Opinions wanted about proposed creation of Atherton parish council
7:10am Friday 20th September 2013 in NW
RESIDENTS are being asked for their opinions following calls for a new council to be created in Atherton.
A community governance review is being launched due to the submission of a petition to Wigan Council from residents from Atherton, parts of Atherleigh and Tyldesley.
The petition calls for the creation of a town of parish council for the area and the council now has a legal obligation to carry out the review.
Leader of Wigan Council Lord Peter Smith 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 distinctiveness.
“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.”
A town or parish council is an elected body made up of people representing the interests of their community and would be in addition to and not instead of Wigan Council.
All borough residents’ views will be considered as the cost of the review will fall on all council tax payers.
Lord Smith said: “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 size of the payment will depend on the decisions by the local council on what extra services they want to provide.
Further information about the Community Governance Review is available on the council’s website at wigan.gov.uk/communitygovernance.
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