Vale of Glamorgan Council leader Cllr Neil Moore – who has spent the last 12 months vainly trying fight-off an enforced merger of his council with Cardiff Council – claims he and Cllr Lis Burnett (Labour St Augustines) have “negotiated hard ” on the new Cardiff Capital Regional City Deal which was signed yesterday.
Cllr Moore says “The City Deal will bring benefits to all ten local authority areas and my cabinet colleague Cllr Lis Burnett and I have negotiated hard to ensure that the Vale of Glamorgan will share fully in these.”
Cllr Moore’s statement doesn’t go into any detail about how the Capital City Deal is actually going to benefit the Vale of Glamorgan – or , come to that, Penarth. The bulk of the billion pounds involved is to be spent on what’s described as a “Metro system” which is to connect train and bus routes.
Moore asserts that the aims of the City Deal are to “improve productivity, create jobs, stimulate innovation, invest in infrastructure, and provide support for business” and that these objectives “mirror many of those of the Vale of Glamorgan Council”.
He says the challenge will be to ensure that the Deal brings what he calls “a real impact on the lives of residents of the Vale of Glamorgan”.