Decision Maker: National Park Authority
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
Members considered and welcomed the Welsh Language Promotion Strategy. The Welsh Language Champion thanked the officer and highlighted the importance of events such as the National Eisteddfod and the Urdd which enabled people to gain understanding of the language and culture. The Chief Executive advised that National Parks Wales had previously had a presence at such events and had sponsored events at the Urdd. A member suggested that singing was an excellent way to support Welsh culture.
The Equality and Diversity Champion highlighted the need to link with the Authority’s Equality duty and referred to statistics that could be updated.
A member asked whether the Authority could be more ambitious and aim to increase the number of Welsh speakers in the park. The officer applauded this ambition but advised that the Authority’s resources and remit were limited in this respect. She referred to the Welsh language course of 10 hour long units which were already seeing benefits amongst the staff.
A member wondered whether more could be done to encourage young people in environmental careers in Wales through links with academic institutions. The officer advised that there was a reference to supporting environmental careers. She noted the comments about Welsh events, and advised that she had recently run a Welsh Language writing competition for children, on which there would shortly be a press release.
a) For the Authority to note the good work which has already been accomplished which this strategy builds on.
For the Authority to ratify the five year Welsh Promotion Strategy before publication on the Authority’s website and intranet.
Report author: Sian Shakespear
Publication date: 07/08/2020
Date of decision: 07/08/2020
Decided at meeting: 07/08/2020 - National Park Authority