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Andrew RT Davies calls for national blue plaque scheme for Wales

04 Aug 2022 2 minute read
Welsh blue plaque photo Alun Gibbard

Andrew RT Davies MS, Leader of the Welsh Conservatives in the Senedd, will call for a “proper blue plaque system for Wales” whilst attending the Eisteddfod in Tregaron today.

In Wales currently, blue plaques, which commemorate a link between a location and a famous person, are the result of different local schemes.

Mr Davies says he wants to see a national scheme for Wales, following discussions with constituents who have struggled with the current system, which would fund and coordinate the placing of bilingual plaques across Wales.

He also said that he would enter a bid to a new system for Derrick Hassan to be commemorated with a blue plaque at the house he lived in in Rhiwbina.

Mr Hassan, who died in May, was the first black police officer to serve in South Wales Police.

Inspirational people

“Blue plaques are a great way of fence posting our history. They remind us of the inspirational people who lived in our villages, towns and cities, and they inspire us to try and do great things,” Mr Davies said.

“The plaque system, as it stands, is fragmented, and people can find it hard to interact with.

“That’s why I’m calling for a proper blue plaque system for Wales.

“Usually, Welsh Conservatives want to reduce the number of quangos, but I think in this instance it’s important to have a one stop shop for these big blue counters of history.

“If Labour ministers do listen to us, and set up this national body, I’ll be putting in an application for Derrick Hassan to receive a blue plaque.

“Derrick was the first black police officer to serve in South Wales Police, and I think it would be wonderful to have that celebrated with a blue plaque on his house in Rhiwbina.”


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Tom Bennett
Tom Bennett
12 days ago

A BLUE plaque? Cymru is a separate nation and surely GREEN would be the perfect choice for us.

One of the two witnesses
One of the two witnesses
12 days ago

REALLY important matter there Arty. Finger on the pulse of politics as usual! Okay, let’s have a plaque scheme. But It’s Cymru so lets have them in RED. And whilst Derrick Hassan was an important first for black representation, this could lead (for precedent’s sake) to thousands upon thousands of plaques being required to mark every first. The first black person / woman / asian person / gay person / trans person in the Welsh police / NHS / Army / Navy / Air Force / Coastguard / Civil Service / Theatre / Extruded Plastics Industry / boardroom. I do… Read more »

Last edited 12 days ago by One of the two witnesses
Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
12 days ago

Green Plaque…all the trouble in this country and that is top of your agenda…take some loo roll and wet wipes…how did they get permission to hold this event without the right facilities in place…you could ask Ben Lake and Elin Jones to look into things…

Dr John Ball
Dr John Ball
12 days ago

The first such plaque should be for ARTD who has suddenly realised he lives in Wales.
Does suggesting such a scheme for Wales make him a terrorist and danger to the union?
Do Rishi and Liz approve of such dangerous suggestions?

Fi yn unig
Fi yn unig
12 days ago

Anyone smell a rat here? RT wants a ‘national scheme for Wales’. He does not believe in the nation of Wales. He talks of ‘fence posting our history’. What does he mean by OUR history? Many of us were denied Welsh history in school and were instead taught about his version of history. So what is his motive here? Any people commemorated on these plaques must be notable people who did something FOR Wales or who are associated with our country for positive reasons. This disqualifies any current or former Welsh Tories automatically.

One of the two witnesses
One of the two witnesses
12 days ago
Reply to  Fi yn unig

I suspect he means a scheme for EnglandAndWales

DAI Ponty
DAI Ponty
12 days ago

Fat man Davies go crawl back under your stone

Richard
Richard
12 days ago

Great idea 💡 Andrew ….:constructive suggestions on the big issues that the man on the No 31 bus 🚌 from Shotton to Fflint is concerned about ….

Hell Glibson
Hell Glibson
12 days ago

Red, make it red.

Notttabottt
Notttabottt
12 days ago

Desperate to score points this guy

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