Whittington PC Renaissance

Here in Whittington, we should rejoice in the Renaissance of our Parish Council.

We now have a lifeblood injection of three spanking new Parish Councilors, and the PC is still able to call upon the significant expertise of both of the recently retiring Counselors, Eric Pelter and Barbara Atkinson.

Compare this with the situation in nearby Casterton as reported by the BBC:

“A village parish council had to draft in support from another authority after it was left with just one councillor.

Five councillors usually represent Casterton, near Kirkby Lonsdale in Cumbria, although it had been managing with four.

They recently stood down and there was just a single candidate standing in the local elections on 2 May.

South Lakeland District Council has now appointed four of its councillors to the parish council.

There will be another election for Casterton Parish Council on 13 June and it is hoped local people will come forward.

The council, which looks after issues such as some street lights and play areas, could not act legally with just a single councillor.

Rev Kevin Price, the clerk to Casterton Parish Council, said: “It’s a problem happening at many parish councils – I am clerk to 11 and about half of them are short.

“However, in 36 years I can’t remember any being down to just one member.

“There does seem some reluctance in the rural community to stand and some do not want the commitment.”

Our newly formatted PC deserves the support of parishioners from Keerside to High Biggins, via Docker, Newton, Whittington and Sellet

John Keegan.