It’s Election Day in Heath & Birchgrove


The day has finally arrived!

Over the past  9 years we have delivered tens of thousands of leaflets to residents, keeping them updated on issues that affect them, and reporting back on our activities.

Today it’s up to you!  We hope that you will support us by voting for Heath & Birchgrove Independents.  We’re not aligned to any political party.  We are committed to putting people first and not party interests.  We will listen to our residents & stand up for you.

Our record of achievement is published in our regular newsletters, on our website & on social media.

We are proud to have served you for the past 5 years and hope that you will be voting Heath & Birchgrove Independents.  

You have 3 votes: 

BOWDEN Fenella    X

BOWDEN Steve       X

REECE Jane                X

Thank you!



May 4th Local Elections : Our Pledges

We are delighted to publish our election pledges for the residents of Heath & Birchgrove.

1. Putting people before politics

2. To continue our campaign for Park & Ride facilities in the north of Cardiff to reduce congestion & local parking problems

3. To continue to campaign for much better access to the city centre & locally for the disabled and less mobile, including transport

4. To campaign for a better balance between investment in the city centre and the suburbs including parks & highway infrastructure

5. To continue to support the need for more investment in schools & improved education outcomes for young people in Cardiff

6. To continue our active support for the residents within Heath & Birchgrove in what ever way we can.

You can see read our leaflet here:

HBI pledges 2017

Election Pledge 6 : Continuing our active support for residents in Heath & Birchgrove

Election Pledge 6 : Continuing our active support for the residents in Heath & Birchgrove in whatever way we can.

We know that residents need to feel confident that when they come to us with an issue, that we shall listen & help them to solve the problem.  This can be anything from getting a bin emptied, or dealing with a complex housing or care issue.

Fenella said ‘It has been my privilege to have helped residents within the Ward with whatever issue they have brought with them to talk about.  Listening to residents, understanding their situations, and then helping to get things sorted out, is key to being a councillor. And that is what we shall continue to do’.

Steve added ‘We have a strong belief that residents need to be kept informed of what we’re doing, and alerting them to issues that may affect them such as planning applications or road changes.  We like to consult with residents to hear their point of view so that we can support them & represent them. We produce regular newsletters, and street letters keeping residents in touch’.

Jane commented ‘Being a councillor means being alert to what is happening in the area & making sure that we are pro-active.  Whether that is litterpicking, reporting potholes or getting casework done promptly, it’s about remembering that people come before politics. We care about our Ward; we care about our residents.’

Fenella, Steve, & Jane will continue to give their active support to residents in Heath & Birchgrove in whatever way they can. 


Election Pledge 5. To continue to support the need for more investment in schools

Election Pledge 5 : To continue to support the need for more investment in schools & improved education outcomes for young people in Cardiff. 

We believe that the outcomes for children in Cardiff are still not high enough – especially at Key Stage 4.  Progress has been made over the past few years, but the data shows that only 69% of pupils achieve 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C including English or Welsh first language and Maths by the end of Year 11.  For pupils receiving Free School Meals, this drops to 39%’.

Schools need 21st century learning environments but for many schools it simply isn’t possible as buildings are lacking investment & the buildings are crumbling. Locally we see this in our primary schools, and we have been calling for a nursery for Birchgrove School to serve local families.

The target percentage of schools in Cardiff achieving ‘Green’ in WG categorisation process illustrates the problem that Cardiff is facing : Primary schools 35%, and Secondary Schools 86%.

Only 44% of schools in Cardiff were judged to be good or excellent. Only 33% had the capacity to improve; 25% of special schools had the capacity to improve. 7 schools are in Estyn monitoring; 3 schools are in special measures.

Fenella is currently the Chair of Governors at Birchgrove Primary School and has regularly spoken in Council about education issues.

Fenella, Jane & Steve promise to support measures that will improve education outcome & will be pressing for more investment in school buildings.