The meeting began with reports on crime for the month of December submitted by PC N Moore.
He reported theft from a vehicle in Newtons Lane, an assault in Oakland Avenue, criminal damaged to windows on Crewe Road, a car stopped in Primrose Avenue was found to be carrying drugs, a burglary from a dwelling in Elton Lane and one from a farm building, two assaults, one domestic and one between neighbours. Four ASB’s had been noted, one by a person throwing stones at windows in Kinglsey Road, one for a civil dispute, one involving an incident at the abattoir in Bradley Hall Road and one a falling out between neighbours.
Five collisions involving motor vehicles had been reported.
PC Moore had conducted a speedwatch in Winterley and said that more volunteers were needed to help this initiative to survive. Please contact him on 0845 458 6370 and ask to speak to PC Moore at Crewe Police (or alternatively email at: firstname.lastname@example.org) if you feel you can help with speedwatch.
Councillor Geoff Beadle had supplied spreadsheets to assess the impact of the new Speed Display Units. They were very encouraging, noting that most speeds when entering the Parish were between 25-30 mph. Between 8 December and 7 January the average speed was 28.6 mph the highest speed was 56.0 mph. The SDU’s signify the actual speed motorists are doing when entering the Parish and there has been a significant reduction in the speed of traffic.
The street lighting in Mount Pleasant had still not been repaired and the Clerk was asked to write once again to the relevant authority to get the situation remedied. Councillor John Hammond asked the Clerk to inform him of any outstanding issues and he would bring them to the attention of the persons responsible for that particular complaint. Councillor Doris Farrall said she was supplied with an assurance that the grid alongside the bus stop by Bradeley Road would be dealt with in December and was even supplied with a work number. To date the flooding had not been rectified and complaints about this were still being received by the Parish Council.
The number of potholes was increasing and these are a major problem to residents. A substantial grant has been made to Cheshire East by the Government to help rectify the problems of road surfacing and once the winter is over it is hoped that this area will receive its share to make our roads safer.
The Chairman said that the Carol Service on the Village Green had been attended by more people this year and hoped the increase would continue. Although Father Christmas did not attend by float this year he was still there to give out chocolates to the children. Refreshments were served in the Red Cross Hut and the Chairman thanked everyone for the support and help.
Councillor Peake reported to the meeting that anyone, especially the elderly, who experience difficulty with doing their shopping or attending hospital appointments or any other problems they may face could ring the helpline 01565 650201. Shopping could be brought to the household and hospital appointments would be arranged.
Councillor D Farrall