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Brierley Town Council Should Fold, Says Councillor

Tuesday May 28 2013

Eddie Devoy Eddie Devoy

A BRIERLEY town councillor has called for the council to be dissolved to clear its debts of more than £1million.

Eddie Devoy blasted the council at its annual meeting last week and said it should fold and start again, this time debt-free.

"If Brierley Town Council was a private company it would be trading while insolvent which is against the law," he said.

"Wouldn't dissolving be the best thing for the people of this parish to get rid of the debt?"

Mr Devoy argued Barnsley Council should foot the bill instead, with a clean slate for a new Brierley council.

"If it's a fresh council they can't be held for the debt of the previous one. It's common courtesy but we can say not we're not paying it."

But mayor of the town council Tony Parkinson, said local taxpayers would still be charged for the shortfall even if the council was to dissolve.

He said services provided by Brierley Town Council had been 'curtailed' by financial cutbacks but said Barnsley Council did not approve of the abolition of any parish council.

If councillors resigned, Barnsley Council would look to find new people to take their place, he said.

Local resident Bob Weldon said more than 800 people in Brierley signed a petition in 2010 saying they no longer wanted a town council for the village.

The meeting was told how £480,000 had been borrowed from Barnsley Council in 2010 to cover building work - and the sum has not started to be paid back.

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Reply Posted by spike on Wednesday May 29 2013 at 12:00
we have tried before to get shut of the parish council ..lets have another go they don't do a lot for us anyway yet we pay more council tax than anyone in the dearne area

Reply Posted by jean on Friday May 31 2013 at 22:05
yes they do notting shut it down hurry up then i will have a party

Reply Posted by Andolio on Friday May 31 2013 at 22:40
A really ethical suggestion, not! Lead by example, not an easy way out.

Reply Posted by Edward Devoy on Sunday June 2 2013 at 23:37
Not quite sure what you mean by your comment, but if you mean I should resign, that would only give them carte Blanche to carry on the way they are, and I don't want them to have it too easy. If you mean something else please feel free to clarify, and don't be so cryptic.

Reply Posted by ££££ on Friday May 31 2013 at 23:54
The parish council needs to go its a load of rubbish why can we not be class the same has Cudworth and be Barnsley council and the pay the same amount of council tax has them penalised for living in Grimethorpe for brierley parish council !!

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