‘You could run things better than us’ leader tells Ulverston residents
Last updated at 16:08, Tuesday, 12 August 2014
A COUNCIL boss has denied “putting a gun to the head” of councillors when it came to the future of an iconic Ulverston building – but admits local people could run the service better.
The future of Ulverston’s Coronation Hall was among the hotly debated topics when South Lakeland District Council leader Peter Thornton held a surgery outside the building on Friday.
During the well-attended event, SLDC officials insisting the short term future of the Coro is safe.
The comments came after last month’s Ulverston Town Council meeting when members voted in principle to relocate from the town hall to the Coro in order to secure the venue’s future.
Speaking at the meeting, council leader Phil Lister said SLDC had a “gun to the head” of the town council and members blamed the district council for mismanaging the Coronation Hall.
Some councillors suggested that the Lib Dem-controlled SLDC focuses its resources on Kendal to the detriment of Ulverston where the majority of voters are Conservative or Labour supporters.
But while Cllr Thornton agreed local people could do a better job of running the service, he rejected claims that Ulverston is overlooked.
He said: “We keep hearing that we don’t run it very well and I don’t always disagree with that because I think Ulverston people know a lot more about it than Kendal.
“It wasn’t a matter of putting a gun to their heads. There was a choice to make and we thought the decision of which of the two buildings should be kept should be made in Ulverston.”
“We really aren’t Kendal-centric, we always do all we can for Ulverston.
“Whether it’s Windermere, Kendal or Ulverston, as a Liberal Democrat I believe in localism.”
Other residents raised concerns over plans for 161 houses at Cross-a-Moor, Swarthmoor, part of the council’s long term plans to provide more affordable homes.
An open day, giving residents the chance to discuss the plans, will be held on Tuesday September 9, from 11am to 7pm at Swarthmoor Football Club, Park Road, Swarthmoor.
First published at 16:05, Tuesday, 12 August 2014
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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