Today in Letchworth, Hertfordshire, we jointly hosted a conference for new larger local councils with Letchworth Garden City Council. The purpose of the event was to provide an opportunity for local councils which had been created over the last ten years or so to come together to share their experiences. Another aim of the day was to inform the development of new tools and resources for communities who want a new local council for their area.
A range of local councils attended including Chichester city council, Rushden town council, Atherstone town council, Haverhill town council, Peterlee town council and Keighley town council to name but a few. It was also great to see a representative from the Andover campaign group there. Pictured above is Councillor Phillip Ross, the Mayor of Letchworth Garden City council addressing the conference.
The chairman of our Larger Local Councils Committee providing a short introduction, with me outlining our broader work at NALC and covering some areas specific to larger local councils.
The conference was well attended and was a success overall. We intend to hold further events of this network of new larger local councils in the future to provide an opportunity for them to continue to share experiences and practice.