Cranage Minutes 6th September 2016

Cranage Parish Council

Minutes of the Parish Council meeting held on
Tuesday 6th September 2016 at Cranage Village Hall.

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Declaration of Interest

None declared


Public Forum

5 members of the public present (2 left early).

A resident wised to discuss the speed reduction proposals on Northwich Road after the traffic assessment had been carried out last August and a senior highways officer change of decision.

Part 1

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


Apologies Councillor D Madden due to child care arrangements.


93/16 Minutes

Amendment 87/16 – the resolution was No Comment due to insufficient information not Objection

Resolved that the minutes of the meeting held on Tuesday 26th July 2016 be approved and signed as a true and accurate record.


94/16 Matters arising from the minutes

  • Letter to Secretary of State regarding the land at Middlewich Road

The letter had been sent that day.

  • Water leak by Village Hall

The Chairman had attended the site with United Utilities on 10th August and investigated the man hole on the emergency road out of Cranage Hall with a camera in both routes and there were no issues (this included the line to the next man hole deep chamber). The second over flowing drain in the woods was traced but was not found but this was waste water and not sewage. The issue now has been resolved.

  • Letter to Chris Grayling MP

A response letter had been received in response to concern about the new Smart Motorway. There would be no further action taken.

  • Letter to’ Fourwinds’ – hedge row at lees crossroads
  • Letter to Hayley Conference Centre– repairing potholes


95/16 Vikki Jefferies – Housing Needs Officer

After the presentation at the last meeting, a Housing Needs Survey was going to be sent out in October, closing on 4.11.16 and the results collated by 28th November. This would then justify a need in the Parish. There were currently 19 houses classed as affordable housing which are a mix of shared ownership and rented in the Parish with 3 extra being built.


96/16 Business Plan

The Clerk had enquired with NALC and it was now possible to enter for the Local Council Award Scheme but at Foundation Level only. The business plan will now be completed.


97/16 Highways

  • Hedges in the Parish

Due to Council intervention many land owners had been contacted and a lot of progress had been made with hedge cutting. The clerk would chase up the landowner along A50 by Middlewich crossroads. The Clerk was asked to send a letter of thanks to Woodside Golf Club.

The Chairman requested that the Clerk contact HC Parish Council to action the overhanging trees along the A50 on the footpaths.

  • Speed reduction on Northwich Road

Cheshire East Highways department, including Councillor David Brown, had granted a reduction in speed to 40mph along Northwich Road in 2015/16. This was due to be implemented after April 2016 due to an influx of funding. Unfortunately the recent updates informed residents that this had now been retracted and the police/highways were supporting a 50mph limit. This was unprofessional and lowered confidence in highways.

After a lengthy discussion the Council thought if challenged this reduction would also be lost.

Resolved the clerk would write to Cheshire East highways and request a 50mph limit was implemented as soon as possible. (Les Gilbert would be copied in).

  • Speed Display Unit

There had been an interest from a company selling an SDU. The Council discussed locations and possible results but concluded this would not be pursued until after the ‘Sibelco’ planning application was submitted.

  • Roundabout on Needham Estate

The Chairman had successfully organised a tidy up of the roundabout on Needham Drive. There had been many volunteers and GY had contributed the use of machinery and the access to purchase plants and shrubs at a reduced cost.

The overall result had received very good feedback from residents.

  • Email about the speed of traffic on Byley Lane (owner had horses)

This item was discussed and options available. It was greed the complaint would be referred to Cheshire East.

  • Signs left on Kings Lane

These still had not been removed since the re surface work was completed. The clerk would report.


98/16 Footpath and Tree Report

No report from TS due to annual holiday.

Land behind Deans Row

‘Knights’ solicitors had reported that the land which was unregistered may have ownership. The SOS for Health was still retrieving the relevant documentation.

Resolved the Parish Council authorised £400.00 to communicate further with the Secretary of State regarding ownership.

