Excitement is mounting in Ammanford at the prospect of the Executive Board meeting of Carmarthenshire County Council, which will be held in the Town Hall on 30 July. Pensioners and school children alike are talking about little else.
The agenda for the meeting has not yet been published, but Cneifiwr can exclusively reveal that one of the key decisions to be hotly debated will be whether to waive parking charges for shoppers for a period of up to 8 weeks while building work is carried out in the town centre.
Oh, all right, it's not really exclusive because the Council's PR department has issued a press release saying that the proposal will be "considered".
Back in the real world, what this means is that the decision has already been taken, but any public and press who turn up on 30 July will be treated to a phoney "debate" in which Madge & Co will use the air time to impress on locals how grateful they should be for the wisdom and generosity of the administration before the rubber stamp is applied and the decision is taken UNANIMOUSLY (the council's caplocks, not mine).
Rumours are also circulating that the people of Ammanford may be treated to the ancient ceremony of the application of the public interest test pursuant to the Local Government Act 1972 in respect of an item which may contain exempt information as defined under Schedule 12A of said Act.
This involves fierce debate and soul-searching by the Board as it wrestles with its desire to be transparent in its dealings with the public on the one hand, and the feeling that there are in local government many things which it is better for the public not to be told.
At the end of this ceremony, the Board will decide UNANIMOUSLY that public and press should be bundled out of the hall so that an extra special rubber stamp can be applied to the item in question.
Cneifiwr understands that the item in question may be a ground-breaking new piece of litigation to silence an increasingly vexatious critic in one of the most innovative uses of the ancient writ of Scandalum Magnatum ever seen in the London courts.