Now thats the kind of CV I wanna see from my government representatives!
January 27, 2011 § 1 Comment
Guardian.co.uk: Market man to stand for councillor in Riverside byelection
The man behind Cardiff’s successful market franchise Steve Garrett is to stand for councillor in the future byelection
Steve Garrett, who started the famous Riverside Farmers’ Market and has since started three other farmers’ markets across the city, has announced he is to stand for Riverside councillor for Plaid Cymru.
Riverside Market is popular Sunday success Photograph: PaulHenryGardner
The byelection was called after Gwenllian Lansdown announced her resignation as councillor to start a family outside of Cardiff. It is expected that the byelection will be held on Thursday 3 March – the same day as the referendum on further powers for the National Assembly for Wales.
The farmers’ market franchise has expanded from Riverside to Roath, Rhiwbina and Llandaff – and Garrett has also overseen the Riverside Market Garden – which we featured on the blog here.
Councillors Jayne Cowan and Adrian Robson at the Rhiwbina market
“I am honoured to have been selected by Plaid, it is a great privilege and challenge. Everyone here knows what a tremendous job Gwenllian Lansdown and Plaid did for our community.
“I want to see cleaner streets in Riverside, with more recycling. It is my priority to also protect to green spaces and look at how we can fill empty shops by maybe encouraging social enterprise. Riverside is such a diverse community and we need to continue to celebrate this.”
As a keen environmental campaigner Garrett sits on several panels and committees and helps organise the annual Riverside Festival. Garrett is also a board member of Chapter Arts Centre, vice chair of the Wales Association of Community Artists, a community reporter for BBC Radio Wales, and is completing a part-time PHD.
Neil McEvoyLeader of Plaid Cymru councillor Neil McEvoy said:
“Steve is a well known community activist who has worked and lobbied hard for Riverside and Pontcanna. I am looking forward to Steve being in a decision and policy making role.
“I have consulted Steve extensively through my work with economic development in the city and I really hope that Plaid will have his input for our environmental and sustainability agenda. As a former Riverside councillor, it has been great to see old friends on the door step again. The response to Plaid and Steve is excellent.”
Riverside councillor Gwenllian LansdownCouncillor Gwenllian Lansdown commented on the selected candidate. She said:
“I have known and worked with Steve for years and I can’t think of a better replacement for me.
“He really is Mr Riverside. Steve can add a lot to Cardiff council and, if elected, will be a brilliant councillor.”
Riverside councillor Mohammed Islam said:
“We’re happy that a man of Steve’s calibre is stepping in. Everyone knows how much work Steve has done with the market, Clare Gardens and Riverside Festival. He’d be a great councillor.”
The Green party candidate for the byelection will be Yvan Maurel. No other candidates have been announced.