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New Constituency Office – 395 Cowbridge Road East

From June 30th, Mark Drakeford AM and Kevin Brennan MP will be based in a new premises at: 395 Cowbridge Road East, Canton, Cardiff CF5 1JG. (See Map)   This location is close to the Job Centre in Canton, and Cardiff West’s busy local shopping district of Cowbridge Road. There is on-street parking in the immediate vicinity on and around Cowbridge Road. The new office is very accessible by public transport, with 2 bus stops within 50 metres, by Clive Road and Radnor Court. There are direct bus services from many areas of Cardiff West. Buses include: 1/2 (Cardiff Bus City Circle) Leckwith Rd and South Canton, Western Avenue. 12/13 (Cardiff Bus) Ely, Caerau, Leckwith Rd and South Canton. 15 (Cardiff Bus) Ely, Caerau, Western Avenue, Riverside. 17/18 (Cardiff Bus) Riverside, Canton, Ely, Caerau. 32A (Easybus) St Fagans, Fairwater, Canton. 64/65 (Cardiff Bus) Llandaff, Danescourt, Pentrebane, Fairwater. X1 (NAT) Canton, Ely, Caerau.   NB The old premises on Cathedral Road will no longer be linked to our Cardiff West representatives. Read more [...]

Huge investment in Cardiff West Schools

The Education Minister, Huw Lewis, has this month published details of funding for schools participating in the Schools Challenge Cymru scheme. Michaelston/Glyn Derw Federation received revenue funding of £348,629, whilst Cantonian High received £187,745. This equates to an investment of over half a million pounds in Cardiff West’s schools, which will go directly to those areas identified as needing most improvement.

Schools Challege Cymru identifies ‘Pathways to Success’ schools, including Glyn Derw/Michaelston and Cantonian, as schools which need targeted investment. Each school is assigned a specialist adviser with a proven track record of school improvement, whose aim is to provide tailored packages of support to help each school respond to their unique challenges.

Fairwater Health Centre gains approval

The Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (HIW) has explored how Fairwater Health Centre meets standards of care. They concluded that patients can be assured Fairwater Health Centre is run well.

Overall they found that: patients’ views indicated they were treated as individuals and were satisfied with the care and support they receive; staff adopted a courteous and professional manner when speaking to patients; and the Health Centre placed an emphasis on ensuring quality and safety across its services.

Three areas were noted that require improvement: Staff health and safety risk assessments; a system to record staff vaccinations; and improved child protection arrangements.