Welcome to the Great Boughton Parish Council website.
Great Boughton (pronounced Baw-tun) was a township in St. Oswald’s ancient parish, Broxton hundred (SJ 4266), which became a civil parish in 1866. It includes the hamlets of Boughton Heath, Butterbache (part), Piper’s Ash (part), Tarvin Bridge and Vicars Cross (part only until 2015). The population was 544 in 1801, 1164 in 1851, 1034 in 1901, 3164 in 1951, and 8682 in 2001.
It is ironic that issues raised over a century ago are still causes for concern today – speed of traffic, lack of facilities for young children; and the hazards of the canal.
Today, the parish council is made up of 15 local volunteers who give up their time and energy to make the areas of Boughton Heath, Vicars Cross and part of Caldy Valley, a pleasanter place to live. The council owns and manages Vicars Cross Community Centre,
Queens Road Field, Pearl Lane Allotments, Thackeray Drive Field and play area, Vaughans Lane play area and Old Laundry Corner on Heath Lane. It also has a part in managing the Caldy Valley Neighbourhood Centre, having been a major funding partner when it was built in the early 1980’s.
Caldy Valley Road mini roundabout improvements!
For many years, the mini roundabout on Caldy Valley Road has been an eyesore with local residents frequently complaining that it is a neglected spot. It has consisted of grey stone and a few buddleia bushes which struggle to survive in the shallow soil and weeds. Cheshire West and Chester Council have done their best to keep the weeds down but with shrinking resources, they have been unable to plant or improve the appearance of the little grey roundabout.
Great Boughton Parish Council have now stepped into the breach and with local landscape gardener, Morgan Bailey of MLandscaping http://www.mlandscapeuk.co.uk/ contributing his time and skills and a small pot of funding from the parish council, the roundabout has been transformed into a purple and green haven for bees. A Japanese ever red maple will be added as a centre piece and it’s hoped that golden gravel will complete the transformation.
Parish Council Chair Cllr Peter Bulmer said “ as a local community council, we have received a number of complaints about the appearance of this roundabout and we felt that as the roads are particularly quiet right now and Morgan was willing to volunteer his time, this was a fabulous opportunity. Although we would acknowledge that this maybe wasn’t essential works, we felt that it would be a morale boost for the local community and strict observation of the social distancing rules were followed at all times. We would like to thank Morgan for his designs and hard work”.
COVID -19 UPDATE
Staying at Home:
People will stay at home. The only exceptions will be:
· shopping for essential food and medicine, as infrequently as possible
· one form of exercise a day will be allowed but not in groups
· travelling to support a medical need or to provide care or help a vulnerable person
· travelling to and from essential work, but only where absolutely necessary and where working from home is not possible.
Gatherings will not take place, except for funerals, and shops providing non-essential goods will be closed. Libraries, playgrounds, and places of worship will be closed, and all social events will be cancelled. Enforcement action by the Police and other agencies will be taken if necessary. This is not advice or guidance but a set of rules that we will all be expected to follow. These changes will be reviewed by Government in three weeks but may continue for a longer period depending on their impact.
All parish council meetings have been suspended to ensure the safety of councillors, staff and the public. If you would like more information on the work of the council, please contact the Clerk in the first instance.
Our latest parish newsletter is here Newsletter Summer 20v2
You can also find it in the centre pages of the Vicars Cross Voice or the Huntington/Boughton Handbooks and on our notice boards and facebook page.