'We're King's Lynn's poor cousin', claims Downham councillor
Civic leaders maintain progress is being made to ensure greater borough council attention for the needs of Downham, despite fears the town is just “the poor cousin” of Lynn.
There was frustration in the town council chamber last night following a report by one of the town’s West Norfolk Council representatives, Josie Ratcliffe.
She had outlined recent borough council developments, which focused largely around the unveiling of a new transport plan for Lynn and the potential for external funding there.
But former town mayor John Doyle responded: “That was a very good report about King’s Lynn. What’s happening about Downham Market?”
And Cissy Lightfoot added: “It’s just appalling we never seem to hear Downham Market ever. What’s happening?”
Ms Ratcliffe, a Liberal Democrat who was elected to the borough council last May and stood at December’s General Election, said there was “little appetite for change” within the borough council’s current Conservative administration.
She added: “We do have liaison meetings where we raise Downham issues. We do appear to be the poor cousin of King’s Lynn.”
Doug Lawson said: “It has been for 17 or 18 years.”
But town mayor Becky Hayes said she felt that the town’s representatives were beginning to gain “traction” as a result of regular discussions that are now taking place with senior borough council figures.
She revealed that the town council had received a contribution from the borough towards an unspecified bill
She added: “We are making small steps in the right direction.”