The proposed Mid Wales and North Wales growth deals are a once in a generation chance to develop our rural economies and prepare them for the next 30 years.
Rural economies across Mid and North Wales face immense challenges, none more so than Brexit. The Brexit deal will have severe implications for the financial support for farmers, the ability of rural communities to attract tourism and access to markets for food and drink exports.
However, the Mid Wales and North Wales growth deals are opportunities to utilise the naturual resources and natural beauty across the regions, deliver growth and investment for every area of Wales, give rural communities the digital infrastructure they need and develop the skills base of both regions.
Welsh Liberal Democrat leader Jane Dodds said:
“Following the Cardiff and Swansea city deals, it is only right that Mid and North Wales are set to get their own growth deals. If these deals are really going to make a difference to rural economies they need to be more than just warm words and vanity projects. They must be ambitious and tailored to the unique needs of Mid and North Wales if they’re to have the transformational benefits our rural economies deserve. “
“Mid and North Wales are blessed with incredible natural resources, universities at the forefront of research and innovation and a skilled and committed workforce. Growth deals must utilise these resources to make the regions powerhouses of the green economy, foster economic growth, fight poverty and give communities the digital and transport infrastructure they need to compete in the global economy.”
“The Welsh Liberal Democrats have always proudly stood up for rural communities and we’ll fight for ambitious growth deals that give Mid and North Wales the opportunities they deserve.”