A parish referendum in Lilleshall has found that a small majority of residents are in favour of splitting Lilleshall from Muxton and Donnington and forming their own parish.
Lilleshall is currently part of Lilleshall, Muxton & Donnington Parish Council but 55% of those who took part in the poll have voted to end this arrangement and form a Lilleshall Parish Council. It is now up to Telford & Wrekin Council to decide whether that would improve services and democratic representation for the people of Lilleshall, Muxton and Donnington. The turnout was 53% which isn’t huge but it’s a much better turnout than the two by-elections held in the parish last year and is a good indication of public support for the idea.
Telford & Wrekin Council carried out a similar review in 2009 and decided that there was no benefit in separating Lilleshall from Lilleshall, Muxton & Donnington parish and the current parish clerk believes the current arrangements work well so the outcome is far from certain. We are committed to real democracy and have a policy of introducing direct democracy to Telford & Wrekin where matters such as this can be brought to the council debating chamber directly by residents. We support the right of the residents of Lilleshall to decide how their interests are best represented and wish them all the best in their bid to establish their own parish council.