Cranage Minutes 29th November 2016

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Minutes of the Parish Council meeting held on Tuesday 29th November 2016 at Cranage Village Hall.


Declaration of Interest

None declared.

Public Forum

65 members of the public present (some left early).

It became apparent an anonymous letter had been delivered to all houses in the parish. It explained that the Parish Council had submitted ‘No Objection’ to the planning application 16/4724W (proposed sand quarry for Sibelco) and had in their opinion not consulted the public effectively. The letter had proposed that the Parish Council had reached their decision unlawfully.

Many residents wished to speak against the application and wished it to be noted that more advertising should have been carried out.


Part 1

Present Councillor L Dooley , Councillor M Hodge, Councillor D Madden, Councillor G Morgan, Councillor R Hocknell ,Councillor A Kolker (Cheshire East) and the Clerk.



Councillor G Yarwood due to annual holidays and Councillor R Hurst due to work commitments.


123/16 Minutes

04.10.16 Amendment 118/16 Rachel Hurst conducted the clerk’s appraisal.

Councillor D Madden wished it to be noted that she sent a text to the clerk on 22.10.16 to recommend a leaflet was delivered to tell residents about the application.

Resolved that the minutes of the meeting held on Tuesday 4th October and Tuesday 22nd October 2016 be approved and signed as a true and accurate record.


124/16 Matters arising from the minutes

  • 16/4724W – There had been a meeting with the Chairman, the Clerk and Mr M Hurley (Sibelco) about the planning application. Notes had been circulated.
  • Adult Fitness Centre – The clerk had requested an article for the next newsletter and it had been circulated. It was agreed that it would be included in the next newsletter.
  • Glebe Farm – No Objections to the owners email of consultation.
  • ‘Fisher German’ sign – now removed.


125/16 Manchester Airport

There would be a section included in the newsletter (GM to write) to update members about the proposed changes. There was a meeting on 24th January for the Clerk and one for the Councillors on 7th March which Cllr GM and Cllr GY would attend.


126/16 Business Plan

LD apologised he had not completed the plan – it would be on the agenda next time. Health & Safety Policy

Resolved the policy would be adopted

Equality Policy

Resolved the policy would be adopted

Complaints Policy

Resolved the policy would be adopted.


127/16 Footpath and Tree Report

It was noted that the oak tree removed on Twemlow Lane had been part of the planning application.

Tim Sheldon’s report –

  • A50 footpath. Complaint from a Byley Lane resident related to the general overgrown nature of the A50 footpath running from the top of Byley Lane towards Holmes Chapel, and also towards Northwich Road. The complainant pushes a double buggy and in many cases because of encroaching grass verges, the path is too narrow for a buggy to pass without needing to go on to grass verge. On inspection by myself, there are numerous points where the path is too narrow for a double buggy. Ideally the verges need cutting back to allow better access.
  • There had been an incident of fly tipping adjacent to the track past the water treatment works going towards the football pitch.
  • Footballers parking on Needham Drive -following a resident’s complaint the Holmes Chapel Hurricanes committee have reminded its members of the parking rules related to the use of the Cranage pitches. This seems to have had the desired effect with cars now not parking on Needham Drive.


128/16 BT phone box

The phone box was not the old traditional red box and would not be considered for adoption.


129/16 Land at Middlewich Road

Resolved following the advice from the Clerk, Councillor D Madden would write a plan of all the options to be considered by the Council by the next meeting.


130/16 Highways

Speed of traffic on Twemlow Lane RJH wished to express his concerns about the speed of the traffic. It was agreed that AK would take it to the LAP for a review.

Ms Val Rowley email in relation to the grass cutting along the A50– It was agreed that next year 2016/17 it would be included in the budget.

Ms Janet Chettle – the ‘Hurricanes’ parking on Needham estate– this had been addressed (see 127/16).

The Chairman enquired about when the speed limit of 50mph would be adopted on Northwich Road – AK would enquire and report back.

