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Thursday 22th April 2004


Thursday 22 April 2004 at 7.30 p.m.

Holmes Chapel Primary School




1. Attendance

Mrs J Booth (Committee Chairman) P

Mr AC Rickards (Chairman of the Council) A

Mrs DE Currie P

Mr PJ Gregory A

Mr TJ Howkins A

Mrs SJ Maddock P

Mrs YD Moore A

Mr J Clowes A

Also in attendance Mrs IM Mackenzie

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


2. Declarations of interests



3. Minutes

Resolved: 04-03-04 approved


4. Planning applications

Resolved: No objection:

37200/3 – 25 Westway – Extensions

37209/3 – 23 Alumbrook Ave – Porch




5. Leisure Centre

Before formal opening of meeting Tony Parr Leisure Centres Officer CBC attended and discussed following issues:

  • Present staffing and management structure
  • Attendance levels
  • Financial performance
  • Facilities requiring special attention – in particular the Green Room and DDA work
  • JMC meetings – TP expressed concern that no meetings held for one year. New CBC organisation does not lend itself to same structure, but meetings with interested parties and users required and to be organised soon














6. Cranage Playing Fields

  1. Clerk reported on meeting on previous day with Reps of CBC and Cranage Parish Council. Progress had been made and Steven Jones of CBC was to approach landscape architects with a view to going out to tender to 3 firms
  2. Cranage Parish Council had put forward suggestion for naming development to mark Frank Walton’s 50 years of service as Clerk. Agreed that Committee not in favour of using personal names but it may be possible to use name in part of development – e.g. building








7. CBC Play area refurbishment programme

  1. details received from CBC of a 5year programme including the following:

2004/5 – HC / Cranage -£10000 plus possible external sources of funding for "new provision" – Agreed urgent discussions required to make sure money spent properly or capable of being carried forward if not spent this year

2008/9 – Middlewich Rd - £35000 for "total refurbishment"

2008/9 – Bridge Farm – £20000 "for minor rectification works" – Agreed CBC be asked to consider refurbishment of this area












8. Village Volunteers

JC had sent apols but reported some work done in village centre. More volunteers would be welcome. Agreed some members would need to make contact with Volunteers when new Council elected; in meantime Clerk should write and thank them for their help to this Council






9. Skateboarding

Noted Bob Hardiker and Steven Jones of CBC were discussing issues with a view to making some progress


10. Forward plan

Clerk reported that Cranage Playing Field Development would be used as part of a plan which should be progressed by new Council. Agreed other items to include would be Joint projects, working with groups like Village Volunteers, play area refurbishment project






11. Inspections of village centre

Inspections had been done at this time of year in recent years; agreed it would be a sensible task for new Council; but any urgent items should be reported to Clerk

All members


12. Seat – Sutton Oaks

Committee considered request from Police to remove seat to prevent youths gathering following consultation with residents. Agreed Police be informed that it was unlikely all residents would agree, removal of seat would not prevent youths gathering because they would sit on walls and we cannot destroy too may facilities in the village and give in to anti-social behaviour








13. General correspondence

Precinct – Clerk had received message from agents who had inspected car park and agreed urgent action required. Work to car park and drainage would follow


14. Members items

Clerk to raise the following points:

  1. Painting of Cheshire railings on river bridge opposite Aventis
  2. raised manhole cover outside ladies public toilet





Close 9.10 p.m.


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