After the recent flooding across Rhondda Cynon Taf wanted to provide a general update as many people have contacted me about the flooding we’ve experienced in our area in recent weeks and months.
The flooding across Pontypridd and RCT this year has been awful, and everyone impacted deserves some reassurance that effective action is being taken – lots of this work is on-going and behind the scenes so I wanted to provide residents with a clear update.
In Parliament I have been pushing for the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, to meet his obligations to protect people in communities like ours, and I have regularly urged for a support package from the UK Tory Government.
I am regularly raising the local issues that we have seen in Parliament, and you can watch some of my spoken contributions from the House of Commons here:
I’ve also been campaigning for more resources and fairer funding for the Valleys at the national level too. It’s vital that Wales isn’t left behind by the UK Tory Government and you can watch/listen to more of my thoughts here:
You may also be aware that I set up a Crowdfund to assist those who had seen their homes devastated. This raised more than £35,000 and I know provided much-needed relief for many people in our local communities. I also secured a fantastic £100,000 donation from the Moondance Foundation, which was specifically allocated to people impacted in the Pontypridd constituency.
It’s always been my intention and priority to help those who had seen their homes and livelihoods devastated. I have worked closely with the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, as well as other partners including Interlink to support the people who lost the most. This has continued throughout my time as your MP, and I will always do my best to support residents through difficult times.
I’ve been in regular contact with our local councillors and representatives across RCT and have raised queries with the Secretary of State for Wales, Simon Hart MP, as well as the Environment Secretary in Parliament too. On a local level, I’ve been regularly meeting with Welsh Water to determine next steps. Later this week I am hosting a roundtable with Natural Resources Wales, Welsh Water and RCTCBC to discuss the preventative measures can be put in place to protect our communities in the future. However, it is now clearer than ever that the UK Government needs to give Wales its fair share of funding from Westminster and so I will continue to raise my concerns at every opportunity.
As ever, my team and I are here to support you so please do get in touch if there is a matter that I can assist you with: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks very much and stay safe everyone.