A HYNDBURN-wide consultation into the setting-up of parish and town councils has been extended after annoyed residents across the borough complained they were never sent letters.
The issue was raised on an Accrington community website, when an informal poll found that over three quarters of respondents could not remember being sent a questionnaire.
The forms, supposedly delivered by a private firm on behalf of the council last month, asked residents to return them within two weeks, by a deadline of 28 April.
But, after the missing deliveries were revealed, council leader Peter Britcliffe has now agreed that responses received over the next week to 10 days will be counted.
Bernadette Walsh, 51, of Eagle Street, Accrington said: "They did say that everybody would get a form but if I don’t get one then I can’t have a say. I’d have liked the chance to have a say on this issue as it’s supposed to be my prerogative. A few people have said they’ve not had one.’’
Clayton-le-Moors councillor Nick Collingridge confirmed he had received several emails from complaining constituents and had passed them on to council officers.
One of them, Kate Birtles, 64, of Lodgeside, Clayton-le-Moors, was aware of the consultation and had been looking forward to the form being delivered when she read in the Observer that the poll had closed.
She said: "I’m not impressed. I’m quite interested in the town council proposal and it seems nice and feasible. I started asking my neighbours and my brother down the road and it appears that loads of people didn’t get one."
Councillor Britcliffe told the Observer this week: "I would say to anybody who hasn’t taken part and who wants to take part that we’re quite prepared to give them another 10 days. We’re delaying publishing the results."
He added: "We tried to advertise it widely in the press. The forms were delivered by a private firm, but there was always somebody going to be missed."
A final decision on the consultations, organised by local area committees, was expected in June but will now be put back.
For a form ring 380105 or visit www.hyndburnbc.gov.uk and follow the links for "Council and Democracy" and "Do you want a town council in your area?"