Video: Rhun calls for better mobile coverage in rural areas like Anglesey

During First Minister’s Questions, Ynys Môn AM Rhun ap Iorwerth talked about the unreliable mobile signal in rural areas such as Anglesey. He said:

“Although rural areas such as Ynys Môn pay exactly the same as everyone else in the British isles for their mobile phone signal, the service is often second rate. To be honest, many pay more for a mobile phone in areas such as Ynys Môn—some pay for two phones, one for work and one for home; some pay for a box to boost the signal; and others have to pay roaming charges because the signal from Ireland is stronger than the signal available on Ynys Môn. The ‘Daily Post’ at present is running a campaign to try and improve mobile signal in north Wales and they revealed some figures yesterday on 4G coverage: I think that the Netherlands are on 83 per cent, Britain is on 53 per cent and Wales is on just 20 per cent. Given that connectivity is so important in rural areas, what has prevented the Welsh Government from encouraging the mobile phone providers to do more to provide enhanced signal in rural areas and in Ynys Môn?”

Anglesey named as ‘Holiday Hotspot’

Ynys Môn AM calls it a tribute to hard-working local tourism industry as Anglesey comes second in list of top UK holiday hotspots

Responding to the news that Anglesey is number two on the list of the UK’s top holiday hotspots, Ynys Môn AM Rhun ap Iorwerth has said that this is further proof of the importance of the tourism industry to the island’s economy.

A recent Office of National Statistics report found that, when looking at the average expenditure per day visit for holiday locations in the UK, the Isle of Anglesey has the second highest spend per day, with £48.92. Number one on the list was Cardiff, which can of course be reached in 40 minutes from Anglesey Airport!

Local Assembly Member Rhun ap Iorwerth commented:

“These latest statistics show once again how important the tourism industry is to Anglesey. They are also a tribute to the fantastic work done here by local tourism businesses to attract visitors here and to tempt them to spend their money here.

“And who can blame visitors for wanting to come here? When they can enjoy our fantastic scenery, learn about our unique heritage, take part in adventure sports or simply enjoy our delicious food and drink produce.

“These statistics also strengthen our argument to the National Grid about the importance of the tourism industry and therefore of the need to consider other options rather than erecting new pylons across the island.”