Dyfodol i’r Iaith is extremely disappointed that a further case of a car parking company showing complete disrespect for the Welsh language.

Gwen Williams contacted us after failing to receive a Welsh medium parking penalty notice at the ‘Eagles’ hotel in Llanrwst in mid-December 2023. 6 weeks later she received an English-only parking penalty for £60 from Smart Parking Ltd.

Gwen Williams said,

“It is important to note that I explained throughout that I wanted to pay the fine if it was translated and I suggested how many people could do it for them but I lost the appeal.

Whether I decide to pay the fine or not, I will continue to campaign for bilingual penalty signs and notices by lobbying the authorities who have the power and opportunity to improve the law. The Welsh language Bill 2011 and the language standards do not go far enough to promote bilingualism in the private sector….”

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Dyfodol i’r Iaith is extremely disappointed that Carmarthenshire County Council has approved an application to build 42 new homes in the village of Porthyrhyd on Thursday (25/4/24).

With the Porthyrhyd Defence Movement, Dyfodol i’r Iaith had presented solid evidence that allowing the development would surely lead to the anglicisation of a village where 68.5% speak Welsh. It is one of those increasingly rare wards where Welsh is part of the fabric of the community and the everyday language of the majority. In October 2023 68.5% of adults in the village were identified as speaking Welsh. This percentage of Welsh speakers belongs to the top 10% of Welsh communities in terms of percentage of speakers. The village, therefore, has special linguistic significance. With 68.5% Welsh speakers, the village can effectively maintain a Welsh-speaking community, with Welsh playing a prominent role in the life of the community. Only 73 electoral divisions throughout Wales have more than 60% speaking Welsh.

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