Grappenhall and Thelwall Parish Council
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.
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 (October 2016).
Click on the following links to see details of our up and coming Community Litter Picking events. The next ones will take place in Spring 2017. Details will be provided as soon as possible.
Litter Picking Events 2016
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.ERVICES
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.
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.
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).
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 £217,000 each year, of which £146,597, or £37.20 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.
During my tenure as Chairman, my main focus will be starting the process of a Parish Plan for Grappenhall & Thelwall. This will give the community a greater say on the future of the two villages, especially on new property development. I will also be looking to increase public awareness of the Council and what it does.
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
Parish Council Acheivements for 2015/16
During 2015/16 the Parish Council achieved the following:
Parish Council Plans for 2016/17
During 2016/17 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.
Grappenhall and Thelwall Parish Council
Council Office, Bellhouse Farm, Bellhouse Lane, Grappenhall, Warrington WA4 2SG
Janet Richards, Clerk to the Council
Tel/Fax 01925 264918 (Monday to Thursday 2-4:30pm)
© Grappenhall and Thelwall Parish Council, 2006