Residents call for new parish council

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Bolsover District Council has agreed to look into the possibility of creating a new parish council for Langwith, Whaley Thorns, Upper Langwith and Langwith Junction.

A petition signed by over three-hundred residents was received by the district council to undertake the community governance review to establish whether or not to form a new parish council.

The villages are currently served by Scarcliffe Parish Council but concerned residents and organisations feel the arrangement does not meet their needs in terms of services and because of the geographical splits in the area.

Cllr Alan Tomlinson, district council deputy leader, said: “We received a valid petition and have agreed to look into the possibility of establishing a new parish council for the Whaley Thorns and Langwith areas.

“Local government is all about local people and throughout the process, we will be holding a series of public meetings and providing as much publicity information as possible so people are kept informed and have the chance to give their views.”

A Working Group will be established and will consider people’s views, the impact a new parish council would have on community cohesion as well as the size, population and boundaries of any new council.

The review will take up to twelve months to complete and may lead to the formation of a new parish council to be in place by April 2013.