Vale Council agrees to submit plan for voluntary merger with Bridgend
28 November 2014
The Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Cabinet has approved an expression of interest in a voluntary merger with Bridgend Council.
Cllr Neil Moore, Leader of the Vale of Glamorgan Council, said: “A voluntary merger allows us to be at the forefront of a radical change to the landscape of the public sector in Wales, and by doing so ensure that the needs of our residents are put first.
“Bridgend represents the best fit for the Vale and is our natural partner. We already have close links with our neighbours to the west and work together successfully to deliver services.
“A merger of the Vale of Glamorgan and Bridgend would be one of equal partners, and one that was in line with the footprint of the majority of key public services in the area. There are clear advantages in terms of services such as education, the economy, planning, housing and community safety. A merged authority would not only bring benefits to this region. It would also enable the area to contribute effectively to the new Cardiff City Region.
“Welsh Government has made it abundantly clear that it is going ahead with mergers ‘with us or without us’. If the Vale will not be permitted to stand alone then we must take action to safeguard the interests of our residents.”
Following approval by cabinet the expression of interest will now be submitted to Welsh Government for its consideration. The expression of interest will also be submitted to a meeting of full council for ratification on 17 December 2014.
Work across the two authorities will now begin to develop a detailed business case for a combined authority. This will be submitted in the summer of 2015 provided ministers approve the initial expression of interest in January.