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Update 5. October 2015

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The next meeting of your Parish Council will be held in the Parish Rooms, Hill Top Road, CW8 3RA, on Monday 2. November 2015 at 7:30pm.

You can see a calendar of forthcoming Meetings here.

Residents of Acton Bridge are reminded that they are always welcome to attend Parish Council meetings, to raise matters of concern or simply to observe our proceedings.

Announcement September 2015 -
You may shortly be receiving a questionnaire calling itself "Acton Bridge Housing Survey". It is being carried out by NEMS Market Research on behalf of an unnamed developer. It may be connected to the several Planning Applications which have been submitted in recent years for housing developments on Strawberry Lane, which, like the entire village, is in the Green Belt. You will recall that Public meetings held to discuss these proposals have been very well attended by Village residents and the outcome has always been fiercely against any development on that site. You can read about them here.

NEMS have written to the Parish Council advising them about their forthcoming survey, but we wish to emphasise that the survey is not in any way endorsed by the Parish Council and is an entirely independent commercial exercise. Some of the questions are quite personal, and could be regarded as intrusive. However, we would encourage Parishioners to complete as much of the survey as they feel comfortable with and return it to NEMS. We ask this because if only a small minority of surveys were returned, the results might be quoted in a statistically biased way to give a misleading impression of the actual feelings of the entire community, despite many Parishioners not having responded.

The Parish Council has referred NEMS to its formal responses and also those from the residents to these Planning Applications, most recently 15/01882/FUL. The responses can be read on the Cheshire West and Chester website and key in "15/01882", click "Search", then click on either the ”Comment” or the "Documents" tab and follow the links.

Parish Councils are the lowest tier of Local Government in England, and are therefore generally the closest to the people they represent. To quote from Judge John Prophet :
"The Parish Council is one of the great survivors in our governmental institutions. It was the only council not abolished under the Local Government Act 1972 and has now been in continuous existence for over one hundred years. Long may it prosper as an admirable example of the benefits to our governmental system of local decision-making by elected representatives of the people". ["The Parish Councillor's Guide" (Shaw & Sons, ISBN 0 7219 0515 3)]

Acton Bridge Parish Council consists of seven (out of a possible eight) Councillors and a Clerk. We usually meet at 7:30pm on the first Monday of each month in the Parish Rooms, to discuss planning applications, local concerns and items of interest to the community. You can see a calendar of forthcoming Meetings here.

Members of the public are welcome to attend Parish Council meetings, but are not generally permitted to speak except during a special agenda item set aside for the purpose before the main business begins. Visitors' active participation is, however, encouraged during the Annual General Meeting, when the Councillors will do their best to answer questions and discuss matters of concern to local residents. Most meetings are attended by one or more of our three Local Government Representatives. Following the local government reorganisation in April 2009, Vale Royal Borough Council was abolished and we became part of Cheshire West and Chester Council. Since the May 2011 elections we are in a new "Weaver and Cuddington" Ward, which consists of four Parishes - Acton Bridge, Cuddington (which includes the community of Sandiway), Dutton, and Weaverham. You can read more on our Boundary page.

As part of our "Freedom of Information" initiative, PC Meeting Minutes are published on this website, following approval at the subsequent meeting. Please click on the monthly links to see recent Parish Council Minutes...
September 2015 (no meeting in August) ; July 2015 ; June 2015 ; May 2015 Supplementary AGM ; May 2015 AGM ; May 2015 ; April 2015 ; March 2015 ; February 2015 ; January 2015 ;

...and click here to view our online archive of Minutes for 2014 back to 2003. Acton Bridge Parish Council Minutes dating back to 1972 have been archived at the Cheshire Record Office, Chester.

Other links:-
Your Cheshire West and Chester Councillors (since the Local Elections on 7. May 2015 in the Weaver and Cuddington Ward) are as follows:-
Charles Fifield, Harry Tonge and Paul Williams.

Your Member of Parliament (re-elected at the General Election on 7. May 2015) is Graham Evans (Conservative, Weaver Vale)
Model Code of Conduct on HMSO website
Consultation on the Model Code (local copy here)
Natural England
DCLG The Department for Communities and Local Government (new name, new site)

Please note: this is a personal website, and does not necessarily represent the views of Acton Bridge Parish Council or any other organisation. Its editor is Steve Pardoe
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