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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

  • 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.

  • Article: Oct 1, 2014

    Speaking in a debate today on Climate Change and Renewable Energy, William Powell AM, Welsh Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Natural Resources, has called on the Welsh Government to get behind emergent marine energy technologies to strengthen the rural economy and tackle Climate Change.

    William Powell AM, Mid and West Wales, said:

  • Article: Sep 30, 2014

    The Welsh Liberal Democrats have today announced that they have secured £22 million for the development of a new Dyfi Bridge upstream of the existing crossing near Machynlleth.

     The deal, which was in exchange for allowing the Welsh Government's annual budget to pass, means that work is planned to begin in 2015 and will be secured within the National Transport Plan to ensure there is no slippage. It is expected that the new bridge will be complete by 2017-18.

  • Article: Jul 21, 2014

    Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Rural Affairs Minister, William Powell, has criticised the fact that the annual scrutiny session of a Rural Affairs Minister will not be taking place at this year's Royal Welsh Show.

    Every year the National Assembly's Environment and Sustainability Committee has held a public scrutiny session. But in a letter to the committee John Griffiths, the new Minister for Natural Resources, and Edwina Hart, the Minister for Economy, along with Rebecca Evans, the newly-appointed Deputy Minister for Agriculture, have all refused to attend due to "other commitments"; this despite the Deputy Minister being at the showground.