Leader welcomes local government reform map withdrawal
Posted on : 29 Jun 2018
Cllr Dave Poole, Leader of Caerphilly County Borough Council
The Leader of Caerphilly County Borough Council, Cllr Dave Poole has welcomed the announcement by the Welsh Government Cabinet Secretary for Local Government, Alun Davies AM, that he will withdraw the map for local government reform, which was published in March this year.
The announcement was made at the WLGA’s annual conference in Llandudno yesterday (28th June 2018).
The original proposals would have seen the number of local authorities in Wales reduce from 22 to 10 over the next few years, and could have included a merger between Caerphilly and Newport Councils. Instead, the Cabinet Secretary has agreed to withdraw this map, on the basis of a commitment from local councils to work with him to develop and deliver reform for local government in Wales.
A Welsh Government bill will be brought forward in the autumn to define the relationship between Welsh Government and local councils and to look at how these organisations can work together to drive forward reform.
Cllr Dave Poole said, “I certainly welcome this announcement from the Cabinet Secretary, and thank him for listening to and responding to the views of councils right across Wales. As a council, we were fully opposed to such a reshaping of local government and could see no logic in joining Caerphilly and Newport together as we are two very different areas with very little synergy between us.
“That said, there is much that we as an area can achieve collaboratively; the Cardiff Capital Region City Deal being just one example. There are many, many opportunities for local government in Wales to continue to operate in collaboration with each other and we look forward to being involved in the discussions as to the new way forward over the coming months”.