Ballot on Barnsley parish council’s future next month

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Details of a community vote on the future of a Barnsley town council have been revealed.

Calls for Brierley Town Council to be abolished were made after its former clerk landed it with a debt of more than £1 million.

Janet Cooper, aged 52, of Wadsley Lane, Hillsborough, was jailed for eight years for the fraud last year.

The ballot on whether the town council, and parish of Brierley, will now take place from July 13 to 16 at locations in Brierley and Grimethorpe with a count at Barnsley Town Hall on July 17.

Barnsley Council leader Coun Sir Steve Houghton said it was a ‘big decision’ that must be made by the community.

If the town council is abolished then the borough council would not fund the services it previously provided.

But if it is retained, it must still repay an outstanding debt of £480,000 owed to the council.

Barnsley Council will make the final decision but Coun Houghton said he would recommend the result of the vote is respected