Smaller Communities ‘Picked On’ In Budget Cuts, Claims Plaid Councillor



Plaid Cymru councillor John Roberts says that smaller communities will be damaged if Labour-run Caerphilly Council press ahead with budget cuts.

Councillor Roberts, who represents the Aber Valley, said: “From the proposals put forward for 202o-21, it seems the Labour administration is unfairly picking on the smaller places or villages and targeting them for cuts.

“They may think it is easier to find little pockets of money to help make up bigger cuts but it’s not fair.”

He listed examples of spending cuts he was concerned about.

  • Plans to decommission 26 CCTV Cameras – and six of them are in the Aber Valley – they’re the only one’s in the area – along with 2 cameras in Nelson, 3 in Cefn Forest, 2 in Llanbradach, 1 in Graig–Y-Rhacca, 1 in Oakdale, 6 at Pengam Train Station, 1 in Trinant and 4 in Crescent Rd Car Park Caerphilly. 
  • Proposals to withdraw £3,000 match funding towards the popular Splash Park at Senghenydd.
  • Cutting cleaning staff by six following previous cuts. Likely to lead to dirtier streets.
  • £8,000 cut in small capital improvements in town and village centres.
  • Cutting school crossing patrols from 55 to 22.