Janet Finch-Saunders AM yesterday spoke of the urgent need for support for flood-hit businesses and communities in Aberconwy, and has welcomed the decision of the Labour-run Welsh Government yesterday to back Welsh Conservative-led proposals.
Since the Boxing Day floods, Janet Finch-Saunders AM, Assembly Member for Aberconwy – one of the worse-hit areas of Wales, has robustly called for called for:
- Business rate relief for firms with proven losses
- Greater support for local authorities to ensure that vital infrastructure is restored at the earliest opportunity
- A root and branch review of the way the A55 is managed.
Following the Assembly debate, led by the Welsh Conservatives, the Welsh Government endorsed the party’s plans to examine rate relief options for affected businesses, engage more closely with farmers to prevent flooding and assess responses to adverse weather.
Janet said, “I am delighted that the Welsh Government has finally decided to endorse our proposals – albeit almost a month late – to support those affected by flooding and take measures to prevent future floods.
“Immediate support for local businesses effected by the flood is essential, and for many cannot come a moment too soon. The structures are in place to administer Flood Rate Relief, and I certainly hope to see Conwy County Borough Council offering suitable relief to those in such dire need.
“We now need real, preventative action to protect our homes and livelihoods against future floods, and support must be given to ensure appropriate defences are put in place.”