South Wales Guardian Opinion
5:50am Wednesday 4th July 2012 in News
THE Cabinet is hitting the road!
The fact that the county council’s executive board – or Cabinet as they are sometimes known – will meet for the first time in Ammanford later thismonthisastatement of intent from newly-appointed leader, Kevin Madge.
Well aware of the perception that Ammanfordanditsenvirons are somewhat forgotten when it comes to key policy decisions, he is bringing the authority’s movers and shakers to the townitself.
It will be the first time the Cabinet have ever met outside County Hall and itwould not be fanciful to suggest it signals a definite tip in the balance of power towards our part of the county.
Sceptics will say: ‘So what?’ Different location, perhaps, but same old faces and same old political differences.
Achange of scene is not going to change that, is it?
But the fact a Garnant-based councillor is now at the helm really should makea difference as far as theAmman Valley is concerned.
Just look at the amenities the home villages of past leaders nowenjoy!
And– at a timewhensomanyservices appear to be getting farmoreremote from the public – Cllr Madge’s bold decision to establish a base at Ammanford Town Hall is also something to bewelcomed.Thelocal authority has to be accessible – and accountable.
It will effectively give local residents access to the top tier of power at Carmarthenshire county council and offer an opportunity to ensure their voices are heard.