Have Your Say: Letting the language die
NEATH and Port Talbot's deposit local development plan (Post, Aug 10) seems to be no more than meaningless spin.
The article states that measures that could (notice "could" rather than "will") be taken include "support and funding for Welsh medium schools to cater for additional non Welsh speakers and ensuring a Welsh language service is provided in commercial developments."
No areas in Port Talbot are listed and only one in the Neath area will be targeted. So instead of being proactive and increasing the number of Welsh speakers in these areas, the council is willing to monitor the death of the language.
Earlier this year, Carwyn Jones launched his 'Great Debate' on the Welsh language and announced his attention to create a fully bilingual Wales. The only realistic way to do this is through the education system. Neath Port Talbot council recently undertook a survey to measure parental demand and this confirmed that 48 per cent of parents would choose Welsh-medium education for their children if it were available. What is the council doing about it? Nothing! Since its formation 16 years ago, Neath Port Talbot County Council has not opened one Welsh-medium school, the worst record for any county in Wales. Between 2001 and 2011, the percentage of seven-year-olds receiving Welsh-medium education in Neath Port Talbot has decreased by 12 per cent. It appears that Carwyn Jones has a lot of work to do in persuading the council that they should be serving the people they represent.
R S Campbell