Plaque honour for ‘best councillor Burnley has ever had’

Coun. Bill Bennett
Coun. Bill Bennett

A DEDICATED Burnley councillor who died last year after battling cancer is to be remembered with a special plaque.

Lib-Dem Coun. Bill Bennett, who was ward councillor for Queensgate and also a county councillor, last March aged 61.

A memorial plaque will be unveiled at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the rear of 256-278 Barden Lane by Coun. Bennett’s wife Cathy and members of the public are invited to attend.

Mr Bennett’s colleagues said he was always one to give time to help people with obscure and difficult problems. One of the last things he was involved in before he died was battling to resurface a short stretch of a back street to Barden Lane.

Now the back street he helped to get repaired will bear the plaque which will read: “In memory of Bill Bennett. Queensgate Ward Councillor 2004 – 2010.”

Burnley Council leader Coun. Charlie Briggs said: “It will be an honour and a privilege to be there for the unveiling of the plaque. Bill was the best councillor Burnley has ever had.”

At the time, residents had alleged that the damage to the surface on their back street was caused by contractors working for Lancashire County Council. They said no one was prepared to take responsibility until Coun. Bennett got involved.

But he became hospital-bound before he was able to finish the job and his fellow ward councillors took up the campaign. The street has now been re-surfaced and security gates have been fitted.