SARG en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to se­ri­ously con­sider call­ing for a town coun­cil

Loughborough Echo - - LETTERS -

IN A re­cent let­ter pub­lished in the Lough­bor­ough Echo, Coun­cil­lor Max Hunt brought to our at­ten­tion the op­por­tu­nity for Lough­bor­ough res­i­dents to call for a Town Coun­cil. His let­ter read as fol­lows...

“Res­i­dents of Lough­bor­ough have a rare op­por­tu­nity this month to call for a Town Coun­cil.

A Lough­bor­ough Town Coun­cil would have con­trol of parks, public ar­eas and other lo­cal ameni­ties which make our town special.

Ev­ery other town and parish in the bor­ough has such a lo­cal coun­cil. Our town is alone in not hav­ing that power.

It would be a very pow­er­ful voice for the town in an in­creas­ingly bu­reau­cratic age.

Lough­bor­ough, as a town, lost its voice in 1974 when Charn­wood was cre­ated.

They said that the bor­ough coun­cil could speak for Lough­bor­ough, but that has not worked out. Var­i­ous at­tempts to cre­ate fo­rums to rep­re­sent the town have failed, largely be­cause they had nei­ther sta­tus nor power.

Town Plan­ning has been the big­gest ca­su­alty as in­di­vid­u­als are left to ar­gue the case for Lough­bor­ough whilst parish or town coun­cils else­where in the bor­ough can en­gage pro­fes­sional ad­vi­sors to make their case di­rectly to the bor­ough on ma­jor de­ci­sions.

Whilst the bor­ough would still col­lect the refuse and do all the bor­ough-wide things, a Lough­bor­ough Town Coun­cil would run parks and play­grounds which are un­der in­creas­ing pres­sure, bet­ter and more ef­fi­ciently. It would rep­re­sent the town on lo­cal mat­ters more ef­fec­tively than iso­lated voices. It would work more closely with com­mu­nity groups, lo­cal busi­nesses and vol­un­teers.

By be­ing more ef­fi­cient and ligh­weight, it might also sheild Louh­bor­ough ser­vices from the huge pres­sures to cut bor­ough ser­vices, par­tic­u­larly our green and recre­ational ar­eas.

If you would like to sup­port a Lough­bor­ough Town Coun­cil we have a unique op­por­tu­nity by ask­ing the Bor­ough Com­mu­nity Gov­er­nance Review to con­sider this and bring op­tions for­ward for fur­ther con­sul­ta­tion. The con­sul­ta­tion closes on 6th Oc­to­ber 2017. If you agree please email cgr@charn­ or write to Adrian Ward c/o Com­mu­nity Gov­er­nance Review, Charn­wood Bor­ough Coun­cil. (Coun Max Hunt, Lough­bor­ough North West)” SARG would like to en­cour­age you all to se­ri­ously con­sider the above, and if you wish to, to take up the op­por­tu­nity that is avail­able.

Adrian D. Bai­ley.

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