PARISH COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES  23rd January 2020

DRAFT

 

PRESENT

Parish Cllr’s - Mr. A. Broadhurst (Chair), Mr. C. Fleming (Vice Chair), Mrs. E. Wilson, Mrs. M. Street, Mr. P Torr, Cllr. Mr. N. McArthur.

Parish Clerk & RFO - Mrs. W Carter

Cllr. Ms. A. Stott,

PCSO Pam Gibson

 

1. APOLOGIES

Parish Cllr. Mr. T. Simpson & Cllr. Mr. J. Nicholas.

 

2. DECLARATION OF INTEREST

None

 

3. PUBLIC FORUM

None

 

4. CHAIRPERSON’S ANNOUNCEMENTS

None

 

5. MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING HELD 28th November 2019.

The minutes were approved by all members and signed by the Chairman Cllr. A. Broadhurst.

 

6. CLERK TO GIVE AN UPDATE ON THE FOLLOWING.

CURRENT BANK BALANCE  

The balance on the 3rd January 2020 was £6,751.88

 

Approval of Taxbase 2020/21

On the 19th December 2019, Cheshire East Council approved the 2020/21 tax base for Higher Hurdsfield Parish.

 

The Tax base for the financial year 2020/21 was thought likely to be £333.88 compared to a current amount of £330.03. This has now been reviewed and changed slightly to £335.01

 

7. AUTHORISATION OF PAYMENT OF ACCOUNTS 

Amazon – Iconik Europe via W. Carter

A3 Notice Board for Bus Shelter £68.85        Chq. No. 000876

 

8. PLANNING COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER & COMMENT ON PLANNING APPLICATIONS. 

 

Application No:        19/4793M

Proposal:                Construct a three-storey side extension to add additional bedrooms and living space.

Location:                 93, RAINOW ROAD, HIGHER HURDSFIELD, SK10 2PD

The Planning Committee have reviewed the application and had some concern about the size but had no objections. 

The application has since been withdrawn.

9. REVIEW AND DISTRIBUTE CORRESPONDENCE

None

     

10. PCSO PAM GRAHAM

Introduced herself and advised what areas she covers.

PSCO P. Graham confirmed Trucam is on the menu, she will meet up with the Chairman who will show where we require the Trucam to be operated i.e. the bottom of Cliff Lane.

The SID which is shared with several Parish Councils, needs repairing. When this has been done PSCO P. Graham will arrange for it to be installed in our Parish for a while.

Courier fraud is currently being carried on within Cheshire East and PSCO P. Graham recommended the councillors sign up for Cheshire Alert in order to receive alerts.

 

11. ROEWOOD LANE/RAINOW ROAD JUNCTION SCHEME.                                                                        

(a) The junction/damaged wall 

The Highways Dept. were unable to carry out work at the junction as the “no waiting cones they had put in place and the letter drop were unsuccessful, as was the door knocking, they carried out.

A NOTICE OF TEMPORARY PARKING RESTRICTION has now been issued to prohibit traffic parking from the canal bridge to the Three Crowns on Rainow Road to enable repairs to the damaged wall to be carried out.

This is programmed from Thursday 30th January 2020 between times 09:30-15:30 for a period of approximately 5 days.

The Clerk has requested confirmation of what work will be carried out.

Cllr. J. Nicholson will be seeing the Highways Officer tomorrow and will make enquiries.

 (b) Moving the bus stop. 

Transport Service Solutions, are responsible for carrying out the assessment and provide the funding. The Clerk received a contact name today, Neil Jones, from whom she can now request an update.

 

 (c) The yellow lines on Rainow Road. 

 (d) The re-painting of yellow lines on Roewood Lane.

Items (c) and (d) are dependent on a decision from Transport Service Solutions. Replacement yellow lines to be treated as a priority on Roewood Lane if these can’t be incorporated with any other works.

Clerk to obtain update from TSS.

 

12.  GEORGE & DRAGON PUBLIC HOUSE

30.01.1918. Notice issued under s215 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, requiring the Proper Maintenance of Land.

05.11.2019 Court Hearing. Defendants failed to attend. Fines were issued.

 

A conviction does not compel a defendant to comply with the requirements of a notice. However, the judge stated the building is unsafe, dangerous and should be taken down, therefore, the Council must consider further appropriate action.

 

No further information has been received. Cllr. J. Nicholson will make enquiries.

 

13. THE ROAD UNDER PRIVATE OWNERSHIP AT HIGHER FOLD

(a) Repairing of the road surface.   

A resident has filled in some of the pot holes.

The request for the planning is with Highways Capital Team, together with a plan where they need to be delivered. We will be contacted to arrange delivery when they have some plannings available.

 

14. CLIFF LANE 

GENERAL INFO. -

An ad hoc job was raised by John Denwood, to include emptying gullies and jetting from Cliff Farm down to Rainow Road.  Also, to jet the pipe from the gully outside Cliff Farm which outfalls into the ditch downstream. This work has now been completed. Debris washed down from Cliff Lane onto Rainow Road has now been swept and removed.

 

(a) Remedial work to the carriageway edge                                                                  

No date as yet. On going

 

(b) Pot hole reported.   

The Clerk requested the pot holes be filled in.

