A brief and well-deserved break from the scandals which have been reverberating around County Hall to look at what the council is doing to sport in the county.
Listeners to Friday's edition of Taro'r Post on Radio Cymru (available here for a few more days) heard how a number of rugby clubs in Carmarthenshire are very worried about the impact of massive increases in charges for the use council owned sports facilities.
Apart from giving young people an opportunity to keep fit and take part in a team sport, the small local clubs are where talent is nurtured and developed, and then fed into the regional and national game.
The programme concentrated on one club in particular in Tumble. Tumble RFC receives an annual grant of just over £3,000 from the WRU, and it has to rely on local sponsors to make up the difference between its income from the WRU and its costs. A spokesman for the club, Steve Evans, said that the club simply did not have the money to pay the proposed new charges.
For its part the council issued a reheated version of a statement put out recently in the name of the council leader, Kevin Madge, saying this was all about creating a level playing field and fairness. Under the community asset transfer scheme, communities were being empowered to take over the running of local facilities, etc., etc.
The spokesman for Tumble, who was clearly reluctant to get caught up in what he called "the politics", gently took the council's claims apart. The community asset transfer scheme was not about transferring freeholds but leaseholds, and what the county council was proposing was for the local Community Council rather than the club to take out a lease. The leasehold on offer was just 21 years (compare that with the leaseholds of 150 years and 99 years awarded to the Scarlets and Towy Community Church respectively).
Another option would be for the club to carry on as at present, but to pay the true cost of maintaining the facility. The club has asked the council to provide a breakdown of the costs, but it has not had an answer, and the same situation is facing other users of the park, including soccer and bowls.
It was clear from the interview that the club had done its homework. They had even found out that it would be cheaper for the club to move out and use the facilities in Parc y Scarlets. Whereas the club will be asked to pay around £500 a week to the council, they could use the Scarlets training facilities for just £90.
The council would no doubt be delighted if all the village clubs upped sticks and relocated to Parc y Scarlets, but that would not be practical or feasible, and the huge discrepancy in costs speaks volumes.
The local soccer club is also being asked to pay £500 a week for the use of the park, and Mr Evans not unsurprisingly wondered whether it was really costing the county council £1,000 a week to maintain the grounds, and how it arrived at these figures.
While the council says that it is just bringing charges in line with what other councils are doing, Mr Evans said that the club had contacted other counties, and that they have different figures.
At the end of the interview the presenter, Garry Owen, summarised the costs. Currently, the club is paying £49 for a game and £29 per training session. This is set to rise to £235 for a game and £140 per training session. In the case of the junior team charges will rise from £23 to £95 per session.
Charges for a 40 week season for the junior team will therefore rise from £920 per year at present to £3,800 a year.
As Kevin Madge said, it's all about creating a level playing field.