A vacancy now exists on the Thornton Parish Council and is open to any resident to apply, 8 October 2019.

Have you ever fancied being on the Thornton Parish Council?  Well now you have an opportunity to be.

Thornton Parish Council has declared that a vacancy exists on the Parish Council due to the non declaration of acceptance of office of Councillor Janice Blanchard.  Residents, if they so wish, can express an interest in becoming a member of the Council.

If you are interested in applying, be quick, you only have 14 working days from the 8th October to respond, which would give the 25th October as the deadline.  You will need to get ten local people to sign a petition for you by the deadline and send it in to the address in the letter below.

An election will only become necessary if enough voters ask for one, otherwise, the vacancy can be filled by co-option.

Dated:  8th October 2019

Click the link Notice of Casual Vacancy




Thornton Parish Council object to Aurora’s fracking plan at Altcar

Thornton Parish Council object to Aurora’s plan to drill and frack at Altcar on the grounds that it will have a significant detrimental effect on the locale, including Thornton and its residents, that will far exceed any suggested benefits, in relation to:

  • Reduction in local air quality
  • Risk to the water supply and increased flood risks
  • Risk of induced seismic events
  • Increased traffic and the impact on local roads
  • Risks to biodiversity and the green belt
  • Failure to work towards climate change targets set out in both domestic and international law

Click to download:  Thornton Parish Councillors objections to Aurora’s fracking plan at Altcar

Dated: Monday, 16th September 2019


Residents welcomed Andrew Sawyer, Sefton Highways & Public Protection Manager, to their Council Meeting

Not only did Andrew deliver a really helpful and informative overview on Sefton highway services on Monday night, 9th September 2019 at Holy Family High School, he overran significantly to ensure that everyone could have their say.   And my word, Thornton residents did have their say as they fired question after question at Andrew in the utmost good humour.  Thank you Andrew.

For residents whose questions could not be answered on the night, Andrew has promised to share these with various colleagues/departments and where applicable they will contact the relevant residents directly.

Useful email links should residents have any concerns:  This can be used to report everything from potholes, to blocked gullies, weeds, overgrown highway grass verges, damaged street furniture etc.  This can be used to report any faults or concerns about traffic signals.  This can be used to report any faults or concerns about street lighting, illuminated signs and bollards.

To help Sefton improve highway maintenance, please click on the link below:




Welcome to our New Parish Councillors & Clerk

There was a warm welcome for newly elected Parish Councillors and Clerk at Thornton Parish Council meeting, held on Friday 19th July 2019 at St William of York Parish Centre.

Following uncontested elections: Andrew Donegan was elected on the 2nd May 2019; Bob McGill, Jim White, Grace Atkinson, James O’Keeffe and George Pennington were elected on the 11th July 2019.  The new Clerk is Veronica Swift and she joined the Council on the 7th May 2019.

The Council said farewell to Richard Cooke and Therese Draper who have contributed much to the Parish Council’s work during their period in office.

The next meeting of the Parish Council will be back at its normal venue, Holy Family High School on Monday, 9th September 2019 at 7:00 pm.

Councillors look forward to meeting and serving the residents of Thornton, please come along and get involved.

Click photo: TPC New Councillors & Clerk July 2019