Trowbridge & St Mellons
Since my election in 2012 I have campaigned on a number of important issues that are central to the local community in St Mellons and Trowbridge working with our local team of Councillors – currently Michael Michael, Chris Lay and Bernie Bowen-Thomson.
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 have campaigned and put pressure on for a new Parkway railway station in St Mellons, and for improvements to bus services. Work to build the new £30m railway in St Mellons is expected to start next year. The station in St Mellons will serve up to 32,000 residents, linking them to Swansea, Cardiff, London, Bristol and Birmingham and the South Wales Metro.
I backed community campaigners along with activists, councillors and local residents to try to put pressure on the owners of the abandoned Kwiksave site. I ensured security improvements were made to the site after it began to be used for criminal activities and have put direct pressure on the owner of the site over many years. I was happy to see that building work on the site began earlier this year.
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. I am also a regular visitor to St Illtyd’s and support others working to improve opportunities for our young people. I have campaigned with local Councillors for more community facilities in the area – and so the opening of the Hub in St Mellons has also been a highlight for me in the last year.
I have regularly raised concerns about fly-tipping and waste dumping around the Hendre Lakes area, and for action to improve the environment in the local estates.