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RCT and Merthyr merger plans - no thanks say RCT Lib Dems

September 27, 2014 9:10 PM

The consultation on proposals to reorganise Local Government in Wales comes to an end this coming Wednesday, 1st October. Following a report from the Williams Commission published earlier this year the Welsh Labour Government announced they were in favour of the plans suggested which include merging RCT Council with Merthyr .

The full RCT Welsh Liberal Democrat response will be published on here in the next day or two but in summary:

We agree with fewer Councils, but are disappointed that this has turned out to be an exercise merely in rubbing out existing borders rather than a wider review.

We would argue that RCT is large enough to stand alone as it already covers an area that is substantial both in terms of population and geographical area.

If there is to be no alternative to mergers of existing Authorities then we do not think that a merger of RCT and Merthyr is acceptable and think that other alternatives such as a merger with Bridgend should be looked at. This would give a better balance of deprived and more affluent areas and with the planned health service reorganisation moving services from the Royal Glamorgan to Bridgend then it makes sense to have stronger ties there.

RCT Welsh Liberal Democrat Campaign Manager Karen Roberts says

"This review has major implications for public service delivery in RCT and indeed across Wales. It is disappointing then that RCT Council does not appear to have submitted a response, or if they have then it has not been made public nor indeed discussed at full Council.

"We have not heard either from any of the Labour politicians representing the area on the subject. Of course Rhondda AM Leighton Andrews has now been made Minister for Public Services and is responsible for driving these changes through. He is not likely to break ranks with his Wesh Government colleagues again after his last experience."