The Welsh Government’s so-called ‘Vision for North Wales’ has been slammed as a missed opportunity, with Welsh Conservatives lambasting the Economy Secretary for failing to make tangible progress on the North Wales Growth Deal.

They believe that devolving greater powers to North Wales is crucial for creating jobs and prosperity in the region, and held a Senedd debate in September demanding progress.

North Wales spokesman, Mark Isherwood, described today’s statement as a “smokescreen”.

He said:

“This announcement is a smokescreen for the Welsh Government’s failure to deliver what the region really needs, which is meaningful progress on the North Wales Growth Deal.

“Conferring greater powers on North Wales is a crucial and necessary step to reinvigorating the North Wales economy, yet the Welsh Government appears reluctant to put more power in the hands of local people.

“That’s why this statement feels like such a missed opportunity. Ultimately, an economy stands no chance of growing unless there is proper infrastructure to support it.”

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