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WELSH ROW OVER EURO CAMPAIGN

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The Vale of Glamorgan DC has accused South Glamorgan CC of deliberately abandoning investment in the Vale and squan...
The Vale of Glamorgan DC has accused South Glamorgan CC of deliberately abandoning investment in the Vale and squandering money on a campaign designed simply to promote its survival as a unitary authority.

Last year the county council agreed to distribute leaflets promoting its new Cardiff Euro Capital 2020 campaign to South Glamorgan homes. The campaign, unveiled last month with a new county logo, is based on research suggesting a European capital should have a population of more than 400,000, the population of the county area.

The Local Government (Wales) Bill proposes two unitary authorities loosely based on the existing two districts in the county area, one based on the city of Cardiff itself and one on the Vale of Glamorgan. Russell Goodway, leader of South Glamorgan, said his motivation was not self survival. 'The future transcends boundaries and party political interests and it is so important that those who share our enthusiasm to create a successful European city region should declare so', he said.

But Shaun Stringer, Vale of Glamorgan leader, accused the council of flogging a dead horse: 'This hollow strategy is a transparent attempt to bolster a council whose motives are purely egocentric, and whose policies are more akin to a tin pot dictatorship than a democratically elected council'. He criticised the logo, with its strapline 'Cardiff Euro Capital 2020', for ignoring the existence of the Vale.

The previous strapline was 'serving Cardiff and the Vale'. The county council is next week launching its new system of eight area panels designed to give local people a greater say in council decision making.

But Mr Stringer said the area committees would not be true representatives since they consisted purely of county members.

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