Ministry’s official told Darwen council chiefs it was in South

This Is Lancashire: Kate Hollern Kate Hollern

COUNCIL chiefs in Darwen were left baffled after being told by the Government their local county association was in Bedfordshire.

Darwen Town Council had written to Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles asking permission to borrow money to buy the former HSBC bank as part of plans to launch a Darwen Heritage Centre.

But bemused council clerk Rebecca Hay received an email from the department advising her to contact the Bedfordshire Association of Local Councils.

An email from Midi Zeroual, who works for the department headed by Conservative minister Eric Pickles, said: “Your first step should be to contact your local county association (in your case Beds) affiliated to the National Association of Local Councils (NALC).

“Beds ALC will give you the guidance and the application form for borrowing approval that you need to complete.”

Blackburn with Darwen Council leader Kate Hollern said: “It is disappointing to say the least that our own local government minister thinks Darwen is in Bedfordshire.”

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5:31pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Excluded again says...

What a surprise - the government in London thinks Darwen is in Bedfordshire.

Having said that, I would not correct them for a while. If they think Darwen is in the South, then Darwen can expect a nice juicy fat cheque in the post, rather than a demand for cuts.
What a surprise - the government in London thinks Darwen is in Bedfordshire. Having said that, I would not correct them for a while. If they think Darwen is in the South, then Darwen can expect a nice juicy fat cheque in the post, rather than a demand for cuts. Excluded again

9:35am Fri 7 Feb 14

Angusam says...

It could of been worse, they could of told you to contact the Australian National Government and assumed you meant Darwin lol.
It could of been worse, they could of told you to contact the Australian National Government and assumed you meant Darwin lol. Angusam

9:22pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Ponytail Dave says...

Yeah. let's all say g'day and get your facts right!!

What else do you expect from a government that is a complete joke, policies not thought through by politicians who don't give a toss either way, put the buggers up against a wall and shoot the lot of them, the way they're ripping the heart out of this country they should be treat like murderers not as the cream of society.
Yeah. let's all say g'day and get your facts right!! What else do you expect from a government that is a complete joke, policies not thought through by politicians who don't give a toss either way, put the buggers up against a wall and shoot the lot of them, the way they're ripping the heart out of this country they should be treat like murderers not as the cream of society. Ponytail Dave

9:24pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Ian K says...

Could anyone, public or from the L,T explain to me why a story about DARWEN Town Council regarding a project about DARWEN Heritage Centre should include a comment from the "leader of BwD council", or even why her smiling visage is used as the introduction to the article?
Could anyone, public or from the L,T explain to me why a story about DARWEN Town Council regarding a project about DARWEN Heritage Centre should include a comment from the "leader of BwD council", or even why her smiling visage is used as the introduction to the article? Ian K

3:41pm Mon 10 Feb 14

We'll win the next one says...

LET are fully paid up members of the Kate Hollern fan club and won't miss any opportunity to give her some publicity.
LET are fully paid up members of the Kate Hollern fan club and won't miss any opportunity to give her some publicity. We'll win the next one

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