“I can be your voice” UKIP’s Caerphilly AM candidate tells business owners at Welsh ICE
News | | Published: 15:24, Friday April 15th, 2016.
The upcoming European Union referendum dominated talk as UKIP’s Assembly candidate for Caerphilly, Sam Gould visited small business owners in the run-up to the Assembly election.
Speaking at the Welsh Innovation Centre for Enterprise (ICE) on Friday April 8, as part of an election event co-hosted by the centre and Caerphilly Observer, Mr Gould also spoke of his concern at the proposed Local Development Plan, and available facilities at Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr hospital in Ystrad Mynach.
Mr Gould, whose wife suffered complications while in labour with their first child at the hospital said: “I felt betrayed and lied to about what was promised with the hospital. In 2011 we had an A&E here in Caerphilly. We then found out that the hopsital in Ystrad Mynach would only have a minor injuries unit.
“I, like many others, have spent hours waiting, only to be told that we have to go to another hospital. If elected to the Assembly, I will fight to have a 24 hour A&E in the county, like we used to.”
UKIP plan to relocate funds into the health service, as well as create elected health boards.
As a former business owner, Mr Gould said: “I understand the challenges of business owners, I’ve been there and set them up. I understand the difficulties many of you face in what you do.
“Business rates are a major concern. Look at how many local shops are empty in Caerphilly. We want competitive business rates between counties, encouraging local economic development.
“I firmly believe that in the upcoming Assembly election there are some key issues in terms of education, healthcare and protecting our green spaces, which need addressing.”
Caerphilly County Borough Council’s draft Local Development Plan (LDP) is currently under public consultation, and Mr Gould spoke of his opposition to the plan.
“I am opposed to building on greenfield sites when there are brownfield sites available. It would be a travesty to see hundreds of homes built on the green sites on Caerphilly Mountain, where the last farm in Caerphilly town remains.
“We have major infrastructure issues, a massive lack of funding, and I feel that if we leave the EU, we will have an awful lot more funding which will allow us to spend more within our areas and provide more funding closer to the people in Wales.
Mr Gould was critical of the Welsh Labour government, and said: “Labour have been very complacent in this area. We’ve been let down. We deserve a change. People are calling out for someone who will listen and engage in their concerns. Should I be elected, I will be that strong voice for the people of Caerphilly.”