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Llanishen to Get a New Community Hub

Llanishen to Get a New Community Hub

Llanishen Library will close next week ahead of the library service transferring to a brand new hub in the community.

The library on Kimberley Terrace will close from 1pm on Wednesday, November 22 in preparation for the opening of the new hub just a short walk away on Station Road.

The exciting new Llanishen Hub will open on Monday, November 27at 9am with more services and better facilities.

The hub is being developed in partnership with South Wales Police and will be situated on the ground floor of the Llanishen police station building.

Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, Cllr Lynda Thorne, said: “Our hubs are all about bringing more and better services to our communities and making those services more accessible and convenient for people to use them, all under one roof.

“This new hub in the community will be a real benefit for people in Llanishen and the local area.”

While the library is closed before services transfer to the hub, the nearest libraries are Rhydypennau Library and Rhiwbina Library. Recycling and food bags are available at Llanishen Leisure Centre.

Via: Cardiff News Room

Image by Sionk

Jackie Jones: Labour – Llanishen

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Jackie Jones

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

About You

Tell us about yourself

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

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

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

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

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

What are the biggest issues in your ward?

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

What’s your favourite place in Cardiff and why?

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

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

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

What’s your favourite film?

Fave films: Star Wars; My Cousin Vinny.

If You’re Elected

What will you do to improve your ward?

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

How will you communicate with residents in your ward?

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

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

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

Final Comments

What would you change about Cardiff and why?

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

Any final comments?

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

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.

Lawrence Gwynn: UKIP – Llanishen

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Lawrence Gwynn

Name – Lawrence Gwynn
Party – UKIP
Ward – Llanishen
Website – ukipcymru.wales
Twitter  –
Facebook
How can people get in touch with you? – lawrenceukip@gmail.com

About You

Tell us about yourself

I was born in Cardiff, and have lived in Llanishen all my life, attending Coed Glas Primary and Llanishen High Schools.

I have always been concerned about local issues that affect our day to day lives, and I have always kept a close watch on what our elected councillors are doing.

Residents should be able to express their opinions on all the services they receive, and your councillors should be answerable to the good people of Llanishen and Thornhill. I will ensure that I am always available as your local councillor.

What are the biggest issues in your ward?

The state of some of our roads is a disgrace. The potholes are a real nuisance for drivers and cyclists. The speed of the traffic through our narrow streets being used as cut-throughs is also a concern.

The continuing noise from Llanishen Park at night is an issue, and several residents have taken this up with me. Cars are entering the park at night playing loud music, so I believe it should be locked at night.

We also have a major problem in Llanishen and Thornhill with the amount of litter everywhere.

What’s your favourite place in Cardiff and why?

Roath Park. There’s something so calming and magical about it.

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

It’s important to be open and honest with everyone. When an issue is brought to you by a resident, you have to follow it through and always keep the resident fully informed along the way.

What’s your favourite film?

The Wizard of Oz.

If You’re Elected

What will you do to improve your ward?

Among road improvements, we need to sort out potholes and rat-runs. I would also look into putting a mini roundabout at the junction of Station Road and Fidlas Road to ease congestion in Llanishen village.

I would also push to abolish paying a fee for removal of large household items; we already pay council tax for this. I would ensure car parking fees at Heath Hospital are fully abolished.

How will you communicate with residents in your ward?

By email, phone and I will hold regular surgeries at a local venue twice a week or when required. I will always be on hand.

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

One of my passions is for more train stations to be opened around the City to take traffic off the already congested road network.

Stations should be opened in St Mellons, Trowbridge, and Ocean Park Industrial Estate. These areas could benefit immensely from this.

Final Comments

What would you change about Cardiff and why?

Cardiff is a vibrant and up and coming city. It’s a City that I love and cherish.

There’s not much I would really change, but we need to give everyone the same equal opportunity to prosper and enjoy life in our wonderful City.

Any final comments?

Non submitted (Editor)

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!

Michael Cope: Green Party – Llanishen

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Michael Cope

Name – Michael Cope
Party – Green Party
Ward – Llanishen
Website
Twitter  –
Facebook
How can people get in touch with you? – Through email at michaelcope@walesyounggreens.uk.

About You

Tell us about yourself

I grew up in Llanishen and with the exception of four years at university have lived here all my life-22 years in total. I love living in Cardiff and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. I’m a passionate writer and my ultimate dream is to get that first novel published. I’m an avid tennis fan, a reader of high fantasy fiction and a proud geek. Having lived in Llanishen for so long, I feel it is now time to throw my hat into the ring and run for Council myself. I joined the Green Party because of its strong history of local activism and because it is the only party to put the environment at the heart of policy making. I believe in getting more young people and members of other underrepresented groups involved in politics and support any efforts to increase engagement.

