One of the distinctive and well loved features of Tarporley are its shops and services. We don’t have to drive elsewhere to visit the dentist, doctors, solicitors, opticians, or chemists to mention but a few of our valued village based services. The Parish Council is well aware that last year was a difficult year for high street traders across the country, and no more so than in Tarporley. They had an especially difficult time in December with a series of unexpected road and parking restrictions along the High Street. Looking at the series of road closures and restrictions announced for January, this month may not have been much better.
However we hope that the carpark on the ex-Royal British Legion site will soon be open for public use. This land, along with that of the Bowling Club and most of the allotments, will be transferred to Parish Council ownership, thanks to the hard work of both local residents and the Parish Council, who opposed the initial proposal to build on the whole site. Through Tarporley’s Neighbourhood Plan, this land has been saved for use by the village in perpetuity.
Towards the end of last year Cheshire West and Chester Council commissioned consultants to look at the parking provision in Tarporley and their report confirms what we knew already – there are not enough parking spaces in the village for its workers, shoppers and service users. This report is important because it provides independent documented evidence to support the Parish Council’s drive to increase parking provision in the village. A copy of this report will be on the Parish Council web site www.tarporley.org.uk
However all this effort is wasted if local people do not shop or use the services in Tarporley. So as part of your New Year’s resolution, please can everyone support our local businesses – shop in Tarporley, use our services and visit our cafes, pubs and restaurants. Wishing everyone a Happy 2019.
P.S. Our Library Service are delighted to share the news that libraries in Cheshire West and Chester have been officially recognised as outstanding at a national awards ceremony, receiving not one but two accolades. Do use our local library at the High School – open to the public on Mondays and Thursdays from 1.30 pm to 7pm. To get through the school gates, if they are not open, press 2 on the gate key pad.