Seats up for grabs in town coun­cil elec­tion

Macclesfield Express - - WILDLIFE -

THE town coun­cil is urg­ing res­i­dents to come for­ward and stand in the up­com­ing elec­tions.

There are 12 mem­bers of Bolling­ton Town Coun­cil and this year four or five are ex­pected to stand down af­ter many years of ser­vice.

This leaves seats in var­i­ous wards up for grabs in the town and parish elec­tions, which will take place on May 7 to co­in­cide with the Cheshire East elec­tions and Gen­eral Elec­tion.

Mem­bers are urg­ing peo­ple in the com­mu­nity to stand for elec­tion.

Town clerk David Nay­lor said be­ing a town coun­cil­lor has never been more im­por­tant as Cheshire East Coun­cil de­volves as­sets and ser­vices to lo­cal coun­cil con­trol.

He said: “The role is also more im­por­tant as we move to se­cure lo­cal con­trol of fu­ture devel­op­ment within our town up un­til 2030 with a neigh­bour­hood plan.

“We will then be able to de­cide what sort of devel­op­ment should take place in Bolling­ton and where that should go.

“It won’t be an easy life and you won’t get paid but it will be very re­ward­ing. You will be sup­ported by a small team of pro­fes­sional of­fi­cers.

“You will be lo­cal, accountable and very much in the know about al­most ev­ery­thing that hap­pens in our com­mu­nity.

“There will be frus­tra­tions but Bolling­ton has a very strong com­mu­nity spirit and a loud voice – add your voice to that.”

The town coun­cil de­liv­ers lo­cal ser­vices such as al­lot­ments and is con­sulted by Cheshire East on is­sues in­clud­ing plan­ning.

Bolling­ton uses a pre­cept on all house­holds in the town and bids for ex­tra funds, such as that to build the skatepark, im­prove­ments to Adling­ton Road chil­dren’s play area, the new bowl­ing pav­il­ion and im­prove­ments to the Civic Hall.

The town coun­cil is hold­ing an open evening for prospec­tive coun­cil­lors from 6pm to 8pm on Thurs­day, Fe­bru­ary 26, at Bolling­ton Town Hall.

Res­i­dents may be nom­i­nated af­ter March 20 and the dead­line is April 9.

Nom­i­na­tion pa­pers will be avail­able from the Town Coun­cil or Cheshire East’s web­site. Con­tact the clerk on 01625 572985.

● Sally Gething, from Bolling­ton, who teaches he Buteyko method for breath­ing prob­lems

●● Bolling­ton Civic Hall

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