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Evading the truth over paddling pool decision

December 22, 2012 10:00 AM

At the Council meeting on 12th December under public questions there was one from Mrs Amanda Jones, who has been very involved in the SOS Pontypridd Paddling Pool campaign. It asked "Could you please explain what has changed since the elections in May this year that makes it impossible to sustain the paddling pool along with the new lido?"

This in relation to the manifesto commitment from Labour prior to the May Council elections which stated categorically they would retain the paddling pool, and also that their manifesto was fully costed.

Mrs Jones was not there to ask her question in person - having been stuck in Pontypridd traffic, but received a written response which she today posted on Facebook on the SOS Pontypridd Paddling Pool site.

Surprise, surprise the Labour Council leader is yet again abdicating all responsibility and blaming it on the UK Government. In his letter he states:

"Leisure Services are non-statutory and unfortunately these kind of discretionary services will all come under the microscope as we try to plug a £13.5M budget gap. What has changed since the election in May is that the financial outlook for the public sector is even more bleak and got bleaker again with the Chancellor's Autumn Statement earlier this month."

This is absolute nonsense. Quite apart from the fact that Local Government is devolved and the settlement comes via the Welsh Labour Government, the decision was already made by Labour long before the Autumn Statement. In fact it was made within days of the election when the planning application was submitted on 10th May. The Cabinet decision to press ahead with the plans including the removal of the paddling pool was made in July.

So when did the Labour party cost their manifesto? Because it was as late as April when their then leader announced that they had changed their mind on the subject and would be retaining the pool. Prior to that they had not stated any intention of keeping it.

More lies and subterfuge from Labour. Why can't they just come clean with the public?