Tories fail to show up for Pendle cuts meeting

Photo Ian Robinson
County Hall at Night
Photo Ian Robinson County Hall at Night

Pendle Conservative councillors failed to appear at a meeting orgsanised to discuss Lancashire County Council’s cuts to services in the borough.

Proposed cuts include possible library closures, children’s centres, youth centres, local bus services, highways management, countryside services including Wycoller country park, Whitehough centre (“camp school”), and reducing the number of buildings the county council owns or uses.

Deputy Leader of Pendle Council, Liberal Coun. Tony Greaves, said the

meeting was very important in the campaign to save services.

He said: “We cannot stop the spending cuts but if we can all work together we can lessen their effects for people in Pendle.”

Coun. Greaves added that he was appalled and shocked that the Conservatives appear to have boycotted the meeting.

He said: “The local Conservative councillors might be ashamed at what their new government are doing to councils but their local behaviour is a disgrace.

“Do they represent local people or are they just puppets controlled by their MP Andrew Stephenson?”

The meeting last Friday followed a constructive meeting the previous week

of the Pendle Council political and staff leaderships with County Coun. David Borrow, deputy leader and finance cabinet member at Lancashire

County Council.

Pendle Council leader and Labour County Coun. Mohammed Iqbal said

that the Pendle group as a whole had local knowledge and contacts and

could help LCC to find ways of keeping some of the services going in

different ways.

He said: “Pendle Council wants to help in any way it can to prevent the losses of local facilities.”