Anglesey Shrinks. but Wrexham and Conwy Are Growing; Migration Figures Revealed

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Byline: TOM BODDEN Welsh Affairs Correspondent

ANGLESEY has lost more of its population than it gained from annual migration, according to official figures. While Conwy and Wrexham showed significant numbers moving in from the rest of the UK and beyond, the island suffered a net reduction in its residents in the year to June 2011 of almost nine in every 10,000.

Anglesey ranked with Flintshire (-11.4), Pembrokeshire (-14.6) and the South Wales Valleys among the counties with falling populations.

But the rate of increase in incomers to Conwy more than doubled over the 12 months to 53.5 in 10,000, and in Wrexham it rose to 22.8.

Anglesey Council's chief executive Richard Parry Jones said outward migration was undoubtedly linked to the island's economic fortunes after the loss of major employers, like Anglesey Aluminium and Eaton Electrical.

"Until the economic situation improves, we will sadly continue to see our young people moving away to find employment," he said. "Migration has a knock-on effect on our services with fewer people contributing to the economy and paying council tax. This in turn can lead to a drop in our rate support grant and ultimately less money to spend on service provision. There is also greater pressure on services as a result of more people out of work or on low income."

He added: "This is why this authority is working so hard with our partners in both the private and public sectors to boost our economy.

"Economic regeneration is our top priority and we hope to see a number of exciting projects come to fruition in the coming years which will certainly help reverse migration. …