Welsh Liberal Democrat Councillors on Powys County Council are calling on the Council’s Independent Leader, Cllr Barry Thomas, to allow the public to attend a forthcoming council members’ seminar on the further work done on the renewable energy section of the council’s draft Local Development Plan. The seminar is due to be held on the 10th April.
Normally the public are excluded from members’ seminars.
The move follows the furore that followed from the refusal of the Council’s chief legal officer to allow debate on a Motion on the LDP at the County Council meeting held on Thursday 23rd February.
Commenting on the LDP situation, Cllr James Gibson-Watt, Leader of the Lib Dem Group on the Council, said:-
“I have emailed the Council Leader and Cllr Tony Thomas, the Cabinet member for Regeneration, today (Friday) to ask that he changes the members’ seminar to one to which the general public and interested organisations can come to receive the same information as Council members. I am sure a suitable venue can be found to accommodate such a meeting and there is still plenty of time to arrange such an event.”
“There is deep dissatisfaction among county and local community councillors and residents of Powys about the way very late changes to the draft LDP have been introduced. The methods used to designate large areas of the county as potentially suitable for wind and solar energy generation has created a climate of mistrust and disbelief across the county. It is not too late to try to rectify the situation and demonstrate that Powys County Council is an open and responsive council, here to serve the people of the county, not dictate to them.”
“The open seminar would be an opportunity for the council to explain its actions and would be a forum for open discussion and information-sharing. It’s time to put matters right.”
Date - 24/02/17