I have been focusing on ensuring that the UK Government is putting its money where its mouth is by providing significant investment into Montgomeryshire, through the introduction of several schemes and packages which will deliver on its promises to level-up the UK and inject real growth to the area, writes Craig Williams MP.

The Levelling-Up Fund will see millions of pounds granted to Powys to work up new projects, with the aim of investing in local infrastructure which will have a visible impact on Powys’ residents and communities, such as transport schemes, regeneration projects and cultural assets.

The UK Government, alongside the Welsh Government, have also signed off on £110 million of investment for the Mid Wales Growth Deal, which will focus on strategic growth areas such as digital infrastructure, transport, agriculture and tourism.

This adds to the UK Government’s commitment to the building of a Llanymynech A483 bypass, forming part of its strategy to overhaul and improve direct transport connections and movement of goods between all four nations of the UK.

In addition, Openreach and the UK Government last week announced that 140 exchanges across Wales will be upgraded, including within Caersws, Forden, Llanidloes, Machynlleth and Newtown.

This will enable access to full fibre broadband for an extra 9,000 premises within Montgomeryshire, and forms part of the UK Government’s target of delivering ‘gigabit capable broadband’ to 85 per cent by 2025.

I continue to work on tackling ‘not spots’ in Montgomeryshire and have been working with the UK Government and internet providers to ensure this is also at the forefront of the UK Government’s priorities.

This has been shown with the instillation of new mobile network masts across Mid Wales, which will initially support Emergency Services before shortly being adapted for public use.

These investment packages reiterate that despite all of the challenges brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, we are committed to getting on with the day job.