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William Powell AM stresses the vital importance of National Park Reform

May 21, 2014 4:21 PM

William Powell AM, Welsh Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for National Parks and Planning, has stressed the importance of maintaining Welsh National Parks, while also recognizing that reforms are needed.

William Powell AM, Mid and West Wales, said:

"National Parks are of unique importance to Welsh culture and to the rural Welsh economy.

"In the months ahead we need to have a full and frank debate about what reforms are necessary to improve their governance and also secure their future.

"I remain a strong and vocal supporter of the need to improve the democratic accountability of National Parks and have today once again urged the Minister for Culture and Sport to include aspects of democratic reform into his governance review.

"Regardless of where these reforms lead us, we must all work to ensure that National Parks continue to exist, and that their operations are further improved in the years ahead, so as to foster, rather than stifle economic development and job creation within their boundaries."