Plans published last week by the Local Government Boundary Commission for Wales to reorganise council electoral wards in Neath Port Talbot have been described by Welsh Labour MEP, DEREK VAUGHAN, as “deeply unsatisfactory”.
The new proposals, put forward by the Commission following public consultation on their originals ideas, will now go to the Welsh Assembly Government for a final decision later this year.
Mr Vaughan, a former leader of Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council, said:
"It is disappointing that the Commission seems to have largely ignored the vast majority of the representations made to them during the consultation period. Overall, the review still does not accurately reflect the needs and complex issues of individual communities and instead concentrates on meeting a desk-based formula at the expense of local people.
Many residents will see a reduction in the level of their democratic representation on the local authority, especially those who live in the Afan and Dulais Valleys areas. Putting the Neath wards in with Cimla is complete madness as well.
The fact that some of the most controversial proposals, which in my view completely ignore historical, social, economic and geographical factors, remain in this new document is deeply disappointing. The report itself, confirms that there is little tangible public support for any of these changes.
I will be writing to Carl Sargeant, the Welsh Assembly Government Minister responsible for Local Government, who will be making the final decision on the matter, expressing my concerns at the plans."