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Council meetings moved to Darwen
6:00pm Saturday 5th January 2013 in News
DECISIONS affecting the borough will be made in Darwen after the council’s executive board announced its next meeting would take place at the Town Hall.
Usually, Blackburn with Darwen Council meetings are held at the Town Hall in Blackburn.
But in a bid to demonstrate Darwen is as important as Blackburn for council chiefs, the executive board’s meeting on Thursday, January 17, has been moved to the Croft Street building.
It is the first time the meeting has been held in Darwen since October 2008.
Council leader Coun Kate Hollern said the plan was now to hold two executive board meetings in Darwen per year.
She said: “I think it is important to involve as many people as possible in the decision-making process.
“It is important for members of the public to see how the process works.
“Hopefully a few people who wouldn’t normally come to Blackburn for meetings will be able to come along.
“It could be a lively one.”
Sunnyhurst councillor Brian Taylor, who had pushed for the meeting to come to Darwen, welcomed the move.
He said: “I am very pleased. It shows that we in Darwen are important to the council.
“It sends out the right message with them coming to Darwen and using our Town Hall, which is why I requested it.
“In fairness to council leader Kate Hollern, she jumped at the idea.”
Opposition leader Michael Lee said he was not opposed to the idea.
He said: “I have no problem with it being in Darwen but I do think it is easier for people to get to when it is held in Blackburn.
“It has been tried before and it didn’t really bring any more people in.
“If it works and more people do turn up then I am more than happy to start moving it round but I am not holding my breath.”
Members of the public are invited to submit questions to be asked at the meeting, by emailing email@example.com by 4pm on Wednesday, January 16.
The meeting begins at 6pm.