“I represent this constituency in Parliament because it’s the area I care about.
Community life is central to Welsh culture and identity, and as your local MP it is central to my values”.
Some of James’ campaigns are shown below
This is by no means an exhaustive list of important issue James is campaigning for. There are many items, issues, and concerns which he is involved in at many levels. If you believe something should be on James’ radar, please use the contact page and let us know!
I have been working relentlessly to meet residents, businesses, local authorities and community groups to gain a grassroots view of the issues affecting Rhyl and how local stakeholders would like to see the town progress. I felt that Rhyl has been forgotten over the years and been allowed to deteriorate and that with strong leadership we could turn its fortunes around.
I see the regeneration of Rhyl as requiring a multi-pronged approach focussing not only on the tourism sector but with a priority of making Rhyl an excellent place to live. Therefore the aspirations of residents need to be at the forefront of the decision making process and I feel consultation is imperative. Local needs such as education, employment, housing, security and health services are pivotal to this.
Rhyl Business Rates
Following a walk around of Rhyl town centre meeting with businesses and also attending the Rhyl Business Group it became apparent that Rhyl Town Centre is being stifled by the extortionate business rates currently being charges.
James has written to the Valuation Office Agency with the following letter to express his concerns:
‘Since my election as Member or Parliament in May, one of the principal issues raised with me has been the catastrophic decline of the town of Rhyl as a retail centre. Whilst I fully understand and accept that High Streets across the Country have been struggling in recent times, the challenge facing Rhyl, is I feel, of a significantly greater magnitude.
Support local Welsh produce and our small shops and farms
One of the key ways a local economy can be supported is to encourage high quality local produce and a “buy local” ethos. The two approaches together can form a virtuous circle for local small companies. To this end James is encouraging local businesses by supporting new enterprises, helping existing ones to grow and raising awareness and promoting all the Vale of Clwyd has to offer not just in north Wales but to the whole UK. He is setting up a Business Network and will be holding an event to promote local produce and to promote Vale businesses via a reception in the House of Parliament.
Protect and enhance Prestatyn Morfa as a wetland nature reserve
James has campaigned consistently for a number of years to preserve and enhance the green space and wildlife value of the Morfas. This wetland area is right at the heart of the town of Prestatyn and interventions have successfully kept the area out of any development zone for housing and industry. It is much enjoyed by residents in Prestatyn who utilise the fields and woods for walking. James is keen to encourage further wildlife to this area and will continue to campaign to protect and enhance this vital piece of countryside at the heart of the town.
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Cancer Drugs Fund
There is currently no Cancer Drugs Fund in Wales, as in England, to fund specialist drugs that would not otherwise be routinely available on the NHS. Wales has a different system called the Individual Patient Funding Request Form which has come under criticism for turning down requests for drugs that would have been approved in England. We are campaigning for consistent processes across the UK for patients who are already suffering and do not want the ordeal of having to fight bureaucratic battles as well.
Signage to the Vale of Clwyd
During my time as a County Councillor, I felt it was important that Prestatyn – which was the community I represented – should be better signposted from the A55. A scheme was put together which involved firstly replacing the existing westbound brown sign with refreshed content, and secondly installing a brand new identical eastbound brown sign. Following a number of delays, this scheme now looks much closer to fruition and your support in ensuring it can progress would be appreciated.
Glan Clwyd Doctor-led Maternity unit has been saved!
The health Board, under the control of the Welsh Government were seeking to downgrade the maternity unit at Glan Clwyd in the Vale of Clwyd but thanks to a strong campaign led by Marsha Davies and heavily support by the community and by Dr James Davies MP a decision has been made to keep all 3 North Wales maternity units open.
Thank you to each and every one of you that supported the campaign.