THE Isle of Anglesey County Council’s first woman leader Councillor Llinos Medi has pledged to work with every member of the authority on behalf of the Island and its communities.
Cllr Medi, who leads the 14-strong Plaid Cymru group, was elected on Tuesday, May 23 unopposed.
Her Plaid Cymru group and members of Y Gr?p Annibynnol (The Independent Group), led by Cllr Ieuan Williams, have formed a coalition to lead the County Council.
After addressing fellow members of the fullcouncil, Cllr Llinos Medi, said,: “The people of Anglesey want a Council committed to working positively for all its communities and residents.”
“This Council has made significant strides over the past four years, restoring the reputation of Anglesey - much of this was due to the positive working relationships forged between the ruling group and Plaid Cymru members in opposition. These positive working relationships must continue and I will do my utmost to ensure that they do.”
“Let opposition councillors challenge us on policies by all means – but we must work together constructively.”
She added, “The next Council term (five years) will bring significant challenges as we work to protect front line services and deliver an ambitious new Corporate Plan on behalf of the people of Anglesey in the face of more cuts to our finances.
“We must also continue preparations to ensure Anglesey benefits from the significant economic opportunities brought by new nuclear build and other major employment projects.”
“As a new and reinvigorated Council, I believe we face the future with confidence. As councillors, our main aim now should be to focus on working with our dedicated workforce to provide the best possible services and ensure that our Island and its young people prosper in the future.”
New Deputy Leader, Cllr Ieuan Williams, added, “The last Council term showed that a ruling group and opposition can work together, with both the Welsh Government and the Welsh Audit Office acknowledging significant progress in terms of governance and a number of key service areas.”
Cllr Llinos Medi, 35, represents the Talybolion multi-member ward and is the first woman to lead the council.
Her priorities in terms of service delivery include continued investment in new schools; promoting apprenticeships; opposing more pylons on the Island; hitting recycling targets; increasing affordable housing and promoting independent living amongst older adults.