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Scrapping council merger plans welcomed

The announcement that Labour’s Welsh Government has once again abandoned its plans to merge County Councils has been welcomed by Plaid Cymru in Denbighshire.

The Welsh Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Local Government announced at last week’s Welsh Local Government Conference that he was “happy to withdraw the map” and that there would be no reorganisation.

 

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Council merger plans a waste of time and insulting

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Concerns for future of Community Councils

The Welsh Government’s attempt at reforming Local Authority is a waste of time and money, say Plaid Cymru councillors in Denbighshire.

Denbighshire Council met today to agree on its official response to the Welsh Government’s Green Paper into Local Government Reform.

Plaid Cymru Group Leader, Cllr Arwel Roberts, said: “The Labour Government is trying to force county councils to merge against the will of the people and local democratic opinion.

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Council looking at alternatives to Kingdom Security

Council looking at alternatives to Kingdom Security

Denbighshire Council is to look again at its contract with controversial Kingdom Security after criticism of its litter enforcement policy.

The council will consider a range of options, including bringing the service in house and greater collaboration with other north Wales council to tackle dog fouling and other environmental crimes.

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School Uniform U-Turn Welcomed

PLAID CYMRU WELCOMES WELSH GOVERNMENT U-TURN ON SCHOOL UNIFORM GRANT CUT

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Responding to the Welsh Government’s statement on the new grant for school uniforms (Pupil Development Grant – Access), Llyr Gruffydd AM and Plaid Cymru’s shadow education spokesperson said,

“I am pleased to see the Welsh Government u-turn on its awful decision to scrap the school uniform grant. which had originally caused worry and concern for families and left local authorities having to scrape budgets together to cover the shortfall.

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Critical report into joint procurement project

Mabon & Leanne Wood

Following a highly critical report by Denbighshire County Council's internal Auditors into a Joint Procurement Unit set up in 2013 between Denbighshire County Council and Flintshire County Council, Cllr. Mabon ap Gwynfor said:

"This is a very critical report highlighting serious failures on behalf of both Denbighshire County Council and Flintshire County Council to take advantage of their Joint Procurement Unit, and ensure that the people of both counties get the best possible savings from joint procurement.

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Use County Assets for community benefit

Ysbyty Rhuthun

Community Leaders are calling on Denbighshire County Council and Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board to work together and bring a recently vacated school site in Ruthin into community use as a health and social care centre for Ruthin and the wider area.

The old Ysgol Pen Barras and Rhost Street Schools were vacated over Easter following the opening of a new school site on Glastir. The land borders onto Ruthin Hospital. Plaid Cymru Councillors have called on organisations to work together to bring the old school sites into use as a health and social care hub.

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Banking and local economy on agenda

Banking and local economy on agenda at Ruthin Public Meeting

Adam Price

The future of Community Banks, our high street and how to boost the local economy will be discussed in Ruthin this Friday evening when one of Plaid Cymru’s senior members, Assembly Member Adam Price, comes to address a Public Meeting organised by Plaid Cymru.

Ruthin, Denbigh, Llangollen, Corwen and other communities across Denbighshire and Gwynedd have seen numerous banks close, with many communities now left without any banks and people having to travel countless miles to carry out essential daily banking duties.

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Council to consider free sanitary products in schools

Free Sanitary Products

Denbighshire County Council has voted to consider providing free sanitary products to every young woman and girl in schools across the county, following a motion put forward by the Plaid Cymru group on the Council this week.

Plaid Cymru’s motion called for free sanitary products to every young woman and girl in Denbighshire Schools to be provided in a way that respects their dignity and independence.

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Local Development Plan delay unhelpful

Mabon

Responding to delays in Denbighshire County Council's Local Development Plan because of intereference from the Labour Welsh Government, Councillor Mabon ap Gwynfor said: "The Cabinet Secretary's intervention is unhelpful and I have no doubt that it will have delayed things. We are inpatient in our need to move forward and get a new LDP in place as soon as possible, one that is fit for purpose, rather than the one which was forced on the Council by the Labour Welsh Government who seem to be putting the needs of developers first rather than the needs of our communities.

"The current LDP is not fit for purpose. The growth figures provided by the Welsh Government have been proven to be wildly inaccurate, and the Government's Planning Inspectorate told Denbighshire Council to adopt a lower percentage of affordable housing against all the evidence and advice available at the time. The Cabinet Secretary should let us get on with developing an LDP that answers the needs of our communities."
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LDP Unfit for purpose

Denbighshire County Council are preparing to start work on the Council's new Local Development Plan. The Local Development Plan is the legal document which shows what land is eligible to be developed for housing and commercial purposes.

Cllr. Mabon ap Gwynfor said: "We are inpatient in our need to move forward and get a new LDP in place as soon as possible, one that is fit for purpose, rather than the one which was forced on the Council by the Labour Welsh Government who seem to be putting the needs of developers first rather than the needs of our communities

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