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Chris Haines – Plaid Cymru

We asked all the candidates to provide a candidate statement of up to 750 words, which should include some background about them and why they’re standing.

Chris Haines

Chris Haines

Plaid Cymru

@chrisplaidcymru

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dan Allsobrook – Plaid Cymru

We asked all the candidates to provide a candidate statement of up to 750 words, which should include some background about them and why they’re standing.

Dan Allsobrook

Plaid Cymru

@DanPlaidCymru

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I have decided to run for election because our local and national politics in Wales and the UK have been dominated by the old parties, Tories and Labour, for many years and it’s time for a change.

I’m standing for Plaid Cymru because we offer a radical alternative to the tired old approach. We also need to fight against the rise of populist right-wing ideologies put forward by the Brexit and Tory parties.

Locally my focus is on how we get around whether for work, learning, or leisure. I am very worried that Whitchurch and Tongwynlais have become increasingly dominated by cars at the expense of all other modes of travel, from walking to travelling by bus. This needs to change if our area is to be a safe, healthy, and pleasant place to live.

Our area deserves better, which is why my campaign calls for ‘A Better Cardiff’. We are an ambitious city but too often that ambition is not backed up by action. If elected I aim to change this.

Candidate Comments – Steffan Webb

Steffan

General

Question 1 – Why are you standing for Cardiff North?

To make a difference and offer a real alternative to the tired British London based parties.

Question 2 – What personal qualities do you have that would make you a good MP?

Hard working, honest person who tries to listen, learn and make relevant improvments

Question 3 – When did you join your party and why?

Very recently, 2015, because of constant Labour support for austerity and excellent alternative provided by Leanne Wood with Plaid Cymru

National Issues

Question 4 – What pledges in your manifesto would you change?

I am quite happy with the 2017 Plaid Cymru action plan

Question 5 – Where do you stand on brexit and how do you think the process will affect Cardiff North?

Voted remain but accept the decision and will work for a positive post Brexit plan. Our economy, education system, workers rights and even our democracy could be in danger and will need to be defended during the Brexit process. All of these issues will affect Cardiff North. We will need to work to make it a success but it may be the opportunity that people have voted for.

Question 6 – What national issues would you like to get involved in and why?

Health because our policy of 1,000 new doctors and 5,000 new nurses is a great start, even though this is a devolved issue. Prevention is also better than trying to make good later and I do like the efforts of the Big Issue so homelessness and literacy are issues I would like to work on. A green economy and sustainable transport answers also appeals as does international development. Devolution of issues such as broadcasting and policing would also appeal.

Local Issues

Question 7 – What local issues will you prioritise?

Transport and planning with the city deal, electric trains and local housing / Velindre hospital development being issues needing attention. Local businesses and community groups need support.

Question 8 – For local issues that aren’t an MP’s direct responsibility, how will you make a difference?

Financial and devolution settlements will provide a direct link but other matters can be influenced by partnership working with International, Assembly and local authority partners and even helping community, business and specific issue groups to access support wherever possible

Question 9 – What will you do to ensure you’re a visible MP?

I do like social media. I also like talking with and listening to people face to face so I would make time for people. I would also provide a welcome for people in Westminster. Regular feedback would be provided and constituents would be consulted as often as possible.

Miscellaneous

Question 10 – What’s the most difficult question you’ve been asked during the campaign and how did you reply?

Individual rights questions are difficult when one persons beliefs impact on someone else’s life. You can’t please all the people all the time so you have to do what you think is right if you can.

Question 11 – What would you say to someone who isn’t planning on voting?

Please think again. Every vote counts on a policy level and an individual level. Vote for what feels right to you. Vote for whoever you think is the best person, party or even party leader. Its your choice now. You can choose something else in the future. Vote for what you want.

Question 12 – What’s your favourite biscuit?

Digestive

Sioned Treharne: Plaid Cymru – Gabalfa

We’ve invited all the local election candidates to complete this questionnaire so you know more about the people asking for your vote on the 4th of May. We’re also compiling a list of their websites and social media accounts so you can follow them and get in touch if you have any questions.


