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Parish Council 2019 Elections Page, with information about the role of Parish Councillors, the Election process, standing as a Candidate, and Parish Councils generally

Update 3. May 2019

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Elections for the Parish Councillors for Acton Bridge were uncontested. Following the Local Elections on 2. May 2019, it can be confirmed that your Parish Councillors from May 2019are:
C Robert (Bob) Holt, Chairman ;
Clare Ballantyne Roberts ; Hazel Bayley ; Trevor Brocklebank ; Charles Fifield ; Robert Forbes ; David Hall ;
The position of Vice-Chairman had not been determined at the revision date.
Cllr Steve Pardoe did not stand for election this year, and has (after 16+ years) retired from the Parish Council.

The Borough Councillors (re-) elected are Charles Fifield (Con), Gillian Edwards (Ind), and Paul Williams (Con).

Update 11. April - Cheshire West and Chester Council has published the list of Candidates Elected (Uncontested) to Acton Bridge Parish Council. You can download a copy (as a PDF) by clicking here.

Elected Candidates

Update 7. April - Cheshire West and Chester Council has published the list of Candidates standing for, and (since there were no more candidates than vacancies) elected to Acton Bridge Parish Council. You can download a copy (as a PDF) by clicking here.

Nominated Candidates

18. March - Your Parish Clerk, Mrs Margaret Holt, has received the sets of Candidates' Papers from CWAC, and these are now available for any residents wishing to stand for election on 2. May.

Notice of Election, 2019

A Notice of Election has been received from Cheshire West and Chester Council for the Election of Parish Councillors
A copy of the full Notice can be downloaded (as a PDF) by clicking here.

Acton Bridge Parish Council consists of up to 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 more about our work, including the latest Agenda, Minutes of meetings, and who we and our local Borough Councillors are, on our Transparency Page; and here's a Calendar of Forthcoming Meetings.

There are expected to be vacancies on Acton Bridge Parish Council after the AGM.

About Parish Councils

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)]

Here is an extract from the website of the National Association of Local Councils (NALC),

"A local council is a universal term for community, neighbourhood, parish and town councils. They are the first tier of local government and are statutory bodies. They serve electorates and are independently elected and raise their own precept (a form of council tax). There are 10,000 local councils in England with over 30% of the country parished and 80,000 councillors who serve in these local councils, with over £1 Billion being invested into these communities every year.
"Local councils work towards improving community well-being and providing better services. Their activities fall into three main categories: representing the local community; delivering services to meet local needs; striving to improve quality of life and community well-being.
"Through an extensive range of discretionary powers local councils provide and maintain a variety of important and visible local services including allotments, bridleways, burial grounds, bus shelters, car parks, commons and open spaces, community transport schemes, community safety and crime reduction measures, events and festivals, footpaths, leisure and sports facilities, litter bins, public toilets, planning, street cleaning and lighting, tourism activities, traffic calming measures, village greens and youth projects".

Here is some further information from NALC,

"Local (town and parish) councils are led by democratically elected councillors from the local community. Local councillors decide on what services and projects the council will deliver. As representatives of the first tier of local government and the closest to their communities, local councillors are best placed to engage with their residents and find out what the real local issues are and how to overcome them.
"Local councils are encouraging residents who are passionate about their community to stand for election. Local councils welcome and are committed to the inclusion and recognition of all regardless of race, culture, ability, ethnicity or gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, marital status, religious affiliation, and socioeconomic status.
"There are currently 120,000 councillors serving on the 10,000 local councils in England.
"Do you, or someone you know, have what it takes to be a local councillor? Contact your local council and stand for election now".

NALC and the Electoral Commission have produced materials and guidance for those looking to stand for election, and for local councils who are running election campaigns, which can be found by clicking on the NALC Elections Web Page.

In compliance with Transparency requirements, Parish Council Meeting and AGM Minutes, details of your Parish and Borough Councillors, your Weaver Vale Constituency MP, and links to Statutory Documents and Compliance Information can now be found via our Transparency Page. A statement regarding the Parish Council's compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) can also be downloaded from there. Earlier Acton Bridge Parish Council Minutes dating back to 1972 have been archived at the Cheshire Record Office, Chester.
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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