Residents to be given more say in Epworth’s future

Liz Redfern
Liz Redfern

Plans to give residents a greater say in Epworth’s future have been cautiously welcomed.

Epworth Town Council will now invite its North Lincolnshire counterparts to explain in more detail the implications of the Localism Act which aims to get rid of ‘top down’ planning and give residents more of a say in the town’s future.

Speaking at a meeting of Epworth Town Council resident Ian Ranford said North Lincolnshire Council had abandoned Epworth.

He said: “We have a shortage of affordable homes. We need a strategy that will support local businesses.”

But chairman Coun Don Stewart said the council would have to take on board the new law.

He added: “Whatever we want to do, we must be certain it fits in with North Lincolnshire Council’s plans.”

Coun Graham Wilson said the council needed to consult with residents more.

It was decided to invite North Lincolnshire Council to explain the act.

Leader Coun Liz Redfern said the authority would give smaller councils whatever help it could in drawing up plans.

“If the pubic want to get involved with the plans, then I don’t see why they shouldn’t,” she added.