Sioned Treharne

Name – Sioned Treharne
Party – Plaid Cymru
Ward – Gabalfa
Website
Twitter  – @GabalfaVoice
Facebook – GabalfaVoice
How can people get in touch with you? – gabalfavoice@gmail.com

About You

Tell us about yourself

Born and raised in Cardiff, I have lived here for 24 out of the 25 years I have been on this planet! My alma mater was Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf in Llandaff North, and I went on to study Welsh and History at Cardiff University before completing a Masters degree in Modern British and European History at Jesus College, Oxford. I have been living in Gabalfa for two years, and I work as a Welsh-medium editorial officer at WJEC CBAC on Western Avenue. I recently became Co-chair of Plaid Ifanc, the youth wing of Plaid Cymru, which has made huge strides as a movement over the past 18 months. The importance of political education cannot be overstated, and Plaid Ifanc has been a vessel of political activism among young people in Wales in recent years. On those rare occasions when campaigning/activism don’t swallow my free time (…!), I’ll be found in one of the fine establishments on Whitchurch Road, either enjoying a coffee, a (vegetarian) burger or a devilish cocktail.

Cefais fy ngeni a’m magu yng Nghaerdydd, a heblaw am fyw i ffwrdd am flwyddyn pan oeddwn yn y coleg, rwyf wedi byw yma ar hyd fy oes. Derbyniais fy addysg yn Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf yn Ystum Taf, a chefais radd mewn Cymraeg a Hanes o Brifysgol Caerdydd cyn cwblhau gradd Meistr yn Hanes Modern Prydain ac Ewrop yng Ngoleg Iesu, Rhydychen. Rwyf wedi byw yn Gabalfa ers dwy flynedd, ac rwy’n gweithio fel swyddog golygyddol cyfrwng Cymraeg yn CBAC, Rhodfa’r Gorllewin. Yn ddiweddar cefais fy ethol yn un o Gyd-gadeiryddion Plaid Ifanc, mudiad ieuenctid Plaid Cymru, sydd wedi gwneud cynnydd aruthrol dros y 18 mis diwethaf. Mae addysg wleidyddol yn hollbwysig, ac mae Plaid Ifanc wedi bod yn flaengar yn annog ei aelodau i ymgyrchu dros y blynyddoedd diweddar. Pan nad wyf yn ymgyrchu neu mewn rhyw ddigwyddiad gwleidyddol neu’i gilydd, byddwch yn dod o hyd i mi yn un o siopau/caffis Whitchurch Road, yn mwynhau coffi, byrgyr (llysieuol…!) neu goctêl drwg…!

What are the biggest issues in your ward?

Wedal Road recycling centre: given its proximity to the ward, it’s little wonder concerns over its future have been at the forefront of residents’ minds during this election campaign. My colleague, Gareth Holden, called in the initial decision by the Labour council to close the site in August 2015 and halted its closure. However, its future remains uncertain and residents across the ward have been vocal in their opposition to the proposed closure. Fly-tipping is already an issue on non-gated lanes; the number of instances would increase exponentially if the Wedal Road site were to close.

Roads are always high up on the agenda with residents on the doorstep. Traffic, congestion, speed awareness, lack of parking spaces, signage and public transport provision are all issues that require addressing after 4 May. We’ve spoken to a great many people who support the idea of implementing a 20mph scheme in the area – the Gabalfa Plaid team has pledged to prioritise the rollout of the scheme in the ward as soon as possible. People are understandably frustrated at the lack of parking spaces in the area, and while our streets were not designed to accommodate the number of cars on our roads, the situation in Gabalfa is dire. More could be done to alleviate parking problems for residents, and improving public transport services in the area would go a long way to reduce the volume of traffic on our streets.

Canolfan ailgylchu Wedal Road: oherwydd bod y safle hwn mor agos i’r ward, nid yw’n syndod bod pobl yn pryderu am ei ddyfodol, ac mae’r pryderon hyn wedi bod yn amlwg yn ystod yr ymgyrch. Bu Gareth Holden, fy nghyd-weithiwr, yn greiddiol i’r ymdrech i atal y cyngor Llafur rhag cau y safle nôl ym mis Awst 2015. Fodd bynnag, mae dyfodol y ganolfan ailgylchu yn ansicr unwaith eto, ac mae trigolion yr ardal wedi lleisio eu gwrthwynebiad i’r cynlluniau i’w chau. Mae tipio anghyfreithlon eisoes yn broblem ar hyd lonydd heb gatiau; byddai cynnydd mawr yn nifer yr achosion o dipio anghyfreithlon pe bai safle Wedal Road yn cau.

