In response to the Maniffesto, Sir Roger Jones, the former chairman of the Welsh Development Authority said:
“Congratulations on the Maniffesto document. I strongly support your vision. Thank you for putting so much thought in to what we can do.”
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With the lowest GVA in the UK and a chronic problem of migration of many of our young people, the island has been led to believe by politicians of all persuasions that Wylfa B is its salvation. Now faced with the withdrawal by the developer Horizon and increasing concerns about the nuclear industry following the disaster at Fukushima, there is a vacuum in relation to the future for employment in the county.
PAWB has traditionally campaigned against new reactors. Now, faced with an unfolding human tragedy in Japan, the organisation has developed an indicative alternative strategy for employment on the island and would urge support from all persuasions for the direction it takes.
Key amongst the points are the following :
There can be no more reliance on a new nuclear future. Too much time has been lost and too many resources have been wasted in taking the people of Ynys Mon down a blind alley
There are real alternatives based on the indigenous resources found on and around the island. Developed effectively – and part of an integrated approach throughout Wales – they can meet our energy requirements and more
The strategy argues the case for an employment agenda which matches the available workforce and that likely to be available in the foreseeable future. This avoids many of the pitfalls of a large migratory workforce inevitable with a Wylfa B development which would have had severe implications for local housing, social cohesion and language viability
The strategy acknowledges the other important industries based on the island, notably tourism and agriculture, and recognises the importance of safeguarding a clean and unpolluted environment for their further development and promotion
In total, the strategy identifies between 2,500-3,000 jobs within the above parameters. This is an indicative strategy and PAWB would urge the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Information Technology in the Welsh Government to further the proposals under the Ynys Mon Enterprise Zone
Finally, PAWB sees the withdrawal of Horizon as being a real opportunity for the creation of a self-sustaining and dynamic economy taking advantage of some of the best resources found anywhere. This is a positive challenge which needs leadership. PAWB relishes the opportunity to respond and trusts that the people of Ynys Mon will engage fully to meet this exciting future