Trawden Forest Parish Council
Trawden Forest Parish Council


Trawden Forest Parish Council would like to make it clear that, the actions, comments and political affliction of Cllr Craig McBeth in no way represent those of Trawden Forest Parish Council.

Anything that Cllr McBeth posts on any of his Facebook pages, are not the views of the Parish Council, they are his personal thoughts and comments. Trawden Parish Council has their own facebook page and website for relevant information relating to Parish Council business.

Grass Cutting

The Parish Council is looking for someone to take over the grass cutting of various areas around the Parish. There are 6 areas of grassed land that the Parish Council own and the person who currently cuts these areas is due to retire in October.

We are looking for someone from March 2020 to cut the grass, and strim (when necessary), these 6 areas on a fortnightly basis. If you would like further information, please drop me an email and I will send you maps of where these areas are. Please email

We hope to look at this at the meeting on 7th October, so please send your quotes, in writing before this date.


Bus Times

If you rely on the bus to get to and from work, college or school, please be aware that the times are changing as from 1st September. The new timetable can be downloaded here:

We still need a Councillor to cover the Wycoller, Winewall and Cotton Tree area of our Parish.

We currently have 3 Councillors, but the requirement is to have 4 representatives to cover these areas. Are you interested? If so, please contact me by email at with any questions, or come to our next meeting on 7th October, at 7pm at Trawden Community Centre. We look forward to seeing you there. Thank you.


Primary School Swim Passes

If you have a primary school aged child, they should have brought home their swim pass which is valid for the Summer holidays. Please see Pendle Leisure's website for the times when the passes can be used. If your child has not got their pass but you reside in the Parish, if you provide evidence of address (Driving licence/Council tax bill) you will still be allowed access free of charge. Happy swimming!
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Have your say on your roads                                           

You can have your say on your roads and transport locally by completing a short survey.  As part of a new campaign to promote the work of their highways service, Lancashire County Council is encouraging people to complete the National Highways and Transport (NHT) survey, which measures public satisfaction with services across different local authorities.

The campaign will also focus on their work fixing around 40,000 potholes a year, and ask people to report potholes on their website. This year, the council will spend £24m to maintain Lancashire's 4,600 miles of highways and 5,300 miles of footways. Continued investment has improved the condition of the county's roads, and helped to reduce the number of potholes by 38% in the last two years.

Find out more about how Lancashire's roads are improving and complete the survey at


Dementia Information

Lancashire County Council have produced a newsletter from the 50+ Assembly and Older Peoples Champions with details of support, groups and events for people with dementia.  Please take a look at the newsletter below....

Dementia Special Newsletter LCC.pdf
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Remembrance Day

The Centenary of World War 1 was commemorated yesterday at the Church then the War Memorial.  Lots of people attended and went without incident.  Thank you to those who attended.

Also a huge thank you to William Walker, Harry Walker and Paul Wilson for ringing the Church Bell for 30 minutes yesterday to signal the end of World War 1. You made history by doing this for us.

Lancashire County Council have issued their Winter Service Briefing Note (which is attached). There is some useful information in this document about how to prepare for the Winter ahead.
Winter Service - briefing note 2018-2019[...]
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I know that there is a lot of talk about potholes on various pages, but I thought it would be useful to post the link to the County Council's page for reporting them, and the phone number to request a claim form if you've had your car damaged. They are:
Report a defect:…/fault-search.aspx
Claim form: 0300 123 6780 or email highways@lancashire,

Make sure that you take a picture of the pothole that you've damaged your vehicle on, and you'll need to get a quote for the repairs to your vehicle.

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

Council Tax - 2019

For those who haven't already seen this, you'll be pleased to hear that the proportion of your Council Tax paid to Trawden Forest Parish Council has only been increased by £400.  This is a 0% rise to the whole bill as there are more properties in Trawden to share out this amount to.
As many of you know, the Parish Council are already responsible for ensuring delivery of some services within the Parish. These are currently all of the bus shelters, Lanehouse Lane Playground, roadside seating, Christmas decorations (the big tree at the Community Centre, the star at the Church and the star at Winewall) We also have to pay for the Countryside Footpath service, and have acquired the garage sites at both Cotton Tree and Ash Villa's on Colne Road.

The Parish Council also supply the dog fouling bags on the Recreation Ground and near to the school in a bid to combat the ever increasing issues of people not picking up after their pets.  More signs have been recently erected to remind people that they must pick up after their dogs.

We also support the fantastic work that the volunteers of Trawden in Bloom do, which keeps our villages looking their best. This, of course is reflected in the prizes that the group win year after year.
From April, we will be contributing 75% to the maintenance costs of Ball Grove as Pendle Borough Council will cut back on the service it provides if not. We have also been transferred various parcels of land around the village that now require the Parish Council to pay for their mowing.  The Parish Council also now owns the full length of the tram tracks.
We also support the fantastic work that the Community Centre trustees do, and have already helped financially to the set-up of the new building as it is an asset to the whole village.

The Parish Council have recently sub-contracted a new Lengthsman to do the jobs around the village that, would otherwise get left.  So far this year, he's rebuilt part of a wall, cleared out gullies and drains on Colne Road, and made some huge in-roads to the overgrown Harambee Surgery Garden.  Please take the time to have a look at this garden; it really is surprising how big it is.
If you would like any more information about anything we do, please do get in touch

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Parish Councillors

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.

     Parish Services


Click the links below for information


Police News & Information

Duties & Powers 


Additional Responsibilities

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

* 50% 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


   Your Parish Councillors

The Parish Council is made up of 10 Councillors:

Cllr Barry Hodgson - Chairman

Cllr Paul Reyner - Vice Chairman



Cllr Barry Hodgson

Cllr Ruth Crompton

Cllr Emma Jane MacDonald

Cllr Paul Reyner

Cllr Beverley Robinson

Cllr David Barritt


Cllr Craig McBeth

Cotton Tree

Cllr David Storey

Cllr Clare Storey




If you would like to contact any of the Councillors, please use the 'Contact Form' and your query will be dealt with

Councillors photo's
Here are pictures of all of the Parish Councillors
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Planning Applications

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.



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