Group DistantTHE NEW Colne Town Council met for the first time on 20th May. As well as previous town councillors, Neil Butterworth, David Clegg, Glennda Clegg, Sarah Cockburn-Price, Joe Cooney, Pat Howarth, Dorothy Lord and Graham Roach, there were nine new councillors. The Conservatives now hold the balance of power for the first time, with 11 of the 17 councillors. The Liberal Democrats have five councillors and Labour has one.

There are some well-known faces amongst the new councillors, many of whom either run or work for local businesses. Melanie Cooney is a mum of two and is a care assistant at Belvedere Manor, Bernie Coughlin works in insurance and is a family man, Borough Councillor, Margaret Foxley, is a teacher at QEGS, Blackburn and a prominent crime and justice campaigner, Paul Foxley runs his own architects’ practice, Ian Graham a magistrate and governor at West Street Community Primary School, Carlo Lionti is the owner of the eponymous Carlo’s Restaurant, new Borough Councillor, Jonathan Nixon, is an estimator at Barnfield Construction, Glenn Stock runs the Unique Clean (NW) and is also a Thai Boxer and Ash Sutcliffe runs Colne’s Live Like the Boy shop and design consultancy.

New Chairman of Colne Town Council, Sarah Cockburn-Price, commented: “The previous Town Council had a reputation for getting things done, whether that was putting on events, managing our town’s allotments or supporting local charities and initiatives. We thank them. The new Town Council plans to continue this good work, ensuring Colne remains a vibrant place to live and work. We will also take on an increasing number of services devolved to us by Pendle Borough Council. We welcome members of the public to our meetings, which are held at 7 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month in the Council Chamber of the Town Hall and we encourage people to get in touch with us either via our Clerk or via our web site.

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