Election to R&M Community Council

A reminder of the election to the vacant post to represent Morganstown Ward on the Radyr & Morganstown Commuity Council which is due to happen on Thursday, 6 February 2020. Polls will be open from 07.00 to 22.00 and all eligible voters should have received a polling card. Official notices relating to this election can be seen on the Cardiff Council website.

The Web Team gave the opportunity to each candidate to present a statement of up to 300 words and a photograph. Those that were returned by the deadline are presented below:

Allan Cook

I have been a resident of the Morganstown Ward for more than thirty years and would be honoured to represent the ward on the Community Council.

Although I have never been a member of the Council I have worked with them on many occasions and am still Deputy Chair of the World War One Committee which organised numerous events to commemorate the war.

I have also been a member of the Executive of the Radyr and Morganstown Association over a number of years, helping to organise the May Festival and the Christmas Tree Lighting event.

I have become increasingly concerned about the lack of democracy in the two villages and the Community Council’s seeming preference for co-opting new members as opposed to holding elections.

I am particularly concerned about three issues;

  1. In the light of Cardiff County Council’s recent statement that more than 200 deaths, in Cardiff alone, can be attributed to exhaust fumes, I am concerned about pollution levels along the Main Road through Radyr and Morganstown and would oppose any decisions that might lead to an increase in pollution.
  2. At a time when Cardiff County Council are trying to increase the use of public transport within the Cardiff area to 50% it seems short sighted to cut one of our three hourly bus services. This will impact badly on the older Morganstown residents who need the bus to get to the shops, the Health Centre and the pharmacy.
  3. I am also concerned by the Community Council’s plan to acquire Morganstown Village Hall, to sell off the land for development and to use the funds to build another facility. More houses, more pollution and more congestion on Heol Syr Lewis.