I am glad to see that a 30 strong group, comprising of Plaid Cymru, Labour, the Original Independents and Menai Group have finally agreed to form a new coalition following Clive McGregor's stepping down at the AGM in May. As previously reported here it will be headed by Plaid's Cllr Bob Parry with Labour's Cllr John Chorlton as his Deputy. The 30 have agreed to support the budget and reduce the special responsibility allowance for councillors (i.e. the extra cash received by portfolio holders) by at least 10 percent. I hope that this new and large grouping will provide the necessary stability to prove to WAG that Ynys Môn's councillors are mature enough to work together in the best interests of the Island.
However I also hope that it is not a case of too-little-too-late. The amendments to the WAG Local Government which will allow for the forced merger of Welsh councils has now been passed in committee by the Labour-Plaid coalition in Cardiff Bay despite opposition from Conservative and Lib-Dem AMs. It will be debated again in the Senedd sometime in March before coming law. This measure will allow WAG to merge up to three local authorities without the need for consultation with local residents, and is widely believed to be designed with a merger of Ynys Môn and Gwynedd in mind. There is no doubt in my mind that any forced merger with Gwynedd would certainly not be in the interests of Ynys Môn's residents (see why here).