyed the travelling, and I was lucky enough to visit a very large part of the world. However, after almost thirty years of travelling we decided to settle down and since that time the urge to get away has completely left both of us! people often ask if we are going away for a holiday. The answer is always no, because as we explain – to us it was work which always took us away, and holiday time brought us home! Therefore, for us we are always on holiday these days, even though both of us are working full time!

I am very happy being at home totally immersed in the community in which I live and work. Perhaps that is why I enjoy being a Councillor so much. My relationship with this community is an enormous part of my life, and also a very important part. I suppose that is why I am standing yet again.

What are the biggest issues in your ward?

Parking is an enormous issue in both Pontprennau and Old St. Mellons. In both cases it is however for very different reasons. This is I think one of the problems which this particular issue has. I know from listening to concerns expressed by other colleagues from different areas of Cardiff that the whole parking situation is becoming a major problem throughout the city, though for many different reasons. The simple fact is that we have more traffic than we have roads to accommodate it. However, we cannot of course just keep building more and more roads. Where would we put more roads? And where would we park all these vehicles?

The second issue in the Ward is also caused by traffic. Again this is both parts of the Ward, and this is the need to get the lanes which lead from Old St. Mellons towards Lisvane closed. This would finally give a feeling of peace and safety to all the residents who live alongside those particular roads. There are I know many residents in both Pontprennau and Old St. Mellons who want the roads to be closed as a priority.

What’s your favourite place in Cardiff and why?

My favourite place is the castle and Bute park. It is a beautiful area, and what a stunning feature for tourists to see and enjoy. I love it because it has both peace and tranquillity on the one hand, and also provides a beautiful setting for major events.

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

To me the issue is about talking with residents, listening to what they are saying, and taking on board the majority view rather than your own opinion.

What’s your favourite film?

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the galaxy.

If You’re Elected

What will you do to improve your ward?

Try to resolve some of the issues which residents are concerned about.

How will you communicate with residents in your ward?

I will go on using social media because quite a few people do seem to like that particular way of communicating. I will also use email, and the good old-fashioned telephone. However, I have been putting out a quarterly newsletter for the past 18 years and so many people really do like to have that old way of communicating, and so I would carry on putting that out too.

It has always been quite amazing to me how many people say they look forward to it arriving every quarter. As soon as it goes through their letterbox they say they make a cup of tea or a coffee and sit down and read it!

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

I think after everything I have said about the main issues not only in my ward by in I would think every other ward in Cardiff, I would like to be involved in all issues relating to roads, traffic, parking etc. I honestly do think that these are going to be the biggest issues which have to be resolved in some way in the coming years. What we really need is a huge improvement in public transport.

I would also like to be involved in planning in order to protect our remaining green spaces.

Final Comments

What would you change about Cardiff and why?

Cardiff is a beautiful city, often spoiled by the dropping of litter and fly-tipping. Both these issues need to be resolved in some way. They are for me the worst things we have to deal with. Of all the problems we have, the ones which make me the most upset and angry are these two issues.

Perhaps there needs to be greater fining when people are caught. Whatever is done to try to deal with this issue, it has to be dealt with. It is spoiling what is otherwise an amazing city.

Any final comments?

Being a Councillor representing your Ward gives you the ability to help individual residents on the one hand, or the whole community with major issues on the other.

It is I would have to say an enormous privilege and something I enjoy very much. I would recommend it to anyone!

Shane Andrews: Labour – Pontprennau and Old St Mellons

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Shane Andrews

Name – Shane Andrews
Party – Labour
Ward – Pontprennau and Old St Mellons
Website – cardifflabour.wales
Twitter  – @gingio
Facebook – PontprennauOldStMellonsLabour
How can people get in touch with you? – Whichever way is preferred by the individual making contact.

About You

Tell us about yourself

I’m Shane Andrews and I was born and bred in Cardiff, a fact I am proud of. I live my life by the mantra of ‘Work hard, play harder’.

I work hard by day in the public transport industry and then most evenings I work in various voluntary roles. These range from fundraising for various charities, being a school governor, being a trustee for Cardiff East Scout District and working with Pride Cymru.

