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Plaid’s proposals to bolster ‘Zero Waste Wales’ commitment

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Zero aim: Landfills in Wales to be gone by 2030

Zero aim: Landfills in Wales to be gone by 2030

PLAID CYMRU’S Shadow Minister for Sustainable Communities has outlined his party’s ambitious plans to achieve zero waste to landfill by 2030 – a generation earlier than the current target-year of 2050.

Llyr Gruffydd detailed how a Plaid Cymru government would work with producers to reduce packaging waste, introducing a host of measures to instil new vigour in Wales’ zero waste commitment.

A combination of Plaid Cymru legislation and policy initiatives would aim to both reduce the amount of non-recyclable rubbish produced, and change Welsh attitudes to waste – such as a styrofoam ban in all shops, and a requirement that all utensils and napkins in food establishments are recyclable or compostable.

Building on the attitudinal shift emanating from the successful plastic bag levy, Plaid Cymru proposes the introduction of a pilot plastic, glass and can deposit scheme in Wales, and the promotion of reverse vending machines in public area.

Plaid Cymru Shadow Minister for Sustainable Communities Llyr Gruffydd said: ”We are determined to reduce the amount of waste produced in Wales, and these ambitious plans will achieve zero waste to landfill by 2030 – decades earlier than the current target of 2050.

‘We all have a part to play– government, retailers, manufacturers, and the public alike – and our proposals will enable us all to work together to achieve this goal.

‘Working with producers and manufacturers, a Plaid Cymru government will provide the support and leadership necessary to reduce unnecessary packaging on everyday products – cutting the amount of waste at source.

‘The introduction of plastic, glass and can deposit schemes, in conjunction with the promotion of reverse vending machines, will encourage greater domestic recycling and further develop our recycling efforts.

“Other proposals we have put forward include a requirement for large food retailers and manufacturers to take steps to reduce their food waste, including donating surplus food to charities for distribution.

A Party of Wales government would lead by example, maximising the usefulness of the Welsh Landfill Tax, and ensuring that Welsh public procurement projects progress on a presumption in favour of recycled products.

“Plaid Cymru fully accepts our responsibility to the environment and to securing a greener future for our children.”

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Elin Jones raises Fibre Ceredigion’s connectivity with Openreach

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ELIN JONES AM has attended an Openreach drop in session in the National Assembly of Wales to raise concerns about the lack of Fibre in areas of Ceredigion.

Elin Jones met with Openreach’s Partnership director in Wales, Connie Dixon, and Catherine Colloms, Director of Corporate Affairs. Elin also met with Openreach engineers and was shown the process undertaken in order to install fibres in people’s homes and businesses.

Elin Jones said:

“There are still many homes and businesses in Ceredigion that need to be connected to superfast Broadband. Many are in rural locations, but there are also whole villages and, in most cases, homes that are just at the end of the line and have fallen out of scope.

“More needs to be done to ensure that access to Superfast Broadband for premises across Ceredigion is equally available. I hope to meet with Openreach in the near future in Ceredigion in order to assess the challenges that they face in installing Fibre, but also for them to see the need in our communities for superfast.”

Connie Dixon, Openreach Partnership Director for Wales, said:

“We’re already working closely with the Welsh Government to bring fibre broadband to Wales and as a result of this partnership nearly 95 per cent of the country can access superfast broadband today. But we also know there’s more to do and we’re working hard to reach those properties that currently can’t access fibre broadband.

“We’re also committed to future-proofing the network with full fibre technology but in order to build a new full fibre network for Wales we’ll need the support from our public sector partners.

“It won’t be quick or easy, but action to reduce red tape and remove barriers will speed things up. Full fibre will open up huge possibilities for the Welsh economy and help answer long terms challenges like energy use, climate change and sustainable rural communities.”

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Plaid candiate votes to fight for police devolution

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AHEAD of the general election on 12 December 2019, Ben Lake, Plaid Cymru candidate for Ceredigion has outlined a commitment to continue to fight for the devolution of policing to Wales.

Between 2010 and 2018, the number of police officers in Wales fell by 9% – with rural Wales particularly hit due to the unfair funding formula used by the UK Government.

Plaid Cymru have announced that they will create a new £50m crime prevention fund to recruit 1,600 extra police officers through the devolution of policing. The proposals would see a greater police presence locally, and helping to root officers in their communities, rather than being stretched over large geographical areas with little resources.

Earlier this year a Welsh Government-appointed commission said Wales should have full control of its justice system, including powers to run policing – with further studies suggesting Wales’ four forces would be in line for £25m extra from the UK government if policing was devolved.

Ben Lake said: “Time after time, police budgets have been cut by the UK Government, meaning far fewer officers are available to police forces in Wales. Welsh forces and rural areas have been hit harder than those in the rest of the UK, due to an unfair Home Office funding formula.”

“Since my election in 2017, I have seen firsthand the detrimental impact this funding arrangement is having on Welsh police forces and communities, something I was glad to raise in Parliament.”

“We cannot expect a one size fits all approach police funding to work effectively across the whole of the UK, and as such, it is imperative that the criteria for the central Government grant are revised to reflect the demands and unique challenges faced by rural forces in areas such as Ceredigion.”

“It remains unacceptable that Wales is the only nation in the UK without powers over policing and justice, especially given the clear financial dividend that devolution would bring about.”

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Conservative Candidate for Ceredigion, welcomed Lord Nick Bourne back to Aberystwyth

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THIS week, Lord Nick Bourne of Aberystwyth, visited the University town to meet with Amanda Jenner, the Conservative Candidate for Ceredigion in the forthcoming General Election. Lord Bourne joined with members of the Aberystwyth University Conservative Society to support Amanda with her General Election campaign to be the next MP for Ceredigion.

Coincidently, Amanda Jenner and Lord Bourne have taken similar paths – both Aberystwyth University Law Graduates who have gone on to work in the Education sector before turning to politics.

Lord Bourne, until recently, was the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Wales Office and was heavily involved with the Mid Wales Growth Deal.

Commenting on the Growth Deal, Lord Bourne said,

“One very important thing that we have been spending a lot of time on as a Government, is to ensure we get money into Mid and West Wales, including Ceredigion, particularly to motivate businesses here.”

“I personally hope that this extends to projects involving Aberystwyth University – who are already doing tremendous work, led by Elizabeth Treasure the Vice-chancellor, to ensure we have prosperity and sustainability.”

Amanda Jenner added,

“From speaking with businesses in Ceredigion, I can see that there are some fantastic opportunities here, including in the tourism and education sectors. If elected as your MP, I would be a strong voice in Westminster, fighting to ensure that the Growth Deal stays on track and that we get the levels of funding needed for the proposals put forward by the partners of the Growth Deal.”

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