Parish Council Meeting Notes – September 2016

The meeting began with  Mr Richard Goodwin of Strategic Infrastructure and Highways Cheshire East Council giving a presentation on the Crewe Green Roundabout.  He told councillors that the best option seemed to be Option 3 and after his explanation on this fact, councillors agreed with him. A presentation from Haslington Parish Council was made to the retiring PC Moore in appreciation of all the hard work he has put in for the Parish.  He had been a very conscientious PC for the nine years he had worked for the Parish and he will be very sorely missed.

Scott Watson the PCSO for the Parish sent his report in for August.  It contained 6 assaults, 1 harassment, 1 interfering with a motor vehicle, 1 theft from a motor vehicle, 1 burglary and 1 distress alarm.  There were 3 ASB problems reported which included 2 vehicle acting in an anti-social behaviour manner and 1 fraudulent phone call. 

Hopefully the attendance of the police at Parish Council meetings will continue as before.

It was noted that the Park Road sign had not been replace and it was requested that the sign be put on the side of the road with an additional “No Through Road” sign being put at the beginning of Park Road.

Clay Lane was reported as having a very poor road surface with numerous cracks in the road making it quite dangerous for motorists.

The matter of speeding traffic through the Parish was again discussed and it was thought that moving the flashing 30mph post nearer to the school would be a good prospect. The speeding matter was to reported to the police yet again and asking for help in reducing this problem.  It was also reported that the Haslington By-Pass needed monitoring for speeding traffic.

The hedges reported recently as impairing pedestrian access had been cut back but the bottoms of the hedgerows were still causing the footpaths to be narrow and were needing to be cut back. This was a Highways problem as the hedgerows were growing over the pavements. The walkway between Crewe Road and Repton Drive had been reported on several occasions to Highways but it was still very overgrown, resulting in people dumping hedge-cuttings on sidewalk.  This is to be raised yet again at the Highways meeting.

The pavements in Shelburne Drive were needing attention; the light in Clay Lane, number 7, was reported to be still out.

Problems reported by residents should be made on the Parish Council Facebook page or direct to the Clerk. They should not be reported individually to a Parish Councillor via Facebook.

Residents should report problems involving Cheshire East Council direct to Cheshire East Council.

The problem at the top of Slaughter Hill is still to be resolved but the solution will definitely not to be to divert buses via Narrow Lane.  This is would be an extreme inconvenience to residents of Haslington and a solution is urgently sort on this matter.

Councillor Mottram had attended the induction of the new Police Crime Commissioner meeting, and also attended the Red Cross Flower show which he said was well attended. He had also attended a meeting to decide on the names of the roads at the new Pool Lane development. These will be Samuel Twemlow Close, Charles Barnett Drive and Arthur Price Avenue in honour of residents who lost their lives in conflict of war.

On Sunday 16th October 2016 a Joint Standards Service will be held at St Matthews Church commencing at 10.30am together with Haslington and Crewe Green Branch of The Royal British Legion and Haslington Red Cross Society.   The Church will provide a plaque which will be placed on the outside of the Church.  The plaque will be unveiled by MP Edward Timpson, in honour of those residents who paid the ultimate sacrifice during conflict and who are buried in the Churchyard. Refreshments are to be served in the Church Hall after the service.

A donation was made to the Parish Church Hall towards the cost of the new kitchen and refurbishment.  The hall is very well used by many organisations.

The ongoing problem of the proposed Hazel Bank development was discussed and until the access and visibility condition is resolved, no building can go ahead.

A resident had raised the question of the whereabouts of the stencil etc supplied by the Parish Council regarding the dog fouling issue.  He has volunteered to oversee the responsibility of this and the Clerk is to write to CEC to find out where the stencils and paints are now.

There was a discussion on the play equipment on the Gutterscroft Playing Field and this is to be reviewed.

Councillor Mrs D Farrall