GRASS roots councillors from Frodsham are being urged to take a more active role in serving the town community.
Cheshire West and Chester council (CWAC) councillor Anderw Dawsons, chairman of the overview and scrutinty committee, believes council cut backs mean the town council and other local authorities should do more.
“If ever there was a time or opportunity for town and parish councils to do more and to seem more relevant to the communities they serve, it is now,” said Cllr Dawson.
The committee has circulated a draft report to the 97 local councils in the Cheshire West and Chester area, dealing with their relationship with the borough council, and community leaders have until February 16 to comment on recommendations contained in the report.
“CWAC values the contributions they make to civic life in our borough,” he added.
“But could more be done more competently and efficiently?
“It was very obvious to me when CWAC was created that one of the first things we had to do was establish good relationships with our local councils if we were to work effectively with them, and an opportunity has appeared through a combination of circumstances which as recently as two years ago none of us would have imagined.
“Whether you point to the localism agenda, area working, the Big Society, the financial austerity being imposed by national government or the general malaise felt towards politicians – it is a combination of factors that has paved the way for a potential renaissance of our local councils.
“This report is CWAC’s first attempt at bringing local councils together to see if, together, we can become more efficient and more locally inspired.”