Vacancy for Parish Councillor
There is a vacancy on Hale Parish Council caused by the resignation of a Councillor
A by-election will be held if, within 14 days (not counting Saturdays and Sundays) from the date below, 10 electors for the parish give notice in writing claiming such an election to the Returning Officer.
The address of the Returning Officer is:
David W Parr
Halton Borough Council
If no such notice is given, the Parish Council will fill the vacancy by co-option
W V Mcennerney-Whittle
12th March 2020
Opportunity to meet with Liverpool John Lennon Airport
Liverpool John Lennon Airport is once again holding an open session at the Village Hall between 5-8pm on Tuesday 17th September 2019 to give local residents the opportunity to meet with Airport representatives to ask questions about the day to day operations or discuss any aspects of the Airport and its business in relation to the local community.
Complimentary refreshments will be available too.
Boundary Review - Proposal to Merge Hale with Ditton
In a Full Council meeting held on 22 August 2018, Halton Borough Council approved a proposal to merge Hale with Halebank and Ditton, submitting this proposal to the Boundary Commission (who have now accepted to consult on this proposal).
The proposal will see three Borough Councillors representing a new much larger Ward of 5,000+ residents, with electors across Ditton and Halebank voting to elect Hale's representatives and visa versa.
Merging Hale with Ditton will give too much prominence to Ditton as a much larger community. Hale will become over-shadowed and as a smaller village will become vulnerable to potential exclusion and oversight from key funding opportunities and support.
In recognition of the long established community of Ditton, and some of its unique social and economic challenges, it would be extremely difficult for three councillors to serve this proposed larger ward in having to deal with a community with much more diverse interests and requirements. There are no crossover of issues within the ward, meaning that councillors would be clearly split between having to find solutions to two completely separate communities within the ward. It will be more time consuming for the councillors, confusing for the residents and would generally not “help the Council to carry out its responsibility” to provide “effective and convenient local government”.
Objections must be posted to: Review Officer (Halton), LGBCE, 1st Floor Windsor House, 50 Victoria Street, London, SW1H 0TL or emailed to no later than 11 February 2019.
A full objection from Hale Parish Council to this proposal can be viewed here.
UPDATE: 9th April 2019
Following the initial Consultation on Draft Recommendations, the Boundary Commission have decided to hold a Consultation on Further Draft Recommendations, to be held between 7 May 2019 – 3 June 2019.
Whilst this is not unheard of, it is not common practice and has only happened in cases whereby there has been substantial public representation made to object to the original proposals.
Approximately 55 objections were raised regarding the proposal to merge Hale with Ditton – all of which can be viewed here – please note all personal details have been redacted by the Boundary Commission.
It is clear from the objections that Hale residents were supportive of the representations made by Hale Parish Council.
Table sale forms can be downloaded here.
Hale Parish Council Object to Solar Farm Application submitted by PEEL ENERGY
The Parish Council have made a formal objection to Halton Borough Council regarding the planning application (18/00513/FUL) submitted by PEEL ENERGY to install a solar farm across 15 acres of Grade 1 agricultural green belt on Hale Heath. The Parish Council's full objection can be viewed here.
(Photographs by Vincent Phillips)