Readers' views: Plaid's offer of coalition in Carmarthenshire Council turned down
ON August 29, as leader of the 28 strong Plaid Cymru Group on Carmarthenshire Council I offered the leaders of the Labour group (Kevin Madge) and the Independent group (Pam Palmer) our services by forming a joint coalition of the three groups to take responsibility for administrating and running the council.
As the authority faces having to make the reported cuts of £12 – £18 million next year, my members felt that a formal coalition would be the most effective way of dealing with this unprecedented situation.
Within the Plaid group there are able and talented individuals who would make a valuable contribution in such a coalition. We are convinced that a formal coalition would further empower the council and show the public that we are doing everything possible to steer our county through the very difficult years ahead and that the welfare of the people of Sir Gar should come first.
However, both the Labour and Independent groups have declined our offer, which means that Plaid Cymru will still remain as the opposition party on Carmarthenshire Council.
People must realise that it will be the Labour and Independent members who will be responsible for all decisions regarding the forthcoming major cuts in the budget for the next and following years.
Indeed, certain decisions have already been taken by the Labour and Independent executive board members without any consultation. Labour and Independent insist on being in total control of Carmarthenshire Council, and the offer of support from Plaid has been refused.
All cuts in services will be the sole responsibility of the Labour and Independent administration.
Peter Hughes Griffiths
Leader of Plaid Cymru group of councillors