No boundary change for Balsall Common

By Laura Payne Thursday 11 October 2012 Updated: 15/10 14:44

THE boundary dividing two parishes will not be re-drawn.

Balsall Parish Council asked Solihull Council to conduct what turned out to be a controversial review to consider the possibility of creating a single parish for Balsall Common.

Berkswell Parish Council had raised concerns about the possible change as they feared it could lead to building on Green Belt if the two were no longer separated.

And their fears have been listened to as the Council has rejected the proposals, leaving the two parishes with their own identity.

In a letter to Berkswell Parish Council, Deborah Merry, Solihull Council's head of democratic services, said: "Having considered the responses to the consultation on the draft proposals the council's governance committee concluded that there appears to be little evidence of local support even for the minor boundary changes proposed between the two parishes.

"The committee concluded that proceeding with the changes would not provide any substantial benefits in terms of effective and convenient local government for the electors of the area and therefore the final proposal is that no further action be taken in respect of this aspect of the community governance review."

The future of the west part of Balsall Parish was also part of the review and Solihull Council said there is some evidence to support the separation of the west ward from the rest of Balsall Parish to establish a new parish council but a further consultation will have to be carried out before finals proposals are made.

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