Hundreds back people’s council

Alan Brookes from the Ingol Neighbourhood Council steering group
Alan Brookes from the Ingol Neighbourhood Council steering group
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More than 650 people have signed up to support plans for Preston’s first neighbourhood council.

Community leaders in Ingol mooted the Big Society-style idea earlier this year to overcome Government cuts.

The neighbourhood council would work in a similar way to a parish council and would be an elected, unpaid body, which would speak up for the area on local matters including road improvements, children’s playgrounds and anti-social behaviour.

Residents would see a precept of around £12 per year added to their council tax bills.

At least 10% of electors must support the idea so 555 signatures were needed in Ingol. A total of 663 were received.

In a letter to Preston Council, Alan Brookes from the neighbourhood council steering group said: “The name of the proposed council is to be Ingol and Tanterton Neighbourhood Council. There will be 10 elected representatives/neighbourhood councillors.

“A neighbourhood council will allow the community to overcome the demise of neighbourhood management in its current format.

“It will enable us to continue building a thriving community.”

The matter will now be discussed by Preston Council with a month-long public consultation exercise carried out at a cost of around £3,000, starting at the end of August.

Draft proposals will be published at the end of October, before further consultation and a final report published just before Christmas.

If it is eventually approved, the authority’s council tax software may need to be updated at a further cost of £12,000.