A five year plan has been published to increase the number of Welsh speakers in Gwynedd.
Over 65% of the population already speak Cymraeg – but Gwynedd County Council wants to encourage even more use of the language and boost the number of speakers to over 70% by 2021.
A draft version of a strategic promotion scheme for the county has been unveiled and the council has launched a public consultation.
Leader Dyfrig Siencyn said: ”The council has a proud tradition of promoting and protecting the Welsh language as a natural means of communicating its services, and of working to ensure that all the county’s residents are able to live in a Welsh-speaking natural society.”
”The draft Welsh language plan refers to those areas where the council has an influence, and where we believe that a real difference can be made in the short term, as well as setting firm foundations for the future.”
Councillor Siencyn added: ”There is emphasis on identifying opportunities to increase Gwynedd residents’ use of Welsh in every aspect of their lives, and to ensure that those who already use the language feel proud and confident in the language.”
”We are aware that it will not be possible for the council to work alone to deliver some of the priorities noted in the plan, and we will need to work together with several partners and an external organisations to achieve our aims.”
To take part in the consultation, visit the council’s website or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. A series of events will also be held across Gwynedd before the consultation closes on Tuesday 5th June.