Pendle parish councils to have cash slashed

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A BID to stop funding to Pendle’s parish and town councils being slashed was defeated at a full meeting of Pendle Council.

Members agreed to go ahead with cuts of 10% of the council’s grants to its fellow councils.

Leader of the council Conservative Coun. Mike Blomeley said: “As a council, we have a saving to make of approximately £1.7m. over the next year. I will ask councillors to accept our recommendation.”

He explained the saving of 10% to town and parish councils would help Pendle Council save cash.

But Liberal Democrat Coun. John David: “This council is passing this buck to the town and parish councils.”

He felt the council should make no change to the amount of funding it gives the other councils. “We are not prepared to go along with this, Mr Mayor.”

And fellow Liberal Coun. David Whipp added: “There is no rationale for this motion.” He said it means reducing the council’s expenses by taking cash from other councils. “I think this council ought to retain the grants at the level now,” he concluded.

However, the Labour Party did not back the Liberal motion and Labour group leader Coun. Mohammed Iqbal said: “I found it disappointing Coun. David and Coun. Whipp made the comments they did.

“The borough council has got to make savings. It is not unreasonable to ask the town and parish councils to do the same.”

The Liberal amendment was defeated and members voted to introduce the 10% cut.