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  Embattled council is taken over
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Last EditedNew Jerusalem  Mar 16, 2011 06:04pm
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AuthorBBC Wales
News DateThursday, March 17, 2011 12:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionCommissioners will be sent in to run the troubled Anglesey council after years of political infighting, it has been confirmed.

Local Government Minister Carl Sargeant said councillors had "betrayed those who elected them" and indulged in "politics of the playground".

He said: "Enough is enough. I have been more than patient in giving the council a chance to sort things out."

It follows a report which said an elected mayor could give stability.

A recovery board was appointed to oversee the council in 2009 after an earlier inspection found it had a long history of not being run properly.

But Mr Sargeant told assembly members it was time for "further and more stringent" action.

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Welsh Local Government Association chief executive Steve Thomas said the decision represented "the most severe interventions into an individual local authority in Welsh local government's history".

He added: "The decision by the minister to appoint commissioners is fully a consequence of the way that a number of councillors have conducted themselves."

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