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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 employee, the Parish Clerk.

Remembrance Day Parade – Sunday 11th November 2018

Remembrance Day Parade Route – Sunday 11th November 2018 – Audley and Alsagers Bank – all community groups are welcome under supervision.  If you wish to join the Parades, you must be responsible for your own safety as the roads will remain open, with traffic passing on the right hand side of the road.  The roads around the 2 cenotaphs (Audley – Church Street and Alsagers Bank – High Street) will be temporarily closed by the Police between 10.45am and 11.20am on Sunday 11th November 2018 – while the service takes place.  Thank you for your patience.

AUDLEY  (Map showing Remembrance day Parade Audley)

Meet at Bridge Close, Bignall End at 10am.  Proceed along Stephens Way – Gresley Way – Boyles Hall Road – New Road –  Peak Pursuits/Castle Hill (where Audley Brass will join at this point) turning left into Church Street ending by the cenotaph at St James Church (10.45 a.m.)

ALSAGERS BANK (Map showing Remembrance Day Parade Halmer End) 

Service in Halmer End Chapel at 10 a.m. with procession to the cenotaph on Church bend, Alsagers Bank at 10.45 a.m.


Halmer End Play Area Upgrade 

Work will start around 22nd October for 2 weeks to install the first phase of equipment.  Some parts of the play area will be closed while this happens.  Equipment will access the site from Wesley Place, so please be careful.  The below plan is indicative to give an idea of the scheme, and has changed slightly.  For instance, the cable ride will now be put alongside the Institute/Bowling Green due to the ground levels.  The second phase will start in November, date to be notified.

Leddys Field – Pond Water levels July 2018

A wildlife expert and 2 officers from the Environment Agency attended Leddys Field pond on Sunday 8th July 2018.  On inspection of the pond and surrounding areas one none native grass carp was found to be dead in the mud shallows and no sign of any other fish alive or dead was noted.  None of the native waterfowl on site appear to be in any way disadvantaged or at risk.

It was concluded that the dead fish was in an advanced state of decay and had been dead for over a week. It is the opinion of the wildlife expert that the fish was around ten years of age and not from the water body it was found in, it is suggested that it is from a private ornamental collection and has been dumped where it has been found.  The carcass has been disposed of accordingly.

The Environment Agency’s position on the water level at Leddys Field is that it is because it is fed by a natural inlet, although it is sad to see a natural water course dry up, nature will take its course.   Once rains return as they surely will then normal balance will be restored.  As no fish or other wildlife are being directly affected then no action needs to be taken.

Any water coming from a mains water source would be chlorinated and detrimental to the natural environment so would not be approved by the Environment Agency.

CCTV Bignall End Road, Hall Street and Old Road (Leddys Field) and Alsagers Road Play area – September 2018

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.

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