One was best

WHEN the unitary authorities were introduced to the old county of Gwent, the public were assured this was the way forward. Time has shown this is not the case.

Every unitary authority is in serious financial difficulty exacerbated by the number of executive and jobs-worth positions in each. Now councils have to make drastic cuts to save money yet councillors pursue grandiose schemes of no real value to the community at large. Nearly every road in the five council areas needs resurfacing but what the heck, who really cares? Social and community care has been decimated, the list is endless.

One council has just spent thousands of pounds on a footpath/cycle way and footbridge over a river which will only benefit a selected few. It was funded through grant aid but surely that is still public money which could have been better spent.

What about Newport which destroyed part of our social history then donated a substantial sum to save and restore it?Another has built a state of the art leisure facility in what can only be described as a deprived area. How can such expenditure be justified?

Wasn’t Gwent better served when it had only one county council? At least this provided parity instead of the current mishmash of policies and ill thought-out schemes from the varying unitary authorities. An analysis of overall expenditure by these authorities would highlight their overall ineffectiveness.

It is time to face up to reality and let the people of Gwent have the best deal possible and return to a single authority.

J Williams North Road Croesyceiliog

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12:36pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Vox Dei says...

A unitary Monmouthshire Council could only be supported along with a unitary Newport, in the same way that Shropshire and Wiltshire are governed.
A unitary Monmouthshire Council could only be supported along with a unitary Newport, in the same way that Shropshire and Wiltshire are governed. Vox Dei

1:18pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Banjalucka says...

Vox Dei - i wish you would research before you add daft comments. Read the papers - isn't there mention of much wider than Mon Regional area? Your lack of local gov knowledge is obvious. Why should Newport not be included? Get a grip please.VD.
Vox Dei - i wish you would research before you add daft comments. Read the papers - isn't there mention of much wider than Mon Regional area? Your lack of local gov knowledge is obvious. Why should Newport not be included? Get a grip please.VD. Banjalucka

1:27pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Vox Dei says...

Banjalucka wrote:
Vox Dei - i wish you would research before you add daft comments. Read the papers - isn't there mention of much wider than Mon Regional area? Your lack of local gov knowledge is obvious. Why should Newport not be included? Get a grip please.VD.
How is it a daft comment? The largest area of population is normally excluded from these county-wide UAs. Referring to the Wiltshire and Shropshire cases shows that this is quite often the done thing.

Which papers propose a "wider than Mon Regional area"? A unitary Monmouthshire would be approximately half a million souls. Why would it need to be bigger than that?
[quote][p][bold]Banjalucka[/bold] wrote: Vox Dei - i wish you would research before you add daft comments. Read the papers - isn't there mention of much wider than Mon Regional area? Your lack of local gov knowledge is obvious. Why should Newport not be included? Get a grip please.VD.[/p][/quote]How is it a daft comment? The largest area of population is normally excluded from these county-wide UAs. Referring to the Wiltshire and Shropshire cases shows that this is quite often the done thing. Which papers propose a "wider than Mon Regional area"? A unitary Monmouthshire would be approximately half a million souls. Why would it need to be bigger than that? Vox Dei

3:30pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Vox Dei says...

Incidentally, the suggestion "one was best" is fallacious anyway, as there were in fact SIX principal councils in Monmouthshire between 1974 and 1996, whereas now there are only four and a half.
Incidentally, the suggestion "one was best" is fallacious anyway, as there were in fact SIX principal councils in Monmouthshire between 1974 and 1996, whereas now there are only four and a half. Vox Dei

4:28pm Thu 5 Dec 13

ohc says...

May I suggest its not the local authority structure but the politics of councillors and ineptitude of senior employees that has made Monmouthshire such a mess?
May I suggest its not the local authority structure but the politics of councillors and ineptitude of senior employees that has made Monmouthshire such a mess? ohc

11:56pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Lord coed melyn says...

Maybe it time for the city region of swales/casnewydd
and keep all elected representatives in in the loop and not allow none elected officers to run rough shod over the people we put there? And disregard the peoples wishes and the Councillors we voted in that would be a good start.
They are there to supposedly help but they do seem to make a lot of froth and smoke. make problems out of mole hills and run into there offices and hide when the dust hits the fan leaving the councilors we voted in to carry the can. These people don't talk to one another. what one department is doing is not told to the other jest to get themselves in a with the chef executive its called oneupmenship to many the rats are in the mill the poor miller was told there eating the corn i now but they have got 24hrs a day. I'm only in so many hours what can i do ? GET A BIG CAT
Maybe it time for the city region of swales/casnewydd and keep all elected representatives in in the loop and not allow none elected officers to run rough shod over the people we put there? And disregard the peoples wishes and the Councillors we voted in that would be a good start. They are there to supposedly help but they do seem to make a lot of froth and smoke. make problems out of mole hills and run into there offices and hide when the dust hits the fan leaving the councilors we voted in to carry the can. These people don't talk to one another. what one department is doing is not told to the other jest to get themselves in a with the chef executive its called oneupmenship to many the rats are in the mill the poor miller was told there eating the corn i now but they have got 24hrs a day. I'm only in so many hours what can i do ? GET A BIG CAT Lord coed melyn

12:26am Fri 6 Dec 13

Banjalucka says...

