Infighting at the council continues. As it stands Goodway might be on his way... although I think there is still a long distance to go. Phil Bale, new council leader, does not seem to want him about. I guess if Goodway does depart it will shake the council vision on development.
It is extraordinary how deep and long-lasting the division in the council Labour group is. It dates back to the formation of the unitary authority and the rivalry between the former members of the city council and those who sat on the old South Glamorgan council. That's almost twenty years ago!
It's difficult to see how the rift will be healed while Cllr. Goodway remains in City Hall. He was a very effective leader back in the 1990s delivering a lot of big projects for the city but he's clearly an incredibly divisive figure.
I'm not really too familiar with the newer bunch so I can't figure out their motivations as yet - although from what little I've seen/heard Ashley Govier's interests seem more entrepreneurial than philanthropic ...
... errmmm ... unless that's you Ash - in which case I would say a fine figure of a politician
New Council Cabinet been announced
Lynda Thorne Out
Huw Thomas Out
Peter Bradbury In
Susan Elsmore In
Bob Derbyshire In
Is anyone else concerned about this shadowy de'ath character?
Presumably he is the councillor for the junction of city rd, Albany rd, crwys rd, mackintosh place and Richmond road.
Should we bd worried about thd loss of Goodway in the cabinet? I know there are very different views on him, but what ever you think, I feel that he does, and would have delivered, on some of the major projects. He's still counillor, but will he be awkward in not sharing contacts and assisting in progress? I know very little about Bale, but understand he's taken on this role, effectively what goodway was when leader?
cOUNCILLOR gretta marshall has resigned from the labour group and defected to the indy's
I can only conclude that Goodway taking a back seat is a negative move for the Coal Exchange plans. Does anyone have a more optimistic stance on this view?
I don't, but I don't see why Goodway remaining would be particularly positive for the Coal Exchange either....
Also, Goodway's proved himself in recent comments to be a cultural ignoramus and as such I'm pleased to see him take a back seat at a time when we need to assess value against price.
Phil Bale works/worked at the Assembly office of Julie Morgan - I suspect that Russell Goodway's previous antagonistic dealings with the Labour Assembly administration and in particular antipathy towards Rhodri Morgan will have played a big part in this
and the flip side is that there may now be some potential for improvement in the cohesion and consistency between the Council and the Welsh Government
Someone with more friends in the WAG might be better placed to get the ball rolling on the whole city region approach.
It'd be nice to know what clr bales priorities were though.
Coal exchange, bus station and conference centre were goodways big economic development projects more recently,... Hopefully these won't just be put on the back boiler...
It appears the Labour group are rearanging the deckchairs.
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