Carys Thornton has been announced as Labour’s County Council candidate for Seiriol ward in the County Council by-election to be held on the 6 May, following the resignation of Cllr Lewis Davies.
Carys grew up on Anglesey, attending Ysgol Llandegfan and Ysgol David Hughes, and is a fluent Welsh speaker. She lived in Llansadwrn for many years, and before that in Llanfaes. Carys has a First Class Honours degree in History from King’s College London. She is currently completing her Diploma in Law at the University of Law, Chester and has been working for a local firm of solicitors. She has also previously volunteered with a local Citizens Advice service.
If elected, Carys, aged 23, would be the youngest member of the County Council, but she sees this as an advantage, not a drawback:
“At the moment there are hardly any younger people on the Council and only three women. This really needs to change. Young people and women should be much better represented, and I feel I could bring fresh views and perspectives to the Council.
“I have spent almost all my life in Seiriol ward. I have a long-standing commitment to local community organisations and understand their importance. They bring together all sorts of people – both young and old – which really helps to unite the community.
“If elected, I would push for improvements to housing, jobs and transport in Seiriol ward and for better access to health care and, especially, mental health services.
“Second homes are an issue that needs addressing. I favour at least a 75% council tax premium on second homes, rather than the 35% that the Plaid-led Council supports. We also need more and better council houses to help young families.
“I want to see renewed exploration of how to use the Laird site for economic regeneration and a solution must be found to local traffic issues, such as the repeated landslips on the A545.
“I am keen to make the environment a focus in everything that we try to achieve, so that we meet the Welsh Government zero carbon targets. I think we need further improvements to green spaces as well as better cycle and walking routes.”
John Griffiths, Cwm Cadnant Community Councillor, welcomed Carys’s selection, saying: “Carys is enthusiastic, confident and bright. She will bring a young person’s perspective to our ageing County Council at a time when we all need to be thinking about future generations. She will be a brilliant advocate for our community as her qualifications and characteristics combine to give us an outstanding new councillor.”
For more information please contact:
Rick Mills, Vice Chair, Ynys Môn Constituency Labour Party, Heather Bank, Lôn Brynteg, Glyngarth, Menai Bridge, LL59 5NU.
Mobile: 07376 921608.
Tel: 01248 713218
or Carys Thornton: firstname.lastname@example.org