Cranage Minutes 23 January 2016

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Minutes of a Parish Council meeting held on Tuesday 26th January 2015 at Cranage Village Hall.

Declaration of Interest
Councillor G Morgan – Sibelico proposed planning application

Public Forum
3 members of the public present plus Mr R Hocknell who arrived at 8.30pm


Part 1

Present Councillor M Hodge, (Chairman), Councillor G Yarwood, Councillor G Morgan, Councillor R Hurst, Councillor L Dooley , Councillor A Kolker (Cheshire East) and the Clerk .

A member of the press was also present.

01/16 Apologies  Councillor D Madden due to ill health.

02/16 Minutes

The Chairman wished the minute 138/15 ammended to ‘3 days and not 3 hours’ regarding the strata renewable site.
The Chairman wished the minute amended 154/15 VOTE- FOR – LD, MH, DM. Councillor J Halstead abstained

Resolved that the minutes of the meeting held on Tuesday 1st December 2015 be approved and signed as a true and accurate record.

03/16 Matters arising from the minutes

  • Manor Barns footpath and A50 footpath – still outstanding and it was noted the footpath along the A50 was in Holmes Chapel
  • Neighbourhood Plan – LD and GM had attended a meeting organised with HCPC NP Group on 20.01.15.

LD had re evaluated his position and thought the benefits of the NP were not as they seemed. Over the past 6 weeks he had read lots of background information and no longer thought it would be of benefit it seemed the inspector at times did override many planning applications refused at local authority level. GM strongly disagreed and wished to continue but understood CPC needed more support.

A poster would be produced for the notice board and the website. The Clerk would also put an advert in the Chronicle.

  • 15/1100C Jodrell Bank Service Station CW4 8HU – the conditions had been now been approved and they were adhered to in principal. Mr Peter Hooley Enforcement Officer had issued a response letter SR1377492.
  • Bollards outside Needham estate – still not actioned but it had been visited and was on a CE list.

04/16 Highways


8th Jan 2016 – There had been an accident on the Big Stone crossroads which caused the A50 to be blocked while the debris was cleared. There was serious damage of two vehicles. Police attended.

Resolved Councillor A Kolker would organise a site visit with highways to see if there could be any preventative measures taken at the junction.


The footpath from Cranage Hall Hotel to Byley Lane needs sweeping.

For Sale signs on public land

LD had brought some examples of old redundant signs across the parish that were unsightly and he felt some were against the law (the Town and Country Planning Regulations 2007 to control advertisement) when reading background information.

Resolved the Clerk would write to the local agents in the vicinity and point out some areas of improvement.


     The Chairman updated the PC on the information circulated by the action group headed by Mr P Wild. There was a meeting with Cheshire East Officers responsible for environmental health, (noise and air quality) public health and environment enforcement officers on 11th February at 2pm.

LD proposed ‘The Parish Council support the efforts aiming at controlling the increase in emissions, noise and pollution that will associated by the M6’

Seconded GY.


Resolved the proposal was carried

Resolved the Parish council would send a letter to Cheshire East and Highways England.

It was noted the lights on Needham Drive and Byley Lane were out and had been reported.

05/16 Land at Middlewich Road

The land was still being considered to be transferred in to a residents company to prevent development.

Councillor M Hodge , Mr P Wild and the Clerk were attending a meeting at Knights solicitors with William Bankes in Chester on 29th January.

06/16 Land behind Deans Row

Councillor R Hurst and the Clerk had met with Ms Naomi Willoughby Foster from ‘Dixon, Rigby and Keogh’ on Monday 25th January. They discussed the file that the PC held on the PROW submission and the unregistered land that had been fenced by a local resident to obtain with adverse possession.

There had been no response to the complaint made on 15th December about the lack of action with the PROW registered in 2007.

Resolved Councillor G Morgan and the Clerk would revisit the file and make further enquires with the recent invoice and the progress to date.

07/16 Land behind Village Hall

Councillor L Dooley and the Clerk had met with a surveyor, Mr Lee Beckett from Cheshire East and discussed the improvement possibilities that CPC had suggested. The drainage had been discussed and it had been taken further by Streetscape.

CPC wished to clear the site for community use leave Cheshire East maintain it in the future.

Enquires were being investigated and contact would be made with the Clerk.

08/16 Parish Councillor Vacancy

Councillor G Yarwood proposed that recognition was given to DH and JH after the length of service given to the PC.

DH VOTE – unanimous


Resolved the Clerk would purchase a glass ornament engraved for each Councillor.

