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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 bethan@cymdeithas.org

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 / bethan@cymdeithas.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


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5 thoughts on “Carmarthen meeting to discuss Cymdeithas yr Iaith’s important Planning Bill

  1. no he doesn’t have the translation contract

    • Thank you for the information, very helpful.
      I think that whenever the language is discussed in council meetings, Cllr Campbell declares his professional interest in it.

  2. J.Jones on said:

    I was curious. So Cefin Cambell is both a councillor and a sub contractor paid by Carmarthen CC as a Language consultant. I understand that he has made presentations to dual stream schools encouraging them to drop English Medium teaching altogether and that Sbectrwm was the firm used by the Welsh Language Board and later the Welsh in Education department to devise and monitor a project to remove English medium streams in bilingual schools in Ynys Mon, Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire.

    The Welsh in Education department was later contacted by the Children’s Commissioner for Wales over the sinister “Twin Dolls” scenario recommended in the Linguistic Progression document which was largely Cefin Cambell’s work. Recently even an AM made public reference to this ill judged piece of brain washing.

    Sbectrwm advertises itself as a body which does Welsh/ English translation so I wondered how much of its income comes from Carmarthenshire CC and whether there was a conflict of interest in having him chair the Census committee which has inevitably laid the foundations for much more work for Sbectrwm.

  3. J. Jones. on said:

    Is Cefin Cambell, the chair of the committee that looked into strategies to reverse the decline of Welsh, the person who provides translation services to Carmarthen County Couincil?

    • Sorry, I don’t know the answer to your question. As I understand it, Mr Campbell set up the language consultancy Sbectrwm, which has done work for Carmarthenshire County Council among many other clients.

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