LLAFUR YNYS MÔN LABOUR: MANIFESTO FOR MÔN, 2021-2
- ECONOMY & EMPLOYMENT
- JOB PROTECTION AND CREATION
- FAIR WORK FOR YNYS MÔN
- NEW APPRENTICESHIPS AND TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES
- HOUSING AND SECOND HOMES
- CLIMATE CHANGE, ENVIRONMENT AND RENEWABLE ENERGY
- CLIMATE CHANGE
- A BETTER ENVIRONMENT ON YNYS MÔN
- WIND AND SOLAR ENERGY
- TIDAL ENERGY
- TOWN CENTRES
- PUBLIC TRANSPORT AND ACTIVE TRAVEL
- LÔN LAS MÔN (GAERWEN–AMLWCH MIXED USE PATH)
- AGRICULTURE & FARMING
- WELSH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE
- ADDRESSING THE CONCERNS OF YOUNG PEOPLE
- HOLYHEAD / AMLWCH PROPOSALS
- PENRHOS NATURE PARK
- HOLYHEAD WATERFRONT REDEVELOPMENT SCHEME
- HOLYHEAD PORT – FREEPORT?
ECONOMY & EMPLOYMENT
JOB PROTECTION AND CREATION
PLEDGE We will make jobs a top priority, drawing on Welsh Labour Government support to help small and medium businesses, tourism and leisure, the growing green economy, and other sectors.
- We will harness the employment opportunities created by the green sustainable energy industries as part of Welsh Labour Government’s drive to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.
- We will promote further development of the Anglesey Enterprise Zone, which should become a centre of excellence for the production, demonstration and servicing of low-carbon energy.
- We will aim to make sure that new jobs are created in our coastal towns as a result of the large offshore wind farms planned to the North and North East of Ynys Môn.
- We fully support the creation of a hydrogen hub at Holyhead but would like it to be better funded (the UK Government funding is right at the bottom end of the investment range of £4.8–7.3m that Menter Môn’s feasibility study considered necessary).
- We will develop and promote further opportunities at M-SParc (Menai Science Park), including in the digital sector.
- We will consider all options for the Wylfa site, and any future use must provide local jobs and benefit the island’s supply chain.
- We will do everything possible to support the hospitality, tourism, leisure and events sectors on the island, which have been helped through the pandemic by Welsh Labour Government’s Economic Resilience Fund.
Our positions with respect to some other proposals that offer opportunities for job creation are discussed elsewhere in this manifesto.
FAIR WORK FOR YNYS MÔN
PLEDGE We will work with the County Council, local businesses, trade unions and others to seek to establish Ynys Môn as a Fair Work island, where every worker is paid the fair rate for the job.
- We support the Welsh TUC campaign to make Wales a Fair Work Nation and address the low pay, zero-hour contracts and inequality that are particularly prevalent on Ynys Môn in the tourism, care and retail sectors.
- We will work with the County Council, local businesses, trade unions and others to establish Ynys Môn as a Fair Work island, encouraging businesses to see the benefits of a well-rewarded and motivated workforce.
- Through Welsh Labour Government’s Social Partnership Bill, we will ensure that all public bodies and organisations on our island that receive funding from Welsh Government have Fair Work policies at their core.
- We will encourage local workers to join trade unions and call for those unions to be engaged in decisions about the future of their workplaces as stronger unions mean safer, more productive workplaces.
- We want all care workers to receive the real Living Wage, and Welsh Labour will implement this.
NEW APPRENTICESHIPS AND TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES
PLEDGE Through the highly successful Welsh Labour Government Apprenticeship Programme we will aim to provide apprenticeships for all 17- to 24-year-olds who need them.
- We will build upon the highly successful Welsh Labour Government Apprenticeship Programme to increase the number of apprenticeships created each year on Ynys Môn, which averaged almost 700 prior to the COVID pandemic.
