Tarporley Parish Council March Newsletter

REVIVAL OF BEST KEPT VILLAGE COMPETITION FOR TARPORLEY

Tarporley is entering the 2019 Competition and WE MUST ALL make an effort to keep the village looking its best. This could include Hanging Baskets together with Flower Beds, Tidy Notice Boards, No Weeds on the pavements in the High Street and keeping Litter and Dog Poo under control.

Judges visit twice, once in early summer and again in late summer.

LET US ALL DO OUR BIT and not just expect someone else to carry out the tasks. The Parish Council is seeking quotes for some additional landscape maintenance in the village but it does not have the resources to do it all!

This will be a community led activity and Lisa Miller has volunteered to be Tarporley’s Best Kept Village Campaign Co-ordinator. Lisa has launched a BKV Facebook page – please search on Facebook for @tarporleybestkeptvillage to find the page. Contact Lisa or the Parish Clerk if you would like more information or are interested in volunteering to help with this project.

 

ADVERTISING BOARDS

Estate Agents “Second Boards” on grass verges are under scrutiny as they are unsightly and unlawful if they are not on the property advertised. The local Estate Agents have all been written to by the Parish Council to remove them. Let councillors know if they appear again near you.

 

CAR PARKING UPDATE

Cheshire West & Chester Council, in conjunction with Mott Macdonald consultants, has published their parking strategy, action plan and impact assessment report for Tarporley. Please contact the clerk for a copy. A need for more spaces has been identified but the Parish Council’s own reports, using different methodologies, identified a much greater need. The CW&C report does not acknowledge the “missing” customer base due to the perception of lack of parking in the village. The Parish Council is contacting CW&C to express these concerns and pursue queries regarding the different methodologies.

Unfortunately, there are further delays to the opening of the car park on the former RBL site. The Council has been advised that the transfer of the land is now not expected until April.

 

COMMUNITY TRANSPORT

Further to a recent survey by CW&C, the Parish Council continues to work with neighbouring parishes and CW&C regarding possible options to improve community transport services in the Tarporley area.

 

ELECTIONS

2019 will see elections taking place in all Town and Parish Councils in the area. The Parish Council is the tier of Local Government closest to the people and delivers a range of services at a community level. It is an essential part of the structure of local democracy and has a vital role in acting on behalf of the community it represents. Polling Day is Thursday 3 May 2019.

If you are interested in becoming a councillor, Cheshire West & Chester Council is holding a briefing session for prospective candidates in Chester on 5 March 2019 at 6pm. For more information email elreg@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk or telephone: 01244 977084.

Please also look out for more information on the elections and what it means to be a councillor on the Parish Council noticeboard in the High Street.