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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 [...]

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 [...]

Spotlight on: Cardiff Third Sector Council (C3SC)

Spotlight on: Cardiff Third Sector Council (C3SC) A column profiling organisations based in or working in Cardiff West Cardiff Third Sector Council offers advice and support to voluntary organisations, community groups, charities and social enterprises Cardiff Third Sector Council (C3SC) is the County Voluntary Council – the umbrella organisation that supports and represents the third sector – in Cardiff. They are a membership organisation. Their vision is a strong, diverse and relevant third sector in Cardiff. C3SC offers a range of services to support community and voluntary action. They can help with: Setting up a community group Funding and sustainability One-to-one specialist support Trusteeships and governance Training and networking Read a story of C3SC support In the latest edition of their ‘Maniffesto’ newspaper, trustees from ‘Grandparents Raising Grandchildren’ explain how they have benefited from C3SC’s support and advice “…we first contacted Cardiff Third Sector Council for some advice about becoming an independent group. Katie, one of C3SC’s third sector officers, came to meet us a few weeks later. She listened while we told her about the situation and our concerns … Read more [...]