ARGUS COMMENT: Writing on the wall for the Caldicot and Wentlooge drainage board
12:41pm Friday 18th October 2013 in Gwent news
THE WRITING is now very definitely on the wall for the Caldicot and Wentlooge Levels Internal Drainage Board.
And it seems that it has been ever since the damning Wales Audit Office report a year ago which laid bare some significant failings in the running of this organisation.
Now, with the publication of a second highly critical report it is inevitable the Assembly will want radical change and quickly.
And it could be as early as next month that the board finds its powers being transferred to Natural Resources Wales. Other drainage boards in Wales will face the same fate.
In our view this seems to be an eminently sensible move in the wake of this second highly critical report of the local board's actions.
Since the first report was published, the Welsh Government launched a review of all drainage boards in Wales and stated it would prefer powers to be handed to the environmental body.
The Public Accounts Committee report issued yesterday confirms the earlier criticisms and goes further to suggest the lack of oversight and accountability potentially put the lives of thousands of people at risk.
This is a situation which has to change.
It also criticises the Welsh Government for failing to clarify who the board was accountable to and even the audit office for not acting earlier.
So it seems there were failings all round which must be tackled head on.
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