In April 2009 the Parish Council adopted the following Mission Statement:
"The role of Audlem Parish Council is to promote and manage the smooth running and sustainable development of our community in a democratic, prudent and non-discriminatory way, achieving this by adherence to the highest standards. Further it should represent the views and aims of the parish in external affairs, directly or via devolved bodies."
Audlem Parish Council, which sponsors this website, comprises 12 Councillors elected to represent the interests of residents. Unlike Cheshire East, the Parish Council does not have a legal duty to deliver services. However, as an elected tier of local government, it has the legal power to take action and a greater freedom to choose what action to take. One of these powers is the ability to raise money through taxation (the precept) and a there is a further range of powers enabling it to spend public money.
Parish Councillors play a vital part in representing the interests of the community and work to improve the quality of life and the local environment. Through the Parish Council, they can influence other decision makers (e.g. Town & Country Planning) and can deliver specific services to meet local needs.
Every 4 years all the seats on the Parish Council are up for election. (The last election was held in May 2015.) If you have a little time to spare and are interested in helping to support our local community in this unpaid capacity, you may wish to consider standing. The next election will take place in May 2019 and will be advertised on the Parish Council notice board in the village centre. In the meantime casual vacancies sometimes occur between elections. These vacancies are also advertised on the noticeboard — so watch the space.
Parish Council meetings generally take place on the 1st Monday of every month (except August) commencing at 7.30 pm at the Methodist meeting room, Shropshire Street.. You are encouraged to come to meetings and listen to proceedings. Before each meeting there is an opportunity for residents to raise matters of concern or comment on the business listed in the agenda.
Agendas and minutes appear on the web site and are displayed in the notice board immediately before and after monthly meetings. All financial expenditure is detailed within the minutes of meetings; other financial documents are also currently available under the heading Parish Council Minutes. Every quarter the Parish Newsletter ("Around Audlem") is produced which includes some reports on Parish Council business and village organisations as well as forthcoming events. Copies of this are delivered to all households in the village and are also available for collection in the village newsagents.