Derek Vaughan MEP

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Neath Port Talbot Boundary Proposals will “damage local democracy”

Plans for a massive electoral shake up in Neath Port Talbot have been heavily criticised by Welsh Labour MEP, Derek Vaughan.

In a letter to the Local Government Boundary Commission for Wales, Mr Vaughan, a serving councillor in Neath North and former leader of Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council, has called for the proposals to redraw the electoral map to be rejected in their entirety.

Responding to the review, DEREK VAUGHAN MEP said:

"This is one of the most poorly written documents that I have ever seen during my time in elected politics.  It does not put the needs of the people of Neath Port Talbot first and will only damage local democracy and accountability in the County Borough.

Consideration has not been given to traditional historical, social and transport links between communities and it all seems to have been dreamt up to meet a mathematical formula.

Certain areas appear to have been combined at random and others have been thrown together to create unmanageable “mega-wards” that will distance the relationship between local councillors and voters.

The introduction of any changes to the current system should clearly demonstrate improvements in the quality and level of representation for residents.  This report does not do that and merely makes suggestions that are ill-thought out which will have a negative impact on communities in Neath Port Talbot."


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