By Lesley Griffiths

MS for Wrexham

Three community projects in Wrexham close to my heart have secured a share of Welsh Government funding. Gresford Community Library has been awarded £24,740, which will be used to instal new heating equipment and insulation to make the premises more energy efficient. Wrexham Community Broadcasting – who recently acquired the assets and restarted Calon FM – has received £25,000 to create two studio spaces for live broadcasting and pre-recording radio shows. Finally, £10,000 was secured by Maes y Pant / Hollowfield Action Group which will be used to create a new children's play area in the community woodland spanning Gresford and Marford. All three projects rely on the goodwill of volunteers so I am pleased they are being supported and their hard work is being recognised. It is great to see Welsh Government funding making a difference locally.

Tackling climate change is the biggest environmental challenge facing the world today, as highlighted during the COP26 summit taking place in Glasgow. As world leaders attempt to strike international goals, we know as individuals we can make small changes to our lives that will help protect the environment. Funded by the Welsh Government, Sustrans Cymru works with schools to make it easier for pupils, parents and staff to travel safely to school by foot, bike or scooter. The charity recently launched its Active Journeys Programme and I’m keen to raise awareness and encourage schools in Wrexham to take part. Participation is free and schools that sign up will receive support from a regional Active Journeys Officer, as well as other additional benefits. Promoting active travel is a priority for the Welsh Government. Not only is it important in the fight against climate change and reducing air pollution, it's also great for our physical health and wellbeing. If there are any schools in Wrexham interested, please apply to the programme or contact me for more information.

What an occasion it was last week to finally welcome Wrexham AFC owners Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney to the town. I think everyone was thrilled the Hollywood duo took the time to explore Wrexham and immersed themselves in the community. Although the results didn’t go our way on the pitch, as a fan, it is hard not to be excited about what the future holds for our great club. There’s no doubt the actors’ presence is a boost for the whole town and I hope it isn’t too long before we see them again at the Racecourse!