Liberal Democrats take the reins on Colne Town Council
Ten newly elected Liberal Democrat Councillors are eagerly looking
forward to taking over the reins at Colne Town Council at the Annual
Meeting on Tuesday (14th May) after winning a majority of seats at the
elections on 2nd May.
The composition of the Council is now ten Liberal Democrats and seven
Conservatives after the Liberals gained three seats from the
Conservatives by winning all five seats in both Vivary Bridge and
The Liberals have decided to nominate Councillor Mary Thomas as the
Chairman of the Town Council for the coming year, with Councillor David
Clamp as Vice-chairman. Councillor Clamp has returned to the Council
after a gap of eight years.
Councillor Mary Thomas emphasised that the Liberals want the Council to
operate in an inclusive way with members of both parties working
constructively together on the committees and working groups, in the
interest of Colne as a whole.
She said: “In the past four years there have been some ‘passengers’ on
the council who did not play a full part and often did not attend. In the
new Council we want everyone to play a full role – that’s what we have
all been elected to do.”
She added that a top priority this coming year is to take over the
ownership and management of Alkincoats Park from Pendle, to look after
the park properly and keep it safe for future generations. She also said
that the Liberals hoped and intended that the years of massive increases
in the Town Council portion of the Council tax were at an end.
She added: “Our new Councillors are enthusiastic and keen to make a
difference. We will work together with everyone who has the interests of
our town at heart.”