- In addition to apprenticeships for younger people impacted by COVID-19, we support all-age apprenticeships, particularly in growth sectors and in towns that have suffered under Tory austerity, such as Holyhead and Amlwch.
- Through action by Welsh Labour Government, we will improve employment protection for apprentices on Ynys Môn.
- We support more funding for retraining of workers in the nuclear industry, and this is backed by Welsh Labour Government.
- We support training and skills development for the self-employed, which will be addressed in a policy review by Welsh Labour.
PLEDGE We believe that all options must be kept open for the site and that any proposals must benefit the local community and reflect our commitment to a zero carbon future.
- We will support projects that reflect our commitment to a zero carbon future.
- We will need to consider options beyond nuclear power, given the failure of the Horizon project and the inability of the UK Government to agree a satisfactory funding model with investors / developers.
- We want future development on the site to deliver tangible benefits to the local community.
- We will lobby the UK Government to support any suitable major infrastructure project on the site.
HOUSING AND SECOND HOMES
PLEDGE We support a higher council tax premium for second homes on the island of at least 75% (compared with 35% currently) and will build more good quality, energy-efficient council houses to help young families.
- We want to see a significant increase in council house building on the island, which has been made possible by Welsh Labour Government action.
- We want this increase in council house building to benefit local businesses and supply chains.
- We support more protections for tenants, and Welsh Labour Government has passed an Act that will give tenants in Wales the best protection anywhere in the UK, including the stability of a minimum 12-month contract.
- We will support a significant expansion of retrofitting (making changes to existing houses so that less energy and water are used) on Ynys Môn through Welsh Labour Government’s Optimised Retrofit Programme.
- We will push for the Council’s Local Development Plan to promote suitable accessible housing, with good transport connections and accessible local services to enable independent living for people with disabilities.
- We call for the Council Tax premium on second homes to be raised from the 35% backed by the Plaid-led Council to at least 75%.
- We support stricter monitoring to ensure that second home owners do not avoid paying the Council Tax premium by switching to business rates inappropriately.
- We call for expansion of the Council’s ‘Local Market Housing’ Scheme under which new residential units must be offered for sale to local people for 3 months.
- We favour exploring the use of Place Plans to require new residential dwellings to be occupied as a person’s “principal residence”, in a similar way to the use of Neighbourhood Plans in some English towns.
PLEDGE We will build on the improvements achieved through the Welsh Labour Government Flying Start and 21st Century Schools and Colleges programmes to deliver excellent education for all.
- We support the Welsh Labour Government’s 21st Century Schools Programme, which has led to significant investment in new schools on Ynys Môn, e.g. Ysgol Santes Dwynwen in Newborough, Ysgol Cybi in Holyhead, and Ysgol Rhyd y Llan in Llanfaethlu.
- We support further access to grants for secondary schools and colleges to ensure that there is a wide curriculum for vocational and academic students.
- We support Welsh Labour Government’s guarantee that free school meals will be provided for all school holidays up to and including Easter 2022.
- We will protect the Educational Maintenance Allowance (scrapped by the Tories in England) and increase the amount significantly for the poorest students.
- We will provide Additional Learning Support Funding so that all pupils and students, including disabled and learning needs learners, continue to have access to the necessary human and technical support.
- We will deliver better mental health support in schools.
GPs AND DENTISTS
PLEDGE We support the training of more GPs and dental technicians to boost local numbers and will do everything possible to achieve a new medical centre for Holyhead.
- We thank all the staff of the NHS for their superb efforts during the COVID pandemic and want to see their contributions recognised through a suitable pay rise.
- We will make a new medical centre in Holyhead a top priority.
- We will monitor the local benefits of Welsh Labour Government’s heavy investment in the recruitment of new GP trainees and, if necessary, discuss any concerns with Welsh Government ministers.
- We support Welsh Labour Government training schemes for a new profession – Dental Technicians – who will be able to do simple NHS procedures such as checkups and small fillings and help address the shortage in NHS dentists.
