It looks like any Welsh Local Government ,will not be a root and branch job, but rather a merger of existing councils.
The Welsh Government commissioned Williams report on the future shape of
public services in Wales is expected to be published on Monday.
The existing councils are likely to be the building blocks
and as a result any changes will be the result of a series of mergers
between councils in the same health board and the police force areas probably cutting the number of county councils from "22 to 11" which could
cost £200m-£300m. but would be cheaper than doing the job properly
So taking on board some of these principles, you could take an educated guess at some of the possibilities.
So how will it look
OK using the fact that this will be mergers within the Police and Health boards it could possibly look like
Caerphilly, Torfaen, and Blaenau Gwen
Newport and Monmouthshire.
Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan.
RCT and Merthyr.
Bridgend, Neath Port
Talbot and Swansea.
Flintshire and Wrexham.
Powys will remain as it is
But that's Ten so this may not be the case on Monday when the recommendations are made
But if this is the case its going to leave some with traditional loyalties to old county names in apoplexy.
If this is going to be the criteria then it may be the cheapest and swiftest option but that may not be the best option
But it beggars the question . Since some councils are going about cutting Libraries Leisure centres whilst others seek to make drastic cuts elsewhere . Would it not be prudent to try and delay these cuts until reorganisation ?
Finding that the council you has closed your leisure centre whilst there has been no move in the part that has merged with you could cause problems in the future.
.If these new authorities are to come about before the next elections then sped will be of the essence so scrutiny may not be as robust as we would hope and it may be the council may look like
the result of welding two cars together, from two wreaks by cowboy
mechanics which is dangerous and falls apart after a year rather than
But shouldn't we have torn up the map and ignored the old borders? and at the same time give more powers to community councils as well as looking introducing STV for elections?
I suspect in a decade we will be back at the drawing board