DYFODOL CHALLENGES THE LATEST PLAN TO DEVELOP YET ANOTHER HOLIDAY VILLAGE

Dyfodol i’r Iaith has expressed grave reservations about another plan to develop a substantial holiday village in the north west. The organisation believes that the new proposal earmarked for the old Octel site near Amlwch constitutes not only a threat to the Welsh language, but also to the viability and diversity of the local economy.

Heini Gruffudd, Dyfodol’s Chair said:

“We would ask Ynys Môn Council to be very wary of this application and seriously consider the priorities of the community and the Welsh language. The main problem regarding such developments, as we see it, is the lack of benefit they bring to the local community.

Such tourism ventures should be in local hands and the profits diversified to help create a robust and varied local economy. If the sector is carefully developed, then ultimately that which we oppose – an economy that is over-dependent on tourism – can be avoided.

Unfortunately this plan, which syphons profit away from the community,would appear to be culturally harmful and exploitative of the wider local economy. “

 

DYFODOL CALLS FOR A REVIEW OF THE GWYNEDD AND MÔN LOCAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN

Dyfodol i’r Iaith is calling upon the local authorities of Gwynedd and Môn to review the target noted in their current Local Development Plan to build 7,184 new homes up to 2026.

The Development Plan was drawn up within the context of the future development of Wylfa atomic power station. Following the announcement that this plan will not be going ahead, Dyfodol believes that it is essential to review these building targets which are by now superfluous to local need.

Heini Gruffudd, Dyfodol i’r Iaith’r Chair said:

“From the start, we were convinced that the Local Development Plan included building targets that were totally unsuitable for the area, and by now, there can surely be no justification in following a framework that is not only unsustainable, but which also threatens the Welsh language as a social medium.

We therefore call for an urgent review of the Local Development Plan, with priority being given to local needs – both economically and linguistically. Emphasis should be placed upon sustainable energy and supporting local businesses.”

PLANNING THE REGENERATION OF THE WELSH LANGUAGE CONSULTATION DISCUSSION POINT 6: DEMOGRAPHY AND PLANNING

The latest discussion point of our consultation on Planning the Regeneration of the Welsh Language is the demography of language and planning to support its growth.

As before, we would be very grateful to receive your comments, suggestions and any practical experience you may have. You are welcome to use the questions and template below or send your comments in any other format that suits you.

Below is a summary of Dyfodol’s demands in relation to demography and planning. If you would like to read the full text of Planning the Regeneration of the Welsh Language, a copy is available on our website, dyfodol.net

Thank you to everyone who has already contributed to our discussion. We look forward to hearing from you – do get in touch:

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or telephone 01248 811798

 DISCUSSION POINT 6: DEMOGRAPHY AND TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING

 Dyfodol believes that:

Demography is the relationship between people and territory. The term is used here to cover several aspects – economy, housing, land use, town and country planning etc. – in relation to the Welsh language. This section is concerned with areas where the Welsh language is the normal medium of communication, mainly located in the west but including many other areas too. This is a complex and challenging field.

The linking of the western areas together as a region, Arfor, has been proposed so as to address their economic weaknesses and the haemorrhaging of young (often Welsh-speaking) talent from the area – one of the main contributors to the decline of the language. The Welsh Government have embraced the concept. Our view is that this vision should be developed as a key component in the general strategy for developing Wales as a confident and successful nation. The intention would be for the Arfor region to offer diverse and exciting career opportunities and encouragement for innovation and enterprise, so that young people can create their own futures within this region, by staying, returning or moving into the area. Tied to this would be the intention of protecting and strengthening the Welsh-speaking community and communities.

Town and country planning and housing policy would reflect and empower the needs of the region and its communities rather than serving the interests of powerful commercial developers and the current drive towards damaging and insensitive over-provision.   

 DO YOU AGREE WITH US? HAVE YOU ANY FURTHER COMMENTS ON DEMOGRAPHY AND / OR PLANNING MATTERS?