BETSI CADWALADR HEATH BOARD
- We welcome the fact that Betsi Cadwaladr has come out of the special measures imposed in 2015 and support the move to targeted interventions to achieve further progress in performance.
- These targeted interventions should include measures to improve mental health services.
NEW MEDICAL SCHOOL IN NORTH WALES
- We warmly welcome Welsh Labour’s commitment to establishing a new medical school in North Wales.
CLIMATE CHANGE, ENVIRONMENT AND RENEWABLE ENERGY
PLEDGE Ynys Môn Labour councillors successfully took a climate emergency motion to Ynys Môn Council and we will now ensure that the Council quickly develops an ambitious action plan to meet its commitments. We will strongly back all renewable energy projects unless we believe they are likely to have unacceptable environmental impacts.
- We will ensure that the climate emergency motion successfully proposed by our Labour county councillors forms the basis for actions that really do make a difference.
- We will act to ensure that the Council’s action plan is developed quickly and is sufficiently ambitious.
- We will call for Gwynedd Pension Fund, in which IACC participates, to follow the example of Ceredigion County Council and divest from its fossil fuel interests within 2 years.
- We will call upon the County Council to set an ambitious target for renewable energy in the next local plan.
A BETTER ENVIRONMENT ON YNYS MÔN
PLEDGE We will support collaborative projects to double the area of woodland on Ynys Môn, increase the number of local nature reserves and increase access to natural areas for our people.
- We will aim to double tree cover on our island, which is very low, at less than 5%.
- We will support collaborative projects to achieve this, involving communities, farmers, foresters, public bodies and local charities.
- We will protect existing wildlife sites and aim to improve connectivity between them.
- We support the creation of new local nature reserves and better management of road verges and hedgerows for the protection of nature.
- We will protect public access to green areas and aim to improve footpath signage and maintenance, making these areas more accessible for local communities.
- We will protect the island’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Special Areas of Conservation.
WIND AND SOLAR ENERGY
PLEDGE We support increased use of wind and solar energy, and in particular welcome offshore wind projects, which have the potential to create a significant number of jobs on our island.
- We strongly support the proposed Awel y Môr Offshore Wind Farm, which will have an installed capacity of ca. 500 MW and is being developed by RWE Renewables to the North East of Ynys Môn.
- We strongly support the projects (joint installed capacity 3 GW) announced by the Crown Estate on 8 February of this year, which will be situated to the North and North East of Ynys Môn.
- We will push for as many of the associated jobs as possible to come to Ynys Môn.
- We believe that the policy of rejecting almost all onshore wind turbine applications on Ynys Môn (applications fell from 15 between 2010 and 2012 to just 3 from 2013 to 2018) should be reviewed.
- We support a modest increase in onshore wind energy on Ynys Môn, up to twice the current installed capacity.
- We consider that each onshore wind application should be judged on its own merits, taking into account all potential adverse impacts.
- We strongly support wind energy schemes that involve community ownership of projects.
- We want all new developments on Ynys Môn to incorporate sufficient renewables to reduce carbon emissions by a specified percentage (e.g. 20%) over current national building standards, once energy efficiency measures have been optimised.
- We want to see more solar panels on council buildings and schools.
- We consider that applications for the development of ‘solar farms’ should be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, taking into account potential negative impacts.
PLEDGE We support the Minesto tidal energy project. Our position on the Morlais project will take into account the outcome of the Public Inquiry.
- We support the Minesto project in the Holyhead Deep on the basis that it is a novel low-carbon technology with potential wide applicability and that impact assessments indicate that consequences for marine mammals and diving sea birds are likely to be low/negligible and non-significant.
- We believe that, as Minesto’s UK Head Office is in Holyhead, the project could ultimately lead to generation of a significant number of local jobs.
- We share the serious concerns raised by RSPB and the North Wales Wildlife Trust regarding the potential impacts of the Morlais project on marine mammals and seabirds and the Special Area of Conservation at South Stack.
