Barely seven days before election nominations opened, two major projects were announced. By convention, councils avoid making contentious decisions during an election period ("purdah").
Derek Vaughan, Neath Port Talbot council leader, promised that Gwyn Hall would be rebuilt and that there would be a major reconstruction of Pontardawe town centre. Neither has a price tag. So far as we know, the council has not even been told of the cost of the artist's impression of the Gwyn Hall rebuild.
We believe that it is wrong to insult voters' intelligence by holding out the possibility of these projects with no guarantee that there will be enough money to pay for them without further rises in council tax.