Welsh Assembly politicians and local authority representatives gathered at Trawsfynydd site today to highlight a series of NDA-supported projects aimed at providing an economic stimulus to the North Wales region.
The projects contribute to the newly launched Meirionnydd Employment Plan which aims to address the challenges facing following the decline of some key industries, including the ongoing decommissioning of Trawsfynydd nuclear site.
Since 2005, NDA has invested more than £4 million in a wide range of North Wales socio-economic projects, of which around £2.5 million will benefit the Meirionnydd area specifically. The contributions have helped to leverage additional funding in the region of £12-14 million from various sources.
Wales’ Deputy First Minister Ieuan Wyn Jones, who was among the guests, said: “The decommissioning work at Trawsfynydd makes an important contribution to the local economy – and we need to maintain high-quality employment opportunities as the decommissioning phase approaches completion.
“The Welsh Assembly Government fully supports the strategic and proactive approach which Gwynedd Council, the NDA and their partners are taking to meet the challenge of regenerating the Meirionnydd area over the coming years.”
At yesterday’s event, the focus was on a series of projects:
- Eryri Centre of Excellence: improvements to outdoors activity facilities to establish a world-class destination in Snowdonia, including mountain bike trails and fishing
- Trawsfynydd Decommissioning Site Master Plan: proposals for using the assets and resources on the site once the decommissioning process is completed, especially the lake and its shores.
- Llwyddo yng Ngwynedd: the Rural Development Plan for Wales in Gwynedd, offering advice, support and funding for those wishing to make their business dreams a reality.
- Llwyddo’n Lleol: Promoting entrepreneurship among young people.
- Shaping the Future: Re-skilling the workforce of Trawsfynyfdd and Wylfa.
The NDA was given responsibilities under The Energy Act 2004 to help address the local impacts of decommissioning, and works with regional agencies for economic development, including local authorities such as Gwynedd, as well as other partnerships to ensure projects link to regional objectives and are able to attract match funding.
Jon Phillips, NDA Director of Communications, said:
“The NDA is committed to working with key partners in the region to help mitigate the impact of decommissioning on the local community.
We are delighted to support the imaginative projects highlighted by the ‘Focus in Meirionnydd’ event and to contribute to the future economic development of the area”.