KINGSMEAD residents can find out all about their new parish council at a meeting on Monday, March 14.

The meeting, at Kingsmead Primary School from 7pm to 9pm, is also aimed at people considering standing for the new council.

Residents voted overwhelmingly for Kingsmead to become a separate parish following two periods of consultation carried out by the former Vale Royal Borough Council.

The new parish – which currently falls within the Davenham and Northwich parish boundaries – will come into being after its councillors are selected at the local elections on May 5.

Clr Helen Weltman, from Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWAC), said: “The people of Kingsmead told us they wanted to become a separate parish in order to better represent their interests.

“I am delighted to see Kingsmead Parish Council now becoming a reality, giving residents greater involvement in decisions which directly affect their community.

“The public open meeting will help people to find out more about the role of their new parish council and what it can do for them.

“There will also be plenty of information about the role of a parish councillor for anyone interested in standing for one of the 10 available seats.”

The role of a parish council is to speak on behalf of the parish electorate, help to deliver local services and work to improve the local quality of life.

Parish councils provide and maintain a variety of local services including allotments, burial grounds, bus shelters, car parks, footpaths, leisure facilities, litter bins, open spaces, public toilets, street cleaning and street lighting.

They also play a key role in decision-making on issues such as crime reduction, youth projects, community transport, tourism, traffic calming and planning matters.