Cranage Minutes 26th July 2016

Cranage Parish Council

Minutes of the Parish Council meeting held on
Tuesday 26th July 2016 at Cranage Village Hall (7pm start).

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Presentation – Mrs Vikki Jeffery Rural Housing Officer Cheshire East

The Woodside Golf Course had been approved at appeal and the inspector had allowed that a community sum of approximately £200,000 be granted in lieu of affordable housing within Cranage Parish and not within the site. It was a unilateral ‘under takement’ and could not be challenged.

VJ wished to conduct a ‘Housing Needs Assessment’ within the Parish to substantiate the need for affordable housing. If there was no proven requirement the money could be spent in Twemlow, Swettenham, Allostock or Byley (two of which were in Cheshire West).

The Chairman challenged that the recent released affordable houses within the Parish were not affordable and the starting price was in the region of £200,000 and above. The latest assessment showed that there was a need of 17 units per year in Holmes Chapel rural.

It was agreed the survey would be delivered in September.

Vikki Jefferies left at 7.30pm


Declaration of Interest

DM – Jodrell Bank Service Station

MH – 16/2822C


Public Forum

4 members of the public present.

There was a request to write to the new Secretary of State for Transport – Chris Grayling to support the mitigation of the new Smart M6 through Cranage Parish.

Manchester Airport

A local resident had formalised a presentation about the air traffic across Oak Tree Lane. The increase in noise on one particular Saturday in June had prompted her to investigate further the reasons behind the changes. Audio aids were used and a map of the flights routes between two different dates which emphasised an increase of 50 %. She requested that the Parish Council invite Manchester Airport to the next meeting to discuss solutions.


Part 1

Present Councillor L Dooley (Chairman), Councillor G Yarwood, Councillor M Hodge, and Councillor D Madden, Councillor A Kolker (Cheshire East), Mr Tim Sheldon (Footpath Officer) and the Clerk.


Apologies Councillor G Morgan due to ill health , Councillor R Hurst due to an operation, Councillor R Hocknell – no reason.


80/16 Minutes

Amendment 67/16 the nox monitor was now on Oak Tree Lane but only limited data was available.

Resolved that the minutes of the meeting held on Tuesday 14th June 2016 be approved and signed as a true and accurate record.


81/16 Matters arising from the minutes

  • Draft letter to Secretary of State regarding the land at Middlewich Road
  • The letter had not been finalised. It was agreed that this was now a matter of urgency and the letter needed to be sent before the next meeting.

Resolved Councillors Madden and Dooley would draft a letter in agreement and it would be sent by the Clerk before the next meeting.

  • Water leak by Village Hall

This case had been closed by UU although there were concerns from RH this was not the case. The Chairman would revisit the site and report back to the clerk to yet again report to Richard Jones and UU.

  • Letter written to Bowling club

A formal letter had been sent to the treasurer and a copy had been filed regarding the parking around the green. The clerk had arranged for signs to be put in place.


82/16 Land adjacent to the Village Hall

The Chairman, GY, and the Clerk had met with Mr Stuart Barber from Cheshire East to discuss the proposals to improve the area. He had been very helpful and knowledgeable and directed the Council to how best to improve the site, also agreeing there would be no issue with future maintenance by ANSA. Mr G Broughton had been in touch with the Clerk and he had verbally agreed that should be no issues. The Clerk had submitted the bid to improve the land (hard copies circulated to all members) to Mr Lee Beckett and was now awaiting the licence to carry out the work. Councillor G Yarwood had arranged the relevant insurance documents.


83/16 Business Plan

The Chairman requested this be deferred to the next meeting.


84/16 Highways

Big Stone

Councillor A Kolker updated members on Big Stone crossroads – many of the suggested improvements would have to wait for funding but the additional warning signs had been ordered.

Leese Crossroads

Councillor G Yarwood requested a letter is sent to thank the resident for cutting back his hedge to aid visibility. It was a vast improvement.

Kings Lane

Woodside Golf Club needed to be contacted to cut back the hedge along Kings Lane.

A50 signs

It seemed the road markings and the road surfacing signs had not been reinstated or removed since the works had been carried out. This was causing some issues. There was a no through sign left on Kings Lane / Sandy Lane also. The Clerk would report.

Needham Drive roundabout

The Chairman had requested that the local residents set up a working group to tidy up the small roundabout on Needham estate. It was unkempt and highways had not actioned its maintenance. LD proposed that the Parish Council donated £350.00 for skip hire, weed matting and some flowers. GY – seconded.


Resolved the Council would donate £350.00 to the improvement of the roundabout on Needham estate.

Hedges along A50

Many of the hedgerows were over growing the footpaths and it was difficult to walk.

