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William Powell AMThank you for visiting my Website.I am honoured to be able to represent people throughout Mid & West Wales and I am determined to provide a strong, robust voice for the Region.Here you can find out more about the work I do as an Assembly Member both in the National Assembly and in local communities across the Region. I am also the Welsh Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for the Environment, Sustainable Development & Rural Affairs.I welcome comments and views on the issues facing the Welsh Government and the National Assembly and please get in touch if you think there is anything I can do for you - no matter how big or small.

Latest News

  • Article: Apr 24, 2015

    Current healthcare services in Montgomeryshire are unable to cope with challenges posed by care needs in such a rural, cross-border context. Despite repeated calls from the Welsh Liberal Democrats to establish an Urgent Care Centre in Montgomeryshire, the Welsh Government maintain that there is insufficient evidence to demonstrate the need for such a facility.

  • Article: Apr 2, 2015

    William Powell AM, Shadow Minister for the Environment & Rural Affairs, highlighted the importance of the European Single Payment Scheme to the future of the farming industry in Wales, and is encouraging farmers to express their views in a Welsh Government Consultation which opened this week.

    Commenting on the Deputy Minister's announcement of the 12-week consultation period which will run until 23rd June 2015, William Powell said:

  • Article: Mar 25, 2015

    William Powell AM, Welsh Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for the Environment & Rural Affairs, highlighted today the thriving community woodland sector which exists in Wales, and called on the Minister for Natural Resources to do more to develop and promote initiatives to support community woodland groups.

  • Train at Ferryside, Carmarthenshire (© Arriva Trains Wales)
    Article: Feb 13, 2015

    William Powell AM, Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for Mid & West Wales has welcomed the announcement of a £50million investment from the UK Government to roll out Wi-Fi on trains from 2017. Arriva Trains Wales services will benefit from this investment.

    William Powell said:

    "Railways in Wales are seeing record investment from the UK Government including the rural rail network in Mid & West Wales. It is now up to the Welsh Labour Government to ensure that every train in is equipped to provide Wi-Fi, free of charge, to passengers. We need to ensure that travellers' expectations for on-board communication are met."

  • Article: Feb 6, 2015

    William Powell AM has highlighted the potential environmental as well as financial benefits of the Invest to Save Finance available via ring-fenced funds for Health Boards.

    The Invest to Save Fund is a short-term pool of resources available to help public service organisations improve the way they work. William Powell, Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Minister for Environment and Rural Affairs, recently met with Alan Lawrie, Director of Primary and Community Care at Powys Teaching Health Board and discussed the ways in which access to the Invest to Save Funds could bring about a range of benefits to the hospitals within the Health Board's extensive estate.

  • Article: Feb 5, 2015

    William Powell AM, on behalf of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, has today urged the National Assembly 's Environment & Sustainability Committee to accept amendments to the Well-Being of Future Generations Bill which would put clear climate change targets onto the face of the Bill.

    Commenting ahead of the Committee today, William Powell, Party Spokesperson for Environment and Rural Affairs, said:

  • Article: Feb 4, 2015

    The Welsh Liberal Democrats will today reiterate their stance against fracking. Taking part in a debate today, William Powell AM, Shadow Minister for Environment & Rural Affairs, will call on the Welsh Government to issue a new Technical Advice Note to set out the environmental and health standards expected of fracking operations, enabling Local Planning Authorities to reject applications for fracking unless it is proven safe to do so.

  • Article: Feb 3, 2015

    Following the news that Wales YFC has been unsuccessful in its recent bid for a renewal of its core funding, William Powell AM has today called on the First Minister to ensure that the impact that this loss of funding will have on the future of the Young Farmers' Movement in Wales is fully assessed.

    Wales YFC is the largest rural youth organisation in Wales with current membership standing at just under 6000 10 - 26 year olds, operating across 157 YFC Clubs. The Programme enables young people to develop new skills and gain invaluable training in a range of different areas.

  • Article: Feb 3, 2015

    William Powell AM has welcomed an update received from Edwina Hart AM, Welsh Government Minister for Economy, Science & Transport, which outlines a clear timeline for construction of a new A487 Dyfi Bridge at Machynlleth.

    William Powell, in his capacity as the Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Minister for Environment & Rural Affairs, hosted a Ministerial meeting on the issue with Machynlleth Town Council, representatives of the local business community and County Councillor Michael Williams last year.

  • Article: Jan 27, 2015

    William Powell AM has today called on the Welsh Labour Government to do more to make it easier for local people to gain access to allotments and community gardens.

    Following a Statement made in the National Assembly today by the Welsh Government, William Powell AM urged Natural Resources Minister, Carl Sargeant, to require Housing Associations, when working on new developments, to make provision for community growing areas. Allotments and community gardens are one way in which residents of villages, towns and cities can have access to a piece of land which they can work and cultivate. In this way, they are an important means of promoting greater understanding and appreciation of food production.