Experience as a Councillor for Cathays & Achievements
During the last four years as Cathays Labour Councillor with my ward colleagues Chris Weaver, Sarah Merry and Ali Ahmed we have:
- Pushed for the continued Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation for the benefit of residents and tenants in Cathays despite calls to have it removed
- Opposed new planning applications for HMO’s in Cathays in line with the Supplementary Planning Guidance brought out in 2016, after pressure from your Labour Councillors, which restrict the number of HMO’s in an area, raise the standard of accommodation and improve the area along with opposing many other unsuitable developments
- Have continues to campaigned for more “blitz” cleansing and worked with officers to provide more safe active travel and road improvements
- Campaigned to have improved parking systems in Cathays and to improve the play facilities for children. We expect to see those improvements soon.
- Put out regular ward newsletters & local briefings
- Held weekly surgeries, city centre surgeries and street surgeries when allowed within COVID-19 Regulations and held on-line surgeries when not allowed
- Worked with local groups like Cathays Community Centre and Dalton St Lunch Club, the mosques and churches, Keep Cathays Tidy and Cathays Compass. We have attended local PACT meetings and worked closely with the police and university officers
Affiliated to the Labour Party since starting work and becoming a full member in 2015, I have worked as an advocate for workers, young people and health staff throughout my career via my involvement with the unions and in my various roles in health, with the Youth Offending Team and as a Specialist Inspector with the Health and Safety Executive.
I am vice-chair of Cardiff Central Labour Party and have been a Deputy Whip of the Labour Councillors Group for 4 years.
Since becoming a councillor in 2017 I have sat and still sit on numerous committees, including 3 different Scrutiny Committees, the Shared Regulatory Services Joint Committee and I have been the chair of Licensing and Public Protection since 2018.
I am a Trustee of Cathays Community Centre and Grassroots in the City Centre and a Governor at Cathays High School and Gladstone Primary School.
I am a mother of three and a grandmother of 4 who enjoys playing the saxophone, watching rugby and singing with Cardiff Blues (Cor Y Gleision) Choir.
Why do I like being a Councillor for Cathays
Being a Councillor for Cathays brings many challenges but the satisfaction of making, even small, improvements to the way our communities live in Cathays and in our wonderful city makes you want to try even harder to make more improvements so that the standards of service we give and the living conditions and wellbeing of all Cardiff’s residents and it’s visitors can grow.
I feel honoured to be a part of a Labour team that is forward-thinking and keen to achieve all the objectives set out in our policy document Capital Ambitions.
Cllr Norma Mackie
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