Withdraw from the West Cheshire/North East Wales sub-regional strategy
The names and constituency of those who sign will be passed to the Assembly Petitions committee on the 31:10:09. We CANNOT ACCEPT ANONYMOUS SIGNATURES due to Assembly guidelines. We call upon the National Assembly for Wales to urge the Welsh Government to formally withdraw from the West Cheshire - North East Wales sub-regional strategy. We the undersigned view the West Cheshire/North East Wales sub-regional strategy as ill thought out, extremely damaging and a subversive plan.The implications are huge, affecting many aspects of life in North Wales. Identity and human rights (in terms of welsh identity, language, culture, character and expression). Environmentally (in terms of sustainability, ecology, natural habitat and the built environment) and societal sustainability (in terms of demographics, economics, politics and communities). There has been no consultation with the people of North Wales and very limited consultation with our elected representatives, at both a local and National level, there has certainly been no genuine mandate. The plan is non- statutory but has become statutory as it has been adopted in Local Development plans and the Wales Spatial plan. The way in which the plan has been adopted has highlighted significant problems in both local and national government. It has shown a lack of inclusion and transparency, lack of democracy, selective recognition of policy,a reinforcing of stereotypes and the promotion of a culture of discrimination. The range of implications of this strategy mean that simply withdrawing from the plan at this stage would not address the many issues that concern us about this strategy and the thinking behind it. We declare that the West Cheshire sub regional strategy not only undermines the One Wales agreement but also undermines the role of the Welsh Assembly itself. We therefore petition the Assembly on behalf of the people of North Wales, to set up a body/committee to discuss these concerns with the People's Council of North Wales. We ask the Assembly to consider our evidence, views and research, with a view to withdrawing from the strategy in order to halt the damage being done, and to move forward with positive developments in line with the One Wales agreement.