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Little interest in council plans

TIME is running out for residents to give their views on a the formation of a new town or parish councils for Whitehaven.

town talk: The final drop-in session, held at the Copeland Centre

By Andrew Clarke and Mark White

Fewer than 200 people have completed questionnaires, at the series of public drop-in sessions or online, and the first round of the consultation closes on Tuesday, February 25.

Whitehaven and Sandwith are the only unparished areas in Copeland, and if it is formed, the new set-up would be funded by an extra charge (precept) from residents, raising money to pay for public services that could include toilets, grass-cutting or Christmas lights.

If it gets the go-ahead, elections for new councillors would be run alongside other local elections in May 2015. The new councillors would not receive an allowance.

At the final drop-in session held at the Copeland Centre last week, Coun John Kane said: “Overall, the drop-in session shave been quite poorly attended. The people that did come however stayed for a long time and asked lots of insightful questions.

“The idea of these sessions has been to show people the benefits of having a town council and I hope the people that attended saw that.”

The survey is available at www.copeland.gov.uk, and at Copeland’s office and libraries.

Once the feedback has been analysed, if the support for the new set-up is there, a second consultation – including more concrete proposals such as boundaries, number of councillors and cost – will begin.

Have your say

Alot of people do not know how many councillors there are, I myself was shocked there were that many.I have multiple Sclerosis and am not able to get about. I also feel as though no matter what we say, the current councillors don't pay attention to anyone in the local area if it doesn't suit them.

Posted by Lorraine Everett on 24 February 2014 at 21:55

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