VALE MERGER WITH CARDIFF COULD BE DEFERRED BEYOND 2026

Welsh Labour Government Minister Mark Drakeford is to decide whether the Vale of Glamorgan and Cardiff will be asked to merge …some time over the next ten years…or later…or at all.

Welsh Labour Government Minister Mark Drakeford is to decide whether the Vale of Glamorgan and Cardiff will be asked to merge …some time over the next ten years…or later…or at all.

The Welsh Labour Government’s local councils supremo –  Mark Drakeford – is now to make a new statement on the Welsh Government’s plans for reducing the number of local authorities in Wales and – potentially – merging the Vale of Glamorgan Council with Cardiff Council.

Sir Paul Williams – and the controversial report urging council mergers which is now likely to to gather yet more dust.

Sir Paul Williams – and the controversial report urging council mergers which is now likely to to gather yet more dust.

The Welsh Government had been acting on a report it had commissioned from Sir Paul Williams – the so-called “Williams Report” which had recommended that the existing  22 councils in Wales be reduced to ” 8 or 9” through a series of mergers.

The Labour-run Vale of Glamorgan Council however, resisted the recommendations in the report for it to merge with Cardiff Council  – putting it at odds with the Labour-run Welsh Government.

But then came the Welsh Assembly elections in May this year in which the man leading the charge to force the councils to merge – Assembly Member Leighton Andrews – lost his safe Labour seat to Plaid Cymru .

Labour Leader Carwyn Jones - after hearing that he had tied with Leanne Wood in the election for First Minister. Unkind critics called him "Cry-Baby Carwyn"

Labour Leader Carwyn Jones appeared to be emotional after hearing that he had only tied with Leanne Wood in the May election for First Minister. Unkind critics called him “Cry-Baby Carwyn”

The Labour Party failed to win a majority in the Assembly – and failed  to get Labour Leader Carwyn Jones automatically re-elected as First Minister when – evidently to his discomfiture – Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood attracted an equal number of the votes of Assembly Members, making the outcome a tie.

A coalition deal was then stitched together with the LibDems’ single remaining AM –  Kirsty Williams –  which enabled Labour to form a government as the largest party,  but it meant that the council merger plans were put on hold.

Now Carmarthenshire Council’s leader , Emlyn Dole, has said Local Government Minister Mark Drakeford has assured him that Carmarthenshire Council will remain unmerged for “at least 10 years” and that existing councils will remain as they are unless “they want to merge”  .

UKIP Assembly Leader Neil Hamilton

UKIP Assembly Leader Neil Hamilton

Janet Finch-Saunders AM Conservative Aberconwy

Janet Finch-Saunders AM Conservative Aberconwy

UKIP assembly group leader Neil Hamilton says “It is utterly bizarre that we can make all the arrangements needed to leave the EU within two years, but it will take local councils more than 10 years to agree on joint working for tasks like rubbish collection or pot-hole filling.

Janet Finch Saunders – who is  local government spokesperson for the Conservatives in the Assembly – says “If Labour’s planned council mergers have been shelved for up to a decade then it will be very humbling indeed for the First Minister, whose government used up a lot of capital trying to force them through“.

 

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5 Responses to VALE MERGER WITH CARDIFF COULD BE DEFERRED BEYOND 2026

  1. AK says:

    Government doesn’t make any quick decisions, does it ?

  2. jm says:

    It’s utterly bizarre to me that an AM who lives in Wiltshire should be able to have a view on welsh local govt reorganisation!

  3. Georgie says:

    Tragic for Penarth

  4. Colin Davies says:

    The Welsh Assembly continue to prove to us all that they don’t have a clue especially when it comes to Local Government… 10 years? With LA’s already pleading poverty, 10 years from now, we’ll be looking at 6 monthly refuse collections, no street lights, roads covered in potholes, yet our Council Tax will probably have risen by 30% over the same period. The current map is NOT sustainable, when will the Assembly finally do something about it!!!

  5. Peter Church says:

    Labour AMs helping out Labour Councillors.
    It all stinks.

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