The Parish Council is the tier of local government closest to the
people, as such one of its key roles is representing the Parish
in formal consultations in many matters relating to both Government
and other aspects of village life. The Parish Council obtains its
powers through a wide range of statutes which both allow and regulate
its activities. The main activities undertaken by the Tarporley
Parish Council include:-
The Parish Council is consulted by the planning authority on all
developments affecting the village and responds to all applications.
The Councils adopted policy is one of conserving the Parish as a
village and this has been documented in the Village Design Statement
(see the publications page) that has been adopted by the local planning
authority as a material consideration for planning applications
in the village.
The Parish Council has the right to be consulted on many local and
national government issues and provides a local perspective in responses
to consultation requests.
The Parish Council provides a weekly (Thursday) village shopping
trip, a monthly service for the Autumn Club and an annual Christmas
Party trip to the Community Centre. These are local services providing
a transport option for those who would otherwise find these journeys
difficult. The service is provided via Aries Travel and may be booked
by phoning Aries on 01829 732557.
The village Community Centre is run by an independent charity that
provides and maintains the Community Centre for the benefit of the
village. The Parish Council supports the Community Centre via an
annual support grant related to specific projects. Room bookings
should be made by contacting 07526 699100.
The Parish Council maintains the street lighting column flower displays
and footway displays with support from Cheshire West and Chester
Council. Many businesses and residents provide splendid flower displays
on their own behalf.
The Parish Council provides festoon lighting through the village
during the Christmas season. Grateful acknowledgment must be given
to other organisations (in particular the Round Table and the Rotary
Club) and individuals who also provide trees, lights, hot chestnuts
and decorations during the festive period.
The Parish Council maintains the young children's play area to the
rear of the Community Centre on the High Street. This was funded
by a local group "Field and Leisure Action Group" whose
determination carried the project through to its ultimate success.
The Parish Council maintains the footpaths (not the footways alongside
the highway) within the built up areas of the village and monitors
the foot paths through the fields within the Parish.
The Parish Council owns notice boards, seats, a shelter and litter
bins and maintains these and a range of other assets around the
A number of key open spaces in the village are maintained and planted
by the Parish Council. The planting of the island at Burton Square
is sponsored by the Rotary Club.
Grants towards maintenance are made to the local Church Authorities
on an annual basis.
Activities are publicised via the Parish Council notice board, public
notice board, a newsletter in Tarporley Talk, this web site and
in local newspapers..
Cheshire West and Chester Council provide a mechanical sweeper service
and regular litter and litterbin clearing services. The Parish Council
employ a street cleaner to augment theses services using a more
traditional approach to deal with litter not cleared by the regular
The churchyard at St Helen's is at capacity and the Parish Council
has opened a cemetery adjacent to the existing St Helen's churchyard.
Inquiries regarding burials should normally be made via your appointed
funeral director. Funeral directors should contact the Clerk for
details of rules and fees.
Security consideration including liaison with the local Constabulary
and Police Authority is a regular activity of the Parish Council.
As part of the Cheshire Rural Policing scheme P.C. Ged Gigg and
P.C.S.O. Emily Benson spend time in and around the village. The
P. C.S.O. attends the regular Parish Council meeting on the second
Monday of the month (except August) in the Community Centre at 7:00pm
and residents are invited to come and discuss any matters of concern.
Messages can be left for the PCSO on the Dragon Hall Police Station
answerphone 0845 458 6377. The Police Control Centre can be contacted
on 0845 458 0000 (24hr service) for urgent mattes, but in an emergency
The condition of highways and footways and the operation of street
lighting is monitored and problems reported to the highway and street
lighting authorities for action. An agreed plan of small maintenance
work is regularly reviewed with the highway authority
The Parish Council administers a charitable trust that provides
annual grants to local organisations.