Ac­tion plan can’t be al­lowed to fail

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YET an­other Val­leys job cre­ation ac­tion plan is launched. Par­don my scep­ti­cism but I am old enough to re­mem­ber all the other failed projects, in­clud­ing the Cir­cuit of Wales fi­asco.

Like the phoenix, job cre­ation projects for the Val­leys arise out of the ashes of fail­ure amid claims that thou­sands of jobs will be cre­ated, fol­lowed by years of meet­ings and raised ex­pec­ta­tions be­fore fi­nally sink­ing un­der the weight of wasted tax­pay­ers’ money into a black hole, never to be seen again.

Ken Skates held a meet­ing re­cently to dis­cuss the au­to­mo­tive tech­nol­ogy park at Ebbw Vale, the first, no doubt, of an­other long drawn out process. Mean­while, Sil­ver­stone of­fi­cials have been dis­cussing a con­tract to re­place the five years of Mo­toGP rac­ing at Ebbw Vale. They, of course, are de­lighted be­cause each Mo­toGP race at Sil­ver­stone at­tracts on av­er­age 130,000 fans.

That means that Wales has lost the equiv­a­lent of hold­ing the Euro­pean Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal or the Ry­der Cup for five con­sec­u­tive years. Imag­ine the im­pact that would have had on jobs, small busi­nesses, the Welsh econ­omy and the im­age of Wales as a good place to in­vest.

For the sake of the long suf­fer­ing Val­leys com­mu­ni­ties, I want Ken Skates and Alun Davies to suc­ceed. To do so they will need to use the last of EU money be­fore Brexit and other fi­nan­cial con­straints scup­per yet an­other Val­leys ac­tion plan. Bryan D Prescott Caer­philly

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