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Blackburn council leader takes taxi to lift community campaign
10:00pm Monday 6th August 2012 in Blackburn
BLACKBURN with Darwen council leader Kate Hollern took a ride in a taxi cab — to hear ideas on how to brighten up and boost the borough.
Coun Hollern is seeking to breathe new life into the authority’s ‘Your Call’ campaign to encourage residents and the local authority to join forces to improve their communities and life.
Already streets have been cleaned up, a cemetery tidy is on the agenda, pensioners have been befriended and youth club plans drawn up.
Coun Hollern is urging people to ring, email or text her with ideas and taking a special ‘cabcam’ to record residents’ views.
At the weekend she travelled in a Your Call taxi complete with the ‘cabcam’ to get feedback from locals, which will now be posted on YouTube. Ideas could be as simple as organising a clean-up or painting a wall that has become an eyesore, or it could involve helping an elderly neighbour or starting a bigger project, such as setting up a club to make a difference to young people.
Coun Hollern said: “Simple actions like this will help us get through the difficult times ahead as well as fostering a real community spirit.
“The message to residents is that everyone can make a contribution to making the borough a better place.
“It's your call if you want to do more.”
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