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Parish Council update on NHB, LIHS,TCLT and QE90

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For those who follow the amazing work of our Parish Council, the initialisations, NHB, LIHS, TCLT and QE90 will be straightforward to translate. For those less familiar they are The New Homes Bonus, Bolesworth's International Horse Show which has just taken place in Liverpool, the Tattenhall Community Land Trust and Queen Elizabeth II's 90th Birthday celebrations. These were all highlights of a lively meeting of the Parish Council on Monday night.

The chairman reported the huge success of the very first Liverpool International Horse show. He congratulated Nina Barbour and the Bolesworth team for creating and organising the event. More events are planned for the next few years but, given the success, this is likely to a permanent major New Year's event for the North West.

Updates were given at the meeting of progress to; the new play area which is on target but there are concerns about drainage; Spinney maintenance which will require expensive, essential safety work to trees, fences and hedges; the Queen's 90th birthday celebrations which are at an early stage of planning.

The steering group for Tattenhall Community Land Trust requested a small funding support for advertising the Trust's Open Day which will take place at the Barbour Institute on 16th January from 11am to 4pm. The Parish Council has actively supported this initiative which would establish a local organisation, run by ordinary people to develop and manage homes as well as other assets. If you care about your community then attend the Open Day to find out how you can contribute.

Finally, anger was expressed by several councillors at the proposed future loss of our share of the New Homes Bonus. Tattenhall and District will receive £7332 this year which would be expected to rise as new development is realised. CWaC receive the amount of their average Level D band council tax for each new home for 6 years, currently 20% of this comes to Tattenhall and District for each of our new homes. Loss of this income would severely restrict support for projects such as the new play area. Everyone was strongly urged to sign the petition CLICK HERE (deadline extended to 31st Mar 2016) and, more importantly, to complete the questionnaire CLICK HERE. The council will send a strongly worded response to CWaC's consultation request — all residents were urged to do the same. Write as soon as possible to: Samantha Dixon, Leader of the Council, Cheshire West & Chester Council, HQ, Nicholas Street, Chester, CH1 2NP.

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