‘Lis Burnett is right – judge Vale Council on merit...’

By GEM Community Correspondent in Politics

The Deputy Leader of the Vale Council last week urged voters to make a judgement on the Labour-run council’s record over five years when casting their votes on May 4, and she was right to do so.

But Vale residents may not view the last five years with the same rose-tinted glasses as Coun Burnett.

Some will remember this Labour-run council for the inflation busting council tax rises which have cost the average (Band D) resident £546.86 since 2012.

Barry residents, meanwhile, may hold Coun Burnett responsible for the loss of regeneration status for the town – while right across the Vale, many will certainly hold them accountable for the decimation of local bus services in the county.

I’m sure that many Vale parents will also reflect on the stressful, desperate campaigns they were forced to fight in order to block Labour’s proposed school closures – or to prevent inappropriate housing development.

Clearly no council is perfect, but I do believe that residents will judge Coun Burnett and her colleagues on merit in May.

It will be up to them to decide if Labour are deserving of five more years, but I hope to join my colleagues in making the case for a change at the top!

Vincent Bailey,

Dyfan Conservative candidate,

Barry.

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