Parish Council Meeting Notes – November 2013

The Meeting was Chaired by Vice Chairman Councillor G Beadle, he opened the meeting and then closed it to allow a spokesman for Open Door to give information on this organisation, after request for a donation for this had been referred to the Finance Meeting. He said the Open Door was taking place of CAB which no longer visited the village.  Residents were advised by qualified experienced people on a number of concerns the greatest was in the Benefits category.  They would like more volunteers to take up the training.  The Open Door was operated out of the MethodistChurch in Bradeley Road and was open to all residents in need of advice on Tuesdays 10am to 12 Noon.

Many residents were attending the meeting to speak on their very great concerns regarding plans that were to be submitted for the Haslington and Winterley area.   Despite the assurance at a recent meeting by the Chief Executive of Cheshire East, Councillor Michael Jones, that there would be no more developments in this area, the Government had now said it needed another 2000+ houses in   Cheshire East and among the areas to be affected would be in our Parish.

Residents had decided that individual action groups for each planning application was needed and a meeting for residents, to be chaired by the Chairman of Planning for the Parish, Chairman Richard Hovey, would be held on the forthcoming Saturday at St Matthews Church Hall;  there was already one arranged on the following Tuesday for Winterley.  Unfortunately some of the councillors would not be able to attend because of had prior arrangements.  It was agreed that action groups would make a better impact on planning applications, with the backing of the Parish Council, as residents needed to be more involved with the protests against the applications to emphasise the added strain more houses would put on our already stretched infrastructure.

PC Nick Moore gave his update on the police involvement during the last month, these included: 11 offences, theft of vehicles, a cycle had been stolen, and two burglaries committed.  Five Anti-social Behaviours had been noted.

The survey on Fields Road regarding speeding traffic had showed the average speed of vehicles on this road to be 16.5mph and none over 25mph. A resident from Fields Road stated that vehicles had been using Waterloo Road because of the survey.  The resident was willing to liaise with PC Moore to help with a Community Speedwatch.

PC Moore had spoken to owners of HGV whose drivers were using the village as a shortcut when leaving the by-pass.  They were willing to co-operate and urge the drivers not to use the village as a shortcut.  It was acknowledged that some lorries had to come into the village to make deliveries and some were based here.

It was requested that the Village Green was to be allowed to stage a Christmas Market on 15 December 2013 from noon until 4pm and Farmers Markets to be staged on Saturdays, in 2014 on 5 April, 5 July and 4 October.  The October one to be follwed at 7.30pm by a Village Harvest Celebration Dance with Hog Roast at the Yoxall Village Hall.

The Parish Council agreed the Village Green to be used on all these dates.

After the recent Haslington Festival of Food and Farming the Haslington WI won an award donated by the Daily Telegraph and travelled to London to have the Award presented to them by RT Hon Owen Paterson, Alexia Robinson for Love British Food and Anne Cuthbertson Editor of Telegraph Life

Pot holes were still a problem and residents were urged to ring the Cheshire East Highways Department if they had serious worries regarding these.

The Christmas Tree for the Village Green had been ordered and would be installed at the end of November/beginning December.

The Carol Singing on the Village Green would take place on 20 December beginning at 7pm.  This was always a lovely start to Christmas and residents were urged to take part.

Councillor Doris Farrall