Call for councillor cuts by relaunched community action party

ONE of the borough’s political parties has relaunched and announced a cuts campaign which they hope will be popular.

At its height in 2004 the Community Action Party had 18 councillors on Wigan Council but lost it’s last representative in the council elections in May.

Now the group has been relaunched across the whole of Greater Manchester after a successful annual meeting, and will now be campaigning to drastically reducethe number of councillors on councils across the county.

Peter Franzen, the former Golborne councillor was unanimously re-elected as CAP Leader.

Following the AGM it was decided that the Community Action Party will campaign to reduce the number of local councillor’s in all 10 Boroughs by two-thirds and to abolish the Greater Manchester Combined Authority. Wigan would be reduced from 75 to 25, leaving one Councillor representing each ward

Mr Franzen, who founded the Community Action Party in 2002, said: “It’s a disgrace that many Councillors are paid in between £20,000 and £40,000 per annum even though they have no qualifications or experience, no fixed hours and have full time jobs.

“Many are non-productive and don’t regularly attend meetings and Councillor surgeries”.