MAY 2021 ANNUAL COUNCIL MEETING
The 2021 Annual Council Meeting will take place on 18th May 2021, starting at 6.00pm.
This will take place as a face-to-face meeting, at Birchwood Youth and Community Centre.
For the May 2021 Clerk's Report to the Council, and Part I Finance agenda items to be received/considered at the Annual Council meeting, click here. This will be published 6 days prior to the meeting.
Click here for the DRAFT April 2021 Town Meeting Minutes. These will be available 6 days prior to the April 2021 meeting.
Click here for the DRAFT April 2021 Council Meeting Minutes. These will be available 6 days prior to the April 2021 meeting.
Click here for the DRAFT April 2021 Part I Finance Meeting Minutes. These will be available 6 days prior to the April 2021 meeting.
For the avoidance of doubt, readers are please asked to note the following caveat in relation to the draft minutes published here:
For the sake of topicality, immediacy and relevance, the Town Council publishes here the unapproved draft minutes of the most recent of its meetings. These minutes will not normally be approved until the next meeting of the Town Council, and therefore are not the formal minutes of record.
The minutes published here may contain unintended errors, or inacuracies, and therefore may be subject to correction and amendment at the next meeting.
BIRCHWOOD TOWN COUNCIL - COVID LOCKDOWN
Lateral Flow Tests
You can now order online, or collect, rapid lateral flow tests if:
- you do not have coronavirus symptoms
- you live in England
- you’re 18 or older
- you have not been told to self-isolate
- you cannot get tests from your work, school, college or university (ask them for rapid lateral flow tests)
from: https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests They take around 2 days to be delivered.
You should also be able to collect free rapid lateral flow tests from a local chemist.
For COVID-19 information/advice from Warrington Borough Council, click here.
For more information on help and support for vulunerable people relating to Coronavirus (COVID-19) click here.
BIRCHWOOD CLIMATE EMERGENCY PLAN
A climate emergency motion was presented to Birchwood Town Council, and approved unanimously by Council, in March 2019.
Click here to view the Town Council's Climate Emergency Plan.
WARRINGTON CYCLE MAP
To view a cycle map for Warrington, click here.
About Birchwood Town Council
Birchwood Town Council is the first tier of local government, and is therefore the closest to the local community, followed by Warrington Borough Council.
Parish and Town Councils were created in law, and they can only act within the law, by exercising their powers and functions which have been conferred on them by Statutes (i.e. Acts of Parliament). Town Councils have a number of powers available to them, but the ability to exercise any such powers may sometimes depend upon a number of other other factors, such as land ownership, financing, or planning approval.
There is some confusion as to what the difference is between a Parish and Town Council. The answer is simple, nothing, they are exactly the same. However, a Town Council can elect a Mayor to be Head of Council, instead of a Chairperson. Birchwood Town Council chooses to have a Chairperson, and in May of each year, a Chair is elected by the Council. The tenure of the Chair is usually 12 months, however, due to the current pandemic, and the removal (via government legislation) of the requirement to hold an annual meeting, Cllr Reeves will remain the Chair for 2020-21, with Cllr Breslin continuing as Vice Chair.
Cllr Nigel Reeves, Chair, Birchwood Town Council 2019-21
In order to support their activities, Parish/Town Councils need funds, and they are primarily funded from a small percentage of the Council Tax charge, made by Warrington Borough Council. to parishioners. This is known as the Precept. For the majority of Parish Councils. the precept is a small portion of the whole Council Tax Bill, and is the main source of income. The level of this precept is at the discretion of the parish, based on the Council's budget, and the number of Band D equivalent properties within the parish. Birchwood Town Council does not receive any Government funding, or income from business rates, but it does receive a very small amount of additional income, from letting out its meeting room.
The Town Council campaigns on local issues, and lobbies other agencies (including land owners) to take action, or rectify defects, which are in the interests of the local community. It normally comprises of twelve Councillors, who are elected by the people of Birchwood. The next election will take place in 2021, due to Covid-19 causing the cancellation of the 2020 elections; it will be an all-out election. The twelve Councillors represent four wards within Birchwood; Chatfield (2), Gorse Covert (3), Locking Stumps (4) and Oakwood (3). Following the passing of Councillor Pauline Nelson, in July 2020, Birchwood currently has two Borough Councillors; Cllr Russ Bowden and Cllr Chris Fitzsimmons.
There are three part-time administrative staff based at Parkers Farm; The Clerk, Business and Finance Officer, and Deputy Clerk, who, together with local Councillors, deal with matters of concern to local residents, on a daily basis. There is also a part-time, Facilities Caretaker/Cleaner, who takes bookings for the Community Meeting Room, and keeps the Town Council's premises clean and tidy.
Birchwood Town Council is quite unique, in that it has its own community maintenance resource, currently made up of a full-time Senior Maintenance Operative, and four full-time, and one part-time, Maintenance Operatives. They are on hand, five days a week, to tackle things such as litter picking, some landscape and horticulture maintenance, footpath gritting in winter, as well as many other jobs.
From 2017 the team took on some additional, intermediate grass cutting, on the Warrington Borough Council land located in Birchwood. This is done in between, and in addition to, the Borough Council's grass cutting schedule.
There are many things which the Town Council does on a daily basis; delivering and coordinating services, to meet local needs and striving to improve the quality of life in the parish.
All our staff are competent, and are equipped with the knowledge, support and equipment required to do their job.
The administrative offices are usually open Monday to Friday from 9.00 am until 4.00 pm, and the Maintenance Team is out and about from 8.00 am until 4.00 pm Monday to Friday.
General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)
Data Protection law has changed. On the 25th May 2018 the General Data Protection Regulation, known as GDPR, came into effect. GDPR imposes additional obligations on organisations and gives you extra rights around how your data is used.
We want you to know that Birchwood Town Council respects the information we hold on you and that we take the security of your information very seriously.
We have recently published a new Privacy Notice to give you more information on the data we hold on you, what we do with that data, who we share your data with and your new rights under GDPR.
Alternatively we can send you a copy if you ask us to.
How to report lighting columns that are not working, dayburners, or those hidden by foliage.
Information regarding regular waste collections, undertaken by Warrington Borough Council.
Information about roadworks and transportation.