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Minimal Progress on Enterprise Zone – Eluned Parrott AM

2013 Ebrill 23 4:28 PM

Speaking after an update from the Welsh Government on it's Enterprise Zone programme, Eluned Parrott, Welsh Liberal Democrat Economy spokesperson said:

"Twenty months after the launch of The Welsh Government's flagship Enterprise Zone Programme, the people of Wales are still none the wiser as to what the Welsh Government is doing.

"To date, there is no evidence that a single new private sector job has been created or a single brick being laid as a direct result of these Enterprise Zones.

"The Minister has still to announce any targets or aspirations for either job creation or the building of new premises. Only now is the marketing of the Zones beginning to take place. In terms of promoting our zones, we're still on the starting line while our competitors in places such as Bristol and Liverpool are half-way down the back straight.

"The Minister has also refused to announce when the promised transport infrastructure improvements will be delivered, including the vital direct bus link from Cardiff to Cardiff Airport and St Athan.

BACKWARDS THINKING OVER NORTH WALES

"Last year Plaid Cymru agreed to support the Welsh Labour Government's budget in exchange for the creation of a science park in North Wales. Today we learn that only now are the Welsh Government working with two Universities on creating a business case for this science park, a full six months after it was first announced.

"This just goes to show the backwards way in which this government is approaching Enterprise Zones."

"Once again, Wales is being left behind, in comparison to England."