'We'll go it alone', Beaumaris tells Anglesey Council


Tomos Hughes

BEAUMARIS Town Council has turned its back on Anglesey County Council by voting in favour of re-instating its own Royal Borough status.

The town authority passed its own version of a “vote of no confidence” in the county council as service cuts continue to hit the town.

Having pledged thousands of pounds to help fund the running of the town leisure centre last year, the town council took over control
of the town’s public toilets earlier this year, and are now considering the possibility of running the town’s CCTV cameras after Anglesey council decided to switch off coverage in five island towns to save £177,000 a year.

In response to the cuts, the council unanimously voted in favour of exploring the possibility of re-gaining powers to control town affairs from the county council at a council meeting last Monday.

Councillor David Gallichan said: “We should be asking Anglesey (council) to give us our Borough status back. We’re doing everything here, they’ve offloaded everything onto Beaumaris.”

Stan Zalot said: “One of these days, Ynys Mon (council) are going to come here with their own dustbin lorry and say, ‘there you go, collect your own rubbish.”

Alistair Grant said: “We’re paying tax but what are we paying them for? I fully support this idea. We should have more power to get grant aid.”

Jason Zalot said: “It’s as close as we’re going to get to a vote of no confidence in Anglesey County Council.”

An Anglesey County Council spokesman said: “Beaumaris Town Council is an independent entity, separate from the Isle of Anglesey County Council.

“Beaumaris Town Council is free to explore the possibility of changing its legal status.”

A Welsh Government spokesperson said: “As long as the local authority and the town council agree, local councils can take on a range of discretionary services.

“In this challenging financial climate this can be a good way of providing services which are efficient and responsive to citizens and communities.

“Becoming a unitary authority, be it a county or a county borough, and so responsible for the full range of local government services can only be conferred by legislation passed by the Assembly.” 

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