What are the biggest issues in your ward?

One of the biggest issues facing residents (and the issue which inspired me to stand for council) is the cuts which have been and are currently being made to public services in Llanishen. The running of Llanishen Leisure Centre has been outsourced and library services and social care services are under pressure. We need to start putting money back into these vital public services, which bring important long term benefits to people’s health and wellbeing and save money in the long run. One issue which has only recently started to make the news, but urgently needs more attention from policy makers is air pollution. Air pollution has potentially harmful and even life limiting effects and children are particularly vulnerable. We need a cross party effort to tackle this issue, and Green Party councillors need to be a part of it. The state of Llanishen’s shopping streets must be improved, particularly areas such as the Llangranog Road shops, which have fallen into decay and become blighted with litter. Finally, we in Llanishen are lucky to have a lot of green space. We need to make sure that our green space is not only protected from development, but properly maintained so that it can be enjoyed by us and by future generations.

What’s your favourite place in Cardiff and why?

Roath Park and the pleasure gardens hold special memories for me. I remember feeding the ducks with my parents when I was a child and playing tennis on the courts every Sunday as a teenager. In Llanishen, I love the tree lined grassy verges between Thornhill Road, Cilgerran Crescent and the bottom of Templeton Avenue. In spring, they come alive with daffodils and crocuses. I walk past them most days and they give a constant reminder of how important our green spaces are and why I’m doing what I’m doing.

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

The most important and most ambitious step would be to introduce a fully proportional voting system for Welsh Assembly and local council elections. Many people are reluctant to vote as they feel that their vote is worthless and cannot change anything. Proportional representation would mean that every vote would count, whoever it is for, and it would inspire people who rarely vote to do so often. Compulsory political education needs to be introduced into school curriculums. Young people need to be equipped with knowledge about how the Welsh political system works, as well as the critical thinking skills necessary to make an informed choice at the ballot box. The voting age should be lowered to sixteen. Politics is a two way street. If you don’t engage with the people you represent or want to represent, you have no right to their support or vote. We need to start engaging with residents in a meaningful way. It has long been Green Party policy to devolve decisions to the lowest local level possible. I would like to see Cardiff Council try this by, for example, holding meaningful public consultations on Cardiff Council budgets. If elected, I will push for them to do this. Finally, I would like to say that I disagree with compulsory voting. All it does is massage turnout figures and does not attempt to engage with the reasons why many people don’t vote. Choosing not to vote is just as much a political decision as voting, and if politicians want to see the turnout figure increase, we must show that we are worth voting for.

What’s your favourite film?

I don’t have one. I’m not much of a film fan.

If You’re Elected

What will you do to improve your ward?

If elected, I will push the council to put money back into local services and to bring Llanishen Leisure Centre back under council control. I will challenge any attempt to sell off or build upon the green spaces we are lucky to have in our ward. I will call for more resources for park maintenance and litter collection. The Love Where You Live campaign should be extended to all wards and litter collections should run at all times of the year. I will do my best to make Llanishen one of the greenest, safest wards in Cardiff. I will provide strong scrutiny of council policy to ensure that it is the best it can be. Above all, I will be a constant voice for the residents of Llanishen. As a local resident myself, the decisions the council makes about Llanishen’s services, environment, roads, businesses, and buildings affect me too. I will not forget this, nor will I forget the people who elected me. Should the council make a decision which negatively affects Llanishen or its residents, I will fight the council all the way and stand by the people who are not just fellow residents, but friends and neighbours too.

How will you communicate with residents in your ward?

I will hold regular, monthly surgeries in safe, accessible locations, with the option to hold them more frequently if demand is high. I will produce printed newsletters to update residents as to what the Green Party is doing but also use social media to reach as many people as possible. I will spend as much time as possible doing ward work and casework and will be available through email and phone. I will also regularly knock doors and canvass opinion on our progress and council policy. The Green Party prides itself on being as accessible and approachable as possible and I will carry that philosophy through to my dealings with fellow residents. The Cardiff Green Party and Wales Green Party have active Facebook and Twitter pages which can be used to reach us. I will also work with the other three Llanishen councillors to make sure that residents can see us as a group.

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

I would like to take an active role in solving the city’s homelessness crisis, a crisis which will only get worse if action is not taken now. I would like to work with those who are responsible for housing to make sure that more social housing is created and we can provide safe, stable homes for all people who are homeless or in crisis. As a Green Party member, the environment is close to my heart and I would become personally involved in any effort to make Cardiff as green and sustainable a city as possible. I would also like to make sure that local services and social care services are protected from budget cuts as much as possible.

