After the first three items on the agenda the meeting was closed to allow residents to express their concerns regarding the drinking and anti social behaviour that was taking place on the Gutterscroft playing field. The Chairman told them that Haslington Parish Council were only too aware of these problems and were continually asking Crewe Police for their help in making the playing field a safe place for children to visit. The steering group of the Village Plan were looking at ideas to solve some of these problems. It was hoped that the alcohol free zone which was to come into force on 2 April will go some way to alleviate the problems caused by cans and broken bottles on the playing field. Residents were urged to attend the Police Forum Meeting which was due to take place on 6 March. It was reported that children were causing problems when congregating in Repton Drive and PC Moore promised to look into this matter. The meeting was then opened to allow the Parish Council meeting to continue.
PC Moore stated that the vast majority causing problems are local children. Youths have been taken home and parents advised. Also letters have been sent to parents informing them that their children have been stopped with alcohol. Youths have been creating problems at the rear of the Fox Inn which has been boarded up recently. Reference was made to the derelict changing room on the playing field in Clay Lane and the Clerk was to write to Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council requesting that it be removed.
Debris/rubbish had been dumped out of a skip in Cross Street adjacent to the Fox Inn. The Clerk was to contact the owners of the Fox Inn and ask them to remove the rubbish.
The Chairman, Councillor Betts and Councillor Allen attended a meeting with Mr Williams of Cheshire County Council to point out the numerous potholes in the pavements and roads in the parish. Apparently the potholes need to be 25mm deep for pavements and 50mm deep for roads before they meet the criteria for repair. This was not very satisfactory but he seemed to think the pavements and roads in the parish did not meet the criteria for any major work. He said that if any member of the public has any concerns about these holes in the road please ring 0845 245 0558 and he assured us they will be repaired asap.
The Chairman helped to plant a tree in Primrose Avenue walkway as part of the Cheshire Year of Gardens 2008. Mr Colin Lythgoe, Chairman of the Haslington Conservation Volunteers and Councillor Richard Hovey was accompanied by members of the Cheshire Landscape Trust.
Bus stops in the Crewe and Nantwich District will be the next area to be looked at to upgrade all bus stops in the district to allow for disabled passengers.
A number of lights reported to be out at the last meeting had been mended and the lights by the new crossing at Haslington County Primary School were still waiting to be wired up to the lighting system.
Councillor Betts reported that the Gardening Club were willing to assist in certain areas of the Parish and also with the entry to Cheshire Community Council Competition. He also provided Councillors with an update of the Parish Plan and said a draft issue would be provided at the Village Fun Day for residents to view and make comment on.
Reference to the unsatisfactory state of parts of the Primrose Avenue Walkway was made and Councillor John Hammond said he would contact Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council regarding this.
Councillor Alan Casey reported that the website has been completely changed and can be accessed via Haslington.org
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