Homes Plan: ‘A Dagger’ aimed at the last strongholds of the Welsh language

“The Welsh website “The Daily Post” have posted an article entitled “Cultural Suicide Fears Over 8,000 Homes Planned for Gwynedd and Anglesey”. The article reports on the alarm bells that have been set off in reaction to a massive planned residential development scheme in two strongholds of the Welsh tongue. A development of 7,904 residential units, which a group of prominent Welsh Language activists see as a “dagger at the heart of the Celtic tongue.”

A group of “writers and poets”, including the chair of the executive committee of this year’s National Eisteddfod, Derec Llwyd Morgan, have written a letter to the respective leaders of the Gwynedd and Anglesey Councils.

The Daily Post reports that the group fear that the Joint Local Development Plan, as it stands, would be tantamount to cultural suicide. Among others who have signed it are the National Poet of Wales, Ifor ap Glyn, world famous author Jan Morris, eminent novelists Lloyd Jones and Patrick McGuinness and a number of Chair and Crown winners at the National Eisteddfod. The letter adds: “Even more alarming is the fact that Gwynedd Council has not commissioned an independent assessment of the plan’s impact on the Welsh language. It should be a council’s basic duty to look after the welfare of the population it represents. These areas are the last strongholds of Welsh”.

Link to the full article at Transceltic:

http://www.transceltic.com/…/authorities-betray-welsh-langu…

BERNARD MOFFATT
pp Celtic League

25/07/17

 

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