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Wednesday 11th July 2002 at 7.30 p.m.





1. Attendance

Mrs J Booth (Chairman) P

Mr AC Rickards (Vice-Chairman) P

Mrs ME Coombs A

Mrs DE Currie P

Mr PJ Gregory P

Mr TJ Howkins P

Mrs IM Mackenzie P

Mrs SJ Maddock A

Mrs YD Moore P

Mr RC Parry P

Mr DR Peake P

Mr J Rigby P

County Councillor K Oliver A

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


2. Declarations of interests

RCP indicated that he would not take part in discussion about planning applications because of his membership of CBC Planning Committee


3. Minutes


Council – 15-05-02 - approved

Amenities & Planning – 06-06-02 - received

Traffic & Planning – 20-06-02 - received

Finance – 27-06-02 - received


4. Matters arising

  1. Civic Service – Chairman thanked members for their support
  2. Local Plan Review – Clerk confirmed written statement had been submitted on transportation issues
  3. Area Committee 3 – Next meeting would be 23-07-02 when Peter Cooper of CBC would address meeting regarding committee’s future
  4. Custody Suites – Clerk reported response from new Police Superintendent who still did not have any relevant information
  5. Cranage Playing Pitches – Agreed Clerk should suggest a meeting with Cranage Parish Council to discuss lack of progress
  6. Golden Jubilee – Chairman had presented mugs to children at Primary Schools; Village Volunteers would plant tree at Sutton Oaks; agreed other trees, particularly with golden leaves, would be appreciated
  7. Gas plant – DRP had attended first group meeting; further meeting with Dr Le-Las to discuss costs had been cancelled. Further discussion on financial issues would have to wait for this meeting to take place
  8. Site visits report – Clerk had circulated report to CBC officers but no response so far. TJH and RCP had taken Peter Cooper round some areas of village. It was considered that this was a good exercise which should be repeated in future years
  9. Middlewich Road Playing Field – Bob Hardiker had produced draft sign for use at entrance to play area; Sue Tarplee and Philip Van Schijndel to attend next A&P meeting to discuss skateboarding
  10. Village Centre improvements – Agreed IMM RCP and DRP should meet Harry Hopkinson and Derek Sewell of CBC on 24-07-02 with authority to make decisions within budget
  11. Internal Auditor – Agreed ACR and Clerk should discuss this matter with Mrs Maureen Jones who was willing to act
  12. Code of Conduct – Resolved Council approve Finance Committee recommendations






































Council considered action taken since last cycle of meetings.


6. Updates

Council noted information circulated by Clerk


7. Amenities & Planning

Items agreed for inclusion in next agenda



8. Traffic & Planning

  1. Items agreed for inclusion in next agenda
  2. Agreed Clerk write to Head of Planning re unnecessary signs at Station entrance




9. Finance

  1. Items agreed for inclusion in next agenda
  2. Accounts for payment as per Finance minutes 27-06-02



10. Borough Council matters

  1. Letter received re industrial action on 17-07-02; agreed Clerk enquire whether "At Home" would proceed on that date
  2. Planning Committee considering problem of aerial masts
  3. Revenue grant under consideration but increases likely to go to Metropolitan Councils



11. County Council matters

In absence of KO, RCP reported reorganisation in Education Dept. which meant Education and Community Services back together


12. Planning applications

  1. Resolved:
  2. 34626/3 – 1 Cartmel Close – garage extension – no objection

    34636/3 – 5 Lingmell Gardens – conservatory - no objection

  3. TJH and Clerk reported on application to VRBC re extension to agricultural building on Brereton Lane Sproston and concern about future use. They agreed to monitor and report back









13. School Governors

  1. HC Primary School – IMM produced copy of annual report for circulation
  2. Hermitage School – PJG reported on building work and need for co-opted governors

14. Sandbach Almshouses Charity

DRP reported on last meeting of Trustees when main discussion had been on tenancy issues.


15. Association of Parish Councils

JR had reported on last area meeting


16. Twinning Association

Chairman reported on recent Jubilee Barbeque and on visit of French choir in October when hosts would be required


17. Police

JR had reported on last Police Forum meeting


18. General correspondence

  1. Minutes – Clerk reported on critical letter in Knutsford Guardian re availability of Council minutes. Concern expressed about false reports on village web site. Resolved: Clerk should not reply because no address supplied and writer not known; ACR and Clerk should prepare brief statement to go in Information Centre and on Council web site








19. Members items

  1. Chairman reported on her attendance at a Buckingham Palace Garden Party; she would be attending a further garden party at Macclesfield on 24-07-02, being the Queen’s official jubilee visit to Cheshire
  2. Village volunteers to meet on Sunday 14-07-02

Close 8.35 p.m.


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