Mumbles councillors criticise colleague after he labelled Dylan Thomas a binge drinker
COUNCILLORS have distanced themselves from a colleague's comment which criticised Dylan Thomas's legacy.
Brian Arthur, who represents West Cross ward, last week questioned whether the authority would be right to use taxpayers money to join celebrations for what would have been the poet's 100th birthday next year.
It followed the announcement by the Welsh Government that a programme of events would be staged in a country-wide celebration, with the main focus on areas which inspired Dylan most, including Uplands in Swansea, Laugharne and Ceredigion.
But asked whether Mumbles should join the festival, Mr Arthur questioned what worth it would be to the village.
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He said: "Dylan was no better than the people who drink in Wind Street today. I think we should wash our hands of him.
"He was a binge drinker, and he was a person who hasn't done anything for Mumbles.
"He is a bad role model for modern youngsters.
"If he were alive today he would be drinking in Wind Street."
Some of his colleagues disagreed strongly with his views, prompting the community council to issue a statement.
Clerk Steve Heydon said: "Councillor Arthur's comments on Dylan Thomas do not represent the views of Mumbles Community Council.
"He was making a personal comment regarding the celebrations, when they were brought up by another councillor during the meeting.
"Community councils can only make decisions on matters in the formal agenda, so no discussion was held and the chairman moved onto the next item.
"Dylan Thomas 100 will be discussed at the next meeting of council when it will set its budget for 2013-14.
"Mumbles Community Council has played a leading role in supporting similar celebrations over the years."