Local Government Reform should be scrapped or put on hold, says Plaid.
Plaid Cymru leader in the Vale of Glamorgan, Cllr Ian Johnson, has called for local government reform plans in Wales should be scrapped or put on hold until the new First Minister for Wales has been elected.
Current First Minister Carwyn Jones announced his retirement last month, weeks after a new Green Paper on local government reform was published, recommending merger between the Vale of Glamorgan and Cardiff.
In recent years, different Welsh Government Ministers for Local Government have made different proposals for local government – with some preferring to merge local authorities and others asking councils to work together across county boundaries on a service by service basis.
Calling for local government reform to be put on hold at least until a new First Minister is chosen, Plaid Cymru Councillor Ian Johnson said:
“Plaid Cymru in the Vale of Glamorgan is opposed to merger with Cardiff. We do not think it would be in the best interests of the Vale. Bigger councils do not mean better councils.
“For reasons that nobody really understands, Labour Local Government Ministers in Cardiff always want to tinker with local government rather than letting us get on with the job of improving local services.
“But every local government minister has a different idea to the previous one. Who knows for how long this Cabinet Secretary will be in place, and if they will still be there after the next First Minister decides their cabinet.
“As the Welsh Government doesn’t know what it will look like after the next few months they are in no place to decide the local government map
Plaid Cymru deputy leader in the Vale, Cllr Nic Hodges, added:
“Whilst I would prefer Welsh Government to scrap these council merger plans right now, they should at least have the certainty of knowing who will be in charge of local government in Wales before they waste time and money on forcing merger upon us.”