If last week's marathon 5 hour extraordinary council meeting wasn't enough, you can settle down to another council webcast this coming Friday. Among the items which could spark some interesting debate is a Plaid motion calling on the Executive Board to freeze its plans to ramp up charges for sports facilities.
Unless the Executive Board pulls a rabbit out of the hat, the public response, particularly in the south of the county, should have Labour and Independent councillors wondering what this will do for their chances of re-election.
Kevin Madge and Colin Evans have both been adamant that this policy is all about fairness, creating a level playing field and neutralising the cost of maintaining sports grounds.
As listeners to Taro'r Post heard the other week, the rugby and soccer teams in Tumble are being asked to stump up £1,000 a week for the use of the council-owned grounds. Unless Mark James is personally mowing the grass, it is hard to see how those charges were arrived at.
The reaction on Twitter is just as heated. Absolutely disgusted just about sums it up, and this graphic has been making an appearance:
The policy which implemented these price rises was voted through by senior Labour and Independent councillors late last year, including Kevin Madge (Garnant, Lab), Colin Evans (Pontamman, Lab.) and Meryl Gravell (Trimsaran, Ind) in conjunction with their "Community Asset Transfer Programme".
Also up for discussion is that perennial favourite - senior officer pay. With what Cllr Cefin Campbell (Plaid) described last week as "the top monkey in this place" currently resting at home on full salary of around £14,000 a month for what may turn out to be a very long holiday indeed, a lively discussion can be expected.
The report up before the councillors notes that:
The Council does not permit an employee occupying any
post on the Council’s agreed establishment to be paid other than via
the Council’s payroll.
Does that mean that the chief executive's remuneration as returning officer in e.g. Assembly or Westminster elections is paid through the payroll? Or how about his appointment as Non-Executive Director of the Assembly?
It would seem that there are exceptions to the rule.