Liberal Democrats secure £22 million for new Dyfi Bridge


The Welsh Liberal Democrats have today announced that they have secured £22 million for the development of a new Dyfi Bridge upstream of the existing crossing near Machynlleth.

The deal, which was in exchange for allowing the Welsh Government’s annual budget to pass, means that work is planned to begin in 2015 and will be secured within the National Transport Plan to ensure there is no slippage. It is expected that the new bridge will be complete by 2017-18.

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Liberal Democrats Progress on Llanymynech Bypass


Working in the Welsh Assembly, the Liberal Democrats today announced that they have secured a commitment from the Minister to readdress the current state of the Llanymynech bypass and begin rebuilding a cross-border relationship to drive the project forward.

In 2001 the Minister Sue Essex made a joint announcement with the UK Minister for Transport, John Spellar, which confirmed the go-ahead for design of the bypass on the A483 but since then progress has collapsed due to cross boarder issues. 

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Liberal Democrat AM accepts Petition to protect the future of Funky Dragon

key_funkydragon.jpg William Powell, Chair of the National Assembly for Wales’ Petitions Committee, has today accepted a petition which aims to protect the future of Funky Dragon, the Children and Young People’s Assembly for Wales by restoring core funding from the Welsh Government. 

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Machynlleth Recycling Centre Set to Close- Powys County Council Ignore Public Outcry

key_machclosing.JPGAt the Cabinet meeting of Powys County Council held on 9th September, it was announced that the Potters Yard Recycling Centre in Machynlleth is to be shut down.

The council reached a unanimous decision to close the centre despite a there being 2,000 signatures on a petition against the proposal. 

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Lib Dems support bill to overturn Bedroom Tax

key_bedroomtax.jpgCeredigion’s Welsh Liberal Democrat MP Mark Williams is delighted at the success of the Affordable Homes Bill in Parliament, a Bill which seeks to amend the bedroom tax, a policy which Mark has consistently opposed during its passage through Parliament.

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Care Contract - Reach the Scapegoat?

key_careservices.jpgPowys County Council have this week agreed to terminate the Care contract with Reach and hand over their case load to Abacare. Provision of care is a statutory duty for Powys County Council. Both William Powell AM and Jane Dodds, Montgomeryshire Liberal Democrat Candidate, have been pressing this point continuously and asking for meetings with the Chief Executive and Leader of the Council.

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2,000 People Stand Against Recycling Centre Closure

key_machmeeting.jpgThe cabinet meeting to make the final decision on the future of the Machynlleth Recycling Centre is due to take place on 9th September. Following the announcement that members of the public are not allowed to speak at Powys Cabinet meetings, Jane Dodds has written to all of the cabinet members with a final plea against the closure. 

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Secretary of State Praises Local Businesses

key_vincegroup.JPGSecretary of State for Business, Skills, and Innovation, Dr. Vince Cable MP, visited Montgomeryshire on Thursday 28th August to speak to local businesses from Welshpool, Newtown, and the surrounding areas.  

He spoke enthusiastically about the many fantastic businesses which are thriving in Montgomeryshire but also heard about the challenges which they face. He also spoke about housing shortages and the difficulties in raising development funds from banks.  

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Jane Dodds Demands Free School Meals for Infants in wales

Welsh infants and their families are missing out on a free hot school meal every day because of the Welsh Labour Government, the Welsh Liberal Democrats have said today.

Liberal Democrats in Government have introduced free school meals for all pupils aged 4-7 in England, the first of which will be served this week as children go back to school. The scheme is expected to save the average family £400 a year per child. Free school lunches save parents money, improve children’s’ education, and make sure children eat a healthy and nutritious meal at least once a day. The Montgomeryshire Liberal Democrats encourage everyone to sign the online petition and help achieve the same here in Wales. 

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Imprisoning Children: A Sign of a Civilized Society?


I have always felt uncomfortable with the concept of locking up children. I think most people feel the same, but perhaps see it as a necessary part of our society to punish children and to make sure that they are not a danger to society. Having been on several occasions to the UK’s biggest youth offending institution, Feltham in west London, I am clear that locking up children is not acceptable.

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