VOTERS throughout Great Harwood have this week been asked if they would like their own town council.
A consultation questionnaire was delivered by Hyndburn Council to households explaining the proposals and asking for their opinions.
Councillor Peter Clarke said: “It’s important that everyone has their say for the future of the town.”
The proposals will be the main item on the agenda at the next two Great Harwood Area Council meetings on 18 November and 20 January.
There will also be a drop-in session at Bank Mill House between 2.30pm and 6.30pm on 25 November when people can find out more and pass on their views.
Area council chairman, Councillor Lynn Wilson, said: “People in Great Harwood are enthusiastic and innovative and take a keen interest in local matters. The regular big attendances at area council meetings demonstrate this, so it’s the perfect place to establish a successful town council.”
Vice-chairman Councillor Roy Atkinson said: “I know that many local people would like more control over their own area, so this consultation will be a great chance for them to make their views known.”
Councillor Clarke said the response he had had so far was “half and half’’.
He added: “Some people want to become more independent from Hyndburn but they need to know that once the budget has been spent a precept would have to be levied for any furhter spending.,
Ballot boxes for the return of the questionnaire will be sited at various locations in Great Harwood including the library, the Rainbow Gallery, Whitehead’s store and The Original Factory Shop.
Information will also be available on the council’s website www.hyndburnbc.gov.uk from Monday.