Grappenhall and Thelwall Parish Council
Parish Warden's Notes
Our Parish Warden, Martin Stuart, patrols the parishes collecting litter, carrying out various tasks as required and reporting problem areas to the Parish Council office.
Whilst out and about he has been taking photographs and has put together a newsletter entitled Warden's Notes to provide a local update on progress and observations.
Click here to read Martin's latest copy of the Warden's Notes (February 2018).
COMMUNITY LITTER PICKING EVENTS
Click on the following links to see details of our next Community Litter Picking events.
Litter Picking Events 2018.
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PLAY AREA REFURBISHMENT at
Diamond Park and Jubilee Park
Jubilee Park, Euclid Avenue, Grappenhall
Diamond Park, Barley Road Thelwall
We are delighted to announce that we have successfully applied for grant funding to enable complete refurbishment of the two Parish Council play areas at Diamond Park on Barley Road and Jubilee Park on Euclid Avenue. The existing equipment is old and worn and some pieces have had to be removed due to safety concerns over the last 12 months.
A consultation was undertaken for both parks to seek the views of local residents and park users to establish what new sort of new equipment would be preferred. Play equipment options were presented and participants were able to choose their top 4 favourites. The results were then analysed and this information was used to select the best pieces for each of the parks. Visuals will be published in the near future.
Click on the following links to see a copy of the consultation documents:
It is envisaged that both parks will be refurbished at the same time and that work should be completed in early May 2018 and so will be ready for the summer.
Watch this space for more information and updates on progress.
COMMUNITY PRIDE COMPETITION
We are proud to announce that Grappenhall and Thelwall Parish Council entered the Community Pride Competition this year and was the winner in the category of Best Kept Large Village in Cheshire with a population of 5001 - 10,000.
We had worked hard this year to make sure that everywhere was as tidy and well kept as possible by writing to local businesses, dropping leaflets into shops and displaying posters to ask residents to report any grot spots and keep an eye on the area around where they live. We hoped to encourage businesses and residents to take pride in their local area.
Environmental issues were reported to Warrington Borough Council and our Parish Warden was vigilant, as always, in litter picking, clearing up pathways and carrying out additional environmental improvement works and maintenance wherever possible.
The office is situated next to Grappenhall Community Centre on Bellhouse Lane, adjacent to the garden and seating area. The office is open 2 - 4.30 p.m. Monday to Thursday.
Janet Richards - Clerk to the Council and Responsible Financial Officer
Janet was Clerk to the Council from January 2008 to 2014 and changed her role, in October 2014, to Responsible Financial Officer. She has, once again, taken on the position of Clerk to the Council since December 2017. Janet is employed 25 hours per week and works Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Susan Brooks - Deputy Clerk to the Council
Susan was Assistant Clerk for the Parish Council from October 2005 and became Clerk to the Council in October 2014. Since December 2017 she has taken the role of Deputy Clerk and is employed 30 hours per week working Monday to Thursday.
Susan Clements - Administration Officer
Susan provides administration support for the office. She is employed for 8 hours per week and works Monday and Wednesday afternoons.
Martin Stuart - Parish Warden
Martin joined us in June 2015 to work 16 hours per week, Monday to Friday, travelling around the Parish tidying, litter picking and reporting any problem areas to the Clerk.
The Parish Council also employs two caretakers for the local play areas on Euclid Avenue and Barley Road plus a Gardener /Manager, a Community Outreach Officer and a Cafe Co-Ordinator for Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden.
Our website is intended to show what we do and how we do it. We want to hear your comments - please
Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden
The Parish Council owns and manages this Victorian Walled Garden in Grappenhall as a tranquil oasis and community resource. Regular events are now held there, click the link below for more details.
BIN COLLECTIONS AND SERVICES
Warrington Borough Council provide information on their website regarding local bin collections. By entering your postcode you can access the 'In My Neighbourhood' page which gives information regarding bin collections and your nearest recycling site, post office, school, pharmacy along with many other useful services.
