Voting date for parish council in city suburb

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Voters will be cast in Preston’s first Neighbourhood Council next May.

City leaders have given the green light to the Ingol and Tanterton Neighbourhood Council, which will now become Preston’s first urban parish council.

The new council will be formed at next May’s local elections with 10 councillors elected to represent the suburb, including giving offering views on planning issues.

Preston Coun Bill Shannon, who represents the Ingol ward, said: “It is an urban parish council.

“People associate them with the countryside but this is an urban parish council.

“It is not unique but pretty close to it and we are hoping it will be a flag bearer for Preston as a whole.

“We are hoping people will be looking at thinking ‘This is the way for people to get involved in their community on a much deeper level’, like looking at planning decisions.

“None of the current city councillors will on it but we will attend meetings and we will give whatever help we can but the decisions will be taken by the council themselves.” One of the council’s first tasks will be to find out which issues need tackling and what priorities should be for the area.

He said: “One of the decisions they are expecting them to do is a neighbourhood plan to get out and about and find out what people want doing to build it onto the back of the core strategy for Preston as a whole.

“All planning applications will be bounced off the neighbourhood council before going to planning.”

Candidates wishing to stand for election next May must be resident in Ingol or Tanterton and have to be proposed and seconded to qualify.

The council will raise funds by including a £12 precept on the residents’ council tax.