I always look forward to the summer festivals and this year is no exception. The Rhiwbina festival is one of the largest in Cardiff North and I have watched it grow over the years. The range of events throughout the festival are always popular, culminating in Festival Day itself on Saturday 2nd July, which attracts thousands of people to Rhiwbina streets. I am sure that most people reading Rhiwbina Living know about the Festival, but if you are new to the area or have never popped in, you won’t be disappointed!
I am also looking forward to the Davis Cup Legacy Tour coming to Rhiwbina on Saturday 6th August. It was a fantastic achievement by ‘Team GB’ to win the Davis cup last year and I am delighted that it will be on display in Rhiwbina that day. I understand it is one of the largest trophies in sport, so I hope people will call into Rhiwbina Tennis Club (at Rhiwbina Recreation Club) on that day.
The Pantmawr Inn held a celebration for the Queen’s 90th Birthday which I thoroughly enjoyed. It was great atmosphere, helped by fabulous weather. When I see events at the Inn, I cannot believe that only a few years ago it was under threat of closure and development. Events such as these continue to be a tribute to those who fought so hard to keep the pub open and demonstrate that the pub is the hub!
In Westminster I continue to raise issues which affect constituents. I was pleased to be selected for a question to the Prime Minister highlighting how the new Welsh Government must push on transport infrastructure such as the Eastern Bay link, the M4 relief road and the electrification of the city and valleys lines. These projects will help Cardiff and the wider south Wales economy and I was delighted that the Prime Minister emphasised that it was time for the Welsh Government to “get on” with these schemes.
I am also a Vice Chairman of the All Party Group on Rail in Wales, which is a cross-party group to discuss issues relating to the rail industry and network across Wales. The group can hear directly from industry professionals and will continue to investigate how best to improve Welsh railways.
Many constituents from Rhiwbina and Cardiff North have contacted me about the issue of the ban on bee harming pesticides being lifted. I have signed the pledge to oppose the lifting of the ban and will continue to work to ensure that these pesticides are not allowed.
This is only a snapshot of my work in Cardiff North and Westminster.