Kirsty Williams AM has welcomed the progress made towards a new rail testing centre on the border of Brecon and Radnorshire, stressing the need to ensure the potential benefits for local communities are realised.
It is estimated that the facility would employ around 400 people in the construction phase and upwards of 150 people in permanent roles. Kirsty has also pointed to possible benefits in the education and hospitality sectors, as well as the opportunity to improve residential broadband as part of the process of connecting the facility.
Kirsty Williams AM attended an event in the National Assembly for Wales to mark World IBD Day and raise awareness of the condition.
Among those present was Amber Davies, a student from Builth Wells who has ulcerative colitis and has been an active campaigner and fundraiser. She lives with a permanent stoma as a result of ulcerative colitis.
Kirsty Williams has welcomed the news that Priory Church in Wales School will benefit from £820,000 in Flying Start funding, boosting its childcare provision.
The money will be used to create new facilities for the current school. The new site will offer Flying Start childcare, Childcare Offer places, and a Flying Start office base. It is part of nearly £3million of funding that has been allocated to 50 projects across Wales.
Kirsty Williams AM has signed a pledge supporting the creation of a cerebral palsy register for Wales, as part of a visit to Brecon Hospital on Friday 10th May.
The planned national register is intended to improve care for people with cerebral palsy, and the first stage of the project is starting in Powys. The register is being driven forward by a group that includes people with the condition, families, and health professionals.
On Friday 3rd May Kirsty Williams AM visited “Like Work But Different” for the first of their Friday drop-in sessions.
“Like Work But Different” is a unique set of meeting spaces situated in the heart of the Black Mountains, in the Brecon Beacons National Park. It aims to make use of the great outdoors to create a working environment that allows people to think, write, create, dream and be refreshed.
Kirsty Williams and Jane Dodds have called on the Conservative Government to address concern over possible plans that could risk small businesses in tourism struggling to cope with an increase in late cancellations.
This column from Kirsty Williams first appeared in the Brecon and Radnor Express on 27th March 2019.
Over recent weeks the Brecon and Radnorshire Liberal Democrats have selected Jane Dodds, the Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, as our candidate to be the next Member of Parliament.
Jane is a fully qualified social worker and has worked for over 20 years as a child protection social worker. Her father’s background is in public service and her mother’s background is in the voluntary service. Jane’s politics has been shaped by the need to stand up for those who struggle to get their voice heard.
Kirsty Williams AM has visited a local Shared Lives service, meeting a carer who has supported a vulnerable young adult by welcoming him into her home.
Shared Lives services operate by matching someone who needs help to live independently with a Shared Lives carer. They then move into the carer’s home and are supported by them to manage their challenges and achieve their personal goals.
Two towns in Brecon and Radnorshire are set to benefit from Welsh Government funding to support regeneration projects.
The ‘Town Centre Property Investment Fund’ is part of efforts to bring commercial, residential and retail floor space back into beneficial business use.
£2.14million has been allocated across Powys and Ceredigion, with the County Councils responsible for operating the programme in their respective areas. It focuses on Brecon and Llandrindod Wells, as well as Lampeter, Llandysul, Newtown and Tregaron.
Kirsty Williams AM is encouraging people or organisations with an interest in tenant farming to engage with a new consultation which sets forward proposals to overhaul agricultural tenancy laws.
Aims of the proposals including modernising the sector, removing barriers to productivity levels, and making it easier for structural changes in the tenant farming sector.