Who we are & what we do
Chinley Buxworth & Brownside Parish Council is independent of all political party policies and consists of 10 members who are unpaid and give their time freely to the community. The Clerk, who works part-time and is paid, supports the Parish Council by dealing with all correspondence and administration. The Clerk is also the 'Responsible Financial Officer', and as such is accountable for proper use of public funds.
What does your Parish Council do?
The council usually meets on the 4th Thursday of each month except August and December at 7.30pm in the Parish Room, 3 Lower Lane, Chinley.
Since meetings resumed post-pandemic, the council has met at Chinley Community Centre on a Wednesday night, typically the 4th Wednesday of the month although not always due to availability. This is reviewed regularly and advertised on local noticeboards. The calendar on this website will always be up-to-date and the agenda, which is available at 3 least clear days before each meeting, will always clearly state the meeting date, time and venue.
At these meetings the council discusses and makes decisions within its powers and responsibilities on issues affecting the community it represents.
This Parish Council is responsible for a relatively large amount of land including provision and management of;
- recreation grounds at both Chinley and Buxworth together with their respective children's playgrounds and football fields and also cycle & skatepark facilities at Chinley;
- Chinley Park Local Nature Reserve, off Stubbins Lane, for which the Friends of Chinley Park formulate management proposals which they then assist with through regular working parties;
- allotment sites at both Chinley and Buxworth, managed by their own Allotment Associations;
- Squirrel Green (previously a bowling green) in the centre of Chinley;
- and also a small parcel of land in Wash village.
The Parish Council also maintains 31 seats, 8 grit bins, picnic tables and litter bins around the Parish, as well as providing summer and winter planter displays and Christmas trees & lights.
Besides providing support for the Community Association, Friends of Chinley Park and Chinley & Buxworth Transport Group, all of which resulted from the Parish Plan; the Parish Council also supports both Chinley and Buxworth Allotment Associations and, wherever possible, other groups and organisations through grants and donations. Any group or organisation active within the parish and bringing benefit to the parish or its inhabitants can request some of the small pot of money made available each year for this purpose. Applications should be sent in writing to the Parish Clerk with a brief outline of the aims of the organisation and a copy of its latest accounts information.
The Parish Council does not have committees. All decisions are made by Full Council, sometimes on advice from working groups that have investigated and gathered information on behalf of the council.
The Parish Clerk is the only member of staff and paid employee of this Parish Council. She can be contacted by phone, e-mail or post. If you have a problem to report, this can also be done online.