City Councillor for Abbey
I’m Haf Davies, and I’m your City Councillor for Abbey ward.
I grew up in Cardiff and moved to Cambridge in 2015 to study. I’ve been here ever since and am very proud to call East Barnwell home. I was elected as City Councillor for Abbey in 2019 and work for an environmental organisation. When I’m not at work, I enjoy watching the rugby, walks along the Cam and am (slowly!) learning how to be a better gardener! I’m passionate about helping to make Cambridge a fairer and greener place for everyone.
My favourite things about being a councillor are getting out and about in Abbey, organising events, and delivering real change for residents. Fixing footpaths, reporting fly tipping, and organising litter picks may not be glamorous, but these are the everyday actions that can make a real difference to an area and to local people’s daily lives. That’s why I’m re-standing as City Councillor for Abbey this May.
I’ve always been someone who gets stuck in and active in my community and personally, being a Labour councillor is a natural extension of that. For me, Labour is about fairness, opportunity, and inclusion, and making sure that everyone has a seat at the table. It’s about leading the way with policies that boost people’s quality of life. I’m really interested in community services and environmental issues, and I am Chair of the Environment and Communities Scrutiny Committee and lead councillor for biodiversity. I used to work in arts and culture policy too, so cultural provision and activities are very close to my heart.
One achievement I’m particularly proud of is the new wetland habitat the City Council created with local groups and volunteers on Stourbridge Common. It was great to have so many people come together to create this habitat for local wildlife. And this project fits into the environmental improvements taking place right across the city, like tree planting, sowing wildflower meadows, and actions towards reducing the Council’s own carbon emissions to net-zero by 2030. We’re so lucky in Abbey to have so many brilliant open spaces, and I think many people have come to appreciate them even more than before over the past year of staying at home.
I’m also hugely proud of the Labour-run City Council’s record in the city, and Cambridge Labour’s strong campaigning to defend our public services. In Abbey, many families are really struggling, and this has been exacerbated by the pandemic. That’s why campaigning to protect services in Abbey from Tory cuts is so important, like fighting for funding for our children’s centres and a new community centre. This is also why I’m so proud of how the City Council is tackling inequality and investing in our communities, from supporting local organisations, to funding free swimming sessions, to building affordable and sustainable homes for Abbey families.
We’ve done a lot, but there’s a lot more to do. When speaking with Abbey residents on the phone or on the doorstep, there are crucial issues that regularly come up in conversation, like the traffic and congestion on Newmarket Road. As a Labour City Councillor for Abbey, I’ll continue to do everything I can to work with residents, push for positive solutions, and make Abbey ward an even better place to live.