Mae ffyrdd bob amser yn uchel ar yr agenda gyda thrigolion ar garreg yr aelwyd. Mae traffig, tagfeydd, ymwybyddiaeth o gyflymder, diffyg lleoedd parcio a darpariaeth trafnidiaeth gyhoeddus i gyd yn broblemau y bydd angen mynd i’r afael â nhw ar ôl 4 Mai. Rydym wedi siarad â nifer fawr o bobl sy’n cefnogi’r syniad o weithredu cynllun 20mya yn yr ardal – mae tîm Gabalfa Plaid wedi addo y bydd yn rhoi blaenoriaeth i gynllun o’r fath. Mae pobl yn rhwystredig nad oes digon o leoedd parcio ar gael yn ardal, ac er nad yw’n ffyrdd wedi’u dylunio i ymdopi â nifer y ceir sy’n teithio arnynt, mae’r sefyllfa yn Gabalfa yn hunllefus. Gallai problemau parcio trigolion gael eu lleihau, a byddai buddsoddi mewn mwy o ddarpariaeth trafnidiaeth gyhoeddus yn yr ardal yn gwneud cryn dipyn i wella’r sefyllfa o ran tagfeydd yn lleol.

 

What’s your favourite place in Cardiff and why?

I was raised a stone’s throw from Roath Park Lake, so the Scott Memorial lighthouse is home for me. I have many fond memories of hurtling down the bank into the children’s play area on sledges in the snow; nursing aching thighs after an hour on a pedalo; and in more recent years, basking in post-exam sunshine with university friends. I’m also very fortunate in the view I have out of my office window, overlooking Pontcanna Fields – it makes for a glorious sunrise in winter. I love spending a rainy afternoon in the galleries of the National Museum in Cathays Park, and when the weather improves I’m always up for a trip to St Fagans National Museum of History – I must’ve been a hundred times by now!

Cefais my magu dafliad carreg i ffwrdd o lyn Parc y Rhath, felly Cofeb Scott yw ‘adref’ i mi. Mae gennyf atgofion melys o rasio lawr y bryn i mewn i’r maes chwarae ar sled yn yr eira; coesau wedi blino ar ôl treulio awr ar y pedalo; a mwynhau’r heulwen gyda fy ffrindiau prifysgol ar ôl gorffen yr arholiadau. Rwy’n ffodus iawn o’r olygfa sydd gennyf allan o’r ffenestr yn y gwaith – yn edrych dros gaeau Pontcanna. Rwyf wrth fy modd yn crwydro orielau’r Amgueddfa Genedlaethol ym Mharc Cathays ar brynhawn glawog, a phan fydd y tywydd yn braf rwyf bob amser ar dân i fynd am dro i Sain Ffagan, Amgueddfa Werin Cymru – rwyf wedi bod yno rhyw 100 o weithiau erbyn hyn, mae’n rhaid!

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

I was struck by a recent conversation with one resident on Llantarnam Road. She said, in all sincerity, “I don’t really understand politics.” However, she had said enough within our five-minute conversation to demonstrate she had a firm grasp of the issues affecting people in the area. There’s a widespread, fundamental distrust of ‘politics’ despite the fact that politics is unavoidable in our daily lives. Local activists need to communicate a message on the doorstep, namely that political engagement need only mean getting involved with local community groups or exercising your democratic right by voting. ‘Politics’ isn’t just the preserve of elected ministers and members; it’s for all of us to become active participants in our democratic processes. In this respect, encouraging political education among young people is key.

Gwaeth un sgwrs ddiweddar argraff arnaf. Roeddwn yn siarad â menyw ar Llantarnam Road a dywedodd, yn gwbl ddidwyll, “I don’t really understand politics.” Fodd bynnag, roedd hi wedi dweud digon yn ystod ein sgwrs fer i ddangos fod ganddi ddealltwriaeth gadarn o’r problemau sy’n wynebu’r trigolion yn yr ardal. Mae pobl yn ddrwgdybus o ‘wleidyddiaeth’ yn waelodol, er bod gwleidyddiaeth yn rhan annatod o’n bywydau o ddydd i ddydd. Mae angen i ymgyrchwyr lleol gyfathrebu neges ar garreg yr aelwyd; hynny yw, mai ymwneud â gwleidyddiaeth, yn syml, yw mynychu grwpiau cymunedol neu fynd i bleidleisio. Nid rhywbeth sy’n perthyn i weinidogion ac aelodau seneddol yn unig yw ‘gwleidyddiaeth’; mae’n ddyletswydd arnom, bob un, i gymryd rhan yn ein prosesau democrataidd. Yn hyn o beth, mae annog addysg wleidyddol ymhlith ein pobl ifanc yn allweddol.

