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Attendance worries at town council
TOWN councillors have been pulled up over their attendance at meetings.
Town mayor Clr Bob Robinson raised concerns about absenteeism at Northwich Town Council’s September meeting.
The council has 21 members and represents five wards of the town, including Bridge, Witton, Greenbank, Leftwich and Winnington.
At the September meeting, when 13 members were present including the mayor, Clr Robinson said: “It’s not a good example.
“People do have reasons like sickness or other appointments, I understand that, but I would ask that members please try to attend when they can, particularly on some of the smaller committees.
“It’s vital that you express your views on those committees otherwise there’s no point having them.”
Minutes of full council meetings on the town council website, which have been uploaded as far as March this year, show that the greatest attendance since September 2012 is 17, which was recorded in both September and December 2013.
The lowest was 10, recorded in February this year.
Clr Brian Jamieson also stressed the importance of attending events organised by the town council.
“Chris Shaw [town council clerk] and the team are working very hard and its important we attend events as it shows the staff that the council is working as one,” he said.
Clr Robinson said: “I understand certain people can’t get because they have to work or whatever but it takes nothing to say ‘I’m sorry I can’t make it on that day’.
“It shows that at least you’re aware and have made the effort.”
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