Welcome to Great Budworth

Great Budworth is a small village set in some of Cheshire’s most beautiful countryside, with strong links to our Church and local communities. If you fancy a walk in the country, Great Budworth is an ideal place to visit. With the magnificent St Mary and All Saints Church, The George and Dragon Pub and The Great Budworth Ice Cream Farm all within walking distance. The early history of Great Budworth is well documented in the Domesday Book, which mentions a priest at Great Budworth in 1086.

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The site is designed to be an easily accessible source of information for residents and visitors alike with an interactive Village Events Diary. In order to populate the site with relevant and useful information – we need your input – so please feel free to contact us (using this link) with your comments and suggestions.

As you will see, there is an initial list of clubs, societies and organisations who might want a stake in the website – but if yours is missing and you want to be included – then please let us know.

Have your say on council tax discount plan

 

Have your say on council tax discount plan

Landlords and residents are encouraged to have their say on a proposal to stop awarding a council tax discount for empty and unfurnished properties.

Cheshire West and Chester Council has launched a consultation on the proposal, which is part of wider plans to make up a £42.6 million funding shortfall.

Reduced government funding for local councils and increased demand for services have led to the funding gap in the period to 2019/20.

The Council has already put plans in place to save £39.9 million, with a further £2.7 million still to find.

The council tax discount on empty and unfurnished homes is discretionary and provided at a cost to the Council of £1.4 million each year. A significant amount of the discount is awarded in respect of homes owned by private landlords.

Councillor David Armstrong, Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Cabinet Member for Finance and Legal, said: “We believe that removing this discount helps us to make significant savings with limited impact on a significant majority of the borough’s residents.

“The removal of the discount could also encourage owners of empty properties to bring them back into use more quickly, helping to ensure that there is good quality and affordable housing in the borough.

“We want to make sure everyone that may be affected by the proposal has a chance to share their views about it so would urge people to take part in the consultation.”

To take part in the consultation, which is open until 16 October, visit: www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/counciltaxconsultation.

Electoral Review of Cheshire West and Chester: Warding Arrangements

Please find below information received from Cheshire West and Chester Council about the current electoral review of the Cheshire West and Chester warding arrangements.

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England has formally commenced an electoral review of Cheshire West and Chester. The purpose of this email is to inform you of the review and seek your views on future ward boundaries for the council.
The Commission is carrying out a review to deliver electoral equality for voters across Cheshire West and Chester. At present, some councillors represent many more, or many fewer, electors than their colleagues elsewhere in Cheshire West and Chester. The review aims to correct those imbalances.

What is an electoral review?

The electoral review will recommend new electoral arrangements for Cheshire West and Chester Council. It will propose:

The total number of councillors elected to the council in the future.
The number of wards.
The number of councillors representing each ward.
Ward boundaries.
Names of wards.

For parishes, the review can recommend changes to the electoral arrangements of parish and town councils i.e. the number, names and boundaries of parish wards and the number of parish councillors for each parish ward. However, this is only in circumstances where the parished area is to be divided between wards. Even in these circumstances, the Commission will not normally recommend any change to the number of councillors to be elected to a parish or town council. The Commission has no power to consider changes to the external boundaries of a parish or the creation of new parishes.

When?

Today is the start of a ten-week public consultation during which the Commission is inviting proposals for new warding arrangements. The consultation will close on 5 June 2017. After considering all representations made during this consultation, the Commission intends to publish draft recommendations in September 2017. There will then be a further period of consultation on the draft recommendations. Final recommendations are expected to be published in January 2018. The new electoral arrangements will come into effect at the local elections in 2019.

How to get involved?

This is a public consultation and we welcome views from individuals and organisations across Cheshire West and Chester on where they think new ward patterns should be drawn.

The Commission is minded to recommend that 69 councillors should be elected to Cheshire West and Chester Council in the future. It is now inviting proposals to help it draw up a pattern of wards to accommodate 69 councillors.

In drawing up a pattern of electoral wards, the Commission must balance three criteria, which are set out in law, namely:

· To deliver electoral equality where each councillor represents roughly the same number of electors as others across Cheshire West and Chester.
· That the pattern of wards should, as far as possible, reflect the interests and identities of local communities.
· That the electoral arrangements should provide for effective and convenient local government.

We are asking local people and organisations for their views as to the best pattern of wards for Cheshire West and Chester which meet the requirements set out above.

The Commission will treat all submissions equally and will judge each case on its merits and against the statutory criteria. If you wish to put forward a view, we would also urge you to ensure that evidence supports your submission. For example, if you wish to argue that two parishes should be included in the same electoral ward, make sure you tell the Commission why they should be together, providing evidence about community facilities, ties, organisations, and amenities, rather than simply asserting that they belong together.

There is plenty more advice on our website about how you can get involved in the consultation and put your views forward. Log on to www.lgbce.org.uk to find out more. The website includes the technical guidance that explains the process and our policies as well as guidance on how to take part in each part of the process. We have set up a page on our site which is dedicated to the review of Cheshire West and Chester where you can find all the relevant information.

You can also access interactive maps of the current ward boundaries across Cheshire West and Chester on our specialist consultation portal. The portal also allows you to draw your own boundaries, mark areas of interest on the map and upload documents directly to the site. Log on to www.consultation.lgbce.org.uk to access the portal or find it via our main website.

Get in touch

We encourage as many people and organisations as possible to get involved with the consultation and we encourage local organisations and parish councils to engage their local networks and communities in the review.

View interactive maps of Cheshire West and Chester, draw your own boundaries, and have your say at our specialist consultation portal at: www.consultation.lgbce.org.uk.

Find out more about the review at: www.lgbce.org.uk.

Email your views to: [email protected]

Follow us on Twitter at: @lgbce.

Write to: Review Officer (Cheshire West and Chester)

Local Government Boundary Commission for England

14th Floor Millbank Tower

Millbank

London

SW1P 4QP

This phase of consultation closes on 5 June 2017. We will write to you again when we open our consultation on the draft recommendations.

Please note that the interests of transparency, copies of the all representations we receive during this review will be placed on our website. We remove any personal identifying information such as signatures and private residential addresses prior to placing any submissions in the public domain.

Parking Survey Report

The final report completed by the Parking Working Party that complies the results of the village parking survey and outlines possible next steps regarding the parking issues in the village is now available for you to read, please click on the link below.

Final Parking Survey Report

There will be a public meeting held by the Parish Council on the 22nd February 2016 at 7.30pm in the Parish Hall offering residents the opportunity to comment on its findings to the Parish Council.

A small number of paper copies will be also be available in the Church.

A copy will be also be included in the next addition of the Budworth Bulletin.

If anyone is unable to attend the meeting but wishes to provide feedback on the results of the report please contact the Parish Clerk either by email at [email protected] or by telephone on 01606 259960.

Parish Council enters the wonderful world of social media…

Great Budworth Parish Council has today gone ‘live’ on Facebook and Twitter!

The Parish Council wants to be accessible to everyone and keep the people of Great Budworth informed on all the work they are undertaking on their behalf.

So, if you have a Facebook account search for Great Budworth Parish Council or on Twitter for Great Budworth PC then like and follow us.