Assembly Member calls on Welsh Government to intervene in Swansea-Cork Ferry crisis

2011 Rhagfyr 30 10:31 AM
Cyhoeddwyd yn wreiddiol gan Peter Black a Democratiaid Rhyddfrydol Gorllewin De Cymru

The Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black, has written to the Minister for Business, Enterprise, Technology and Science, Edwina Hart to ask her to intervene to save the Swansea-Cork ferry.

Mr. Black wrote his letter after meeting with representatives of the ferry company, who are seeking to raise one million Euros to prevent the service being closed down for good. They demonstrated that the ferry brings about £20 million extra into the Swansea and South Wales economy and that its closure will lead to job losses and threats to other businesses in the area.

"I am aware that neither Swansea Council nor their neighbouring local authorities have sufficient funds to contribute any significant amounts to save this service," said Mr. Black, "However, the Welsh Government does have the resources to invest and are able to make a big difference to the economy in Swansea and its surrounding area by putting in a small amount of money now.

"I understand that so far the Minister has declined to assist the ferry company in this endeavour. I hope that she will now change her mind so that we can continue to benefit from this service and the link it provides between Swansea and Cork."

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