Conwy Council slams 'unnecessary' merger plans


Dean Jones

CONWY County Council met last week to discuss the latest local Government reform proposals.

Councillors gathered at Bodlondeb on Thursday, July 9 to go through their response to Welsh Government Public Service Minister Leighton Andrews’ suggestion of eight or nine local authorities across the whole of Wales.

They unanimously voted to send the pre-prepared letter to Mr Andrews for consideration.

In response to the merger map, a letter outlining their stance that no merger or re-organisation is needed, due to Conwy council “performing well”, and they also stated a merger this large could have a detrimental effect on businesses and public services.

The letter to Mr Andrews states: “Conwy firmly believes that re-organisation or merger involving this council is unnecessary and indeed will be counter-productive.

“The recent Welsh Government survey of Wales which, as a headline in respect of local government indicated 65 per cent of people agreeing that Conwy provides high quality services - the top result in Wales.

“We should not lose sight of the fact that no business case, with thorough cost/benefit analysis, has been conducted. Conwy and Denbighshire’s offer to prepare a business case was rejected.

"That was a missed opportunity and leaves the whole question of whether there are benefits from reorganisation of local government in Wales which will justify the cost, both financial and political.”

The authority reiterated that if mergers proceed the preferred option is to merge with Denbighshire, in line with the Williams' Report and the Expression of Interest submitted in November.

No date has been set for the mergers to but it is thought they would form part of Welsh Labour’s manifesto at the 2016 Government elections.

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