- We will therefore wait for the outcome of the Public Inquiry before reaching a final decision on our position on the project.
PLEDGE We will focus on making sure that our island gets its fair share of Welsh Labour Government’s £90 million fund to transform town centres across Wales.
- We will aim to ensure that Welsh Labour Government’s £90 million fund to transform town centres across Wales has significant benefits for our towns.
- We support Welsh Labour Government’s ‘Town Centre First’ approach, which means that services and buildings must be located in town centres wherever possible.
- We support our County Council in working with Welsh Labour Government to provide interest-free loans to redevelop sites and premises in Holyhead, Llangefni and Amlwch town centres.
- We support local initiatives to improve town centres, such as the campaign for a new community centre for Menai Bridge.
PUBLIC TRANSPORT AND ACTIVE TRAVEL
PLEDGE We want to see better planned and more affordable bus services, especially at peak times, and will press the local authority to take full advantage of Welsh Labour Government measures to enable this to happen.
- Welsh Labour will empower local authorities to determine the most appropriate model for bus services, and we want to see our bus services improve as a result of this initiative.
- We will welcome the re-introduction of franchising and use by our local authority of the powers to run bus services.
- We want bus services to link up with key train services so that people can easily continue their journeys on public transport.
- We support the further development of park and ride schemes, including the Gaerwen Park & Ride.
- We welcome Welsh Government’s trials of demand-responsive transport on the bus network, though on-demand bus services should never replace the regular timetable and routes.
- We want to see expansion of the TrawsCymru national bus network onto Ynys Môn.
- We will be pressing for the public’s contributions to the Council’s Active Travel Network consultation to be used to improve the Active Travel walking and cycling routes on our island.
LÔN LAS MÔN (GAERWEN–AMLWCH MIXED USE PATH)
PLEDGE We support the Lôn Las Môn project involving the creation of a multi-use path between Gaerwen and Amlwch for walking, cycling, riding and wheelchair use.
- We believe that while restoration of Lein Amlwch as a railway would be very worthwhile, it is extremely unlikely to happen due to the very high cost, estimated at £160–£340 million.
- We therefore support the Lôn Las Môn campaign to develop the route as a mixed-use path for cycling, walking, running, wheelchairs, riding, etc. The project would promote healthy exercise options for residents of all ages and abilities and provide a safe and healthy travel option for residents of Amlwch, Llanerchymedd, Llangefni and Gaerwen to access employment and education.
- We also support use of this project to stimulate green tourism and local businesses such as cafes and cycle hire.
- We call on our County Council seek a long-term lease of the line to enable the development to happen.
AGRICULTURE & FARMING
PLEDGE Ynys Môn farmers will be rewarded for the sustainable production of food and for their contribution to the health and wellbeing of our nation.
- We support Welsh Labour Government’s intention to introduce a Sustainable Farming Scheme that will reward farmers for improving soils, air, water, habitats etc.
- We want to see sufficient advice and support for farmers and farm businesses as they make the transition to more sustainable practices.
- We support protection of the terms and conditions of agricultural workers by maintaining the Agricultural Wages Board for Wales.
- We want the rights of tenant farmers to be further strengthened, improving their access to support.
- We support the all-Wales Nitrate Vulnerable Zone because of the unacceptable water quality of so many rivers and streams.
WELSH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE
PLEDGE We support action to protect Welsh language and culture and want to see sufficient investment in Welsh language skills for teachers and in rural economies to meet the target of one million Welsh speakers by 2050.
- We support continuous progress towards the Welsh Labour Government target of one million Welsh speakers by 2050.
- Over the next 5 years we want to see further development and achievement of the targets for number of Welsh first language learners set out in the County Council’s Welsh Language Strategy 2016–21.
- We welcome the recent Menter Iaith report Proffil Iaith: Darlun o sefyllfa’r Gymraeg ar Ynys Môn and agree with its recommendations regarding the need for early years immersion facilities and greater support for parents.
