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They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them
Cronton will always remember them. 8.11.2020


A good news story from Cronton Holy Family School during lockdown

Check out the story in Runcorn & Widnes World online via this link

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Cronton Parish Council will be holding its first Virtual Council Meeting at 7pm on Monday 22nd June.

Please see Notice of Parish Council Meetings for Agenda and Invitation to join.


22nd April 2020

Urgent appeal for ‘super six’ donations
Knowsley Foodbank is in urgent need of donations of food supplies to help families facing hardship during the Covid pandemic.

While we’ve had a really generous response from the business community so far, we still need your help. Stocks are running dangerously low of these ‘super six’ items to include in food parcels:  

•            Tinned meat
•            UHT milk
•            Squash/juice
•            500g dried pasta
•            Tinned potatoes
•            Tinned fruit

The Big Help Foodbank team have also appealed for donations of baby nappies – preferably large sizes: 4, 5 and 6. 

If you can offer any assistance on any of these items please email Knowsley Chamber/Invest Knowsley

Should you wish to make a cash donation to help the Food Bank purchase supplies you can donate money directly to The Big Help by visiting their fundraising page

Find out more about the amazing response from our business community by reading the latest updates on Knowsley News says ‘thank you’.

Monday 20th April 2020

Have you applied for a business rates grant?Knowsley Council has awarded over 900 grants to Knowsley businesses who have applied online for support from the government’s Coronavirus financial support schemes. Our records show that there are a further 500+ businesses in the borough which may be eligible but have not yet applied.

If you have dedicated business premises and are either eligible for Small Business Rates Relief (SBRR is for premises with a rateable value of less than £15,000) or are in the retail, leisure and hospitality sectors (properties eligible for the relief must (in normal times) be open to the general public and also be wholly or mainly used for retail, hospitality and leisure purposes).

The online application can be found here and you will need your NDR (Business Rates) account number to complete the form.  Please also remember to upload a copy of a recent bank statement from the account into which the grant is to be paid.

The money is there to support businesses through this difficult time and therefore we would encourage any eligible businesses to apply as soon as possible.Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – Online service is now LIVEThe government’s online service for claiming 80% of your employee’s wages plus any employer National Insurance and pension contributions is now available here.

This scheme is designed to help employers whose operations have been severely affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) to retain their employees and protect the UK economy. You can furlough employees and apply for a grant that covers 80% of their usual monthly wage costs, up to £2,500 a month. Full details of the scheme can be found here and a step by step guide can be found here

Note: To receive payment by 30 April you will need to complete an application by 22 April. It takes six working days for the claim to be processed, issued and received. Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS) – is now OPEN for applicationsThe Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS) opened on Monday 20 April 2020 to facilitate access to finance for medium-sized and larger businesses affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

The Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS) will be available for mid-sized and larger businesses with a turnover above £45 million. Full details can be found here.Contact UsWe are here to provide whatever assistance we can, so if you require our support please email

Due to home working, email will allow us to quickly manage requests, but if you prefer to call then please contact Invest Knowsley on 0151 477 4000.
This email has been sent on behalf of Invest Knowsley, at the request of local businesses.

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Monday 6 April 2020

Chief Executives

Principal Councils in England

Dear Chief Executive,

I am writing to update you on emergency legislation that we are making to support local authorities in the vital work you are doing to respond to the Coronavirus pandemic whilst ensuring essential business and services continue.

We have in the last week made two sets of regulations under the Coronavirus Act 2020. The first set enables all local authority meetings before 7 May 2021 to be held remotely and removes the requirement for the annual meeting this year. The second set postpones until 6 May 2021 local by-elections and other polls, either scheduled or which would otherwise arise before that date. I am annexing a note explaining these regulations. I would be grateful if you could, as appropriate, ensure that parish and town councils in your area are aware of these.

The regulations aim to give local authorities greater flexibility to redeploy their resources to focus on meeting the many new challenges they face in responding to the pandemic whilst maintaining critical front-line services. The regulations on meetings will enable essential decision-making to continue whilst upholding democratic principles and enabling all to comply with the public health guidance. The elections regulations also ensure that unnecessary risks to voters, the officers who run polling stations and counts, and campaigners are avoided.

On behalf of the MHCLG team who have worked to make these regulations, I would like to thank you and your colleagues who have contributed to their development – the regulations are undoubtedly more comprehensive and workable as a result of your input.

In making these regulations we have been engaging with our counterparts in the Devolved Administrations who will be putting in place analogous arrangements in their countries where required. As with the whole approach to responding to the pandemic the Government is seeking to follow a four nation approach.

