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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 (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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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.

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.

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

 

SUCCESSFUL WREN GRANT FUNDING BIDS

for New Play Equipment in Diamond Park and Jubilee Park

Diamond park

The Parish Council is delighted to announce that 2 WREN grants have been awarded for the refurbishment of the play areas at Diamond Park on Barley Road in Thelwall and Jubilee Park on Euclid Avenue in Grappenhall. The £92,841.00 cash boost has been given by WREN, a not for profit business that awards grants to community projects from funds donated by FCC Environment to the Landfill Communities Fund.

 

The grant will be used to replace old play equipment and provide new play surfaces and benches which will result in much more modern, vibrant and visually appealing facilities. The work is expected to take 2 - 3 weeks for each park and will begin at the end of April. The play areas will be closed during refurbishment.

 

Residents had been calling for improvements following the removal of a number of old pieces of equipment which were in poor condition and were no longer safe for use.

 

Councillor Elaine Welborn, Chair of the Parish Council, said 'It is wonderful that WREN can make funds like this available to communities and we are thrilled that both of our projects have been selected. We are looking forward to delivering two great new play areas within the next couple of months. This will really help to encourage local children to go out and get some fresh air and exercise.'

 

Richard Smith, Wren's Grant Manager for Halton and Warrington said 'WREN is committed to funding projects that make a real difference to local communities, children and families. The Diamond and Jubilee Park projects will provide fantastic spaces for local people to get outdoors and have some fun! We're delighted to support Grappenhall and Thelwall Parish Council to make this happen and look forward to completion of the projects in May 2018.'

 

For 3D Visuals of how Diamond Park will look when it is finished click here.

For 3D Visuals of how Jubilee Park will look when it is finished click here.

(Note the colourway of the multiplay shown in Jubilee Park visuals has been changed - new visuals will be posted when available).

 

 

Jubilee Park

 

PARISH COUNCILLOR VACANCY

Due to the recent resignation of a Parish Councillor, a vacancy has arisen on Grappenhall and Thelwall Parish Council. Click here to access the Warrington Borough Council notice of Casual Vacancy.

 

COMMUNITY PRIDE - BEST KEPT VILLAGE Competition 2018

The Parish Council has, once again, entered the Community Pride Best Kept Village Competition run by Cheshire Community Action. We won the category of Best Kept Large Village in Cheshire with a population of 5001 - 10,000 in 2016 (the competition didn’t take place in 2017) and we are hoping to be successful again in 2018.

 

The support of local residents, community groups and businesses is vital to demonstrate that the area is cared for by the community and to show that residents take great pride in their surroundings. It is not just about finding the most beautiful, historic or picturesque village but is more about community spirit and the level of care of the environment.

 

Please take a look at your immediate area to see what can be done to make it look as smart and well kept as possible. If there are any areas outside your responsibility that you feel need attention please contact us and let us know. We would welcome any ideas for improvement. If you can spare any time to assist our Parish Warden cleaning up any local ‘grot spots’ just let us know.

 

A panel of anonymous judges will visit Grappenhall and Thelwall and preliminary judging will take place from mid-April to mid-July, intermediate judging at the end of July-August, followed by final judging in early September. There is also a ‘Little Gem Award’ for any particular area or item which the judges feel needs extra recognition.  

Click here for a list of hints for entrants which might be useful to give you ideas. If you can display a poster click here to download a copy.

 

 

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 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!

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 PCSO’s 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 PCSO’s 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