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“A key moment in our efforts to address the Welsh housing crisis,” says Plaid Cymru Gwynedd Leader

“This is a key moment in our efforts to address the Welsh housing crisis facing our communities,” said Plaid Cymru Gwynedd Leader, Dyfrig Siencyn, “one which could have a fundamental impact on the ability of local people to buy, rent and live in their own homes within their own communities.”

The Plaid Cymru Gwynedd Leader was responding to today’s announcement by the Welsh Government Climate Change Minister, Julie James which sets out plans to intervene in the market in the Dwyfor area, as a pilot scheme, to support local people to live in their local communities and make changes to the planning regulations to manage better the local housing stock.

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Proud to see apprenticeships turning into Gwynedd jobs

Twelve people who have completed their apprenticeships from Gwynedd Council have now taken up posts within the organisation. "They include roles like a Communications and Marketing Officer, Highways Technician, Customer Advisers, HR Assistants, Youth Deputy Leader and Care Assistant," said Plaid Cymru Councillor, Nia Jeffreys (pictured), who has responsibility for careers at Gwynedd Council. 

So far this year, 30 apprentices have been appointed to work for the authority, with more to come in the coming months. The intention is to offer 20 apprenticeship jobs within Gwynedd Council annually, going forward.

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Harlech Councillor welcomes new business boom to the town

A business boom has hit Harlech, as three new businesses open their doors on the high street.

Plaid Cymru Councillor for Harlech, Gwynfor Owen visited the newly opened patisserie, model railway shop and gallery recently to wish them well.

(Councillor Gwynfor Owen is pictured with artist, Jane Chapman, who owns newly opened Galeri Harlech with husband Reg

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Plaid Cymru Gwynedd’s response to Welsh Government’s announcement to scrap Llanbedr by-pass

Plaid Cymru Gwynedd Leader, Dyfrig Siencyn (pictured) said:

“I am furious with today’s announcement by Welsh Government based on a report which shows a complete lack of understanding of a rural situation in terms of road usage or the desperate need for jobs of high quality in one of the areas with the lowest household incomes. It is clear that once again rural areas can be sacrificed on the alter of climate change where the real problem and the answers lie in our urban areas.

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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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