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29th September 2005 @ 11:11am – by Richard Furber
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Having taken over recently as chairman of the Parish Council, it's good to have the opportunity of sharing some thoughts with you via Audlem's new website.

A survey held earlier this year as part of the Parish Plan showed that around 85% of people living in Audlem wanted a village website. The same survey, to my delight, showed that virtually everyone liked living here and planned to stay in the area. As I considered what I needed to do in my new job as chairman, it helped enormously to be starting from such a very positive position.

The Parish Council is here to look after the interests of the village, to keep what we like and try and get what we want for the future. Many people in Audlem, it appears, want precisely the same. We were enormously encouraged by the numbers that turned out for two recent public meetings organised by the Parish Council to discuss the Canalside development on Shropshire Street. Seeing people really getting involved in Audlem's future is just what we want to see. We will do everything possible to encourage an interest in the Parish Council and this website will help that process considerably.

We have seen enormous changes in recent years. The number of events organised by the local organisations, for example, ADAS, ACMAF, 5A's and ASET has increased to an amazing extent. The organisers put in a huge amount of work to make them happen and it's wonderful to see the events grow in their popularity and success. Many charities are also represented within the village and they provide a variety of entertainments for the community, whilst successfully fundraising for those charities. They all help to make Audlem the vibrant place it is.

The Parish Council, on behalf of the community, supports various other committees with grants to the Burial Board to maintain the beauty and tranquillity of the cemetery, and The Public Hall which has been greatly improved over the past few years thanks to a hard working committee and public support and involvement.

Grants are also made to support the young people of the village via the Saints FC, Audlem Youth Club, for FUN-KY weekend, Audlem Cubs and Brownies, Audlem Tree House, and to the village school, Audlem St James primary school. Grants to the benefit of all the community are made to 5A's, ADAS, ASET, Carnival committee, CAB, and the Fire service.

However, there are some issues that threaten the quality of life in Audlem and members of the Parish Council are working with various village representatives to address these. Your responses to the questionnaire this year raised some serious concerns: traffic generally, and in particular the number of heavy goods vehicles going through the village; the shortage of affordable housing; the growth of vandalism and anti-social behaviour among small sections of the village youth; the shortage of employment in the village, and the lack of sufficient sports facilities for all age groups. All these issues are now firmly on our agenda as a Parish Council.

Audlem Parish Council is very fortunate to have a good blend of experienced and new councillors with diverse interests, and with a considerable interest shown in becoming a councillor at election times. In recent times the Parish Council has been fortunate to have active chairmen, who are still active councillors and also give considerable advice and assistance to the new office holders. Members give unstintingly of their time to liaise with police and other agencies to ensure that Audlem remains one of the best places to live, work or visit.


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