A public consultation is underway to give residents a say in whether or not a town council should be established for a non-parochial area of Barrow.
Barrow Borough Council launched the consultation as part of a review of local government in the area.
It will last eight weeks until April 14.
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The review aims to ensure that the community governance arrangements in Barrow reflect community identity and interests and are effective and practical.
The process is unfolding as plans are put in place to create a new unitary authority called Westmorland and Furness Council, which will replace Barrow Borough Council, South Lakeland District Council and Eden District Council, in 2023.
Councilor Derek Brook, Barrow Borough Council’s senior member for communities, said: ‘The way local government is organized in Barrow and across Cumbria is changing and a new, larger council will be created for this area from the 1st April 2023.
“Many communities already have town and parish councils doing excellent work on behalf of their regions.
“However, Barrow himself hasn’t appeared, so this is an opportunity for people to consider whether they would like a similar local voice in the future.”
Parish and town councils are the first tier of local government and Barrow already has two parish councils and a town council.
These will not be affected by the review.
A number of online and face-to-face events are now being held to allow members of the public to learn more about what it means to have a city council, as well as the responsibilities it would carry out and oversee.
Residents will be asked to answer the question ‘Are you in favor of a town council for Barrow’ by completing a short survey. This can be completed online via the Barrow Borough Council website with hard copies available at Barrow Town Hall and community centers in the area.
The feedback will help inform a recommendation on whether or not to set up a town council for Barrow, which will be voted on by Shadow Westmorland and Furness Council members later this year.
For more information, please visit: Barrow BC – Community Governance Review
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