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Consultation on St.Helens Borough Local Plan: Submission Draft

The St. Helens Borough Local Plan 2020-2035 Submission Draft (the Local Plan) has been published for public consultation. St.Helens Council are holding a number of local drop in sessions in neighbourhoods across St Helens. These sessions are open to all and will give you an opportunity to ask questions about the Local Plan and how to make your comments. They will be visiting Rainhill on Tuesday 29th January 2.00pm-6.30pm. Documents are available for inspection on the Council website. and (from 8.30 am until 5.15 pm Monday to Friday) at Ground Floor reception, St. Helens Town Hall, St Helens. Key documents are also available at all St.Helens Council libraries (see https://www.sthelens.gov.uk/libraries for details of locations and opening times). Please see poster for further information about consultation events in other areas.

Bringing the Rocket Home - Support it at the Coop

A weekend of celebrations are planned to commemorate the 190th Anniversary of the Rainhill Locomotive Trials. The spectacular event will take place over bank holiday weekend 25th – 27th May 2019. Local organisations are finalising their plans to celebrate Rainhill’s unique place in railway history and bring to life the events of 1829.
A replica of Stephensons Rocket, loaned from the Railway Museum in York, will be on display over the three days. The Cooperative Society have confirmed that Bring the Rocket Home has been selected as one of their causes to receive money through the Local Community Fund. If you are a Coop member you can ensure this project receives your support by visiting https://membership.coop.co.uk/causes/26727.
Further details of the activities to be enjoyed over the weekend can be found here, or by contacting Gillian Pinder, Clerk to Rainhill Parish Council on 07565 524414 or email: rainhillpc@hotmail.co.uk.

Holocaust Memorial Day 2019

St.Helens Library Service will be hosting an exhibition "No Child's Play" at Chester Lane and Haydock to mark Holocaust Memorial Day. Please see leaflet for further information.

Merchant Navy Day - Commemorative Certificate 2018

On 3rd September Rainhill Parish Council organised a flag hoisting ceremony to mark Merchant Navy Day. The ceremony held around the flag pole at St.Ann’s Church, View Road, Rainhill, raised money for Liverpool Seafarers Centre. A commemorative certificate has been received from Seafarers UK. If you would like further details about the campaign please click here.

2018 Winter Warmer campaign heats up

This year’s Winter Warmers campaign, which will see around 6,000 packs distributed in total, was officially launched on 16 October.
Packs will be available to collect at informative library events throughout November, and contain a range of winter essentials, including, gloves, tea bags, torches, water bottles and 2019 calendars full of useful information.
Collect yours at Rainhill Library: Friday 30 November, 10:15am-12:15pm. Rainhill Parish Council have also arranged an additional visit: Rainhill Village Hall, Tuesday 4th December, 11.00am-2.00pm. For alternative venues and dates see the Winter Warmer poster.
Call the St Helens Cold Weather Advice Line on 08000 355 878 for further help with keeping warm.

Christmas Lights Switch On 2018

The 2018 Christmas Lights Switch On Event will take place on Friday 23rd November. The lights will be switched on at 4.30pm by Cllr Lynn Glover, Chair to the Parish Council, assisted by a performance of Christmas songs by Longton Lane School Choir.

The Parish Council would like to thank Terry Shields for his help and the Victoria Hotel.

Be Aware of Scam Mail

Royal Mail have asked for the Parish Council’s help to raise awareness of scam mail in the local community. This type of mail is illegal and targets the most vulnerable in society. Please see the details provided for further information.

Car Sales Business, Station Street, Rainhill

It has been brought to the Parish Council's attention that a new car sales business has appeared adjacent to Rainhill Railway Station. Cllr Joe DeAsha has reported this to St.Helens Council to investigate the potential breach of planning regulations. We will keep you informed of any progress with the investigations.

Village Hall Improvements Begin

Refurbishment work at Rainhill Village Hall has started. The works funded by WREN’s FCC Community Action Fund will see the central heating boiler replaced, the heating system upgraded, and the fascias and soffits replaced. For details of the refurbishment, please see the Village Hall's press release.

UK Government Smart Meters Rollout 2020

The UK Government plans to have all homes and businesses installed with smart meters through their national rollout that is currently in progress. In conjunction with the smart meter authorities nationwide, we are working to ensure that all residents have all the up to date information available to give you a more informed idea of your options. The Government have issued two guides: one to domestic , and one for non-domestic smart meters, which provide further information.

Good Citizenship Award 2018/19

In 2001 the Parish Council introduced a "Good Citizenship Award". The award has been a great success in as much as it rightly recognises those Rainhill residents who contribute so much to our community.

