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Town Council set to adopt new Welsh language policy

 
Created on 26/06/2018 @ 09:42
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Welsh speakers have welcomed Welshpool Town Council’s (WTC) admission that it needs to improve its Welsh language policy, following an error-strewn Transport Festival translation at the weekend.

Town Clerk Robert Robertson made an immediate apology for the poster error and said it will be put right in future, but the bigger picture is that the Town Council has conceded that they have not done enough to promote the Welsh language and has proposed a new Policy.

It goes before full council on Tuesday night and is expected to be adopted.

This has been roundly welcomed by local Welsh speakers with one publishing on Facebook: “WTC are making a positive move to respect the Welsh language by proposing a new Welsh Language Policy and Action Plan in the next meeting. This is a huge step forward.

“I will be there in the public gallery, if you also feel strongly about this issue please come along.”

Another one has written: “I attended a council meeting where the Town Council discussed the revision of their Language Policy. From the public viewing area, it was clear that the Council had understood that the time for development had come and that their strategy for future policy execution was positive and far-reaching.

“Mistakes are bound to be made along the way but the intended direction of travel is the right one. The council are in dialogue with interested parties and if you care about this issue - give the Council some support with their new approach.”

Town Councillor David Senior responded to the recent criticism by saying: “We know an error has been made, but we need to remain positive. We need to applaud the progress the Town Council are making. Hopefully we will soon have a new progressive policy. Mistakes are made, but let’s not leave those making an effort wonder why they bothered.”

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