The first week of the summer recess allowed me to catch up on casework, meetings and visits. This included follow up work with the utility companies.
I have led the campaigns on better broadband and mobile connection, vital for individuals and businesses on Anglesey and North Wales. There is progress, but a lot of work still to be done. I have worked with the local community, local, Welsh and the UK Government and with providers. I have faced the very real challenges in a periphery and predominantly rural area. In doing so I have been constructive but robust in not accepting that in the 21st Century universal coverage is not possible. Moreover, I am promoting Ynys Môn as a pilot to show this is possible. I will continue to make the case and work with the communities over the coming weeks and months.
I have also been meeting utilities for an update on electricity, gas and water. It was a pleasure to reopen the Cefni water works. We take water for granted, but the professionalism of the industry is second to none. I pay tribute to Dŵr Cymru/Welsh Water, a not for profit company, for its re-investment and the ethos of the organisation. A model for others to follow. This is an issue I shall raise in the Business, Energy, and Industry Strategy (BEIS) Select Committee. It is better to re-invest in communities rather than foreign shareholders.
I am forming two forums, one on Brexit and its impact on the Island and a Youth Forum to gather and represent the voices of our own young people.
All the above are pledges I made to the electorate in June to progress over the coming Parliament and I received a mandate that included promoting Anglesey as a top destination. There is so much potential and over the summer I shall attend local fêtes, as well as the County Show and the National Eisteddfod. Showing the Island has the ability to work locally and nationally.
I intend to have a staycation, refresh my batteries and continue the work of making Anglesey a top place to live, work and visit.