What’s your favourite film?

The History Boys.

If You’re Elected

What will you do to improve your ward?

Improving roads – be it by addressing parking problems or reviewing the condition of road surfaces – would be high up on the agenda. Implementing a 20mph scheme in the area would also go a long way in increasing speed awareness and improving road safety in the area, and would therefore be a priority of mine. Even after significant changes, getting on to Gabalfa roundabout from Whitchurch Road remains difficult, so I would lobby for the current traffic-flow system to be revisited and reviewed.

Byddai gwella ffyrdd – boed drwy fynd i’r afael â phroblemau parcio neu drwy edrych ar gyflwr arwyneb y ffyrdd – yn uchel ar yr agenda. Byddai gweithredu cynllun 20mya hefyd yn gwneud gwahaniaeth o ran cynyddu ymwybyddiaeth o gyflymder a gwella diolgelwch ar ffyrdd yn yr ardal. Byddai cynllun o’r fath, felly, yn un o’m blaenoriaethau. Er bod newidiadau mawr wedi’u gwneud eisoes, mae mynd ymlaen i gyffordd Gabalfa yn anodd iawn o hyd, felly byddwn i’n ymgyrchu i sicrhau bod y system llif traffig bresennol yn cael ei hadolygu.

How will you communicate with residents in your ward?

Technology has facilitated easy communication at all hours of the day, but nothing beats face-to-face contact! Continued door-knocking, attendance at PACT meetings, regular surgeries and participation in community groups would ensure I keep my finger on the pulse with regards to issues faces by residents. I never have more than 3 unread emails in my inbox (!!) so rest assured I’d keep on top of communications via email and social media. It’s not always easy for residents to keep up to date with the latest information from the council; I’d therefore aim to summarise the main issues in regular bulletins, to be posted through letterboxes across the ward.

Mae technoleg fodern yn golygu bod cyfathrebu lawer yn haws y dyddiau hyn, ond does dim yn well na siarad yn uniongyrchol â’n gilydd! Byddwn i’n sicrhau fy mod yn gwybod am brif broblemau trigolion drwy barhau i gnocio drysau, mynychu cyfarfodydd PACT, cynnal cymorthfeydd rheolaidd a chymryd rhan mewn grwpiau cymunedol. Dim ond 3 neges e-bost heb ei darllen sydd gennyf yn fy mewnflwch ar unrhyw un adeg (!!) felly byddwn i’n sicr yn gallu cadw cofnod o’r holl gyfathrebiadau byddwn i’n eu derbyn dros e-bost neu ar y cyfryngau cymdeithasol. Nid yw bob amser yn hawdd i drigolion gael gwybod am y wybodaeth ddiweddaraf o’r cyngor; byddwn i felly yn anelu i grynhoi’r prif faterion mewn bwletinau rheolaidd, i’w dosbarthu drwy flychau post ar draws y ward.

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

There has been a noticeable increase in homelessness in Cardiff over the past few years. I would certainly be eager to work with charities and organisations, and to participate in projects that help homeless people and that work to create opportunities to keep people off the streets. I would also like to see Cardiff lead the way by being an eco-friendly, green and sustainable city. I believe political education is very important, and would therefore like to get involved with initiatives designed to increase political awareness and engagement.

Rydym wedi gweld cynnydd mawr mewn digartrefedd yng Nghaerdydd dros y blynyddoedd diwethaf. Byddwn i felly yn awyddus i weithio ar y cyd ag elusennau a sefydliadau, ac i gymryd rhan mewn projectau sy’n cynorthwyo pobl ddigartref ac sy’n gweithio i greu cyfleoedd i sicrhau nad yw pobl yn gorfod byw ar y stryd. Rwyf hefyd yn awyddus bod Caerdydd yn arwain y ffordd drwy fod yn ddinas sy’n eco-gyfeillgar, gwyrdd a chynaliadwy. Rwy’n credu bod addysg wleidyddol yn hynod o bwysig, felly hoffwn ymwneud â phrojectau sy’n cynyddu ymwybyddiaeth wleidyddol ymhlith ein trigolion.

