Decisive action needed urgently by UK and Welsh Government after announcement of Wylfa suspension: Rhun ap Iorwerth AM

The decision by Hitachi to suspend the Wylfa Newydd development must be met with decisive action and significant investment by the Welsh and UK Governments into Anglesey’s economy, says the island’s Plaid Cymru AM Rhun ap Iorwerth.

Mr ap Iorwerth said: “My thoughts this morning are with the large number of staff and apprentices already employed by the Wylfa Newydd project on Anglesey. It’s a very worrying time for them. But I’m thinking also about those who’ve pinned their hopes on future employment there.

“Now we have to look at ways of moving forward. UK Government has to show if it’s serious about backing Wylfa. Their actions so far have delivered little. That’ll be my message to the Secretary of State for Wales to pass on to the Prime Minister and his Cabinet colleagues in a telephone meeting scheduled for this morning.

“I’ve already pressed for urgent action from Welsh Government. Tabling an urgent question in the Assembly yesterday, I made the case for further and significant investment in skills, infrastructure and attracting new economic activity to Anglesey, especially the north of the island.

“We have other exciting projects in the pipeline and underway on Anglesey, including in the renewables energy sector and the Menai Science Park. But it’s the sheer scale of Wylfa with over 800 long terms, well-paid jobs, that would leave a gaping hole if this suspension does ends up being long term.”