Press Releases & Public Notices
VACANCIES ON ASPATRIA TOWN COUNCIL
Please note there are currently vacancies on Aspatria Town Council.
The Town Council meet at 7.00 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month in Aspatria Methodist Church. There is no meeting in August. Other than attendance at monthly meetings, this is not a time consuming role.
The criteria for candidates is as follows: 1. Must be at least 18 years old and 2. be a British citizen, an eligible Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of any member state of the European Union, and 3. meet at least one of the following four qualifications: a. they are, and will continue to be, registered as a local government elector for the parish/community b. they have occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in the parish/community area during the whole of the preceding 12 months before the day of co-option c. their main or only place of work during the 12 months prior to the day of co-option has been in the parish/community area. d. they have lived in the parish/community area or within three miles of it during the whole of the 12 months before the date of co-option
For further information on the role of a Councillor, please contact the Clerk or consult the Cumbria Association of Local Councils website (www.calc.org.uk)
If you would like to become a member of the Town Council, please apply in writing to the Clerk via following email or postal address. ASPATRIA TOWN COUNCIL Mrs Clare McCormick Town Clerk C/o 82 West Street Aspatria Cumbria CA7 3HH Tel:07909894925 E-Mail: email@example.com
Community Speed Watch
Aspatria Town Council has requested training in the use of speed watch equipment from our local Collision Reduction Officer. The scheme requires a minimum of six volunteers. If you are interested in receiving training and taking part in traffic monitoring,
please contact the Town Clerk, Clare McCormick, on 07909894925 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
ASPATRIA TOWN COUNCIL END OF YEAR SUMMARY 2020
I begin by wishing you all in Aspatria the best Christmas you can have during the present restrictions we are enduring. It really has been a difficult year to say the least and I am sure we are all looking forward to things getting back to as normal as possible as soon as possible.
Unfortunately this year we as a council have had, with regret, to postpone the events which at this time of year we look forward to. We were unable to have the Christmas lights switch on event, however the town lights are lit together with the illuminated Christmas tree located at Market Square which was provided by Iggesund. Thank you to all the towns residents who have decorated their houses and windows but, again due to Covid, there will not be a free prize draw this year. Also, as there was not a switch on event, Santa could not attend on his sleigh.
This being said, several positives have occurred this year.
The childrens play area in St Mungos park has been resurfaced at quite a considerable cost.
Next to the memorial gates at the park a memorial garden has been constructed to provide a place of solace for those who wish to remember the fallen of all the armed forces.
Thanks to Councillor Kevin Foy who designed and organised the building of the garden and also many thanks to Mrs Bobby Monkhouse who officially opened the garden on the 4th of November.
The toilets on the Brandraw car park were totally refurbished earlier this year but again due to Covid they have had to remain closed. It is intended to open these toilets as soon as it is allowed.
Thankfully the Sealy factory has been rescued from closure which is wonderful news for all their employees. Immense thanks go to all of the local businesses who have surpassed themselves with their efforts for the community, together with the NHS Health Centre who have been under immense pressure and have provided an exceptional service.
During October we were privileged to be visited by the High Sheriff of Cumbria. I escorted her around the town and she said that the spirit and friendliness of the towns people was more than evident. She visited the Dreamscheme, Rainbow Room and the Aspatria Hornets and was really pleased as to what they provide for the people of Aspatria both young and old. Her visit concluded at the Beacon Hill Community School where she met with Mr Gee the schools Deputy Headmaster.
Again with regret the senior citizens outing which normally happens during August and their Christmas treat had to be cancelled again due to Covid restrictions.
The town council has had to update its website aspatriatowncouncil.co.uk and is now up and running thanks to the efforts of Councillor Mike Little.
At the start of the year our Mayor, Barry Chambers, decided to step down from the position after 5 years service. Helen Ostle, also in October stepped down from her position as Town Clerk after 8 years service. Can I please thank both of them for all their effort, commitment, input and enthusiasm over those years and they will be sadly missed. Helen was succeeded by Clare McCormick and I have stood in as Acting Mayor until a full face to face council meeting can take place when a Mayor will be appointed.
We have had to carry out virtual council meetings using the online Zoom facility. There are currently town councillor vacancies and I wish to ask if you are interested please contact the town clerk for details via e mail at email@example.com or by phone (07909894925). I am sure there are people out there who want and could make a difference to the performance of the council by bringing in new ideas with their expertise.
I wish to thank the committee of the Masonic Hall who have recently installed on their car park electric vehicle charging points for the use of the people of Aspatria. The council are currently looking to install more of these in the town. Also we have been allowed to install a defibrillator machine on the outside wall of the Masonic Hall and again thanks to the committee for allowing us to do this. This machine is there for use during medical emergencies and full instructions on how to use the machine are displayed on it.
We have been fortunate to have received a grant that will allow us to carry out work on the netball court at St Mungos Park to bring this facility up to a modern standard and make it a full use court.
Year 2020 is now almost over and I am sure you will agree it is not a year we will look back on with good thoughts but can I please wish you all the very best for you and your families for 2021.
ALAN MAXWELL (Acting Mayor)
Electric vehicle charge points
With the phasing out of petrol and diesel cars being planned for 2030, Aspatria’s Masonic Hall has installed two electric vehicle charging points for use by Aspatria residents and visitors. The points are located in the car park of the Masonic Hall on Temple Lane and have been installed by Charge My Street who aim for “every home to be within a 5-minute walk of a charge point, giving residents without off-street parking the opportunity to switch to an electric vehicle.” Residents and visitors can download an app via a smart phone to charge their vehicles or set up subscriptions for regular use. Aspatria Town Council are now exploring the possibility of siting additional charging points in the town.
Apatria Town council latest press releases and Public Notices for Aspatria
Aspatria’s Masonic Hall will be the site of a defibrillator kindly donated to Aspatria Town Council by Aspatria & District First Responders Group. This location means there will be easy access to this life-saving equipment for residents on Brayton Park, Noble Croft and Harriston Road, and will complement the existing defibrillator at the fire station and another which will be installed at Harriston village hall (also provided by Aspatria & District First Responders Group). Aspatria Town Council would like to thank Aspatria & District First Responders Group for the equipment and the Masonic Hall for allowing it to be sited in such a convenient location.
Public Spaces Protection Order 2020
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