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PLAID CALLS FOR NEW STRATEGY FOR RURAL WALES

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A call for a new strategy for the development of rural Wales has been made by Plaid Cymru president Dafydd Wigley....
A call for a new strategy for the development of rural Wales has been made by Plaid Cymru president Dafydd Wigley.

Mr Wigley's move follows a speech delivered during a debate on the Local Government and Rating Bill last week. The strategy should include a new agri-environmental scheme, the MP said.

But while welcoming measures to assist village shops and post offices Mr Wigley said that the bill's scope was too restricted.

'We need a coherent strategy towards rural Wales and that has not, as yet, been developed.

'Agriculture is the backbone of rural life. Most of our farmers work on small farms in Wales and are often on the breadline. If they collapse under the strains that they currently face, the whole rural fabric will go down with them.'

Mr Wigley added that was a need to amend planning law to deal with the sort of problem caused by planning permission granted many years before.

'My area has an old planning permission that dates back to 1965. It has been kept alive by way of a few yards of tarmac that were put down for betterment levy purposes in the late 1960s, but that has meant that the planning permission is alive in perpetuity for 800 holiday homes the village of Morfa Bychan.

'It is a site of special scientific interest and needs protection. Planning law should be changed to deal with such nonsense.'

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