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Our own council in view

PUBLISHED: 10:26 01 February 2008 | UPDATED: 19:35 05 July 2010

PLANS to create a single town council for Lowestoft were set to take a significant step forward last night.

Ever since The Journal launched a brand new debate - A Voice for Lowestoft - exactly a year ago, overwhelming support for the return to a Lowestoft Town Council had been received.

PLANS to create a single town council for Lowestoft were set to take a significant step forward last night.

Ever since The Journal launched a brand new debate - A Voice for Lowestoft - exactly a year ago, overwhelming support for the return to a Lowestoft Town Council had been received.

And last night, at a Waveney District Council executive meeting, the issue was set to be discussed with the recommendation to councillors that they approve “the need for a complete review of the democratic position within Lowestoft”.

The Journal's campaign centred on a radical move to return to a Lowestoft Town Council - more than 30 years after local government reorganisation in 1974 had effectively seen the community lose its town council voice as the former Lowestoft Borough Council disappeared and Waveney District Council was formed.

But now, following widespread backing of the initiative and support from Journal readers, the campaign looks set to make a major step forward.

Last November, the Lowestoft Charter Trustees discussed the idea of public consultation for one or more Lowestoft town councils, by co-ordinating a petition for submission to the district council.

They resolved to formally request that the district council “investigate the potential for one or more Lowestoft town councils”.

A council spokesman said: “Waveney District Council cannot currently formally act, either voluntarily, or in response to any petition to form one or more Lowestoft town cuncils.

“The Lowestoft Charter Trustees currently represent the unparished areas within Lowestoft but do not have the functions and responsibilities of parish or town councils.

“If one or more town councils were introduced within these areas then they would replace the Lowestoft Charter Trustees. The Lowestoft Charter Trustees consider that there is a need for the council to consider this democratic deficit in Lowestoft.”

The report to councillors adds that the executive considers that full council should not wait for the relevant legislation, but begin a review of the Lowestoft area as soon as possible.

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