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Battle royal over rural hall

THE Knights of nearby Temple Balsall may have settled their disputes with a gentlemanly sword fight but parish councillors in Balsall Common are instead battling each other in a war of words.

THE Knights of nearby Temple Balsall may have settled their disputes with a gentlemanly sword fight but parish councillors in Balsall Common are instead battling each other in a war of words.

The feud centres on the use of Chadwick End Village Hall which was left in trust to the villagers and is currently run by a management committee which includes parish councillors.

However Balsall Parish Council have put forward plans to take over the running of the hall, which is owned by them, much to the dismay of some members of the committee who want to continue running it.

One of the unnamed councillors said: “We have called for a public referendum to stop the parish council taking over our village hall.

“A committee has always looked after its interests for the benefit of Chadwick End residents.”

However Councillor Judy Lea, chair of Balsall Parish Council said: “Chadwick End Village Hall is owned by the parish council for the benefit of the residents of Chadwick End village.

“The council simply seeks to form a new formal agreement under which the hall will be managed and that will ensure that it is run for the benefit of the residents of Chadwick End.

“Such an arrangement may mean that charitable status can be sought and that new avenues of raising funds can be found that are not available under current circumstances.”

An extraordinary general meeting was held on Wednesday (June 16) at St Peter’s Church in Balsall Common debating control of the village hall.

 

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