Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Plaid Councillor calls for more openness and transparency in decision making on Wrecsam Council.

Plaid Cymru, Wrecsam - Press Release.
Plaid Cymru Councillor for Gwersyllt West, Arfon Jones has called on Wrecsam Council to be more open and transparent in discussing major issues of public interest which are  being held in closed and secret meetings where the press and public are excluded.

Councillor Jones, "I am concerned that many important decisions are being taken behind closed doors because officers have decreed that the reports contain confidential information and should be heard in Part 2 of meetings. I believe that an increasing number of issues are being considered in this way and without public scrutiny. Amongst the important issues discussed in secret recently were Senior Officer Salaries, the Leisure Review and the Local Authority Trading Company for Cleaning Services, all of which were deserving of public consultation."

Councillor Jones went to say, "Councillors have an important job to inform the public how their money is being spent but the increasing use of Part 2 reports are like  gagging orders prohibiting us from speaking out publicly against issues which we believe may not be in the public interest. Unfortunately many  Councillors who are part of the ruling alliance  allow these Part 2 reports to be discussed without considering the public interest.  The Labour administration should produce a summary of each and every Part 2 report so that the press and public are aware of the important issues under consideration but without  disclosure of confidential information.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What about those reports which contain irrelevant confidential information just so that they can be heard in Part 2. There is a lot of using the law here for the wrong reasons, which is to keep controversial issued away from the public eye, and it happens everywhere.