Brereton Parish Council is doing its bit for the community during the Covid-19 pandemic. On 18 May the annual meeting of the Parish Council heard that signage has been provided for footpaths to encourage people to be alert and take care when crossing countryside routes and bridle paths. Additionally, the parish council has recently assisted both the Brereton Foodbank and a local group of volunteer parishioners with funds as well as providing practical help with food donations and varnishing the fences for the forest school initiative at Brereton Primary School.

 Since the start of lockdown, the parish council has been working with the Community Interest Group, St Oswald’s Church and local residents to help vulnerable, elderly and people in self isolation or quarantine. Tasks include shopping, collecting prescriptions and friendly phone chats. Via the parish council, 60 bottles of hand sanitiser and 30 facemasks have been provided for Good Neighbour volunteers, individuals in need and those helping with Brereton’s Food Bank.

In response to the Connecting Brereton: Parish Council Survey, in early 2020, which asked for input from residents about their needs to help prioritise infrastructure projects to support the growing parish, a task force has now been set up to work on the best way forward. The survey highlighted that more work needs to be done on improving broadband provision, public transport and footpaths as the key short term priorities. The parish council should continue to work with other organisations such as Brereton Parish Community Interest Group, St Oswald’s Church and Brereton Primary School to improve community facilities. The survey report prepared by Cheshire East Council will be posted on the parish council website in early June.

Parish Council meetings, currently via zoom, are held at 7.30pm usually on the middle Monday of each month. All residents of the parish are welcome to attend all or part of the meeting and input on issues of local interest in the public forum session, held near the beginning of the meeting. For meeting dates, see the parish notice boards or www.breretonparishcouncil.org.uk

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