The Western Mail (p5) gives coverage to the debate over the home of the proposed Welsh Assembly. The campaign to br...
The Western Mail (p5) gives coverage to the debate over the home of the proposed Welsh Assembly. The campaign to bring it to Swansea has been boosted by the launch of a CD single, the first copy of which was sent to Welsh secretary Ron Davies as soon as it was released. Swansea Council leader Mike Hedges is quoted as saying he expects the decision to be made on St David's Day: 'I expect that decision to be the 'All-Wales' option -- the Swansea option.'
Councils representing 30% of the population already back the 'All-Wales' option and Hedges continued: 'Support for this exciting option is growing all the time.' If Davies decides to go with it then Swansea Council has guaranteed that the Guildhall will be available for the Assembly's first meetings in May next year.
Meanwhile, on the same page, The Western Mail reports that nine commercial companies are offering to build or provide a National Assembly in Cardiff. They will make presentations of their proposals next week to the Welsh Office. Most of the sites are in the area covered by the Cardiff Bay Development Corporation. The Mail reveals that access to the Assembly by public transport is a major factor being considered. Swansea Guildhall stands about 20 minutes from Swansea station, a similar distance as the site being proposed in Cardiff Bay.