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A new Councillor’s view, six months in…

Six months ago, Plaid Cymru Councillor for Llanrug, Beca Brown (pictured) was elected to Gwynedd Council. The big question is would she encourage others to try for the job?

Councillor Beca Brown said: “I would definitely encourage someone to stand as a county council candidate. The image of a councillor's work is traffic problems, dog fouling, parking problems, and of course there are elements of these. They may not sound exciting, but the environment here on our doorstep and how healthy and appealing it is, influence our attitude to the wider environment and our own well-being as individuals and as a community.

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Right to mark our own national Dewi Sant Day

"Wales should have the same right as Scotland and Northern Ireland to mark our own patron saint, Dydd Gŵyl Ddewi, as a national bank holiday," says Llandderfel Councillor near Bala, Elwyn Edwards (pictured).

“It makes no sense whatsoever that we, as a country, do not have the power to choose days of national importance to mark our very own history, heritage and language,” and before Gwynedd Councillors this week (7 October) the County Councillor from the Penllyn area received strong support from fellow councillors.

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Ensure Afghan refugees are given rights, care and equality

“As a council, I want to ask all Gwynedd's politicians to extend a warm welcome to refugees arriving in Gwynedd from Afghanistan, and elsewhere. I’m also asking for councillors’ support in recognising the basic right of people to flee from violence and persecution and to highlight my concerns about the Westminster Government’s New Plan for Immigration,” says Bangor's Menai Ward Councillor, Catrin Wager (pictured) as she puts a notice of motion before full council at Gwynedd today (7 October).

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Local councillor welcomes new restricted airspace at Meirionnydd airfield

Llanbedr Councillor Annwen Hughes (pictured) has welcomed the news that the Civil Aviation Authority has approved plans for Llanbedr Airfield to have a restricted air space at the location to test, invest and develop its research activities safely.

The new ‘restricted zone’ comes into immediate effect, but the permanent site will only be activated by Notice to Aviators 24 hours in advance.

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“The words 'cancer' and 'children' shouldn’t be included in the same sentence”

“The words 'cancer' and 'children' shouldn’t be included in the same sentence,” says Felinheli Councillor Gareth Griffith (pictured) who has been prompted to run the London Marathon this year to raise money for Children with Cancer UK charity.

The 60 year old Gwynedd Councillor loves a challenge, and this is one of his biggest challenges to date.

“It's a year late due Covid19, so the journey has been a long one,” explains Plaid Cymru Councillor, Gareth Griffith.

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The importance of Porthmadog in the history of Gwynedd's slate heritage

Did you know that over 116,000 tonnes of north Wales slate were exported from Porthmadog in 1873? The town plays a vital role in the story of the Welsh slate landscape as a UNESCO world heritage site.

“We’re all aware of the importance of the quarrying areas of Blaenau Ffestiniog and Bethesda, where Welsh slate was mined and used to roof so many of the world’s buildings in the 19th century,” said Porthmadog East Councillor, Nia Jeffreys (pictured with Councillor Selwyn Griffiths).

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Working together to resolve traffic and tourism issues in Llangywer

Working together swiftly during the summer months has made roads much safer for the residents of Llangywer in Bala and for visitors to the area as well, says Plaid Cymru Councillor for the area, Alan Jones Evans (pictured).

There were problems with visitors' cars parked along both sides of the narrow road that leads along Llyn Tegid from Bala to Llangywer during the summer. There were grave concerns that local traffic could not travel along the road freely, including tractors and lorries, but more importantly, the emergency services.

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Councillor calls for end of life beds in Blaenau Ffestiniog

Blaenau Ffestiniog Plaid Cymru Councillor for Bowydd and Rhiw, Annwen Daniels (pictured, left, with town councillor Gwenlli Evans) is calling for end of life beds in her community.

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Local service warmly welcomed for Penrhyndeudraeth residents and the surrounding area

 

Plaid Cymru Gwynedd Councillor for Penrhyndeudraeth, Gareth Thomas is delighted that a £83,000 investment has been confirmed for the council building at Parc Busnes Eryri in Penrhyndeudraeth.

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Local representatives take action as Ardudwy residents voice opinion on new parking charges

Plaid Cymru Gwynedd Councillors in Ardudwy are delighted that discussions with officers have led to amendments to new parking charges introduced to Gwynedd long stay car parks.

Residents and business owners voiced concerns to Llanbedr Councillor, Annwen Hughes and Harlech’s newly elected Councillor, Gwynfor Owen regarding the new parking charges to the long stay car parks (band 2) at Y Maes, Llandanwg plus Min y Don and Bron y Graig Ucha at Harlech.

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