Our Role in the Community
Bollington Town Council was formed in 1974 as part of the Local Government Reorganisation at that time. The former Bollington Urban District Council passed over many of its responsibilities for local services, along with some assets to the newly formed Macclesfield Borough Council and to the Cheshire County Council. A subsequent re-organisation resulted in the creation of Cheshire East Council in 2009. Cheshire East Council is the responsible authority for the majority of our services and is the key decision maker in many of the areas which affect our daily lives.
Cheshire East Council decide how our the majority of the Council Tax residents pay is allocated.
So what does Bollington Town Council do?
Residents of Bollington pay a small extra charge on their Council Tax known as the Precept, which is transferred to the Town Council and forms the income for the Council Budget. You can learn more about the Council Budget and Precept on the Finance Page.
Land and Buildings
The Town Council took ownership of the Civic Hall from Cheshire East Council and transformed it from a tired, underused building into a clean and modern performance space with a practically full bookings calendar. The Town Hall building is also the property of the Town Council and plans are still being formulated as to how to make the best use of the building going forward.
The toilets at Adlington Road came under threat when the Cheshire East Ranger Service vacated the adjoining Ranger Station. Some towns and villages have already lost their public toilets so whilst the Town Council did not wish to take full ownership we are currently ensuring they can stay open by providing the cleaning and security services.
The Town Council also manages two allotment sites and has recently prepared a new site to meet demand and cut the waiting list.
You can find out more about the assets we own and manage on our Land and Property page
Supporting and Undertaking New Projects
We regularly initiate and support projects to to improve our infrastructure.
Supporting our Community
The Council is committed to supporting the community and does this in a number of ways:
- a grant scheme to support local organisations that benefit Bollington
- providing Town Warden support to the annual Well Dressing Festival and facilitating the road closure for the Opening Ceremony
- facilitating the road closure for the annual Kerridge War Memorial parade
- facilitating road closures for the Love Bollington Market
- facilitating a Bollington Cre8 surplus grocery store
- organising an annual Remembrance Sunday parade and service
- maintaining a calendar of community events
- facilitating a Youth Council
- responding to enquiries from residents.
The Town Mayor chairs the Bollington Senior Citizen Welfare Committee, attends their annual tea party and presents gifts for significant birthdays and wedding anniversaries.
Supporting Local Business
The Town Council recognises that we are blessed with a large number and variety of local businesses and the town will thrive if they can thrive.
Planning for the Future
The Town Council produced a Neighbourhood Plan in 2018 and is currently reviewing it to help shape the future of the town.
The Planning and Town Development Committee views all the Planning Applications which fall within our boundary, or those which may affect the town’s infrastructure and where appropriate make comments to Cheshire East Council planners based on our plan and local knowledge.
Bollington Town Council declared a climate emergency in 2019 and made a pledge to become carbon neutral by 2030. All committees, through their terms of reference, are to ensure when making decisions that the climate and environmental impact is thoroughly considered and recorded.
We are committed to working towards being carbon neutral in 2030 and helping the town reduce its carbon output. The Green Bollington webpage is being developed to include resources on how we can all reduce our environmental and climate impact.