Notice of Parish Council vacancies.
Trawden Forest Parish Council currently have another 2 vacancies for Councillors; one for the Trawden area and one for the Cotton Tree, Wycoller and Winewall areas. Please see the 2 notices below.
The Council have recently had to dismiss one of the Councillors from Cotton Tree following the court comments that the way that the Parish Council held 'meetings' during the pandemic was not lawful. David missed the October meeting and then couldn't successfully log onto the Zoom meeting in December.
As soon as the Council saw that the Court had ruled that the email correspondence could not be classed as a meeting, and it was brought to their attention that David had missed these 2 meetings, he had fallen foul of the 6 month ruling even though he was an active Councillor during the whole of the pandemic and had upheld his duties.
All About the Parish Council, its Councillors and how to contact us.
Councillors have an active interest and concern for their local community. They represent local people and work in partnership with them and others when necessary. They help facilitate the
provision of local services and facilities and take decisions that form the policy of the Council.
Councillors are not paid and have to abide by a local government code of conduct and declare their financial interests in the parish. Councillors must also declare a personal or prejudicial interest in any matter under discussion at a parish council meetings.
If you need to contact the Parish Council.
The Parish Council would like to remind residents that your first point of contact should be the Councillor who is local to your area. Many people are contacting the Clerk direct, through her own Facebook page and messenger, and direct to her house.
Councillors for Trawden are: Barry Hodgson, Paul Reyner, Beverley Robinson, Ruth Crompton, Emma Jane MacDonald and David Barritt.
Councillors for Cotton Tree, Winewall and Wycoller are: Clare Storey, David Storey, Andrea Beswick. For their contact email addresses, please see below.
The Council are fully aware that we are in a very unusual time at the moment, and thought that a timely reminder of the procedure for contact should be posted.
The Clerk is available during the published working hours, via telephone or email and is always happy to help. Please be aware that the Clerk works part time and will not always be able to answer your queries immediately.
If you have issues with the highway (ie potholes, blocked drains etc), you can report these online via the Lancashire County Council website. https://www.lancashire.gov.uk/roads-parking-and-travel/report-it/
If you have an issue with bins that need emptying, this can be reported via the Pendle Council website. https://www.pendle.gov.uk/recycleand refuse
If you have spotted someone who is not picking up their dog fouling, this can be reported via the Pendle Council website. https://www.pendle.gov.uk/info/20039/animal_welfare/78/dogs/3
And, as always, if there has been a crime of any sort, this MUST be reported direct to the Police via their 101 line, or their online reporting system. https://reportitonline.lancashire.police.uk/NdsPublicEngagementUi/index?
If it is an emergency, always call 999.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Contact details for the Parish Councillors:
Cllr Barry Hodgson - Chairman
Cllr Paul Reyner - Vice Chairman
Cllr Barry Hodgson - email@example.com
Cllr Ruth Crompton - firstname.lastname@example.org
Cllr Emma Jane MacDonald - email@example.com
Cllr Beverley Robinson - firstname.lastname@example.org
Cllr David Barritt - email@example.com
Winewall/Wycoller & Cotton Tree
Cllr Clare Storey - firstname.lastname@example.org
Cllr Andrea Beswick - email@example.com
If you would like to contact any of the Councillors, please use the 'Contact Form' or email them directly as above, and your query will be dealt with.
To contact the Clerk, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07496 041676
For the list of Duties and Powers that a Parish Council can legally carry out, please see the document below:
As well as the Statutory responsibilities that the Parish Council provide, some services have been transferred from Pendle Borough Council to the Parish Council. If the Parish Council did not take on these services, they would have disappeared. These Services are:
* Bus Shelters
* Lanehouse Lane Playground
* Roadside Seating
* Some grassed areas which require mowing
* The parking area to the side of the Victorian Toilet
* The whole length of the Tram Tracks from Church Street to the bus terminus
* 75% of the maintenance costs for Ball Grove
There are obviously costs attached to these services, hence your Council Tax increase for us.
We also pay for the Christmas Tree at the Community Centre, the star at the Church and the star at Winewall
The Parish Council plays an active part in all local planning issues. It is probably the area of the Council's role that is best known to the community and which can be of the most importance.
Click here to go to the Local Council Planning Portal and enter the planning refrence number into the text based search system to show the application.
Information and Help during the Corona Virus Pandemic
I've received a link from Lancashire County Council with the details of all the help contacts during this time. Please do take a look and contact someone should you need to:
As Craig McBeth has missed 6 months worth of meetings in 2020, the law states that he should be removed from the Council. This action has now taken place, and the Councillors will be filling the vacancy in due course.
In the meantime, please still be aware that Trawden Forest Parish Council would like to make it clear that, the actions, comments and political affliction of Craig McBeth in no way represent those of Trawden Forest Parish Council.
Ball Grove Website
Ball Grove have a new website. Why not take a look? There's lot of information and some fabulous photo's on there. The link is http://www.ballgrove.org/