The Parish Council
has seven unpaid members who are, in principle, elected every four years.
In recent years there have not been seven nominations for election and
volunteers have been co-opted to the Council. The Council is assisted
by a paid Clerk.
The Council normally
meets on Tuesday evenings at 7.30 pm in the Village Hall every six weeks
or so. Dates of meetings are available here.
The Council is responsible
for looking after and maintaining the playing field and the play equipment.
There is currently a programme to replace the play equipment with more
up-to-date and safer equipment.
Working under the wing of the Parish Council, the volunteer group, The
Village Green and Village Spring Restoration Project team has worked
tirelessly to raise funding for this project. A scheme in three
distinct phases has created a restored Village Pond (or pit, as it is
on Pit Hill), brought back a spring water source by sinking a new 30m
borehole and cleared and landscaped the whole area.
an iconic bus shelter in oak topped with 200 year old tiles from an
old barn in the village has been installed. With new matching village
stonework around the 300+ years old Village oak and original Spout and
oak benches, the area is now maturing into an idyllic and satisfying
Village Green setting.
The council chases
the district council and the county council about the provision of services
in the village such as street signs, highway maintenance and mowing.
The council currently
levies a "precept" of £12,000 each year from council tax
to pay for these activities, and for concurrent services, £3,360 per year.
The council is always looking at ways to
obtain further cash from grants and other sources. The accounts of the
council are made up after the end of the financial year in March. Any
enquiries about the accounts should be directed to the Clerk of the Council.
The auditor is Grant Thornton UK LLP, Royal Liver Building, Liverpool, L3 1PS