Thursday, 25 March 2010

50% or bust

Tonight's full council meeting was the last opportunity for Wrecsam councillors to discuss the merits of a 50% affordable housing threshold.
The Plaid Cymru group put the motion forward to increase the affordable housing threshold from the 30% proposed level to 50%. This, we believed, will actually deliver the number of affordable houses needed in the borough during the lifetime of the new Local Development Plan.
The motion was unfortunately defeated by 23-13 but it was good to see independent, Lib Dem and Labour councillors join our campaign for more affordable housing.

Other votes on the night saw a positive vote on the joint council-union decision to accept ACAS over pay and conditions. Despite the consensus in favour, some saw fit to vote against a positive conclusion to this.

The most contentious decision - on travellers sites in Brymbo,Chirk and Ruthin Rd - saw a broad consensus in favour of excluding Chirk and Brymbo from the sites. This backs up Plaid's consistent line throughout the planning process.


jim said...

I've never been to a council meeting before but I was interested in the Groves issue. I have to say the standard of the chairing, the confusing way in which the LDP was dealt with and very mixed up legal advice made for a shambolic night. It felt like amateur hour down the local club. Some councillors added to that, especially the clown who wanted all 3 gipsy sites taken out and then moved later that they all be included!! It was also interesting to see some councillors unable to make their minds up about a vote without looking around them. We vote for community leaders not sheep! Perhaps that's why your 50% argument didn't win more support.

Plaid Gwersyllt said...

Won't disagree with you, it was shambolic!

Tim said...

It was great to see the councillors from Brymbo and Chirk standing up for their communities and gaining cross party support on the issue of travellers sites.

Plaid Gwersyllt said...

It was Plaid Cymru Councillor Carrie Harper who proposed in the Planning Committee that Brymbo and Chirk be withdrawn, that was defeated. Same happened in the Executive Board that was defeated as well.

Plaid Queensway said...

The meeting was all over the place. Let's hope we get web cams in there as we've called for, everyone would have to raise their game if the meetings were broadcast on the web. That would also ensure that anyone with an interest could watch proceedings instead of having to stand outside the guildhall because the chamber is full!