The meeting began with a report from PC Nick Moore on offences committed during October. These amounted to 8 in total, 2 burglaries, one in Winterley and one in Repton Drive, PC Moore said that a pattern was emerging from these two break-ins and the police were taking notice of when and where they occurred.
There was one case of criminal damage, one of assault and one drug offence. There had been four anti-social behaviour instances.
He agreed to look into a speedwatch in Fields Road that had seen the increase in speed between 5 and 6pm. There was an ongoing problem of speeding in the Dingle and this was to be monitored. A speed warning such as was in evidence at Jessop Way and Winterley was to be installed where the Dingle, Maw Lane and Clay Lane meet. It was hoped this would be a deterrent to drivers of speeding vehicles.
The Remembrance Day services in the village had been very well attended and it was deemed appropriate to send letters of thanks to both the schools for their participation in the services. The attendance at St Matthews Church service was increased this year.
The Action Group meeting had been very well attended and two Action Groups had been set up to deal with objections to the planning applications being made at Winterley and Haslington. It was hoped that the meeting to deal with these applications would take place in Crewe to enable as many people as possible to attend. Thanks were extended to the Food for Thought Bakery for their participation in forwarding objections on both counts to Cheshire East Planning Board.
The Best Kept Garden Awards presentation was very well attended. This event is very popular and grows in stature year after year.
Councillor Ken Lightfoot was elected Treasurer of the Parish Council in place of Councillor Alan Casey who had been deputising as Treasurer for the late Councillor Bill Herriman. Thanks were extended to Councillor Casey for the excellent work he had carried out.
It was reported that the footpaths who were the responsibility of Cheshire East were very overgrown and the Clerk as asked to write to the responsible department and ask for remedial work to be carried out as soon as possible
There is a vacancy for a Parish Councillor and anyone wishing to apply for this position should write to the Clerk, 20 Valley Road, Wistaston, Crewe CW2 8JX before 8 January 2014
The meeting ended with drinks and mince pies courtesy of the Chairman Richard Hovey who wished everyone a very Happy Christmas.
Councillor D Farrall