Anglesey MP urges communities to take responsibility


Tomos Hughes

ANGLESEY MP Albert Owen has called for communities to take greater responsibilty in society, as he predicts further cuts to council services.

Anglesey County Council face £14.3 million cuts over the next three years, which has lead to potential closures of half of the island’s care homes, as well as a number of schools.

With further cuts announced in the Westminster government’s autumn statement, Albert Owen MP has spoken out against the closures, and has urged community leaders to set up social enterprises to keep services local.

He said: “The county council is looking at short term cuts over the next couple of years, instead of looking at the effect they could have in the long term.

“I don’t see things improving over the next two years, and I think the cuts will continue to come through. From April, I think they will get even tougher with the county council.

“This is an opportunity for community councils and town councils to take more responsibility for the area.

“Social enterprises are important because they keep things local, and in the hands of the community.”

Despite slashing cuts to the island’s public services, Mr Owen believes that the future for the island looks bright.

He added: “I don’t want Anglesey to be a reactive, I want it to be a pro-active area. It’s easy to say that we’re one of the most deprived areas, but with Wylfa B and the Lands and Lakes development, we have the potential to be one of the bonanza areas.

“Do we want to manage the decline or shape the future?”

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