Council row over meetings with King’s Lynn park helpers

Red Mount in the Walks King's Lynn ANL-140220-150310001

Red Mount in the Walks King's Lynn ANL-140220-150310001

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West Norfolk Council leaders have been accused of showing a lack of respect to volunteers who help to maintain a Lynn park.

Officials want to have just one annual meeting of the Walks forum, instead of the previous two meetings per year.

But Labour’s group leader John Collop, whose Gaywood Chase ward takes in part of the site, criticised the plan during last Thursday’s full council meeting at the Lynn town hall.

He said: “Lots of things happen in the Walks and lots of people do charity work and collections.

“I think they need more than one meeting a year.”

He added: “I think it’s disrespectful to those people who work hard to keep these places going on a voluntary basis.

“You’re restricting people from having an input.”

But David Pope, the authority’s cabinet member for ICT, leisure and public space, dismissed Mr Collop’s suggestion.

He said: “Whether we meet once or twice a year, I don’t see any deterioration in the standard of the Walks.

“It looks just as good this year as last, so whatever is achieved should compensate for the loss of a single meeting.”