The leader of the Welsh Conservatives, Paul Davies AM, has backed calls made by Clwyd West AM Darren Millar for repairs and improvements to be made to flood defences along the Old Colwyn promenade.
During a visit to North Wales, Mr Davies met with Conwy Council Leader Sam Rowlands, local councillors and officials from Conwy County Borough Council to discuss much needed improvements to the flood defences which protects Old Colwyn and surrounding transport infrastructure.
Speaking during the visit Darren said:
“Old Colwyn’s sea defences have suffered significant storm damage in recent years and with each adverse weather event the flood defences become more and more fragile. After declaring a climate emergency it is vital that the Welsh Government works with Conwy County Borough Council to ensure that the infrastructure we have in place to fight the effects of climate change is fit for purpose.
“The defences at Old Colwyn help protect the A55 trunk road and the North Wales coast railway so any critical failure of the defences could have a catastrophic impact across North Wales. Experts have been warning us for years that current defences are just not sufficient.
“It is clear that urgent action needs to be taken and I would urge the Welsh Government to show some leadership and provide the necessary investment to upgrade the defences as soon as possible.”
Paul Davies AM added:
“It is clear to see that improvements need to be made to make sure the Old Colwyn flood defences are fit for purpose and able to protect homes, businesses and infrastructure. I will be joining Darren in calling for improvements to be made to give the people of Old Colwyn and North Wales the peace of mind they need.”
Old Colwyn Councillor Cheryl Carlisle said:
”I would like to thank Paul for taking the time to visit my constituency and for joining me in calling for improvements which are absolutely required to protect businesses and vital infrastructure in the area. Our new Cabinet Member for Environment and Transportation, Councillor Greg Robbins, has been doing fantastic work and I have every confidence he will be working to protect residents in Conwy from flooding.”