Trees by 4 Needham Drive

These had been acknowledged for action by CE and would be cut back in the next month.

Shrubs around play area on Needham estate.

These had been actioned.


99/16 Planning Applications

16/4010C 28 Armistead Way, Cranage CW4 8FE.

Two storey side and rear extension plus extension to the front porch.

Resolved No Objection

16/3922C Cranage Hall, Byley Lane, Cranage CW4 8EW.

Erection of a new barbeque area, decking and outdoor umbrellas.

Resolved Objection. It was noted this was already in situ.

16/4078C Land adjacent to Padgate, Twemlow Lane, Cranage

Discharge of conditions 5,5,7,8,9,11,12,13,14,15,16,18,21,22 &24 of existing permission 16/0604C : 8 dwellings.

Insufficient evidence to make a decision.

16/4104C Land rear of the chalet, 32 Northwich Road, Cranage WA16 9LD

Propose dwelling

Resolved Objection

16/4073C Elmwood, Sandy Lane, Cranage CW4 8HR

Variation of condition 6 on approved application 15/2884C variation of conditions relating to the drawings and tree report on approved application 14/2867C.

No Comment

16/39 51C Holly Bank, Byley Lane, Cranage CW10 9LP

3 No 3 bedroom single storey cottage

Resolved Objection

16/3927C Holly Bank, Byley lane, Cranage Cw10 9LP

Amendment to elevations and new garage unit.

Resolved No Objection

16/3666D Jodrell Bank Service Station, Knutsford Road Cranage CW4 8HU.

Discharge of conditions

Resolved Objection


An email had been received about the boundary changes whilst work was being completed at 24 Craver Avenue. The Council agreed this was just a temporary measure and the existing boundary line would be reinstated. It would be monitored.


There had been extensive works carried out at Glebe Farm and the clerk was requested contact the planning department to check if permission had been required before the works had been started.


100/16 Audit 2015/16

The clerk read out the external audit report from BDO. CPC had received a clear audit. It was noted that Section 1 and Section 2 needed to be separately minuted.


101/16 Accounts

To note the balance of accounts – Leek United £29,911.85 LU + NW £40,135.19   = £70,047.04.


  • £2,200.00 Cheshire East (improvement of FP4)
  • £396.00 BDO LLP
  • £62.19 Mrs J Mason (expenses April to June)
  • £414.57 Mr L Dooley ( Needham Drive roundabout expenditure)
  • £390.00 Knights Solicitors (Unregistered land)


£6,000.00 Cheshire East Precept.

Councillor L Dooley proposed that the Council spent another £400.00 to complete the roundabout improvement.

GY seconded the proposal VOTE – unanimous


101/16 Land adjacent to Village Hall

Cheshire East still had not approved the licence for the works to be carried out. The Clerk had reminded Mr L Beckett and asked for AK to support.


102/16 Cheshire East

Councillor A Kolker updated the PC on the Tour of Britain that day. It had been an excellent event with many attendees especially at the finishing line in Knutsford.

The Community Centre was now completed in Holmes Chapel, there was a coffee shop. The skate park had received full approval and was due to be started soon.

The planning appeal in Goostrey was discussed after Cheshire East had refused the initial application for 150 houses.


103/16 Chairman and Members report

The Chairman had invited Manchester Airport to attend the next meeting after the residents request at the last meeting.


104/16 Clerks report

Newsletter was to be produced in September. Topics were discussed. It was noted email addresses should be requested for better communication.

It was agreed that the PCSO would be invited to the next meeting.

It was agreed that the PA system would be only utilised when there was a speaker present.

The Clerk would attend a rescheduled Code of Conduct Course on 18th October in Chester.

The clerk was attending a SLCC meeting on Friday 10th September.


105/16 The next meeting would be on the 4th October 2016 @ 7.30pm in Cranage Village Hall.

Meeting closed at 9.20 pm