Spurred on by criticism First Minister Carwyn Jones visited a Gwynedd village hit by flooding that he was accused of ignoring last week.
On New Year’s Eve residents spoke of their disappointment after Carwyn Jones failed to arrive for an expected meeting with residents in Talybont, near Bangor, after "confusion "over his itinerary in North Wales.
Carwyn Jones atempted to make up for a gaffe-hit New Year’s Eve visit to North Wales by making a return trip to meet residents in a Gwynedd village affected by flooding – saying there was no reason drainage work there couldn’t go ahead.
The First Minister met with residents in Talybont, near Bangor, and announced a further £2.3m in funding to help flood hit areas on top of £1m announced last week.
“Over the next few days and weeks we will look at how that money can be best distributed to those who have been affected,” Mr Jones said.
“There are communities that have been affected North and South. We want to make sure that there’s help available to those communities.”
Mr Jones claimed that the section of the visit to Talybont last week was organised by Gwynedd Council, not by the Welsh Government
“I’m not going to criticise anybody, it was a last minute visit,” he said.
Well it looks like he trying to shift the Blame for the gaffe outside himself and his advisers .
Mr Jones said:
“The impacts we’ve seen over the festive period highlights the importance of us continuing to protect Mr across the whole of Wales from flooding caused by adverse weather.It would be interesting to see however where the Money was and wil be spent.
“This has been an exceptional period of rainfall and although we have seen flooding, our river defences have performed well, protecting thousands of homes.
“The additional £2.3m investment I’m announcing today builds on the £1m we made available last week to local authorities for immediate repairs and maintenance to ensure homes and properties remain resilient.
“It’s important to remember that since 2011 we’ve committed almost £300m, including European funding, to managing flood risk and an additional £150m will be invested in coastal risk management from 2018.”
Dafydd Meurig, councillor for Plaid Cymru in the Gwynedd ward of Arllechwedd which covers Talybont, said:
“I was glad that he came back after a bit of a debacle. We were able to show him what happened and how”.Referring to the First Minister Mr Meurig added
It’s devastating,” “We hope that some of the £2.3m that the First Minister announced this morning will help to offset some of the costs people have”.
Flooding on the nearby A55 can cause flooding in the village.
“He said that money is not an issue,”For a Carwyn Jones to to be humiliated in having to return after he or members of his Staff failed to coordinate with the obvious desire of the Council and the Villagers to visit when in the area is typical of our Laissez-faire leadership
“If that is true, engineers responsible for the plans say, if they get the go-ahead, building work could start in the Spring.”
Its all reminiscent of a song by the Beatles, from the album Rubber Soul.The song was written by John Lennon (credited to Lennon–McCartney).
He's a real nowhere manSums up our current leadership in Wales completely.
Sitting in his nowhere land
Making all his nowhere plans for nobody
Doesn't have a point of view
Knows not where he's going to
Isn't he a bit like you and me?
Nowhere Man, please listen
You don't know what you're missing
Nowhere Man, the world is at your command
He's as blind as he can be
Just sees what he wants to see
Nowhere Man can you see me at all?
Nowhere Man, don't worry
Take your time, don't hurry
Leave it all till somebody else lends you a hand