In January 2013 Letchworth Town Council was abolished by the Secretary of State. This followed several years of concerted efforts by the town's residents to follow the byzantine legal process.
Letchworth Town Council was as are all town councils a parish council it was not however a long established council being founded in 2003 after a request from residents to have democratic accountability over their own community and affairs. As is often the case there appears to have been a variety of issues not least a large precept. (a local tax levied by town and parish councils on residents)
In the end however residents chose to exercise their democratic rights and request the abolition of their town council. A charitable trust, the Heritage-Foundation which appears to administer many local assets continues in existence. Whether or not this is a democratic body is a moot point. It does not appear that it's actions can be easily challenged or all of its members voted out of office.
The abolition of this council raises a number of important matters.