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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 (July 2017).

COMMUNITY LITTER PICKING EVENTS

Click on the following links to see details of our Community Litter Picking events. The next one will take place on Saturday 7th October 2017, 10.00 - 12.30 p.m.

Litter Picking Events 2017.

 

www.cleanforthequeen.co.uk E COMPETITION

PLAY AREA CONSULTATIONS

We are in the process of applying for additional funding so that we can improve the two Parish Council play areas, Diamond Park on Barley Road and Jubilee Park on Euclid Avenue. The existing equipment is old and some pieces have been removed due to safety concerns over the last 12 months.

An active consultation is being undertaken for Jubilee Park and Diamond Park and we would welcome the views of local residents. Click on the following links for a copy of the consultation documents:

Jubilee Park    page 1, page 2 & 3.

Diamond Park page 1, page 2 & 3.

The completed form can be returned to the Parish Council office at the address at the bottom of this page.

 

COMMUNITY PRIDE COMPETITION

WINNER 2016

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.

 

About Us

Council Office

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.

Find out how to contact us.

Clerk to the Council

Susan Brooks has been  Assistant Clerk  for the Parish Council since October 2006 and became Clerk in October 2014. She is employed 30 hours per week and works Monday to Thursday.

Responsible Financial Officer

Janet Richards was Clerk to the Council from January 2008 and changed her role, in October 2014, to Responsible Financial Officer. She is employed 12 hours per week and works Tuesday and Thursday.  

Administration Officer

Susan Clements provides administration support for the office. She is employed for 8 hours per week and works Monday and Wednesday afternoons.

Parish Warden

Martin Stuart 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.

Feedback

Our website is intended to show what we do and how we do it.  We want to hear your comments - please

Let us know what you think and how we can improve it.

See what's new.

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.

Find out more about the Walled Garden.

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

and we will try to help wherever we can.E

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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.

 

Latest News

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 Councilís 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 Councilís 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 Councilís 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 Borough Council also sought views on the evidence base they had prepared, the Councilís conclusions on Warringtonís development needs and the scope of the work the Council intended to undertake in preparing the submission version of the Local Plan.


The Preferred Development Option, the supporting evidence base and the standard response form are available from the Councilís web site at:


https://www.warrington.gov.uk/info/201368/local_plan_review/2274/local_plan_review

 

The Preferred Development Option is also available to view at Local Libraries during normal opening hours.

 

Click here to see the public notice.

 

Councillor Elaine Welborn

Chairman of the Council

Dear Residents,

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 childrenís 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 donít!

Kind regards,

Elaine Welborn

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.

https://www.warrington.gov.uk/info/201118/neighbourhoods/381/neighbourhoods_in_warrington/4

If you want to find out more about any of the events or activities listed, please contact Barbara on 01925 443187, Jan on 01925 444101, or Elaine on 01925 442565.

Parish Council Acheivements for 2016/17

During 2016/17 the Parish Council achieved the following:

  • provided financial assistance to GYCA and The Quays Community Centres; 

  • provided small grants to various community organisations to the value of £2642.80; 

  • reviewed parish planning applications and submitted comments to WBC as a consultee; 

  • partially funded and worked closely with two PCSOís to reduce crime within the parish;

  • reported over 150 local issues to Warrington Borough Council i.e. potholes, graffiti, blocked grids, overhanging trees, grot spots etc; 

  • monitored and reported problems relating to highways and traffic; 

  • used the three portable Speed Indicator Devices (SID's) to monitor traffic speed within the parishes and shared data collected with W.B.C;

  • liaised with Warrington Borough Council regarding the second phase of the maintenance proposals to improve the footpaths on Church Lane in Grappenhall;

  • developed the role of the Parish Warden to improve environmental maintenance within the parishes, working in partnership with WBC who provided further training and equipment;

  • carried out maintenence and improvement works to the Parish Council office building;

  • provided a programme of activities and workshops at Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden;

  • provided over 75 residents with volunteering opportunities at Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden; 

  • carried out extensive environmental improvement works to land owned by the Parish Council around Grappenhall Heys;

  • provided spring and winter hanging baskets at various locations around the parishes; 

  • maintained the Thelwall War Memorial Cenotaph;

  • maintained and updated five Parish Council notice boards at the following locations: Barley Road shops, the Quays Community Centre, Grappenhall Library, Broad Lane and the Parish Council office on Bellhouse Lane;

  • provided representatives for various parish schools/committees;

  • maintained Jubilee Park on Euclid Avenue and Diamond Park on Barley Road; and

  • began the process of seeking grant funding for the improvement of Diamond Park and commenced consultation with local residents.

Parish Council Plans for 2017/18

 

During 2017/18 the Parish Council plan to implement the following:

  • continue to improve and enhance our local environment;

  • continue to develop the role of the Parish Warden to improve environmental maintenance in partnership with W.B.C;

  • continue to seek grant funding for the refurbishment of the children's play areas at both Diamond Park and Jubilee Park and carry out further consultations with local residents;

  • liaise closely with Warrington Borough Council regarding phase 3 of the maintenance proposals to relay the cobbles on Church Lane in Grappenhall;

  • work with residents to produce a Neighbourhood Plan which will give the community a greater say on the future of Grappenhall and Thelwall, especially regarding future development;

  • raise the profile of the Parish Council within the local community and improve communication with local residents;

  • develop new websites for the Parish Council and Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden;

  • work closely with the PCSOís on local policing issues and initiatives to reduce crime within the parishes;

  • continue to use the three portable Speed Indicator Devices (SID's) to monitor traffic speed within the parishes and to collect information to share with W.B.C. to facilitate improvements in road safety;

  • continue to develop facilities and community activities at Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden with the support of the Community Outreach Officer and Friends organisation;

  • continue to provide local residents with volunteering opportunities at Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden; 

  • continue to provide grants to local community groups; 

  • continue to work closely with W.B.C. on planning and enforcement issues;

  • improve the provision for young people and the elderly within the parish; 

  • enter the 2018 Community Pride Competition with the assistance of local residents; and 

  • always seek value for money in everything we do.

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.

Find out how to contact your local Councillor.

 

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).

 

Thelwall Ferry

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.

 

 

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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)

E-mail:  clerk@grappenhallandthelwallpc.org.uk

Website: www.grappenhallandthelwallpc.org.uk

© Grappenhall and Thelwall Parish Council, 2006