My recent work in Rumney has included working with local residents to oppose the proposal to build flats on inappropriate locations on Rumney Hill. I have repeatedly raised the concerns of residents that a block of self-contained flats will be inappropriate in an area characterised by single dwellings and bungalows, will likely cause problems with parking and access and could potentially impact on a site of Special Scientific Interest immediately to the rear.
I am campaigning against the plans for an incinerator in the local area – working alongside local residents. I have met and put pressure on the developers, and am working closely with our local Assembly Member Vaughan Gething and our Councillors to raise concerns about emissions, traffic, visual impact and the commercial viability of the proposals.
I gave my full support to the team working to Save Rumney Library, and have supported the work of Rumney Forum. When residents were suffering the problems associated with the major railway works, and the closure of Mardy Road bridge, I was heavily involved putting pressure on Network Rail and others involved.
I have also worked with a number of local community groups since 2012. Most recently, a group from Rumney Scouts joined me for a day in Parliament and I was able to meet them for a tour and Q&A. It is always fantastic to support community run organisations that have such a positive impact on young people. Similarly, I have worked with local groups to oppose the closure of the Natwest branch in Rumney and have also spent time with our excellent local police based at Rumney Station, and working with them to respond to local concerns about crime and anti-social behaviour.
We needed a major improvement in education in the East of our city, and so worked with our local Councillors and Assembly Member to ensure the opening and brilliant new start of Eastern High, as well as being a supporter of the campaign to save Rec when the former administration on the Council wanted to build on it. I am also a regular visitor to St Illtyd’s School and support others working to improve opportunities for our young people.