I have held various posts in the Labour Party including Constituency Secretary. I first represented Cathays in the 1990’s. I have worked for Jenny Rathbone AM and used to work for Jon Owen Jones MP giving me valuable casework skills. I have always been involved in campaigning since joining the party as a teenager. Currently I am Cabinet Member for Education.
Experience as a Councillor for Cathays & Achievements
During the last five years as Cathays Labour Councillors with my ward colleagues Chris Weaver and Sam Knight we have:
- campaigned for and brought in restrictions on to let boards (the first time a local authority has done this in Wales)
- pushed for the continued Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation for the benefit of residents and tenants in Cathays despite the decision being called in by a Lib Dem councillor
- Fought for new planning guidelines for HMO’s which will restrict the number in an area, raise the standard of accommodation and also improve the area (for example landlords will need to provide covered waste storage)
- Have campaigned for a new “blitz” cleansing regime & additional enforcement officers
- Put out regular ward newsletters & local briefings
- Held weekly surgeries, city centre surgeries and street surgeries
- Worked with local groups like Cathays Community Centre and Dalton St Lunch Club, the mosques and recently alongside residents to set up a Keep Cathays Tidy group. We have attended local PACT meetings and worked closely with the police and university officers.
Why I would like to remain the Councillor for Cathays
We have achieved much for Cathays over the last five years but feel there is still more that we can do. I feel passionately about Cathays and the way it is was neglected under the Lib Dems. Cathays is not a “student area” but a lively ward that is varied covering the city centre, pensioners, families, young professionals and students. As local councillors we have worked hard with local groups to strengthen a sense of community and pride in the area.
We would like to continue to work to improve Cathays including street cleansing (with effective enforcement), building a strength of community, and serving Cathays.
Although we have achieved a lot during the last few years we believe there are still more improvements to campaign for – for example stronger controls over issues we have around skips etc. With the development of the Business Improvement District we want to make sure that it delivers benefits for residents too.
This council has delivered improvements in services like Education: these have been recognised by Estyn. This is despite the funding cuts we have faced and we want to continue to work for Cathays.
I have served as a governor on Gladstone and Cathays High School.
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