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Council listens to parishes on footway lighting adoption

Eden District Council has listened to the concerns of Parish Councils and is offering councils already negotiating towards adopting footway lighting an extension of until 30 September 2018 to sign up, now that the solicitor acting on behalf of Eden’s Parish Councils has approved a legal agreement for this process.

Eden District Council’s Leader, Councillor Kevin Beaty said: “We have listened to the concerns of Parish Councils who are the process of working with the District Council and CALC to adopt footway lighting and 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, and we thank everyone for their input so far. The sooner we receive completed agreement from parish councils for adopting footway lights means we can start the tendering process 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 and CALC’s Chief Officer, Samantha Bagshaw, said: “Taking on assets such as footway lighting is a big step for Parish Councils and Parish Meetings, so I’m pleased that Eden is allowing more time for the details to be worked out. CALC will continue to support the local councils through this process and will also liaise with Eden District Council for the duration of the asset transfer process.”

Eden District Council’s 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 and helping to strengthen Parish Councils ahead of any future local government reorganisation in Cumbria.”

For more information about Eden District Council visit www.eden.gov.uk 

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