Minutes: Parish Council Meeting 27th March 2018

Minutes of the Parish Council meeting held on Tuesday 27th March 2018 at Cranage Village Hall.

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Present Councillor R Hurst (who chaired the meeting), Councillor R J Hocknell Councillor J Swithenbank, Councillor M Hodge, Councillor G Morgan, Councillor M Cohen, Councillor D Bennett, Councillor A Kolker (Cheshire East Council), the Clerk.


Declaration of Interest

Cllr D Bennett – FOI in relation to M6 noise, Cllr R Hurst – Village Hall, Cllr G Morgan – Sibelco and Cllr M Hodge – Sibelco and 18/0977C.


Public Forum

8 members of the public present (one arrived late).

A resident wished to thank Cllr M Cohen for speaking on behalf of the Parish at the Strategic Planning Board in relation to the Sibelco application. He went on to thank the Clerk for endeavouring to chase CE to replace the Give Way sign on Northwich Road.

The Vice Chairman from Byley Parish Council spoke about the continuing disruption the FP McCann site in Byley was causing. He gave the following examples, the felling of trees over the Christmas period, asbestos on site, fencing around the site being very obtrusive, site ditches being unsafe. The Parish Council offered support, if needed. Part of the site is in the Parish of Cranage.

Apologies – NIL


31/18 Minutes

Resolved that the minutes of the meeting held on 27th February 2018 be approved and signed as a true and accurate record.


32/18 Neighbourhood Plan

Cllr G Morgan circulated the ‘Terms of Reference’ and requested comments/feedback by the 8th April 2018. Approval would be sought at the next meeting. Cllr G Morgan stated she has uploaded the designated area to the CE portal and would check that Mr T Evans had received it.

The project plan would be revisited with Cllr G Morgan and the Chairman.


33/18 Land behind Deans Row

The Clerk wished it to be noted that the land, which Knights solicitors had discovered was in ownership of the Health Authority, still had not been registered.

The Parish Council agreed the Clerk would continue to pursue.


34/18 Footpath and Tree Report

A report had been submitted by the footpath officer and was read out to the Council.

  • Carver Avenue/Crescent Road/Byley Lane OMA Ref CO/8/34 – a representation had been made by Cranage Parish Council to the Secretary of State due to the non-determination by Cheshire East for 11 years. It is still ranked 3 out of 34 with no conclusive date on an outcome. The summary of the decision was that Cheshire East Council is directed to determine the application not later than six months from 16th March 2018.
  • Glebe Farm FP3 diversion – the footpath officer had reported that it looked reasonably done although would query whether the path itself is up to council specification. As it stands there is just a soil surface, which will get very muddy, very quickly when in use. I would anticipate that the council will request a hard-core / chipping surface to be put down. When approved signage will be required to direct people the route to follow to pick up the existing footpaths.
  • Hermitage Lane – the bridge needs further actions as reported by CE. The hard core would need to be completed after this date.
  • Hawthorn House footpath – it had been reported to the Clerk by PROW that the fence would be moved by the occupiers eventually.
  • A50 Footpath siding out – the part that had been missed had been addressed and the Clerk had written to the resident at Manor Barns to address the hedge. The resident had queried the ownership of the hedge. It was agreed the Chairman would make contact.


35/18 Football pitches Cranage

The pitches in Cranage were in need of drainage as they were becoming water logged and unplayable.

The Clerk was due to meet ANSA – Cheshire East with the football manger in April.


36/18 Highways

M6 Freedom Of Information Request

It had come to light that the quote from Hann Tucker had not included all the work which Millar Goodall had agreed to conduct.

Cllr M Hodge proposed that due to this new information the Residents Action Group could determine the preferred consultant. The Parish Council would engage the selected consultant only when in receipt of the funds required in additional to the Parish Council contribution £1,000.

Cllr J Swithenbank seconded the proposal.

Resolved the Parish Council would allow the £1,000 to be donated to the company of the RAG’s choice if firstly approved by the Parish Council.

‘Give Way’ sign on Northwich Road

CE had agreed to replace the sign this week or in the next financial year.

Goostrey Lane/A50 junction

Due to the number of accidents the Clerk had arranged a meeting with Simon Barker from Cheshire East. It was agreed Cllr M Hodge would accompany the Clerk.

