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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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Whitehaven town council moves closer

WHITEHAVEN has moved a step closer to having its own town council.

by Andrew Clarke

A review panel has decided this week to move to the next stage of the process and will put forward a series of options that the public will be asked for its views on. They are: having one town council with a £300,000-per-year budget; one town council with a £600,000-per-year budget; two parish councils (with a split on the Loop Road suggested); and three parish councils.

If it is formed, the new council(s) 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. A town council can attract funding that the borough council cannot.

Council officers are currently drawing up costings to the taxpayer of each option, with details of a public meeting and a postal survey to be announced soon.

If it gets the go-ahead, elections for new councillors would take place in May 2015. Whitehaven and Sandwith are the only unparished areas in Copeland.

Have your say

Ian you just totally contradicted yourself lol

Posted by thinkbeforeyoutype on 20 April 2014 at 17:15

We allready have a county and a borough council .. another would just be ridiculous in such a small semi rural area. I agree with having a town council but only if Copeland Borough Council is disbanded. More councils = More costs to local people or is it the case that they are hoping to scam yet more money from other parts of the UK under the guise of "government subsidies"

It's about time that the people of Copeland woke up and smelled the coffee. You can only have the services locally if local people are prepared to pay for them. Why should people from big towns and cities in say Lancashire have to pay for your services (most of them have never even heard of Whitehaven).

Posted by Ian Cromarty on 16 April 2014 at 18:12

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