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No Constituency Surgery in August

Please note, there will be no weekly surgeries in August. Weekly surgeries will resume as normal from September 5th . Should you wish to discuss anything with Mark, or with Kevin Brennan MP, the constituency office will be open throughout the summer. Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm 029 2022 3207 395 Cowbridge Road East, Canton, CF5 1JG   Schedule for the rest of 2015: Kevin Brennan MP Mark Drakeford AM September 5, 2015 September 12, 2015 September 19, 2015 September 26, 2015 October 3, 2015 October 10, 2015 October 17, 2015 October 24, 2015 October 31, 2015 November 7, 2015 November 14, 2015 November 21, 2015 November 28, 2015 December 5, 2015 December 12, 2015 December 19, 2015   Read more [...]

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 [...]

Recent changes in residential waste management policy by Cardiff Council

I have taken the change in policy by the local authority very seriously. I have met the leader of the council and the cabinet member responsible for waste management in Cardiff, and, separately, Kevin Brennan MP has met the cabinet member with a local resident present. I have no doubt that there are lessons which the council will wish to learn from the way in which all of this has been handled. Behind the specifics, however, there is the very important matter of recycling levels. Failure to meet mandatory recycling levels, set at a European level, results in very significant fines, both for Wales and for Cardiff. This is not a theoretical possibility; it really will happen if recycling levels are not improved. While very many individuals work assiduously to make sure that they recycle as much of their own domestic waste as possible, the collective figures demonstrate that Cardiff falls below the levels achieved by many other communities in Wales. While I understand that there are many different views as to how this position could best be addressed, the council’s actions have been motivated by a wish to improve levels of recycling in the city. As far as the new system itself is concerned, I hope that some small additional flexibility Read more [...]

Six-month countdown to revolutionary organ donor law change in Wales

The six-month countdown until the organ donation law in Wales changes has begun. As the clock ticks down to the revolutionary change, which aims to increase the number of organs available for transplantation, Mark, in his capacity as Health and Social Services Minister, is asking people in Wales to talk about organ donation and help raise awareness about the new law. The new system – the first of its kind in the UK – will make it easier for people to make their organ donation wishes clear and could lead to a 25% increase in organ donation. In 2014-15, 12 people in Wales died while waiting for a transplant. There are currently 220 people on the transplant waiting list in Wales. Just over a third of the population (34%) are on the NHS Organ Donor Register. The new law will mean: •From December 1, people aged 18 and over who have lived in Wales for more than 12 months and who die in Wales will be regarded as having consented to organ donation unless they have opted opt. This is called deemed consent •The move is designed to increase the number of potential organ donors and will ultimately increase the number of organs available for transplant •Under the new system, a person will become a potential donor Read more [...]