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Campaign for a Worksop Town Council - part 2

July 4, 2012 4:43 PM

By Leon Duveen

Originally published by East Midlands Liberal Democrats

His response was illuminating. Firstly he claimed it was not on his radar as he was not aware of any desire for it. He also claimed that the people of Worksop & Retford did not want any "extra bureaucracy" that Town Councils, he implied, would bring.

As many of the roles of Town Councils are already done (not always very well) by the District, and would be transferred to the Town Councils is they were set up, the only extra bureaucracy involved would be having a Town Clerk & possibly an assistant to run the Council.

I have looked at the "extra bureaucracy" and also costs of Town Councils to other towns near us and the precept (extra Council Tax levied to fund the Local Council) seems to be around about £100 a year and there are 2 to 3 people employed by the Local Council above those doing work that is done already by the District Council employees. Harworth, for example, has a precept of £91.15, an annual budget of £271,000, a similar level precept for Worksop (based on a tax base of 12910) would give a Worksop Town Council a budget of over £1,150,000 which should be more than enough for its purpose. In addition, as some of the work be transferred to a Town Council there would be a reduction in costs to the District which should mean a cut in the basic Council Tax.

Cllr. Greaves did point out that there will be a review of Local Council structures in the near future, what is needed to secure a Worksop (and Retford) Town Council is a show of support for the idea from the people of Worksop, so now is the time to start contacting you Councillors to let them know you support the idea.