Gawsworth Parish Council was formed in 1894, with the first ever meeting taking place on 14th December in the Parish Schoolroom. Since then, the Council has represented the views of Gawsworth residents at the most local tier of government. The Parish Council comprises nine councillors across two wards; Gawsworth Village (6) and Gawsworth Moss (3). Gawsworth Parish Council has one part time employee; the Parish Clerk, who is responsible for the administrative running of the council.
The Parish Council meets on the second Tuesday every month (except December) in the Village Hall; and currently has one advisory committee which also meets monthly. You can find the dates of our meetings and the agendas/minutes for meetings on our meetings page.
What does the Parish Council do?
Gawsworth Parish Council owns and runs Gawsworth Park and Nancy’s Wood – two fantastic areas for community fun and recreation. We also own the ‘Pleasance’ and Memorial Green and are responsible for the parish pump, war memorial and ancient stone cross! The Parish Council owns the Village Hall and car park, but this is managed on our behalf by the Village Hall Management Committee. The council also owns three street lights – at the cross roads, Hillcrest Road and Penningtons Lane.
The Parish Council considers all planning applications in Gawsworth and submits comments to Cheshire East Council which makes the decision. We are currently leading on the production of a Neighbourhood Plan.
The Council contracts a handyman to maintain the Council’s assets. His duties include maintaining the park, emptying bins and carrying out repairs to benches, fences and the bus shelter.
Gawsworth Parish Council is proactive and responds to concerns and queries brought to its attention by the public and is engages with Cheshire East Council and the National Trust on a range of different issues.
In late 2015 Gawsworth Parish Councillors held an informal meeting where they discussed their priorities and aims as the elected representatives of Gawsworth residents. From this, six core priorities were scoped out and the vision for Gawsworth was developed. The council sought the views of residents on these priorities and the vision in early 2016.
This plan looks forward to 2020 when:
Gawsworth residents will have pride in living in a tidy and well-cared for parish, connected to superfast broadband and actively engaged with the Parish Council
The Parish Council will be a leader within the community, engendering community spirit and bringing together the various community organisations. Residents will be keen to be involved with this Parish Council and the 2019 elections will have more candidates standing than seats available
Gawsworth residents will have use of one of the best parks in Cheshire with both Gawsworth Park and Nancy’s Wood providing a range of complimentary facilities. The new village hall will be suitably equipped to meet the needs of Gawsworth residents and provide a central hub of activity in the village
The Gawsworth Neighbourhood Plan will have passed referendum and been made, giving residents a stronger voice in the planning system and tailoring development to the needs of the Parish.
Our missions statement is Supporting a strong and vibrant community with a strong sense of community pride.
You can read the Strategic Plan here: Gawsworth Parish Council Strategic Plan