Infrastructure and the Political Environment : Implications for north Wales and beyond

27 Mar
27 March 2020, 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Gladstone Library, Hawarden

CECA Wales Breakfast briefings

 0900-1030am Friday, 27th March 2020

Venue : Gladstone Library, Hawarden

 We often hear that far too much investment goes into south Wales at the expense of the north. Well, given the amount of projects that have been cancelled in the south and the recent announcement, by Ken Skates AM, Minister for Economy, Transport and North Wales (see Written Statement: North Wales Investments) of what’s happening in the north perhaps that perception needs to change?! Some may say that it’s due to the UK election and the emergence of more Conservative MPs in the north. Possibly? It may have more to do with the number of Labour AMs that reside in the northeast who have been quietly working away to promote more projects in the north?

Anyway, in an ever-changing global environment the focus on prosperity and wellbeing for the whole of Wales has, arguably, never been greater. To achieve this we need to put in place infrastructure that’s fit for the 21st Century but, whether we like it or not, these projects all need political will and “buy in” to progress. That’s why all of us involved in the planning and delivery of infrastructure programmes need to be conscious, aware and “in tune” with the prevailing political environment – locally, across Wales, the UK and beyond.

With this in mind CECA Wales have invited Daran Hill of Positif Politics to provide an overview of the current political environment and its potential impact on infrastructure development in Wales. Daran is the most authoritative public affairs consultant in Wales with considerable experience of the political scene across Wales and the UK and will provide an insight into the current political “mood”. Daran will be joined by Jack Sargeant, Assembly Member for Alyn and Deeside, who will provide a politicians view of the current infrastructure environment and the opportunities, as he sees them, for businesses and communities in the north of Wales.

I would be delighted if you could join us at this session to listen to Daran and Jack’s briefing and contribute to the debate. Places are limited so to reserve your place, please contact Deborah@cecawales.co.uk . The event will be free, however, there will be a charge of £20 for non-attendance to cover the cost of catering.

I look forward to seeing you.

Ed Evans

Director CECA Wales