Branch Conference


Wednesday 29th September 2021

9am to 4:30pm @ Brio Leisure Centre, Northwich  

With three hugely successful events in the bag, and a forced break due to the coronavirus pandemic, the conference returns for a fourth year in Autumn 2021.  Here are three reasons you can’t afford to miss it:

  1. A great programme of training to help you in your role
  2. Opportunity to meet and network with fellow clerks
  3. Chance to meet exhibitors providing services to the sector

For a full day of learning (worth 2.5 CPD points) it is just £30 for members or £40 for non-members.



We will have a selection of exhibitors relevant to councils both large and small.

Conference Programmes:

2017 Cheshire Branch Conference

2018 Cheshire Branch Conference

2019 Cheshire Branch Conference

Here’s our line-up:

Top Tips to Manage Your Time

Steve Watson, 27andahalf

We only have so much time, so can we get more out of it?  This will be an interactive and practical session, packed with action points  to implement straight away to help you get the most of the hours you have.

Changes to the Planning System

Andrew Towlerton, SLCC Planning Advisor

The Government is proposing ‘radical’ and ‘far-reaching’ reforms of the planning system – Andrew will take us through what this could mean for your community.

Improving Biodiversity in your Community

Adam Linnet, Cheshire Wildlife Trust

Adam is the Wild Communities Officer at the Cheshire Wildlife Trust and will deliver a session packed with suggestions for practical things your community can do to improve spaces for wildlife and tackle climate change.

Public Rights of Way

Nicola Swinnerton, CEC PROW Team

Nicola will talk all things PROW, taking us through the duties of the highways authority and landowners, involvement of parish councils, how to deal with obstructions and the evidence needed to get a new PROW registered.

Planning for a Community Emergency

Chris Samuel, Joint Cheshire Emergency Planning Team Manager

How prepared is your community for an emergency? How would it respond to a flood or extreme weather? This session will help you prepare a Community Emergency Plan covering what emergencies to consider, stakeholders and support from the unitary authority and where the community response sits.

The Importance of Registered Land

Nick Dodds, HM Land Registry

Ensuring land is registered helps protect it from incursion; but the process might not be straight forward. Nick will highlight the importance of getting land registered and guide us through the process.

People and Trees in our Community

Guy Smallthwaite, Treesure

Guy is a tree consultant with over 15 years of experience in the industry; many of our councils have trees on their land and Guy’s session session covers their conservation and how to ensure human safety.