Investment in schools, housing, health care and culture have been showcased here in North East Wales during a visit by Shadow Secretary of State for Wales, Jo Stevens MP on Friday afternoon.
Having grown up in Bryn y Baal and attended the Argoed High School as a pupil, Ms Stevens joined Member of the Senedd for Delyn, Hannah Blythyn, at the school to view the plans of the new school building which was recently granted planning permission.
Following the visit to Argoed High School Jo Stevens said:
“It was great to once again visit the Argoed, bringing back many fond memories of my time at the school and growing up in the area.
The plans for the brand-new school campus look fantastic. This £31 million revamp shows our Welsh Labour Government’s commitment not only to North Wales, but to improving educational opportunities and outcomes for every child, through providing 21st century learning environments.”
Whilst in Flintshire the Shadow Secretary of State was shown around Flint by Ms Blythyn, seeing the investment which has gone into housing and social care facilities in the town. The two were joined by local Councillors and the Mayor of Flint as they discussed the impact new housing on New Swan Lane and the state of the art Llys Raddington has had on the area.
These two developments were delivered by Welsh Government investment in the town as part of the commitment to provide good quality, affordable housing and the best possible standard of social care for communities across Wales. The tour of the town also provided the Welsh Shadow Secretary with the chance to hear about the difference the Real Living Wage will make for those working in social care.
The final visit of the day was to Theatr Clwyd in Mold to discuss the theatre’s ongoing redevelopment, with £35 million being spent to update the 1970s building and improve facilities to the highest standard.
Commenting on the investment in the theatre, Ms Blythyn said:
“Theatr Clwyd is the jewel in the crown of North Wales and it is fantastic to see the beginnings of the redevelopment and be reminded of all the new theatre will have to offer.
The work done by the theatre to support and engage with the community throughout the pandemic was fantastic – from hosting blood donation sessions to opening their doors to help provide childcare to the children of key workers.
This shows how much of an asset the theatre is and I look forward to seeing the finished product.”
Funding for the building works has come from the Welsh Government, the Arts Council of Wales, Flintshire County Council and other fundraising organised by the theatre itself.