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A democratic voice? People encouraged to share views on new town council

PUBLISHED: 10:57 01 April 2016 | UPDATED: 11:15 01 April 2016

Lowestoft Town Hall on the High Street.

Picture: James Bass

Lowestoft Town Hall on the High Street. Picture: James Bass

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They are strong communities with their own identities - but traditionally areas like Kirkley, Pakefield and Gunton have been left without parish councils fighting on their behalf.

But now, people in the “un-parished” areas of Lowestoft are being asked for their views on whether they want a new town council.

There are already a range of strong views, with some saying town councils will address a “democratic deficit” and others concerned a new organisation will be “large” and “cumbersome”.

But Labour’s Sonia Barker said whatever their views: “Lowestoft people must let their voice be heard.”

For the full story and further reaction, pick up today’s Journal.

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