Final Comments

What would you change about Cardiff and why?

Unless Cardiff’s infrastructure sees drastic improvement over the next few years, I’m afraid it could miss out on fantastic opportunities to host important events due to the city’s inability to cope with large numbers of visitors. Our roads are congested and pollution is an increasing problem. If Cardiff is to become a clean, eco-friendly city, improvements must be made to our public transport system. I would also like to see the Welsh language become more visible within our capital city. Cardiff must lead the way and promote the Welsh language wherever possible. As the Welsh proverb goes, “Nid da lle gellir gwell”!

Os nad oes gwelliant arwyddocaol yn isadeiledd Caerdydd dros y blynyddoedd nesaf, rwy’n pryderu y gallai’r ddinas golli cyfleoedd i gynnal digwyddiadau pwysig gan nad oes ganddi’r gallu i ymdopi â nifer mawr o ymwelwyr. Mae tagfeydd ar ein ffyrdd ac mae problem llygredd yn gwaethygu. Os yw Caerdydd yn mynd i wireddu ei photensial fel dinas lân ac eco-gyfeillgar, rhaid i system trafnidiaeth gyhoeddus y ddinas gael ei gwella ar fyrder. Byddwn i hefyd yn hoffi gweld mwy o Gymraeg ar hyd a lled y ddinas. Rhaid i Gaerdydd, y brifddinas, fod yn flaengar o ran hyrwyddo’r iaith Gymraeg a chymryd pob cyfle i wneud hynny. Nid da lle gellir gwell!

Any final comments?

Elections tend to focus on the negative aspects and problems within a community. I’d like to stress, therefore, that I love living in Gabalfa. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed meeting many of my neighbours over the past few months – it just goes to show how much you can learn about the different needs of different people within your community by means of a five-minute conversation. I’m aware that some residents may not be able to enjoy all that which Gabalfa as an area has to offer. I would therefore, as your councillor, do my best to ensure Gabalfa caters for the needs of all those who live and work here.

Mae etholiadau yn tueddu i ganolbwyntio ar yr agweddau negatif a’r problemau sydd gan gymuned. Hoffwn i bwysleisio, felly, fy mod i wrth fy modd yn byw yn Gabalfa. Rwyf wedi cael modd i fyw yn cwrdd â nifer o’m cymdogion dros y misoedd diwethaf – mae’n dangos, wir, faint gallwch chi ei ddysgu am amrywiol anghenion y bobl wahanol sy’n byw yn eich cymuned, a hynny o fewn sgwrs pum munud. Rwy’n ymwybodol nad yw pawb sy’n byw yn Gabalfa yn gallu cymryd mantais o’r hyn oll sydd gan yr ardal i’w gynnig. Byddwn i, fel eich cynghorydd, yn gwneud fy ngorau i sicrhau bod anghenion pawb sy’n byw ac yn gweithio yn Gabalfa yn cael eu hystyried a’u diwallu.

Stephen Lake: Plaid Cymru – Rhiwbina

We’ve invited all the local election candidates to complete this questionnaire so you know more about the people asking for your vote on the 4th of May. We’re also compiling a list of their websites and social media accounts so you can follow them and get in touch if you have any questions.


Name – Stephen Lake
Party – Plaid Cymru
Ward – Rhiwbina
Website
Twitter  – @steffanllyn
Facebook – Plaid Cymru Gogledd Caerdydd / Cardiff North
How can people get in touch with you? – steffanllyn@gmail.com

About You

Tell us about yourself

I’m a software engineer who’s lived in Cardiff most of my life. I believe greater efforts are required to improve social justice, with a more equitable spread of wealth across regions, social classes and generations. I’m also very concerned at the degradation of our environment and would like to see more sustainable development given greater priority.

What are the biggest issues in your ward?

Traffic congestion.

What’s your favourite place in Cardiff and why?

Bute Park: I cycle through it on my way to work and I love the way it changes through the seasons.

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

  1. A fairer voting system.
  2. A reduction in the voting age.
  3. Timely publication (on easily-accessible web sites) of the voting records of all publicly elected representatives; all financial dealings with external bodies; and all planning decisions.

What’s your favourite film?

Groundhog Day.

If You’re Elected

What will you do to improve your ward?

