On Friday I invited Byron Davies, Assembly Member for South Wales West, for a café style conversation at Morgan’s Hotel in Swansea. I had met Byron for the first time in LLanrhidian, Gower when I attended a talk by Simon Hart, the Conservative Assembly member for Carmarthen. On first meeting Byron, he struck me as being a life force for Gower with a healthy self-awareness and refreshingly social media friendly.
I live on the edge of Swansea City and highlighted my observation about the positive effect Morgan’s Hotel had on the Marina, since it opened. We shared strong views about keen licensing laws and the effects on local residents. We exchanged real experiences in Swansea City and praised the local police, in tackling drink related crime. Byron was a police officer in the Metropolitan police before becoming a MP, so has a good insight into City law and order.
Women in business and the Welsh language.
Encouraging more women in business and politics was a question I put to him and was pleased to hear Byron would like more women to step forward and join his party. We briefly touched on the requirement of the welsh language in obtaining posts here in Wales. Welsh is my second language but I feel as passionately as the next, when asked about my nationality and birth place.
Trading and shopping parking powers
Like so many other shoppers (over the past two years) when visiting my daughter, now living in Mumbles, I have been penalised for shopping or indeed visiting local café and parks around the castle and thought how absurd it is to deter so many locals and visitors to this fabulous area. So when I read through some of Byron’s activities I was delighted to read he has taken up this issue with local councils. We should be encouraging shoppers to visit our beautiful coastline cafés and shopping centres not penalising them.
“Council officers need to start looking at ways of encouraging shoppers away from the out of town centres where they can park easily and for free and instead, and to head instead for our traditional town, city and village centres.
Mr Davies added: “It is heartening to see that shoppers are taking advantage of the free parking to support shops in the town. It is crucial that our High Streets and town centres have a level playing field with the out of town retail parks and are able to offer free parking.
“I would still like to see that period extended to two hours so that people can visit a few shops and pop into one of the cafes for a cuppa as well.”
Our Armed Forces
We shared a deeper bond when discussing our armed forces. Both our sons are based at Colchester Barracks and have been operational overseas in Afghanistan.
Remembrance Sunday . Yesterday, we remembered all those who had served our country and sacrificed their lives. Earlier, I clicked on Byron’s twitter profile and this photograph and caption brought a smile to my face.
Not often you get to meet an Omaha Beach Veteran!
Sharing information and experiences are all part of an open, supportive social media network and I was pleased to read Byron’s profile and activity clearly mapped out on his website
‘Welcome to my website, which will highlight my work for you as your Welsh Conservative Assembly Member. Here you can find out my latest news and surgeries. I am always happy to help so if you have an issue use the contact section of the website to contact me’ Byron Davies AM
His availability and contact details are included below.
11 St James Gardens
SA1 6DY Tel: 01792 654 049
National Assembly for Wales
CF99 1NA Tel: 029 2089 8929
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