In view of Government guidance on the Coronavirus outbreak, meetings of the Parish Council have been cancelled until further notice and the office in the Barlow is closed.
Last year, Edgworth and District Horticultural Society and North Turton Parish Council worked together on a joint venture to put planters full of flowers around village. Over 50 planters were positioned around the cross roads and down the part of Bolton Road where they are not obscured by cars.
Businesses and households along the route were asked to water them over the summer months and our thanks go to all who did so.
The planters were purchased jointly by E&DHS and the Parish Council. Myerscough College were approached to supply the filled planters which they created using their home-made compost and own-grown plants. We then replaced the summer blooms with spring bulbs which look lovely.
We had planned a second phase to extend the planters this summer, including to Belmont.
In view of the Coronavirus outbreak, this has had to be postponed, but we hope to be able to purchase further planters in the autumn filled with bulbs ready for next spring.
We would value your comments on the planters to help us to plan Phase 2. Please let us know what you think by e-mailing NTPC@edgworth-horticultural-society.co.uk
Flowers in Chapeltown
The Horticultural Society also plan to fund improvements to the gardens at four lane ends and the stocks garden on High Street.. In the meantime, the Parish Council has planted some shrubs and bedding plants in the High Street garden to add some much needed colour.
Annual Accounts 2018-19
These have now been audited and are now available for public inspection – see Finance page
Relationship with the Barlow Charity
Following a request from the Barlow Charity Trustees for the Parish Council to take out a public works loan to contribute to repairs to the roof of the Barlow, the Parish Council has sought advice from Stephen Claus, a solicitor specialising in charity law.
Mr Claus confirmed that, as Custodian Trustee, the Parish Council merely holds the title deeds to the estate. The Parish Council’s only role is, in the event of the Trustees wishing to dispose of some or all of the estate, to make sure that it is disposed of properly and legally. The Custodian Trustee has no role in the management of the Charity, nor does it have any responsibility for maintaining the estate.
In terms of the Barlow roof, Mr Claus advised that the Parish Council ‘has no legal responsibility to contribute towards repairs, and indeed it would be inappropriately interfering in the management of a registered charity in respect of any part of the property which is the sole responsibility of the charity trustees’.
He went so far as to say it would be unlawful for the Parish Council to consider raising monies for this purpose, resulting in an increase in the precept. Although a Parish Council has a limited discretion to apply certain funds for charitable purposes, it would plainly not extend to the refurbishment of a large building such as the Barlow Institute.
The Society of Local Council Clerks has also confirmed that a grant or loan by a Parish Council cannot be financed by a Public Works Loan Board loan.
The Barlow Charity scheme provides for the Parish Council to appoint four trustees.
These appointees become trustees in their own right, and do not represent the Parish Council in any way. The Parish Council may choose not to appoint any or all trustees.
Should the Charity wish to remove the right to appoint, it must seek the approval of the Parish Council.
Lancashire Best Kept Village Competition
The competition has been cancelled for this year because of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Belmont, Chapeltown and Edgworth were all entered into the 2019 competition, but unfortunately none of the villages were successful.
Belmont School was, however, placed joint third in the schools category in 2018.
The judge’s handwritten reports are available here:
The Pharmacy in Edgworth is under the threat following withdrawal of NHS funding for small pharmacies. More people need to patronise the pharmacy if it is to continue to operate.
The pharmacy offers an electronic prescription service whereby patients can nominate it to receive and dispense their prescriptions. Residents are urged to take up this facility.