I remain uneasy about the consultation process regarding the Tax Office in Aberystwyth and have been in contact with Bronwen Morgan, Chief Executive of Ceredigion County Council. She is adamant that the Council did not receive a request for consultation and cannot get a reply from HMRC whether they did so or not. I find it unbelivable that the HMRC is not responding to a sensible request from Ceredigion Council.
However, it remains the case that the County Council and the responsible Liberal Democrat Cabinet Member was aware that the HMRC was thinking of closing the Aberystwyth Office. Nothing proactive was done to engage with HMRC, and even if he wasn't formally requested to respond, he should have been doing so anyway. His unnecessary personal attack on Cllr Ellen ap Gwynn in the Cambrian News last week was inappropriate. Another example of Liberal Democrats being reactive rather than proactive.