Protect green spaces by revoking and reforming the Local Development Plan; promote green, sustainable transport to reduce traffic congestion and pollution; improve transparency of council decision-making and financial dealings; ensure that recycling is made easier for all residents with local, accessible recycling centres.

How will you communicate with residents in your ward?

I will publicise my activities via web site, Twitter feed and quarterly leaflets delivered to all electors in the ward.

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

Traffic congestion and sustainable infrastructure; housing to reflect local needs; and environmental improvement.

Final Comments

What would you change about Cardiff and why?

  1. Transparency of the way the council operates: too many questionable land deals and re-classifications have occurred under the present administration.
  2. Traffic congestion and pollution need to be tackled to improve everyone’s health and quality of life.
  3. The rise in homelessness in the city must be tackled by ensuring development is appropriate to local needs and not just private profit.

Any final comments?

Non submitted (Editor)

Dan Allsobrook: Plaid Cymru – Whitchurch and Tongwynlais

We’ve invited all the local election candidates to complete this questionnaire so you know more about the people asking for your vote on the 4th of May. We’re also compiling a list of their websites and social media accounts so you can follow them and get in touch if you have any questions.


Dan Allsobrook

Name – Dan Allsobrook
Party – Plaid Cymru
Ward – Whitchurch and Tongwynlais
Website
Twitter  – @PlaidCymruENT
Facebook – PlaidCymruENT
How can people get in touch with you? – plaidcymrueglwysnewydd@gmail.com

About You

Tell us about yourself

I was brought up in Whitchurch, attending Eglwys Newydd Primary School and Whitchurch High School in the 1970s and 1980s. It seems a long time ago now! I’m married with two kids; both boys are pupils at Ysgol Gymraeg Melin Gruffydd.

I’m a self-employed IT consultant. Currently I’m working in financial services but I’ve worked in a variety of industries during my career. One of my proudest achievements was working on the build and opening of Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay. It was an amazing experience and I still love visiting the building after 13 years.

I’m a keen but not particularly talented cyclist, and am very passionate about active travel. I commute to work on the Taff Trail every day and enjoy riding for leisure around South Wales whenever I have time to spare.

I’ve served on the committees of two local rugby clubs, Cardiff Harlequins and CRICC, for several years now. These community clubs are vitally important for the health and happiness of young people in the area. Like so many of our local resources, they rely almost completely on volunteers for survival.

Whitchurch is a great place to live, but we face many challenges and that’s why I’m putting myself forward to try to help us all meet them.

What are the biggest issues in your ward?

  • Traffic congestion, parking and pollution
  • Potholes and road maintenance
  • Safety and security for residents
  • Facilities for people of all ages – social care, libraries, schools and public transport
  • Litter
  • A safe and clean environment for kids to travel to school – road crossings, cycle paths and walkways free from hazards and danger

What’s your favourite place in Cardiff and why?

Spiller’s Records. I’ve loved that place since I was a kid. I admire the way it’s survived and stayed faithful to the independent music ethos.

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

  • Reduce the voting age to 16
  • Election hustings in every school
  • Mock elections in every school
  • Ensure politics is taught at all levels of the curriculum
  • Emphasise the impact your vote has in changing the community you live in for the better
  • Improve the quality of local and national media

What’s your favourite film?

Withnail and I.

If You’re Elected

What will you do to improve your ward?

We need to grasp the nettle and realise that we must move away from reliance on the car as the primary mode of transport. This may involve tough choices, such as congestion charging and harsher traffic and parking penalties, but we have already done irreversible damage to ourselves and our environment. Drastic action is needed.

Tidying up. This sounds really simple but we need to encourage people to come together to help clean up and take pride in our community. Littering is something everyone can do something about. Whether it’s organised litter picks or volunteer wardens making sure that people dispose of their rubbish in the right way. We need to foster a community where irresponsible, anti-social behaviour is not tolerated.

Safe routes to school and work. We need clearly-marked and protected pathways to enable everyone to get where they need to go without having to face unnecessary danger.

Community hubs. Working with local businesses and residents to provide residents of all ages with somewhere to go and things to do. Develop the Whitchurch Library and Park site into a valuable community resource.

How will you communicate with residents in your ward?

Digital communication and social media are great for engaging with younger people, but there is no substitute for face-to-face contact. Street stalls, surgeries, community groups and home visits ensure that no-one feels they’re out of the loop.

