Letchworth councillors vote to bring back surgeries

COUNCILLORS in Letchworth GC have voted in favour of bringing back monthly surgeries.

Members of North Hertfordshire District Council’s (NHDC) Letchworth area committee made the decision last week to restart monthly drop-in surgeries from June.

The surgeries, which offer the public a chance to speak with councillors about NHDC related issues, stopped being held at Letchworth Free Church in the town in 2004 due to a lack of numbers, but will initially be trialled for a six-month period through to Christmas.

The preferred location for them to be held is in Leys Square.

Speaking at last Wednesday’s meeeting, Cllr Lorna Kercher, who represents the Letchworth East ward, said: “If we can resolve the problems that our constituents have then we can be successful.”

Letchworth South West councillor Lynda Needham did raise concerns over costs and wanted clarification if the money to pay for similar surgeries currently ongoing in Hitchin and Royston comes from individual area committee grants, as is meant to be the case.

Cllr Terry Hone, who represents Letchworth South West, added: “The reason we should be looking to do this is if it’s the right thing to do for the people of Letchworth. Where the money comes from can be sorted out.”