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Council listens to parishes on footway lighting adoption

We have listened to the concerns of Parish Councils. We are offering Councils already negotiating towards adopting footway lighting an extension until 30 September 2018 to sign up. The solicitor acting on behalf of Eden’s Parish Councils has approved a legal agreement for this process.

Our Leader, Councillor Kevin Beaty said: “We have listened to the concerns of Parish Councils. They are in the process of working with the District Council and CALC to adopt footway lighting. We have extended the deadline for agreements to be signed from the end of May 2018 until 30 September 2018.

“Now that the legal agreement has been approved, we are keen to move this process forward with Parish Councils and CALC. We thank everyone for their input so far. The sooner we receive completed agreements from Parish Councils for adopting footway lights means we can start the tendering process. This is for one large contract to install the lighting and begin ordering the new equipment.”

The Cumbria Association of Local Councils (CALC) has been working with the Parish Councils and Eden District Councils on this process. CALC’s Chief Officer, Samantha Bagshaw, said: “Taking on assets such as footway lighting is a big step for Parish Councils and Parish Meetings. I am pleased that Eden is allowing more time for the details to be worked out. CALC will continue to support local Councils through this process. We will also liaise with Eden District Council for the duration of the asset transfer process.”

Our Services Portfolio, Adrian Todd, said: “By devolving discretionary services, such as footway lighting to Town and Parish Councils, we are protecting the services the public value. We are helping to strengthen Parish Councils ahead of any future local government reorganisation in Cumbria.”

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