Welsh Lib Dems launch Regeneration Plan for Mid Wales at Royal Welsh Show

The Welsh Liberal Democrats today used the first day of the Royal Welsh Show in Llanelwedd, Powys to outline their proposals for a Regeneration Plan for Mid Wales. The party argues that Mid Wales is all too often the forgotten region of Wales, and neglect by both the Conservatives in Westminster and Labour in the Senedd has contributed to a cycle of decline over the last few decades.

The proposals by the party focus on transforming the economy of the region to take advantage of the changing patterns of employment and economic models following COVID-19.

The plan has six main points:

  • Drastically improving connectivity, in both digital and physical infrastructure.
  • Expanding the Rural Fuel Duty cut to Mid Wales and doubling the discount.
  • Protecting access to physical banking, applying pressure on large banks to invest in bank hubs for rural communities.
  • Improving healthcare access in Mid Wales, advocating for more health services to be returned to local communities.
  • Introducing measures to help businesses in the region grow, including a town rejuvenation fund.
  • Tackling the housing crisis in Mid Wales.

Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader and Senedd Member for Mid & West Wales Jane Dodds said:

Mid Wales deserves to be an economic force in its own right, connecting North and South Wales, as well as Wales to the Midland, rather than the forgotten territory it has been allowed to have become by the Tories and Labour.

The plan includes:

  • Drastically improving connectivity, in both digital and physical infrastructure, making sure people and businesses can take advantage of the rise in home working and tourists can access the region easily.
  • Expanding the Rural Fuel Duty Cut to Mid Wales and doubling the discount to 10p per litre, easing the cost-of-living crisis and ensuring people can still get to work.
  • Protecting access to physical banking, applying pressure on large banks to invest in bank hubs for rural communities where multiple banks work jointly to share physical spaces to offer cash services and in-person banking.
  • Improving healthcare access in Mid Wales, advocating for more health services to be returned to local communities, higher investment in social services and travelling NHS dentists to help clear backlogs.
  • Introducing measures to help businesses in the region grow, including a town rejuvenation fund, streamlining the planning process and establishing a Job Creation Premium, offsetting the initial costs of recruitment and training for businesses looking to grow.
  • Tackling the housing crisis in Mid Wales. Many young people are being priced out of the communities they grew up in, especially in Ceredigion. We will ask local authorities to set council tax at the maximum possible level for all homes other than someone’s primary residence and seek to close loopholes that allow people to designate second homes as businesses.

Jane Dodds said:

For decades Mid Wales has consistently been neglected by both the Labour Government in Cardiff and the Conservative Government in Westminster.

Mid Wales deserves to be an economic force in its own right, connecting North and South Wales, as well as Wales to the Midland, rather than the forgotten territory it has been allowed to have become by the Tories and Labour.

Despite years of Conservative representation in Powys, they have failed to deliver a number of key priorities for the region. Most notable is the abject failure to have the rural fuel rebate expanded to Mid Wales, something which the Welsh Liberal Democrats have been campaigning for over 10 years and have seen blocked by the Conservative Government throughout that time.

Likewise Conservative promises to improve the regions internet access haven’t materialised, with figures released this month showing Powys has the worst internet speeds in the whole of the UK while Ceredigion also performs badly.

On the other hand, Labour continues to fail Mid Wales, particularly in healthcare access. NHS dental services are near impossible to access and ambulance waiting times are through the roof. We need investment in community healthcare and social services to avoid crisis points building up at A&E.

While both Labour and the Conservatives have neglected Mid Wales for decades, the Welsh Liberal Democrats have always had strong roots in Mid Wales and people know when given the chance we will be a loud voice for the region in both Westminster and Cardiff Bay.

I am proud to put forward this plan today that has something for everyone in Mid Wales and would go some way towards addressing the problems our region faces.

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4 Comments

  • Steve Trevethan 18th Jul '22 - 5:48pm

    Might this article demonstrate that the unmanaged “Market” harms society and that a significant degree of government involvement is ALWAYS needed?

  • Gwyn Williams 19th Jul '22 - 9:24am

    The Tories in the Welsh Senedd also launched an 8 point plan to revive the Powys economy at the Royal Welsh Show. They too called for a cut in fuel duty in Mid Wales. They seem to have forgotten that there is still a Conservative Government at Westminster that could deliver the cut if it was so minded. However a more progressive point would be a network of electric car charging points across Wales.

  • Rif Winfield 19th Jul '22 - 10:00am

    Well said, Jane! Trying to persuade anyone that Mid Wales (Canolbarth Cymru) is a distinct region, very different from both North and South Wales, is an ongoing problem. Economic decline – indeed continual ignoring of the economic needs of Mid Wales – has been going on for decades. Healthcare is the obvious main issue. A generation ago, Bronglais Hospital in Aberystwyth – the ONLY acute hospital in Mid Wales – provided a wider range of discrete services than any other Welsh hospital; but over the past thirty years this has been pared down with crucial services being transferred to either South Wales or to the North. This in spite of passionate campaigning by local politicians of all parties.
    The other major loss has been a slow but continuous reduction in transport services, agreed to by politicians in Cardiff who have failed to grasp that the travel distances in Mid Wales are on a different scale to those regions served by the M4 motorway or the A55. As a consequence the local economy has taken a hit, with a slow loss of population as well as businesses.
    The Welsh Midlands are as different from the regions to its north and south as the English Midlands are from Southern or Northern England. Your priorities, Jane, provide a good basis for recognising this.

  • Peter Hirst 24th Jul '22 - 3:49pm

    You don’t mention tourism. Mid-Wales has some of the most spectacular scenery in the UK. It should be prioritised with the small businesses that would benefit in the hospitality and service sector.

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