I was invited to the opening of the brand new family-run Pasta and Papadums restaurant and takeaway in Briton Ferry. At the 28 seater restaurant I sampled a selection of their varied menu which has Italian, Indian and British cuisine. I wish them all the best in their new business venture.
I met with volunteers from the South Wales Miners Museum, we had a good discussion up at the site in the Afan Forest Park Visitor Centre. The group informed me of their plans for an exhibition to commemorate Vernon Hartshorn, a Welsh miner and politician. More information on the museum itself can be found at www.south-wales-miners-museum.co.uk
Glyncorrwg was the idyllic setting for the River Festival on the weekend as it basked in the early summer sunshine. There was a great atmosphere there with plenty to do including falconry and pond dipping, there was live music and demonstrations from the police and fire brigade. It was great to meet the legendary Iolo Williams who opened the festival, and well done to all those who worked hard to organise the event, it was a roaring success!
I paid a visit to 121 Security who are based on the Baglan Energy Park and have over 20 years in the electronic security industry. They are a state of the art security company offering bespoke security solutions for commercial and residential properties across South Wales. They can offer services like CCTV systems, intruder alarms, access control and door entry and fire protection and risk assessment. On the visit they showed me some of the products they have to offer.
I visited Leftfield Environmental Ltd a high tech small company comprising of a group of industry leading specialists with many years of experience within all aspects of asbestos related consultancy and testing activities. It was interesting to speak with the team at Leftfield about the services they offer, including identifying, surveying and testing asbestos. They are keen to raise awareness of asbestos in the community and are hoping to expand the business. Continue reading
Aberavon MP Expresses Serious Concerns About Indications That The UK Government Is Planning To Reject The Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon
Commenting on reports that the UK Government are set to reject the £1.3bn plan to build a tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay, Stephen Kinnock, whose Aberavon constituency along with Swansea East, would be home to the lagoon, said, “If this is true, it is absolutely devastating news for Aberavon and for the whole Swansea Bay area. Continue reading
I recently visited CS Judo Club for their Wednesday evening class at the Llandarcy Academy of Sport. I was really impressed by the work they do with young people. Instructors Julian Alexander, Steven Blackwell and Sheena Jones, are doing a fantastic job with the CS Judo Club. Continue reading
It was great to visit Groes Primary and meet their dedicated and passionate Head Teacher Kate Key. Kate and her team have done a tremendous job moving the school out of the ‘red’ category. The pupils have been learning about democracy and how parliament works. They asked some searching questions about what it’s like being an MP and my work in the constituency as the local Member of Parliament.
I paid a visit to Port Talbot Afan Women’s Aid to see the sterling work they do to help vulnerable women in our community. The refuge is a great facility providing a safe environment for women. We discussed problems the women are experiencing with housing and Universal Credits. Continue reading
I, along with some of my office team, underwent dementia friend training, where we learnt more about how dementia affects people and the need to be more patient and understanding of people who are suffering from dementia. I also pledged to join the All Party Parliamentary Group on dementia.
I paid a visit to Coedffranc Primary and had a good chat with Headteacher Geraint Jones and Chair of Governors Steven James, about the work the school has done to turn itself around from being a ‘red’ category school to a ‘yellow’ category school. The staff are enthusiastic and passionate, with a huge emphasis placed on well-being and community involvement, all with the aim of developing independent, enthusiastic, confident and valued learners.
The 11th Port Talbot Scouts gave me a grilling when I visited them at their base in the Sandfields to talk about Parliament and democracy. I really enjoyed the opportunity to attend the session and help them learn more about how Parliament and democracy works. The Scouts provide a fantastic opportunity for young people to get involved in outdoor activities, as well as learning new skills and supporting the local community.
My latest street surgery covered Sandfields East and Sandfields West. I was joined by David Rees AM, Councillors Sean Pursey and Ted Latham from the East ward and Councillors Suzanne Paddison, Rob Wood and Oliver Davies from the West ward. It was a lovely day to be out knocking on doors and we had lots of door-step conversations.
I was delighted to join with the Port Talbot and District Trade Union Council to commemorate International Worker’s Memorial Day. The day is an important date in the trade union movements’ around the world as we all come together to remember those who have lost their lives or suffered serious injury at work, but also to continue the fight to make our workplaces safer and healthier for everyone. Continue reading
At the second public meeting on the proposed prison in Port Talbot, I updated the hundreds of residents who were there, on what had happened since the last public meeting. In that time a covenant on the land has been uncovered and we have a new Minister in the Ministry of Justice. Since Rory Stewart’s appointment we have had 3 breakthroughs: Continue reading
After being lobbied by the girls from PTPerfect about homelessness in Port Talbot, I was delighted to attend a roundtable discussion with them. The meeting had been convened by Canon Nigel Cahill and was attended by David Rees AM, Dewis, Wallich and Neath Port Talbot Council. Continue reading
I was delighted to speak at the graduation ceremony for the PTPerfect girls, in St Paul's Centre. The girls have really raised the bar and I have been blown away by their ideas, their community spirit, and their drive for change. They put together a truly inspirational manifesto and over the course of the project they have built valuable like skills and their confidence has grown immeasurably. Continue reading
My latest street surgery was in Cymmer. I was joined by David Rees AM, former Assembly Member Brian Gibbons, and Councillor Rob Wood. We had lots of discussions on the doorstep, particularly about the future of Cymer Afan Comprehensive.
