Posted: Thu 28th Jun 2018

Unsurprisingly plans to force a merger between Flintshire and Wrexham Councils have been binned…again

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This article is old - Published: Thursday, Jun 28th, 2018

Plans to create “larger, stronger local authorities” in Wales have been binned once again. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

A Green Paper consultation setting new proposals was launched in March by Local government minister Alun Davies. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

He proposed to reduce the number of councils in Wales from 22 to ten – echoing a similar plans just a couple of years ago. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

And once again, plans to force a merger between Flintshire County Council and neighbouring Wrexham Borough Council were met with the usual hostility mainly from the Wrexham side. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Speaking at the Welsh Local Government Association’s annual meeting in Llandudno today Mr Davies said; “I’m happy to withdraw the map I published in March” in favour of a partnership approach. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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Commenting, Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Local Government, Janet Finch-Saunders AM said: ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“These proposals were rejected almost universally by local authorities across Wales, as well as opposition parties in the Assembly. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“The Welsh Conservatives made clear from the start that we felt this was top-down Welsh Government diktat and would not be welcomed by those within the sector – who had previously been promised a decade of stability by the previous Cabinet Secretary. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“The Cabinet Secretary spoke of a partnership approach and active centres of self-governing local government – and we await the detail of this in his forthcoming Bill. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“I am pleased that he seems to have seen sense in withdrawing the map – but would urge the Cabinet Secretary to ensure that in bringing forward his new Bill, he takes the local government sector with him. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Full and open public consultation throughout any reform proposal process is essential. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“I hope that he has learnt his lesson in this regard from the Green Paper debacle.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​


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