'Pizza park' bad news for area

Jonathan believes that local government should take into account local economic issue when making planning decisions.

Regarding the announcement of a new retail park in Talbot Green (“Pizzas on menu at new park”, Observer, April 15).

It might mean we won’t have to go to Bridgend to visit Pizza Hut but it will almost certainly make life more difficult for small businesses in the area.

If it is true that Boots and Marks & Spencer will be there, not only will that take more trade away from Pontypridd but the small independent retailers in Talbot Green will also suffer.

The pharmacy in Heol-y-Gyfraith is already struggling because of the Tesco pharmacy and the opening of Boots would only make things worse.

This development will also bring with it a significant increase in traffic, leading to greater pollution and yet more wear and tear on our roads, things that Talbot Green could do without.

What have they improved?

Jonathan believes that local government has a responsibility to ensure it does all it can to provide for the community it represents.

It was misleading for Pauline Jarman to suggest that council services have improved under Plaid Cymru (Observer, April 1).

Since the nationalists came to power in 1999, they have increased council tax by 42 per cent and received over £110m from the Labour-led National Assembly, but what have they improved?

They have not made our roads safer, our streets cleaner or our footpaths more passable. What they have done is brought in more charges for home care, increased entrance fees to leisure centres and closed many of the day centres used by our aging population.

I don’t know what criteria Mrs Jarman uses to judge success, but it certainly does not take into account the state her and her nationalist colleagues are leaving our communities in.

Why follow Scotland?

Jonathan believes the Assembly should deliver best value to the Welsh tax-payer. He feels politicians need to do all they can to ensure the Assembly runs as efficiently as possible for the benefit of people in Wales.

The recommendation of the Richard Commission to give the Assembly tax-varying powers should be welcomed, especially if this means there could be lower taxes for small businesses and low-income workers.

However, the call for primary legislative powers would do nothing to improve life for people in Wales and would in fact be a burden on resources that could be spent on health and education.

An Assembly based on the Scottish model would reuire more civil servants, more Assembly Members and more
of our taxes
spent on bureaucracy.

In the long term, this would lead to less Welsh MPspoorer œuality legislation through by passing the Lords
and less time for AMs to spend helping their constituents.

Why should Wales follow Scotland, which has wasted money on a  Bill to control dog fouling when the Assembly has shown itself capable of using Orders to do the same thing?