Small is beautiful, says councillor
12:00pm Friday 18th October 2013 in News
A CEREDIGION councillor has hit out at the claim by first minister Carwyn Jones that 22 county councils are not viable in the light of the recent financial settlement for Wales.
Ceredigion is one of the smallest local authorities in Wales, with a population of just over 75,000 people.
But Aberystwyth councillor Paul Hinge claims that smaller authorities are more in touch with their residents.
"The creation of large cumbersome entities such as the First Minister seems to suggest is not the answer.
Let's look at where there are failings already.....many are in large councils at the moment and I will concede some have been in smaller councils but the failure is in the abilities within the councils and in the governance of those councils....not because they are small!"
"Before the last local government reorganisation in 1996 the consensus right across the board was large council structures were not delivering for the areas they served, so what's different from then to now? Nothing!
They are cumbersome and as a consequence all services coalesce to the larger areas of population.Therefore, anyone with a modicum of intelligence will see that the usual blanket approach which seems to be Labour's preferred methodology will not improve delivery...it may well reduce costs by axing huge numbers of jobs but the services will still suffer," he said.
And he added; "If there is no accessible local accountability the rural areas of Wales will once again suffer in favour of the urban regions within Wales."