Posted: Tue 29th Sep 2015

Council Mergers: Welsh Tories want residents to approve mergers in local referendums

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Tuesday, Sep 29th, 2015

The Welsh Conservatives have announced plans to give local communities the final say on local authority mergers.

The move comes as Labour’s Local Government (Wales) Bill reaches the National Assembly for its third stage of reading.

Amendments tabled by the Welsh Conservatives’ Shadow Minister for Local Government – Janet Finch-Saunders AM – mean that local residents would first have to approve a proposed merger, via a referendum, before it could go ahead.

Labour’s plans to reorganise local government in Wales have been controversial from the start.

The Williams Commission recommended that Wales’ 22 local authorities should be reduced to 10, 11 or 12 councils – but Labour’s Public Services Minister now plans to press on with plans to cut that to just 8 or 9.

The Welsh Conservatives steadfastly oppose Labour’s forced mergers

Mrs Finch-Saunders said that Welsh Conservative plans would put the power back in local hands. She said:

“The Welsh Conservatives steadfastly oppose Labour’s forced mergers and will continue to stand up for our proud communities the length and breadth of Wales.

“As we’ve said all along, where Councils can work together, share services and save money they have the backing and support of Welsh Conservatives – but only with the consent of local people.

“Our plans would put power back in to local hands, ensuring any merger is put to residents via a referendum.

“We have long opposed Labour’s marker-pen assault on our communities. Instead of taking people with him the Minister has ploughed ahead with his unpopular plans, risking great upheaval, less localised services and an attempt to banish many of Wales’ proudest communities from the map altogether.”

 

Spotted something? Got a story? Send a Facebook Message | A direct message on Twitter | Email: News@Deeside.com

Public Notice Advert

CQLCP

Latest News

  • Health Minister ‘hopeful 8am bottleneck’ for accessing GPs ‘has gone’ – as new local recruitment highlighted
  • Police: A494 in Alltami closed following ‘traffic incident’
  • Letby appeal bid set to be heard in April

  • More...

    Health Minister ‘hopeful 8am bottleneck’ for accessing GPs ‘has gone’ – as new local recruitment highlighted

    News

    Police: A494 in Alltami closed following ‘traffic incident’

    News

    Letby appeal bid set to be heard in April

    News

    Deeside-based international clothing distributor poised for huge growth after bank backing

    News

    Transport Secretary Mark Harper hosts talks on £1bn North Wales Rail upgrade

    News

    Ofgem: Energy bills to fall by around 12% as new price cap is announced

    News

    Welsh Parliament narrowly rejects call for Wales-specific Covid-19 inquiry

    News

    Hawarden: Belzona strengthens UK presence with new £3m state-of-the-art facility

    News

    Mold: MS praises ‘inspirational’ social enterprise “empowering” the community

    News