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Mike Phillips: Conservatives – Whitchurch and Tongwynlais

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Mike Phillips

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

About You

Tell us about yourself

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

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

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

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

What are the biggest issues in your ward?

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

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

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

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

What’s your favourite place in Cardiff and why?

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

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

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

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

What’s your favourite film?

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

If You’re Elected

What will you do to improve your ward?

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

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

How will you communicate with residents in your ward?

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

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

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

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

Bigger issues are education, business development and transport.

Final Comments

What would you change about Cardiff and why?

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

Any final comments?

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

Marc Palmer: Labour – Whitchurch and Tongwynlais

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Marc Palmer

Name – Marc Palmer
Party – Labour
Ward – Whitchurch and Tongwynlais
Website
Twitter  – @MarcPalmer75
Facebook – WhitchurchandTongwynlaisLabourNews
How can people get in touch with you? – wtlabour2017@gmail.com.

About You

Tell us about yourself

My name is Marc Palmer and I’m one of four Labour Candidates standing for election in Whitchurch and Tongwynlais.

I have deep roots in this ward. I grew up in Whitchurch and lived there for 30 years and went to the local High School. Most of my family and friends still live in Whitchurch and it’s a place that will always be close to my heart. I run my own business which, for the last 6 years has been located in a prominent position in Tongwynlais High Street.

I am passionate about the local community in which I live and work. I am a strong believer in giving something back. I can often be seen initiating and contributing to litter picking events, planting flowers, building paths, installing benches in the community.

I now want to make more of a difference and have more influence in shaping the community in which we live and the services from which we benefit.

I will ensure that every person in the ward, regardless of religious belief, disability or gender, is empowered to put forward their views, their wishes and their feelings, that they are not discriminated against, and that they understand and feel that they have a voice which is respected, always.

I love all sport and am a local children’s football Coach. I also sponsor several local children’s teams.

I’m a big fan of most types of music and in my younger days could be found hosting events in Cardiff, many of which would be written about in Local and National magazines.

What are the biggest issues in your ward?

In addition to the EU Referendum, this is the third year in a row that we have had elections so we have had a great opportunity to speak with many residents.

Parking is an issue across the ward as is speeding traffic and potholes. Residents have told us they want the public toilets restored in Whitchurch Village, they also want the Library to remain open and publicly funded.

The new Velindre Hospital development is causing some anxiety in the area surrounding the proposed site.

What’s your favourite place in Cardiff and why?

I love to watch Cardiff City and Wales play rugby, so both the Cardiff City Stadium and the Principality Stadium are firm favourites of mine. I also like to walk along the Taff Trail. But ultimately, my house, Christmas lunch with all my family around, that’s the best place.

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

For people to feel engaged they need to feel part of something. All too often people feel that their views and concerns are not being taken seriously enough. It is important that politician don’t over promise on things that can’t be delivered.

What’s your favourite film?

Love a good comedy, too many to choose from.

If You’re Elected

What will you do to improve your ward?

I would look further into the parking issues that have been brought up on the door step especially around Kenfig and Celtic Road.

I would lobby the Council to bring forward plans to extend the 20mph speed limits to include all residential streets in Whitchurch and Tongwynlais as soon as possible. Look to ensure that Whitchurch remains a vibrant village and that the area remains a clean and safe place to visit.

Work with local event organisers so that the events like the fantastic Christmas Lights switch on run as smooth as possible with as little impact on local residents as possible.

How will you communicate with residents in your ward?

Facebook and email are great ways to keep in touch with residents, but we must continue the current Labour commitment of holding regular surgeries and sending out newsletter updates.

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

The City Deal could be a game changer for the region, a genuine opportunity to have substantial investment in the travel infrastructure of the Capital Region. Better public transport and connectivity will certainly help with the congested roads we see every day in our villages.

Final Comments

What would you change about Cardiff and why?

I would like to see more for children to do in the City. There are some great groups run by volunteers, some from Whitchurch Rugby Sports and Social club. Although times are hard and budgets are being cut by Westminster, I would like to see the Council support these groups as best as it can and help them develop to their full potential.

Any final comments?

We live in a great part of the City, a City which is widely regarded as one of the best places to live in the UK. If selected, I will work tirelessly for the ward and its constituents. It will be an honour and a privilege to be elected as a Labour representative and to serve our local community and the City of Cardiff.

Linda Morgan: Conservatives – Whitchurch and Tongwynlais

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

About You

Tell us about yourself

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What are the biggest issues in your ward?

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

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

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

What’s your favourite place in Cardiff and why?

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

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

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

What’s your favourite film?

The Sound of Music and Ben Hur.

If You’re Elected

What will you do to improve your ward?

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

How will you communicate with residents in your ward?

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

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

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

Final Comments

What would you change about Cardiff and why?

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

Better transport links between Cardiff Centre and the Bay.

Any final comments?

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

Mike Jones-Pritchard: Conservatives – Whitchurch and Tongwynlais

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

About You

Tell us about yourself

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

What are the biggest issues in your ward?

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

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

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

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

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

What’s your favourite place in Cardiff and why?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What’s your favourite film?

It’s a Wonderful Life.

If You’re Elected

What will you do to improve your ward?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How will you communicate with residents in your ward?

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

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

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

There are so many but top of my list would be

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

Final Comments

What would you change about Cardiff and why?

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

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

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

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

Any final comments?

