The first councillor in the north of Wales has said that he is joining Neil McEvoy’s Welsh National Party.
A Gwynedd Councillor, who represents Pwllheli North ward on Gwynedd Council, has announced he will sit as a WNP Councillor.
Dylan Bullard becomes the latest councillor to join the party after Cllr Martyn Peters on Neath Port Talbot Council joined yesterday.
The party now has six councillors, including four in Cardiff. The party leader, Neil McEvoy also sits in the Welsh Parliament for the WNP.
Cllr Bullard was first elected as an independent in 2017 for Pwllheli North after defeating a sitting Plaid Cymru Councillor, gaining 56% of the vote.
“Pwllheli is exactly the sort of town that can benefit from the WNP. It’s a great place to live but we could be doing so much more,” Dylan Bullard said.
“Every summer we’re a place that tourists flock to but outside of the summer months our town is too easily overlooked. The Labour Government in Cardiff seems to have little interest in us and Gwynedd Council has brought in policies that don’t benefit us.
“Local community schools across Gwynedd have closed because of Plaid Cymru. And their Local Development Plan has done nothing to progress our language. If anything, it’s led to an overwhelming number of second homes here. Local people are priced out of owning homes and young people see little option other than to move away.
“The Council’s reaction to the Coronavirus outbreak has been slow, to say the least. The Licencing Committee did not immediately issue orders for tourist sites to close and the Police and Crime Commissioner was so slow to react that locals had to take it upon themselves to keep tourists away.
“The simple truth is, Pwllheli and Gwynedd are not just here for other people’s enjoyment. We are proud Welsh communities.
“We need a party that fights for the people who live here year round. We need a party that doesn’t hold back when it comes to defending our interests. We need a party that puts community sovereignty at the heart of what it does. But most of all we need a party that recognises the enormous potential that Gwynedd and Pwllheli have.
“The WNP is that party and I’m really looking forward to seeing the party grow and develop in Gwynedd.”
WNP leader Neil McEvoy said that he was “thrilled that a Councillor of the quality of Dylan Bullard” had joined the movement.
“He defeated a sitting Plaid Councillor in 2017 and has been robustly standing up for the interests of Pwllheli North ever since,” Neil McEvoy said.
“He’s a really passionate guy with great ideas. I was very impressed with the way he stood up for his community during this pandemic and demanded that Gwynedd Council take action to keep tourists away.
“With the addition of Dylan to our team we are demonstrating that the WNP truly is a national party for Wales. We’re now representing people from coast to coast on three local authorities and I anticipate more community champions like Dylan joining us in the near future.”