What We Care About

From social enterprise, to the high number of Homes of Multiple Occupancy (HMOs) in our area, to the environment, to opportunities to make Uplands the best it can be – this page is a forum for all the issues that are of concern to us in Uplands.  If there’s something you think our Uplands Labour Councillors should be aware of, or if you’d like to propose a campaign around a particular issue, please get in touch!  As a member of the Uplands Labour Party, you are also welcome to contribute an article to this page.  Our members and elected representatives regularly post updates on the thing we care about, on the issues affecting Uplands, and what is being done to address them.  Please browse the articles below.

Working for Diversity in Democracy and Kinder Politics

Overwhelmingly, older, white men are elected for public roles while other types of people are very unlikely to even put themselves forward.  Two ideas help this situation continue. FIRST is the concept of: “the best person for the job”.  Would you ever pronounce...

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Be A Councillor!

Wales-wide conversations about how to increase diversity in our elected organisations have concluded that most people have a very, very poor understanding of exactly what local councillors do. We desperately need more women, people of different ethinic minorites,...

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Crime & Safety Update 6.3.20

Here are some issues we're working on at the moment.  Discussions with police are planned and we'll publish further updates as progress is made: We have had discussions with residents on Terrace Road who’ve been badly affected by repeated incidents of car vandalism. ...

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Parking Pains

We all know what our ideal parking scheme for Uplands and Brynmill would achieve, but the eternal problem is that any measures which push an unwanted group away (like the university's commuters) would have unintended consequences for a group we want to help (like...

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Coming Soon: “Living Streets”, Uplands!

“I’d love to see Gwydr Square in Uplands (where the Uplands Market takes place) turned into a pedestrian, no-traffic zone”, said an email I received from a resident in February this year, who had originally contacted me about general traffic concerns. If I had £1 for...

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Green Fairness

The council’s Policy Development Committee (PDC) for Poverty Reduction, chaired by Mary, is working on a policy to ensure that the benefits of green infrastructure are enjoyed by all our communities. It has been known for a long time that Swansea is a county of two...

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Policy Development Committee: Poverty Reduction

The Policy Development Committee (PDC) for Poverty Reduction, chaired by Mary, meets monthly as either a formal, public meeting or an informal working group, to discuss ways to improve life for people on low incomes and to develop policies that will help. PDCs are...

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Broadway Junction

The Broadway junction has been an area of known traffic congestion for many years.  Being such a key route for schools and colleges, the afternoon build up typically starts around 3pm on term time weekdays, creating problems for everyone, particularly those who rely...

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The Perennial Parking (and Speeding) Problem

Why do we have huge parking problems in Uplands?  Students. That’s one way of looking at it.  Another is: Why do we sometimes have no parking problems in Uplands?  Students. When students depart, remaining residents can park. Other areas of Swansea are chock-a-block...

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Climate Emergency Declared by Swansea Council

There is an argument that the vast majority of global warming is caused by large companies, and the governments of nation states including the UK keep letting them get away with it.  Decisions made by a relatively small unitary authority cannot begin to address even...

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Why Were They Waiting?

At the last Council meeting it was great to see so many people in the public gallery asking well-considered questions.  Engagement like this is great for Swansea and the Council. Why was the gallery so full?  Principally because  the Council was due to vote on a...

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HMO Policy Success: 60 Bernard Street!

Last year, a planning  application to convert the former Tofts Building at 60 Bernard Street into a 17 unit student accommodation block provoked a lot of local opposition. Nick and Mary campaigned against it, but before it went to Planning Committee it was thrown out...

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Extreme UK Poverty – in Uplands and Beyond

At full council, January 2019, I presented a Motion on Addressing Extreme UK Poverty, drawing on the recommendations of Prof Philip Alston (the UN's Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, who toured the UK in November 2018 and wrote a statement...

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Anti Trump and Anti Racism Campaigning

In July 2018, members of Uplands Labour took an active role in organising Swansea's response to the UK visit of Donald Trump.  This included a demonstration in Swansea City Centre on Thursday 12th July, as well as crowdfunding for coaches to take protestors to London...

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Branch Discussion on Anti-Semitism

At our May 2018 branch meeting, we invited local Labour member, Nick Guy, to lead a discussion on Anti-Semitism.  Nick described his mother`s story as a refugee from the Holocaust.  He made a few suggestions regarding the debate about anti-semitism in the Labour...

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This branch supports OMOV for the Welsh Leadership Election

One Member One Vote is the electoral system that got Jeremy Corbyn elected leader of UK Labour, and yet Welsh Labour decided to stick with the electoral college system earlier this year.  Members of Uplands branch strongly support the introduction of OMOV before the...

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May Day Events and the importance of Unions!

A motion passed in an Uplands branch meeting, and subsequently passed at Swansea West CLP, called for Swansea Labour to lead the reinstatement of May Day celebrations in Swansea.  In years gone by, this has been the role of the unions, but no events have been held in...

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