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A tragic, avoidable scandal

Plaid Cymru has demanded ministers take responsibility for failings in mental health services after raising key questions in the Senedd tonight surrounding a suppressed report that highlighted deadly ligature points.

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School leads the way on climate change

From left: Teacher Rachel Allen, Harvey Barratt, Llyr Gruffydd MS, Matthew Humphreys and school librarian Annette Gardner.

A secondary school is leading the way in the drive to reduce carbon emissions impacting on climate change.

That's the view of Plaid Cymru's North Wales MS Llyr Gruffydd after visiting Ysgol Dinas Brân, at Llangollen, to see for himself the green energy project.

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Call for new cycle path in Vale of Clwyd

Llyr Gruffydd MS with Councillor Emrys Wynne on the A525 between Ruthin and Denbigh

A Plaid Cymru councillor and the North Wales regional MS have joined forces to push for a better cycling and walking route in the Vale of Clwyd.

The call to develop an active Travel Route linking Ruthin and Denbigh came from Councillor Emrys Wynne, who represents Ruthin.

In response to Denbighshire County Council’s ‘County Conversation’, Cllr Emrys Wynne has emphasised the need for previous plans to develop a Cycle/Walking Route linking Ruthin and Denbigh to be revisited and included for prioritising in the next Denbighshire Corporate Plan. Whilst cyclists and walkers are now able to cycle and walk safely along a dedicated route between Ruthin and Rhewl, it’s not possible to continue the journey beyond these two places without using busy rural A and B-class roads.


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Heartfelt thanks to care home workers

The four staff given awards at Dolywern were Justine Brady (Outstanding care team member), Pam Gratrick (outstanding member of clinical team), Meinir Austin (outstanding member of ancilliary team) and Siân Jones (outstanding team member for service). Pictured are the winners with Llyr Gruffydd and Glyn Meredith, Leonard Cheshire director for Wales.

Plaid Cymru's North Wales MS has joined with a disability charity to celebrate their care heroes who have gone above and beyond - paying a heartfelt and very personal tribute to the work they've done during the pandemic.

Leading disability charity Leonard Cheshire has been celebrating their care staff across Wales this month in a series of award ceremonies.


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Call for Welsh Government to fund historic bridge restoration

Plaid Cymru county councillor Meyrick Lloyd-Davies with Llyr Gruffydd MS at Pont Llannerch

Historic bridges in Wales are facing unprecedented threats from increased floods, a North Wales MS fears.

Llyr Gruffydd, Plaid Cymru's North Wales MS, was speaking after visiting Pont Llannerch near Trefnant in the Vale of Clwyd, which was swept away in the January floods, with local councillor Meyrick Lloyd-Davies. 

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Raw sewage blights beauty spot

Picture caption, from left: Conwy county councillor Liz Roberts, Capel Curig community council chair Gethin Davies, Llyr Gruffydd MS, community councillor Shan Ashton.
Plaid Cymru's North Wales MS has called for urgent action by Dwr Cymru-Welsh Water over complaints that raw sewage is running through a popular holiday destination.
The village of Capel Curig in Eryri (Snowdonia) has a population that quadruples in the summer and the drainage system can't cope with the added pressure as well as increasing downpours.
Llyr Gruffydd, Plaid Cymru's North Wales MS, met with local representatives this week to discuss the problem on site.
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Tories challenged over benefit cuts

Part of Rhyl still the most deprived area in Wales - North Wales Live
Plaid Cymru's North Wales MS has challenged the Tories to defend plans to cut Universal Credit to more than a quarter of all families living in one constituency in the North.
A survey by the Joseph Rowntree Trust has revealed that the Vale of Clwyd, which includes Rhyl, Denbigh and Prestatyn, is one of the hardest-hit areas with 26% of all families claiming Universal Credit or Working Tax Credits.
The UK Tory Government plans to reduce Universal Credit payments by £1040 a year from October.
Llyr Gruffydd, Plaid Cymru's North Wales MS, said the cut would hit the most vulnerable the hardest at a time of rising living costs and job insecurity: "The Tories in London seem very happy to throw billions of pounds of public money at their wealthy friends and donors, who have grown rich on PPE contracts and the like. Now they're expecting the poorest in our communities to pay the price with this disgraceful £20 a week cut in Universal Credit.
"Vale of Clwyd has some of the poorest communities in Wales and is in the top 10 worst-affected areas in Wales in terms of this cut. I wonder what the local Tory MP and MS think of this assault on thousands of local families? Are they backing the UK Government or will the stand up for hard-hit communities?"
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Plaid MS backs dairy farmers' diversification

Two Flintshire dairy farmers who have installed a milk bottle vending machine on their farm near Trelogan have won the support of Plaid Cymru's North Wales MS in their battle with the local planning authority.

Elliw and Einion Jones have been told that their vending machine at Mynydd Mostyn farm does not meet planning criteria and has been turned down as permitted development by Flintshire Council planning officers.

Now Plaid Cymru's regional Member of the Senedd has joined the battle. Llyr Gruffydd, Plaid Cymru's North Wales MS, said: "Farmers are constantly being told to diversify and Elliw and Einion Jones have done just that. Welsh dairy farmers in particular have had a difficult time in recent years with the collapse of various dairy processors and the constant squeeze from supermarkets. At the same time they're offering a service to a rural community and, by all accounts, it's a real rural success story. 

"While I understand that councils have to enforce planning rules, planning guidelines are there to be interpreted in context. It's hard to believe that this small farming enterprise is causing problems on any scale when we can see the same local authority granting permission for hundreds of new houses in open countryside. 

 "Planning policy seems to favour the big developers rather than the small enterprises who are - as far as I can see - making a beneficial contribution to local food and a sustainable rural economy. I would urge Elliw and Einion to bring this planning application before the planning committee for their consideration. The huge public support for this venture is an indication of how valued it is."

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
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Backing to save Plas Madoc GP practice

Community campaigners fighting to save a GP practice in one of Wales's most deprived wards have won the backing of North Wales MS Llyr Gruffydd.
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“Freeze Council Tax with unspent funds” – Plaid Cymru sets out plans for reform

Council Tax would be frozen under plans unveiled today by Plaid Cymru. For taxpayers in Wrexham, where Council Tax is set to rise by 6.95% this coming year, that could mean savings of almost £100 a year for a Band D property.

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