Muni Deal Called In
As part of cost-cutting plans Labour-controlled RCT council decided to close Pontypridd’s Muni Arts Centre (even though it was losing the least money when compared to the Park & Dare and the Coliseum) and a private group setup by Pontypridd’s Labour MP Owen Smith, calling itself ‘The Muni Working Group’, which includes representatives from Pontypridd Town Council, Cylch Cymreig, Artis Community, Coalfields Regeneration and the YMCA, put in an application to run the centre.
These plans, however, have been criticised by Councillor Mike Powell, who has asked for them to be called in for further scrutiny by the council.
He said: “After the recent publication of the cabinet’s decision to give the Muni lease to a not for profit organisation, a private applicant contacted me to look at his application.
“When I saw the detail that was in that private application, I then compared it with the detail in the confidential report that went to the cabinet.
“I was astounded by the lack of financial information and proposed job creation that was not given to members.
“I could not believe they were asked to decide on such an important decision based on what I didn’t see included in the report.
“The private applicant indicated that there would be substantial sums being invested and income generated rather than the alternative that the council wish to proceed with.
“Therefore, in view of the information I have seen, I asked for it to be called in for further scrutiny and to look at what reasoning the officers had for not providing the in depth detail that this decision for the people of Pontypridd and RCT really needs to ensure it is sustainable for more than a couple of years.”