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Welcome to the website of Audley Rural Parish Council

Welcome to the website of Audley Rural Parish Council which contains information about the Parish Council, the Councillors, the area it covers, Council meetings, minutes and agendas along with other useful information.  If you have any comments to improve the site or pictures of the Parish that you would like to see on the website, please send to the Clerk at

The Parish of Audley is the largest in area in the District of Newcastle-under-Lyme, covering some 2717 hectares.  The Parish has a population of around 7988, and comprises 7 distinctly separate villages and many small hamlets.  The council consists of 15 members and has one part time employee, the Parish Clerk.

Queen Street Play area inc skate park and pump track (as at 31.07.20)

CARA had hoped to open the play area and other equipment after the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions were relaxed, however there have been some unexpected issues which have further delayed the re-opening date.  We are working hard to resolve the issues as soon as possible.  Please do not attempt to access the site whilst it remains closed , as it may further add to the delay.

Thank you for your patience.

CARA and Audley Rural Parish Council

Tree work planned to Leddys Field – w/c 3rd August 2020

Leddys Field will be closed to access from New Road (but not Hall Street) for the following tree work:

As part of the Phase 4 of the Tree Management Plan (2014) light thinning work within denser clumps of trees to remove straight lines, also removal of fallen trees

Pruning of foliage that is impeding pedestrian access along all formal and informal paths

  • Work will commence at 11:00 on Monday 3rd August and is expected to last until Wednesday 12th August – subject to weather, ground conditions.   This may include Saturday 8th August.
  • We are intending to close off the footpath leading from New Road – which means you cannot access that side from the pond but not to close the public right of way linking Hall Street to the agricultural pasture land (towards Boyles Hall Road) – see attached map.
  • The contractor  (STS Contractors) will put up warning signs such as the “men at work” and “tree cutting”. Also orange plastic netting will seal off the work site
  • Staff will be on the look-out for anyone who encroaches into the closed area in order to ensure their safety
  • As per the Wildlife & Countryside Act, there will be no purposeful disturbance of wildlife. Most young birds have flown their nests by now but if we come across any active nests in trees we will ensure that work stops at that location and that those trees will not be felled.
  • We have consent under the Town & Country Planning Act for tree work in the Audley Conservation Area.
  • We will not be using horse extraction in this phase of the management plan so the work will be fully mechanised.
  • Work will be taking place in sub-compartment c, with vehicles and timber being extracted through the gate onto the farmland linking to Grassy Green Lane.

The work is being overseen by Tim James Arboricultural Officer – Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council 01782 717717

Contractor is STS Contractors Limited.

Thanks for your co-operation

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Reopening Parish Play Areas Sat 4th July 2020

Thank you for your patience during the lockdown and waiting until it is safe to use the play areas.  We are very proud of the children of Audley Parish who have in the main stayed off the equipment since 23rd March and respected the reasons.

The Government have now issued onerous guidance on how to minimise the risk of Covid-19 when reopening play areas.  You can see it here at

Please note that we have been working hard to get the play areas ready to reopen in time.  As a result most will reopen from Saturday 4th July 2020.  This is with the exception of Queen Street (CARA) which will stay closed.   Halmer End has reopened from 22nd July.  Queen Street will also remain closed following a decision by CARA (the group of residents who manage it) following risk assessment.  CARA have issued a statement setting out their reasons why.

There are several things which have to be in place in order to achieve the reopening of the others.  Please see below image of the rules all users will have to follow.  These rules are there to keep you and your family safe and reduce the chances of germs being spread.   Please leave the signs in place.

The guidance suggests play area operators should look to sanitise equipment regularly and have handwashing stations.  Some things are not possible, both logistically and financially.  Please help us to keep you safe by wiping equipment you will touch and after.   Additionally bring your own alcohol gel to wash hands.  For this reason, children (14 years and under) should only be present at the play areas with a parent/carer.

If this guidance is not followed and the play areas are misused, for your safety, the Parish Council reserve the right to close them without notice.  Thanks for your understanding and co-operation.

Audley Rural Parish Council

This sets out the rules which must be abide by.  Please see page Covid-19 for alternative text example

This sets out the rules by which adults and children must follow when using the play equipment - please see page Covid-19 for alternative text

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – What we can all do to help

The Parish Council have now delivered 3800 approx newsletters and post cards to all properties across our Parish.  If you have not received one, please contact the Clerk on 07901 692414 who will get another copy to you in the post.  You can also access it here as a PDF – Newsletter PDF  – If you need it in another format, please also contact the Clerk.

Thank you to the volunteers who gave up their time to help achieve this important task.  

In addition postcards as shown below have been put into all local shops, Audley petrol station,  Audley, Bignall End and Halmer End post offices, Audley Health Centre and Audley pharmacy.  All properties have also had one with the newsletter.  Please use them to help your neighbour if you can by completing your details and posting them through the door.  Even just a friendly chat on the phone is helpful.

If you need additional help with shopping, prescriptions etc – please call the helpline set up 01782 720392 – which is being run with the local churches.  A local food bank system has now been set up to help those who need additional support.

Stay alert (31st May 2020)

Please click on the link – guidance for coronavirus for the up to date and latest information from the UK Government. 

We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:

  • stay at home as much as possible
  • work from home if you can
  • limit contact with other people
  • keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
  • wash your hands regularly

Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.

Parish Police Surgery – On hold

The police/parish surgery occurs on the 3rd Wednesday of every month at the Audley Community Centre at 10am.  There is also a police surgery held at Halmer End Institute on a regular basis.  For more information please contact Mike Joynson on 07769 194406 or email

CCTV Bignall End Road, Hall Street and Old Road (Leddys Field),  Alsagers Road Play area Audley , Albert Street Bignall End and Church Street Audley – June 2020

To provide a network of surveillance cameras across the hot spots in the Parish in order to combat the ongoing ASB problem, CCTV will be installed at the above locations.  This will be in accordance with the ICO Code of Practice and is for the purposes of preventing crime and ASB.  PLEASE BE AWARE :  These cameras have night vision and zoom on them, so that they can be used by the Police to detect perpetrators during the dark hours.

Queen Street (CARA) Play area

Please take your dog poo bags home and dispose of them.  The bin on the park is emptied by volunteers, so they would prefer to only have to handle normal waste.

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