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2004 Local Elections
Hesketh with Becconsall Parish Council
Gail Hodson

Hesketh Lane
Tarleton

I have been on Tarleton parish council with my husband John for the last 6 years, John has been on for 12 years, and I feel that I have helped significantly to contribute to the changes that have brought the council into the 21st century. Parish councils are the first step of local government and I feel that it is vital that the community is engaged with the council in the decision making process the affects all of our lives.

As a family, we have friends and business interests in Hesketh Bank and we have been encouraged by many to get involved with Hesketh Bank Parish Council so our experiences can be shared to help the villages work together.

It is vital that we keep our own identities that give our villages the character that I’m sure we are all proud of but we can work and pull together to bring things to our area that will benefit both communities.

There will always be the ones who want to criticise and pull holes in others efforts but what we need to do is to look at the actions that people are putting in. Over the last few years, how many times have we been taken to futures-Ville by people who are still promising the same old things that never quite materialise? We have achieved so much in Tarleton in such a short time and it makes you wonder why things didn’t happen before.

Its time for parish councils to move on and become a modern, effective and active organisation that people want to become part of and want to work with. Let’s not think of it being ‘us’ and ‘them,’ lets think of a team that can work and pull together for the good of us all.

Kind regards to everyone,
Gail Hodson


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