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The end is nigh for Lickey End’s parish

Posted on April 15 2010 at 10:16:01

After ten years of what appears to be a local government farce, it finally looks like the end for Lickey End Parish Council.

Bromsgrove District Council has agreed to spend £2,500 on a public consultation into abolishing the parish and dissolving the parish council.

The parish was created in April 2001 after a petition was raised from 270 people asking for it. As the only part of Bromsgrove district, apart from the town itself, not to be represented by a parish council, they felt it would give them a stronger voice.

The idea was initially resisted by the district council, but it decided to support the request after the Government asked it to justify its opposition.

The new council was, however, doomed from the start. One resident, Charlie Bateman, wrote to a local paper questioning the cost of an extra tier of local government – which led to all ten of the newly elected parish councillors being committed to their own abolition.

They have set a zero precept (the cost of a parish council in the council tax) since their inception in 2001 and have not delivered any of the local services other parish councils choose to provide.

“This is the end game for Lickey End Parish Council,” Charlie Bateman told The Village.

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