It appears that in his haste to incorrectly apportion blame for the closure of The Muni in Pontypridd our MP has shown not only his involvement in supporting its closure but that he had actually been working towards it.
His column in the Pontypridd Observer on 14th May indicated that he knew of the decision that the Labour party had made prior to the cabinet actually making it later that day!
On looking at his statements and investigating his assertions it appears that he has been working towards the council removing its support for the Muni whilst supporting the retention of the other two publicly funded council venues in RCT!
Indeed in April he has asked the Pontypridd Town council for £10,000 for a feasibility study. The last three years accounts are what is needed first but then business economics are not Labour strong points.
Whilst I would agree that RCT has proved woefully inadequate in allowing the Muni to be run in a manner that would have seen it in a more secure manner it beggars belief that he does not see or argue against the unfairness in the retention of the other two venues to the detriment of the borough finances and yet still expects the Town Council taxpayers of Pontypridd to fund the Muni whilst spreading the burden of the retention of the retained two on us as well. Another Labour double whammy for the people of Pontypridd.
Whilst I have no doubt that a social enterprise will take over the most flexible and viable of the three RCT theatres I must say that to support its closure whilst actively supporting the retention of the other two is not only duplicitous in my view but downright disgraceful. Alhough I'm sure there will be a few who will applause the stance of spending more public money trying to be the "saviour" of the Muni others will be angry at being a supporter of its demise in the first place.
I, in common I am sure with many others, would also like to know who told our MP that the decision had already been taken to close the Muni before RCT cabinet actually met in public and when?
Cllr. Mike Powell