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Poor turn-out for town council consultation

COPELAND Council is urging more people to get involved in its consultation for a town council for Whitehaven – after a desperately poor turn-out at the first drop-in session.

Any questions: Coun Peter Kane is available at the drop-in sessions to answer questions

Only one member of the public attended the three-hour session held at Mirehouse Community Centre on Tuesday.

Councillor Peter Kane, chair of the review panel, said: “We’re here to answer people’s questions and tell everyone exactly what the role of a town council would be.

“We want to hear comments, for and against, so that we can take them on board and if the majority aren’t in favour then we know it wouldn’t be worth going to the second round of consultation.”

Forty-four people have so far completed the consultation survey online.

Coun Kane added: “We have spread the sessions out as we are aware that people work at different times and won’t be able to make certain sessions.

“Every session is open to anyone from any area and the different times hopefully give everyone a chance to come along and ask questions or get information.”

If it is formed, the new town council or parish councils would be funded by an extra charge (precept) from residents, raising money to pay for public services that could include toilets, play areas, 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.

The public drop-in sessions continue as follows:

Jan 27: Red Lonning Community Centre (5pm to 8pm)

Jan 28: Bransty Primary School (5pm to 8pm)

Jan 30: Richmond Pensioners Club (10am to 1pm)

Feb 5: Greenbank Community Centre (2pm to 5pm)

Feb 8: United Reformed Church Hall (10am to 1pm)

Feb 10: Kells ARLFC (9.30am to 12.30pm)

Feb 11: Dog & Partridge, Sandwith (10am to 1pm)

Feb 12: St Andrew’s Church Hall (2pm to 5pm)

Feb 14: Copeland Centre (10am to 1pm)

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

Any groups who wish to have a meeting with Copeland are asked to email tim.capper@copeland.gov.uk or call 01946 598526.

The first round of the consultation ends on February 25, and if the support is there, a second consultation – including more concrete proposals such as boundaries, number of councillors and cost – will begin.

Have your say

Jin, I don't do party politics and that is why I called for ALL 50 councillors to resign last week as I believe that ALL the party affiliated ones share the blame for the current state of things and not only the Leader,HER choice of Executives and CBC Chief Executive as THEY are the ones that keep them in place - not us.
Ask any one of the 1,319 signatories that signed the Elected Mayor petition in Egremont if politics ever entered into the doorstep conversations that I had with them and how come Norman Williams who happened to be 'the best Labour Cllr' (according to Mr J. Reed) resigned in disgust in Feb. 2013. He after all was the Chair of the Parish Review Working Party who asked for a TC referendum in 2008 but was turned down by this same lot. Get Real

Posted by Arthur Millie on 28 January 2014 at 00:35

All we want to know is why a council that receives council tax from 33,000 households and £millions from Sellafield can't afford to cut the grass or run a public.

Jin - it's brain washed, indoctrinated people like you that are to blame for continually voting in the shower that has ran this area into the ground over the last 20 years.

Posted by Des on 26 January 2014 at 21:47

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