Introduction

Welcome to the Ashton Hayes & Horton-cum-Peel Parish Council Website

The parish lies within the ‘rural corridor’ of West Cheshire. The village of Ashton Hayes itself sits centrally in the area and is surrounded by agricultural land, hedgerows and scattered patches of woodland. The old and central parts of the village provide a reminder to people of its history and of its past dependence on farming and the land. It is the combination of the built environment of the village and outlying dwellings, set within a healthy and attractive rural environment that the community can access, which gives this area its distinct character.

The parish falls under the Cheshire West and Chester (CWaC) local authority and is located at the foot of a distinctive sandstone ridge, six miles east of the historic City of Chester (see map).

Ashton Hayes and Horton-cum-Peel is a community of approximately 1300 people in approximately 420 households.

The Parish Council (PC) is a statutory body accountable to the local community but also works under the umbrella of CWaC local plans and policies. To help achieve the required duties, the PC has adopted recommended financial and regulatory policies and procedures to which it is required to conform.  The PC consists of eleven elected councillors who work together to represent the views and needs of our community. The councillors are all volunteers who have a range of experience and expertise.

We believe that we are a happy, committed and thriving community – a place where people want to live and bring up children. As a PC we try to represent the democratic view of the community. We also try to ensure new planning proposals meet the aspirations of residents and work hard to protect and enhance the environment and character of the community in which we live. To this end the community has developed and adopted a Neighbourhood Plan which can be found via this website. This is used by CWaC to help assess planning applications.

We invite residents and interested parties to come to our PC public meetings, which are held in the Parish Rooms, West End, on the second Monday of each month. Please come along and share your views, or raise concerns with us in the open surgery session, immediately prior to the formal PC meeting.

On this website you will find all you need to know about PC meetings and notices and a list of contacts if you’d like to get in touch with us.

Ian Dossett (Chair of PC) on behalf of all the Parish Councillors