Further sets of regulations are intended to be made in the coming weeks including MHCLG regulations to relax the date for the completion and publication of annual accounts, and regulations by the Cabinet Office to make further election-related provisions.

Yours sincerely,



The Local Authorities and Police and Crime Panels (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority and Police and Crime Panel Meetings) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020

These regulations enable all local authority meetings to be held remotely, including allowing remote access by members of the public, and they remove the requirement for the annual meeting this year.

The regulations are drafted very broadly, applying to different types of local authorities, and to different categories of meetings including annual meetings, cabinet and committee meetings.

Local authorities can decide not to hold the legally prescribed annual meeting. Where meetings are held, local authorities have the flexibility to hold them at any time of day and on any day, to alter how frequently they are held and to move or cancel them without further notice. Where a local authority does not hold an annual meeting, current appointments will continue until the next annual meeting of the authority or when the local authority determines.

Meetings may be held remotely including via telephone conferencing, video conferencing, live webchat and live streaming. Remote attendance by members counts for other purposes such as the six month rule on attendance, and for allowances. Members of the public and press may also access meetings remotely rather than in person.

The regulations are not prescriptive about how local authorities may facilitate remote meetings or related matters such as voting and access to documents by members and the public. Different solutions will be appropriate in different localities and local authorities may make appropriate standing orders.

The regulations also enable Police and Crime Panels in England and Wales to take place remotely, allowing Police and Crime Panels to continue undertaking their statutory duties.

The regulations came into force on 4 April 2020 and apply to meetings taking place before 7 May 2021. We are able to legislate to bring forward this date if medical and scientific advice leads to the relaxation of social distancing rules.

You can find the regulations and supporting documents here on the website

The Local Government and Police and Crime Commissioner (Coronavirus) (Postponement of Elections and Referendums) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020

The Coronavirus Act 2020 postponed the scheduled local and mayoral elections and Police and Crime Commissioner elections due to take place on 7 May 2020 until 6 May 2021.

The regulations postpone to 6 May 2021 other polls, either scheduled or which would otherwise arise before that date, including local authority, mayoral and Greater London Authority by-elections, polls and referendums in England and by-elections for Police and Crime Commissioners in England and Wales.

Local and mayoral by-elections include to any county, district or London Borough Council, parish council, for a local authority directly elected mayor, a combined authority mayor, and for the Greater London Authority the Mayor of London or constituency member of the Greater London Assembly.

Other polls include local advisory polls, referendums on a local authority change of governance and neighbourhood planning referendums.

The regulations make other changes as a consequence of the postponement of polls. For example, to extend the period for collation of signatures on a governance referendum petition and to preserve the transitional election cycles set out in legislation following a local government electoral review or reorganisation of local government, such as in Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire. Further regulations are to be made relating to the governance arrangements of the new Buckinghamshire Council and the shadow Northamptonshire authorities.

The regulations provide legal certainty for Returning Officers and ensure that they cannot be held criminally liable for any actions or omissions in relation to a poll that is scheduled to be held but not held. The regulations act retrospectively to cover polls that were required to be held, but were not held, in the period after 15 March 2020.

The regulations come into force on 7 April 2020 and apply to polls than would otherwise be scheduled between 15 March 2020 and 5 May 2021. We are able to legislate to bring forward this later date if medical and scientific advice leads to the relaxation of social distancing rules.

A further set of regulations on election-related matters will be made by the Cabinet Office. You can find the regulations and supporting documents here on the website :

25th March 2020

Update for Knowsley Businesses. Financial assistance is being made available to small businesses and retailers in Knowsley. If you are eligible for financial help from Government, you will soon be able to apply to Knowsley Council via the following link: Business Grants.  An online form is being developed and will be available soon.
 Knowsley Council wants to ensure that businesses receive up to date advice, guidance and support. Knowsley Council’s Business Team working in partnership with Knowsley Chamber are on hand to help businesses understand the latest information available from Government in relation to COVID-19.

We are here to provide whatever assistance we can, so please with any issues your business is facing. Due to home working, email will allow us to quickly manage requests, but if you prefer to call then please contact Invest Knowsley on 0151 477 4000

Additionally we want to hear about your experiences and the impact the new measures are having on your business or your staff.

The Government has published a new ‘one-stop shop’ page for advice to businesses on a range of issues related to Coronavirus. This site highlights the main support measures and has a useful FAQ page.

