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5th June 2003


Thursday 5 June 2003 at 7.35 p.m.

Holmes Chapel Primary School




1. Attendance

Mrs J Booth (Committee Chairman) P

Mr AC Rickards (Chairman of the Council) P

Mrs DE Currie P

Mr PJ Gregory P

Mr TJ Howkins P

Mrs SJ Maddock P

Mrs YD Moore P

Also in attendance Alistair Cook of CBC

P = present, A = apology, N = non-attendance


2. Declarations of interests



3. Minutes

Resolved: 27-02-03 approved


4. Planning applications


35837/3 – Manor Business Park – Telecommunications Development – Site plan appears misleading and if incorrect, plan should be refused; object to antenna which are visible especially from residential areas (Eastgate Road)

35842/3 – 6 Perth Close – Extension – Concern about reference to model railway which would indicate a need for sound insulation

35851/3 – 55 Macclesfield Road – Re-building granny flat – No objection

35854/3 – 14 Balmoral Drive – Extension – Strong objection because this property is already too large for its site and is out of keeping with adjoining properties. Any increase in size should be resisted

35863/3 – 11 Bowness Close – Conservatory – No objection

35859/3 – Unit 4 Cotton Farm – Change of use to light industrial – Strong objection to proposed change of use which would set a precedent for changing the whole area which is close to residential properties and has been an area of concern





















5. Site visits

  1. Clerk had sent report to appropriate CBC officers
  2. Inspection of Dane Valley with Alistair Cook and Bob McGarry of CBC earlier – AC promised responses on points raised in 3 weeks and full report for next meeting
  3. No other replies received





6. Cranage Playing Pitches

  1. AC gave progress report, programme delayed because of staff changes but expect to go out to tender and have phase 3 pitch available for September 2004
  2. AC gave details of new departmental structure and relevance to this project
  3. Finance in place for phase 3
  4. Car park and access completed - signs required
  5. Bob Hardiker to deal with marketing
  6. AC did not have information on river crossing – Clerk to contact Peter Sutton on return from holiday
  7. AC to arrange attendance at next meeting to give further progress report










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7. Village Volunteers

  1. Members raised with AC the issue of maintaining contact with this important group
  2. Clerk confirmed he had raised with AC already and he had promised to discuss with new Streetscape Manager


AC &



8. Joint committee on playing fields

Committee considered various issues raised at seminar attended by May Mackenzie – details circulated. In particular issue of a joint committee had been raised with Cranage Parish Council

IMM had sent details to Clerk of sources of finance for rural recovery; some of these may be relevant to Cranage project







9. Annual Parish Meeting issues

All matters affecting this committee had been actioned and Clerk would monitor progress



10. Leisure Centre JMC

Clerk reported on last meeting which had not been well attended because of Easter holidays. Main points:

  • Figures showed some improvement but fitness suite still disappointing
  • New management in place
  • Discussion about new management agreements in all centres. RCP reported agreement in place for Alsager and Clerk asked to obtain copy
  • JB had made presentation on skateboarding but poor attendance meant not enough people to hear it









11. Skateboarding

  1. In view of comments above (10) Clerk endeavouring to organise a meeting of "interested parties"
  2. TJH reported on discussions with Glyn Chambers of CBC who had delegated Tony Potts to consider general problems of anti-social behaviour
  3. Clerk agreed to liase with Tony Potts







12. Police problems

Clerk had circulated details of recent incidents reported by Police, most serious being at Station


13. Best kept gardens

Judges reminded of need to carry out judging process over next 2/3 months



14. Members’ items

  1. Litter – SJM reported on discussion with some young people concerned about litter in village and willing to help
  2. Bus services – ACR reported there seemed to be a problem with one bus shelter – Clerk not notified so asked to make further enquiries. Also some problems with PMT service to Sandbach on Thursday and may result in reduction of service







Close 9.15 a.m.


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