North Wales Weekly News Column 5th December



Businesses here in Aberconwy will be pleased to learn that business rates are now to be devolved to the National Assembly for Wales. It is to be hoped that the Welsh Government will use these powers to position Wales as such that our micro and small businesses are given the support to help them grow through a competitive and fair business rates system.



Last week the Welsh Conservative group led a debate in the Senedd on the importance of Co-production and Localism in the delivery of our public services, and a greater say for our residents as regards their own communities. Mark Isherwood AM and myself led this debate to point out that individuals themselves, as opposed to politicians and bureaucrats, should be empowered to decide and protect what is important to them through the Community Rights part of the Localism Act. In other parts of the UK this right exists, allowing many to influence planning decisions, adopt or take on community assets such as libraries, pubs, or local community centres. To learn more about our Vision for Community Rights, please visit: or contact my office directly.




I recently had the pleasure to assist pupils from Ysgol Glan Conwy to bury two time capsules at the recently constructed Coed Dolwyd reservoir. The time capsules contain many pieces of interesting work that the children have worked on over the past few months. It will certainly be quite an exciting find for somebody in years to



As part of the educational outreach programme, the National Assembly For Wales provides the opportunity for all school children to come over to Cardiff Bay and learn more about democracy in Wales. They are provided with a guided tour and lots of information on the roles of an Assembly Member, the workings of the Welsh Government and much more. I have already met with several schools from Aberconwy and quite recently I was very pleased to welcome 60 pupils, and their teachers, from Ysgol Y Creuddyn to the Assembly. After listening to my opening address, the students showed great interest by asking me a series of questions, including forthcoming policies to be implemented as regards the funding for tuition fees and also about employment opportunities here in Wales.




On Friday the Conwy Sports Awards took place at Venue Cymru in Llandudno. It was wonderful to see the extent of the local sporting talent across Conwy County and the number of volunteers who give up their free time to coach, mentor and inspire a new generation of athletes. My sincere congratulations to all those nominated and to the overall sporting champions.