Laura Sharman 29 April 2014

Funding boost to support largest new parish council

Funding boost to support largest new parish council image

Local campaigners looking to set up England’s biggest parish council have been given a cash boost from the National Association of Local Councils (NALC).

The £5,000 funding will help campaigners make the case for setting up a new parish council in Sutton Coldfield.

Ken Rushton, chairman of the Sutton Coldfield Town Council Referendum Committee, said: ‘Sutton residents have proved they have enthusiasm for a town council. The town is under-funded.

‘We want any town council set up to be recognised fully around the country - we want some prominence. We hope Sutton Coldfield Town Council will be given devolved powers over areas including planning, road development and waste management.’

NALC is running the first ever ‘Create a council’ week between 19–23 May to help encourage community groups to form new parish councils.

Cllr Ken Browse, Chairman of NALC, said: ’Neighbourhood level governance can make it easier for people to take action and improve their area. Much of the country already benefits from grassroots government; providing democratic representation and delivering services to the community, as well influencing other decision-making bodies. But many cities and town do not, our Government funded programme is there help communities in those areas.’

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