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District council to hold review into Kidderminster parish
7:50am Monday 4th March 2013 in News
A REVIEW is due to take place into whether Kidderminster should be granted parish status and its own town council.
Wyre Forest District Council unanimously agreed at a full council meeting on Wednesday last week that a Community Governance Review should take place.
Deputy chairman Liberal councillor Fran Oborski said that the council was "obliged" to carry out the review following a petition being handed to the council.
A total of 5,800 Kidderminster residents signed the petition which was handed to the district council in December.
The petition requests that the unparished area of Kidderminster becomes a parish called Kidderminster Town.
It also details plans of proposed electoral wards including Broadwaters, Greenhill, Offmore and Comberton, Aggborough and Spennells, Oldington and Foley Park, Sutton Park, Habberley and Blakebrook and Franche.
Tributes were paid at the council meeting to the work of Conservative cabinet member Anne Hingley and town clerk Charles Talbot.
Mr Talbot said: “I appreciate that very much. It is indeed something I have been working for since 1974.
“The council had no option to agree to a review. The law says, because they had a valued petition, they must hold one.
“What they have had to do, quite simply, is to agree to the terms of reference for the review. They will now start a series of consultations with the electorate.
“At the end of the day, they have to bring all those strings together to come to a conclusion whether there should be a town council for Kidderminster.”
An introductory stage of the Community Governance Review will now take place where initial submissions will be collected until Friday, May 31.