Inspector Paul Broadhurst spoke to the meeting of how the Community Policing would work after Cheshire East Council came into being. Apparently if Haslington went with Sandbach and Congleton our valued Police Constable Nick Moore and PSCO Ainsley Threadgold would not be working in Haslington but our Community Policing would in all probability come from Congleton. The Parish Council want to keep PC Nick Moore and his PCSO in Haslington and Winterley. The Clerk was instructed to write to Councillor David Brown, Portfolio Holder for Performance and Capacity, Cheshire East, urgently requesting that we keep the status quo regarding our Neighbourhood Policing when the changeover takes place. When the Chairman and Councillor Richard Hovey attended a workshop at Reaseheath recently the police spokesman said he could not see a problem with keeping the policing we request.
PC Moore gave a report on six recent crimes committed in the area recently. This was thought to be a step in the right direction. He was having a positive response to his surgery (6.30pm to 7.30pm before every Parish Council meeting). This would perhaps be discontinued if we do not keep PC Moore in our area, and would be a very big loss to the public in the availability of one to one reporting of concerns of residents.
PSCO Ainsley Threadgold promised to carry out investigations of a domestic nature over the next few days.
It had been reported to the Chairman that the guttering at the Gutterscroft Centre needed attention. Chairman said that the guttering was scheduled to be replaced in the half term holidays.
Questions had been asked regarding the resiting of the post box from the corner of Cross Road to the Crosslands area. The Post Office said it was in the interests of safety, there was no footpath in the Cross Road area and so posed a danger to people posting letters being struck by vehicles. Also the post box was rotten which was partly due to it being stuck in a hedgerow
The new play equipment is scheduled to be in situ on the Gutterscroft Playing Field in March. The Chairman had received complaints on the ongoing problem of dog fouling on the playing field. She suggested that when the play equipment was installed a fence could be erected around it to keep dogs away. This would be reviewed at the Finance Meeting.
Unfortunately the bid put to Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council for tennis courts in Haslington was unsuccessful. Councillor Hammond said if we had only asked for help towards the play equipment fencing we may have been successful but the whole of our bid went for the tennis courts.
Reverend Ann Lawson had asked if it would in order to put a Cross on the Village Green for Holy Week and to hold our ecumenical service there on Good Friday. Unfortunately it was deemed not to be feasible a) the Cross would be vandalised and b) it may offend people not of the Christian Faith. There was no objection to holding the Good Friday service on the Village Green.
A short presentation by the Boundary Committee for England on 4 February at Sandbach Town Hall was to be attended by Chairman of Planning Cllr Richard Hovey and Councillor John Hammond. The information on the presentation can be viewed on Jansell@electoralcommission.org.uk.
A number of youth organisations in the Parish had been invited to apply for grants towards specific projects. There had been a good response and the meeting decreed that all the applicants were deserving of a donation towards their projects. The Parish Council went into detail to be fair to all who had applied for a grant.
D Farrall -Chair