Parish Council - May Meeting update

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At the Annual Parish Meeting on 13 May Cllr. Ted Lush was appointed to serve as Chairman for the current year (2019-20). The Vice-Chairman will be Cllr. Rob Ford. Other councillors are David Cotgreave, Ben Dean, Helen Flynn, Matt Pochin, Peter Ryan, Pet Twigg, Steve Wiley and new councillor Sarah Dutton. There is one vacancy which it is hoped to fill by co-option. Look out for the public notice inviting people to put their names forward.


The newly elected Borough Cllr. Harry Tonge introduced himself to the Parish Council at its meeting on Monday 13 May. Cllr. Tonge replaces Cllr. Hugo Deynem who now represents a different ward on Cheshire West and Chester Council. Cllr. Tonge said that he hopes to use the Parish Council as a conduit for residents' concerns, as well as addressing any issues raised by residents and helping to resolve log-jams or problems between the Parish Council and Cheshire West and Chester Council


At its meeting on 13 May the Parish Council was pleased to note that new lights have been provided on the King George Playing Field to light the footpath. In addition, new outdoor gym equipment has been installed, the playing pitch has been re-seeded and the children's play area surfaces have been washed


The independent examiner has now finished his work on the draft Tarvin Neighbourhood Plan. He has made a number of recommendations which have had to be accepted before the Plan can move to a referendum. Most of the changes relate to proposed policies which he said should be reclassified as aspirations because the PC does not have control of the affected land. These include:

  • the proposed extension of the Community Woodland to the Tarvin roundabout;
  • the use of the Garden Field on Church Street as a public car park;
  • creating a safe cycle route between Oscroft and Tarvin

The Steering Group which produced the Plan on behalf of the PC will prepare the referendum version of the Plan and then disband. Cheshire West and Chester Council is responsible for organising the referendum which is likely to be held towards the end of July. The Parish Council is very grateful for all the hard work undertaken by the Steering Group. It hopes that as many residents as possible will take part in the referendum and will vote to accept the Plan, so that it can come into force and be used when any land use issue in the parish is discussed. Once it is in force the Parish Council will consider how the aspirations in the Plan can be turned into actions

1. The PC agreed that as well as the annual Spring Clean there should be an autumn clean-up. It hopes that volunteers will be equally enthusiastic about an autumn event as there are for the spring clean-up

2. The next meeting of the PC will be on Monday 24 June in the Wilkinson Lounge at the Community Centre — please note the change of location within the Community Centre.