Action plan can’t be allowed to fail
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