FLEETWOOD Town Council chairman Terry Rogers has called for an end to the apathy he feels is holding the town back.
Coun Rogers was making his chairman’s address at the annual Town Meeting, during which the public get to hear an account of the council’s previous year of activities, and have a chance to raise their own points.
With an attendance of 33 members of the public, the meeting at Fleetwood Library attracted three times as many people as the corresponding Town Meeting event last year, when just 11 people turned up.
However, the chairman had some sombre points to make.
He painted a stark picture of the difficulties Fleetwood has faced in the past year, with road disruptions hurting local businesses, and job losses at Stena and Fleetwood Trawler Supplies.
Coun Rogers felt that Lancashire County council and Wyre Borough councils could do more to help Fleetwood.
The condition of the town’s roads, the amount of litter and rubbish left lying about and a lack of investment generally needed rectifying, he said.
And he called on Fleetwood people to be less apathetic and more proactive.
He later told the Weekly News: “Fleetwood people have a role to play in trying to improve our town too.
“We heard at the meeting how cases of anti-social behaviour and criminal damage in Fleetwood have gone down.
“But I believe these problems are bad as ever, they’re just not being reported to the police.
“Incidents of dog fouling are not being reported.
“Litter is still being dropped in the street by people who don’t seem to care about the town.
“We need to all pull together to help make Fleetwood a better place to live in.”
On the issue of investment in the town, he added: “In my opinion Wyre Council has relied too heavily on Doreen Lofthouse to put money into Fleetwood.
“Without Mrs Lofthouse, I wonder if there would have been much investment in this town at all.
“We can’t keep relying on the goodwill of a single business woman who happens to enjoy being a benefactor for the town.”
But Coun Rogers added: “I believe Fleetwood Town Council can work in partnership with Wyre and Lancashire Councils to improve these things.
“If we all work together, we can make things better.”