The Parish Council are seeking nominations for the 2019 “Good Citizenship Award”. Any resident, voluntary organisation, or indeed individual members of organisations, may make nominations provided the official nomination form is used.

The closing date for 2019 nominations is 16th November. Please telephone 07565 524414 or send an email to rainhillpc@hotmail.co.uk, if you require further details about this award.

To see the roll of honour of previous winners please visit our Good Citizenship page in the Rainhill tab.

St.Helens Council Local Plan Preferred Options Consultation

As you will be aware consultation on the St.Helens Council Local Plan Preferred Options closed on 30th January 2017. The Parish Council would like to thank all residents who forwarded copies of their comments or attended the Parish Council Meeting. A letter was forwarded to St.Helens Council, reiterating the views of residents, see below.

Letter to St.Helens.

Celebrate the 190th Anniversary of the Rainhill Trials

The Rainhill Trials 200 Group, which is a partnership between Rainhill Parish Council and Rainhill Railway & Heritage Society, are preparing a programme of events centred around the Whit weekend, 25th-27th May 2019, to celebrate the 190th anniversary of the Rainhill Locomotive Trials.

A meeting has been held with local organisations, and there is great community support for the event.

Please see the presentation of progress so far.
If you would like to become involved in this exciting opportunity to celebrate Rainhill’s unique place in history, please contact Gillian, the Parish Clerk, on 07565 524414 or rainhillpc@hotmail.co.uk.

Police Launch Messaging Service

The Police and Crime Commissioner has launched a new free community messaging service which allows the public to receive personalised news and crime updates in their local area. 'MerseyNow' will be used to send out appeals, crime prevention messages, offer support to victims and give advice about ongoing incidents. Members of the public can register for the free service and then control the way in which they receive messages - either via text, email or voice message. They can also choose which updates they receive based on the topics that are of interest to them, such as crime prevention and burglaries. It is also possible to choose how many areas they wish to receive information about such as where a relative lives, a school or workplace. Accounts can be managed online so preferences and information access can by updated any time. To register all that is needed is either an email address or a mobile number. Register for free today: (http://www.merseynow.org)

Election of Parish Councillors 2015

The Returning Officer for St Helens has confirmed that all candidates nominated for each of the Wards covered by Rainhill Civil Parish have been elected as Parish Councillors without contest. The relevant notice for each ward has been displayed on the Parish Council Noticeboard and is available here by clicking on the link.


Armed Forces Community Covenant

Rainhill Parish Council has signed an Armed Forces Community Covenant. Copies are available by contacting the Clerk. Rainhill Parish Council also supports Armed Forces Day, for further information on events and how you can support Armed Forces Day go to: (www.armedforcesday.org.uk)

Annual Parish Meeting 2017

The 2017 Annual Parish Meeting for the Township of Rainhill was held in Rainhill Village Hall on Wednesday 26th April 2017. A copy of the draft minutes is available from the Parish Clerk on request, or can be downloaded from the meetings page.

Rainhill Sustainable ECO Garden Project

Rainhill ECO community group secured funding for the development with significant grants from Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority/Veolia Environmental Services and Cory Environmental Trust, along with funding from Rainhill Rotary, Rainhill Parish Council, Rainhill Councillor Improvement Fund and others.

The garden was officially opened on Sunday 2nd November 2014 by Mr Andy Reid, and is now available for use. Rainhill ECO are always looking for more volunteers to help with the garden project, so please get in touch if you would like to find out how to get involved. Their email address is rainhillecogarden@outlook.com

Selected Older News

Cathy Wilson Memorial Plaque

A short ceremony took place at the disabled access gate at Rainhill Railway Station on Friday 21st September 2012 to unveil a plaque placed on the disabled access gate in memory of the late Cllr Cathy Wilson and of her work on behalf of the disabled and in particular in improving disabled access at the station. Cllr Lynn Glover said a few words by the plaque where family members had gathered together with other members of the Parish Council and representatives of local groups that Cathy had been associated with.

Mike Doyle Arts Centre

Cllr Julia Doyle was guest of honour and opened the Mike Doyle Arts Centre at Rainhill High School on 19th October 2011. The Parish Council Chair, Cllr Lynn Glover, and other members of the Parish Council also attended the event.

Water Tower at Turris Heah

On 15th October 2010 the Parish Council was successful in preventing the loss of part of Rainhill's heritage by getting the Water Tower at Turris Heah listed, at designation Grade II, by English Heritage.

Rainhill War Memorial

On 21st August 2010 representatives of the Parish Council attended a rededication service at Rainhill War Memorial. The Parish Council has provided a new plaque to remember those who have died while serving in the forces since WWII. The name of A/CPO Simon Roger Owen, who died while serving in The Gulf in 2004, has been included on the plaque.