Attended a Powys County Council meeting today (Montgomeryshire Committee) comprising all the Councillors representing wards in Montgomeryshire (North Powys). There are 33 of them. The excellent Chair, Cllr. Eldredd Jones had invited me to inform the Committee about the new Kidney Wales Foundation - Powys Branch which was launched yesterday. I stayed on for the next item,which was a presentation from Menter Maldwyn outlining progress and promotion of the Welsh Language. The presentation by Craig Duggan (ex BBC) and Rhiannon (I think) was in Welsh, and as I would have expected, there were translation facilities available. What surprised me was what happened when the meeting moved on to the next item.
As Craig and Rhiannon were clearing up their presentation equipment, all the translation facilities were collected up and put away - perhaps until Menter Maldwyn is on the agenda again in a year's time. If any Councillor wishes to speak in Welsh, it has to be to a Committee where around 80% of members cannot understand, or there's a break to distribute earphones, and track down a translator. The reality is that Welsh is never spoken. I wonder if this satisfies the Council's Welsh Language Scheme.