Congleton Town Councillor, Robert Douglas, attended the 1 March meeting of Brereton Parish Council to update about the potential closure of the Congleton Recycling facility and the actions he is taking to avoid this closure. Chair Andy Lindsay agreed to speak at a forthcoming Cheshire East committee meeting on behalf of the parish in support of keeping a recycling centre in Congleton, which was the view of 59% of those who responded to the Cheshire East survey. Brereton Parish Council reminded residents of the requirement to complete the national snapshot Census survey on Sunday 21 March. The first ever UK household census was in 1801, making this the 22nd survey, as it occurs every 10 years. Organised by the Office for National Statistics, they say the census data will help understand how coronavirus has affected everything from our health to our finances. The data is used by charities and services like hospitals, schools, universities and job centres to plan and fund services, including transport, education and healthcare. An access code is being sent to each household in the post so that you have the option to complete the survey online. If you do not have internet access, you can request a paper version by telephone. By law, you must complete or be accounted for in the census. You can be fined up to £1,000 if you do not fill it in, or give false information. You do not have to answer the questions marked as voluntary. In late March and early April, census field officers may visit your household if you haven't submitted a form. Good progress was reported on actions taken as a result of the Connecting Brereton Survey undertaken last year in Brereton. An information leaflet has been produced on broadband services, a tender for consultancy input for improving safety on the A50 has been produced and a bridleway connecting the settlements in the parish is being improved. Cllr Katrina Morphet reported on a zoom meeting she had attended in February with Cheshire Constabulary and Local Parishes. Brereton Parish Council meetings, currently via zoom, are held monthly. The next virtual meeting will be held at 7.30pm on Monday 12 April. All residents of the parish are welcome to attend all or just the first part of the meeting and input on issues of local interest in the public forum session. For meeting dates, see the parish notice boards or www.breretonparishcouncil.org.uk

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