Preview: Riverside by-election

March 2, 2011 No Comments »
Preview: Riverside by-election

riverside by-election

As Wales goes to the polls tomorrow to decide on the Assembly’s law-making powers, residents in one Cardiff ward will also elect a new council representative.

A by-election for the Riverside area will see five candidates go head to head in a vote to see who will take the place of Gwenllian Lansdown.

The Plaid Cymru councillor vacated the seat she held for six years after resigning for personal reasons.

Mohammed Islam, one of Riverside’s three representatives, said whoever is elected will face a constant challenge to improve the area.

“The fly-tipping and the parking issues are very important to residents and even though we’ve achieved some things such as the alley-gating and wheelie bins we nevertheless need to do more work to make it safer,” he said.

Steve Garrett, the local food champion behind the ward’s farmers’ market, is Plaid’s candidate for the by-election. The 60-year-old dad of three has pledged to help local entrepreneurs launch more enterprises in Riverside while keeping a watchful eye on green spaces and street cleanliness.

Retired public health worker Iona Gordon is Labour’s candidate. The chairwoman of a city cycling campaign, she wants to make Riverside’s roads safer.

Standing for the Conservatives is James Roach, a 32-year- old management consultant and local rugby player, who has said he intends to fight any future development of the area’s parkland while trying to reduce anti-social behaviour.

Gwilym Owen, a Cardiff University scientist, is the Liberal Democrat candidate. He wants to rejuvenate the businesses along Tudor Street as well as bringing an end to fly-tipping.

Yvan Maurel, co-founder of the Friends of Clare Gardens group, will stand for the Green Party. He wants to reduce the waiting list for allotments in Pontcanna Fields by increasing provision.

Who will you be voting for in the by-election? What campaigning have you seen out and about? Let us know your views in the comments below

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