Parish Council Meeting Notes – October 2009

The meeting began with the Chairman welcoming the new Parish Councillor for Winterley Ward Mrs Sharon Gorman

PC Nick Moore reported that a young man from Crewe had been apprehended after burglary and he had admitted incidents involving attempted burglary from cars in Haslington.  He also said that there had been anti-social behaviour in the village especially on the Gutterscroft playing field.  It was reported to him that bottles had been set alight on the playing field and had subsequently exploded.  This is a very serious activity as it could result in serious injury or death.  He asked that anyone with concerns over the drinking and anti-social behaviour ring the police early in the evening as if complaints were left until late officers would be deployed in the towns.  He said if notified early they could confiscate the drink and take the offenders off the playing field, if the offenders are youngsters under 16 he could take them home to their parents.

It was reported that the repairs to the road were far more satisfactory; it emerged that the contract for road repairs had been awarded to a different contractor who is using a better repair method.

There were a number of street lights still not working in spite of PC Moore reporting them to the Street Lighting  Department and the Clerk was asked to write to the relevant person responsible for street lighting.

The Chairman thanked Councillor Mrs Farrall for the excellent Best Kept Gardens Awards evening held recently at which he and Mrs Herriman had presented the prizes.

A letter of thanks had been sent to the Parish Council from one of the prize winners and Councillor Mrs Farrall asked that letters of thanks be sent to various people who had helped in any way in the organisation of this event; appreciation was due also to Lesley Green for writing all the many certificates in such a special way, thanks were extended to the councillors who had attended and helped to make the evening such a success and to Mrs Adams for her invaluable support.

The Chairman reported on the purchase of the land at Shelburne Drive.  It was not clear if Cheshire East would continue maintenance of the land but it was decided to go ahead with payment to Cheshire East to secure the land for the Parish.

We still await a response from Cheshire East regarding the possibility of land being available for allotments. Their report has been hastened but unfortunately was not received in time for the meeting. It was agreed that the Parish Council will now write directly to some of the main local land owners to ask if any have suitable areas of land which they would be prepared to make available for allotments under appropriate terms.

The Parish Council gave a grant to the Haslington Red Cross to ease the cost to them of the annual Flower and Craft Show.

Councillors had been asked repeatedly when the seats were going to be installed in the new bus shelters and the Clerk was asked to write to the relevant authority regarding this as a matter of urgency. The elderly were finding difficulty in standing for any length of time if waiting for a bus.

The Christmas Tree was to be ordered for the beginning of December and the Millennium Stone and War Memorial to planted up for Remembrance Sunday along with the baskets and planters.  There had been many compliments received about the beds at Oakland Avenue/Primrose Avenue, it was felt they were a vast improvement.  Although Haslington nor Winterley received a prize from North West in Bloom it was felt that the floral display had been better than ever and the Parish Council could take pride in the results.

Councillor Chris Betts asked if St Matthews Church could book the Village Green for 10 July 2010 for a Summer Fair to enable parishioners to celebrate 200 years of the present Church.  This idea was welcomed.

Remembrance Sunday  will take place at St Matthews Church and will be led by Ruth Allen from the URC, this will be her last opportunity as she retires next year.

Councillor Mrs D Farrall