- The recovery is fragile but the Council is now more stable than it was 12 months ago
- Apparently Anglesey Council was "teetering dangerously" close to an Assembly take over last month, presumably in the days immediately leading up to and after the formation of the new Alliance;
- Since taking up the post last year, Bowles has been handed 18 allegations against members and officers yet every single one of them was "unsubstantiated". Bowles states: "There has been nothing of substance in any of the cases. These malicious allegations are corrosive and damaging. They give a perception of corruption". Forgive my cynicism but can there really be that much smoke without even a little tiny bit of fire? I personally feel that the healing process the Council needs to go through both internally and with the wider Anglesey public would be better served if at least one allegation of wrongdoing was symbolically followed through in a public manner.
- If the Alliance fails forcing the Welsh Assembly Government to send in Commissioners then the independence of the Council could be lost forever as the Assembly would probably seek to reduce the total number of local authorities in Wales, meaning Anglesey would be once again absorbed into a greater Gwynedd County Council.
- Bowles says if this happens " it would be a huge shame for Anglesey if it lost its council. If the council was lost then the island’s voice would be lost in a bigger authority. This would not be good for the people of Anglesey, everyone would suffer". I completely agree.
- As is known from the FoI request into Bowles' salary, he is on a one year contract with an option to extend for a second year. In his interview with the Daily Post Bowles states he is committed to assisting Anglesey for two years "although the second year may not be as MD". One can only assume from these remarks that the Welsh Assembly - which will continue to appoint the MD until after the next local elections in 2011 - are planning to appoint a more permanent MD sometime over the next months and have Bowles remain as advisor and mentor to him for all or a portion of Bowles second year. Presumably Anglesey tax payers will then be paying the salary of two MDs...
Friday, 23 July 2010
Bowles: Anglesey Council was "teetering dangerously" close to Assembly takeover last month
Although the context is not clear, there is an interesting interview of sorts with Anglesey County Council interim MD, David Bowles, in today's Daily Post in which he makes some interesting comments: