MALVERN Town Council is being urged to back a call for a greater say for its residents in the running of the Malvern Hills Conservators.

Alistair Macmillan, a town councillor and recently elected member of the Conservators' board, has put down a motion to be debated at the council's meeting on Tuesday.

He wants to council to request a meeting with the chairman and director of the Malvern Hills Conservators "to discuss what steps can be taken to rectify the disparity between Malvern's contribution and its representation".

He also wants to invite representations from other parishes which provide money through the Council Tax to the Conservators. They are Malvern Wells, West Malvern, Guarlford, Colwall and Mathon.

Mr Macmillan is backing his call with figures which show that Malvern and West Malvern taxpayers provide more than two thirds of the Conservators' financial contributions but only have six on the 29-strong board.

He says parishes contributing money are outnumbered by appointed members from organisations which provide little or no funds, including Herefordshire and Worcestershire councils, Mal-vern Hills District Council and the Church Commissioners.