Mayor in blast over ‘shams’

Garstang's new town mayor Coun Chris Ryan
Garstang's new town mayor Coun Chris Ryan
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The new mayor of a Wyre market town has highlighted fears over more cuts affecting major public facilities.

Chris Ryan, 46, who works at Tangerine Confectionary, Clifton Road, Blackpool, spoke out after taking over the mayoral chains in Garstang.

He recalled the local anger following the closure of Garstang’s household waste centre in Claughton, last year - despite a petition with hundreds of signatures on opposing the move.

And he warned both Lancashire county and Wyre borough councils there must be no more cuts to facilities or services in the town.

He also highlighted concerns for the future of both Garstang Leisure Centre and Oak Road swimming pool, Garstang, at the mayor-making ceremony.

He said: “There needs to be proper consultation on the leisure centre and swimming pool, not, as in the case of the now-closed household waste centre, sham consultation.

“The people of Garstang are still smarting following the loss of their ‘tip.’ We do not want any more facilities closing or cutting, or having their hours cut.”

County coun Jennifer Mein, leader of Lancashire County Council, said: “I understand that nobody wants to see any reduction to services in their own area and we have pledged to protect services to the most vulnerable.

“However, these are difficult times and reductions in central government grant funding will make that task extremely challenging.” Coun Peter Gibson, leader of Wyre Council, said: “There’s been no cuts in services provided by Wyre Council and at the same time we have frozen Council Tax over the last three years.”