Many constituents are very concerned about the over-use of plastic packaging, plastic bottles and single-use items such as cutlery and the damage that these are doing to our environment.
So I’m pleased to report that Rhiwbina is leading the way in cutting plastic pollution by becoming the first community in Cardiff to have a ‘plastic-free’ champion.
Local resident Naomi England came up with the idea of being a community champion and sought the help of Anna McMorrin MP. She plans to go around local businesses and organisations to advise them on how to reduce their reliance on plastic. I hope she will be the first of many community champions who emulate this initiative.
I joined forces with Anna and we held a launch event at Snails Deli in April, calling on more community champions like Naomi to come forward. The event was also attended by local businesses keen to know more about going plastic-free – and telling us how they are already reducing their plastic waste. It was also great to meet Year 3 ‘Mini Ambassadors’ from Rhiwbeina Primary School who shared their ideas for reducing plastic waste.
We already have a champion earmarked for Pontprennau and hope that other communities in north Cardiff will follow suit. If you would like to become a champion for your area, please contact my office – details below.
In May, I attended the ‘ground-breaking’ ceremony for a Maggie’s centre which is planned in the grounds of Velindre Hospital.
I’ve campaigned for Cardiff to have a Maggie’s cancer support centre for many years and there has been a massive fundraising effort to create it. It will enable patients and their families to have ‘round the kitchen table’ support in a relaxed atmosphere.
It’s great that this is finally coming to fruition and the digging has started. This kind of support centre will make such a difference to those undergoing cancer treatment and will benefit patients from across the whole of South Wales who access their treatment at Velindre.
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