AN INVOICE issued to a town council for the hire of barriers has been revoked.
Leek Town Council had been invoiced by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) for £90 for the hire of barriers for them to be able to close off the top of Derby Street during their last Music and Motors event in Leek town centre.
However, the town council questioned the charge as its own barriers have been borrowed by the district council free-of-charge to close off the same area for the Wednesday market.
For the recent music and motors event the town council was told that it would not be able to use its own barriers, and would have to borrow some from High Peak instead.
The issue was discussed at the last meeting of Leek Town Council.
Councillor Barry Cowie said: "We asked for our barriers back to use them for an event, but SMDC refused, and said they were needed for the markets.
"It got some others from High Peak for our event, but we have since been billed £90 for using those barriers.
“Meanwhile they have been using our barriers for the markets on the public realm since January."
Councillor Brian Johnson suggested that the town council should now bill the higher authority for the use of the town council barriers.
He said: "Should we not safeguard the assets of the town council and ensure they are safe and maintained to be used.
“We also need to make sure we are making the most of town council assets."
However, councillor John Fisher added: "We need to get on with our partners.
“I think tit-for-tat politics are not going to work."
Councillor Pam Wood said: "I think we should give them the chance to waive the bill and if they don't then we should go ahead and charge them for the use of our barriers."
It was agreed that the town council would contact SMDC and ask for the £90 bill to be waived and for the town council barriers back.
The Post & Times has since learned that the barriers are due to be given back to the town council, at least by the time of the Leek Lights Switch On Event on November 15.
A spokesman for the district council has also confirmed that the authority is now no longer invoicing Leek Town Council for its use of the barriers.