Minutes: Parish Council Meeting 4th May 2017

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Minutes of a Parish Council meeting held on Thursday 4th May 2017 at ‘Westlow’ Mere Fisheries meeting room.

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Declaration of Interest

Cllr G Silman 17/1528, Cllr P Amies 17/1519C


Public Forum

Nobody present.


Part 1 Public and Press present

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

Councillor J Wray Cheshire East and Ms J Mason – Clerk


Election of Chairman for the ensuing year

Resolved Cllr M Wakerly would be Chairman for 2017/18.

It was noted Cllr M Wakerly would sign the Acceptance of Office at the next meeting.

It was agreed by members present Cllr G Silman would chair the meeting.


30/17 Apologies

Councillor G Booth and Councillor M Wakerly due to work commitments


31/17 Minutes

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


32/17 Election of Vice Chairman for the ensuing year

Resolved Cllr G Booth would be Vice Chairman for 2017/18. It was noted that the Acceptance of Office would be signed at the next meeting.


33/17 Roles and Responsibilities

Resolved Cllr K Ogden would be the Chairman of the Neighbourhood Plan Team

Resolved Cllr P Amies would be the CHALC representative

Resolved Cllr M Wakerly would be responsible for the financial account monitoring and cash reconciliation.


34/17 General Power of Competence

The General Power of Competence

Conditions undertaken

(a)the number of members of the council that have been declared to be elected(3), whether at ordinary elections or at a by-election, is equal to or greater than two-thirds of the total number of members of the council;

(b)the clerk to the parish council holds—

(i)the Certificate in Local Council Administration;

(ii)the Certificate of Higher Education in Local Policy;

(iii)the Certificate of Higher Education in Local Council Administration; or

(iv)the first level of the foundation degree in Community Engagement and Governance awarded by the University of Gloucestershire or its successor qualifications; and

(c)the clerk to the parish council has completed the relevant training, unless such training was required for the purpose of obtaining a qualification of a description mentioned in paragraph (b).

(2) For the purposes of this paragraph “relevant training” means training—

(a)in the exercise of the general power;

(b) provided in accordance with the national training strategy for parish councils adopted by the National Association of Local Councils, as revised from time to time.

Resolved the Parish Council qualifies and accepts the General Power of Competence.


35/17 Neighbourhood Plan

Cllr K Ogden updated the team on the progress of the NP Steering Group. The team had reached Regulation 14 and the consultation would open on Monday 8th May. The Chairman congratulated her on the amazing success achieved. The Consultation event had been a great success on the 6th April.

The draft NP was now printed and hard copies would be sited with – all Parish Councillors, the Clerk, ‘Westlow’ Mere fisheries and in Congleton library. It was also available for download on the website. The consultation letter had been sent to Cheshire East’s statutory list by the clerk and the information had been loaded onto the website. The same letter with an accompanying return form had been sent to every household in both parishes.


36/17 Standing Orders and Financial Regulations

Draft policies had been circulated to all members.

Resolved the Standing Orders would be adopted

Resolved the Financial Regulations would be adopted.


37/17 Highways

Meeting with Cllr D Brown and Mr A Fisher on 9th February 2017

There had been a meeting with highways to discuss the planning application 17/1000C due to highway access. Cheshire East’s officers had agreed to discuss the various options to improve the situation. It was agreed the clerk would arrange a follow up meeting as soon as possible.

40 mph on Giantswood Lane

The unauthorised 30 mph signs had not been removed but the 40 mph consultation had closed on 17th March and no results had been published to date.

BT chamber on Mill Lane

Still not resolved

Road surface updates for the Parish

Level 2 Patching would be carried out from A54 to Hall Farm Drive and Chelford Road to Giantswood Lane within the financial year.


38/17 Cheshire East

Resolved to suspend the Standing Orders to accept a report from the Ward Councillor.

There was a revised bus timetable to soon be open for public consultation. It was be advised to the Clerk of the Council, in the local newspaper and advertised on the current bus routes.

There was still the possibility of closing Arclid Waste site.

Cheshire East was proposing a possibility of including food waste into the green garden bins. This would not be turned into energy. The project had been trialled successfully in Stoke on Trent.

Cllr P Amies expressed great concern about the packaging of plastic around the fruit and vegetables in all the local supermarkets which was not recyclable.

It was agreed that the Clerk would write to Fiona Bruce to express the concerns.


39/17 Planning Applications

  • 17/1519C Sandy Lane Farm, Giantswood Lane , Hulme Walfield CW12 2JP- Prior Notification storage of agricultural fodder and equipment

This applications history was discussed in detail and although due process was not followed it seemed there was little point submitted an objection.

Resolved No Objection

  • 17/1582C RPG Herbs Smithy Lane , Hulme Walfield CW12 2JG – Discharge of section 52 agreement to an agricultural workers dwelling

Resolved No Objection

  • 17/1750C Fairacre, Giantswood Lane, Hulme Walfiled CW12 2HH – Demolition of side and rear extension, construction of replacement side extension.

Resolved No Objection

  • 16/1824M Land to the north of existing Radnor land and Back Lane.

This application had been approved at the Strategic Planning Board on 22.03.17 subject to the CLR being completed.


40/17 Accounts

To note the balance of accounts = £7,627.84 (NP = Nil + PC = £7,627.84)



  • £662.38 Cranage Parish Council ( Clerks salary and HMRC contributions Jan to March)
  • £24.92 Mrs J Mason (expenses Jan to March)
  • £20.00 Cheshire Community Action
  • £163.44 Crewe Colour Printers (Invite to Annual meeting)
  • £5.76 Mrs P Amies ( Refreshments)
  • £93.80 CHALC Affiliation fee
  • £35.00 ICO ( Freedom of Information )
  • £210.00 B S Amies (website inc Annual)
  • £60.00 B S Amies (website for Reg 14)


  • Nil


  • £4,500.00 Cheshire East (Precept)


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

Resolved the Clerk would apply for the remainder of the grant funding from Groundworks UK


41/17 Chairman and members report

Resolved the Clerk would prepare a letter to oppose the closure of Arcild Waste site after a request of support from Sandbach Town Council.


The Clerk left the meeting.


Part 11

The Clerks salary from April 2017 was reviewed by members.

Resolved the Clerk would move to SCP level 25 from April 2017. This would include the Annual increase from NALC also effective from April 2017.


The Clerk returned to the meeting


The next meeting would be the on 1st June 2017 @ 7.30pm at Westlow Mere.


Meeting closed at 9.45 pm


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