Aberconwy MP Robin Millar's Column: Lockdown bounce back and Civic Sunday

  Posted: 24.09.21 at 16:59 by The Editor

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Robin Millar is the MP for Aberconwy. Robin writes a fortnightly column for Conwy Nub News.

As you know I have had a busy summer of visits, and one of the things that it has brought home to me is the resilience and ingenuity of so many of our local businesses in finding new ways to trade.

As the Covid-19 restrictions have been gradually lifted over the summer, it has been great to watch all our businesses rising to the challenges of welcoming unprecedented numbers of visitors. So I was not at all surprised that a report by card payment specialist Takepayment ltd, released this week, has revealed that Llandudno has bounced back from lockdown faster than any other town in the UK.

Speaking in Parliament on Wednesday, I was proud to take the opportunity to thank businesses and workers across Aberconwy for driving our local economic recovery. And I would like to take this opportunity to reiterate my words in Parliament and thank each and every accommodation owner in Betws y Coed, including Glenn and his team at the Waterloo, all the business owners in Llanfairfechan, Laura and many others; our fabulous independent stores in Conwy, including our famous chocolatiers Barravellis; and each and every business in Llanduno, retail, hotel keeping and services including the Irish Bar run by Jo and Mick. Diolch yn fawr.

It has been very busy since we returned to Parliament. My Westminster team and I have settled in well into our new office and, having worked remotely for the last 18 months, we are fast getting up to date with the traditional rules and procedures of the House that I mentioned last time. Last Wednesday was “Back British Farming Day”. Aberconwy’s farmers produce the finest quality lamb in the world and play an invaluable role in managing our beautiful landscapes and in protecting in our environment. I used a debate on British lamb and beef to thank our livestock farmers for all that they have done throughout the pandemic and to highlight their crucial contribution in fighting climate change. Our farmers deserve our support, and I will use every opportunity to do that in every way that I can.

This week I had a meeting in Downing Street with the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak MP, to discuss a range of issues that affect people and businesses here in Aberconwy, including spending priorities and fiscal accountability. I want to know your thoughts on the Government’s spending priorities, and I will shortly be launching a constituency wide survey. I hope as many of you as possible will spare some time to complete this short online survey, and I will post details on my Facebook page (facebook.com/RobinAberconwy) when it is live.

Many of you have contacted me with your concerns about energy production and supply. Last week in Parliament I raised with the Secretary of State for Wales, Simon Hart MP, the urgency of ensuring that the potential of rural renewable energy production is realised by ensuring that the grid connections are in place to make rural renewable energy schemes viable. Yesterday, during a one off session of the Welsh Affairs Select Committee, we quizzed nuclear industry leaders and companies about the future of the proposed Wylfa Newydd nuclear power station on Anglesey. The fluctuating energy prices that we are experiencing are just another example of why it is so important that the UK develops new nuclear power generating capacity and why Wylfa Newydd, located at the best site throughout the UK for a new nuclear power station, is so important.

On Wednesday evening, “energy” was the main topic of a lively Facebook Live Q&A session from Parliament. I enjoy these online discussions, and they have already helped me to speak with hundreds of people across Aberconwy. I host a Facebook Live Q&A every Wednesday evening at 7 pm, and you can join in by visiting my Facebook page. If you have any questions that you’d like to discuss during the session do please email them to me at [email protected] – I do hope to see as many of you as possible at these Q&As in the coming weeks.

Last weekend it was Civic Sunday in Llandudno. This is a celebration of the community with a church service to seek to God's blessing for the year ahead. I was delighted that, despite a passing rain shower, the occasion started with an Act of Remembrance by the new Mayor, Cllr Harry Saville at the Cenotaph. We processed to St John's for the service of blessing and heard an excellent sermon from the Mayor's Chaplain "Bev the Rev" on Romans 13 about the role of community leadership. Very thought provoking and good to see the church involved in such a clear way.

I would like to congratulate Cllr Harry Saville and the Town Council staff for a super day and to extent my very best wishes to you, your fellow Town Councillors and the Town Council Team for the year ahead. I must also thank the team at the St George’s Hotel for their tremendous hard work in making the day such a success and for putting on such a delicious lunch. Finally, I must extend the thanks of our springer, Gibb. He certainly enjoyed his tin foiled doggy bag prepared by the St George’s staff.

So as ever, if I can support you or an organisation that you are involved with in any way or if you would like to talk to me about an issue that affects you – you can contact me on 01492 583094 and don’t forget – Facebook on Wednesday.

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