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

I’m very concerned about traffic congestion and the lack of active travel and public transport alternatives. Pollution is a hidden menace which is damaging us and our environment. There needs to be a step change in the way we behave, and it needs to happen now.

Better cycling facilities and safe walkways are part of this, but proper joined-up public transport services need to be implemented if we are to persuade people to get out of their cars. I’m very keen to get involved with this as a councillor.

Final Comments

What would you change about Cardiff and why?

  • Introduce a congestion charge
  • Better park and ride facilities
  • Invest in joined-up, 24-hour public transport which is safe and reliable
  • Be proud and respectful of our environment and fellow citizens

Any final comments?

I’m not a politician. I just want to make our village and city safer, happier and cleaner. I’m not going to do that on my own. We need to encourage everyone to re-engage with the way in which our city is governed and participate in the decision-making process. This will only happen if we elect politicians who listen and who are brave enough to talk about the difficult things we need to do in order to make Cardiff a better place to live.

Julia Burns: Plaid Cymru – Whitchurch and Tongwynlais

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Julia Loaring

Name – Julia Burns
Party – Plaid Cymru
Ward – Whitchurch and Tongwynlais
Website
Twitter  –
Facebook – julia.burnsloaring
How can people get in touch with you?juliaburnsloaring@gmail.com

About You

Tell us about yourself

I was born in Cardiff in 1950, to parents of Irish & English extraction. I grew up in Cathays & Canton, (now Pontcanna!). Educated at Heathfield House in Richmond Rd. Trained as a teacher in Cardiff College of Education in 1970-73. Moved to the Vale of Glamorgan in 1971 until coming home to Whitchurch in 1981. Learned Welsh as an adult & graduated in Welsh from Cardiff University in 1984. Spent 7 years living in the Caernarfon area & working as Education Officer for Gwynedd Archives & Museums. Returned to Whitchurch in 1991 & resumed my teaching career: teaching at Llanhari, Cantonian and St Illtyd’s High Schools. Now I’m semi-retired as I still teach adults now & then, I have time to give back to our community as a local Councillor. I know & love our area and I feel passionately about it.

What are the biggest issues in your ward?

Long Meadow & the consequent destruction of extremely important wildlife habitat & open space. Access & hugely increased traffic would be a major problem in our ward. Parking & traffic flow is already bad, especially in Velindre / Kelston Rd, Maes Glas / St David’s Rd & the area around Glan y Nant. Litter is a problem to be tackled in all areas, but particularly in Whitchurch village and Library Park. Old shop frontages in roads like Westbourne need a facelift. We must fight too for our library. Keep our village attractive by clamping down on litter.

What’s your favourite place in Cardiff and why?

In Cardiff my favourite place is our stretch of the Glamorganshire Canal at Melin Gruffydd. Forest Farm is our very own gem and Long Meadow is part of it. I have lived in Whitchurch for almost all my adult life and spent much of my teenage years here too. Our village is still a village. Shopping locally must be encouraged & young people encouraged to respect their local area. A permanent History of Whitchurch exhibition would be an asset in the Library.

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

I tend towards compulsory voting as has long been the case in Australia. People fought and died for the right to have a say in government. Lessons in how democracy works could be part of the PSE curriculum in all schools.

What’s your favourite film?

Rob Roy starring Liam Neeson & Jessica Lainge. Tim Roth & John Hurt are superb adversaries to the hero. He is a real hero: brave, strong, loyal. I know the details aren’t accurate, but his character in the film is truly heroic.

If You’re Elected

What will you do to improve your ward?

I will work to oppose destruction of Long Meadow. I will work to improve traffic flow in the Village, particularly in Velindre / Kelston / Foreland Roads. I will support initiatives to cut down on litter and excess packaging. I will do my best to support our Library and our public spaces so that they remain available for our enjoyment.

How will you communicate with residents in your ward?

I am available by email, phone or post.

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

Transportation including local trains, litter and recycling, libraries, parks & open spaces especially areas for exercise & games.

Final Comments

What would you change about Cardiff and why?

I want to stop litter and loutish behaviour. We have a beautiful city. Young people need to feel they own it too & be proud of it. If you know your Cardiff like I do and feel you are part of a community that actually values you, hopefully you will want to respect your environment. We need to show we care for young people and also for the homeless people who live on our streets. They must know where they can find refuge and support to reintegrate into the community. Supporting causes that work with homeless people in our city is important for any councillor.

Any final comments?

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