Welsh Labour AM for the Vale of Clwyd

Author: Ann Jones AM

AM welcomes announcement on new Rhyl Catholic School

The local Assembly Member for Vale of Clwyd, Ann Jones, has welcomed Denbighshire County Council’s announcement that plans for a new Catholic School in Rhyl have been approved for public consultation. 

Members of Denbighshire’s Cabinet met on Tuesday to agree the proposals to create the new Catholic School in Rhyl, at a cost of £23.8 million, to replace the existing provision in the town. 

The plan has been agreed to by the Diocese of Wrexham and will form part of the Welsh Government’s 21st Century Schools education programme.

 Ann Jones AM Said: “This has been a long-standing issues for Rhyl and I am pleased to see that Denbighshire County Council have agreed to go ahead with the next phase in the plans to build this new Catholic School.

The contribution of the late Councillor, Margaret McCarroll, played such a pivotal role in campaigning for this to happen and I am sure this is testament to her and the Faith in Rhyl group for their commitment to providing Catholic education on our area.”

Funding for Denbighshire PCSO’s confirmed by Welsh Labour Government

Communities across the Vale of Clwyd will keep their local PCSOs on the beat, thanks to confirmation of funding by the Welsh Labour Government.

While the Tory-led UK Government has slashed 20% from Police budgets, the Welsh Labour Government has invested over £16m in making sure that local communities are safe by recruiting 500 new PCSOs across Wales. This includes 20 PCSOs working directly in the Vale of Clwyd.

The announcement comes as the Police Federation has warned Tory cuts are putting public safety in North Wales at risk with pro-active work in communities, work to safeguard children and neighbourhood policing

Ann Jones, Labour’s AM for the Vale of Clwyd said:

“Tory cuts have consequences. While our hardworking Police Officers and staff have had to deal with five very difficult years, I fear that further cuts to Police budgets will put public safety at significant risk.

“I am proud to see that here in Wales we are prioritising protecting local people by getting more PCSOs on the beat. While our new Tory MP and his millionaire mates in London issue our hardworking emergency services personnel their P45’s, I will continue to fight for public services and improve the safety of our local communities”.

The budget of North Wales Police has been cut by over £33m to date with even more drastic cuts on the horizon over the next five years.

Statement on Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Reacting to the announcement that the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board is being put in special measures, Labour’s AM for the Vale of Clwyd, Ann Jones said:

“This is the right decision and I am pleased that the Welsh Government are responding to the concerns of myself and the wider public.

“It’s clear that urgent changes are needed and with this significant Welsh Government intervention, I hope swift progress to see the right governance arrangements in place which will ensure the best health services for the people of North Wales, which they expect and deserve”.