Open dis­cus­sion for Pe­blig com­mu­nity im­prove­ment

Caernarfon Herald - - NEWS -

PER­SONAL debt, un­em­ploy­ment, in­work poverty, food bank re­fer­rals and hous­ing is­sues were on the agenda at a meet­ing be­tween Plaid Cymru Town Coun­cil­lor Kenny Khan, Ar­fon AM Sian Gwen­l­lian and Hy­wel Wil­liams MP.

The meet­ing fol­lowed a re­cent com­mu­nity event held at the Feed My Lambs church in Caernar­fon, in­sti­gated by Cllr Khan to ad­dress the com­mu­nity’s needs.

Mr Khan said: “There is no point in putting your­self for­ward for coun­cil un­less you’re go­ing to sup­port the peo­ple you rep­re­sent and take their con­cerns for­ward to the rel­e­vant bod­ies.

“This was an op­por­tu­nity for res­i­dents to meet the peo­ple they elected, and for those of us who were lucky enough to be en­trusted with their votes to gain a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of their con­cerns, and I have the back up of Sian and Hy­wel and their teams to take things fur­ther.”

Or­gan­i­sa­tions rep­re­sented at the church in­cluded Cartrefi Cy­munedol Gwynedd, Opus, Cyfle Cymru, Com­mu­ni­ties First and two of the Ys­gu­bor Goch es­tate war­dens.

“Some of the is­sues raised by res­i­dents were hous­ing re­pairs, rent and a num­ber of health is­sues,” said Cllr Khan. “I shall soon be or­gan­is­ing an­other sim­i­lar event and am cur­rently go­ing door-to- door around Pe­blig en­quir­ing about the sort of or­gan­i­sa­tions and sup­port peo­ple would like to see at the next one.

“I would like to thank all the coun­cil­lors and or­gan­i­sa­tions who at­tended this cross-party event, and I hope the res­i­dents felt that they left the meet­ing bet­ter in­formed of what we coun­cil­lors can do for them and which or­gan­i­sa­tions are avail­able to help.”

AM Gwen­l­lian and MP Wil­liams urged res­i­dents to make use of any fu­ture events.

Mrs Gwen­l­lian said: “It is im­per­a­tive that peo­ple share their con­cerns with our coun­cil­lors, who are al­ways there to lis­ten and work on be­half of res­i­dents.

“I am pleased that there was such an in­ter­est in this event and I hope that it will be the first of many.

“Peo­ple should re­mem­ber too that Cllr Kenny Khan is al­ways avail­able at the Food­share project in Ty Pe­blig ev­ery Satur­day and Sun­day morn­ing, and any­one who missed this first event can speak to him there.”

Mr Wil­liams added: “I am very pleased to see a Plaid coun­cil­lor so em­bed­ded in our com­mu­nity and lis­ten­ing to the real con­cerns of vot­ers. We are a team here in Plaid – from town coun­cil to West­min­ster and the As­sem­bly. What­ever con­cerns elec- tors have, our ded­i­cated coun­cil­lors make us aware and our team of case work­ers can fol­low things up.”

Kenny Khan chats with Sian Gwen­l­lian AM and Hy­wel Wil­liams MP

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