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  • "
    Manley wrote:
    It doesn't make any sense to me to merge an urban authority with a very rural authority. I can't see that it will generate the greatest cost savings.

    What I would have preferred to see would be the merger of Newport with Torfaen (and separately the merger of Caerphilly and Blaenau Gwent).
    I take your point. Torfaen seems a more natural partner for Newport, even the local accent is similar. Rather leaves BG out in the cold though.
    It seems that thees reorganisations are needed every 20 years or so to shake out any minor corruptions, and a few bigger ones e.g. the Caerphilly Chief Exec saga."
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