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Welcome to Ellesmere Rural Parish Council's website.

Ellesmere Rural consists of villages and hamlets that make up the northern and western hinterland of Ellesmere Town as far as the Welsh border. The landscape is typical rolling English countryside, with woodland, copse, brooks and streams, sculptured and shaped by years of agriculture.

The area is part of the famous Shropshire Lake District with its nine glacial Meres. The Shropshire Union Canal, much loved by walkers and tourists, runs through part of the Parish. There are three beautiful churches at Criftins, Welsh Frankton and Dudleston, the latter being the former Parish church which dates back to the first millennium.

Although the area is predominantly rural, there are almost 1000 households mainly clustered around Dudleston Heath, Criftins, Welsh Frankton and Tetchill.

About Ellesmere Rural Parish Council

The Ellesmere Rural Parish Council is composed of twelve Councillors. The Parish Council area is divided into four Wards for the election of Parish Councillors - Dudleston (4 Councillors), Dudleston Heath (4 Councillors), Welsh Frankton (2 Councillors), Tetchill (2 Councillors). The whole Council is elected every four years and the next elections will take place in May 2021.  The work of the Council is organised by the Parish Clerk who is the only paid employee of the Council and is the responsible and accountable officer for the conduct of its business and finances.

The Council's Parish Plan, published in October 2004, contains detailed information about the area, its history, the views of local people and priorities for the local community.  

All Meetings are open to the Press and Public, everyone is welcome to attend.  Prior to each Ordinary Meeting of the Parish Council is a Planning Committee Meeting at which all new applications, re-consultations and appeals are discussed.  

Please be aware that our Clerk works part time and can be contacted during normal office hours, Mon-Fri 9am - 5pm.  The office is unstaffed during evenings, weekends or bank holidays.  In the event of an emergency please contact the relevant emergency service, utility company or Shropshire Council as appropriate. 

This website is managed by Ellesmere Rural Parish Council. Every effort is made to ensure the information is accurate and up to date although there can be no guarantee of this. The Council will not be held responsible for any loss, damage or inconvenience caused as a result of wrong information on these pages. If you see any information on this website that is incorrect please notify the Parish Clerk.

We aim to update all the information on this website monthly, usually much more often than this. Ellesmere Rural Parish Council does not capture and store any personal information about individuals who access this website, except where you voluntarily choose to give us your personal details via email, or by using an electronic form, or enquiring about any of our services.

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