Minutes: Parish Council Meeting 2nd March 2017

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Minutes of a Parish Council meeting held on Thursday 2nd March 2017 at ‘Westlow’ Mere Fisheries meeting room.

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Declaration of Interest

None declared.

Public Forum

8 members of the public present.

All members were present to discuss the planning applications17/1000C & 16/3107C and the effects on the parish.

Part 1 Public and Press present

Present Councillor G Silman (who chaired the meeting), Councillor P Amies, Councillor M Wakerly, Councillor K Ogden and Councillor G Booth.

Ms J Mason – Clerk


21/17 Apologies

Councillor J Wray – no apologies


22/17 Minutes

Resolved that the minutes of the meeting held on Thursday 2nd February 2017 be approved and signed as a true and accurate record.


23/17 Planning Applications

17/1000C Land between Manchester Road and Giantswood Lane , Hulme Walfield Cheshire

Outline application with all matters reserved except for means of access for a development compromising up to 500 dwellings(use class C3), site for a new primary school (use class D1) and local shopping facility (use classA1) together with associated open space, green infrastructure, pedestrian and cycle links.

There had been a meeting with Mr A Fisher Head of Planning CE, Councillor D Brown Head of Highways Cheshire East, Mr C Hindle, Cllr J Wray, Cllr G Silman, Cllr M Wakerly and the Clerk on 9th February at ‘Westfields’- notes had been circulated.

Resolved members accepted the report and the highways suggestions agreed in relation to this planning application.

It was note there would be a follow up meeting after the traffic modelling had been conducted by Cheshire East Highways.

Resolved the Parish Council objected to this application in principal but understood it was a strategic site on the CE Local Plan wished to negotiate the access routes as a priority. Cllr G Silman and the clerk would draft a response to 17/1000C.


16/3107C Land between Manchester Road and Giantswood Lane, Hulme Walfield.

Reserved matters application (appearance, landscaping, layout and scale) for residential development comprising of 96 dwellings.

Resolved the clerk would draft a response to the application with assistance with the Chairman. It was to be recognised that Cheshire East had reacted to comments made by the Parish Council which was positive.


Resolved the Neighbourhood Planning Team would respond to both applications in relation to the loss of wildlife and the green infrastructure within both applications.


It was noted that the Cheshire East Local Plan consultation period was open again and would close on 22.03.17.


24/17 Neighbourhood Plan

Cllr G Booth proposed that a separate invitation would be sent out to all the residents to invite them to the Neighbourhood Planning event on 6th April. The Annual newsletter would then be subsequently posted before the Annual Parish Council meeting in May. This would cost an extra £200 which included postage.

Resolved the above proposal was accepted – Cllr G Booth and the Clerk would organise.

Cllr K Ogden reported on the neighbourhood plan progress to date, the draft documents circulated by Mrs L Hughes should be read by the following Monday for comments back to CCA. The proposals for the consultation event on the 6th April were discussed. The Chairman agreed to print the relevant material/posters for the event.

Cllr M Wakerly gave a brief update on the Cheshire Wildlife Trust Survey he thought it was an excellent report.


25/17 Highways

The BT gully on Mill Lane was still outstanding but it was being chased by highways CE and the Clerk.

A report had been submitted to the capital department within Cheshire East in relation to Radnor Bank road surfacing. It was deteriorating and there had been a lot of complaints. Storm Doris had also made a mess on the road with branches and trees. This again had been reported.

There had been notice of a proposal on Giantswood Lane from point 511 metres North West of its junction with Rood Hill for a distance of approximately 265metres in a north westerly direction.

All members supported the proposal.

Cllr J Wray had circulated a new Speed Management Strategy report from CE in relation to changing speed limits in the area. In the past, many highway Authorities have set speed limits unrealistically low, creating a culture where many speed limits are often ignored. Speed limits that are too low for the road conditions create enforcement problems for the police, and have little or no effect on average vehicle speeds.

As a consequence of this, the Department for Transport (DfT) issued the document Setting Local Speed Limits to provide guidance to Highway Authorities on the process for setting a speed limit, and to ensure consistency throughout the country.

Cheshire East Highways now follows the assessment process in Setting Local Speed Limits, and the Cheshire East Council Speed Management Strategy.

Any requests for a reduction in an existing speed limit is based not because there is a “perceived” problem, anecdotal reports of “near misses” or a belief that the location is “an accident waiting to happen”, but based on valid data, such as the injury collision history and existing average speeds.


The members discussed the possibility of a reduction in speed throughout the Parish.


The Clerk wished it to be noted that carriageway structural patching was being carried out on Macclesfield Road and Manchester Road in March and April


It was noted that vandals had put incorrect road markings on Giantswood Lane to give the impression that the road speed limit was 30mph. Cheshire East highways were looking into the situation but the Parish Council had no relevant information.

Cllr P Amies requested the pot holes on Hall Green Lane junction would be reported by the clerk.

A resident had contacted the Parish Council in relation to two popular trees that had fallen in the wood within ‘Westlow’ Mere. It seemed that the fisheries had taken responsibility to remove them.


26/17 Accounts

To note the balance of accounts = £9,809.60 (NP = £2,458.00 + PC = £7, 3511.60)


  • Nil


  • £1,650.60 CCA
  • £831.00 Crewe Colour Printers (printing for newsletters and plan)


  • Nil

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


27/17 Complaints Procedure

Resolved the Complaints procedure circulated would be adopted by full council and put on the website.


28/17 Chairman and members report

Cllr G Booth requested the clerk retrieve some analytical data for the website by the next meeting.

Cllr M Wakerly still was outstanding as a signatory on the HSBC account.



The next meeting would be the on 6th April 2017 @ 7.30pm at Westlow Mere.


Meeting closed at 9.45 pm

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