Tarporley is once again entered in the Best Kept Village (large village) category of the Community Pride competition organised by Cheshire Community Action.

Last year Kelsall won, Disley and Mobberley came joint second with Davenham, Helsby and Tarporley joint 4th. Tarporley scored 675 points out of a possible 810 or 83%. In all of the 27 applicable judging criteria, Tarporley scored “Very Good” or “Excellent” and in 11 criteria we scored just one or two points short of “Excellent”.

The standard is very high and the competition is fierce but if everyone does their bit then we can regain this prestigious award in 2016. Judging is based on random inspections between May and September with the final score being based on the later inspections.

The Parish Council will take care of some areas such as public toilets, seats & benches, children’s playground, public space planted areas, war memorial, notice board and will chase CWaC Council to look after items under their responsibility.

What can you do?

Home owners and residents: Keep the area around your home well-tended and presentable, neat and tidy, free from weeds and litter and report to the Parish Council Clerk or CWaC anything that needs to be fixed or that needs attention. If you have a dog, then do not let it foul any public areas. Don’t drop litter and chewing gum.

Shops, Businesses, Restaurants, Pubs, Hotels, etc: Keep the area around business neat and tidy, free from weeds and litter. Ensure that any notices in windows are up to date. Keep car parks, external areas and furniture tidy and well maintained. Attractive floral displays help. Report to the Parish Council Clerk or CWaC anything that needs to be fixed or needing attention.

Last year’s scoring and Judge’s comments can be read here: Tarporley Best Kept Village Results 2015

Cheshire Community Pride Competition Hints for Entrants can be read here: Hints for Entrants