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‘Village voice’ leads district

Posted on November 03 2005 at 8:31:23


A former chairman of Alvechurch Parish Council has been elected leader of Bromsgrove District Council, bringing hope of better recognition for the villages in this area.

Coun Roger Hollingworth, who lives in Rowney Green, was chosen by the Conservative group at Bromsgrove last month after the previous leader, Coun Dennis Norton, stood down.

Coun Hollingworth became a district councillor in the May 2003 elections a year after he resigned from Alvechurch Parish Council in frustration over what he said was a “lack of control” within the council.

It is now hoped that his leadership of the controlling group in Bromsgrove will signal a better deal for the parished areas of the district.

And he told The Village: “My aim is that, if you have a parish council, they will provide things for the parish from the money that you pay to them, things that the people in Bromsgrove and Rubery do not get.

“Any extra that the parish spends should be on additional items for the parish.

“The main thrust of what I want to do is to ensure that the residents of the parished areas are not being taxed twice.”

Coun Hollingworth also pledged to finish the task, begun under Coun Norton, of bringing Bromsgrove out of the “hole” into which it had sunk.

“I want to see Bromsgrove have an environment of which we can all be proud and in which everyone feels secure,” he added.

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