What’s on your wish list?

Garstang Town Councillor Graham Salisbury who is Mayor of Garstang 2014/15
Garstang Town Councillor Graham Salisbury who is Mayor of Garstang 2014/15

Garstang Mayor Graham Salisbury is urging town councillors to share their wish lists of projects to improve the town – before the annual budget is set.

He told councillors attending Monday night’s Town Council meeting to get their suggestions in for likely projects to be considered for 2015/16 as soon as possible – before the council decides its precept (Council Tax rate) for the coming financial year.

New railings for the war memorial area are one likely project.

Meanwhile new Councillor Peter Ryder said there was a need to communicate Town Council news efficiently on the web. He is proposing that the town council has its own website which is directly under its control. He suggested it would enable the council to “be far more open about what (it’s) doing)”.

Coun Salisbury responded that it would be good to update such a site on a monthly basis: “I think that the website idea is a very good idea.”

Coun Lynn Harter said the Youth Council would be putting forward a project too.

Coun Salisbury added that not just ideas were needed, but: “All the facts and figures so full council can decide on how and when and if (the ideas) move forward.”

It was also agreed that councillors would hold regular Saturday morning surgeries each fortnight at Garstang library – even though previous ones had been sparsely attended.

The aim will be to hold them in a regular slot and alternate with surgeries hosted by Garstang County Councillor Sandra Perkins.

Coun Gordon Harter reported that work was now complete on the transformation of Kepple Lane Park and was thanked and congratulated for his work on the project.

Meanwhile a statement is due to be issued about the council’s behind closed doors extraordinary general meeting – held on November 13 – to discuss the emerging Local Plan for the area and the council’s response to likely development issues.

The agenda for this extraordinary meeting noted that Wyre Council had asked for press and public to be excluded from the debate.