Costs of run­ning town coun­cil could be cov­ered

Loughborough Echo - - LETTERS -

LAST week’s let­ters asked me to out­line the ben­e­fits and costs as­so­ci­ated with a town coun­cil for Lough­bor­ough.

The ben­e­fit is that we would have an au­thor­i­ta­tive body with the re­spon­si­bil­ity to dis­cuss is­sues that are spe­cific to the town and to speak for the peo­ple of Lough­bor­ough.

At present, only two of the nine coun­cil­lors with cab­i­net posts rep­re­sent Lough­bor­ough wards, and while Lough­bor­ough coun­cil­lors are of course ac­tive on var­i­ous coun­cil com­mit­tees and pan­els there is no place where they rep­re­sent the town’s in­ter­ests alone.

The Lough­bor­ough Spe­cial Rate is levied on the peo­ple of the town. It is spent on parks and open spa­ces, sports grounds, town cen­tre man­age­ment and CCTV, and con­trib­utes to some vol­un­tary and com­mu­nity fa­cili- ties. The costs of run­ning a town coun­cil could be cov­ered by the Spe­cial Ex­penses.

We need a town coun­cil to con­trol these mat­ters and also to be a pow­er­ful voice on plan­ning is­sues and in sup­port of the town cen­tre and the eco­nomic suc­cess of Lough­bor­ough.

So far as the may­oralty is con­cerned, I think the com­ments are mis­taken.

Our first Mayor was Joseph Griggs in 1888 when Lough­bor­ough was in­cor­po­rated. The mu­nic­i­pal bor­ough con­tin­ued to gov­ern the town un­til 1974 when the town be­came the cen­tre of the newly es­tab­lished Bor­ough of Charn­wood, named for the an­cient for­est that once cov­ered the area.

We are in no dan­ger of los­ing our sta­tus, or our mayor.

Jill Vin­cent

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