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Non-Darwen town board member is ‘breach’
2:54pm Wednesday 12th September 2012 in News
THE leader of Blackburn with Darwen Liberal Democrats has hit out at the appointment of a ‘non-Darwen’ councillor to the town centre partnership board.
The board, set up to help regenerate Darwen town centre, has four councillors, one being the executive member for regeneration and three Darwen councillors.
The other councillors on the board are Labour’s Eileen Entwistle, Brian Taylor and Dave Smith.
Fernhurst councillor Denise Gee, a Conservative, was recently appointed to the board, but Whitehall councillor David Foster, said this was a breach of its constitution.
He said: “They have put up a councillor whose ward is outside Darwen.
“It is a breach of the board’s constitution and I have written to all members of the board.”
Coun Gee, who has a stall on Darwen’s three-day market and lives in the town, said she had a right to sit on the board.
She said: “Anybody who wants to question my values for Darwen can go ahead.
“I represent Blackburn with Darwen and my family business has been in Darwen town centre for decades.”