I hold regular surgeries in Penarth with our local Penarth Town and Vale Councillors. As well as supporting thousands of residents with individual concerns, I have worked with others on a range of local concerns - from tackling crime and anti-social behaviour, to supporting a sustainable future for the Penarth Pier Pavilion, speeding and traffic issues and backing the development of the Penarth Learning Community.
Penarth has a brilliant town centre and local shopping, and I have backed local traders and new ventures, by supporting successful Christmas shopping events organised by local traders, the Shop in Penarth scheme, and Independent Bookshop Week. I’m a regular at many of the community events that take place in the town, including the annual Summer Festival with its Carnival Day, Downhill Derby and fireworks; the Penarth Literature Festival; Christmas celebrations including singing at St Peter’s Old Cogan Church; and this years Penarth Picnic.
I’ve backed local environmental initiatives and recently welcomed young people from Penarth taking part in the global climate school strike - as well as raising concerns about the dredging and dumping of mud from Hinkley and backing renewable energy solutions.
And it’s been a pleasure to welcome a number of school groups to Westminster, including sixth formers from both Stanwell and St Cyres, and primary schoolchildren from the town too, for educational visits and Q&A sessions, to help them learn about the workings of Parliament and the importance of civic education.
I’ve argued for better to Cogan station, and raised concerns about both local rail and bus services, and intercity services such as the problems with GWR. I have been proud to work with Croeso Penarth supporting refugees, and with a range of local churches and community groups from PADLT to local food banks working to support people at home and abroad.