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WRITTEN STATEMENT OF OPINION

ISSUED ON 24/02/16

R Signifies the Member has declared an interest.

OPIN-2016-0380 Designating Gwynedd's slate areas as a World Heritage Site

Submitted by:

Alun Ffred Jones

Subscribers:

Gwenda Thomas 26/02/16
Lynne Neagle 29/02/16
Rhun ap Iorwerth 29/02/16
Simon Thomas 29/02/16
Bethan Jenkins 29/02/16
Suzy Davies 29/02/16
William Graham 29/02/16
Mohammad Asghar 01/03/16
Llyr Gruffydd 03/03/16

Designating Gwynedd's slate areas as a World Heritage Site

This Assembly:

Notes the application by Gwynedd Council to designate Gwynedd's slate areas as a UNESCO world heritage site;

Believes that the slate industry of north-west Wales was an integral part of the industrial revolution and that it had a far-reaching influence on the landscape and culture of Wales;

Believes that the slate industry makes a valuable contribution to the local economy due to the importance of the tourism industry and the slate sites that remain active; and

Recognises and supports Gwynedd Council's application to give heritage status to Gwynedd's slate areas, which would be a significant boost to communities and to maintaining our indigenous culture for the future.

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