Minutes: Parish Council Meeting Tuesday 28th November 2017

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Declaration of Interest

All Councillors present requested a dispensation in order to resolve the precept for 2018/19 – agenda item 10. The proper officer approved the dispensation.

Councillor M Hodge – 17/3605W and 17/5506C


Public Forum

4 members present.

The Clerk was asked if she had received a response from Cheshire East asking to conduct a noise survey for Cranage in relation to the M6. The Clerk read out the reply from Mr S Hannaby – Director of Planning & Sustainable Development who had declined and directed the information back to Highways England. Cllr A Kolker offered to find out further information.

A resident summarised he had attended a few meetings and thought that the Parish Council’s strategic approach to the M6 issues was not as it could have been and the residents were still asking questions and there were no answers.

The Chairman responded that a resident’s action group had been established of which a Parish Councillor was a member and felt there was little more actions they could take at this stage. Cheshire East was central in taking little responsibility.


Part 1

Present Councillor R Hurst (who chaired the meeting),Councillor R J Hocknell Councillor J Swithenbank, Councillor M Hodge ,Councillor A Kolker ( Cheshire East Council), Mr T Sheldon (Footpath Officer) and the Clerk.


Apologies – Councillor M Cohen due to a family commitment and Councillor G Morgan due to illness.


135/17 Minutes

Resolved that the minutes of the meeting held on Tuesday 17th October 2017 be approved and signed as a true and accurate record.

Resolved that the minutes of the meeting held on Saturday 4th November 2017 be approved and signed as a true and accurate record.


136/17 Councillor Vacancy

It was noted Cllr A Townson had resigned since the last meeting and there was currently a Parish Councillor vacancy.


137/17 Neighbourhood Plan

There had been no progress with the NP since the last meeting and no meeting had been held. The Chairman was concerned and would make contact with Cllr G Morgan to investigate.

It was noted Twemlow Parish Council had requested to join Cranage Parish Council to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan.


138/17 Policies

Standing Orders

Resolved the Standing Orders would be adopted by the Parish Council subject the amendment to Proper Officer; planning applications 7c being amended to “To receive plans and documents for a minimum period of seven years or as necessary as they were all available on line for the same period”

Financial Regulations

Resolved the Financial Regulations would be adopted by the Parish Council.

Code of Conduct

Resolved the Code of Conduct would be adopted by the Parish Council.

Complaints Procedure

Resolved the Complaints Procedure would be adopted by the Parish Council.


139/17 Footpath and Trees Report

Resolved the Standing orders were suspended to accept a report from the Footpath Officer.

TS updated members he was concerned about the standard of the footpath by Hermitage Bridge and felt the response from PROW department was not satisfactory.

The Clerk was requested to arrange a site visit with Mr B Poole and Cllr RJH. AK had not received a reply in relation to the works that had been carried out on the bridge.

He was very concerned about the speed of traffic along Twemlow Lane for pedestrians and saw no action to date. The footpaths were a great improvement but the leaves had now fallen and he requested the Council ask for a sweep along the A50.

PROW request on the open space behind Deans Row Cottages

The Clerk had written to the Planning Inspectorate at Temple Quay to complain about the length of time Cheshire East had taken to determine the addition of a footpath from Carver Avenue/ Crescent Road, Cranage to Byley Lane. All the relevant historic information had been submitted from 2007 and a letter had subsequently been sent to Clare Hibbert – Cheshire East Public Rights Of Way for a response by the 9th January 2018.


140/17 Highways

M6 update

A resident had requested support from the Parish Council to obtain funding from Manchester Airport assist with a Freedom of Information from Highways England in relation to the noise data. The form was given to Cllr M Hodge for completion.

Resolved the Clerk would request three quotes with the support of Cllr J Swithenbank to obtain the Freedom of Information request from Highways England.

Speed Display Unit across the Parish

The Parish Council would still pursue this with support from Cheshire East and the Clerk would obtain three quotes to enable traffic monitors to be utilised across the Parish.

Footpath along A50

Members agreed this would not be cost effective and would not be included in the budget for the next year.


Congleton Town Council had completed the works but unfortunately the leaves had now dropped and filled the pathways.

The Clerk was requested to request the footpaths were swept by CE.

It was noted Kings Lane had not been actioned yet.

