TRY AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE
WOW Mr Scribbler, your recent articles have felt like a personal reprimand.
In the short time I’ve been a Rossendale councillor I can assure you that the majority of members are just ordinary Rossendale residents with jobs and families to care for, who actually want to make a difference for the people of Rossendale.
The same can also be said of council officers.
The current government has decided to reduce funding for all local councils. Our little council budget has been cut by millions.
Lancashire has so many houses that are not really fit to live in.
A scheme was set up under the previous council leadership to try and sort this out. What a fabulous initiative.
When the Labour group took over the leadership they were assured by officers that the scheme was on track.
Sadly that was not the case which resulted in police being brought in to investigate what went wrong.
This investigation is taking longer than we want but the police numbers have been greatly reduced so they have to make priorities.
The good news is that more than 350 families now have warm, safe, affordable homes to live in.
The small council of Rossendale was running three swimming baths.
The one at Haslingden where my girls learned to swim was running at a £130,000 a year loss.
How could the council continue to pay this?
Rossendale councillors and officers worked with local community groups but alas swimming baths are very expensive to run.
There was no option but to close Haslingden Baths.
Hopefully there will be a change. Hopefully soon members of Parliament will realise that the people of Rossendale deserve a new pool, decent housing, properly funded education and services.
Councils are being made to change.
If they are to carry on helping residents they have to invest in projects that will repay money back into the council funds.
So Mr Scribbler, that’s where we are at. The local elections will be once again in May.
Please can you use your column to encourage the residents of Rossendale to stand and become a councillor.
Let’s try and make a difference for all our residents. Councillor Janice Johnson Irwell Vale