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‘We don’t want to merge’

Published date: 30 January 2014 |
Published by: Shane Brennan
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A CAMPAIGN has been started against the proposal to merge Anglesey and Gwynedd councils, writes SHANE BRENNAN.

Llangefni resident and former Bangor City councillor Paul Williams has started a Facebook group called Keep Anglesey separate which now has over 650 members.

As well as this, Mr Williams has started a petition against the moves.

Mr Williams is concerned that Angelsey would be used as a “cash cow” to fund the south of Gwynedd.

He said: “Ynys Mon is a unique entity as an island.
“Our county council already provides far better value for money than Gwynedd does on every indicator.

“The south of Gwynedd gets more spent on it than the rest of the county and the concern is that that will continue in the new county.”

Gwynedd Council member for Llanuwchllyn Cllr Alan Jones Evans is also wary of Gwynedd joining up with Anglesey.

He said: “We have only had basic information at the moment, mainly what has been reported in the media.

“All eyes here have been on the cuts and our priority is to defend front line services.
“I would worry that this reform could take our eye off the ball on that.

“The future of the language is another major concern.

“We have a very strong policy on the language in Gwynedd.
“Other councils make noises about protecting the language and they have the powers to do it, but it is Gwynedd which has led the way.”

Cllr Jones Evans also felt that differences in spending between regions need to be carefully assessed.

He said: “The devil is in the detail.
“The south does have more spent on it per head of population but the costs are lower in the north because it is more urban.

“Here in the south we have our unique geography to consider.
“Our communities are separated by mountains and valleys which can make delivery harder.”
 

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