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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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Views sought on Whitehaven Town Council

DATES for a series of drop-in sessions for the public to have their say on a possible town or parish councils for Whitehaven have been announced.

Copeland Council is gauging public support for a parish tier in the town, and the feedback will help it decide if it should start the legal process later this year.

This review follows Copeland’s preliminary work to explore the timescales and process for a new council.

If it is formed, the new council 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 following public drop-in sessions, including the opportunity to ask questions and fill in a survey, take place:

Jan 21: Mirehouse Community Centre (2pm to 5pm)

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. Any groups that 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 boundaries, number of councillors and cost, will begin.

Have your say

Before we increase the cost of local government in copeland you may be interested to know that the council tax for a small 2 bed terraced house in copeland is the same as that for a 4 bed detached house in broxtowe in notinghamshire - you get bins there as well and they don't have a private benefactor like SL !! I am sure someone from the copeland council can explain the reason.

Posted by robin armson on 22 January 2014 at 13:20

Whitehaven News, 30/12/08:- "Until now, any support for a town council has been lukewarm and in small numbers. A survey that went out to 55,000 people resulted in a miniscule response of just 80 replies and a letter sent to more than 200 town businesses brought only 20 replies back. At local Area Forum meetings there was a general feeling in favour, but from fairly low attendances. "A referendum is the only way to find out what people want. Up until now it has been pretty inconclusive""said Coun Norman Williams, chairman of the working party. So just another waste of £24,000 by 9 Cllrs in trying to kick the issue into the long grass over the next year and justifying their expenses. Why not have a referendum of W-H's 19,970 electorate at the 22/5/14 EU Elections for less than £24,000 (£15,000 quoted in 2008 I the same article) and have a bit of democracy for a change. In all probability a referendum for an Elected Mayor will occur then as well as the minimum petition number of 2,777 has been well exceeded by over 1,000 and is to be submitted a day before the final closing date of the 22nd Jan 14 to Mr Capper of CBC.

Posted by Arthur Millie on 20 January 2014 at 14:58

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