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'Neath Port Talbot should merge with Swansea under boundary changes'

By RachelSWEP  |  Posted: April 05, 2014

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NEATH Port Talbot has little affiliation with Bridgend, and should merge with Swansea when boundary changes come into force — that’s the view of some members of the local authority.

Cabinet members and the scrutiny committee met this week, to discuss a report which had been put together by chief executive Steve Phillips on the Williams Commission.

He gave members an overview of the recommendations —which includes two options fro Neath Port Talbot to merge with Bridgend alone or Swansea and Bridgend — of the commission and its implications and asked members to allow him to write to the Welsh Government identifying the need for an all-Wales timetable of reorganisation.

He also asked that the report go to full council to be discussed but did not ask members to formulate a council position on a preferred option as yet.

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Speaking about the options, he said there were numerous arguments both ways, but a Swansea Bay authority seemed more sensible.

“In economic, social and environmental terms there is a close affiliation between the areas of Swansea and Neath Port Talbot,” he said.

“One example of this is the very significant developments along Fabian Way at the border between the two authorities.

“More widely, this is represented in the recent establishment of a Swansea Bay City Region.

“The links with Bridgend are less obvious.”

Speaking at the meeting, councillor Lella James said she recently met with 42 members of the Townswomen’s Guild, who had questioned her over the plans.

She said: “They were asking when are we going to join Swansea, are we going to join Bridgend?

“So I asked them what they would rather, and they said only Swansea, we never go to Bridgend.

“That is something we have got to take on board.”

Councillor Linet Purcell added that she had spoken to people in the Swansea Valley who also felt far more affiliated with Swansea, adding: “They are saying they are more comfortable with Swansea and are asking why can’t we have a Neath Port Talbot and Swansea option?”

All members agreed that the sooner a timetable was available, the better in order to move forward with merger plans.

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  • Neathboy234  |  April 06 2014, 2:38PM

    PJL1967 don't bring Putin into this, only this week we discovered that he is hugely admired by farage. Surly that is enough of a shock to the system for anyone lol lol lol

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  • Neathboy234  |  April 06 2014, 12:54PM

    There will be no reorganization within the councils in Wales. For this to happen the various party's at the assemble also want a new fairer system of PR to be introduced. A system in which labor had got around 40% of the votes, yet ended up with half the AM's. Totally unfair and undemocratic.

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  • PJL1967  |  April 05 2014, 11:50PM

    Who does this chief executive, Steve Phillips, fella think he is? Putin? No wait, that's an unfair comparison, because, apparently, even the people in the Ukraine will have a referendum on the issue..

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  • thomastdout  |  April 05 2014, 7:13PM

    Neath Port Talbot has one of the highest council tax rates in Wales as a direct result of breaking up the old West Glamorgan County Council. It would make common sense to reconstitute said authority.

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  • neathguard  |  April 05 2014, 6:04PM

    Having seen the mess the Council have made of the road system in Swansea, and the bendy bus fiasco, we should avoid Swansea like the plague

  • blacksmith  |  April 05 2014, 4:48PM

    I haven't heard the word DEMOCRACY .Who do these people think they are, They are elected by the people yet they make decisions over our heads which has major implications for the people in these area's , Do they think that we are not concerned , Well I can tell you I would LIke to have my say on this matter Which thousands of the public in the area would also like their say ,IT IS UP TO THE PEOPLE TO DECIDE If they want to merge Not local political careerists It is called DEMOCRACY

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  • Lezz_T  |  April 05 2014, 1:45PM

    Being swallowed by Swansea would be a disaster for N/PT, in recent years we have seen tens and tens of millions of pounds of public money being pumped into Swansea centre and SA1 vanity projects trying to make a silk purse out of a sows backside, while the town centres in Neath and PT have been allowed to rot. Amalgamation would see even more money being diverted into Swansea Centre/ SA1 at the expense of N/PT.

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  • Carnabwth  |  April 05 2014, 1:17PM

    For those of us employed by the former West Glamorgan County Council may find this unreal. Highly intellect and appropriately qualified employees made their position clear that West Glamorgan was manageable and was insane to break up the Authority. It was Swansea City with a Lord Mayoral status that swung that at that time. So, are we now seeing the grossest mismanaged of public funds where multi personal and political interests far outweighed common sense.

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