Celtic Freeport Announcement

The Celtic freeport is a unique opportunity, bringing together industries and communities that will create a synergy for a more prosperous and sustainable future.

Throughout the process, the Welsh Government has been clear that freeports in Wales must be backed with the same funding provided to sites in England and that fair work and environmental sustainability must be promoted. These are the clear principles upon which Welsh freeports would be developed. We have achieved that in both the Celtic Freeport and Anglesey bids which set Welsh freeports apart from those in England.

I am looking forward to working with local partners to maximise the benefits of the Celtic Freeport to ensure we create a vibrant economy that works for local people in the years ahead.


Visit to Ysgol Griffiths Jones

It was great to visit year 6 students at Ysgol Griffiths Jones in St Clears, who are actively engaged in the Climate Challenge Cymru project, which seeks to raise awareness of the importance of environmental mate action among young people.

The students were eager to take up a number of challenges and came up with a wide range of ideas for reducing carbon emissions and promoting sustainable living. Some suggested initiatives such as active travel, plastic reduction and solar panels on school buildings, while others proposed educational campaigns to raise awareness.

They are setting a great example for their peers and for the wider community and I am looking forward to seeing what they come up with in their projects!


Ysgol Tycroes Visit

I was joined by School Governor, Calum Higgins, and Councillor Tina Higgins on a visit to Ysgol Tycroes where students shared their work on Climate Challenge Cymru.

It was a pleasure to also be able to tour the school’s impressive range of environmental facilities.

The school’s work on their Climate Challenge Cymru project is part of the school’s long-term commitment to action and advocacy on environmental issues. As part of their work, year 6 students have chosen to focus on local produce and plastic waste and have written to local councillors to suggest sustainable solutions to problems they have encountered in the classroom.

Councillor Higgins was particularly impressed with their strong arguments for reduce the amount of plastic used in school milk and has invited the students to present their arguments and ideas to environmental officials at Carmarthenshire Council.

These eco-warriors are on a mission – watch this space!


Official opening of ‘Pufflings Daycare’

I was delighted to cut the ribbon for the official opening of ‘Pufflings Daycare’ at Stepaside School, Kilgetty.

Sharron Ewings and Alicia Lewis have recently opened their doors to their new setting at Kilgetty’s Stepaside CP School, offering a drop off and collection service to children aged 2 years to 10 years. The bright airy room has plenty of indoor and outdoor space and offers a friendly welcome. Their service forms part of the 30 hours childcare offer and flying start places will soon be available too!

This additional onsite facility is really encouraging for the future of the school. In addition, families will be able to become familiar with Stepaside staff before their children enter Nursery School, increasing the likelihood of more local families enrolling in the future.

Wishing Sharron and Alicia the very best of luck in their new venture, which I am sure will be a huge success!


Climate Challenge Cymru at Stepaside Primary

Climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing our planet today, and young people are at the forefront of the fight against it. As the world wakes up to the reality of climate change, our schools have a crucial role to play in educating the next generation about the importance of taking action to protect our planet.

That’s why I am so pleased that so many Mid & West Wales schools have signed up to participate in the Climate Challenge Cymru project at a time when the need for climate education in schools has never been greater.

Year 6 students at Stepaside enthusiastically updated me on the work they’ve been doing researching active travel. Working with Sustrans, they have conducted surveys and studied the benefits of swapping their car rides to school for walking and cycling.

They’re now busy piecing together their work ahead of May, documenting how small changes can help protect the environment, boost health, reduce traffic, improve air quality and promote a sense of community.

It’s great to see young people engaging in environmental activism in such a positive way, and I very much look forward to seeing their final project submissions!