Ever wondered what a Borough Councillor's role entails?

Ever wondered what a Borough Councillor's role entails?
I did! I was elected as a Councillor for the Lynn South & West ward of the Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk on 5th May 2011.

A little bit about me:
I have lived in South Lynn for 7 years with my wife and work locally for the Norfolk Primary Care Trust as an IT Manager.

I am a Labour Councillor and whilst the local Labour group made some encouraging gains in the May elections (moving from 4 councillors to 13) we are still very much a minority opposition as the Tories hold 42 of the 64 council seats.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Norfolk County Council - Power and recycling centre consultation extended

News broke today of an extension in the consultation period for the Willows Power and Recycling Centre from 6 weeks to 8 weeks. The news came as the Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk's Development Control Board voted unanimously to object to the County Council's plans on 13 different points.

The Borough Council will not determine whether the plans will go ahead but as a statutory consultee of the County Council's proposal (the County Council's own equivalent planning committee will make this decision, that is unless it is 'called in' by the Secretary of State) the output of this morning's meeting will constitute its response to the consultation.

The extension to the consultation period gives a little extra time for local residents to object to the planning application. Those against the incinerator are also encouraged to write to Caroline Spelman MP to encourage her to withhold the PFI credits that the proposal relies on and Eric Pickles MP asking him to call in the planning application.

Further details on how to object and how to write to the relevant Ministers can be found at the Farmer's Campaign website www.farmerscampaign.org

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