Freedom of Thornton

At our recent Open Meeting Thornton Parish Council were delighted to award the first Freedom of Thornton to Mrs Clare Peet in recognition of her commitment and unstinting work for the community of Thornton.

Pictured below is Mrs Peet receiving the award from Cllr Hounsell and Fr Harrington from St William of York.

Freedom of Thornton

The Parish Council this year would like to involve the community in a number of ways. One of these ways is to introduce ‘The Freedom of the Parish’. This is an award nominated by residents to a deserving member of the community. The ceremony will take place during our yearly open meeting,

Freedom of the Parish

Following the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009, Parish Councils now have the power to award the Freedom of the Parish.

Considerations for this are:

  • Should be awarded in recognition of exceptional contribution or service to the community over a prolonged period of time to a person of distinction.
  • Can be awarded to any resident of the Parish, or person outside the Parish, who renders an identifiable and consistent contribution/service to the Parish of Thornton .
  • Can be proposed by any resident in the Parish or by Parish Councillors.
  • Parish Councillors will have absolute discretion regarding who receives and award.
  • It is not necessary to award if no-one is proposed and it is not a requirement that anyone is appointed even if proposed.

 This is an award, solely in the gift of the Council and confers no material honours or special privileges nor does it entitle the person to participate in the proceedings of the Council meetings or in any ceremonial events. It is purely and simply awarded for merit.

Anyone wishing to nominate an individual for a freedom should contact the Clerk.

thorntonpc.clerk@googlemail.com

Sefton Bus Review – Have your say.

Sefton is the latest area to be reviewed as part of a wider review of the whole Liverpool City Region bus network, with the aim of creating an improved and simpler network.

It’s also about ensuring that the increasingly limited funding we have for supported services – those services that are funded by Merseytravel as they are not commercially viable – are used in the most effective way and focused where there is most need.

People who live or work in Sefton will be able to comment on proposed changes to the area’s bus network during a final consultation period starting on Monday 16th January through until Thursday 26th January.

Details of the proposed changes, including maps, can be found by following the link below:

http://www.merseytravel.gov.uk/about-us/Pages/Sefton-Bus-Review.aspx

Certificate of Appreciation to our oldest resident.

Cllrs Chambers and Hounsell presented Bob Heap with a certificate of appreciation for his part in our first Christmas tree switch on. Bob – 95 years old – was born in Thornton and lived there for most of his life never having moved far from its boundaries. He possesses a wealth of knowledge about local history and has seen the small parish change over the last century. On receiving the certificate he said that he hoped that the first Christmas tree might bring our community closer together. The Parish Council would like to thank all residents who came to the switch on and is already planning for a larger event next year