Publish Councillor Attendance Records

West Lancashire Borough Council offices

Residents should be able to easily check on the attendance records of Borough councillors say Our West Lancashire.

Our West Lancashire councillor, Adrian Owens has tabled a motion at the July council meeting calling for the change. He said “The large majority of councillors are very diligent and attend the formal council and committee meetings at which they are scheduled. However, at a time when the requirement to publish attendance records has recently been extended even to include school governors on school governing bodies we believe that residents should be able to see councillors’ attendance records too.”

Cllr Owens pointed out that neighbouring councils in Chorley and South Ribble already published councillor attendance records. He added, “The Independent group, Our West Lancashire firmly believes that residents should be in the driving seat and that’s why last year we promoted resident question time which the council has now adopted. As councillors we are accountable to our electors and it seems a small but important step for residents to be able to check easily our attendance records.”

What do you think? Take our snap poll on our homepage. UPDATE: Poll now closed. 95% of residents supported publication of attendance records.