Ynys Môn MP Virginia Crosbie has welcomed the Welsh Secretary’s pledge to push through a freeport in Wales but warned that the Welsh Labour government will continue to drag its heels.
Virginia has made Anglesey a prime candidate for a freeport, which would allow it to use planning and regulatory easement initiatives to attract much-needed investment and jobs to the island.
The minister Simon Hart told the Welsh Affairs Select Committee last week he would deliver a freeport if Welsh Labour continued to oppose it although he said he would rather do it in partnership.
“I am thrilled to hear the Welsh Secretary’s comment that he is has the ability to push through a freeport in Wales and I think that’s exactly what needs to happen because the Welsh Government just wants to play politics and put hurdles in the way of prosperity for the people of Anglesey,” said Virginia.
“Time and again Anglesey misses out on investment if Welsh Labour has anything to do with it. My job is to change this sorry state of affairs, stop Labour ignoring Anglesey’s needs and get investment and jobs lined up.
“Already we have big companies poised to pull the trigger on investment if a freeport comes to Anglesey. If this Welsh Labour Government will not do it in partnership with the UK Government, then it’s time it was sidelined.”
Virginia added that she will meet with cable manufacturer Tratos soon to discuss its desire to build a factory by the sea on the island employing 300 jobs to make offshore wind farm cables, if a freeport is established in Holyhead.
UK Government investment is also coming with a £4.8 million development of the Holyhead Hydrogen Hub designed to produce and distribute green hydrogen.
“Anglesey stands on the cusp of a new era of prosperity, of new technologies coming to the island, more high-skilled jobs and more young people staying as a result.
“I am happy to work with anyone to achieve the potential I know this island and its population has got in spades but I fear the only friend Anglesey has is the UK Government,” Virginia added.