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PLAID Cymru pres­sure has de­liv­ered suc­cess with the in­clu­sion of the Gwen­draeth and Am­man Val­leys in the Welsh Govern­ment’s Val­leys task­force area.

In March this year Plaid Cymru warned that the rug was be­ing pulled from un­der­neath the Am­man and Gwen­draeth econ­omy be­cause of the re­fusal of the Welsh Govern­ment to in­clude the com­mu­ni­ties as part of the Val­leys Task­force.

In 2016 the Welsh Govern­ment’s Task­force iden­ti­fied strate­gic lo­ca­tions across Val­leys com­mu­ni­ties in or­der to cre­ate jobs, but didn’t in­clude com­mu­ni­ties west of Neath.

Ear­lier this year the Deputy Min­is­ter for the Econ­omy con­firmed the Welsh Govern­ment had “no plans” to ex­tend the Val­leys Task­force bound­ary to in­clude Am­man/ Gwen­draeth.

Plaid Cymru made the case that Val­leys com­mu­ni­ties do not stop at Neath; and now the cam­paign has de­liv­ered a suc­cess­ful out­come.

A strate­gic hub for the Am­man and Gwen­draeth Val­leys won’t solve all of our prob­lems, but it will be a catalyst for fo­cused in­vest­ment with ex­cit­ing plans drawn up by both the Plaid Cymru-led county coun­cil and party leader Adam Price to boost our lo­cal econ­omy, which in­cludes the re­open­ing of the Am­man Val­ley rail­way as a pas­sen­ger line as part of the Swansea Bay and West­ern Val­leys Metro.

We have de­liv­ered this re­sult in op­po­si­tion; imag­ine what we could do for com­mu­ni­ties across the Llanelli con­stituency if we had a Plaid Cymru Welsh Govern­ment.

I con­tinue to press for so­lu­tions to the con­ges­tion on Sandy Road. I’ve asked the Welsh Govern­ment about dis­cus­sions they’ve had about the is­sue.

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Mid and West Wales AM Helen Mary Jones on suc­cess of cam­paign

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