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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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.
SUCCESSFUL WREN GRANT FUNDING BIDS
for New Play Equipment in Diamond Park and Jubilee 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).
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.
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