Outside of volunteering my interests are centred around current affairs, travelling and music. I’ll listen to almost anything, from Abba through to The Zutons. I’m also a big Royalist and very lucky to say that I was invited by Her Majesty The Queen to attend a Garden Party last year. It was the best day of my life! A real dream come true.

Words used by others to describe me often include: friendly, consistent, gregarious and fun.

What are the biggest issues in your ward?

The main issues that I’m hearing about, be it on the doorstep, telephone or via social media, is parking.

Parking is a big issue right across the ward, be it for those in the west, impacted by business such as the Barclaycard call centre, or those in the east impacted by the many businesses at Cardiff Gate Business Park. The way to fix it isn’t an obvious one, nor an easy one, despite it seeming so simple. However, that doesn’t mean it’s not possible.

If I’m elected, I will work with residents and businesses to seek solutions. Each area of the ward is different and should be treated as so, but there are many options to be discussed such as residents permits, enforcement or maybe even a modal shift. I mention modal shift because I personally use the Cardiff East Park & Ride (P&R) each day. Nothing pains me more than seeing the car park with so many available spaces and the bus going up to Cardiff Gate with no passengers boarding from the P&R.

The other issue is the lack of community facility, which was promised previously. If elected, I’ll fight for that.

What’s your favourite place in Cardiff and why?

I adore the Cardiff Bay barrage. There’s nothing better than a walk along there during early evening, particularly as the sun is setting. I think I like it so much as it’s peaceful and unique to our city!

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

I think trust is a big issue. Many politicians aren’t transparent enough and are deemed to be ‘out of touch’. Engaging with the electorate is difficult to get right, but consistency and transparency are two significant steps towards this.

What’s your favourite film?

Notting Hill.

If You’re Elected

What will you do to improve your ward?

I will work tirelessly to represent the ward and ensure that voices are listened to. I am conscious that I’ll be YOUR representative, so therefore it’s right that I listen and consult reguarly on issues as they arise.

I will work with businesses and residents to improve the parking issues. As I mentioned earlier, there isn’t a quick one fix or magic wand! But, that doesn’t mean it’s not possible to alleviate some of the problems being endured day in, day out, right now.

I’ll also fight for the community facility that was promised.

How will you communicate with residents in your ward?

In what ever ways are preferable! Some may want to hear from me via email or a post through the door, others may wish to hear from me via social media. If it works for the resident, then it works for me! I’ll be communicating via as many ways that I can.

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

Good question! Cardiff is often dubbed the fastest growing European capital city, yet we’re behind in some aspects of that, particularly transport. For example, if you travel to close capitals such as Dublin or London, you can hire a bicycle for an hour or two, yet you can’t here. We need to change that.

Our road network is very fragile, I’d be keen on exploring how we might make that work better for the wider benefit of the whole city.

Anything that boosts our cities reputation to tourists would be something of huge interest to me, from improvements to signage to street cleanliness, I’m sure there’s lots that could be on that agenda.

Final Comments

What would you change about Cardiff and why?

I’d keep the Dr Who exhibition open at the bay. I’m not going to confess to being a fan, but what I do know is that it attracts so many fans and tourists. It seems a great shame to be closing down later this year.

One thing I’d love to see is better rail links to the East of Cardiff, because it’s strange to have a whole chunk of Cardiff without easy access to the UK National Rail network. It’s also frustrating for us all to have to go 4 or 5 miles in to the city centre to then technically go back on ourselves once we’re on the train (provided we’re going east, of course!).

Finally, I’d be interested in looking at some sort of “open city” event, where members of the public get the opportunity to view buildings that are not normally open to the public. This is a big thing elsewhere in the UK but doesn’t seem to have made it here yet and we have so much here to see!

Any final comments?

To me, being a councillor is 3 things.

  • First and most importantly is that you’re a representative of those that voted to elect you (and also those that didn’t!). You have to be the representative of the needs of the community and not follow your own agenda.
  • Secondly, a councillor should be representative and ambassador of the city and county of Cardiff. This should be enacted consistently.
  • Thirdly and arguably the least important of the three, is that you’re a representative of your political party – in my case, Labour.

If I am lucky enough to be elected, I’ll follow these 3 principles throughout my time as councillor.