At the end of last month I launched a consultation to ban the most commonly littered single use plastic items in Wales with a litter pick on Anglesey. This includes, plastic straws, stirrers and cutlery as well as things like polystyrene cups and containers, that are often littered from takeaways. This consultation closes on 22nd October and can be found at www.gov.wales/reducing-single-use-plastic-wales. Communities across the country are taking action on litter and problematic plastic, including in our area with Mold marking Plastic Free Town status earlier in the year and I would encourage as many people as possible to take part in the consultation.
Following the launch of the consultation, I hosted a virtual litter summit bringing together a range of retailers and fast food outlets alongside Keep Wales Tidy, to kick start work on what more can be done to prevent littering, especially roadside and on the go litter and how we can better work together in Wales to rid our streets and countryside of the litter that can all too often blight it. I know this is something many residents are concerned about, if you have any issues you want to report or have any ideas for tackling the problem then please do get in touch.
With North Wales Police being awarded over £1 million from the Safer Streets fund, I have written to the Police and Crime Commissioner, to welcome the announcement, but to also question why areas of Flintshire were not included. We are seeing continuing issues of crime and anti-social behaviour in Flint and Holywell, which despite being reported, are not being addressed. I have been speaking with Councillors about what the Council has done to improve the situation and have asked to meet with Senior Police Officers. If you are experiencing crime or anti-social behaviour in your community then please let me know and I can share your experiences with the relevant authorities.
Along with other Labour Members of the Senedd and the Member of Parliament in North Wales, I have written to the Minister for Health and Social Services, asking for further information on how much of the £800 million he announced will reach Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board. We are keen to see service improvement across BCUHB and will continue to champion further investment so that residents across North Wales receive good quality health care.
This week will see students across Flintshire, and the rest of the UK, receive their AS and A-Level results, following an unprecedented and challenging time. I want to wish everyone receiving their results the very best of luck and I hope that you get the results that you want. Whatever your results, know that there is an option out there for you and there is support to help you find the right path for you. If I can be of any assistance, then please get in touch and I will do my best to sign post you in the right direction.