Mayor of Blackrod defends value of town councils

The Bolton News: Cllr Stephen Laycock Cllr Stephen Laycock

MEMBERS of Blackrod Town Council have defended their role after a Bolton Councillor questioned the value of the borough's three town councils.

Blackrod's Mayor, Cllr Stephen Laycock raised the issue at a meeting of the town council last night and held up a copy of a Bolton News article in which Cllr Andy Morgan, the deputy leader of the Bolton Conservatives, asked wether town councils were providing value for money at a time when "every penny matters".

Chairing the meeting, Cllr Laycock said: "There was a vote on the Bolton News website and it appears the majority of people voting seemed to agree with Cllr Morgan.

"But there are a lot of people that give up there time voluntarily on this town council and I think they have a very positive input."

The town council then agreed to form a response to Cllr Morgan's comments.

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11:50am Tue 7 Jan 14

Brumas says...

Blackrod's Mayor, Cllr Stephen Laycock is wrong in defending the borough's three town councils, by attempting to give them any relevance, which smacks in the face of what, is blatantly obvious; they have no powers that are of any significance.
In this very edition of the Bolton News is an illustration of just how irrelevant Town Councils in the borough are:-
In Horwich, Redrow have submitted a revised planning application for two blocks of apartments - a total of 42 apartments in total, on the site of the former “Swallowfield Hotel”. But the submission is not to go before Horwich Town Councils Planning Committee, but directly to Bolton Planning Committee. (Unless the Bolton News has got it wrong) Thus bypassing Horwich Town Council, regarding it yet again to be of no relevance.

Blackrod Town Councils response to Cllr Morgan's comments should make interesting reading.
Blackrod's Mayor, Cllr Stephen Laycock is wrong in defending the borough's three town councils, by attempting to give them any relevance, which smacks in the face of what, is blatantly obvious; they have no powers that are of any significance. In this very edition of the Bolton News is an illustration of just how irrelevant Town Councils in the borough are:- In Horwich, Redrow have submitted a revised planning application for two blocks of apartments - a total of 42 apartments in total, on the site of the former “Swallowfield Hotel”. But the submission is not to go before Horwich Town Councils Planning Committee, but directly to Bolton Planning Committee. (Unless the Bolton News has got it wrong) Thus bypassing Horwich Town Council, regarding it yet again to be of no relevance. Blackrod Town Councils response to Cllr Morgan's comments should make interesting reading. Brumas
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4:14pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Julian Thorpe says...

Brumas wrote:
Blackrod's Mayor, Cllr Stephen Laycock is wrong in defending the borough's three town councils, by attempting to give them any relevance, which smacks in the face of what, is blatantly obvious; they have no powers that are of any significance.
In this very edition of the Bolton News is an illustration of just how irrelevant Town Councils in the borough are:-
In Horwich, Redrow have submitted a revised planning application for two blocks of apartments - a total of 42 apartments in total, on the site of the former “Swallowfield Hotel”. But the submission is not to go before Horwich Town Councils Planning Committee, but directly to Bolton Planning Committee. (Unless the Bolton News has got it wrong) Thus bypassing Horwich Town Council, regarding it yet again to be of no relevance.

Blackrod Town Councils response to Cllr Morgan's comments should make interesting reading.
Town councils are given the opportunity to look at and comment on planning applications, but only the borough council has the power to approve or reject them. They are supposed to give consideration to interested parties such as local town councils, however.
[quote][p][bold]Brumas[/bold] wrote: Blackrod's Mayor, Cllr Stephen Laycock is wrong in defending the borough's three town councils, by attempting to give them any relevance, which smacks in the face of what, is blatantly obvious; they have no powers that are of any significance. In this very edition of the Bolton News is an illustration of just how irrelevant Town Councils in the borough are:- In Horwich, Redrow have submitted a revised planning application for two blocks of apartments - a total of 42 apartments in total, on the site of the former “Swallowfield Hotel”. But the submission is not to go before Horwich Town Councils Planning Committee, but directly to Bolton Planning Committee. (Unless the Bolton News has got it wrong) Thus bypassing Horwich Town Council, regarding it yet again to be of no relevance. Blackrod Town Councils response to Cllr Morgan's comments should make interesting reading.[/p][/quote]Town councils are given the opportunity to look at and comment on planning applications, but only the borough council has the power to approve or reject them. They are supposed to give consideration to interested parties such as local town councils, however. Julian Thorpe
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6:37pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Brumas says...

However, They don't.
However, They don't. Brumas
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9:15am Wed 8 Jan 14

Malcolm Tucker says...

Brumas wrote:
However, They don't.
Bolton Council did listen to Horwich Parish Council with regards to the Greenwood pub site, which is precisely why it now sits as an undeveloped eyesore. How pleased the Parish must be!
If this is an example of how a Parish thinks, then one can understand the reluctance of Bolton not to follow their advice.
[quote][p][bold]Brumas[/bold] wrote: However, They don't.[/p][/quote]Bolton Council did listen to Horwich Parish Council with regards to the Greenwood pub site, which is precisely why it now sits as an undeveloped eyesore. How pleased the Parish must be! If this is an example of how a Parish thinks, then one can understand the reluctance of Bolton not to follow their advice. Malcolm Tucker
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8:52pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Brumas says...

No Malcolm Tucker, Bolton Council did not listen to Horwich Town Council about the Greenwood. Horwich Town Council refused the planning permission for the Greenwood, but Bolton Council approved it. The builder went bang, so thats why the Greenwood is in the state it is.
No Malcolm Tucker, Bolton Council did not listen to Horwich Town Council about the Greenwood. Horwich Town Council refused the planning permission for the Greenwood, but Bolton Council approved it. The builder went bang, so thats why the Greenwood is in the state it is. Brumas
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11:34pm Wed 8 Jan 14

bernie boy says...

"Wether"? Nice one!
"Wether"? Nice one! bernie boy
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11:34pm Wed 8 Jan 14

bernie boy says...

"Wether"? Nice one!
"Wether"? Nice one! bernie boy
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