Resolved Councillor L Dooley would walk with Councillor R Hocknell and establish ownership and the clerk would write to the landowners to action.

It was noted the owners of Glebe Farm had actioned their hedge very quickly.

A50 footpath hole

Not actioned

Hayley Conference Centre

It had been noted that the pot holes had been filled between Whitegate and the Conference Centre.


85/16 Footpath and Tree Report

Land behind Deans Cottages

The report was read out from Ben Brassington at Knights Solicitors. It was very informative and there seemed the land could have possible ownership. There was further work to be carried out at an estimated cost of £500.00.

Resolved The Clerk would instruct Knights to continue the work at a capped cost of £500.00.

FP4 – from the A50 down the east side of the River Dane to H/Chapel boundary1.5m wide pathway with grit stone.

Resolved the Clerk would approve the works to be completed by Cheshire East for £1,850 plus VAT using a company called A View to Beauty.

TS had submitted a report on the 30th June which was discussed. The Needham Drive footpaths had been improved all around the estate including the car park by the bowling club.

Japenese Balsam Plant

MH had been told there had been many instances of the plant in the Parish.


86/16 Manchester Airport

Resolved the Chairman would invite Manchester Airport to the next meeting.


87/16 Planning Applications

  • 16/3216C 6,Goostrey Lane, Cranage CW4 8HE – erection of a small (3.4m x 1.8m) wooden shed in garden 7 ft high for small pet boarding business

Resolved Objection with comments

  • 16/3060C Hall Farm , Knutsford Road, Cranage CW4 8EU . Demolition of existing dwelling, ancillary building, and landscaping.

Resolved No Objection

  • 16/3458C Fairholme Knutsford Road, Cranage CW4 8ER

Proposed single storey rear summer room to existing dwelling.

Resolved No Objection

  • 16/2210C Birtles Cottage, Twemlow Lane, Cranage CW4 8EX Proposed 10 no dwelling on former riding school.

Resolved Objection

  • 16/2822C Access House , Goostrey Lane, Cranage CW4 8HE Construction of new residential dwellings

Resolved Objection

  • 16/2891C Birchways Kings Lane, Cranage CW10 9LX Change of use from previous orchard to residential curtilidge. (Retrospective).

Resolved No Comment

  • Jodrell Bank Service station – Neil Roberts report CE

The Clerk read out the recent report from NR it was encouraging that some action had been taken at the site.

  • 16/00163E Glebe Farm – It had been reported that there had been no issues at this site.

S106 Judith Cosgrove

The clerk updated members that CE had appointed an administrator to detail the allocation of s106 monies. The PC needed the ward Councillor to represent them for s106 monies bids for proposed developments.


88/16 Accounts

To note the balance of accounts – Leek United £69,071.36 LU + NW £9,908.72   = £78,980.08


  • £682.00 Knights Solicitors (Deans Row)
  • £2,409.00 Knights Solicitors (CPC representation) NB this had been queried and there seemed no reason not to settle.
  • £4,140.00 Knights Solicitors (Cranage Residents Company)
  • £30.00 CHALC Meeting delivery LD 13.7.16
  • £124.00 Mr N Boffey Notice board – Northwich Road
  • £264.00 TCS Management (to be divided)
  • £500.00 ANSA Environmental Services (football pitch drainage)
  • £3462.22 Ms J Mason salary Q2 (split x 4)
  • £679.07 HMRC
  • £54.75 Zurich Insurance


  • £658.51 HW & SB PC
  • £248.95 TPC
  • £990.62 SPC
  • £783.93 APC
  • £831.13 Leek United Interest
  • £9.36 Leek United Interest

£40,000.00 transferred to Natwest 17.6.16


89/16 Cheshire East

Councillor A Kolker updated the PC on the Tour of Britain on 6.9.16 – car parking was required in the Parish.

The Community Centre in Holmes Chapel was improving quickly and there was now a bar and catering facilities. There was approval for a skate park and a BMX cycling area.


90/16 Chairman and Members report

The Chairman had attended a meeting in Byley to discuss the application on behalf of McCann Ltd – (taken over from Buchans) 16/02475FUL erection of new shed, 6 Travelling cranes, concrete skip rail and additional storage.

It was agreed to send the letter about the M6 as requested in the public forum.

DM updated members about Scotish Power cutting back the trees on the paddock.


91/16 Clerks report

Newsletter was to be produced in September topics agreed –

Parking for the Tour de Britain – JM

Water leak – RH

Land adjacent to VH improvement – JM

Housing needs survey – DM

Needham estate – LD

Footpaths including kissing gate and FP4 – TS

Japanese Balsam – MH

Estate agents – LD


92/16 The next meeting would be on the 6th September 2016 @ 7.30pm in Cranage Village Hall.

Meeting closed at 9.45pm