I would be grateful for an opportunity to reply to Mark Isherwood’s letter (Devolution Can Work for Wales, Leader, February 10th)
Mr Isherwood writes in praise of the Mersey Dee Alliance (MDA), the Regional Plan and the Wales Spatial Plan. I really don’t have a problem with cross border partnerships that benefit BOTH SIDES of the border but these partnerships are not equal, these plans aim to build 20,000 homes in North East Wales, but what does North East Wales get as an economic benefit from this partnership? What has it had up to now, has it had new jobs or better transport?
If you can answer that question Mr Isherwood you are doing better than the three representatives of the MDA who gave evidence to the Assembly’s Petitions Committee. Even the highly regarded North Wales Economic Forum are hard pressed to identify benefits arising from these plans and question what they have delivered from North Wales.
Mr Isherwood as an ex manager of a Building Society may well be happy to see Wrecsam, Flintshire and Denbighshire covered in concrete but I and thousands of other residents of these three counties are not.
Tuesday, 16 February 2010
Mersey Dee Alliance
The following letter was published in the Leader tonight and challenges Mark Isherwood's position on the Mersey Dee Alliance:
Posted by Plaid Gwersyllt at 19:27