Speed reduction to 30 mph on the A50

A resident had contacted Cllr R Hocknell to reduce the speed on the A50. Cllr A Kolker responded that this would not be possible as it did not adhere with the Speed Management Strategy Policy within Cheshire East which was within the guidelines when implementing a new limit.

VTC Consultations

The traffic survey had been carried out and the results were due to be circulated. It was agreed Cllr J Swithenbank, Cllr D Bennett and the Clerk would meet prior to the May meeting to discuss findings.

Chevrons on Twemlow Lane

Mr R Welsh was in liaison with the developers of Woodfield Drive to reinstate the signs on the bend near to the entrance of the site.

37/18 Adult Fitness Area

The Clerk had been interviewed in order to complete the Lottery funding application for the new fitness area. She needed some information from Claire Hewson in relation to the demographics in the area of Cranage before it would be submitted.

Manchester Airport was due to consider the application.


38/18 Planning Applications

  • 18/1204C Hawthorn House, Twemlow Lane, Cranage CW4 8DR – Single storey rear end side extension; also removal of internal walls.

Resolved No Objection

  • 18/1234C Mill Lane Farm, Byley lane, Cranage CW10 9LP – prior approval for a proposed change of use of agricultural building to residential.

Resolved No Objection

  • 18/0951C Mill Lane Farm, Byley lane Cranage CW10 9LP – two storey extension to existing dwelling house, demolition of existing detached garage.

Resolved No Objection

  • 18/0205C The Spinney, New Platt Lane, Cranage CW4 8HS – Erection of a dwelling. Construct additional access.

Resolved No Objection

  • 18/0977C Cedar House, Big Stones, Goostrey Lane, Cranage CW4 8FY – Erection of a greenhouse and separate summer house in rear garden.

Unable to comment as no scale submitted on the application


17/3605W Land at Rudheath Lodge, New Platt Lane Cranage and Allostock CW4 8HJ – Silica Sand extraction.

This is due to be heard at the Strategic Planning Board on the 4th April at Macclesfield Town Hall. As previously approved Cllr M Cohen would be speaking on behalf of the PC.

FP McCann Site in Byley

An email had been circulated from Mr J Beeroft, Chairman of Byley Parish Council and was acknowledged by members.


39/18 Accounts

It was noted the balance of account = Leek United £30,275.36 + Natwest £36,355.89 = £66,631.25.


Cheque number

211- £754.88 HMRC

212-£77.31 Ms J Mason expenses

214 – £75.00 Ms S Amies – Website

215 – £3,647.18 Mrs J Mason (Salary from Jan to Mar)


£896.81 HMRC VAT Claim


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


40/18 Cheshire East

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

Cllr A Kolker encouraged members to attend the Connecting Communities meeting

in Holmes Chapel as it was of great benefit to the community. Three Local centres to be established at the Community Centre and the library in Holmes Chapel and Goostrey Village Hall. Cllr G Morgan apologised for being unable to attend.

There was currently a consultation from Cheshire East Council in relation to charging households for new/lost bins within the region.

Crewe was due to be the new hub for HS2 and this would result in 7 trains an hour leaving Crewe for London. It was predicted this would be of great financial benefit to the area of Crewe. The management of the library home delivery service to be taken in house by Cheshire East.


Speed update from G Williams Highways CE on Northwich Road – still awaiting a response.


41/18 Chairman and Members Report

Litter Collection

Cllr R Hurst reminded members of the litter collection on the 5th April

Police Forum 9th April

Cllr M Cohen or Cllr R Hocknell would attend.


42/18 Clerks Report


The Clerk distributed for delivery by Members.


Cllr Induction Training date had changed to June 2018 – Cllr D Bennett would respond if suitable.

Annual Parish Meeting

The speaker had been confirmed as Ms D Davidson from Holmes Chapel to speak on dementia.

Insurance Claim

In progress

SLCC Conference 20th June

Approval was granted for the Clerk to attend at a cost of £75.00.


This was due to be in place by 25th May but no formal training had been given. The Clerk had attended a webinar by SLCC but it had been very brief. The Clerk had been requested by CHALC to attend a meeting with the ICO on 12th April. There is a course on 18th April which she would attend.


43/18 the next meeting would be on the 24th April 2018 @ 7.30pm in Cranage Village Hall. It was noted this was the Annual Parish Meeting.

Meeting closed at 9.20pm