Working with local organisations and individuals, Brereton Parish Council continues to support the community during the Covid-19 pandemic. On 14 September, as part of the findings of the 2020 infrastructure survey report, the monthly online meeting of the Parish Council heard that a local farmer is prepared to help improve a bridleway using funding for materials from the parish council. The parish council is also assisting Brereton’s food pantry, which is run by St Oswald’s Church, to help anyone who needs a hand during these challenging times.
In response to the findings from 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 is now working on the best way forward. As the key short term priorities, the survey highlighted that more work needs to be done on improving broadband provision, local transport and public rights of way. The survey report is available on the parish council website www.breretonparishcouncil.org.uk
The parish council continues to work with key partner organisations such as Brereton Parish Community Interest Group, St Oswald’s Church, Brereton Good Neighbours, Cheshire East Council and Brereton Primary School to improve and provide community facilities, such as volunteer medication collection and shopping, the food pantry, the community space, the local nature reserve and the forest school.
After the meeting, Rev Sandi Fisher of St Oswald’s Church, said “ I am really grateful for such strong support from the local community and the parish council. Since May, we have been running the food pantry. Now we are open from 2-4pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Rectory, accepting non perishable food and basic household supplies and distributing these to anyone in need. For more information on giving or receiving, ring me on 01477 533 263.”
At the September meeting, councillors also discussed the Government’s White Paper on Planning Reform, two Cheshire East planning applications, an issue of breach of planning control and highway safety issues.
Brereton Parish Council meetings, currently via zoom, are held at 7.30pm usually on the middle Monday of each month. The next virtual meeting will be held on Monday 19 October. 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