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New bank holiday would cost council £600,000

Created on 29/01/2018 @ 14:55
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A councillor's request for Powys County Council to back plans to make St David's Day a Bank Holiday have been rejected, because it could cost the council £600,000.

As MyNewtown reported last week, local county councillor Elwyn Vaughan had wanted PCC to back a campaign to have the day made a national holiday.

But in the same week the councillor argued for the abolishment of the council shire committee structure to save money, it turned out that a new national Bank Holiday could cost the council £600,000 in additional costs due to staff wages and other costs associated with Bank Holidays.

Councillor Vaughan proposed that the council supported a cross-party call for the creation of a bank holiday to mark the importance of St David’s Day – which celebrates the patron saint of Wales.

Councillor Vaughan also proposed that in the meantime, the council should move to recognise the importance of the day by raising the flag of St David on its sites, together with the Welsh flag during the week of March 1, and the Glyndwr flag during the week including September 16.

The motion on St David’s Day becoming a Bank Holiday was defeated by 25 votes to 12, with one abstention.

Members were told the council currently flies flags at four of its sites including County Hall and the Gwalia in Llandrindod Wells, at Neuadd Brycheiniog in Brecon and at Neuadd Maldwyn in Welshpool.

The councillors voted in favour of flying the flags at the four authority sites by 36 votes to one.

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