Gwynedd Council have launched a survey asking the public which services are important to them, after fears of a funding gap between £11 million and £20 million up to March 2022.

With the pattern of insufficient funding from the government set to continue for the foreseeable future, Gwynedd Council wants to know which of the wide range of local services it provides are most important to the county’s residents.

The Council is urging local people and organisations to have their say by completing a short and simple online questionnaire at www.gwynedd.llyw.cymru/priorities . Paper copies are also available at the Council’s Siop Gwynedd one-stop-shops, libraries and leisure centres.

Gwynedd residents will also have the chance to discuss what’s important to them at a series of public meetings to be held across the county over the coming weeks.

Leader of Gwynedd Council, Councillor Dyfrig Siencyn said: “As a Council, our aim is to support all the people of Gwynedd to thrive and live full lives in their communities, and to do so in a county which is one of the best to live in.

“Achieving this aim will be a huge challenge given the significant and increasing financial pressure we face as a result of the government’s continuing ‘austerity agenda’. Indeed, our latest projections suggest that the funding gap we face could be anywhere between £11 million and £20 million in the period up to March 2022.

“Because of this, the Council will shortly be weighing-up which of our services to prioritise for the coming years.

“Before doing so, we are eager to hear which services are most important to the people of Gwynedd. As Council Leader, I would encourage as many residents as possible to have their say so that we have as clear a picture as possible of what is important to them.”

Local residents and organisations can take part in the short and simple questionnaire online at www.gwynedd.llyw.cymru/Priorities – paper copies of the questionnaire are also available from the Siop Gwynedd one-stop-shops in Pwllheli, Dolgellau and Caernarfon and from local libraries or leisure centres.

Over the coming weeks, ten public meetings will take place across Gwynedd at which the Council Leader or Deputy Leader and Chief Executive will be present to answer the public’s questions. The public meetings will be held at:
Bethesda – Ysgol Dyffryn Ogwen on Wednesday, 19 September (7pm-9pm)
Porthmadog – Ysgol Eifionydd on Tuesday, 25 September (7pm-9pm)
Pwllheli – Ysgol Glan y Môr on Monday, 1 October (7pm-9pm)
Tywyn – Ysgol Uwchradd Tywyn on Wednesday, 3 October (7pm-9pm)
Penygroes – Ysgol Dyffryn Nantlle on Thursday, 4 October (7pm-9pm)
Y Bala – Ysgol y Berwyn on Monday, 8 October (7pm-9pm)
Bangor – Ysgol Friars on Tuesday, 9 October (7pm-9pm)
Blaenau Ffestiniog – Ysgol y Moelwyn on Thursday, 11 October (7pm-9pm)
Dolgellau – Ysgol Bro Idris on Monday, 15 October (7pm-9pm)
Caernarfon – Ysgol Syr Hugh Owen on Tuesday, 16 October (7pm-9pm)

Anyone wishing to attend the public meetings should register in advance by visiting www.gwynedd.llyw.cymru/KeepMeASeat or by phoning 01286 679 912.