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PC Update March 2018

6th March 2018 @ 6:06am – by Parish Council
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A full complement of Parish Councillors was in attendance.

  • 'Rachel' our newly appointed PSO was introduced. Rachel, with 11 years service to date, outlined that speeding issues would be a focus for the rest of the month, particularly in areas such as Tattenhall Road. She encouraged everyone to report issues, repeating that anonymity is protected. The Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator requested 'Crimestoppers Cards' be delivered for circulation. Another issue raised in this respect was the continuing anti-social behaviour at the Keysbrook Garage Site and, again, it was emphasised that individuals must report issues to that outcomes might be achieved. It was also reported that a Ward Newsletter to include topical crime reduction advice/contact details/use of the 101 and 999 numbers and seeking to improve the Cheshire Alerts, is a priority.

In the Public Forum ...

  • The issue relating to Redrow's S106 obligations concerning the Bus Shelter was raised. Since there are on-going discussions with Redrow regarding this and other outstanding areas of fulfilment, and in view of the confidential nature of the business that was to be discussed regarding this in Part 2 of the meeting, then no further comment could be made.
  • The 'eyesore' that is the Oak Room site on Tattenhall Road was raised and it was noted that it is now 5 years since the planning application was granted. It was noted, however, that rubble had been removed most recently, some fencing had been replaced and a new 'For Sale' sign had been erected.

The Agenda was followed (and which is available online) ...

  • There was general agreement that residents should continue to report Potholes and other road issues using the CWaC online facility.
  • The PC considered the comments/Planning Applications outlined in the Agenda. It was agreed that further examination regarding Planning Application 18/00521/FUL was required in light of the objections received.
  • Cllr Weaver reported that she had been in touch with the Enforcement Officer regarding some aspects of Chestnut Grange but that there were some issues with which he was unable to deal. The PC awaits the outcomes of conversations that Matthew Morris was to have with the developers. That said, no machinery is to be started before 08.01am.
  • Regarding the Neighbourhood Plan, Cllr Weaver also confirmed that she is in discussion with Rosie Morgan regarding changes to the various pieces of legislation and ongoing changes to Neighbourhood Plan regulations. She will update in due course.
  • Updates regarding Community Safety were raised and Cllr Chapman would liaise with the Clerk re: the named items on the new Playground for future safety surveys.
  • Cllr Chapman also gave an update on the Community Land Trust – she acknowledged that it had been a frustrating month on progress regarding the ever increasing amounts of additional information that are requested but advised that our local MP has agreed to find out more in this respect.
  • Cllr Black reported that members of the School Council of The Park Primary School had chosen the designs of the two new bins that are to be located on the Park Playground – these will be installed in due course.
  • Very positively, the Parish Council welcomed the Chair's proposal to publish an Annual Plan which it was felt would (a) advise everyone in the village as to the detailed work of the Parish Council, and (b) would keep the PC very focused in its work. It was agreed that a Working Party would need to be established to draw up the Plan (in advance of a future precept), which would then be published at the Annual Parish Meeting.
  • The Parish Council also positively welcomed a Working Group in relation to the Spinney. This area is referenced in the Neighbourhood Plan as a site of Nature Conservation Value. For insurance purposes, therefore, it was required to examine the last tree survey, potentially upgrade this and then ensure that the periphery presented no potential hazards to property and people.
  • A 2m fence which has been erected on the corner of Castlefields with Keysbrook was raised and members of the PC agreed to examine this since it is located at the very edge of the footpath and potentially is insufficiently set back.
  • Cllr White gave an update on the Community Pride events in relation to the Armistice. The PC supported the installation of 2 wooden benches at the War Memorial funded from Thom Morton's DEFRA single-use plastic bag initiative and the PC also confirmed that they would be supporting the 'Silent Soldiers' initiative during the Armistice Weekend. For information, details of the planned events will be circulated to all residents nearer the time.

The Draft Minutes of this Parish Council Meeting will appear on the Parish Council Website within 10 working days.

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