Thursday, October 19, 2006

Opposition parties reject Assembly budget

The opposition parties in the Assembly have rejected Labour's draft budget because they want to include - among a shopping list of demands - help for councils "to overcome the difficulties they face over landfill sites".

The delicate balance of power in the Assembly means that Labour has to get opposition support for its budgets. Out of 60 AMs, Labour only has 29 with the opposition consisting of Plaid Cymru (12), Tories (11), Lib Dems (6), John Marek (1) and Trish Law (1).

Negotiations will continue until "a fair deal" is reached. The thinking behind this is to negate the argument that revocation will put an unfair cost on Wrexham Council in terms of compensation, an argument we would reject but one that has been used by a variety of politicians.

So the ball is firmly back in Carwyn's court...


At Thursday, October 19, 2006 9:14:00 AM, Anonymous iddy said...

Hi all,

The compensation argument at this stage is facile,but local politicians seemed to be presenting it as an inevitable outcome of Hafod closing.
This also raises another important issue.
Local politicians have the funding and facilities to employ researches.They can also get answers from the local authorities about almost anything.
How is it then that almost in unison Martyn Jones,John Marek,Karen Sinclair and Ian Lucas have all rubber stamped the claim that the paying of compensation as inevitable.
To extend this.How is it that many local councillors are also broadcasting the same message.
It really reflects the sorry state of local democracy when the full time payed professionals haven't got a clue.


At Thursday, October 19, 2006 9:57:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well said Iddy!

At Thursday, October 19, 2006 10:01:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And what's more some may be of the opinion that our most local politicians only seem to be concerned with the Hafod issue when the camera's are on them! Step forward local memeber for Johnstown who last night opposed (but was thankfully defeated) a motion to send a letter of concern from the Governing Body of the village infant school opposing landfilling at Hafod. Why, Councillor .... WHY?

At Thursday, October 19, 2006 2:46:00 PM, Anonymous Dai said...

Labour have their pet projects. How come Ian Lucas calls a special meeting over PCSO's/community wardens but can't bring himself to call a similar emergency meeting over Hafod? It's obvious that councillors were given biased 'scaremongering' advice on Hafod.
At least the policing issue was debated properly and voted on fairly.
It just proves Labour don't really consider Hafod important enough.
I'm worried they want to use the site themselves secretly, to get back at us all for not wanting their incinerator. It's awful when you feel that Labour have come down to wanting revenge on local people for daring to disagree with them on a multi million pond issue.


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