There was also updated guidance from Government on social distancing on Monday, March 23, 2020, a number of businesses must close immediately. A full list of those affected, and the exceptions, can be found on the website.
This email has been sent on behalf of Invest Knowsley, at the request of local businesses.

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Please note the following information concerning the upcoming Parish Council Elections

Statement of the Persons Nominated for Election of Parish Councillors for Cronton Parish Council


The Dandelion Tavern is now open for business

Open from 10am til midnight everyday

Food served:

Monday to Thursday – 10am til 9pm

Friday & Saturday – 10am til 10pm

Sunday – 10am til 8.30pm


Macmillan Coffee Morning

Holy Family Club, Friday 28th September

Thanks to all who attended, baked cakes, bought raffle tickets, contributed prizes or helped on the day. The total raised was £1600, which is excellent.

It was a great, continuing tribute to Bill Raymond and all those we know who have been touched by cancer. Thanks also to John for the use of Holy Family Club again.


Open Now

Bluebell Catering

Pat & Doug Iddon opened their catering and small deli business on 3rd July 2018  at

23a Hampton Drive.

Support your local businesses

Cronton Pathways Spring Clean-Up
Friday 23rd March 2018
We had a great turn-out of 13 volunteers and a dog for our re-arranged litter-pick on the 23rd. Together we collected 50+ bags of rubbish which had been littering Cronton Road, Pex HIll Avenue, Sandy Lane, Hall Lane, Penny Lane and Tue Lane. Considering we last cleared these areas in November it’s not a good trend that the bag count is increasing.
Many thanks to Dave, Pauline, Pete, Ken, Terry M, Sylvia, Linda, Derek, Terry T, Brian, Dianne, Bess and Terry H for all their hard work and to Knowsley Neighbourhood team for removing the bags for us afterwards.


Cronton Pathways

Autumn Clean-Up 10th November 2017
Thanks to the volunteers (Terry, Emma, Steve, Linda, Dave, Pauline, Peter & Bess) who came to the Clean-up today. We managed to collect 22 bags of rubbish from Penny Lane, Cronton Road, The Pasture, Hall Lane, Mill Lane, Chapel Lane, Sandy Lane and most of the roads within the village. Knowsley MBC removed them all promptly, for which we are grateful. At the same time KMBC were tidying up Coronation Gardens and road-sweeping the accumulation of leaves. Cronton Garden Centre staff were also working on the block paving near the Cenotaph as part of the Environment Project. The village is looking very smart now. Let’s hope it will last.
The collection of bags etc at the end of the litter-pick


We want to hear your views about the Liverpool City Region Rights of Way Improvement Plan (2018-2028).

Public Rights of Way are routes over which the public have a “right of passage”. They exist as public highways providing the public with a right to use a defined route to travel from one place to another. These rights of way are both a significant part of our heritage and a major recreational resource. They enable people to get away from roads used mainly by motor vehicles and enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the countryside within a large area of the Liverpool City Region, to which they would not otherwise have access.

The consultation for the Liverpool City Region Rights of Way Improvement Plan is now underway. This joint plan has been prepared by the six LCR local authorities and Merseytravel on behalf of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority to improve the local network of public rights of way for everyone to use.

All comments received will be considered before the final plan is prepared and published. The consultation period will end on 29 September 2017.

For more information and to download the document please click on this link below: uk/about-us/local-transport- delivery/Pages/Public-Rights- of-Way-Strategy.aspx


Cronton Pathways Spring Clean 2017

Five people turned up to pick litter together on 3rd March, as part of the Keep Britain Tidy Great British Spring Clean, and between us we gathered 38 bags. Another 2 were picked by a volunteer earlier so that made a total of 40 bags.
Thank you to those who joined in.
We managed to tidy up Sandy Lane, Cronton Road, Hall Lane, The Pasture, Penny Lane and Tue Lane and we’re grateful to Knowsley and Halton Neighbourhood Teams for promptly removing the bags.


Cronton Pathways Autumn Clean Up 2016

Many thanks to the eleven volunteers who met up on Friday 4th November and collected 40 bags of litter from our village highways and byways. We covered Pex HIll Avenue and footpaths by the reservoirs, Cronton Road from Pex Hill Avenue to Tue Lane, Sandy Lane, Chapel Lane, Lodge Lane, Penny Lane, Tue Lane, Hall Lane, The Pasture and Holy Family car park.

Thanks also to Knowsley MBC Neighbourhood Services Team for removing the rubbish we had collected.



Thank you to Cronton Garden Centre for brightening up the village with all the planters now in full bloom. Summer 2016


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