Penarth Town Councillor Cllr Anthony Ernest – who has today confirmed that he will be standing as an Independent candidate for Plymouth Ward for both the Vale and Penarth – has described the new “Penarth First Independents” group – led by former colleague Cllr Clive Williams – as “spurious”.
Cllr. Ernest said today “apparently we now have a new group in Penarth of so-called First Independents of which I am not one.
“These spurious groups” – he says –” tend to come together for just one thing – a single objective or aim, with little regard for the remainder of the agenda which should be to put Penarthians’ interests on the “front page” of their work, not scoring own goals.”
Cllr Ernest goes on to say that ” Indeed in the wider Vale, a similarly-named group in Llantwit Major [‘Llantwit First Independents’] is notorious for having joined up with the failed Labour-run Vale administration in Barry, who have done Penarth down to such a huge extent in the last five years.”Cllr Ernest says “I believe that certain individuals in the new Penarth group have held informal discussions with Labour as to the possibility of joining forces, and that is something I will not be a part of under any circumstances, which why I am standing as a straightforward Independent Candidate with no party ties or allegiances whatsoever.”
“This gives me independent thinking, the freedom to do what I consider is best for the people of the town, and the opportunity for any Penarth resident to come to me with whatever concerns or queries they may have, should I be elected on May 4th.”
Cllr. Ernest has been a member of Penarth Town Council for many years and has also served in Conservative administrations on the Vale of Glamorgan Council holding briefs for council housing, public buildings, leisure, tourism and the arts.
Born in the Plymouth Ward of Penarth Cllr. Ernest says “I have been asked to put my name forward for both Councils, as we need strong leadership, considerable experience and a real commitment to each of these widely differing roles in Welsh Local Government, at this time. Having been a Vale and Town Councillor both in power as well as Opposition, has given me the confidence to once more take on these roles, which are essential in delivering quality services to the people of Penarth and beyond, and I look forward to that challenge once again”.
The official lists of all candidates standing in May 4th’s Vale of Glamorgan Council elections and Penarth Town Council are due to be published later today,