In his regular blog for Caerphilly Observer, Caerphilly Council leader Lindsay Whittle gives his take on recent news.
The Labour Assembly candidate for Caerphilly really does take the biscuit over the issue of street lights being turned off between midnight and 5.30am.
Instead of welcoming the fact that there have been no road accidents, and, therefore, no one injured since lights were turned off on inter-urban roads, he is as usual very quick to criticise.
The Labour candidate and many Labour councillors, you’ll recall, were warning of the consequences by the council’s decision – and they have been proved totally wrong.
He now says the figures do not take account of the concern and worry that older people and those with mobility problems have about being out in the dark and being a victim of crime.
Well, I perfectly understand worries about people walking around in the dark but I’m not sure how many older people are out wandering one of the area’s by-passes or industrial estate roads between midnight and 5.30am. I’ll have an educated guess – none.
Sadly, he’s always happy to complain but never to welcome good news.
Apart from fewer accidents, I’m pleased that the decision is saving £150,000 a year in electricity costs for the local authority as well as reducing its carbon footprint by 898 tonnes – something I thought Labour were keen to see happen.
Plaid’s leader Ieuan Wyn Jones was in Caerphilly on Monday to visit the indoor market with Ron Davies and myself.
I’m very pleased that the indoor market in Pentrebane Street has re-opened after more than a decade shut. I hope it proves a very successful venture for brothers David and Allan Prosser because it does give the town centre’s retail offering a welcome boost.
As part of its programme for the Assembly elections, Plaid will invest in a Regeneration Investment Fund with the money used to promote sustainable investment, creating growth and jobs in town centres like Caerphilly, Ystrad Mynach and Bargoed.
Also Plaid has plans to create a Welsh Growth Fund in partnership with the private sector will provide a £90 million fund to enable small businesses to grow.
Ieuan pointed to Labour’s lack of ideas and lack of ambition for Caerphilly and certainly that’s true. We hear little constructive from the Labour Assembly candidate – even when the council decides not to push council tax bills for families and individuals, a practice also followed by Labour-ruled authorities across England.
Plaid Cymru leader of Caerphilly County Borough Council and regional Assembly candidate for South Wales East