Res­i­dents de­serve to have say on is­sues

Macclesfield Express - - YOUR VIEWS - Coun Laura Jeuda Labour

THE peo­ple of Mac­cles­field have voted in favour of a town coun­cil.

The leader of the coun­cil is not happy with the re­sult and calls for fur­ther con­sul­ta­tion. His favoured op­tion is an En­hanced Lo­cal Ser­vice De­liv­ery Com­mit­tee.

Un­for­tu­nately, most peo­ple didn’t know what this would be. There were no terms of ref­er­ence given to us and, although Coun Jones at­tempted to throw some to­gether dur­ing the con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod when some peo­ple had al­ready voted, this was clearly un­demo­cratic.

The Labour group has kept to the prom­ise we made in our man­i­festo to sup­port a town coun­cil, the most ef­fec­tive way, we be­lieve, to strengthen lo­cal democ­racy.

The Lo­cal Ser­vice De­liv­ery Com­mit­tee (LSDC) has no power to in­flu­ence any­thing.

When the Con­ser­va­tives lost the chair of this com­mit­tee to Labour with an In­de­pen­dent ViceChair, so many ob­sta­cles were put in the way.

It was only the dogged de­ter­mi­na­tion of vice chair­man Coun Roberts, and I that fi­nally got the coun­cil, to agree that we could meet and that an of­fi­cer would be in at­ten­dance.

Late last year a group of res­i­dents ob­ject­ing to green belt devel­op­ment at­tended a meet­ing of the LSDC.

They were told that they could not ad­dress the com­mit­tee be­cause plan­ning was out­side its re­mit.

Had there been a town coun­cil they would have been able to make their views known.

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