Carmarthen meeting to discuss Cymdeithas yr Iaith’s important Planning Bill
Hot topic Consensus reigns in the county council over the urgency of reversing the decline in numbers of Welsh speakers.
Flies in the ointment
Increasing the numbers of Welsh speakers can’t be done on the cheap. We need more ‘total immersion’ centres, more teachers, and more interest from non-Welsh speaking incomers. A Bulgarian in North Wales told me she was not going to learn Welsh as she already spoke Bulgarian, Russian and English, and she thought that was enough.
There would be an imperative to learn Welsh only if a significant number of Welsh speakers spoke no other language. One fairly straightforward way to retain some of the 6,000 young Welsh speakers who leave the county every decade (figure from Cllr Cefin Campbell, PC, Llanfihangel Aberbythych) is to encourage existing small and medium-sized businesses to expand. These businesses are often rooted in their communities, but planning policy favours large British and international companies which can be persuaded to take premises on industrial parks, rather than small businesses wanting to grow organically in the county’s small towns, villages and countryside. There is currently no economic reason why Welsh should be of prime importance to any company headquartered outside Wales, or indeed to companies from English-speaking areas of Wales.
Action from Cymdeithas yr Iaith
Planning and the Welsh language is the topic of a campaign by Cymdaithas yr Iaith, which is holding a meeting on May 1st at The Glyndwr, 17 Queen Street, Carmarthen, to discuss its own Planning Bill, focused on housing: here are the details, from Bethan Williams, Dyfed field officer with Cymdeithas yr Iaith —
Creu Trefn Gynllunio er budd ein Cymunedau 7pm, Nos Iau, 1af Mai Tafarn y Glyndŵr, Caerfyrddin Bydd Toni Schiavone yn cyflwyno Bil Cynllunio Cymdeithas yr Iaith a chyfle i drafod y Bil a materion cynllunio lleol a chenedlaethol.
Mae Cymdeithas yr Iaith wedi cyhoeddi ei Fesur Cynllunio ei hun fel rhan o ymgyrch i newid y system cynllunio er mwyn cryfhau’r Gymraeg ar lefel gymunedol. Y rheswm dros wneud yw nad oes sôn am y Gymraeg ym Mesur Cynllunio drafft y Llywodraeth a gyhoeddwyd ym mis Rhagfyr y llynedd. Rydyn ni’n awyddus i gyflwyno’r Bil, i annog trafod datblygu a chynllunio a newidiadau polisi a fyddai’n cryfhau cymunedau Cymraeg eu hiaith a’r iaith yn ehangach.
Bydd Toni Schiavone yn cyflwyno Bil Cynllunio Cymdeithas yr Iaith a bydd cyfle i drafod y Bil a chynllunio lleol a chenedlaethol yn gyffredinol. Byddwn ni’n cwrdd nos Iau y 1af o Fai, yn nhafarn y Glyndwr am 7pm.
Mae Bil Cynllunio drafft y Gymdeithas ar ein gwefan: http://cymdeithas.org/dogfen/bil-eiddo-chynllunio-er-budd-ein-cymunedau-drafft-ymgynghorol
Am fwy o wybodaeth cysylltwch gyda Bethan – 01559 384378 neu email@example.com
Cymdeithas yr Iaith has published a Planning Bill as part of a campaign to change the planning system to strengthen the Welsh language on a community level. One reason for putting the Bill together is because the draft Planning Bill published by the Welsh Governments in December last year does not give any consideration to the Welsh language. We are keen to introduce the bill, to encourage discussion on development and planning, policy changes that would strengthen Welsh-speaking communities and the Welsh language in the context of planning.
Toni Schiavone will introduce Cymdeithas yr Iaith’s Planning Bill and there will be an opportunity for all to discuss and raise any comments. We will be meeting on Thursday the 1st of May , at 7pm at The Glyndwr – we would be grateful if you could confirm that you will be there by the 28th of April
The draft Planning Bill is on our website: http://cymdeithas.org/sites/default/files/bil%20cynllunio%202014%20Saesneg%20-%20CMYK.pdf
More information – 01559 384378 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Now for some good news in brief
- The Royal Oak, Rhandirmwyn, has opened a village shop at the pub — excellent news for residents and for the holidaymakers who flock to the scenic upper Tywi valley. The previous shop, Pannau Stores, closed earlier this month. The rise of home deliveries by supermarkets does not help the cause of village shops, but rapidly growing interest in the provenance of food is a big plus point for the Royal Oak shop, where fresh local produce is on sale. In the pub itself, the names of food suppliers are chalked up in the bar.
- More trains will run on the Heart of Wales railway, from May 2015! Extra trains will be timed to aid commuters, Monday to Friday.
- Easter egg hunt for children at Llansawel village hall, same time as the local foods and crafts market, Saturday April 19th, 10am-1pm.
- The Welsh Government is introducing a law requiring local authorities to have a strategy for public toilets, said Cllr Colin Evans (Lab, Pontamman) at Tuesday’s meeting of Carmarthenshire County Council. Welcome news — parents with small children and elderly persons, especially, need to know where public toilets are, and when they are open.
Pat Dodd Racher