Minutes: Parish Council Meeting 18th July 2019

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Minutes of the Parish Council meeting held on Thursday 18th July 2019 @ 7.30pm at ‘Westlow’ Mere Fisheries meeting room.

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Declaration of Interest

Cllr V Brown – FP 8 and Cllr J Spence – Bloor Homes


Part 1 Public and Press present



Councillor P Amies, (PA)

Councillor V Brown, (VB)

Councillor J Spence, (JS)

Councillor M Wakerly (MW)

Cllr J Wray – CE Ward member (JW)

J Mason – Clerk


Public Forum

4 members of the public (including Mr D Cawthra Stake holder & Communication Officer  – GRAHAM)

One resident asked if the PC would ask for FP8 to be cut back and weeded as it was becoming overgrown and untidy. He also questioned the frequency of the dog bin collection on Giantswood Lane as he felt if overflowed at times.

There was a query if the broadband connection for the existing residents would be improved due to the number of houses being built.  Cllr VB offered to pass on some information which would enable him to find out.


80/19 Apologies for absence

Cllr T Richardson – due to his wife being not well and Ms J Davenport due to attending the Flower Show at Tatton.


81/19 Minutes

Resolved that the minutes of the meeting held on 20th June 2019 be approved and signed as a true and accurate record.


82/19 Tree Protection Order

Cllr VB proposed that the Parish Council should place a Tree Protection Order on the woodland in the middle of the land where the planning application 17/1000C had been approved for 500 houses on the land between Giantswood Lane and Manchester Road.

Resolved the Clerk would arrange a meeting on site with the relevant department in Cheshire East.


83/19 Rural Lane Improvement Plan

Cllr MW and JS had walked the stretch of Mill Lane and discussed the possible improvements. (MW was still to circulate the notes). It was recognised that this lane was in better condition than Smithy Lane and it was subsequently agreed that Smithy Lane would be the first priority for actions.

Resolved the Clerk would contact Cheshire East highways and then the relevant departments to quote for installing four passing places along Smithy Lane.


84/19 Highways

Congleton Link Road

Cllr PA and the Clerk had attended a meeting with GRAHAM on 21st June (notes circulated). It was recognised that the bridleway near the underpass had now been revised on the map (the map referred to initially was 2016) and it was now linked to gain further access on to Moss Lane and Smithy Lane.

Water on Smithy Lane

There had been as site meeting with the landowner, Cllr TR, two members from CE Highways and the Clerk to pursue the issue of water running along Smithy Lane. There was a private legal dispute with the land and CE Highways were not convinced where the drainage was situated. It was agreed that CE Highways would be asked to invest in a GPS system to check where the drains were situated before any works were began.

BT Chamber on Mill Lane

There had been a site visit with CE Highways and BT on 25th June and it had been agreed further works would be carried out. It was again requiring a traffic order.  

Dog bin on the Bloor Alderley Gate site

The dog bin was now in situ on the entrance of the estate. It was agreed a photograph would be arranged to publish in the local paper.

Bridleway along Giantswood Lane

Cllr JS had reported the reported broken glass on the bridleway to the local PCSO and had arranged a site meeting with her and CE highways. It was noted he would also invite ‘Westlow mere’ fisheries as they were in ownership of the land even though it was registered as a PROW/ Bridleway on the definitive map. It was noted there were some dead trees along the same bridleway.

Speed Gun Training

Cllr VB wished the Parish Council to investigate the possibility of purchasing a Speed Display Gun to monitor traffic speeds within the Parish. The Clerk had enquired with the local PCSO and this was her response; “the roads are predominantly 60mph which makes them unsuitable for community speed watch. I won’t support community speed watch for any roads faster than 40mph and even then, I need to risk assess. There are certain parameters that must be met, such as a clear line of site for 100m, a pavement, etc. This is all about ensuring the safety of those volunteering”.

Cllr JS had conducted some research under the criteria, and he felt it would work along the eastern end of G/Wood Lane at the boundary with Congleton town and would circulate his report.

Resolved Cllr JS would investigate the option further with PCSO Sue Holt at the next surgery meeting.


85/19 Lengths man for the Parish Council

Cllr VB wished the Parish Council to support the option of a lengths man in the Parish as he felt it would benefit the community’s appearance. The Clerk had enquired with CTC for costing to see if it was possible to engage one day a month on duties the cost had been returned as follows £46.59 per hour for two operatives. The PC discussed the proposal.

Resolved the Parish Council compile a list of possible duties a lengths man could carry out to justify the expenditure. To be tabled at the next meeting.


86/19 Alderley Gate – Bloor Homes

There had been a meeting with Cllr JS, Cllr VB, a local resident and the Clerk with Bloor Homes representatives on the 4th July (notes circulated).

Bridleway and PROW FP 8

Cllr VB wished the Parish Council to consider the possibility of the PC taking ownership of the PROW through Alderley Gate and the green space either side from Bloor Homes. He felt this space was valuable to the community as they will be very little open space left in this area. MW noted that the maintenance would be the responsibility of the management company that would be put in place by the developer once the site was completed and proposed that the PC take a watching brief.

It was agreed this item would be deferred until Cllr TR was present.


87/19 Business Plan

The Chairman apologised that he had not completed due to work commitments and it would be circulated in August for PC members to comment and input.


88/19 Cheshire East.

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

There was a brief update given relating to some changes in roles following the new appointments after the elections.


89/19 Planning Applications

  • 19/1940C Land rear of Shannock Cottages, Giantswood Lane, Hulme Walfield – change of use of land from part grazing and part hard standing to a 30m x 40m all-weather horse-riding arena/ ménage.

Resolved No Objection

  • 19/3040C Sandy Lane House, Giantswood Lane, Hulme Walfield CW12 2JJ  – Carport (open three sides) located on existing parking.

Resolved No Objection

  • 19/3112C Dairy House Farm, Hall Green Lane, Somerford Booths CW12 2LY – resubmission of 18/2968C erection of agricultural workers dwelling.

Resolved No Objection

  • 19/3299C Nursery, Tanyard Farm, Mill Lane, Somerford Booths, CW12 2JT – proposed demolition of storage building and the construction of a detached dwelling with outbuilding.

Resolved No Objection – Cllr MW to review the application in detail.

  • 19/3258C Proposed Congleton Link Road, Congleton – Variation of conditions 2 and 3 of 15/4480C – the proposed Congleton Link Road – a 5.7km single carriageway link road between Sandbach Road and the A536 Macclesfield Road.

Resolved No Objection


90/19 Accounts

To note the balance of accounts = £17,382.03    


  • Cheque number 208 – £312.79 Glasdon UK Ltd (dog bin)
  • Cheque number 281 – £24.48 J D H Services Ltd error on payment
  • Cheque number 277 – £965.70 Cranage Parish Council (Clerks salary April to June) including HMRC contributions, NB note overpayment in March of £41.35.

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


  • Nil

Online banking at HSBC

The members signed the application for authority.


91/19 Clerk’s Report


This was to be delivered in September.

Red Ensign Flag for Merchant Navy Day on 5th September  

The PC did not wish to pursue the option of displaying the flag.


92/19 Chairman and Members Report

CE Police and Crime Commissioner meeting on 27th June 2019

Cllr JS had attended the meeting and circulated the notes. He found it of great benefit.

Being a Good Councillor on 25th September

Resolved Cllr VB would attend.  


The next meeting would be on 19th September 2019 @ 7.30pm at ‘Westlow Mere’ fisheries.


Meeting closed at 10.00 pm

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