Tuesday, 25 April 2017

TELLING IT LIKE IT IS!

Responding to Theresa May's comments in Wales, Plaid Cymru's Parliamentary leader, Hywel Williams said:

"The people of Wales will see through this deceptive rhetoric by Theresa May. This is the most important election since Margaret Thatcher first swept a weak and limp Labour Party aside and the impact that that election had on communities across our country continues to take its toll.

"Plaid Cymru will not allow another deliberate destruction of Welsh industry and for the future of generations of young people to be blighted. Unbearable poverty continues to exist where economic activity once thrived and Plaid Cymru will not sit on its hands and allow history to be repeated. 

"The Tories will win this election. The weak and divided Labour Party are not fit to form a government so what this election is about is sending the strongest people to Westminster to stand up to the Tories and defend Wales. It is between the Tories and Plaid Cymru - the Destroyers and the Defenders. Labour MPs are too weak and divided to fight the Tories. Plaid Cymru is the only party that will stand up in Westminster and make sure that the Government's actions work for Wales, not just for the south east of England."


Friday, 21 April 2017

FLY-TIPPING - OUR SHARED PROBLEM...

Recent fly-tipping in Allt-yr-yn

Whether you live in Allt-yr-yn, Pill, Tredegar Park, St Julians or anywhere else in Newport - fly tipping is a problem – with rubbish and waste being dumped in quiet streets, nature reserves, in fields or in the drainage reens on the levels (something which aggravates drainage problems and flooding). 
Newport City Council is directly responsible for removing dumped items from any council owned land, including housing estates, grass areas, parks and reens, canals and public highways.


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Recent fly-tipping in Allt-yr-yn

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The South Wales Argus (back in July 21015) reported that there were more than 7,000 fly-tipping reports but only five prosecutions in the last four years in Newport, a Freedom of Information request showed. No-one was taken to court in the city between April 2011 and March 2014 and the five offenders the council prosecuted in 2014-2015 were handed fines totalling just £2,600, the Argus reported.
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It was noted in 2015 that fly-tipping costs Newport council tax payers £300,000 a year. Fly-tipping in Newport by and large fell in the four years between 2010 and 2014, with 2,014 reports in 2011-12, 1,982 in 2012-13, 1,578 in 2013-14 and 1,672 in 2014-15, totalling 7,246, the Freedom of Information request showed. In February 2017 the South Wales Argus reported that 135.8 tonnes of waste was picked up by the Pride in Newport team since it was launched.

Recent fly-tipping in Allt-yr-yn

It remains one of those anti-social problems that plagues all of our communities across Wales affecting both relatively well off and less affluent communities of our country and our city. It affects both rural and urban areas equally and despite the best efforts of financially strapped county councils shows little sign of being discouraged or curbed.
Domestic waste aside much, but not all, a significant amount of the dumped waste appears to be construction or builders waste – something that may well be aggravated by the charge that commercial concerns face at some refuse sites (including Newport). What’s needed is to develop a realistic all agency approach, which can bring an end to the problem of fly tipping – something that may involve accepting commercial waste at the tip for no fee.
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Thursday, 20 April 2017

TIME TO PUT WALES FIRST AND MAKE POLITICS WORK

“Following the announcement on Tuesday morning of the snap general election to be held on the 8th June, Plaid Cymru will now begin the process of selecting our local candidates for Newport West and Newport East.
 
“Local council elections will be taking place in just over a fortnight and our strong team of Newport candidates will remain focused on speaking to as many local people as possible over the coming weeks. We are determined to deliver the positive change Newport needs.
 
“The early general election is also an opportunity for the people of Newport to make our voice heard. The time has come to put Wales first, to back our national party and to make politics work.
 
“Labour are in self-indulgent disarray, the Tories will continue to decimate our communities, Plaid Cymru will always put the people of Wales first and steer a positive course for our nation.
 
“Politics is changing, let’s makes sure Wales’ needs and aspirations are heard loud and clear.”

DIWEDD / ENDS

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

WESTMINSTER GENERAL ELECTION 2017

Plaid Cymru leader, Leanne Wood, responding to the Prime Minister’s statement announcing a General Election, said:

“The British Government has committed our country to a path of extreme economic recklessness. It doesn’t have to be their way. Wales needs MPs who will stand up to the Tories and be the voice of reason in Parliament, defending our country’s vital economic links with Europe and the rest of the world.

“Plaid Cymru is united and we’re up for the opportunity to advocate for Wales' best interests. The more Plaid Cymru MPs, the stronger Wales’ voice will be. The official opposition is divided and unable to agree a position on the most important of decisions. Plaid Cymru in Westminster will stand up for our interests and make sure the decisions being taken now are made with future generations in mind, and not to cynically appease the extreme right wing of the Tory party.

“Plaid Cymru will provide real opposition to the Tories. The Party of Wales will contest every seat in June to make sure Wales has a stronger voice than ever before.”