It is good to see some of the aspirations and priorities for the Town and Area Plans coming to Cabinet. These have progressed due to the hard work and commitment of officers and members and it is important to note that these Town and Area Plans will develop a more strategic approach to investment within our communities and develop a level of confidence for residents and businesses.
As usual, there are highs and lows in politics and Denbighshire welcomes the Welsh Government funding to help us deal with the floods and impact of the severe weather. As an authority, it would have proved difficult to deal with this without Welsh Government support. On the other hand, we were informed by the Minister for Education that £20m was being allocated to poor performing schools. I have difficulty in understanding why schools in the most deprived areas of Wales do not qualify for this funding but I believe this can only be testament to the leadership in the Rhyl schools which the Welsh Government doesn’t see as a concern.
I was fortunate to travel to London this month with other Leaders from North Wales to meet the Secretary of State for Wales. It was a positive meeting and we discussed the developments on the progress on the prison, the electrification of the Holyhead to Crewe rail line and the Wylfa B project. These are three key projects for North Wales and we are committed to working together with local suppliers to maximise local employment from the construction and operation perspectives.
Once again, I have to apologise for being late with my blog but as the sheep have started lambing there seems to be no sense of time and as the Spring emerges, there is more farming to do.
I have once again purchased an heiffer to take to the shows in the Summer and have not yet given her a name. She is all black and very friendly – any thoughts?