Islwyn MP’s ‘difficult meeting’ with council leader over closure of Pontllanfraith Leisure Centre
News | Niall Griffiths - Local Democracy Reporting Service | Published: 12:21, Monday April 22nd, 2019.
Last updated: 12:23, Monday April 22nd, 2019
An MP says he left a meeting with Caerphilly Council’s leader with “more questions than answers” over the closure of Pontllanfraith Leisure Centre and the ongoing senior officer pay dispute.
Councillor Dave Poole met with Chris Evans to “set the record straight” on several contentious issues within his Islwyn constituency.
The head of the Labour-led council said he was in “no doubt” that the Labour MP left the meeting with a “clearer understanding” of the council’s position.
Mr Evans has been highly critical of the council’s decision to close Pontllanfraith leisure centre and marched against the cuts last November.
In a statement, Cllr Poole said: “It’s easy to take a populist stance and criticise these actions, but we have an obligation to ensure that the community understand the rationale behind these tough choices.”
But Mr Evans disputed the statement, claiming the meeting on April 18 was an “extremely difficult” one.
“I walked away with more questions than answers,” he said.
“I was extremely disappointed to be told that the council didn’t look at alternative ownership arrangements for the leisure centre.
“A number of my constituents had given me questions to ask and I didn’t feel they were answered.
“I’m supporting my constituents and I will continue to stand up for their interests.”