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

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

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

Dan Allsobrook: Plaid Cymru – Whitchurch and Tongwynlais

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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?

Non submitted (Editor)

Dominic Eggbeer: Liberal Democrats – Whitchurch and Tongwynlais

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Dominic Eggbeer

Name – Dominic Eggbeer
Party – Liberal Democrats
Ward – Whitchurch and Tongwynlais
Website – cardiffld.org.uk
Twitter  – @cardifflibdems
Facebook – cardiffld
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About You

Tell us about yourself

I’ve lived in Cardiff since 1997 and raised my family here. I moved to Tongwynlais in 2004 and appreciate the diversity of the area, and the way it combines access to the great outdoors and city life. I am passionate about outdoor activities, so living in N Cardiff provides excellent access for my family and I to escape, play in the mud, and enjoy the surroundings. I work at Cardiff Met Uni helping to pioneer new ways of using design in surgery and prosthetic procedures. My work enables me to collaborate with fantastic people in the NHS and private sector. It’s a rewarding position that enables my team and I to overcome complex healthcare challenges which leads to improved outcomes for patients and the efficiency of procedures. I got involved with the Liberal Democrats since I hold the values of fairness, openness and tolerance dear. My day job reinforces the strength collaboration can bring to solving issues; I seek to apply the same principles in politics.

What are the biggest issues in your ward?

I see one of the major issues being congestion. The roads through Tongwynlais and Whitchurch are extremely busy at peak periods, which is dangerous, and polluting. Cardiff has become a gridlocked city during rush hour, causing commuter misery, wasted time, pollution and stress. N Cardiff is a superb place to live, with a fantastic community feel, but the blight of traffic needs to be addressed. Evidence supports the need for better public transport networks, improved infrastructure for cycling/walking (we’re blessed with the Taff Trail running near/though the area) that will give people a more viable option to choose a less impactful way to work. Complemented by changes in the way businesses offer flexible working, secure cycle parking, better-designed cycle parking, improved trains and other changes, we could help to reduce the misery of through traffic congestion. Other issues include littering, burglaries and relatively low levels of anti-social behaviour. I look to residents to highlight other problems.

What’s your favourite place in Cardiff and why?

1 favourite place is hard to pick! I love Forest Farm, but also the woods behind Castle Coch. I can spend many family hours in just these areas. I also love all of the fields and parks sandwiched between the city centre and the A48.

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

Politicians often have a bad reputation for being self-serving. For that to change, people need to be listened to; people/parties that more accurately reflect the values of community, fairness and empowerment need to be elected. At the macro scale: a) Ensure politicians more accurately reflect their constitutions (the political class is currently out of touch with the people they purport to represent). b) Stop the lies and blame culture, which have become so prevalent in politics. C) Ensure the media have a free and, importantly, balanced voice. At a local level, people need to be made aware that politics affects everything and that they have the power to change for the better. Community meetings and social media could play an important role in ensuring politics is accessible by all. Politicians and politics should also be geared up to ensure the long-term health, wealth and environmental interests of our people. Engaging younger generations is therefore extremely important. Ensuring that near-to-voting age people are well informed about the importance of political engagement is also crucial to ensure that they vote.

What’s your favourite film?

Ex Machina is a recent favourite.

If You’re Elected

What will you do to improve your ward?

Addressing issues of traffic congestion by working with the Cardiff Active Travel plan, promotion of a better infrastructure and public transport system are an immediate priority. This will help to ensure our communities are safer and environment more pleasant. I would also ensure that new housing developments and other major infrastructure changes that affect the area are properly scrutinised for local impact. N Cardiff is an area targeted for house building, yet the infrastructure is not equipped to accommodate the increases in traffic. I would also seek to protect our green spaces and ensure the value of parks and social areas are maintained for all to enjoy.

How will you communicate with residents in your ward?

I would set up and promote:

  • Online surveys (to capture a broad understanding of the issues that affect the area).
  • Host regular meetings with residents (to focus on the most important issues).

I would also:

  • Provide regular feedback through local meetings, online and social media (to ensure that people are listened to).
  • Seek evidence to support decision making (to ensure that decisions are based on well-considered arguments and that people get the best value).

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

Whilst there are numerous local issues affecting Cardiff, one of the primary that affects everybody is road traffic and congestion. We’re blessed with a superb city, fantastic green spaces and huge potential to offer better walking, cycling, public transport, and more intelligently laid out road networks. Enabling people to get around more efficiently and cheaply using alternatives to cars has proven health and productivity benefits. I would get even move involved in the development of Cardiff’s Active Travel Plan to ensure that people have the opportunity to benefit from a better infrastructure system that protects our economy, health and the environment.

Final Comments

What would you change about Cardiff and why?

Cardiff is a culturally and geographically rich place. I would like to ensure that as the capital of Wales, it remains a beacon of liberal values and promotes a sense of community, tolerance, and fairness. I change like to change the way infrastructure was considered in order to protect green spaces, public services, and the rights of people to enjoy the things that are free in life.

Any final comments?

Cardiff is creative, innovative and outward-looking. The Liberal Democrats are the only party fighting to keep Britain open, tolerant and united. We are also the only party that combines economic competence with a plan for strong public services and an optimistic vision for a Britain that is open, tolerant and united. Tongwynlais and Whitchurch deserve a party that will stand up for the rights of the diverse community we live in, protect our environment, and support our economy. The Liberal Democrats are that party. Discover more at http://www.libdems.org.uk/issues.