As Lickey End parish comes to an end on 1.1.2011, we reproduce an article from The Village magazine in 2002 on the crazy political stalemate . . .
If you made it up, no one would believe you. A brand new parish where all ten councillors are elected with the sole intention of abolishing themselves. Yet a year later, they are still there, holding meetings – and may yet have to stand for election again to a council they don’t want to exist.
On Thursday 16th December, Marlbrook and Alvechurch voters, albeit in small numbers, went to the polls to elect councillors to fill the vacancy at County Hall, Worcester, and one at Burcot Lane, Bromsgrove.
June Griffiths, of Bordesley, was declared the new Worcestershire County councillor for the Alvechurch division tonight after getting around half of the votes cast.
The Marlbrook ward on Bromsgrove District Council was taken by John Ruck. Both seats were vacated by the sudden resignation of former county leader George Lord. Christmas poll ‘Tories would vote for a monkey’
Hopwood services was the scene of a major containment operation this morning after a tanker containing 23,000 litres of hydrochloric acid was found to be leaking.
Around 200 litres of acid is believed to have leaked from the tanker.
George Lord’s political demise means Alvechurch’s new representative in Worcester can focus entirely on fighting for her electors free from the demands of leadership of the county council.