Minutes: Parish Council Meeting 11th January 2018

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Minutes of a Parish Council meeting held on Thursday 11thJanuary 2018 at ‘Westlow’ Mere Fisheries meeting room.

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Declaration of Interest

None declared


Public Forum

1 members of the public present

Ms J Davenport had attended to be updated on the new a planning application 17/5573C and to discuss the recent site visit with Bloor homes which she had attended.

There were also comments that the new dog bin on Giantswood Lane was no big enough although a great improvement.


Part 1 Public and Press present

Present Councillor M Wakerly (who chaired the meeting), Councillor K Ogden, Councillor P Amies, Councillor G Booth, Councillor G Silman and Ms J Mason – Clerk


01/18 Apologies

Cllr J Wray – no apologies received.


02/18 Minutes

Cllr P Amies proposed the minutes and Cllr G Booth seconded. All members agreed the draft minutes were accepted.

Resolved that the minutes of the meeting held on 9th November 2017 be approved and signed as a true and accurate record.


03/18 Neighbourhood Plan

The Neighbourhood Plan had reached its final stage and been approved, with some modifications from the H M Planning Inspector Mary O’Rourke BA (Hons) Dip TP MRTPI. The Inspector published her report on 17th November.  Cheshire East has adopted the recommended modifications and now the Hulme Walfield and Somerford Booths Neighbourhood Plan can proceed to referendum. The report and details of the modifications are available to view on the Parish Council website.

The strategic site policy had been removed due to duplication elsewhere, the views policy had been removed but many references were still available in the Local Character Assessment Policy which had been accepted. The Heritage Policy had also removed.

The referendum plans were discussed.

It was agreed

  • Cllr K Ogden would a newsletter ( with members approval) circulated for delivery by the end of the week
  • There would be a reminder leaflet drafted by Cllr K Ogden before the voting date.
  • Cllr MW would devise the A2 posters to be displayed across the Parish and the Clerk would organise printing.
  • The Clerk would place an advert in the Congleton Chronicle on the 2nd & 9th February 2018.
  • The Clerk would arrange a taxi if required by the Parishioners on the referendum date.


The finance application had been returned ‘Groundworks UK‘ due to six month deadline and the Clerk advised the remaining balance to spend on the referendum.


04/18 Cheshire East

No report


05/18 Highways

Traffic Surveys from the Parish

The response rate had been outstanding and the Parish Council wished to thank all the residents who had responded. There had been 61 returns. The Clerk had summarised the results and circulated to members.

Traffic figures from VTC Consultants

The figures had been returned to the Parish Council from the surveys taken in November. The data had been analysed in relation to traffic numbers but not speed or type of vehicle.

The Clerk was requested to utilise the further time of Mr J Caruthers in the cost to use the speed and type of vehicle and put in a table format. The Parish Council would then compile a list of questions.

Resident comment in relation to three serious traffic incidents in Somerford Booths.

There have been three dangerous ‘incidents’ reported to the Cheshire Police this month on the stretch of road between Clonterbrook House (CW12 2LS) and Midgebrook Farm (CW12 2LT).

The latest incident’ is recorded as 409 – 18.12.17 causing a flood over half the rood.

The two previous safety hazards were both cars overturning on the next two bends and the drivers having to be extricated from their vehicles lucky to be alive.  In all cases excessive speed was held to be the cause.

It was agreed Cllr K Ogden would respond and the Clerk would contact the police if these instances had been logged.

Dog Bin

The Clerk had requested a dog bin on Giantswood Lane which had now been sited by Cheshire East. The Clerk had arranged for the collection to be increased from once a fortnight to once a week. It was to be placed on the next agenda as the bin was too small.

40 mph on Giantswood Lane

The Clerk had enquired if the consultation to reduce the speed had been successful. Mr C Hodgson CE had reported the 40 mph was due to be implemented at the end of December 2017 although there still were no signs in place.

06/18 Planning Applications

  • 17/6120C Ivy Cottage, Trap Road, Somerford Booths CW12 2LT- Demolition of existing ancillary building and erection of replacement ancillary building ( amendment to application 17/2905C)

Resolved No Objection

  • 17/5898C Land at Forge Mill, Forge Lane, Congleton – residential development of 45 dwellings

No Comment

  • 17/5573C Land between Manchester Road and Giantswood Lane, Hulme Walfield – Residential development of 134 dwellings

Resolved Objection with Conditions


Bloor Homes site meeting

Cllr P Amies, the Clerk and Ms J Davenport had attended a meeting on 22nd November 2017. The notes were on the website.

The Chairman had agreed a leaflet being printed / delivered to update all the nearby residents.


07/18 Accounts

To note the balance of accounts = £14,590.92 ( £13,337.79 + £1,253.13)  


  • Cheque no 225 – £447.59 Crewe Colour Printers
  • Cheques no 226 – £793.40 (£58.88 NI) Cranage Parish Council
  • Cheque no 227 – £271.61 Zurich Insurance
  • Cheque no 228 – £59.63 Clerks expenses ( June to Dec)
  • Cheque no 229 – £1,440.00 VTC Highway & Transportation Consultants


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


08/18 Clerks Report

The Clerk reminded the Parish Councillors to update their email addresses.

There had been comments submitted about removing discretionary transport from Marton School.


The next meeting would be the on 1st February 2018 @ 7.30pm at Westlow Mere.


Meeting closed at 09.25pm

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