Minutes: Parish Council Meeting 7th March 2019

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Minutes of a Parish Council meeting held on Thursday 7th March 2019 @ 7.30pm at ‘Westlow’ Mere Fisheries meeting room.


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Declaration of Interest

None declared


Part 1 Public and Press present



Councillor M Wakerly – Chairman

Councillor P Amies,

Councillor T Richardson

Councillor G Silman

Councillor J Wray – Cheshire East Representation

J Mason – Clerk


Public Forum

7 members of the public present.

Bloor Homes

There was an update from two residents from Giantswood Lane who had attended the recent Bloor liaison group meeting in February.

Another resident who also live on Giantswood Lane was concerned about the future maintenance of the buffer strip behind their houses which had been designated for their maintenance access. She hoped it would be transferred to the maintenance company in its entirety when Bloor Homes leave the site. There required an agreement with the residents that this section of land was always upkept and not allowed to be left if a new management company was instructed. As she had experience of living on a new housing estate, she identified the issues that could occur and due to the existing residents not being part of the decision-making process, she wanted the Parish Council to highlight their concerns.

There were some queries in relation to the sewage from the site which was resolved.

The bridleway had sunk an it needed attention.

Congleton Link Road

A resident wished it to be noted that due to the removal of trees through the initial building works of the link road the light pollution had increased near his property. The lightening from ‘Air Bags’ was very evident through his windows. He requested the details of the liaison manger working for GRAHAM construction.


The PC were thanked for actioning the request to change the headings on news item on the website.


29/19 Apologies for absence

Cllr G Booth – no reason


30/19 Minutes

Resolved that the minutes of the meeting held on 7th March 2019 be approved and signed as a true and accurate record.


31/19 Congleton Link Road

There had been a meeting with Mr D Crawthra from GRAHAM construction on 28th February (notes circulated) of which the Clerk and the Chairman had attended. GRAHAM wished to have a monthly liaison meeting with the affected Parish Councils due to the consequences of road.

The contact details were now on the website.

Underpass onto Manchester Road

Cllr P Amies had raised a concern with relation to the underpass. It seemed to travel to ‘Tarmac’ and not go anywhere and to make the existing link that was there currently. Plus, it should be a bridleway as there wold be no access across from Giantswood Lane it seemed to be just a footpath. She had met with Mr Dan Crawthra and the Clerk to review and was awaiting feedback.


32/19 Community Home Bonus

The Parish Council had been unsuccessful it being awarded any funding for the Rural Lane Improvement Plan. The application had scored 55 from a possible 100 which had been ranked 27 out of 56. It had been close to achieving the grant and was recommended to apply again.

There had been advice given that the PC could contact Cheshire Community Foundation for support to applicants that have not been successful.

Resolved the PC would make appointment to meet with Cheshire Community Foundation.


33/19 Highways

Mill Lane

The Chairman was due to arrange a site visit with a local resident from Mill Lane

Drainage Issue on Smithy Lane

This was ongoing but highways had now visited the site to investigate the issues.

Street names for Somerford Booths Hall

The street names had been submitted with explanations.


34/19 Alderley Edge – Bloor Homes

There had been a meeting with the developer on 26th February (notes circulated) the Clerk and two residents from G/Wood Lane had attended.  The next meeting was scheduled for the 4th April.  It was agreed the comments in the public forum time reference the access strip would be discussed with Bloor Homes.  


35/19 Cheshire East

Resolved to suspend standing orders to receive a report from Ward Cllr J Wray

Cllr J Wray explained the amenity open green spaces and buffer areas within the new housing developments. There had been a full CE Council meeting last week to discuss whether full governance decisions should be made in a cabinet or a committee structure following on from the independent leaflet that had been distributed. The item had been deferred until after the elections.


36/19 Planning Applications

  • 9/0780C Land West of Mogaden House, Barn Road, Congleton CW12 1LJ – construction of two warehouse/light industrial units with parking and servicing (B8 Storage and distribution / B1 Business).

Resolved No Objection

  • 19/0683C Tannoch Brae, Mill Lane, Somerford Booths, CW12 2JT – Access and track linking with an approved track with an approved track(ref:18/6218C).

Resolved No Objection

  • 19/1058C ‘Sarnia’,Gianstwood Lane, Somerford Booths, CW12 2JN Existing residential dwelling in C3 use.

Resolved No Objection


Community Infrastructure Levy

CIL takes effect in Cheshire East on 1 March 2019. It is a planning charge on new development and is intended to help fund the infrastructure required to support new development in an area. The charge is applied to the internal floor area of new development on a per square metre basis. In Cheshire East, it has been established through independent examination that only two types of development should be subject to a CIL charge i.e. housing (excluding affordable housing and apartments) and retail development at two specific locations: the Crewe Grand Junction and Handforth Dean retail parks. All other development has a zero CIL charge for economic viability reasons.

Five different CIL housing zones have been identified across the Borough with a different CIL charge rate in each zone. These vary from £0 to £71 per square metre. The charge at the retail parks identified above is £66 psm.

The proportion received will be in accordance with CIL Regulation 59 and the amount provided is dependent on whether a neighbourhood plan is in place at the time the development commences. In areas where there is no neighbourhood plan in place the amount received will be 15% of the CIL receipt up to an annual capped maximum of £100 per existing council tax dwelling.

There is no cap in areas with a made neighbourhood plan and the amount received will be 25% of the CIL receipt.


37/19 Elections 2nd May 2019

The Clerk had attended at briefing by the Electoral Team on 28th February and explained this to the members. The Clerk would take the nomination papers back on the 22nd March, but the individual Councillor could return the paper by the 3rd April.  The Councillors were allowed the attend the count and the details were in the packs distributed. The results for Town and Parish Councillors would be announced on the 7th May.


38/19 Annual Parish Meeting

It was agreed 35/40 chairs would be required and the Parish Council would supply refreshments.

The newsletter had been delivered this week and an invitation to attend was included.


39/19 Accounts

To note the balance of accounts = £13,721.57    


  • Cheque number 329- £40.00 ICO membership

Resolved the above payments be approved and signed for as a true and accurate record.


  • Nil


40/19 Internal Auditor

Resolved JDH Services would act as the Parish Council’s internal auditor.


41/19 Clerks Report

Meeting Dates for 2019

Cllr T Richardson had requested a change of meeting dates for the remain of the year.

Resolved the agreed dates would be 20th June, 18th July, 19th September, 17th October and 21st November.


42/19 Chairman and Members Report  

Health & Safety Training 6.3.19 by CHALC  

Cllr M Wakerly apologised for not attending.

The next meeting would be the Annual Parish Meeting on 4th April 2019 @ 7.30pm at ‘Westlow Mere’ fisheries.

Meeting closed at 9.30pm

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