Building Contractors on Twemlow Lane

Cllr JS requested that the Clerk approach the builders to request that they cease parking on the road.

The Chairman wished to thank Cllr M Cohen for cutting the trees back around the paddock.


141/17 Adult Fitness Area

The Clerk had met with Ms C Hewson (the local resident) to discuss the actual pieces of equipment that would be in the proposed adult fitness area and the flooring that was necessary to compliment the play area and future low maintenance costs with Cheshire East. Two quotes had been returned and the Clerk was awaiting the third.

Cheshire East had confirmed in writing that they would allow this project to go ahead as it was on their land, on the condition the Parish Council took over the future safety checks.


142/17 Planning Applications

  • 17/3605W Land at Rudheath Lodge, New Platt lane, Cranage and Allostock CW4 8HJ – Silica sand extraction and associated development, mineral extraction by dreading progressive restoration, mineral processing and dispatch.

It was noted that due to lack of comments from statutory consultees this was due to be deferred to the Strategic Planning Board in January.

  • 17/5473C Mill Run, Twemlow Lane, Cranage CW4 8EX- Extension to an existing dwelling house to create useable bedrooms at first floor and rebuilt conservatory.

Resolved No Objection

  • 17/5564C Two Oaks, Knutsford Road, Cranage, CW4 8HU- conservatory to side elevation of property.

Resolved No Objection

  • 17/5506C Holly House Estate, Middlewich Road, Cranage CW10 9LT – new access drive within Holly House estate.

Resolved No Objection

  • 17/5550C Hall Farm, Knutsford Road, Cranage CW4 8EU – demolition of the existing dwelling and replacement with 2 detached dwellings and 3 attached dwellings.

A letter had been received from local residents living n the close vicinity to object to this application.

Resolved No Objection with conditions

  • 17/5265C Chestnut Farm, Knutsford Road, Cranage CW4 8HJ – replacement dwelling

Resolved No Objection

  • 17/5260C 38 Needham Drive, Cranage Cheshire CW4 8FB – proposed single storey rear extension and internal alterations.

Resolved No Objection


Glebe Farm – the Parish Council was receiving complaints in relation to the traffic being parked on the grass verge outside Breton Timber.

143/17 Accounts

It was noted the balance of account = Leek United £30,275.36 + Natwest £42,926.14 = £73,201.50


Cheque number

192 – £165.00 Society of Local Council and Clerks Membership

193 – £57.31 Mrs B Amies – website emails

194 – £342.00 Cardiac Science

195 – £18.00 CHALC

196 – £748.80 HSF Recylcing Ltd

197 – £30.00 Mrs E Giller (daffodil bulbs)

198 – £2,200.00 Congleton Town Council


The Holmes Chapel Bridge club had requested a donation towards some new electronic equipment to play bridge.

Resolved the Parish Council would not donate at this time


  • NIL

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

It was noted the extra signature was still outstanding on the Natwest account.

It was noted the Clerks salary would be paid before the next meeting for quarter 3.


144/17 Precept 2018/19

The budget had been circulated to all members and the future expenditure was reviewed by members

Resolved the precept would be £20,000 for 2018/19


145/17 Cheshire East

Resolved to suspend the Standing Orders to accept a report from the Ward Councillor A Kolker

Cllr AK updated members on the possible closure of Holmes Chapel library.

There was a meeting arranged at Goostrey Village Hall the next day to discuss the possible removal of the 319 bus. There was great concern after the recent bus review had been conducted by Cheshire East and they were endeavouring change the decision. Cranage PC had not been invited.

Cllr MH wished it to be noted that the garden waste collection date for ceasing to collect this year was reviewed as he felt it was too early and there were still leaves on many trees especially the oak trees.

He would follow up Glen Williams in relation to the speed on Northwich Road.

AK responded that he felt the transport to school consultation being carried out by CE would not affect Cranage.


146/17 Chairman and Members Report

Code of Conduct Course

It was agreed this would be held on 19th January 2018 – 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Meeting Dates 2018


Email addresses

All confirmed and in operation. The Chairman requested the Footpath Officer was allocated a separate one.

SLCC Meeting 1st December 2017

Litter Collection was scheduled on 8th April 2018


147/17 The next Parish Council Parish Meeting would be on the 16th January 2018 @ 7.30pm in Cranage Village Hall.

Meeting closed at 9.45 pm.