We are thrilled to see the support for our petition, We demand that the Welsh Senedd has full control of natural resources in Wales, with over 10,000 people having signed it in the first 5 days.
We have followed up the launch of the petition with a day of action by holding two protests, one at Tryweryn and one at Lake Vyrnwy with groups and individuals from across Wales reacting to our call including Bala, Bethesda, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Mochdre, Rhuthun, Tregaron and Merthyr Tydfil. Another day of action will take place in November with details to follow shortly.
We are not advocating for ceasing the transfer of utilities from Wales to England, but the decision on these issues should be made by those elected by the people in Wales to benefit Wales.
We chose Change.Org as a platform as the Senedd Petitions Committee cannot accept petitions pertaining to issues that are not wholly devolved, but we will be working with elected officials to ensure the issue is raised at the Senedd as a matter of urgency as water restrictions are increasing across the UK.
We chose not to use Parliament petitions site due to the attack on devolution we have seen from the UK Government over the last few years including the Internal Market Act, Subsidy Control Bill and the sidelining of Welsh and Scottish Governments in trade negotiations which will negatively affect our agricultural industries.