Visiting Owens in Llanelli: Plaid Cymru Leader Leanne Wood

PLAID Cymru Leader Leanne Wood has this week visited Llanelli to visit several key locations and host a public meeting.

During the visit Leanne went to Trimsaran Community school, Yr Hwb and a major employer for the area; Owens Transport.

The visit culminated in a meeting of Plaid Cymru members which focussed on campaigning for improvements in Llanelli , and a recent publication by Leanne called ‘The Change We Need’ which suggests a number of things we can do differently in Wales to strengthen our democracy and our economy.

Throughout the day Leanne was accompanied by the Leader of Carmarthenshire County Council Emlyn Dole, the Plaid Cymru constituency chair Deris Williams, local councillors and former Plaid Cymru candidate Mari Arthur who organised the visits.

Leanne said: “I was impressed with Trimsaran Community school and the investment that has gone into improving facilities there – particularly with the new Passivhaus building which pupils helped to design.

“After that we visited Yr Hwb which is a great initiative that brings a multitude of different organisations and services together under one roof in the centre of town. It was clear that the help and support provided to people by the staff at Y Hwb is invaluable.

“The final visit took us to Owens Group on the Dafen Industrial estate in Llanelli. Their haulage and warehouse business is a major employer for the town of Llanelli and beyond so it was alarming to hear of their staff shortage following the return to Poland by a large number of drivers in the last year to eighteen months.

“I was told that qualified drivers can earn in the region of £30k per annum. If anyone is interested in driving for this company, the managers at Owens would love to hear from you.”

The Plaid Cymru Leader added:

“The meeting in Llanelli took place in The Thomas Arms Hotel. Emlyn Dole and Simon Thomas AM hosted the event. I outlined some of the ideas in my recent publication and then we had a good discussion about plans for activities and campaigns for the Llanelli area.

“If anyone would like to get involved in these activities that are all geared towards making basic improvements for people in Llanelli and the surrounding area, then Plaid Cymru would welcome your involvement and ideas.”

Positive meeting: Leanne Wood with the Llanelli Branch at the Thomas Arms Hotel
Impressed with services: Leanne Wood visiting Trimsaran School

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