Click here to access the WBC website for information regarding bin collections and other useful services in your area.
HELP FOR VULNERABLE PEOPLE WITHIN THE PARISH DURING WINTER MONTHS
Out of a population of almost 10,000 in Grappenhall and Thelwall, nearly 2000 are over 65, many of whom are living in social isolation. It is important to keep warm and stay well during the winter months and the Parish Council is making a plea to all residents to watch out for neighbours, friends and those who may be more vulnerable during cold weather.
Just checking whether an elderly neighbour needs anything from the shops can make a real difference to someone's life.
Click here to access the Met Office Barometer Get Ready For Winter page containing tips and advice for how to stay safe and warm over the winter months.
For advice and information contact
AGE UK on 01925 244645
or feel free to contact the
Parish Council on 01925 264918
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WINTER WEATHER UPDATES
Warrington Borough Council provide winter weather updates on schools, bin collections, transport, roads, Council services, emergency services and general support during severe weather conditions.
Click here to access the WBC website and view the information.
Click here to view tips on clearing snow and ice from pavements and public spaces.
NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN CONSULTATION
The Parish Council is preparing a Neighbourhood Plan for Grappenhall and Thelwall and Councillors are keen to seek the views of local residents. By way of background, a Neighbourhood Plan is a new way for communities to decide the future of places where they live and work. The government has introduced the community right to do a Neighbourhood Plan though the Localism Act.
The Parish Council has produced a short questionnaire and your views would be very much appreciated. Please click on the link below to complete the survey and thanks for taking the time to fill it in.
WBC DRAFT HOUSING STRATEGY CONSULTATION
A consultation on the Warrington Borough Council draft Housing Strategy is underway. We have been notified that the deadline for responses has now been extended to Friday 23rd March 2018.
See the link below to the draft strategy. WBC would particularly welcome your views on the 4 key housing priorities on page 5 as well as pages 37 to 47 and whether these are the right priorities, if not what should they be, are there other key actions that need to be included etc.
Parish Councils have been granted permission to submit responses after the deadline due to the dates of the February Parish Council meetings. This is not directly part of the PDO, but we believe that the results of the consultation may have some relevance for how the PDO plays out in future.
WBC PREFERRED DEVELOPMENT OPTION CONSULTATION - PARISH COUNCIL RESPONSE 29th SEPTEMBER 2017
The Parish Council is grateful to the many residents who have submitted comments to the Borough Council on the Local Plan Preferred Development Option (PDO). The response from the public was unprecedented in numbers and very clear with its message that the proposal to remove land from the Green Belt and develop it as a Garden City Suburb is unacceptable to an overwhelming majority of residents. This view is shared by the Parish Council, which has provided its own formal response, now available on this website.
The Parish Council’s fundamental aim in its response to the PDO is to defend the existing Green Belt by showing that the housing and employment needs of Warrington can be met without releasing land from Green Belt. The Local Plan has to be positively prepared, justified and effective. The PDO that was released in July was none of these things. We want the Borough Council to produce a Local Plan that preserves the existing Green Belt and is more in keeping with what people want to see, and this thinking has shaped the Parish Council’s response to the PDO.
The Parish Council has worked with a Planning Consultant (Kirkwells of Burnley) to develop its response in a professional manner, addressing the legal and planning issues involved in the removal of land from Green Belt. Planning guidance requires that 'exceptional circumstances' must be demonstrated in order to do that, and in its response to the PDO, the Parish Council has made the argument, supported by data, that those 'exceptional circumstances' simply do not exist. It has used the standard response format put forward by the Borough Council as a way of ensuring that it has addressed the PDO as a whole, leaving no gaps.
