Conservative assembly member for Cardiff Central, Andrew RT Davies, is the new representative of Rhoose on the Vale Council, after winning the By-Election on Thursday evening. Davies was one of three candidates up for election, and won 600 votes more than his nearest competitor- Labour’s John Hartland.
The full result was: Andrew RT Davies (Conservative) 1,140 votes; John Hartland (Labour) 368 votes; Samantha Campbell (Independent) 345 votes.
Mr Davies said before the vote that if he was to win, he would use the councillor allowance to establish a ‘Community Development Fund’ to support charitable causes, community groups and individuals within the Rhoose ward.
Speaking to Bro Radio, he also promised to do all he can to prevent the closure of Llancarfan Primary School, following the Council’s plans to close and move the rural school to a new 210-place site in Rhoose:
“I will try to convince colleagues within the conservative group that the proposal needs to be revisited, and work with colleagues to try and make sure that a common sense approach comes through, and ultimately plan to regenerate and renovate Llancarfan School whilst delivering improved educational facilities in the village of Rhoose itself.”
“Everyone agrees that the status quo isn’t an option, Rhoose has grown massively over the last couple of years and there is huge pressure on the primary school itself, but also people recognise the vital importance of maintaining a village primary school in Llancarfan and the unique educational experience you can get from such a school”.
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Locals on social media had voiced their concerns earlier in the run up to the vote regarding the lack of investment in infrastructure and facilities in Rhoose despite its growth in recent years, and Davies highlighted this as a wider problem:
“It’s a common problem across the whole of Wales, and we need to get the planning system to recognise that when new developments are created , they also need to put community facilities in as well, whether that be an increase in GP provisions or educational and transport provisions, and historically these provisions haven’t been put in”.
Mr Davies said he would support the Conservative administration on all other issues apart from Llancarfan School – and says his party has “genuinely improved people’s life chances” over the last 18 months.
“It’s the ward I’m proud to call home. I certainly don’t regard this as a flash in the pan,” he said.
“There is much work to do in unlocking opportunities in Rhoose, this is not just a single issue item, there’s much work to be done.”