PRESS RELEASE – For local papers in Mid and North Wales, local web sites and radio.
The North Wales Association of Town and Larger Community Councils is an organisation representing over
30 larger Councils from Newtown and Welshpool in the South to Rhyl and Bangor in the North.
At is January 2011 meeting over 55 Councillors and Town Clerks met in the Imperial Hotel Llandudno where
subjects of common concern were discussed.
Here are some of the subjects covered:
MAGISTRATES COURT CLOSURES IN NORTH WALES
There are plans to close some of the magistrates courts in North Wales, this is seen by the Association as a retrograde step and is making representations
to the authorities giving to support to keeping the facilities in place.
WELSH ASSEMBLY GOVERNMENT CONSULTATIONS
The Association responds to Welsh Assembly and National Government consultations with representations which are discussed and approved by the membership.
NORTH SOUTH WALES LINK ROAD
The Association is aware of the North South Link Road in Wales, some of the work to complete this project is under way and a programme has been set for its completion.
However, with budget cuts the Association is concerned that delays make take place to these important transport links. The Association is seeking clarification from the
Welsh Assembly on how any budget cuts may affect these schemes.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT PENSION SCHEMES
The Association is concerned that Town and Community Councils are being asked to cover any shortfall in the generous local government pension scheme. The matter is so serious
that the shortfall on valuations could find the smaller Town or Community Councils with some financial difficulty. The Association has advised its members to seek advice from their
County Council to see how they are affected. The Association is also so concerned it has decided to seek a suitable representative from the Local Government Pension Scheme
to attend their next meeting to explain what is happening and why.
The web site with loads of information on the Association can be found at www.northwalesassociation.org.uk