Cranage Minutes 4th October 2016

Cranage Parish Council

Minutes of the Parish Council meeting held on
Tuesday 4th October 2016 at Cranage Village Hall.

Download Minutes 04.10.16

Declaration of Interest

Councillor G Morgan and Councillor M Hodge in the planning application due to be submitted by Sibelco.


Presentation from Wendy Sinfield Community Relations Manager at Manchester Airport

Mrs Sinfield had attended the meeting to explain about the future changes planned at Manchester Airport. There was a power point presentation about the potential closure of Terminal 1 and the extension/ refurbishment of T2. The parking for staff and long stay car parks was due to be amended by building a multi story car park. This was in response to the amount of travel that now moved through this airport – last year flight numbers were 24.6 million.

There was an explanation of flight pathways when leaving the airport and travelling to different parts of the world especially focusing around Cranage. There would soon be a public consultation period in relation to changes and we were encouraged to register our views.

There was a question and answer session and the power point presentation would be sent to the clerk for public access if required.

Public Forum

7 members of the public present (4 left early).


Part 1

Present Councillor R Hurst (who chaired the meeting) , Councillor M Hodge, Councillor D Madden, Councillor G Morgan (arrived at 7.45pm) , Councillor R Hocknell (arrived 7.35pm) ,Councillor A Kolker (Cheshire East) left early and the Clerk.



Councillor G Yarwood due to a farmers meeting and Councillor L Dooley due to holidays.


106/16 Minutes

Amendment 101A/16 and 101/16 would need to be added.

94/16 ‘Fourwinds’ at Leese Crossroads

Resolved that the minutes of the meeting held on Tuesday 6th September 2016 be approved and signed as a true and accurate record.


107/16 Matters arising from the minutes

  • Speed Limit on Northwich Road

A letter of recommendation had been sent to Cheshire East for a 50mph. At a recent highways meeting 50mph had been approved and should be implemented this financial year.

  • Trees along A50

No action to date – Richard H would address with the land owner.

  • Letter had been sent to Woodside Golf Club
  • Cranage Hall Hotel

Due to the amount of complaints about the new outside BBQ area, the Chairman and the clerk had attended a meeting on the 14th September with the manager and assistant manager (Mr Richard Morrell and Mr Gareth Barron). There had been a compromise reached that time of closure would be 10.30 pm weekdays to 11.00 pm weekends, the smoking area was moved to the front of the hotel and the fire exits would have some form of alarm to alert the reception before guests moved outside without consent. The hotel had also invested in extra security cover to be aware of the disturbances. Lights outside also now have an isolation switch. The PC had added some extra comments to the retrospective planning application.

  • Newsletter – September

The newsletter had been produced and delivered to all houses.

  • Signs on Kings Lane

After reporting twice these still had not been removed. AK would report.


108/16 Cheshire East

The ‘Sibelico’ planning application was due to be submitted and after a highways meeting the previous day it seemed that there were concerns about the traffic this would generate in Holmes Chapel. The London Road/ Chester Road traffic light junction was under too much pressure at the moment without anymore traffic.

Goostrey PC was submitting their Neighbourhood Plan at Regulation 14. They were still awaiting the result of the Gladman appeal as it would reflect the validity of the plan.


AK left at 8.55pm


109/16 Adult Play Area

An email had been received from a resident about an adult play area in the Parish. Pictures and ideas were circulated. RH had enquired if the Village Hall could accommodate the site.

Resolved the item would be put in the next newsletter to judge the support levels of the community.


110/16 Business Plan

The Chairman asked for some support with this issue from members and would complete before the next meeting.


111/16 Footpath and Tree report

No report

Land behind Deans Row

It seemed the Health Authority had found original unregistered title deeds. Knights were making further enquires.

Trees to 4 Needham Drive

These had been actioned by CE. A letter of thanks had been sent to the PC.


112/16 Highways

There was a Cheshire East Highways meeting on 24th October in Holmes Chapel. It was agreed that Councillor G Morgan would attend.


113/16 Planning Applications

  • 16/4600C Parklands, Byley Lane, Cranage CW4 8EL. New dwelling, detached garage, associated hardstandings and drive access, in lieu of extant and previous development

Resolved No Objection with comments

  • 16/4427C Land adjacent to the Paddocks, Sandy Lane, Cranage CW4 8HR Outline planning for amendment to 15/3627C- proposed detached dwelling and amend of vehicular access.

Resolved No Comment (very little change to previous application)


16/00768E Glebe Farm – no action to date from CE.


114/16 Letter from Secretary of State in reference to the land at Middlewich Road

There had been a response to the letter sent to the SOS but it was very difficult to understand and see where the next route was, to follow and to resolve the issue. The Clerk had gone to SLCC for advice and they agreed the PC had received incorrect advice and had offered an alternative route to solve the issue. SLCC had referred the PC to solicitors in Norfolk who were more in touch with Local Government.

Resolved the Clerk would contact Nicholas Hancox Solicitors to seek advice and possibly a quote to further work to be carried out to resolve the issue.


115/16 Land adjacent to the Village Hall

The Clerk had met with Paul Carter Senior Estate Surveyor CE on site to discuss the detail in the PC’s proposal. It had then been presented to the Legal Department but had been refused.

It was agreed that the Clerk would contact AK for further advice.


116/16 Accounts

To note the balance of account – Leek United £29,911.85 + Natwest £42,672.43 = £72,584.28


  • £3,266.02 Mrs J Mason (salary from July to September x 4 PC’s)
  • £1,132.62 HMRC
  • £58.14 Mr L Dooley (VAT omission)
  • £363.00 Mr L Dooley / RG & ME Street & Son Ltd ( Blue Slate)
  • £54.37 Mrs J Mason expenses July to September
  • £174.00 SLCC COC course 18.10.16
  • £280.00 Crewe Colour Printers (newsletter Sept)


  • £55.00 SPC
  • £55.00 HW & SB
  • £1.16 Lloyds Bank PLC


117/16 Policies

Publication Scheme

Resolved this policy would be approved

Complaints Policy

Subject to amendments by MH and circulated

Resolved this policy would be approved at the next meeting.


118/16 Chairman and Members report

RH had conducted the Clerks appraisal on 12th September. The report was available for members who wished for a copy. There was an attendance record to be produced annually.

It was agreed Councillor L Dooley would attend the Powers, Duties and Precept training on 24.4.17.


119/16 Clerks report

The Annual CHALC meeting was on the 20th October in Middlewich.


Public Forum

There was a request from a resident that trees (fast growing conifers) were planted along Oak Tree Lane to mitigate sound and improve the street scene.


120/16 The next meeting would be on the 29th November 2016 @ 7.30pm in Cranage Village Hall.

Meeting closed at 9.35 pm