CABINET CALL: By Leader of South Holland District Council Gary Porter
In a few weeks’ time, residents in Spalding will have the chance to have their say on the potential creation of a town council.
Spalding does not currently have a town or parish council instead the Spalding Town Forum acts as a consultative body.
We’re going to be launching a two week consultation which will see people asked if they would like us to investigate establishing a town council.
So just to be clear, at this stage all we want to know is people’s thoughts on whether we should investigate this idea further.
If more people are in favour than against us doing this piece of work, and if those in favour represent at least 15 per cent (3,471) of Spalding’s electorate, the council will begin a full review which will, among other things, involve investigating the potential cost of a town council and conducting a more extensive survey.
The consultation runs from March 15 until March 29 and there are a number of ways to have your say.
The quickest and easiest way is a yes/no survey on the council’s website which will be available at www.sholland.gov.uk/towncouncil.
If you don’t have internet access, there will be paper copies in our reception area at the council offices in Priory Road, Spalding.
You can also send your response by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or in writing to South Holland District Council, Priory Road, Spalding, Lincolnshire, PE112XE.
You may have seen some recent publicity surrounding the idea of creating a unitary authority in Lincolnshire or re-organising local government.
Discussions on this subject are at a very provisional stage and no decisions have been taken, so it’s far too early to say what, if any, outcomes will arise.