Final Comments

What would you change about Cardiff and why?

Cardiff is a wonderful city and a great place to live. We need to be proud of it and take care of it. I would like to see Cardiff become a place of safety and support for all who live in it, a place where nobody feels like they aren’t valued or that their needs aren’t being met. I would like to see a greater emphasis on providing a city which future generations can take pride in. We need to make sure that Cardiff can withstand the challenges of the future and come out of them stronger.

Any final comments?

I hope that everyone in Llanishen votes Green on May 4th. The Green Party is a party of the future. We are forward looking. We provide a truly environmental outlook on policy and are dedicated to protecting green spaces and strengthening public services. But whatever your political opinion, I urge everyone to vote on May 4th. Cardiff Council matters, and the policies made there will impact upon all our lives. We need to make sure that the people making those policies are the right people and that they have their residents best interests at heart. Thank you for reading my answers and thanks to Jack for providing all candidates with this platform.

Crispin John: UKIP – Llanishen

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Crispin John

Name – Crispin John
Party – UKIP
Ward – Llanishen
Website – ukipcymru.wales
Twitter  – @CrispinJohn
Facebook
How can people get in touch with you? – Twitter

About You

Tell us about yourself

I was born in Cardiff and was educated at Cardiff High School and Cardiff University. I have lived in North Cardiff for over 20 years and I have had a varied career in financial services and the public sector. I am now Senior Advisor and Researcher for Gareth Bennett AM at the National Assembly for Wales. My special policy interests include transport, planning, local government and housing.

I’ve previously held a number of roles as a school governor and in the voluntary sector, and I’ve been interested in politics ever since I was growing up. At knocking on for 40 years old now, I want to bring the experience I’ve gained to work together with others to make Cardiff a better place to live, work and visit.

What are the biggest issues in your ward?

By far the biggest issue is that Llanishen has been neglected and taken for granted for too long. We need to see better opportunities for local people, and regeneration of our communities. From the shops at Llangranog Road to the Business Park and Industrial Estate at Ty Glas, investment is desperately needed.

We need to improve transport links and ensure that local services like libraries and community centres are protected from damaging cuts, so we give all of our community the best possible opportunities to get on in life.

What’s your favourite place in Cardiff and why?

Working in the Bay, people may expect me to say it’s down there, but I like to get away from it all. I love walking, so heading up to Cefn Onn Park or the Wenallt is probably my favourite activity, just to get away from it all and enjoy what North Cardiff has to offer.

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

We need more ‘real people” in politics, people who represent society as a whole and who aren’t just cardboard cut-outs in suits. Now I do like a suit myself, but I’m equally at home in a pair of jeans and a T shirt. The point is really that people do feel cut off from politics, and I want to change that. It starts by getting more people from all walks of life engaged and involved in the daily grind of it all.

What’s your favourite film?

Airplane!

If You’re Elected

What will you do to improve your ward?

I’ll stand up for the people of Llanishen and Thornhill by providing a strong voice in the Council Chamber and will really listen to what people are saying. There are some really simple steps that can be taken to make a difference to some of the things that niggle people on a daily basis. This goes from basic highways maintenance like dealing with pot holes and uneven pavements, to eliminating rat-runs, to ensuring that antisocial behaviour is dealt with. We also need to look at regeneration of areas in the ward where it’s desperately needed. In particular, I’m concerned about the Business Park at Ty Glas which is rapidly emptying, and there are proposals to move the Tax Office to Cardiff City Centre. We need to develop a plan to ensure the community doesn’t suffer as a result.

How will you communicate with residents in your ward?

The first part of communication is listening, so I will make sure that I do this by holding regular surgeries, establishing a social media presence dedicated to the ward, and undertaking resident’s surveys for those who want to contribute. I will also keep people updated with what I’m doing by regular updates, and if anyone has an issue and wants to get in touch, I will always be pleased to hear from them.

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

One of the major challenges facing Cardiff at the moment is the Local Development Plan and its impact on public transport. I’ll bring my experience to tackling that and pushing for the best possible outcome for Llanishen and Thornhill to protect our bus and train services. I’ll also be looking to protect those essential public services we all rely on; waste collections, libraries, care for the elderly and schools and youth services.

Final Comments

What would you change about Cardiff and why?

Cardiff needs to be a city which works for everybody. This just isn’t happening at the moment and the Council has become tired and ineffective. The Council needs to work hard, and not just at election time, so that’s what I would change about the city. I’m proud to live in Cardiff, proud to be a Cardiffian, and by working together, we can make the changes we need to make this an even better place to live.

Any final comments?

Non submitted (Editor)