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    belowthelandsker wrote:
    Merging with Ceredigion council poses a significant threat to our identity, history and culture here in Pembrokeshire. The two existing councils' position/policy on the Welsh language is vastly different, so how is this going be merged? Will Pembrokeshire harden it's line on the Welsh language or will Ceredigion weaken it's if/when the merger goes ahead. Does anybody here honeslty believe that Ceredigion will weaken it's policy? No of course not... the fervent Welsh nationalists and professional language activists would not allow that for a second!

    So where would that leave us here in Pembrokeshire? Well, in a week where there has already been one attack on Pembrokeshire Council's more realistic approach to the Welsh language, I think we all know that we could say a big hello to 'Welsh speaker only' jobs at the new 'super council'... particularly as the administrative centre would likely be moved from Haverfordwest to Cardigan. Gwynedd Council already administrates internally purely through the medium of Welsh and the possiblilty of Ceredigion council following suit has often been suggested! In fact it is Plaid Cymru policy for them and Carmarthen to do exactly that if they ever gained power.

    What about education, well as some of you will know, schools throughout Ceredigion and most recently (and controversially) Cardigan town itself have gone exclusively Welsh medium. I think if Pembrokeshire were ever merged then there would be a massive push from language purists living to our north for our schools to go the same way. There will be little respect or sensitivity for our unique culture and history here, as there never is from Welsh nationalists. Pembrokeshire's identity and history to them is viewed more as a dirty secret than something to be proud of.

    I would suggest Pembrokeshire folk need to be very concerned about these proposed changes.
    I honestly do not understand the issues you have with Wales and the Welsh - I'm guessing you do live in Pembrokeshire? I',m positive IF you google Pembs. you'll find that it's in WALES , I know that it'll be disappointing for you, you could always move to England IF you're not there already.

    Another point - Do you think BPJ and the likes of Councillor Adams and his party do anything for the benefit of the ppl of Pembrokeshire? I certainly don't!
    I believe they're destroying the heart of our county, certainly destroying the town centres and the tourist industry"
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Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion councils 'should merge' as part of major local authority shake-up

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Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion councils should merge 'as a minimum', a report on the future of local authorities in Wales says.

The Williams Commission says councils should be merged leaving 10, 11 or 12 local authorities rather than the current set-up of 22 Welsh councils.

The changes should be agreed at Easter at the latest, the report states.

The minimum suggested by the Commission - headed by former NHS Wales chief executive Paul Williams - would see Carmarthenshire remain unchanged but Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion councils would merge.

Another option would be to merge Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire - retunring to form of the previous Dyfed adminstration.

Council leader Jamie Adams said today: “We are currently giving the report detailed consideration and it will be interesting to hear the Welsh Government’s response to it.

“As I have said previously, I believe the projected benefits are superficial. It is a gamble and with every gamble there is a risk.

“My immediate concerns are the risk to services and also the cost in the end to the Council Taxpayers of Pembrokeshire.”

Last week, when the changes were first mooted, Cllr Adams had said: “In my view, retaining local democratic representation is of the utmost importance,” said Cllr Adams.

“Decisions about Pembrokeshire should be taken in Pembrokeshire. Given that we currently charge, by some margin, the lowest Council Tax in Wales, any merger with another local authority is likely to result in a significant increase in the level of Council Tax Pembrokeshire residents would be expected to pay.”

Preseli Pembrokeshire MP Stephen Crabb said he felt ministers in Cardiff should ‘tread carefully’ when it came to creating ‘super-councils’ in Wales.

“Bigger does not always mean beautiful or provide better value for money for that matter,” said Mr Crabb.

“There were very good reasons why local people fought to get Pembrokeshire back from the old Dyfed authority. Many of those reasons are still valid. The merger of the Pembrokeshire Health Board with Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion a few years ago, and the battle for Withybush as a result, provides a pointer as to the risks to local services that could follow the abolition of Pembrokeshire County Council.”

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