Gower Assembly Member Rebecca Evans is encouraging people across Gower to have their say regarding the delivery of housing through the planning system.
Announced by Lesley Griffiths AM, Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs, and as an initial part of a wide-ranging review, there will be a ‘Call for Evidence’ to explore ways the planning system can assist in increasing the delivery of new homes in sustainable locations.
Rebecca Evans AM said: “I am encouraging people across Gower to have their say on this important consultation.
“This ‘Call for Evidence’ will allow constituents the opportunity to have their say on how we can meet the housing needs for our local communities and those across Wales in a way which is truly sustainable.”
Link to the consultation: https://beta.gov.wales/delivery-of-housing-through-the-planning-system
Gower AM Rebecca Evans has met with the Leader of Swansea Council and the Cabinet Member for Education ahead of the opening of the formal consultation on the proposed closure of Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Felindre and Craigcefnparc Primary School.
Pupil numbers in the schools have fallen. The Local Authority’s figures show that Felindre has just 15 pupils, with 55 at Craigcefnparc. Numbers are forecast to fall further in the coming years.
Rebecca Evans AM said: “I have been contacted by parents and past pupils of the schools who are deeply upset at the thought of the schools closing. Many people have strong emotional ties to the schools, and they also have practical questions as to how the children’s educational and transport needs would be met in a different setting. I wanted the chance to share with the council what I have been hearing from people in the affected communities ahead of the formal consultation.”
The formal consultation on the future of the schools will open in September.
Rebecca Evans AM added: “No decisions have yet been made, and I would encourage everyone with an interest to have their say. They key challenge will be to demonstrate that the schools can be made sustainable into the future.”
With today’s A-level provisional results showing an improvement, Rebecca Evans, AM for Gower, has congratulated students and staff.
The number of students achieving A*-A has reached a historic high of 26.3% - a 1.3% increase on last year. 76.3% gained A* to C, the highest since 2009 and the second highest recorded.
Rebecca Evans AM said: “This is a positive set of results across both A-level and Welsh Bacc, and a testament to the hard work and commitment of students and staff.
“I am delighted to see that Wales is outperforming the rest of the UK in terms of grades have awarded at A*. With 8.7% of grades at A*, this is the best outcome in Wales since this grade was introduced.
“I am also pleased to see that the Welsh Government’s focus on STEM subjects is paying off. Maths has the highest pass rate of any key subject, and there have been increases at A* in Physics, Biology, and Chemistry. We need the skills to help us compete and lead in the modern world, and the Welsh Government’s reforms are clearly having an impact.”
In the Welsh Baccalaureate, 97.7% of candidates achieved the Skills Challenge Certificate, an increase of 3.7 percentage points from 2017. 80.9% of candidates passed the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate, an increase of 2.2 percentage points from 2017.
AM Gives a Day to Policing
Gower Assembly Member Rebecca Evans has spent a day with the Gower Neighbourhood Policing Team, as part of the ‘Give a Day to Policing’ campaign organised by the National Police Chiefs’ Council.
The campaign gives elected representatives the chance to spend a day out on the beat with the Police in their local areas in order to get a real insight into their work.
Rebecca Evans AM said:
“It was a real pleasure to spend the day with the Gower Neighbourhood Policing Team. I was very impressed by the way in which the team approach their work with such dedication, compassion, and humour.
“I would like to extend a huge thanks you to the Gower Neighbourhood Policing Team for giving me an insight into their work in Gower, and thanks too for their excellent work across our communities.”
During the day, Rebecca Evans AM joined the police as they assisted a family of French tourists who had been left stranded after their vehicle was stolen, visited vulnerable residents, was briefed on ‘county lines’ drug issues, joined the police as they responded to calls, and discussed action to tackle vehicle-related antisocial behaviour.