THE success of Ceredigion County Council’s Plaid Cymru-led coalition has been questioned after high-ranking Plaid councillors hailed their “exemplary services and progressive initiatives”.
The Cambrian News reported “Council leader Ellen ap Gwynn and highways Cabinet member Alun Williams addressed the Plaid Cymru spring conference insisting that the party’s role in leading the coalition had protected a range of council services and seen improvements in some areas.
But Cllr Ceredig Davies, the leader of the Liberal Democrats on the council, hit out at what he called “obvious electioneering” and insisted that Ceredigion residents would remember cuts and the controversy over the council employing consultants PricewaterhouseCooper to fund service cuts.
During the speech to the conference, Cllr ap Gwynn said the authority’s funding had been cut by over a quarter in the last five years, which she admitted had forced the council to cut jobs and was hitting services, although she said the authority had worked hard to ensure the county produces good education results and developing tourism and local business.
But Cllr Davies questioned how successful Plaid had been in leading the coalition and criticised the decision to appoint PwC to find cuts.
He said: “Ceredigion residents have seen the council leadership fritter away much-needed funds on PwC when residents have had to pay more to be buried in council cemeteries, pay more for their meals-on-wheels, whilst at the same time having reduced day centre provision and losing rural libraries, public toilets and schools” here.