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Thursday 13th February 2003 at 7.30 p.m.


Thursday 13 February 2003 at 7.30 p.m.

Holmes Chapel Primary School




1. Attendance

Mrs J Booth (Chairman) P

Mr AC Rickards (Vice-Chairman) P

Mrs ME Coombs A

Mrs DE Currie A

Mr PJ Gregory A

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

  1. RCP indicated that he would not take part in discussion about planning applications because of his membership of CBC Planning Committee
  2. YDM – planning application 25 Balmoral Drive

3. Minutes


Council – 09-01-03 - approved

Amenities & Planning – 16-01-03 - received

Traffic & Planning – 30-01-03 - received

Finance – 06-02-03 - received


4. Matters arising

  1. Skateboarding – Disappointing progress because of lack of activity from CBC but TJH intervention had resulted in action from from newly involved officer. Police have secured some funding
  2. Cranage Playing Pitches – Tenders received for access and car park to be considered by CBC; two figures in budget to cover phase 2 and river crossing but not certain both these figures would remain; CBC had discussed land for river crossing with owner and made reasonable progress. Resolved land purchase figures be discussed as private and confidential business
  3. Kinderton – Waiting for Glyn Chambers to report back. Agreed Clerk approach Middlewich TC re co-operation
  4. Regional Government – Recommendations of Finance Committee noted and agreed
  5. Best Kept Village Competition – Recommendation of A&P that Council not enter this year noted and agreed
  6. Byley – Clerk had circulated correspondence with Chief Exec. of CCC
  7. Resolved recommendation of Finance Committee to contribute a further £2,000 be agreed

  8. Village Centre improvements – Clerk to try and arrange meeting date of 25-02-03
  9. Street sweeping and skips – YDM had circulated note about discussions with CBC officers – concern that they had not acted on proposed actions. Also YDM had attended Best Value Meeting to discuss performance of Direct Services Dept. Resolved report be accepted as private & confidential business
  10. Precinct – Repair work carried out 01-02-03 – agreed it needed further observation
  11. Motorway widening – Noted that Parish Councils locally had not attended forum which meets in Stafford recentlty. Clerk had asked Assoc. of Parish Councils to canvass opinion locally. Agreed Clerk ask CBC to confirm their up to date policy on widening
  12. Parking – Police say they will make checks – they have had a recent campaign in Alsager
  13. Library – Alan Bell of Libraries Department to attend Council meeting on 27-03-03; items agreed for discussion


































5. Performance review

Council considered action taken since last cycle of meetings. Items outstanding from Finance Committee and letter to Comprehensive School to be discussed with DEC






Items agreed for inclusion in next agenda



7. Traffic & Planning

Items agreed for inclusion in next agenda



8. Finance

  1. Items agreed for inclusion in next agenda
  2. Accounts for payment as per Finance minutes +

British Telecom (IT) -




9. Borough Council matters

  1. "At Home" - Clerk reported on last meeting – in particular presentation by Head of Planning on delegation of powers – government target of 95%. Head had suggested seminar for Parish Councils – agreed this would be worth attendance for members and Clerk
  2. Meeting Dates - Clerk reported on discussion at meeting about calendars and attempts to avoid clashes between CBC and Parish Councils. New CBC calendar suggested present pattern of meetings should continue – agreed Clerk prepare programme for consideration highlighting any clashes
  3. Budgets - CBC members reported on progress of budget process which would be completed on 20-02-03













10. County Council matters

KO unable to attend meeting because of CCC budget meeting


11. Planning applications

  1. Knutsford Road access – Chairman reported on site meeting – application to be considered further on 17-02-03
  2. Planning decisions – Members mentioned some applications causing concern – e.g. extension to property on corner of Balmoral Drive and Dornoch Court and agreed these could be raised at seminar
  3. Applications – Resolved:

35413/3 – 83 West Way – Extension – No objection

35421/3 – 25 Balmoral Drive – Conservatory – No objection

35440/3 – Manor Lane – External features – No objection provided air conditioning units not visible from road

35445/3 – Comprehensive School – Car Park – No objection to car park provided it is landscaped and lighting shielded from neighbouring properties; strong objection to access on Grassmere Drive

















12. School Governors

IMM reported on last meeting of HC Primary School Governors and on recent events


13. Sandbach Almshouses Charity

DRP gave update on letting arrangements


14. Twinning Association

Burns Night Supper had been successful; AGM to be held in March


15. Police

JR reported on :

  • Forum Meetings
  • Action being taken on parking problems
  • His involvement with a CAT shift – to be reported in press

16. General correspondence

Leisure Centre JMC – Meeting to be held on 15-04-03


17. Members items

  1. Annual Parish Meeting – Agreed Chairman and Clerk make arrangements
  2. Dane Valley – Chairman gave report provided by Mrs Henshaw
  3. Internet – ACR reported Council’s web site had been updated and modernised. Agreed thanks to ACR for this work

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18. Private & Confidential Business

  1. Cranage Playing Pitches – River Crossing
  2. Street Cleansing – YDM gave report of meeting which she had attended



Close 9.05 p.m.


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