Lively debate galvanises election

Candidates from all the main political parties took part in a hustings organised the Regeneration Skills Collective Wales (RSCW) in Cardiff at Eversheds solicitors last Thursday (7th April).

Debate Chairman Geraint Talfan Davies with the panel.
Debate Chairman Geraint Talfan Davies with the panel.

The debate was chaired by Geraint Talfan Davies and the panel included:

  • Liberal Democrat Party: Denis Campbell – Candidate for Vale of Glamorgan;
  • Green Party: Anthony Slaughter, Cardiff South and Penarth and South Wales Central list candidate;
  • Plaid Cymru: Dr Ian Johnson, Candidate for the Vale of Glamorgan and Head of Policy;
  • Conservative Party: Keith Dewhurst, regional candidates for South Wales Central
  • Labour Party: Julie James Assembly Member for Swansea West. Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology

A variety of questions covered transport infrastructure and the need for the M4 relief road to the need for more housing and green energy.

Established in 2004 the Regeneration Skills Collective Wales (RSCW) is a network of six professional institutions:

  • Institution of Civil Engineers wales (ICE) Wales Cymru
  • Chartered Institute of Housing (Cymru)
  • Landscape Institute Wales
  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Wales)
  • Royal Town Planning Institute (Cymru)

RSCW aims to support the delivery of integrated and sustainable regeneration in Wales.

Keith Jones, Director ICE Wales Cymru said: "The elections are a great opportunity for Wales to take a step forward. There is a proven link between the condition of a Country's infrastructure and its economy; we must continue to invest in infrastructure so that Wales continues on its path to a more vibrant, successful Nation."