Before the meeting began a presentation on the advantages of becoming a Quality Parish Council were outlined by Mr C White from Cheshire Association of Local Councils. This was to be discussed by the Parish Council at the December meeting.
The Chairman opened the meeting by welcoming the new Parish Councillor Mr A Casey. Various complaints were made to the attending PCSOs Mike Hubbard and Ms S Davies. The speeding of vehicles through Haslington and Winterley, HGV’s parking for long periods in front of Wellesley Avenue and the behaviour of people using the Gutterscroft Playing Field for drinking beer and wine and then smashing the bottles. Councillor Betts had visited the playing field on numerous occasions and felt the the police should pay more attention to this problem. It was agreed Haslington would benefit immensely by being included in the Alcohol Free Zones.
The Christmas Tree had been ordered and with luck would be in situ before the December meeting. The Chairman reminded councillors that the Carol Singing would take place on 21 December and that notices would be put on notice boards etc to alert the public to this very delightful occasion.
Councillor Wood and Betts had attended the Annual General Meeting of CALC where reorganisation of local government was discussed.
Councillor David Brickhill stated no Appeal had been lodged re Clayhanger Application and councillors were of the opinion that the area of land concerned should be removed from the Waste Local Plan.
Councillor Hammond referred to the Blog site on Crewe which can be found at www.crewe.tv. Councillors asked why Haslington had not been included in the Alcohol Free Zones in the Crewe Chronicle and Councillor Hammond agreed to look into this. He also agreed to look into the Clay Lane Playing Field (Crewe and Nantwich BC agreement) and the length of the existing lease.
Although we did not win a prize in the North West in Bloom competition the remarks from the judges were complimentary and encouraging. The daffodil bulbs supplied by Crewe and Nantwich BC for Parish Council were to be collected and planted shortly.
A grant was made to Haslington Conservation Volunteers towards work to be carried out on land at Hall O’ the Heath farm.
Various matters were to be referred to Engineering Cheshire County Council Crewe on the state of pavements and roads in the parish. The Chairman along with Councillor Betts and Hammond will attend the annual Parish Highways walkabout with an officer from CCC to point out the more serious concerns regarding maintenance. The Clerk was also requested to write to CCC regarding the finishing of the roadway outside Brook Terrace. At a recent meeting with Simon Boone it was understood this matter along with others would be dealt with but no action had yet been taken.
Councillor Betts gave an update on the Parish Plan and referred to the conditions of Grant Application and the implications on Members of the Committee. Councillor Betts was advised to contact CALC and also Individual Insurance Broker re required cover. Haslington Parish Council are supportive of setting up of the Parish Plan and Steering Group.
Councillors referred to the traffic calming meeting and the promise of a mobile SID; complaints had been received re the new crossing outside the Primary School on Crewe Road – trees needed cutting back and more lighting needed in the interests of safety. The Clerk was requested to write to the appropriate Authorities.
PS: Councillor Hammond contacted the Chairman on the Tuesday to inform her that Haslington was definitely included in the Alcohol Free Zone.