Going forward, we now wait for the Borough Council's next move. This could be to modify the PDO and make a definitive formal proposal to change the Local Plan, in which case there will be a further consultation followed by a public examination of the proposal. The Parish Council will monitor developments and will do what is necessary to defend the Green Belt in its area. '
Click here to see the formal objection response to the Preferred Development Option submitted by the Parish Council.
UPDATE 24.08.17 - A letter from the Parish Council would be sent out to all residents of the parishes to ensure that everyone knew about the consultation and had the opportunity to respond in time. Click here to see a copy of the letter.
On 10th July 2017 Warrington Borough Council’s Executive Board approved the Local Plan Preferred Development Option Regulation 18 consultation documents for public consultation. You are invited to comment on the Preferred Development Option. The consultation period commences for an eight week period from Tuesday 18th July 2017 to Friday 29th September 2017.
These proposals would have a tremendous effect on our local area and we urged residents to look at the proposals and respond to the consultation. Over 6000 new houses could be built and new infrastructure and transport links would also be required.
The Preferred Development Option is also available to view at Local Libraries during normal opening hours.
Click here to see the public notice.
Parish Councils are the first tier of local government. As the local voice of the community, Grappenhall and Thelwall Parish Council exists to provide services for the community and to protect and enhance both villages.
There are sixteen Parish Councillors, all unpaid, who devote their time and energy to the wellbeing of the local people and the local environment. These Councillors are elected every four years. They, and I, are always pleased to hear from you and to use the knowledge and experience of local people.
The Parish Council provides Playing Fields with children’s play equipment at Diamond Park on Barley Road and Jubilee Park on Euclid Avenue, and also the Walled Garden and Village Green at Grappenhall Heys. It also supports youth and community centres.
The Parish Council spends just over £232,124.00 each year, of which £151,124.00, or £37.21 a year for each Band D household comes from Council Tax . The Parish Council employs 8 members of staff.
On this website you'll find information about your Parish Councillors, community facilities, Police Community Support Officers, and grants to local organisations. We also keep a close watch on planning issues and comment on every planning application that affects the residents of our villages.
My focus this year will be our local environment. Whilst looking after what we have, we will seek to develop, improve and enhance our local area and community facilities.
I trust that you'll find this website interesting. Please tell us if you do, and also if you don’t!
Chairman of the Council
What's On - Neighbourhoods in Warrington - South Area
The WBC Neighbourhoods in Warrington team maintains a very useful list of what's on in the South Warrington area including coffee mornings, lunch clubs, mums and tots groups, exercise classes and much more.
Click the link below to access the Daily Guide to What's On in South Warrington and also to see the South Area Profile, Information Directory and news.
Parish Council Acheivements for 2016/17
During 2016/17 the Parish Council achieved the following:
Parish Council Plans for 2017/18
During 2017/18 the Parish Council plan to implement the following:
Council Meetings and Agendas
The full Council and the Planning Committee meet approximately once a month. Other Committees meet periodically. The public are welcome at all meetings. See the calendar of meetings.
Click here to see the agenda for the next Parish Council meeting.
Parish Council Minutes
To see the latest Parish Council minutes please click here.
Contact your Councillor
Our 16 Councillors are there to help and work with our residents.
Ward Map and Statistics
Warrington Borough Council have produced a document containing a ward map and statistical information relating to the local population, economic wellbeing, education and lifelong learning, health and social wellbeing, community safety, housing and households. Click here to view (this is a 9 page document).
The Thelwall Ferry across the Manchester Ship Canal runs every day (except Sunday morning) at the following times:
7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The ferry runs all year round and the cost is 11p per trip, 4 passengers at a time can be taken. Access is via Ferry Lane, Thelwall.
Grappenhall and Thelwall Parish Council
Council Office, Bellhouse Lane, Grappenhall, Warrington WA4 2SG
Susan Brooks, Clerk to the Council
Tel/Fax 01925 264918 (Monday to Thursday 2-4:30pm)
© Grappenhall and Thelwall Parish Council, 2006