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 on certain matters such as community safety, housing, street lighting, litter, seats and shelters, rights of way and some aspects of planning and highways. A major power is the ability to raise money through taxation (the precept) and a there is a further range of powers enabling us 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. Two prime examples of this are the adoption of the Neighbourhood Plan in 2016 and the purchase of Turnpike Field in 2018. Through the Parish Council, Councillors can influence other decision makers (e.g. Town & Country Planning) and can deliver specific projects and services to meet local needs.
Our mission statement is:
"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."
Every four years all the seats on the Parish Council are up for election. 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 2023 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 AudlemOnline and the noticeboard — so watch the space.
Parish Council meetings generally take place on the first Monday of every month (except June and July). There is no meeting in August. The meetings commence at 7.30 pm at the Methodist meeting room, Shropshire Street. You are invited 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.