THE leader of Carmarthenshire’s Labour Group has called for more transparency and due diligence when it comes to risking public money on the proposed Delta Lakes Wellness and Life Science Centre.

County Councillor Rob James spoke to Llanelli Online today, Wednesday (Nov 14) following a county council meeting where his numerous questions were placed on the agenda. His questions were as follows;

6.3 QUESTION BY COUNCILLOR ROB JAMES TO COUNCILLOR EMLYN DOLE, LEADER OF THE COUNCIL
“Could the Leader of Council please give a brief overview on the process that was undertaken in choosing a private sector partner for the Wellness Village, outlining how many organisation took part in the Competitive Dialogue process and the reason Sterling Health was chosen?”

6.4 QUESTION BY COUNCILLOR ROB JAMES TO COUNCILLOR EMLYN DOLE, LEADER OF COUNCIL
“Could the Leader of Council highlight who the Directors are behind the Joint Venture Partner and what experience they bring to the project?”

6.5 QUESTION BY COUNCILLOR ROB JAMES TO COUNCILLOR EMLYN DOLE, LEADER OF THE COUNCIL
“The Collaboration Agreement for the projects on Delta Lakes with Swansea University and Sterling Health is said to cost £200 million, please could the Leader of Council detail how each partner will be expected to contribute to this cost?”

6.6 QUESTION BY COUNCILLOR ROB JAMES TO COUNCILLOR EMLYN DOLE, LEADER OF THE COUNCIL
“Could the Leader of Council outline how much this Authority has paid in consultancy fees since May 2015, including those connected with projects relating to the Swansea Bay City Deal?”

6.7 QUESTION BY COUNCILLOR ROB JAMES TO COUNCILLOR EMLYN DOLE, LEADER OF THE COUNCIL
“Earlier this year, the governance and management structures of Cwm Environmental Limited, were changed to a Teckal company. Could the Leader of Council please indicate what impact, if any, these changes have had on pay and conditions of the employees?”

6.8 QUESTION BY COUNCILLOR ROB JAMES TO COUNCILLOR EMLYN DOLE, LEADER OF THE COUNCIL
“Could the Leader of Council please provide information on the remuneration package attached to the new Operations Director post of Delta Wellbeing Limited?”

6.9 QUESTION BY COUNCILLOR ROB JAMES TO COUNCILLOR EMLYN DOLE, LEADER OF THE COUNCIL
“This Authority has established several companies in the last eighteen months that has resulted in reduced oversight for services that ordinarily are carried out by the Council; Councillors and the public being unaware of what is happening in these companies; and public finances in connection with public sector ventures being questioned. Will the Leader of Council, therefore, pledge to halt the continuing outsourcing of services to teckal companies and promise not to create any new companies, including any relating to the City Deal, for the remainder of this term?”

When asked if he had received answers to his questions Cllr James said: “No. Not a single answer was provided to us of any value.”

You can listen to our exclusive interview with Cllr James here

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