Future of Brierley Town Council to be debated after fraud case

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The future of a Barnsley town council where a former clerk pocketed hundreds of thousands of pounds will be debated next week.

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 public debate on Wednesday, December 4 will receive a motion from supporters of the petition that requested a community governance review, recommending the abolition of the town council.

The debate forms part of the consultation exercise to progress the community governance review of The Parish of Brierley, which Barnsley Council is undertaking as a statutory obligation in response to the public petition.

Residents are invited to attend the meeting at 6pm in the Welfare Hall, off Clear View, Grimethorpe.

The debate will be chaired by David Winchurch, an independent former local government chief executive.

A vote will be taken on the motion and this will be taken into account when Barnsley Council makes its decision on the review in February.

Send any questions to be asked to ianturner@barnsley.gov.uk by December 1.