Next Parish Council meeting
Mon 22nd Aug 2022 7:30pm - Methodist Chapel Meeting Room
The agenda for the next PC meeting should normally be available via the link below no later than 3 days before the meeting date.
Ian Rawlinson (Chair);
Geoff Smith (Vice Chair);
Vacancy - We currently have vacancies for three Parish Councillors.Councillors represent the community of Bosley and help manage the community assets (e.g. playground, bus shelter, Community speedwatch equipment etc), campaign on issues affecting the village (e.g broadband), comment on planning applications, help to develop neighbourhood plans, decide on grants for village purposes and much more.
If you are interested in joining the Parish Council please contact the Clerk for more information
Contact: bosley-pc @ outlook.com or use the form below:
Please note - we are a small parish council. All councillors are volunteers and although the clerk is a paid employee of the council, they are only employed for a few hours per week. Therefore, responses to emails may take up to a week.
This accessibility statement applies to the Bosley Parish Council website
This website is run by Bosley Parish Council. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:
- change colours, contrast levels and fonts
- zoom in up to 300% without the text spilling off the screen
- navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
- navigate most of the website using speech recognition software
- listen to most of the website using a screen reader (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver)
We’ve also tried to make the website text as simple as possible to understand.
AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.
How accessible this website is
We know or suspect some parts of this website are not fully accessible:
- most older PDF documents and website page content may not be fully accessible to screen reader software
- some button text may not wrap when zoomed
- some headings may be missing
What to do if you can’t access parts of this website
If you need information on this website in a different format:
- email: bosley-pc @ outlook.com
We’ll consider your request and get back to you in 21 days.
Reporting accessibility problems with this website
We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems that aren’t listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, please contact us.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the ‘accessibility regulations’). If you’re not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).
Technical information about this website’s accessibility
Bosley Parish Council is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018. However, we are a very small council with limited resources and we may have missed some accessibility areas
Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations
PDFs and other documents
The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they’re not essential to providing our services. For example, we do not plan to fix documents for meetings that took place before 23 September 2018, newsletters published before 23 September 2018.
Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.
What we’re doing to improve accessibility
We review our website for improvements in accessibility and will make updates to the site when required.
A bit about Bosley Parish Council
What your Parish Precept is used for:
In Bosley the parish precept (which forms a very small portion of your Council Tax fund the parish council for the following expenditure:
- Childrens playground (Lakeside) - we maintain the playground, including safety inspections, repair, maintenance and replacement.
- Bus Shelters (x3) - maintenance
- Noticeboard - maintenance
- Community Speedwatch equipment
- Marquees (for village events use) - maintenance and replacement
- Event Tables & Chairs (for village event use) - maintenance and replacement
- Verge / footpath clearance (whilst much of this may be the responsibility of CE Highways - we will try to improve on this where we can)
- Village Christmas lights
- Parish Clerk wages & expenses
- Association subscriptions
- Insurance (property & public liability)
- Meeting room hire
- Special projects / grants for local benefit
What is a Parish Council?
A parish council is a local authority that makes decisions on behalf of the people in the parish. It is the level government closest to the community, and It sits under the local authority which for Bosley is Cheshire East Council (see https://www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/council_and_democracy/council_and_democracy.aspx )
As it is the authority closest to the people, parish councils can often be the first place people will go with concerns or ideas. For this reason they are a vital part of any community.
What decisions do Parish Councils make?
Parish councils make all kinds of decisions on issues that affect the local community. Probably the most common topics that parish councils get involved with are planning matters (they don’t decide any planning matters but they are statutory consultees), crime prevention, managing open spaces and campaigning for and delivering better services and facilities.
It’s true to say that on their own, parish councils have limited powers to make decisions. But they do have the ability to negotiate with, and the power to influence, those other organisations that do make the final decisions (such as Cheshire East Council, health authorities, police etc).
In this respect parish councils are extremely powerful. The organisations that make the final decisions know that a parish council gives the best reflection of how a community feels about something, and its views will be taken seriously
What powers do parish councils have?
They have a wide range of powers which essentially related to local matters, such as looking after community buildings (if any), open space, allotments, play areas, street lighting, bus shelters, car parks and much more. The council also has the power to raise money through taxation, the precept. The precept is the parish council’s share of the council tax. The precept demand goes to Cheshire East, which collects the tax for the parish council.
The Council meets every other month and considers planning applications and any other matters referred to it by local residents. Cheshire East and by central government. All meetings are open to the publi. Residents can bring to the attention of the parish council anything that concerns them, either directly or through the clerk. If matters raised are not the responsibility of the council, the clerk can bring them to the attention of the proper authority.
Interested is becoming a Parish Councillor?
Why become a Parish Councillor?
If you’ve never been to a parish council meeting before, you may be forgiven for thinking that parish councillors are a group of (probably older) people who meet now and then in a draughty village hall. If, however, you live in a community where something ‘big’ has happened, you’ll know that when people in the community need support and guidance, it is sometimes the parish council that is turned to.
By becoming a parish councillor you become someone your community will look to for help, guidance and support, a community leader with the power to influence decisions for the benefit of the people you serve. Seeing your community change for the better, as a result of decisions you have helped make, is something that can give you a sense of achievement and pride.
How much time does it take up?
Meetings are held generally every 6 or so week and may last up to about 2 hours, depending on the agenda set for the meeting to discuss. In addition to the regular meetings, councillors are required to do some preparation work for the meeting and may get involved in some of the actions the council take up. Such tasks are not onerous and probably an average of an hour or so a week is more than enough.
Am I eligible to be a Parish Councillor?
To stand for election on a parish council, you must:
•be a UK or commonwealth citizen, or;
•be a citizen of the Republic of Ireland, or;
•be a citizen of another Member state of the European Union;
•be a least 18 years old.
To be eligible to stand for an election for a particular parish, you must:
•be an elector of the parish, or;
•for the whole of the previous 12 months have occupied (as owner or tenant) land or other premises in the parish, or;
•during the previous 12 months have worked in the parish (as your principal or only place of work), or;
•for the whole of the previous 12 months lived in the parish or within three miles of the parish boundary.
You don’t have to be connected to a political party.
If you do become a parish councillor you will have to sign up to the Code of Conduct.
Copyright - Bosley Parish Council 2021