Split over funding for Westhoughton civic awards
OPINION is split among councillors over whether public money should be used to fund a civic awards ceremony in Westhoughton.
The awards night — at the Hart Common Golf Club on November 23 — will reward the outstanding contributions of local people to making their communities better.
All councillors said the idea of rewarding people who have made sacrifices to benefit the wider community was a good idea.
The town council is committing £410 of their funds to staging the eighth instalment of this ceremony, with the previous seven having cost them £2,250.
Mayor of Westhoughton Cllr Christopher Peacock said: “This is a great way to recognise the efforts by people who are pillars of their communities.
“To have a public ceremony is crucial because often these volunteers are not too bothered about picking up an award as their motivation is serving their community.
“But family and close friends deserve the chance to showcase their loved ones and reflect with pride on what they have done.”
A motion was passed at a public meeting this week to approve funding for the awards, but Liberal Democrat councillor David Wilkinson, who was absent from the meeting, voiced concerns.
“I am opposed to the use of public funds for this type of social event when there are difficult financial problems for many Westhoughton taxpayers,” said Cllr Wilkinson.
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