Residents grill council Cabinet
25 July 2012
Vale residents took the chance to question Vale of Glamorgan
Council Cabinet members on Monday evening (23 July) during the
council’s first ‘community’ Cabinet meeting.
In a bid to make council decision making more transparent, the
council’s new Labour led Cabinet have decided to take their
fortnightly public meetings to the local community.
Every few months one of the meetings, which are usually held in
the afternoon at the council’s Civic Offices, will be held at a
community venue. The first was held in the Barry Town Council
Residents listened intently to the Cabinet’s discussion of the
20 items on the meeting’s agenda – many chosen because of their
importance to Barry; these included reports on the future of Barry
Waterfront and Barry Island Pleasure Park, Nell’s Point, Barry
regeneration and the marketing of the town’s historic
At the end of the meeting the audience was invited to question
the Cabinet members on any of the agenda items and to raise issues
Leader of the council, Councillor Neil Moore, said: “We were
delighted with the response to our first community Cabinet and our
audience welcomed the idea of taking the meetings to the community.
Many took the chance to question us, raising an interesting range
of issues, such as parking on Barry Island, the proposed link road
for the Island, concerns over development in the Vale and the
pressures on the area’s infrastructure, and the lack of play
provision for disabled children.
“We gave full answers wherever we could and where needed we will
be further examining the issues raised and investigating what
actions are needed.
“We will be holding similar meetings over the coming months, the
next will be in Llantwit Major and I hope local people will take
the chance to question us again.
“I’d like to thank everyone who gave up their time, on a lovely
sunny evening, to attend the meeting and for taking part so