The Minister was commenting on funding announced last week as part of the Wales Infrastructure Investment Plan.
The plan details how the Welsh Government will act to deliver growth and jobs with a £15bn spend on roads, schools, hospitals, housing and other capital projects over the next decade.
As part of this plan the Welsh Government has allocated £9 million to the Environment and Sustainable Development portfolio. This includes:
- £4 million for flood and coastal risk management schemes in Colwyn Bay, Talgarth, Gilfach and Borth.
- £ 3million to expand Wales’ Fuel poverty scheme, Nest
- £2 million to run alongside Wales’ strategic energy scheme, arbed to maximise the benefits of that scheme.
The Minister said:
“This £9 million pounds for Environment and Sustainable Development is great news for Wales.
“The £4million for flood and coastal risk management will help to protect nearly 800 homes and businesses in Colwyn Bay, Talgarth, Gilfach and Borth from flood damage. Not only that but it will help to create and secure local job opportunities within the construction industry.
“I am also delighted that we were allocated £5million from the Wales Infrastructure Investment Plan to help tackle fuel poverty. This includes £3 million pound for our fuel poverty scheme, Nest which will help to reduce the fuel bills of around 600 householders across Wales through measures such as tariff checks, insulation and installation of energy efficient boilers.”