The Bevan Foundation contributes to ITV Wales’ feature on what next for the valleys

NewsMay 27th, 2021

Helen Cunningham, Policy and Research Officer at the Bevan Foundation, appeared on ITV Wales at Six on Tuesday 25th May 2021 to discuss what next for the south Wales valleys. Her contribution was part of an item on the Valleys Taskforce and the plans for a snow centre and holiday resort in Merthyr Tydfil, known as Rhydycar West.

Helen said that the proposals were welcome, especially in their potential to create more local jobs and to help stimulate the local economy. However, she also cautioned against “silver bullets”, stressing that there would need to be many more projects and investments across the valleys to meet the scale of the challenges faced that have developed over decades.

She then addressed the issue of the wider future of the valleys emphasising that being such a vast area and home to almost a third of the entire Welsh population, Wales simply cannot afford not to invest in a positive future for the region.


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