Parish Council Meetings
In view of the Coronavirus outbreak, most meetings of the Parish Council were cancelled between April 2020 and May 2021.
The next meeting, and the annual meeting, will be held on Monday, 6th June 2022 at the Barlow at 6.45pm
Annual Parish Meeting
Parish Councils must hold an annual Parish Meeting for the local government electors in its area, to discuss parish affairs. The meeting must be held between 1st March and 1st June (inclusive), and all electors are invited to attend.
The meeting includes reports from the Chairman of the Parish Council, the District Councillors as well as a summary of Parish Council accounts, and a report on parish charities.
This year’s meeting was held on Monday, 4th April at the Barlow
All seats on the Parish Council were open to be filled by election. However none of the three wards attracted more nominations than seats, and therefore an election was not held.
There was a vacancy in the Chapeltown Ward, as insufficient numbers of candidates were validly nominated. The vacancy has now been filled by co-option.
Lancashire Best Kept Village Competition
The competition was cancelled in 2020 because of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Belmont, Chapeltown and Edgworth have all been entered into the 2022 competition.
Unfortunately none of the villages were successful in 2021 – the judge’s reports are available here:
Flowers in North Turton
Edgworth and District Horticultural Society and North Turton Parish Council have worked together on a joint venture to purchase planters In 2019 over 50 planters were positioned in Edgworth 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 help.
A second phase to extend the planters in summer 2020, including to Belmont, had to be postponed in view of the Coronavirus outbreak, but there are now ten large planters in Belmont, and the trough there has also been planted.
Thanks to a generous donation by Thrive Gym Bolton, we have also been able to provide an additional 40 planters, which have been largely sited in Chapeltown.
We would value your comments on the planters. Please let us know what you think by e-mailing NTPC@edgworth-horticultural-society.co.uk
The Horticultural Society also plan to fund improvements to the garden at the stocks garden on High Street. In the meantime, the Parish Council has planted some additional shrubs.
Annual Accounts 2020-21
These have 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.
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.