Plans to twin Pendle with Palestinian town collapse

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plans to “twin” Pendle with the Palestinian West Bank town of Beit Leed have collapsed, Thursday’s meeting of the full Pendle Council heard.

Coun. Tony Greaves said the twinning could not go ahead as the Pendle Twinning Association, which oversees the borough’s links with its twin towns of Creil (France) and Marl (Germany), felt it could not extend its remit.

But he said that moral support could be given and that any delegation from Beit Leed which visited Pendle should be treated with the same moral civility as other visitors were.

Coun. Ann Kerrigan said she could not see any problem with the twinning and said opponents were being “small minded”.

But council leader Coun. Joe Cooney said he had received more correspondence on the proposed twinning than on any other subject – and all of it had been opposed to the council spending time talking about it.