The announcement that Hendy Pool is to finally close has been greeted with dismay by Plaid Cymru in Carmarthenshire. Deputy Leader of Plaid’s group on the county council, Cllr Dyfrig Thomas said, “Former Plaid Councillor for Hendy, WIB James, fought over many years to keep this pool open, and it is a great pity that the county council has now decided that it should close.
“I am particularly concerned that, yet again, the council has taken this important decision so undemocratically. This isn’t a decision taken by the full council, or even by a committee – it’s a decision taken by a single councillor as a member of the Executive Board. It underlines once more the need to re-democratise Carmarthenshire.”
Plaid’s parliamentary candidate for Llanelli, Myfanwy Davies, added, “I’ve been knocking doors in Hendy recently and many people are concerned and disappointed that the decision on developing Hendy park was made by a single councillor behind closed doors.
“I have previously attended presentations and exhibitions of the developers’ potential plans for the park and I find it astonishing that having spent considerable amounts of money on presenting options for the park, the council did not see fit to discuss the plans in full council and subject them to a vote. Re-opening the pool would have been a difficult decision to make given health and safety concerns, but the people of Hendy deserve better than this secretive and arrogant attitude on the part of the Labour-Independent group.”