About Llanishen and Thornhill

Llanishen and Thornhill are two communities in the north of Cardiff. Llanishen dates back over 1,000 years and Thornhill “slightly” less at just under 40 years.


Llanishen and Thornhill are two communities in the north of Cardiff, with a combined total of over 15,000 people living in them. Although they are two distinct communities, they both form the “Llanishen ward” represented on Cardiff Council by 4 Councillors (find out more about your Councillors).

A “ward” is a term used for an area that is part of an administrative area, or local authority (Council). Everyone in the UK lives in a ward, and is represented by at least one Councillor.

Local representation

Shaun Jenkins, Sian-Elin Melbourne, John Lancaster and Tom Parkhill represent Llanishen & Thornhill on Cardiff Council. They have campaigned on issues such as removing the road narrowings on Heol Hir, keeping Wedal Road recycling centre open, reducing litter (find out more about the local campaigns here) and tackling ASB and local crime.

We’re proud to represent Llanishen & Thornhill and deliver for our community. We live in the area and are determined to do everything we can to make local life the best it can be.

More info

Did you know?

  • The director of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (Richard Marquand) was from Llanishen.
  • Thornhill was originally going to be the “Villages of Thornhill”, but as the years went by, more and more green areas got filled in with housing developments :-(.
  • Thornhill Cemetery is actually in Rhiwbina, and Thornhill farm shop is actually in Lisvane (quirks of the sizes and shapes of Council wards).

Find out more

If you’d like to know more, or are a local resident and are looking for help with a local matter, please get in touch with Shaun, Sian, John and Tom.