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Thursday 6th November 2003 at 7.30 p.m.


Thursday 6 November 2003 at 7.30 p.m.

Holmes Chapel Primary School




1. Attendance

Mr AC Rickards (Chairman) P

Mr DR Peake (Vice-Chairman) P

Mr JB Adams P

Mrs J Booth P

Mrs ME Coombs P

Mrs DE Currie A

Mr PJ Gregory P

Mr TJ Howkins P

Mrs IM Mackenzie P

Mrs SJ Maddock P

Mrs YD Moore P

Mr RC Parry P

County Councillor K Oliver N

Borough Councillor J Brown N

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


2. Declarations of interests

DRP declared an interest in planning application for 46-50 London Road


3. Minutes

1. Resolved:

Council – 25-09-03 – approved

Amenities & Planning – 09-10-03 - received

Library – One stop Shop – 20-10-03 – note (prepared by IMM) received

Public Meeting re Kinderton – 23-10-03 - approved

2. Public Meeting re Public Conveniences – 03-11-03 – verbal report by DRP received


4. Matters arising

  1. Public conveniences – Agreed this matter be reconsidered at end of meeting to enable comments to be made to CBC immediately
  2. Knutsford Road planning appeal – Decision received and appeal allowed – copy to be circulated
  3. Library – Work started on car park
  4. CAD – Kinderton – Council reviewed public meeting held on 23-10-03 and following points noted

  • Attendance poor but not unexpected because of need to raise awareness
  • Requests for formation of action group and distribution of posters and placards should be referred to local people because not in their interests for it to be tied to rules and regulations of Parish Council – could be linked to MAD Middlewich group
  • Priority to be given to production of information sheet
















5. Amenities & Planning

1. Items agreed for inclusion in next agenda – (in particular Budgets)

2. Cranage – Joint Committee – meeting to be held on 17-11-03 – all reps available to attend. Agreed the following items be put forward for discussion:

  • Appointment of joint chairmen, one from each Council to act alternatively
  • Establishment of aims and objectives
  • Finance and funding (to take account of current Cranage position)
  • Joint ownership issues
  • Long term plan to include development of toilet and changing facilities, enlargement of car park
  • River crossing – particularly fund raising

3. Cranage River Crossing – Clerk put forward recommendation that option deed with Mr Massey be approved and Council agree to pay his legal costs of £565 plus VAT. Resolved:

  • Recommendations be approved
  • ACR (Chairman of Council) and JB (Committee Chairman) execute deed on behalf of Council

4. Village Volunteers – Resolved John Clowes be co-opted as a non-voting member of A&P Committee if he is willing to act






















6. Traffic & Planning

Items agreed for inclusion in next agenda – (in particular Budgets)



7. Finance

1. Items agreed for inclusion in next agenda – (in particular Budgets)

  1. Accounts for payment – Resolved:


Printing - CAD


DR Cowgill

Refund – Sentinel delivery of public meeting notices -CAD


DR Cowgill

Refund – retirement gift for Peter Cooper


DR Cowgill

Salary – Sept / Oct


Inland Revenue














8. Borough Council matters

  1. "At Home" – Clerk reported on ;ast meeting which included Financial Information, update on Local Government reorganisation (report of District Councils in Cheshire now available) and presentation to Peter Cooper to mark his retirement at end of November
  2. Quality Parish Councils – Meeting had taken place earlier in day between CBC Chief Exec. And Chief Exec Designate and a number of Clerks to discuss this issue. There had been particular discussion about Parish / Town Councils being involved in scrutiny process. Next meeting 27-11-03












9. Planning applications


33798/1 – Land on Station Road – Amended plan for residential development – Object because proposal is contrary to Local Plan policies and recent restrictions introduced

36529/6 – 20 Hawthorne Close – Renewal of consent for extension – No objection

36612/3 – 46-50 London Road – Object because the application is against Local Plan policies and recent restrictions introduced, it constitutes unacceptable tandem development, the proposed access would conflict with a bus stop on the A50













10. School Governors

YDM reported on meeting of Governors held earlier in day. Thanks had been expressed to Council for Jubilee shrubs and trees which are flourishing


11. Sandbach Almshouses Charity

DRP reported on recent meeting of trustees and gave a general update


12. Twinning Association

TJH and Clerk gave report on recent successful visit to Beesancourt. Association expect to repay Council loan before end of year


13. Police

Council noted issues reported in recent e-mails from Police


14. Annual Rememberance Service

Members reminded of Service to be held on Sunday 09-11-03; parade at 9.15 before service at 10.00 a.m.


15. Christmas

  1. Agreed Chairman’s meesage be prepared
  2. Noted Village Volunteers proceeding with preparation of lights
  3. Agreed CBC be asked to light their tree first week in December but no special event required




16. General correspondence

  1. Assoc. of Parish Councils – Details of courses received; aalso meeting to discuss Police Community Support Officers 19-11-03 – RCP to attend
  2. Loading and unloading restrictions village centre – Proposed restrictions cancelled by Joint Highways Committee because of objections from local traders. Agreed Clerk ask Joint Highways to reconsider because lack of co-operation from traders was a problem; also write to Fire Brigade who had been one of complainants
  3. Animal re-processing plant at Sproston – Notice of appeal received. Original objections to be repeated
  4. Area 3 Forum – Meeting on 11-11-03 to include youth issues
  5. Items for circulation – Clerk produced various documents for information and circulation











17. Public conveniences

Agreed the following comments be made to CBC:

  1. support building of new public conveniences.
  2. However, existing building should not be closed until a new building is ready or to make way for new building if it remains on same site.
  3. Preference would be for new site at entrance to Precinct on London Road, but if that is too difficult to organise in reasonable timescale there would be no objection to new building on existing site – but not renovation of existing building. Moving to a new site would enable enhancement of gardens next to present building and also it could stay open until new premises ready.
  4. Useful to carry out a survey of use of existing premises to see if that gave any information about patterns of use and needs for new building. For example, there is a perception that the facilities are used more by visitors to village rather than local people and this would suggest a full range of facilities should be available including baby changing and disabled facilities. Presumably, disabled facilities would be a requirement in any event.
  5. Need for better management of facilities. The local person who looks after the building seems very conscientious, but does not seem to have the necessary back-up.
  6. Lighting and hours of opening should be controlled electronically to achieve better standards.
  7. Consultation on design of a new building.




























Close 9.05 p.m.


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