I have written to one of the UK’s biggest house builders, Taylor Wimpey, to protest over the naming of a new housing estate at Pontypandy in Caerphilly.
They have called the new estate at Kingsmead. That name may be acceptable in the stock-broker belt of Surrey or near Windsor Castle but it is not acceptable in this part of the world.
I noticed that on the Taylor Wimpey website they talk about being a responsible developer which is “committed to working with local people and communities”. They also refer to their commitment to keep everyone informed about their work before during and throughout the life of developments.
Well, I’m not aware of any consultation over the naming of this new housing estate. The house-builders are being totally insensitive to the area in which they are developing.
Do you think people in Surrey, or indeed anywhere in England, would find it acceptable to have a name like Penyrheol imposed as the name of a new estate? It just wouldn’t happen, would it?
House-builders, and not just Taylor Wimpey, need to think very carefully before dreaming up daft and inappropriate names for estates. We are not a suburb of England. We have our own identity, history and culture and they should remember that.
In the Senedd last week, I raised the issue of hospices with the First Minister asking him what commitment the Welsh Government was giving to supporting them.
He explained that the delivering end-of-life care plan reaffirmed the vital role of hospices in providing palliative care, and they will continue to receive funding from the Welsh Government and NHS Wales.
But Welsh Government’s funding of hospices in Wales falls significantly short of funding compared with the United Kingdom and Scottish Governments’ funding for hospices in England and Scotland. Service agreements in Wales also last for only 12 months. It is important that funding is provided over three years so hospices can plan with certainty.
The First Minister said that from 2015-16 hospice funding would be transferred to the local health boards. He added a request was made for funding to be ring-fenced and that had been agreed for three years.