Update on Tarporley’s Neighbourhood Plan
The Draft Neighbourhood Plan is now complete and at the January Parish Council meeting, it was agreed that the Draft Plan should go forward to the next stage – its 6 week Formal Consultation. During this stage official bodies such as Chester West and Chester Council, English Heritage and The Environment Agency, as well as the general public are consulted. Details of how you can get involved will to be posted on our village notice boards and on www.tarporleyplan.org.uk. The Draft Plan is also available on this web site. Members of the Parish Council would like to thank all the volunteers who have spent many hours and much hard work in completing this Draft Plan on behalf of the village.
Tarporley Sports and Recreation
The Parish Council are about to take ownership of the 5 acres of outdoor sports and recreation land on Brook Road and have appointed Groundwork Cheshire to provide professional assistance. The management committee of the Community Centre are also keen to develop facilities on their land.
Indications of the facilities the village might wish to see were collected during production of the Draft Neighbourhood Plan and during a survey on the future of Brook Road commissioned by CWAC. Groundwork will use this as a starting point to set the ball rolling and produce representative plans for both sites. They will then start a full consultation process by leafleting the village, gathering feedback and holding information gathering sessions probably at the community centre.
This is exciting news for the village and will be your opportunity to shape the outdoor sports and recreation facilities which the village currently lacks. So please take part in the forthcoming consultation process.
Parking in Tarporley
Concerns about the parking in Park Road, causing an obstruction to ambulances getting passed the Hospital and the Health Centre, have been raised once again with the Parish Council. The Parish Council are considering paying for additional double yellow lines to be painted along Park Road to emphasize where parking is not permitted because it causes an obstruction.
The Police have also reported the recent booking of people parking on, and between, the white zig zag lines of the pedestrian crossing on High Street. Parking on these lines, and between them, is a criminal offence.
When parking at the Community Centre, please make sure you park within a marked bay. If you park in an unmarked area, you are liable to get booked and fined by the Council’s parking wardens.
Affordable Homes off Brook Road
Ten of the affordable homes will be ready for occupation on 15th February. It is great news that already 7 applications from local people for the “shared ownership” ones are underway via Swetenhams Estate Agents. More details about them and the ones for rent are available from Swetenhams on High Street.
New Councillors Needed
In addition to a general election, May will see the end of the current term of office for parish councillors. For a variety of personal reasons, several of the longer serving members of Tarporley Parish Council will be stepping down on this occasion. The Council is well known as a vibrant and pro-active Quality Council and is looking for enthusiastic members of the community to replace the retiring councillors. The main requirement is a concern for the continued wellbeing of the village and its residents and a willingness to work to achieve the best for our community.
Full Council meetings are held on the second Monday of each month except August and informal meetings of special interest groups occur as required. These groups cover infrastructure and street scene issues, management of the cemetery etc.. We are also represented on local charitable trusts, school governing bodies and the Community Centre Management Committee.
If you are interested in joining the council, please speak to one of the existing councillors or contact the parish clerk