Gloves are off as rivals clash
THE gloves came off when political rivals clashed over the introduction of parking charges in Pontardawe.
Labour veteran, Alltwen member David Lewis, claimed Plaid Cymru leader Linet Purcell had bored the pants off him.
Neath Port Talbot Council has agreed to introduce charges from next April, though as a concession to traders it will allow the first hour to be free.
The bypass car park, which was set to become long-stay only, will now also remain mainly short-stay.
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At a scrutiny committee meeting, Mrs Purcell opposed the charges and said: "This isn't just about sums of money, it's about livelihoods. I've had the owners of two businesses in tears talking to me."
But Councillor Lewis said councillors had a responsibility to the authority as well as to their community.
"Councillor Purcell has no responsibility to this council at all," he said. "Her only duty here is to do with protecting Pontardawe. That is a total abrogation of responsibility.
"Not respecting why we are doing this today is unforgivable. She says she has fronted a campaign on these parking charges for the last two years. That is true, and she has bored the pants off me.
"I am totally sick and tired of the campaigns run by a certain political party in Pontardawe over the last two years, which have done more to damage the village than (parking charges) will."