Rishi Sunak will continue to use English name for Bannau Brycheiniog
The Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak has said he will continue to use the English name ‘Brecon Beacons’ instead of the park’s ancient Welsh name – Bannau Brycheiniog
The Park announced it was dropping the English version of the name earlier this month – a move which was heavily criticised by the Welsh Conservatives.
In an interview ahead of the Welsh Conservative conference set to take place this weekend in Newport, the prime minister said he is a “big supporter of the Welsh language and Welsh culture” but said “most people” would continue to say “Brecon Beacons”.
Mr Sunak added: “But when it comes to the Brecon Beacons, the first thing to say is this is an internationally renowned place to visit, attracts visitors from all around the world.
“It’s something we’re all really proud of across the UK. I’m going to keep calling it the Brecon Beacons, and I would imagine most people will do that too.”
The Park’s CEO said that reverting the name back to its ancient Welsh name was a direct response to the climate and ecological crisis.
The leader of the Conservatives in the Senedd, Andrew RT Davies, said the name change undermined an already well-known tourist destination.
Rishi Sunak has also refused to alter rules regarding HS2 funding which the Welsh Government says is depriving Wales of billions of pounds.
The prime minister said the high speed rail project would bring “benefits to the people in Wales, particularly those in mid-Wales and north Wales.”
Labour, Conservative, Plaid Cymru and the Liberal Democrat parties in Wales have all called for HS2 to be re-classified as an England only project in order for this to trigger £5bn of extra funding for Wales.
Although no HS2 track will be laid in any part of Wales, the project is still designated as an England and Wales scheme.
Rishi Sunak rejected a motion put forward by Plaid Cymru in the Senedd this week which called for the scheme to be reclassified.
The Prime Minister said: “There’s an established funding settlement for these things, but what I would say is I think HS2 will bring benefits to the people in Wales, particularly those in mid-Wales and north Wales.
“When you look at the connections to places like Birmingham and Crewe, that will considerably reduce journey times to London.”
“On top of that, the UK government is also investing around £350 million in rail improvements and infrastructure upgrades across Wales and additionally investing over £100 million in the South Wales Metro and one of the Levelling Up Fund projects that received the most amount of money anywhere in the entire UK, £50 million, was for the Cardiff Crossrail.”
Support our Nation today
For the price of a cup of coffee a month you can help us create an independent, not-for-profit, national news service for the people of Wales, by the people of Wales.