South Wales Guardian Opinion

First published in News

CONSIDERING Carmarthenshire county council clearly regard this paper as insignificant (by implication showing scant regard for our 14,500 readers) they have gone to quite extraordinary lengths to belittle us.

Their already infamous 565-word statement is quite breathtaking in its audacity, but presumably took some time to put together.

Andwhileweshould perhaps be flattered County Hall obviously viewus as a threat, wouldn’t its energies be better spent tackling the enormous challenges our county faces, including education reorganisation, the off-loading of public amenities and the future of social care?

Let’s be honest, the two recent articles that raised their hackles were hardly the stuff of Fleet Street!

The July article on towncouncillors’ concerns about the major redevelopment of Quay Streetwas a straightforward account of a towncouncil meeting.

Our September 19 editorial highlighted the council’smuch-criticised Sainsbury’s press release, which resulted in council leader Kevin Madge being reported to the ombudsman.

The big worry must be that - amid all this mud-slinging - everyone will lose sight of the central fact that Guardian readers will be starved of essential information.

One poster on our website asked: “Want to knowdetails about the Christmas refuse collection inAmmanford? Or anything about the compulsory purchase of land in Llandybie or Gorslas or Llannon?”

You’ll find this information in various papers with weaker penetration in the Ammanford area. “If you don’t get these papers – hard luck!”

We couldn’t have put it better ourselves.

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10:45am Wed 19 Dec 12

Meirion says...

Such expense and spin doctrine in difficult times.
If only those that were paid from the public purse acted as they should have in the public interest; we would not find ourselves in the position we are today.
A wasted expense once again as a result of too many toys in the pram on "Jail Hill."
Such expense and spin doctrine in difficult times. If only those that were paid from the public purse acted as they should have in the public interest; we would not find ourselves in the position we are today. A wasted expense once again as a result of too many toys in the pram on "Jail Hill." Meirion
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9:07pm Wed 2 Jan 13

cresswell1 says...

why would Carmarthenshire council spend lots of money,with a very little local paper, don't blame them for not using your paper, as you are aways running them down, i am suprised you have many readers.i bet it is most of Plaid who buy this local rag.
why would Carmarthenshire council spend lots of money,with a very little local paper, don't blame them for not using your paper, as you are aways running them down, i am suprised you have many readers.i bet it is most of Plaid who buy this local rag. cresswell1
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