Seneley Green Parish Council



Seneley Green Parish

The parish was formed in 1894 and covers the villages of Garswood, Seneley Green and Downall Green. From Victorian times until the mid 20th century extensive mining activity took place in Seneley Green and Garswood Park, as well as elsewhere in the vicinity. The mines provided employment and helped shape the landscape and social history of the community.

Before that, and as far back as 1588, Seneley Green became the site of Ashton-in-Makerfield Free Grammar School founded by Robert Byrchall. The original building is long gone but today the site houses Garswood Public Library in the former grammar school’s grade II listed building.

The Goyt is a stream that forms part of the boundary between Seneley Green Parish Council and Billinge Chapel End Parish Council and is a wonderful way to explore the countryside around Seneley Green.

Seneley Green’s community continues to thrive whilst maintaining its ancient roots. The village’s rich history is evident in its settings, its culture and its residents. From its historic buildings to its community and events it is supported and promoted by Seneley Green Parish Council.


The Parish Council

Seneley Green Parish Council in the village of Garswood was formed in the 1970s following the implementation of the Local Government Act 1972.  The Act resulted in notable administrative changes to counties, shires, towns and villages across the UK.  Locally, this included the abolition of Ashton-in-Makerfield Urban District Council which had previously overseen Garswood.  As a result of the changes, Seneley Green Parish was created and covered Garswood, Pewfall and Downall Green and fell within the jurisdiction of the newly formed (at the time) Metropolitan Borough of St Helens in Merseyside.

The Parish Council comprises eight elected councillors and three employees: a Clerk/Responsible Financial Officer (RFO), a Caretaker, and a Sports Assistant. The councillors are elected by the local community, with elections taking place every four years. Overseeing a number of community facilities, including the Parish Hall on Montrey Crescent and the Community Hall/Changing Rooms & Playing Fields on Billinge Road/Birch Grove. These facilities serve a variety of community and commercial groups, as well as junior football and rugby league teams.

In addition to managing these facilities, the Parish Council plays a crucial role in representing the interests of local residents. As of January 2020, there were 3724 electors and approximately 2000 homes in the area.

Over the years, Seneley Green Parish Council has been instrumental in fostering community spirit and enhancing local amenities. Having partnered with Seneley & Garswood Juniors to install a public defibrillator at the Community Hall. The defibrillator was donated by Seneley & Garswood Juniors, while the Parish Council supplied the cabinet for 24/7 availability.  The Parish Council has played a pivotal role in shaping the community of Garswood through its stewardship of local facilities and the representation of residents’ interests.

The Parish Council ensures transparency and accountability in its operations and publishes details of all Council meetings, agendas and minutes, on the website. This allows residents to stay informed about local governance and participate in community decision making.

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