BRIDLINGTON Town Council is campaigning to increase the number of its councillors so that the town will be better represented in future.
There are currently 12 Bridlington town councillors, but guidelines from the National Association of Local Councils recommends that for a town the size of Bridlington, there should be more than double that figure at 25.
Beverley, Driffield, Hornsea and even Flamborough all have more local councillors than Bridlington despite having much smaller populations and Bridlington town council has now launched a petition to rectify this situation.
Mayor Coun Shelagh Finlay said: “Much government talk has been made to give communities more control at local level, a more representative council would be in a better position to execute those controls, if granted.
“East Riding of Yorkshire Council has a policy of not delegating any authority to town or parish councils – if powers were delegated then the town council could administer parks and open spaces, public walks, cemeteries, off-street car parking, playing fields, swimming baths and more.
“It is in the town’s interest to have more equitable representation,” she added.
Previous efforts to increase the size of Bridlington town council have failed but this latest attempt should be helped by a government act passed in 2007 which allows the Boundary Committee to accept a request for more local councillors if 10% of the electorate support it.
In Bridlington’s case, this means that 3,174 people need to sign the council’s petition. The town council hopes that if enough local people show their support, then in future Bridlington town council would be allowed 19 members.
The petition is available to sign in many Bridlington shops, the town council office on Quay Road, plus doctors’ surgeries and libraries.
Town councillors will also be holding a stall at the Promenades Shopping Centre throughout this Saturday, February 5 between around 11am and 3pm to encourage shoppers to sign up in support of the petition.
Only signatures from residents with a Bridlington address will be counted and the council hopes to collect the required 3,174 names as soon as possible so they can lodge their request with the boundary committee.
l Bridlington Town Council’s response to East Yorkshire Council’s Area Action Plan for the regeneration of Bridlington town centre is now available to view on its website www.bridlington.gov.uk.
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