The latest position of our Parish Council Mar 16, 2012 (post the Feb 28, 2012 consultation meeting in Reagill Village Hall) is that the Council doesn’t oppose the extension of the northern boundary as proposed by Friends of The Lake District as outlined in the representation of Sleagill Parish Meeting at the Public Inquiry (6 June 2013) .
You can view the map of the proposed extension on p.7 of http://www.lakestodales.info/statements/Lakes-to-Dales-KSG-Statement-Boundaries.pdf
Please see http://www.lakestodales.info for all information pertinent to the inquiry.
The Council had been chastened by public remonstration after spontaneously voting on the issue, see letter below:
I expect the minutes from the PC meeting on 9th June are included in this month’s Link, but I would like to make mention of it for all those with an interest in the National Parks review. I understood that the Council would be submitting a response to the latest round of consultation in accordance with their own submission last year. They will not.
Last year, in response to proposals for an extension to the local National Parks, meetings were held in the parish and representations were made to the parish council. Following this process the council took the decision to support the proposed extension and to ask for more of our area, including Reagill and towards Sleagill, to be included.
Natural England have published the latest proposals and are consulting once again. At June’s Parish Council meeting the Chairman introduced the agenda item and reminded council of the original consultation and of the 85% of responses from residents (to Natural England) in favour of inclusion. He then read a draft submission confirming support for inclusion in the NP and giving grounds for inclusion of a greater area.
At this point one councillor wanted to vote on whether “we should be in at all”. The Chairman and Vice Chair both pointed out that “we are way down the road from there” – that decision had already been made. Yet a vote was taken and the result was 4 – 1 against.
I find it astonishing and disappointing that a council can turn a decision on its head without any consultation, without the parish even knowing the decision is to be reviewed and without giving any reason.