An Elected Mayor for Cardiff campaign

The Heath & Birchgrove Independents are supporting the campaign which was officially launched on 12th February 2016 to allow a referendum to ask the citizens of Cardiff whether they would like a directly elected Mayor.

Every 5 years the council has to provide an opportunity for a referendum, and that time is now. Any call for a referendum, other than by allowing Full Council to vote on one, requires signatures of 10% of the Cardiff electorate.  That equates to around 25,000 signatures – and they have to be collected within 6 months of the official launch date.

Fenella & Steve Bowden said ‘ We believe in democracy and the right of the electorate to choose its own leaders.  An elected mayor would not replace the ceremonial Lord Mayor of Cardiff, and would be free of political constraints.  An elected Mayor can choose its own Cabinet and will simply replace the current Leader position’.

For more information contact : You can also download a copy of the petition for an Elected Mayor at this site


Proposed new Housing on Former Highfields site


Residents recently had a chance to view the plans for the proposed housing development on the former Highfields site in Allensbank Road .

Following this consultation a number of residents’ suggestions have been taken forward and plans are being amended accordingly. It is expected that the scheme will go before Planning Committee in September 2016 although it’s not likely that any building work will commence until Autumn 2017.

The site  is expected to accommodate: 12 x 2 bedroomed mews houses & a 2.5 storey block of flats that will be a mixture of 1 & 2 bedrooms including penthouse apartments on the top floor.  Of the 40 properties, 8 flats will be retained by the Council as ‘affordable homes’.  The remainder will be placed on the open market.

This development will use the Passivhaus approach to building and will be very eco-friendly, and with low energy costs.

Fenella said ‘ I shall be continue to make sure that residents have their say on the development as there are several aspects of it which may give rise to concern’.