Rossendale Free Press - - Your Views -

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

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