A PUBLIC meeting was held at the Senedd on Wednesday night (March 1) to discuss the building safety crisis in Wales.

There were about 100 attendees at the event, organised by Janet Finch-Saunders, MS for Aberconwy and the shadow minister for climate change and housing, as well as the Welsh Cladiators.

Countless heart-breaking accounts were shared as to how leaseholders feel abandoned and ignored.


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Mrs Finch-Saunders MS (Welsh Conservative), Jane Dodds MS (Welsh Liberal Democrats), and Rhys ab Owen (Independent) made a commitment to work cross-party to tackle the cladding issues.

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Mrs Finch-Saunders said: “I would like to thank everyone who attended, and especially the Welsh Cladiators for their close cooperation with me to arrange the meeting and hold the Welsh Government to account.

“The fact that so many attended is symbolic of the fact, that over five years on from Grenfell, there has been a complete failure by Welsh Government to ensure that leaseholders are living in safe buildings.

“Whilst the minister and Welsh Labour chose not to attend the meeting, I can assure you that I will be working cross-party with Jane Dodds MS and Rhys ab Owen MS to try and convince the Welsh Government to bring the nightmare so many Welsh residents are living to an end.”

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Mark Thomas, chairman of the Celestia Management Company Limited, and member of the Welsh Cladiators added: “We are extremely grateful for all the support and advocacy afforded to us from Janet Finch-Saunders, Rhys ab Owen, and Jane Dodds.

“We desperately need more urgency on tackling this issue within Wales.

“The absence of any Welsh Labour elected representative was particularly disappointing given that we see building and public safety as a non-party political issue.

“We look forward to continue working with Janet, Rhys, Jane and other Senedd members to move this forward.”