Jo Stevens MP

A strong voice for Cardiff Central

Jo Stevens - Labour MP for Cardiff Central

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On Tuesday I visited the Pride of Britain Awards bus outside City Hall on its stop in Cardiff.

The Pride of Britain Awards Bus Tour aims to encourage people to get involved and nominate other people who work to make our world a better place.

Pride of Britain Awards are for people who have done brave or extraordinary things. 

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Individuals nominate others in their local community to recognise the amazing things they have done for their local community. Winners come from tens of thousands of public nominations and stories of remarkable individuals discovered by a team of researchers. These nominations are then whittled down to a shortlist from which a panel of judges made up of celebrated figures in national life decide the winners. The awards are given out on the 1st November on ITV1. 

I took the opportunity to nominate Hope not Hate Cardiff for their fantastic work over the past few years in campaigning hard to get people registered to vote and help integrate communities.

I also nominated the Welsh National Football Team for the Pride of Britain Sport Award for their amazing summer, not only qualifying for their first major tournament for 58 years, but then going on to reach the semi-finals of Euro 2016. Wales inspired and lifted the spirits of so many.

You can nominate your own community champion - If you know someone whom you think is deserving of the award then nominate them on the Pride of Britain Awards website http://www.prideofbritain.com/

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Pride of Britain Bus Comes to Cardiff

On Tuesday I visited the Pride of Britain Awards bus outside City Hall on its stop in Cardiff. The Pride of Britain Awards Bus Tour aims to encourage people to...

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

Jo Stevens MP Objects to Cardiff Met Extension

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...

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...

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