Severe weather disrupted many services and events as we welcomed ‘Spring’. St David’s Day had to cope with the ‘Beast from the East’ meeting Storm Emma. It was right to cancel events and close services in order to put safety first. The priority is to stay or get home if there are adverse conditions. With damage to property, my thoughts go to those affected.
Debates in Parliament, including the Welsh Affairs debate were pulled to allow colleagues and staff to travel home ahead of severe warnings.
In Parliament, I supported two excellent organisations; firstly Marie Curie and its annual Daffodil Appeal, they do fantastic work. I also attended the All Party Parliamentary Group on Brain Tumours at the launch of an inquiry into the impact on those with the disease and their families. Brain tumour research is underdeveloped but improving. I will work with researchers, clinical experts, families and those directly impacted.
I had the pleasure of addressing and attending the launch of the Plastic Free Anglesey campaign. I pay tribute to the organisers including Surfers Against Sewage who have joined the Island community to target the cause of damage to our coastline, plastic is a major killer of wildlife in our seas, rivers and oceans. I have been involved in campaigns at national and international levels, however, by acting locally we here on Anglesey can make a difference to this global problem. As a pioneering Island community, we can lead and pull together for a better environment and world for future generations.
As well as clean coastlines and seas we also want clean streets and that means keeping them tidy. Litter is an issue but we must get the balance of prevention and enforcement right. On behalf of the County Council, Kingdom Security have used overzealous actions against people – the council must address this and I will stand up for those harassed by enforcement officers.