Smallest councils want closer links with Barnsley town hall

Communication: Penistone Town Council is among those wanting closer links with officials in Barnsley
Communication: Penistone Town Council is among those wanting closer links with officials in Barnsley
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A charter designed to improve the relationship between Barnsley Council and parish councils could be rebooted after falling out of use in recent years.

“In their role as democratically accountable bodies, Parish Councils offer one of the ways of shaping the decisions that affect their communities.

“They offer a means of decentralising the provision of certain services and of revitalising local communities.  In turn, the Parish Councils recognise the strategic role of the Borough Council and the equitable distribution of services that it has to achieve.”

Coun Paul Hand-Davis, who serves on both Barnsley Council and Penistone Town Council, told a meeting of the latter that he had already been in discussion with Tankersley Parish Council, which was keen to see the system of meetings re-established.

Other parish councils to the west of the borough were also involved in talks over getting the twice-yearly meetings re-established: “It was their conduit to raise issues. The idea is to get it re-instated, it is a consultation to see if they want to continue with it.

“I don’t see why they would not want to have a stronger, fairer and more prompt relationship,” he said.