The Shadow Spokesperson for Energy, Climate Change and Rural Affairs Simon Thomas AM has voiced his concerns as the Brecon Beacons National Park prepare to close a large part of its Visitor Centre.
The Plaid Cymru AM for Mid and West Wales has urged the Welsh Government to step in to help the popular attraction:
“Visitors to the Brecon Beacons enjoy some of the best views and nature trails in Europe. It’s very concerning that such an important part of the National Park is being closed.”
The closure of the Shop and the Information Centre at the Mountain Centre in Libanus will result in three redundancies as the Brecon Beacons National Park bid to save more than £200,000.
Last year, the Welsh Government’s Cabinet Secretary for the Economy and Infrastructure Ken Skates announced that 2016 would be Wales’ Year of Adventure with the Labour Government urging the people of Wales to ‘Find Their Epic.’
The Mid and West AM believes the Government is telling us one thing, and doing something completely different:
“While the Labour Government push the idea of ‘Year of Adventure’, they have cut the funding for the National Park by 4.7%. 2016 hasn’t even finished and it seems that the Government is already moving on to its next publicity stunt.
“The people of Wales need a Government that goes further than empty words in front of a camera. We need a Welsh Government that acts on its promises and fights to ensure that Rural Wales’ economy grows and creates jobs.”
The Rural Affairs Shadow Spokesperson has discussed the issue with members of the National Park’s Authority, and hopes to work closely with local residents to ensure that the Brecon Beacons can thrive over the coming years:
“Members of the Brecon Beacons National Park has made it clear to me that cuts and redundancies are inevitable while their funding is being cut by the Welsh Government. As the Regional Assembly Member for the Brecon Beacons, I will continue to correspond with the Authority and look to support them in any way possible.”