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Saturday, 29 November 2014

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Council chiefs are barred from Millom campaign group meeting

A PUBLIC meeting held by a campaign group descended into chaos when a council leader, mayor and several councillors were told they were not welcome.

The Time for Change campaign group, based in Whitehaven, held their first drop-in meeting at Millom Rugby League Club on Thursday evening.

Before the meeting began, several members of Copeland Borough Council were told they were not allowed in, with campaigner Bernard Birbeck telling mayor of Copeland Geoff Garrity: “If we respected you, we would let you in, but we don’t respect you.”

Thursday’s meeting was held so that the Time for Change group, led by Carla Arrighi, of Whitehaven, could promote their vision of a directly elected mayor in Copeland.

After successfully petitioning for a referendum, which will take place on May 22, the group is visiting towns around the borough persuading people to vote for an elected mayoral system.

Spokesman for the group and former Sellafield employee, Mr Birbeck said: “Copeland Borough Council has made bad decision after bad decision.

“We’re going around and talking to people and finding that people living in Whitehaven, Millom and Bootle are dissatisfied.

“They’ve wasted a lot of public money and we want to see a change.”

About 19 people attended the meeting.

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