I have lived here in Carmarthenshire since 1973 and suffered under Dyfed and the new unitary authority; the latter has inherited the worst parts of both Dyfed and Carmarthen District Council.
CDC is the council that had the wizard wheeze of building a chairman's parlour on top of an emergency planning bunker that they had neglected to get planning permission for (some things never change). The original project costs were allegedly around £60,000 but escalated to more than £250,000, the hole in the ground still exists under the car park in Spliman Street, I understand it is not waterproof.
Carmarthenshire County Council pay the chief executive more than £160,000 a year and the chairman approximately £50,000 and yet they don't seem to understand the concept of openness and accountability. See http://www.carmarthenplanning.blogspot.com/ for more details, an excellent blog by Jacqui Thopmson of Llanwrda.
http://www.thisissouthwales.co.uk/ posted: Ms Gravell struck back at criticism of the high salaries saying: "If you pay peanuts, you get monkeys." Who are the monkeys now?