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APATHY RULES AT PARISH COUNCIL NOBODY WANTS

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Voter apathy is king at Little Houghton parish council, near Barnsley, reports the Yorkshire Post (p4). ...
Voter apathy is king at Little Houghton parish council, near Barnsley, reports the Yorkshire Post (p4).

'The roof leaks, the members don't see the point in attending, and the meetings usually only last a few minutes because there is nothing to talk about.'

Although both councillors and constituents voted for its abolition two years ago, the parish council must struggle on. An Act of Parliament could kill it, but there is not enough support for legislation.

'So six councillors, who refuse to use their title and believe the whole exercise is a waste of money, are obliged to meet monthly and have to pay a part-time clerk and caretaker,' the paper reports.

It points out that if a third of the villagers wrote calling for its abolition, the Local government Commission could put the parish council out of its misery. But chairman Don Wiley said that voter apathy would even prevent villagers doing that.
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