Some interesting comments. Gets a but confusing with the use of Monmouthshire. Is this the Chepstow Usk area names that or we talking about all of Gwent? As i understand the Regional idea will be based on Cardiff taking in Gwent.
Some interesting comments. Gets a but confusing with the use of Monmouthshire. Is this the Chepstow Usk area names that or we talking about all of Gwent? As i understand the Regional idea will be based on Cardiff taking in Gwent. Banjalucka

9:18am Fri 6 Dec 13

Vox Dei says...

Banjalucka wrote:
Some interesting comments. Gets a but confusing with the use of Monmouthshire. Is this the Chepstow Usk area names that or we talking about all of Gwent? As i understand the Regional idea will be based on Cardiff taking in Gwent.
If we are talking about completely redrawing local government boundaries, then their current configuration is irrelevant. Monmouthshire means the geographic area between the Wye and Rhymney rivers. By "Cardiff taking in Monmouthshire" are you referring to the "City Region" concept?
[quote][p][bold]Banjalucka[/bold] wrote: Some interesting comments. Gets a but confusing with the use of Monmouthshire. Is this the Chepstow Usk area names that or we talking about all of Gwent? As i understand the Regional idea will be based on Cardiff taking in Gwent.[/p][/quote]If we are talking about completely redrawing local government boundaries, then their current configuration is irrelevant. Monmouthshire means the geographic area between the Wye and Rhymney rivers. By "Cardiff taking in Monmouthshire" are you referring to the "City Region" concept? Vox Dei

10:45am Fri 6 Dec 13

Lord coed melyn says...

The area to the east of rumney river is not cardiff is gwent or mon and the city in that area is newport and to the west of chepstow and to the west of monmouth is the same and to the south of abergavenny. that is a region it is not feasible to have two cities in one region.
The area to the east of rumney river is not cardiff is gwent or mon and the city in that area is newport and to the west of chepstow and to the west of monmouth is the same and to the south of abergavenny. that is a region it is not feasible to have two cities in one region. Lord coed melyn

10:57am Fri 6 Dec 13

Vox Dei says...

The definition is a bit fuzzy, but I think the "region" refers mainly to collaboration, with each city retaining its own identity and municipality. No-one would seriously suggest merging the two municipalities into one. There may well be some benefit in collaborative terms for an East Glamorgan and Monmouthshire partnership, but both Glamorgan and Monmouthshire should retain their identities.
The definition is a bit fuzzy, but I think the "region" refers mainly to collaboration, with each city retaining its own identity and municipality. No-one would seriously suggest merging the two municipalities into one. There may well be some benefit in collaborative terms for an East Glamorgan and Monmouthshire partnership, but both Glamorgan and Monmouthshire should retain their identities. Vox Dei

4:36pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Bobevans says...

WE should have Regional Councils There say could be one for South East Wales largely replacing the multitude of small local councils.

Most functions are better managed at a regional level. Things such as Education, Housing, Transport, Social services etc. It also removers layer after layer of duplication of management and admin functions
WE should have Regional Councils There say could be one for South East Wales largely replacing the multitude of small local councils. Most functions are better managed at a regional level. Things such as Education, Housing, Transport, Social services etc. It also removers layer after layer of duplication of management and admin functions Bobevans

6:27pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Bobevans says...

Service get increasingly complex and having lots of tiny little councils all building up their own little empires is not sensible, Have 5 Regional councils for Wales. There Could be a South East Wales Regional Council which would cover the same area as the Assembly South East Wales region

Things like house , Social services, education trading standards could all be administered and managed at the regional level as could refuse collection
Back office functions such as Finance, HR, Legal, Admin etc could all be centrally based
Service get increasingly complex and having lots of tiny little councils all building up their own little empires is not sensible, Have 5 Regional councils for Wales. There Could be a South East Wales Regional Council which would cover the same area as the Assembly South East Wales region Things like house , Social services, education trading standards could all be administered and managed at the regional level as could refuse collection Back office functions such as Finance, HR, Legal, Admin etc could all be centrally based Bobevans

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