- We will support more demanding targets for the percentage of pupils receiving a Welsh first language assessment.
- We will support measures to increase the percentage of Welsh speakers to 70% by 2026.
- We welcome Welsh Labour Government’s decision to provide £1.3 million of funding to help the Urdd to recover and rebuild.
- We will support appropriate housing policies that help protect the Welsh language.
ADDRESSING THE CONCERNS OF YOUNG PEOPLE
PLEDGE We will place a high priority on listening to the concerns of young people and taking action to address them.
- We strongly support Welsh Labour’s ‘young person’s guarantee’ of a place in work, education, training or self-employment.
- We support better funding for mental health provision in schools and for projects on the island that support both mental and physical health, such as Lôn Las Môn and the Haulfre Gardens in Llangoed.
- We want to see an increase in truly affordable housing for first-time buyers and more social housing, including new council houses.
- We want more employment opportunities on the island, including through large projects, so that young people don’t have to move away.
- We support the Black Lives Matter movement and will encourage schools to educate young people on the historical context of racism.
HOLYHEAD / AMLWCH PROPOSALS
PENRHOS NATURE PARK
PLEDGE We recognise the importance of the woodland for local people and therefore support retention of public access throughout, with management passing to the local community group.
- We support retention of public access throughout Penrhos Nature Park, with management passing to the local community group.
- While we recognise that the Land & Lakes/Bluestone project would create jobs, our members have concluded that the permanent loss of public access to this unique and much-loved woodland outweighs that benefit.
- We recognise, however, that outline planning permission is already in place and that it may therefore be difficult to halt the project, which is still undergoing revision.
- If the development does go ahead:
- We will call on the developer to retain more publicly accessible land at Penrhos Nature Park by making use of the Cae Glas site, as originally proposed.
- We will campaign for jobs to go to local people, avoiding use of zero hour contracts, with payment of the real Living Wage, and with holiday and sick pay entitlements.
- We will campaign for fulfillment of the promise to create a managed nature reserve at Cae Glas.
HOLYHEAD WATERFRONT REDEVELOPMENT SCHEME
PLEDGE We support the revised redevelopment scheme, which offers significant improvements compared with the original proposal, and call on the County Council and Town Council to work closely together to maximise the benefits for local people.
- We support the current proposals, which are significantly better than the original scheme.
- We welcome the reduction in the overall scale.
- We welcome: the better maintenance of views; the change to mostly underground parking; the new amphitheatre, terraced inlet and covered arcade / market; the improved mix of housing; and the conversion of the listed Soldier’s Point House and Porth-Y-Felin House into residential apartments
- We call on the County Council to work in partnership with the Town Council and other partners to ensure that the potential socio-economic benefits are realised.
- We want a fair proportion of the housing to be reserved for, and affordable to, local people.
- We also want to see support and access for young people wishing to take part in recreational water sports.
HOLYHEAD PORT – FREEPORT?
PLEDGE We will support the creation of a freeport if maintenance of full employment rights within the freeport is guaranteed, full environmental protections are in place, an appropriate level of funding is provided, and criminal activity is excluded.
- We recognise that a freeport at Holyhead could create employment opportunities, though evidence on the economic benefits of freeports is mixed.
- With this in mind, we would support the proposal for a freeport if the following conditions are met: (a) full employment rights are maintained within the freeport, (b) full environmental protections are in place, (c) an appropriate level of funding is provided, equivalent to that for English freeports and (d) criminal activity such as financing of terrorism, money laundering and organised crime is excluded.
AMLWCH PROJECT AND PROPOSALS
PLEDGE: We will support proposals to deliver new jobs in and around Amlwch and to improve community facilities.
- We back the campaign for a new 4G pitch in Amlwch
- We will lobby hard for the use of Amlwch Port as a base to service the proposed offshore wind farms
- We will support constructive proposals to regenerate the Octel site.
- We are backing the Lôn Las Môn project, which should deliver some job opportunities in Amlwch.