The August meeting of the Parish Council was well attended with several issues raised in the Public Forum, most notably 'The School Fence', the provision of 'School Transport' to Bishop Heber High School and 'Speeding on Tattenhall Road'.
The Chair of the Parish Council repeated that the Parish Council is aware of the opposition regarding the proposed erection of the 1.8m high fence at The Park and that the nature of the 'Consultation' which took place last month did not measure up to expectation. He repeated that the Parish Council will be continuing to seek assurances of further discussions with The Park Primary School on this matter.
Another contentious issue was raised in that many parents within Tattenhall, the children of whom have been offered secondary school places at Heber High School, now find that they cannot secure funding for transport to Malpas. CWaC policy provides funding only to the local nearest school with available places. A resident in the Public Forum cited that whilst she had a son in Year 10 at Bishop Heber High School and who uses the funded school bus from the village, her daughter who has also been offered a place at Bishop Heber High School for September 2017, has had her application for travel on the funded school bus denied her. This is because there are places available at a nearer school for which they would have supplied free school transport i.e. The Bishops' Bluecoat Church of England High School in Great Boughton. Clearly the School Admissions Policy and the School Transport Policy are at variance. For this particular parent, the costs involved in getting her daughter to Bishop Heber High School would be just short of £900 annually.
Speeding along Tattenhall Road was raised and the Parish Council agreed to again look at what measures might be appropriate in an attempt to reduce the speeding on that stretch of road into the village.
Matthew Morris, Estate Manager, at Bolesworth introduced Mr Martin Casey who has been appointed as the new General Manager in charge of the equine and events team at Bolesworth. Matthew also commented on the success of CarFest North during what were particularly challenging conditions on the Friday evening with heavy rain. He was mindful that there had been some complaints regarding noise this year though they had followed strict guidelines regarding 'Noise Management Policy'. Without doubt the wind direction this year was different to the 2016 event. That said, Matthew urged individuals who might have any criticisms to address those concerns to the Management Team in a constructive manner rather than under the cloak of anonymity which has been the case in some instances. On a very positive note, the sums raised for Children in Need are yet to be 'officially' confirmed but the Chief Executive did stand on stage and state that £3m for the north and south events combined had been raised. Since Bolesworth account for a larger proportion of the sum as the larger of the two events, then they consider that they generated £1.8m alone – for information Bolesworth has also secured the event for the next 3 years.
The Parish Council is aware that some residents have criticised the 'state of Glebe Meadow and Barn Field' which is owned by the Parish Council and managed by TWiG. It was agreed that since many residents might not fully appreciate the bio-diversity of this site, then an update will be published on Tattenhall Online (watch this space).
Other Agenda items covered general updates which, in the main, awaited further site surveys, site meetings or reviews etc.
The Draft Minutes will appear on the Parish Council Website in due course.