Open discussion for Peblig community improvement
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