Jo Stevens MP

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Jo Stevens - Labour MP for Cardiff Central

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Cardiff Metropolitan University and Asbri Planning have submitted an application to add additional buildings, including 518 residential units, to their Cyncoed campus.

Many local residents are extremely concerned about these plans and the effect they may have on the local area. Many residents have already been in touch with me to share their concerns.

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I have written to Cardiff Council’s planning department in opposition to the plans. My reasons for objection are as follows:

  • Local Parking Issues

The application includes provision of 518 properties with no additional car parking. Residents in both Cyncoed and Llanedeyrn are already faced with problems due to students and visitors to Cardiff Met parking in residential areas.

Students unwilling to pay the parking charges on campus frequently park in residential areas on both sides of the campus, which leads to not only frustration but access problems in these areas, including some streets where goods and emergency vehicles are unable to gain access.

Additional cars without additional parking will only serve to further exacerbate these problems on both sides of the campus.

  • Building Height and Noise Issues

The planned residential building is significantly higher than other buildings on the campus, at seven storeys. Several of my constituents from the Penylan area have contacted me with concerns about this. The additional height will make it more likely that noise will travel, causing loss of amenity to these residents whose property borders the southern edge of the campus.

Noise problems have been raised by residents in relation to the campus in its current form, and they are extremely concerned about residential units of this height and the inevitable increase in noise, particularly late at night, that these could cause.

  • Woodlands

I am also concerned about the knock-on effect this development will have on the protected woodlands in the local area. This protected woodland is home to a vast amount of wildlife.

In addition to the above, I have received many letters from local residents to raise concerns about the process of consultation conducted by Cardiff Met and Asbri Planning.

Residents feel that a token consultation process led to Cardiff Met and Asbri Planning ignoring the concerns of residents and taking no steps to modify their plans accordingly.

I have been working closely with Cardiff Met and other local stakeholders on the issues currently being raised about the campus by local residents – most significantly the parking problems – and this work has begun to see results. It would be most disappointing to see this progress reversed by additional development that doesn’t take into account the issues.

If you wish to comment on the plans, you can do so on the council’s website: Go to http://planning.cardiff.gov.uk/online-applications and search for reference number 16/01760/MJR.

Or alternatively you can submit a written objection by post to:

Development Control

Room 201

County Hall

Atlantic Wharf

Cardiff

CF10 4UW

 

Make sure you include the application reference number: 16/01760/MJR

I have had several productive discussions with the university and local stakeholders regarding the existing problems in the area, and will continue to work with the community to resolve the issues.

I am always pleased to hear from constituents with any local issues. If you have any particular concerns about this development, or any other issues I can help with, please get in touch:

Jo Stevens MP

116 Albany Road

Cardiff

CF24 3RU

 

Jo.stevens.mp@parliament.uk

02921 329736

@JoStevensLabour

Facebook.com/JoStevensLabour

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On Monday I took the opportunity to meet the volunteers behind Asylum Justice at their weekly drop-in advice session. This was a chance to see the fantastic work they carry out first hand.

Asylum Justice is a charity which provides free legal advice to asylum seekers. They rely largely on donations and the work of their volunteers. Their weekly drop-in sessions provide an opportunity for asylum seekers to get free advice from qualified lawyers about their case. This provides real practical help for asylum seekers.

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It was great to be able to see the important work carried out by the volunteers and meet some of these dedicated individuals who gave me more insight into the work they do there. Just as importantly I had the chance to talk to some of the people who were there seeking advice, who have been helped by the work done by Asylum Justice.  

I was happy to present them with a cheque for £325 in order to help them in their work. This money was raised from generous sponsorship of the London Legal Walk which took place earlier this year. I am hopeful that this donation will help Asylum Justice in their crucial work.

Asylum Justice relies heavily upon donations and they are currently busy fundraising hard. They provide a vitally important service to the local community and have helped a huge number of people.

If you would like to donate to Asylum Justice then please go to their website http://asylumjustice.org.uk/.

If you would like to attend one of the drop-in sessions they take place every Monday from 6pm to 8.30pm.

 

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Visit to Asylum Justice

On Monday I took the opportunity to meet the volunteers behind Asylum Justice at their weekly drop-in advice session. This was a chance to see the fantastic work they carry...

If you're a Labour voter or potential Labour voter, what do you look for in the leader of the Labour Party?

You look for core Labour principles and values. The ability to inspire and motivate. Authenticity, honesty, passion and energy. Charisma and strong communication.

Someone who can unite rather than divide.

Someone who can deliver as well as debate.

And someone who can win, not just whinge.

That person is Owen Smith.

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He brings experience and knowledge from outside politics and from around the UK, not just the world surrounding Westminster; from his upbringing in South Wales, his time at University (a fluent French speaker – handy for those Brexit discussions), from jobs in the media and international business. And very usefully, working as part of a successful team on the Northern Ireland peace process, with experience of bringing people with polar opposite views and a background of hostility (and worse) together, in agreement, about the future of the people of Northern Ireland.

I know from my own career that successful leadership, whether in politics, business or elsewhere, is about building a strong team. And to do that, you have to listen, draw on the best talent, innovation and skills to produce strong, practical policy and solutions that you know you can deliver. And you need to be able to compromise, to influence, persuade and achieve the outcomes that are best for the organisation and for the people who depend on it.

Teamwork is collective. The Labour and Trade Union movement is a collective. Contrary to the impression the echo chamber of social media is giving, no single person has a monopoly on our Labour values. Leadership is about taking responsibility, giving direction and making sure Labour values are reflected in powerful policies that address the real needs and concerns of the people of our country.

Owen's supporters come from across the Labour and Trade Union movement and beyond. Strong women feature prominently, as do young members, LGBT members, BME members and elected representatives at every level of our democracy. Real activists. Who have campaigned for Labour in all weathers and who know what counts to voters on the doorstep, in the Councillors' surgeries, in the shopping centres, community centres, schools – and in the pub.

That's because throughout his time in the Labour Party, Owen has been a team player. He's grafted, campaigning up and down the country at every type of election and referendum, spending hours, days and weeks on campaign trails supporting Labour candidates. In Wales, Scotland, London and across England. He listens; to candidates, activists, but most importantly, to voters. He listens, engages, influences, persuades and he convinces people by the power and passion of his sincerity.

In the 2015 general election he campaigned in every single one of our forty constituencies in Wales in one week. He helped every Labour candidate, whether they were in a winnable seat or not, because he understands the importance of strong teamwork. He leads by example. He takes responsibility. He would never expect a colleague to do something he wasn’t prepared to do himself. He fronts up.

You don't get to put into practice the Labour values and policies that will help our communities across the country, without winning.

So I don't understand those in our party who say that winning isn't the priority. This is not a game. It isn't the Olympics. It's not just about taking part. It's about building a winning Labour Party that gives our divided country the government it so desperately needs.

We are 21 per cent behind in the polls and heading for oblivion if a snap general election is called. This, when the Tories are deeply divided and their plan for Britain consists of a blank sheet of paper, is unforgivable. We cannot stand by and let this happen. We cannot just shrug our shoulders.

So I urge Labour members and supporters to join me in putting an X next to Owen Smith's name on their ballot papers and to give Labour and the country, a positive, progressive plan packed with policies to bring purpose, fairness and prosperity for the many, not just the few.

This article was originally published on the Times Red Box blog.

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