Mr Richard Hocknell from Hermitage Farm, Cranage had applied for the position of Councillor.

Proposed GY Seconded GM

VOTE – unanimous

Resolved Councillor R Hocknell would be co opted as a Parish Councillor.

The Acceptance of Office was signed.

The Register of Interest was issued and would be completed within 28 days after the statutory documents had been circulated.

09/16 Footpath and Tree Report

Mr T Sheldon had reported on the gravel footpaths circumnavigating the Cranage estate, and providing a footpath to Cranage Hall (and the new play area when open) which are suffering from neglect. The wet weather has exacerbated this issue, and I have had several complaints from people wishing to use the footpath to go to Cranage Hall – workers and people attending the gym. Whilst dog walkers can wear the appropriate footwear (wellingtons) it is more difficult when walking to Cranage Hall. Last year the council stated they would look into the quality of the footpaths.

         The public byway from the Hermitage, to the bridge over the river, and up the bank towards Hollins Farm in terrible condition following the recent rain. There is a 100 yard stretch that is near inaccessible due to the mud and water. As a very busy thoroughfare for walkers, cyclists and horse riders, the road is in desperate need of attention. This situation continues to get worse, as highlighted in the photographs provided. These photographs do not reflect the photographs recently provided by Cheshire East Council (photographs produced).

Councillor R Hurst wished a capital proposal be considered for FP4. She thought it could be improved by implementing a hard surface and it would improve access to Holmes Chapel and hence the local schools for children.

10/16 Notice board on Northwich Road

Four quotes had been considered and reviewed.

Resolved a two bay 4 x A4 Portrait man made timber notice board would be purchased from ‘Greenbarnes Ltd’ in Northhamptonshire.


11/16 Planning Application

16/0028C Cranage Nurseries, 79 Northwich Road, Cranage WA16 9LE. Variation of condition 2 on 15/3814C for demolition of existing buildings and erection of three detached houses.

Resolved No Objection.

12/16 Local Council Award

After this evenings meeting it seemed there had been 3 co opted Councillors and this prevented the PC pursuing the award.

The Clerk would clarify this by the next meeting.

13/16 Accounts

To note the balance of accounts – Leek United £69,071.36 + Natwest £33,212.26 = £105,540.12


  • £2,979.29 Mrs J Mason salary Sept to Dec
  • £434.29 HMRC
  • £39.00 Upper Bridge Enterprises
  • £96.63 Clerks Expenses Sept to Dec
  • £30.00 CHALC (training GM)
  • £145.00 Crewe Colour Printers (newsletter for January)
  • £100.00 Byley Parochial Church Council


  • £592.31 Twemlow Parish Council (salary )
  • £575.42 HW & SB Parish Council
  • £888.47 SB Parish Council
  • £50.00 Mr S Walton

Resolved the above payments be approved and signed for as above.

14/16 Grant funding

  • Byley Parochial Church Council

Accounts had been produced

Resolved The Parish Council would donate £100.00

  • Residents Action Group formed to fight the ‘Sibelico’ sand quarry potential planning application

Resolved no donation would be made by CPC as legally they were not in a position to grant money under their statutory division.

15/16 Cheshire East

There had been a new leader appointed after the resignation of Michael Jones – Councillor R Bailey.

The AP Club – Holmes Chapel Community Centre had an official opening date of 9th January. Councillor L Dooley had attended.

Phase 2 was due to be a community meeting room with a bar and then they intended to build a skate and BMX park in the future.

It would be always manned and have a first aider on site.

AK wished it to be noted that recycling should NOT be placed in black bin bags.

16/16 Members report

Councillor G Yarwood requested the clerk put the fact that there was three defibrillators in the Parish were put on the website – Woodside Golf Club, Holly House Estate, Cranage Hall Hotel.

17/16 Clerks Report

The speaker for the Annual Parish meeting was discussed.

Resolved the Clerk would make enquires about organising a debate on completing a Neighbourhood Plan.


Resolved; “That in accordance with the public bodies (Admission to meetings ) Act 1960 as extended by the Local Goverment Act 1972 section 100 the press and public be excluded from the meeting for discussion of the under mentioned item on the grounds that the publication of the matter would be prejudicial to the public interest by reason of the confidential nature of the business to be transacted”,

The Council discussed the pension remuneration package for the Clerk

Resolved: the Council will become an Employer in the Cheshire Pension Fund.

18/16 the next meeting would be the on 23rd February @ 7.30pm in Cranage Village Hall.


Meeting closed at 10.15 pm