Monday, 27 January 2014

Wrecsam Council accused of running away from public over leisure centre cuts

Labour-led Wrecsam Council has been accused of running away from scrutiny in the face of intense public criticism by campaign groups fighting cuts to front-line services. 

The criticism was levelled by Councillor Arfon Jones, of Plaid Cymru. He said: "The Save Plas Madoc campaign group have tried and tried to have their voices heard only to be blocked at every step of the way by this administration and its officers. 

 "They were prevented from asking questions at January's Executive Board despite complying with the constitution; they have emailed questions to senior officers more than a fortnight ago and are still awaiting a reply; next week members of the public will be barred from a workshop for members that will discuss the Leisure Review and more specifically the revelations of the haphazard way that the consultants have undertook the review."

Cllr Jones went on to say: "There are choices to made over making savings - this administration has chosen to cut front-line services rather than bureaucracy at Wrecsam Council. That was their decision and they should have the courage to face the public to justify that decision. 

 "The tax-paying public are not the enemy and the authority should not be 'circling the wagons' to prevent them getting access to the democratic process."

• Campaigners against the closure plans will be outside the Guildhall on Tuesday, February 4th at 1pm and also collecting names on the petition in Queen Square on Saturday, February 1st from 11am-1pm. Come and join us!

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