Two important parts of my role as AM is to make sure that constituents can come to me with any issues that affect them or their communities, and to be open about the work that I do here on Anglesey and in the Assembly.
Last week, I officially opened my new constituency office in Llangefni – at 1b Church Street. I share the building with the island’s Plaid Cymru office and the north west base for your MEP, Jill Evans, so the new office really is a one stop shop for all your local Plaid Cymru representatives.
I also launched my new website – www.rhunapiorwerth.cymru – which contains details of the advice surgeries that I hold right across Anglesey and information about my latest activities and campaigns, both on the island and in the Senedd.
One of those campaigns is to oppose the construction of new overhead power cables over Anglesey. National Grid have just begun their latest consultation on the plans, and it’s important that Anglesey continues to voice its opposition to the new overhead lines. Undergrounding or subsea cabling is going on elsewhere – including Snowdonia and the Peak District – so why not here?!
In the Assembly last week, I asked the First Minister how the Government were going to restore the faith of the people of Anglesey in the ambulance service after a recent incident at Holyhead Port, where it took an hour and a half for an ambulance to take a man who’d suffered from a suspected heart attack to hospital. I’m increasingly concerned at the stresses being placed on excellent ambulance staff and their ability to provide the service that they want to, and were trained to provide. I’ve asked for an explanation of what went wrong.
In my speech to the Plaid Cymru conference over the weekend, I stressed the importance of recognising and believing in the economic potential we have in Wales, but also the need for a strategy and clear focus for us to harness that potential – something that the current Labour government has failed to do.
On a recent visit to Ireland with the Assembly’s Enterprise and Business Committee, we spoke to Ministers there about makeing the most of our seas and coast – for energy, trade, tourism and food for example. As an island AM I can certainly see the potential – so let’s have a strategy to make the most of what’s all around us.