Atherton could get its own parish council
THE town of Atherton could get its own parish council after residents submitted a petition to Wigan Council.
Following the submission, the council now has a legal duty to undertake a review and has posted a form for opinions on its website.
The council is consulting residents across the whole of the borough.
A town or parish council is an elected body made up of local people representing the interests of their community.
An area must become a parish council first and then decide whether to become a town council at a later date, and then apply for that status.
A town council in Atherton, or any other area, would be in addition to and not instead of Wigan Council.
Town and parish councils are funded through an additional council tax payment called a parish precept.
Local residents will have pay this extra council tax if the parish council is set up.
Lord Peter Smith, leader of Wigan Council, said: “It really is important that Wigan borough residents contribute to this review and make their views known before the deadline at the end of October.
“We would like to ensure that the size, population and boundaries of any local community, or proposed parish or town council, create a sense of place, with a positive feeling for people and local distinctive-ness.
“But, we need to gauge what this looks like to our residents, and responses to the review will make this clearer.
“We will take full account of the views of local people before making any recommendations or publishing final proposals.”
“Town and parish councils are funded through an additional council tax payment called a parish precept. Local residents will have pay this extra council tax if the parish council is set up.”
The deadline for getting in touch is October 31 and the form is available on the council’s website at wigan.gov.
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