131/16 Planning Applications

  • 16/4073C ‘Elmwood’ , Sandy Lane, Cranage CW4 8HR Variation of condition 2 (approved plans) and 6 (landscape plan) on approved application 15/2884C for variations to and including : landscaping, security lightening and camera positions

Resolved No Objection

  • 16/4855C Land off, Northwich Road, Cranage – Erection of dwelling with associated works

Resolved Objection

  • 16/5077C Land adjacent to Padgate, Twemlow Lane, Cranage. Variation of condition 2 on approved application16/0604C – 8 dwellings.

Plans inaccurate relate to Siddington – Clerk to report.

  • 16/5064C Mocliffe, 29 Northwich Road Cranage Cw4 8HL Proposed detached single garage to front garden of existing detached property.

Resolved No Objection

  • 16/5074C Land at Twemlow Lane Cranage – New agricultural access

Resolved No Objection

  • 16/5502C Manor View Twemlow Lane Cranage CW4 8EX. Demolition of stables and construction of new residential development (resubmission of planning application ref 15/4313C)

Resolved Objection

  • 16/5480C ‘Levendale’, Twemlow Lane, Cranage CW4 8EX Construction of new residential dwellings (resubmission of 16/5480C).

Resolved Objection

  • 16/5374C Woodlands Farm, 62 Northwich Road, Cranage WA16 9LD Outline application for new agricultural workers dwelling adjoining the main farmstead.

Resolved No Objection – support

  • 16/5068C Linsu House 59, Northwich Road, Cranage WA16 9LE Alterations and extension to dwelling

Resolved No Objection


132/16 Land adjacent to Village Hall

AK had spoken with Councillor Don Stockton and gave him some more background information. The proposal was going to be reconsidered again this week and he was confident it would be approved.


133/16 Budget /Precept 2017/18

The budget was circulated by the clerk and members discussed.

GM proposed £12,000 seconded – RJH


Resolved the precept was approved for 2017/18 at £12,000


134/16 Accounts

To note the balance of account = Leek United £29,911.85 + Natwest £37,436.00 = £67,347.29


  • £47.04 Congleton Chronicle
  • £60.00 Ms S Amies(Website)
  • £362.00 Knights Solicitors (Lands at Deans Row)
  • £37.59 Ms J Mason (AVG cover)
  • £167.00 SLCC membership


  • £662.38 HW & SB Parish Council
  • £1,271.27 Astbury Parish Council
  • £996.70 Somerford Parish Council

Resolved the above payments are approved and signed for as a true and accurate record.

Resolved the Clerks salary Q3 would be approved before the next meeting.


135/16 Cheshire East

It seemed as if the Council Tax would be increased by 3% for the ensuing year. The budget was under discussion at this stage. It was confirmed that CE would no longer receive any grant funding.

Jodrell Bank exclusion zone had been the key reason why the 150 houses had not been granted approval in Goostrey at appeal.

AK would object to the Sandy quarry application as he felt the highways issue would be intolerable.


136/16 Chairman and Members report

RH had attended the Town and Parish Council conference on 28.11.16 she would circulate notes.

Resolved Mrs P Barnett from Bank Farm Twemlow would act as the Parish Council’s representative for the Sandbach Alms houses.


137/16 Clerks Report

Resolved the clerk would attend the SLCC course in Telford.

Resolved CPC would join Somerford Parish Council with a computer back up scheme for the clerk’s computer.

The meeting dates for 2017 were circulated. They were to go on the notice boards ASAP

The clerk would report back on maintenance for the notice boards


Public Forum

There was still concerns about the No Objection submitted by the PC in relation to the planning application 16/4724W. There was a call for the Parish Council to review their position.

There was a request for the Parish Council to engage in social media to aid communication.

138/16 The next meeting would be on the 10th January 2016 @ 7.30pm in Cranage Village Hall.

Meeting closed at 10.20pm