COUNCILLORS ‘TOLD OFF’ FOR PARKING IN VISITOR SPACES

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Cambrian News photographer.

COUNCILLORS have got the hump after being ’told off’ for parking in visitor spaces when picking up agendas in Aberystwyth.

Cambrian News reported “Eleven county councillors pick up their meeting papers from Canolfan Rheidol and there are rumblings of discontent at facilities management staff leaving notes on windscreens saying they should not be parking in that area.

The issue came up at a meeting of the democratic services committee on 5 July, following discussions at a recent thriving communities meeting.

Councillors were asked about their experience at the site, where they “pop in for five minutes” but do use spaces clearly marked for visitors who may be using services such as registering births or deaths.

Of 11 using the site (nine of whom replied), four councillors received “warning” notes on one or two occasions.

Corporate lead officer for democratic services Lowri Edwards said she’d spoken to staff at the site and they were “sympathetic” to the councillors’ situation.

Members agreed that any councillor picking up agendas should explain to a member of staff first.

The committee also discussed access to the development control department, and officers who work there.

It had been agreed by the chief executive that members should make appointments to meet with an officer.

This is because they “need to be able to get on with their work” in a busy department.

Cllr Gwyn James disagreed with that and said it was more convenient to go in when attending meetings at Penmorfa.

“Planning is much more important compared to other work we do in our ward and without access we don’t know where we stand,” he said.

Members were reminded that head of service Russell Hughes-Pickering was always available to speak to” here.

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