Kidwelly Town Council split in half as argument breaks out over meeting room compliancy
KIDWELLY town council's estates meeting was split in half as an argument broke out whether the council's meeting room was compliant.
Chairman of estates, Byron Huws said he deeply regretted Lynda Finch-Jones's decision to step down as mayor, highlighting her "positive" work in the community. He then told the council that the Princess Gwenllian Centre meeting room was not compliant with health and safety as there was only one evac chair available. The councillor said until such time that it is, he would be adjourning the meeting.
Mr Huws said: "There is one person here who is capable of using the evac chair, that is reason enough why we cannot continue."
Jeanette Gilasbey queried if it was not up to standard, why the meeting had not been adjourned prior to that night — stating meetings had been held there for four years.
Ray Davies proposed to elect a different chairperson for the evening.
And Fran Burke-Lloyd said: "If this has been planned to coincide with everything else, then shame on you all. I think we should carry on. If we can't agree with that building, fine, we need to carry on. We have people out there waiting for us to get on with things. If you were ok to stand up here and shout and scream with each other last week why can't we carry on this week. We need to show we are better than all of this."
Mr Huws stated he made his decision on what he had heard, nothing else.
Town clerk Geraint Thomas said he was concerned with the way the town council was going, stating there are important issues to address and that it was the second week the council has had to curtail its business.
A vote was made to carry on the meeting with Keith Davies as temporary chairman.
Byron Huws, Ryan Thomas, Mike Thomas, Non-Howell Davies and Huw Jones then walked out, leaving Tegwen Burns, Peggy and Ray Davies, Keith Davies, Fran Burke-Lloyd and Jeanette Gilasbey to continue.