PRESENT: – Councillors – Mr R Buckley (Chair), Mrs E Wilson (Vice Chair), Mr N Eardley Mrs M Street, Mr P Torr, Mr C Fleming, Mr. R. Buckingham, Mr. A. Broadhurst, Mr P. Hayes & Mrs W Carter (Clerk).
1. APOLOGIES – None
2. DECLARATION OF INTEREST – None
3. PUBLIC FORUM – None
4. MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING HELD 5th December 2013
Approved and signed.
5. CHAIRPERSON’S ANNOUNCEMENTS – Vice-Chairperson Cllr. E. Wilson paid our respects by representing the Parish Council at the funeral of Marion Stretton a precious Chairperson of Higher Hurdsfield Parish Council
6. CLERK TO GIVE UPDATE ON THE FOLLOWING:
(a) Current Bank Balance – statement to 8th January 2014 – £7,689.64
(b) A Risk Assessment carried out.
The bench at the entrance to the recreation ground, is not anchored. It is very heavy therefore not in danger of toppling over, without extreme force, but it could be stolen.
Two concrete posts have been knocked sideways, probably by a reversing wagon. They are not a danger to the public.
Corrective action: Fairways Landscape to be instructed to make the bench secure reposition the concrete posts. when they carry out replanting of the shrubs at the front of the car park.
7. PLANNING COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER AND COMMENT ON
Enforcement Notice Appeal
Address: Site at Scotswood Nursery, Swanscoe, Higher Hurdsfield, Macclesfield, SK10 5SZ.
Appellant’s breach: Without planning permission. The erection of two timber buildings.
The Parish Council will request the Enforcement Notice stand as in their opinion the appellant’s grant for appeal has no merit.
8. TO RECEIVE AND NOTE ANY PLANNING DECISIONS. – none
9. AUTHORISATION OF PAYMENT OF ACCOUNTS
P.R. Jones Jewellers/R. Buckley Engraving Plaque £40.00 Chq. No. 000742
10. REVIEW AND DISTRIBUTE CORRESPONDENCE
January / February 2014 Countryside Ranger Service Events Newsletter
PRECEPT ARRANGEMENTS AND REQUIREMENTS FOR 2014/2015
Approval of Council Tax Support Grant – £284.00
Interim Chief Executive of Community Transport advising Community Transport is making an application to the East Cheshire Transport Accessibility Grant.
Their aim is to provide a sustainable, low-cost, high quality passenger transport service to local residents that supports mobility, access to services and participation in community for those who experience barriers to transport.
Cheshire County Playing Fields Association Annual Report 2013
Products for Local Councils, Glasdon
Cre8 Works Ltd
Local Maintenance Business.
11. THE GENERAL CONDITION OF THE PARISH
11.1 PLAQUE IN THE SUNDAY SCHOOL-Completed.
11.2 Street Light Out – Now working
11.3 Keeping Roads and Paths Clean.
A resident on Rainow road, requested the path in front of his house be cleaned and was concerned with a depression in the pavement about 7m along (heading towards Rainow) from the entrance of his parking area, where water is gathering, the curb stone slightly collapsed, and a slight bulging in the retaining wall against.
The clerk contacted the Street Cleaning Department and was advised he would ask a team to visit and clear the footpath, this has now been done. They do not have a scheduled for footpath sweeping other than the town centre areas due to resource, but are happy for people to request a footpath sweep or clean if the footpath is looking bad.
The other faults are the responsibility of the Highways Dept. who is to inspect the fault.
The Clerk to report the following faults:-
- Well Lane – the grass has grown into the road by approx. 600m and covered some of the grids, which are now blocked. This occurs over the majority of the road.
- Water is coming out of one grid, located just before Brookside on Well Lane.
- Just past the George & Dragon on Rainow Road, going towards Rainow, left centre of the road there is a large depression in the road. You can hear cars hitting it and it is becoming dangerous. A repair was carried out some time ago to a collapsed sewer there and it is thought the road has sunk again after the remedial work was carried out.
- A Land Rover Discovery is parking on the yellow lines at the junction of Rainow Road and Well Lane. Traffic entering Well Lane have to pull out to get round it which is a danger to oncoming traffic. It is present both day and night.
- Roewood Lane needs to be cleared of leaves.
Cllr. Broadhurst informed the Council that the large tub at the entrance to the unadopted road had been vandalised. Someone had pulled out all the plants and thrown them into the road. Mrs. Broadhurst has kindly replanted the tub.
11.4 Replanting of the shrubs in the Car park. – Fairways Landscapes recommend carrying this work out late February 2014.
12. PURCHASING GRIT BINS
The grit bins agreed upon were obsolete. Four 7 cubic foot (39”long x 17” wide) with top opening lid @ £167.98 + VAT have been ordered. Fairways Landscapes to liaise with the Chairman regarding their location.
Cllr. Hayes to liaise with the Highways Department with regard to their installation.
13. REPAIR/RESURFACING OF THE UNADOPTED ROAD
Roy Lowndes has not replied to the Clerks email requests for his help in getting the pot holes filled.
Two large vehicles from Cheshire East Council regularly use the car park at 12.05 each day during their lunch break.
The Clerk to pursue this matter further.
14. THE BUS SHELTER WASTE BIN
This has now been replaced.
Meeting ended approx. 7pm
Next Meeting to be held on February 27th 2014 at 6pm
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