Nationalisation, Tourism and Working Together
The decision to re-nationalise the East Coast Mainline is further evidence that current franchising arrangements are broken. We need a system that puts the travelling public and the country first, not shareholders – which are often foreign governments.
I raised the matter with the hapless Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling, in the Commons and again put forward the case for not-for-profit and public ownership models to be considered in the franchise bidding process to avoid the regular embarrassment of Government Ministers having to bail out private failures. Sadly this Tory Government puts ideology before public interest.
The announcement by Bluestone to invest in a major tourist project at Penrhos is a further boost of confidence to the area. I have long-campaigned for Anglesey to be the Island of choice to live, work and visit. The visitor brand of Anglesey has improved in the last decade and I will continue to promote the Island in a positive way to benefit the local economy.
I attended a special Orkney Island event on marine and low-carbon energy, I work closely with Alistair Carmichael MP on these matters. My Anglesey Day event that focussed on low-carbon energy and tourism is seen as a catalyst and a boost for these sectors. Energy, tourism and transport are the three vital components of our economy and by working in cooperation with other communities we can bring benefits to all and allow Island communities to concentrate on its main assets; its people and unique natural resources.
On the theme of working together, I was pleased to co-chair, along with our Assembly Member, the re-establishment of the Holyhead Port User’s Group. Against the background of Storm Emma and the marina disaster the aim is to focus on the positive development of the port, improving leisure and commercial facilities, and helping its users and the vital wider community. By working with all stakeholders we can achieve a lot and this forum can help that happen.
In the constituency I supported local community events and welcomed the new Archdeacon of Anglesey to his new role as Area Leader. Croeso mawr!