New val­leys in­cluded in ‘ Task Force ’ area

Llanelli Star - - NEWS -

THE Gwen­draeth and Am­man Val­leys are be­ing in­cluded in the Welsh Govern­ment’s Val­leys Task­force, the Deputy Econ­omy Min­is­ter and Trans­port Min­is­ter Lee Wa­ters has an­nounced.

“These val­leys are cul­tur­ally very much part of the South Wales coal­field and I’m de­lighted that we’ve been able to al­ter the bound­aries to bring them into the Val­leys Task­force so that they can ben­e­fit from on­go­ing work to drive investment and op­por­tu­ni­ties,” said Mr Wa­ters.

The an­nounce­ment comes as the Val­leys Task­force an­nounces a pro­gramme to bring empty homes back into use. Own­ers of houses that have been empty for more than a year in the Gwen­draeth and Am­man Val­leys will be able to ap­ply for a grant of up to £20,000 to bring the home back into use.

The £10 mil­lion project is based on a pilot in Rhondda Cynon Taf and is be­ing rolled out across the South Wales val­leys.

“The Rhondda Cynon Taf scheme has shown us that ap­pli­cants are choos­ing lo­cal busi­nesses to undertake the re­fur­bish­ment work, keep­ing money in the com­mu­nity and im­prov­ing em­ploy­ment prospects,” Mr Wa­ters added.

Llanelli con­stituency MP Nia Grif­fith said: “I am de­lighted that the Welsh Govern­ment recog­nises the im­por­tance of sup­port­ing the lo­cal econ­omy, and this an­nounce­ment is very good news for west Wales.”

Coun­cil­lor for the Ty­croes ward in the Am­man Val­ley, Tina Hig­gins, said: “I wel­come the an­nounce­ment that the Am­man and Gwen­draeth Val­leys are to be in­cluded in the Welsh Govern­ment Val­leys Task Force area.

“This is ex­tremely good news for the area. I look for­ward to sup­port­ing Lee Wa­ters AM with this ini­tia­tive and will be rep­re­sent­ing the views of res­i­dents in my ward when­ever I can.”

Coun­cil­lor Dorothy Jones, rep­re­sent­ing Llan­non in the Gwen­draeth Val­ley, said: “This is an ex­cit­ing devel­op­ment for my ward. I hope that we can use this new sta­tus to de­liver af­ford­able hous­ing based on lo­cal in­come for res­i­dents and im­prove em­ploy­ment prospects in the area.”

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