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STALYBRIDGE could get its own town council under plans put forward by a community group. 
Stalybridge Together put the proposal forward at a meeting at the old town hall. The group now needs to gather the signatures of 7.5 per cent of the people named on the electoral roll in Stalybrigde, in order to trigger a referendum over the matter. 

If given the go-ahead, the town council could take over the running of services such as the upkeep of graveyards, allotments and gardens, although Stalybridge will remain under Tameside council's control.

The group says it has been inspired by a similar move in Macclesfield - where residents are being given the chance to vote on the creation of seven parish councils. Its meeting was chaired by a representative from the Cheshire Association of Local Councils (ChALC) which Stalybridge Together is consulting on the process of setting up a town council.

Councillors Claire Reynolds, Kevin Welsh and Jan Jackson attended the meeting as well as representatives from various organisations based in the town.

Vicky McLarnon, chairwoman of Stalybridge Together, said that the group wanted to work with the council.

But she feels the town council will help draw attention to what Stalybridge has to offer.

She said: "We want to unite Stalybridge and give it more of a voice within Tameside.

"Some people do think a lot of the focus has been shifted to Ashton, which is why their voices are not being heard, we want to help the communication between different groups and give them more of a balanced voice.

"We will actively gather information from residents, businesses and shoppers and hopefully have regular meetings to discuss the issues that come up.

"We don't want to replace Tameside council, we want to work with them in partnership."

The Reporter

 

Staly Town Council plan in pipeline

 

Plans are in the pipeline behind the idea of establishing a Stalybridge Town Council. A group entitled Stalybridge Together met this week to discuss ideas and opportunities for the town. The meeting, held on Tuesday at the town's Civic Hall, was chaired by Cllr Ken Cleary, a representative of The Cheshire Association of Local Councils (ChALC). ChALC is an independent body serving the needs of Parish and Town Councils and representing their interests across Cheshire. ChALC was founded in 1947 when local government reforms began after the Second World War. ChALC has provided advice, representation, networking opportunities, services and support to member councils and parish meetings for some 60 years now. Stalybridge Together is proposing to establish a Stalybridge Town Council which will operate in partnership with Tameside.

Manchester Evening News

 

Stalybridge campaigners in call for town council

Community group Stalybridge Together has held a meeting to discuss proposals for a new town council. 

Stalybridge could get its own town council under plans put forward by a community group.

Stalybridge Together put the proposal forward at a meeting at the old town hall.

The group now needs to gather the signatures of 7.5 per cent of the people named on the electoral roll in Stalybridge, in order to trigger a referendum over the matter.

If given the go-ahead, the town council could take over the running of services such as the upkeep of graveyards, allotments and gardens, although Stalybridge will remain under Tameside council’s control.

The group says it has been inspired by a similar move in Macclesfield – where residents are being given the chance to vote on the creation of seven parish councils.

Its meeting was chaired by a representative from the Cheshire Association of Local Councils (ChALC), which Stalybridge Together is consulting on the process of setting up a town council.

Councillors Claire Reynolds, Kevin Welsh and Jan Jackson attended the meeting as well as representatives from various organisations based in the town.

Vicky McLarnon, chairwoman of Stalybridge Together, said that the group wanted to work with the council.

But she feels the town council will help draw attention to what Stalybridge has to offer.

She said: “We want to unite Stalybridge and give it more of a voice within Tameside.

“Some people do think a lot of the focus has been shifted to Ashton, which is why their voices are not being heard, we want to help the communication between different groups and give them more of a balanced voice.

“We will actively gather information from residents, businesses and shoppers and hopefully have regular meetings to discuss the issues that come up.

“We don’t want to replace Tameside council, we want to work with them in partnership.”

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