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Petition against allowances rise

Malvern Editorial 13th Mar, 2014 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

A MALVERN town councillor has held a public protest in response to his district counterparts agreeing revised allowances which will see increased sums for senior members.

Martin Lawrence took to Belle Vue Island on Tuesday morning (yesterday) to lobby town centre visitors to declare formal opposition to the decision and even draped a 10ft long ‘Pig Count Petition’ down the steps.

The Chase ward town councillor has vowed to collect signatures right up to the next district council elections in May 2015 although he does not intend to run for a seat on the council himself.

He said: “Town and district councillors allegedly consult and represent residents, but only the latter actually get paid, in addition they alone are able to vote to immorally accept massive allowance rises.

“The district council has made some extremely costly mistakes showing indifference to public opinion.

“On election day residents will remind councillors they do not make the wrong choices with impunity.”

The council’s petitions policy states more than 750 signatures would trigger a full council debate.

Mr Lawrence urged residents to e-mail him at to declare support for the petition.

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