AM VISITS MERTHYR VALLEYS HOME FLATS FOLLOWING GRENFELL TOWER TRAGEDY

Dawn Bowden AM visited flats under the stewardship of Merthyr Valleys Homes to seek assurances on their safety, and to meet with local residents, in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

Commenting on her visits Dawn Bowden said,

“I am grateful to Merthyr Valleys Homes who contacted me immediately following the tragic events at Grenfell Tower to advise me that they were carrying out an urgent review visit to St Tydfil Court that morning and were hoping to meet residents in conjunction with South Wales Fire and Rescue to reassure residents on safety.”

She added,

“In view of the seriousness of this issue I wanted to pay my own visit to the flats to satisfy myself that all appropriate measures are being taken to assess any risk, and reassure residents”

During her visit to Caedraw Flats, Mike Owen Chief Executive Merthyr Valleys Homes gave a guided tour of the 11 storey Tydfil Court, showing all the upgrades and fire protection arrangements, including fire alarms and sprinklers, not just in communal areas but individual flats. There was also an opportunity for Dawn to speak to some of the residents about the reassurances they have received.

At the conclusion of her visit Dawn Bowden AM said,

“I am aware of the actions being undertaken by the Welsh Government to review the situation around the 36 blocks of flats of seven storeys or more run by residential landlords here in Wales and am pleased that we have regulations regarding the installation of sprinklers in any new high rise developments under the “Domestic Fire Safety Measure (Wales) 2011, and am reassured that not only does the high flat in my constituency area have such systems, but also it has not been fitted with the type of cladding used on Grenfell Tower”

AM WELCOMES SUPERFAST BROADBAND FUNDING FOR CAERPHILLY SCHOOLS

28 schools in Caerphilly are set to benefit from Welsh Government funding for superfast broadband.

The 28 schools are amongst the 341 across Wales that will receive the funding. Currently all schools in Wales have minimum broadband connections of 10Mbps for primary schools and 100Mbps for secondary schools, but some are not able to upgrade the speed of their services to meet ever increasing demand as a result of technical limitations.

This investment will cover the installation of new broadband services. This will provide an immediate increase in speed and in line with provision at other schools ensure that connectivity will continue to grow well into the future.

The Welsh Labour Government are determined to ensure that digital skills are developed and taught through all parts of a pupil’s schooling and not just isolated to specific ICT or computer science classes. The Digital Competence Framework means more than just using computers and aims to equip pupils with the digital skills they need and can apply in the real world in the years to come.

Dawn Bowden AM said;

“I am delighted that 3 Caerphilly Council schools in my constituency, Bryn Awel Primary School, Upper Rhymney Primary School, and Ysgol Y Lawntc will receive this funding. Access to superfast broadband will mean that pupils in these schools will be able to take full advantage of current and future advances in digital technology. Equipping them with the digital skills necessary in the modern world.”

She added:

“I very much welcome this funding and will continue to work with the Welsh Government to make sure that local pupils have the right environment to develop their vital digital skills, to best equip them for the future.”

AM WELCOMES SUPERFAST BROADBAND FUNDING FOR MERTHYR SCHOOLS

27 schools in Merthyr Tydfil are set to benefit from Welsh Government funding for superfast broadband.

The 27 schools are amongst the 341 across Wales that will receive the funding. Currently all schools in Wales have minimum broadband connections of 10Mbps for primary schools and 100Mbps for secondary schools, but some are not able to upgrade the speed of their services to meet ever increasing demand as a result of technical limitations.

This investment will cover the installation of new broadband services. This will provide an immediate increase in speed and in line with provision at other schools ensure that connectivity will continue to grow well into the future.

The Welsh Labour Government are determined to ensure that digital skills are developed and taught through all parts of a pupil’s schooling and not just isolated to specific ICT or computer science classes. The Digital Competence Framework means more than just using computers and aims to equip pupils with the digital skills they need and can apply in the real world in the years to come.

Dawn Bowden AM said;

“Access to superfast broadband will mean that pupils in these Merthyr Tydfil schools will be able to take full advantage of current and future advances in digital technology. Equipping them with the digital skills necessary in the modern world.”

She added:

“I very much welcome this funding and will continue to work with the Welsh Government to make sure that local pupils have the right environment to develop their vital digital skills, to best equip them for the future.”