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 email the Clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Village CCTV update (19th May 2021)
The old cameras (on hire) in the village have now been removed as they were not considered fit for purpose despite repeated attempts to resolve the issues. On 15th April 2021, the Parish Council appointed a new contractor to install 3 new CCTV cameras in the same locations. These will improve on the downloading, accessibility and also security of the footage in accordance with Data Protection Act 2018 and also the Surveillance Camera Commissioner code of practice. The cameras are being built to order and once they have been fully tested to ensure they are working properly and over the mobile network, they will be installed. This is likely to be towards the end of May.
Due to privacy and Data Protection Act 2018 we can only accept requests* for footage in relation to a suspected criminal activity from Staffordshire Police which should be supported by a Crime incident number. (*Please note this is in relation to criminal matters – please view https://www.gov.uk/request-cctv-footage-of-yourself to see your rights regarding footage of yourself)
Click this link to find out details about the new Door2Door Community Transport Scheme for Audley Rural Parish (PDF leaflet or by clicking this link to view the Door2Door Community Transport Scheme in Audley Rural Parish page
You can view more information by clicking this link to view the latest guidance from the Government at www.gov.uk/guidance/
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
Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Parish Play Areas are open
The Government have now issued updated guidance (as at 29th March 2021) on play areas and outdoor gyms, plus how to minimise the risk of Covid-19 when using play areas. You can see it here by clicking the link at www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-managing-playgrounds-and-outdoor-gyms
We have worked hard to get the play areas ready to reopen following the first lockdown and most reopened from Saturday 4th July 2020 (with Halmer End on 22nd July 2020). Please see below image of the rules all users will have to follow for the open play areas. 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
Coronavirus (COVID-19) – What we can all do to help
During the first lockdown in March 2020, the Parish Council 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.
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