ID badges under discussion

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PARISH councillors will invest in formal identification badges.

Widdrington Station and Stobswood Parish Council agreed to the expenditure to ensure members are easily recognised by the public and at external meetings.

Chairman Joe Sennett said: “We went to a lady’s house on a planning matter and she asked who we were and if we had an identification badge.

“There were three of us there and she didn’t know us so it was a good point.

“If a councillor is going to go to somebody’s home on a planning matter or whatever, I think we should have identification to show.”

Parish Clerk Richard Smith will look into the matter.