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COUNCIL PLEADS WITH DOE TO LET IT PAY BILL

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South Herefordshire DC has asked environment secretary John Gummer to intervene in a long running dispute over a£8...
South Herefordshire DC has asked environment secretary John Gummer to intervene in a long running dispute over a £87,653 solicitor's bill which the district auditor is preventing it paying, reports The Birmingham Post (p4).

Solicitor David Barry faces losing his practice and has put his home up for sale, the Post reports.

The district auditor ruled that South Herefordshire did not have the power to ask Mr Barry to represent three members of a sports and social club who were facing high court action from former committee members who claimed they had been illegally ousted.

The sports centre is run as a charity, but the council owns the land, pays an annual grant, and can nominate two members onto the management committee.
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