Last week I, along with two members of the Stop NPT Prison campaign group, met with the new Minister for Prisons Rory Stewart, to discuss the Ministry of Justice's proposals to build a new prison on land in the Baglan Industrial Park. Following the meeting I have written again to Rory Stewart, and to the Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns MP. Continue reading
I paid a visit to Llansawel Primary in Briton Ferry to chat with the pupils about parliament and life as an MP. The children had lots of interesting questions to ask and learned a lot about life as an MP. It was great to visit the school and to speak with staff.
I was delighted to attend Afan Spartans Boxing and witness the youngsters being put through their paces. Afan Spartans is based in the Taibach Community Education Centre and have a brilliant team doing excellent work with the young people in our Community.
I really enjoyed going out on the boat with the RNLI Port Talbot volunteers. After meeting at the Lifeboat Station on Aberavon beach and talking to the volunteers, I was suited up to join them on the boat, as they took me around the bay from Morfa beach to the harbour and along the coastline. They even let me drive the boat for a bit! Continue reading
It was great to be in Cardiff for the WASPI rally on International Women’s Day, and also to be there with the Aberavon WASPI group! We’re demanding justice for women who worked hard, paid in their whole working lives, and who deserve to be treated with the respect that they have earned. Continue reading
In the House of Commons I challenged Rory Stewart MP to scrap plans for a new prison in Port Talbot with immediate effect and invited him to attend a public to update concerned residents, so he can hear directly from residents about the opposition to the proposals. Continue reading
After calling a second public meeting to update concerned residents on the latest state of play of the campaign against siting the prison on Baglan Moors, I have written to the new Minister for Prisons, inviting him to attend the meeting in Port Talbot and hear the concerns of local residents. Continue reading
Stephen Kinnock MP and David Rees AM will be holding their second public meeting on the proposed prison on Baglan Moors. The meeting will serve to update concerned residents on the latest state of play of the campaign against siting the prison on Baglan Moors. Continue reading
The new Minister for Prisons, Rory Stewart OBE MP, has responded to my letters informing him of the very strong opposition to the Ministry of Justice's proposals to build a prison on the Baglan Industrial Estate. You can read his response below. Continue reading
After meeting with residents from the local community and local councillors, hearing their concerns over the proposals for the future of Cymer Afan Comprehensive, and their alternative proposals to continue secondary education in the Upper Afan Valley, I have made my submission to the consultation: Continue reading
On Friday I visited The Wallich bus in the town centre. The Wallich offers help to anyone who needs housing-related support. Their Prevention and Wellbeing Support (PAWS) offers personalised accommodation services, access to training, education or voluntary work opportunities, and their dedicated support workers focus on the solutions to achieving independent and sustainable living. Continue reading
I was delighted to attend an Aberavon WASPI meeting in Baglan on the weekend. The group has really taken shape since the initial meeting that I organised back in October. We discussed the Private Members Bill currently going through Parliament which seeks justice for women born in the 1950s who have been unfairly hit by changes to the state pension age without due notification. I will keep on fighting for the WASPI and all women until we can secure justice and equality.
On a recent visit to Tarmac in Port Talbot, Stephen Kinnock saw how local work helps to deliver infrastructure projects across the UK. On the visit Stephen was given a guided tour of the plant where they extract slag from waste materials from the steelworks. They breakdown the waste materials from the blast furnace using high pressure water, they then turn the slag into aggregate which is used in asphalt, road construction and to make cement. On the visit the impact of Brexit on the business and the energy costs, were discussed. Continue reading
Aberavon MP, Stephen Kinnock has helped three local libraries secure funds from Amazon. Briton Ferry, Glyncorrwg and Taibach libraries all received £500 from the fulfilment centre on Fabian Way. Speaking after the presentation Mr Kinnock said, ‘I’m delighted to be able to help the three libraries. They are all community run facilities that rely on volunteers who work tremendously hard to keep the service going. The money from Amazon will be useful to help them meet the costs of running a community library and purchase items that the library needs. All three are community hubs, offering a range of services for the public, and this money will help them to maintain this service.’