Before becoming a Councillor in 2012, I had been a campaigner for the Labour Party for many years. I have helped coordinate campaigns at ward and constituency level, and am proud to represent the area I live in for Labour.
Experience as a Councillor for Cathays & Achievements
I was elected as a Councillor for the first time in 2012. I currently hold the role of ‘Assistant to the Cabinet for Active Travel, Wellbeing, and Libraries’ and Lead Member for the Cardiff South-East Neighbourhood Partnership board.
With my colleagues Sarah Merry and Sam Knight, we have fought for and helped introduce a number of achievements in Cathays. We lobbied for and achieved restrictions on the blight of To Let boards. We have introduced new planning guidance on Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMOs) that will both improve the quality of housing and put a limit on the conversions of family homes into large HMO’s, where the area would become over-intensely developed.
We spoke in favour of extending the Additional HMO licencing scheme in Cathays, successfully. We have opposed inappropriate planning applications, such as the flats on the site of the old Gower Pub and the Old Laundry at Dalton Street, both cases we won. We have kept Cathays Library open despite the deep cuts to our Council budget.
We have held weekly surgeries in Cathays Library and Cathays Community Centre, and supported many community groups.
Why I would like to remain the Councillor for Cathays
I enjoy representing the ward I live in, and seeing the improvements we can make. I am pleased that our Labour Council introduced the Living Wage to the Council, has banned To Let boards, and has started the deep-clean ‘blitz’ cleaning in our ward. We have started development of the new bus station, and significantly improved education in the city.
There is much more to do though. We have drafted plans for clearer guidelines on the space builders can take when working on properties, with fixed penalty notices for breaches. We need to continue the pressure on improving our street cleaning, including continuing support for Keep Cathays Tidy. The new parking strategy that we have developed will be implemented over the next few years, and a number of streets may need additional residents parking.
We need to continue the work regarding Walking and Cycling and public transport to improve the quality of life for residents in Cathays, and the additional enforcement action we have taken around bins and waste. We must continue the improvements in our school standards. And city centre residents will hopefully see improvements as a result of the Business Improvement District our Council helped create, and we must continue to deal with any noise or licencing issues that arise there.
I am pleased with what I have been able to help achieve in the ward and the city as a Labour Councillor, and it is a privilege to represent the area I live in. I hope to continue doing that after May.
I am a governor at Gladstone Primary. I went to University in London and have a degree in History.
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