John Denwood has requested the pothole inspector to inspect this location and action any repairs this week. They currently have a huge backlog of enquiries for potholes and are having a push at the moment to get on top of them.

 

(c) Two Road Signs at the bottom of the lane.

The light in the weight limit sign at the bottom of Cliff Lane, on the left-hand side, is still not working.

John Denwood has advised (23.10.2020) that these are new LED lanterns on these signs which should be working, the supervisor is hopefully assessing today/tomorrow as this could be a power supply issue.

 

(d) Parish Council warning signs, top and bottom of the lane.

A resident of the Parish who is fully aware of the problem, is to request permission to install a sign in a relevant location at the bottom of Cliff Lane.

Permission is also to be sought on land at the top of Cliff Lane.

The wording, construction and cost of the signs to be determined.

 

Cllr. Mr. N. McArthur informed us that there has been a slight reduction in the large vehicles using Cliff Lane but no reduction in the number of vans etc. which are still causing many problems.

15. SOLAR POWERED STREET LIGHTS ON CLIFF LANE

Cllr. N. McArthur has compiled a detail survey of the performance of the lights. Cllr. A. Stott to make enquiries as to what is expected of the performance of the lights –

 

ON GOING SURVEY DETAILS.

 

Travelling up Cliff Lane from Rainow Road the first light on the left hand side (L1) is powered from the grid, the second light on the LHS is solar powered (S1) as are  the following 5 lights (S2 - S6)  on the right hand side. The final light (S6) is opposite the cul-de-sac after the first bend.

 

The primary purpose of the lights is to provide a safe road for pedestrians, including school children, to walk on in the dark, particularly in the absence of pavements. They are designed with movement sensors which brighten the light when pedestrians approach.

 

As of 17th November 2019, at 5.30am when the motion sensor triggers, the status of the lights was as follows

Solar Light Nos. S1, S4, S5 were working but dim.

Solar Light Nos. S2, S3, S were not working

  

In summary, 50% of the installed lights do not work after one year. Of the lights that do work, in the dark winter mornings (5:30 am) when the motion centre is triggered, they do not illuminate Cliff Lane to the extent to which they were designed.

 

Update of the performance given at the meeting by Parish Cllr. Mr. N. McArthur: - Three lights still don’t work at all and two do not work long enough to give lighting required.

 

16 WELL LANE 

(a) Road Condition       

The Clerk requested an urgent inspection and making good of the pot holes.

John Denwood has requested the pothole inspector to inspect this location and action any repairs this week. (w/c 19.01.2020)

 

Clerk to enquire what has been planned for remedial work following the inspection.

 

The heavy traffic going down Well Lane to the work being carried out for the damaged culvert at the canal is further damaging the road.

 

(b) The bollards at the junction of Well Lane/ Rainow Road.

The bollards have now been fitted.

The Clerk to request the yellow lines be repainted.

 

17. HIGH STREET COMMUNITY CLEAN-UP GRANT

We now have confirmation that we have been awarded a total grant of £1122.83. To be used for the following: -

 

 

Cost £585.00.

The bench frame has been installed; the Clerk has requested a date for the wooden bench top to be fitted. We have received complaints from residents that the bench was too cold to sit on. This will not be the case when the wooden bench top has been fitted. The Clerk to reply to a letter of complaint.

 

To be carried out when the weather improves. Cost £ 263.00.

 

The notice board has been delivered and will be installed when the bench top is fitted.

 

·       Four signs to be ordered stating “This area is owned and maintained by Higher Hurdsfield Parish Council, on your behalf”. Cost  £100 

 

A total of three signs to be erected at Swanscoe seating area, Higher Fold seating area and the bus shelter. Details – black background, white reverse lettering, anti-vandal fixing screws, approx. height 6”, width to suit.

 

The fourth sign to be self-adhesive and is to installed in the telephone box housing the defibrillator.

 

The supplier, a local resident, has also kindly offered to fit the signs.

 

18. CHESHIRE EAST COUNCIL REVIEW OF TOWN AND PARISH COUNCIL ELECTORAL AND GOVERNANCE ARRANGEMENTS.

Including

 

It was important that as many people as possible took part in the pre-consultation survey which ended on 31st January 2020.

Details were posted on the Parish Website.

Several Councillors confirmed they had completed the survey.

 

19. DEFIBRILLATOR PADS AND BATTERY.

The items have been ordered and we are waiting for delivery.

We have been advised delivery will be the first week of February.

Initially we were advised the 13th January, therefore the length of this delivery is very poor.

 

20. PARISH COUNCIL VACANCY.

The name of a suitable resident was put forward, Cllr.  N. McArthur to make contact and enquire if they would be interested in being co-opted onto the Parish Council.

 

21. NEXTDOOR HIGHER HURDSFIELD

It has no connection at all with the Higher Hurdsfield Parish Council.   It is used among other things to find services.

 

22. PARISH COUNCIL WEB SITE

The Clerk is continuing to work on the Accessibility Options on our web site and is to take a further course “Creating Accessible Word and PDF Documents” offered by the SLCC ON THE 17TH March 2020, for a cost of £30 + VAT. This will be taken from the fund money held in our account for training, not from the precept payment and is payable 5 days after the course via invoice.

 

23. CHESHIRE FIRE AUTHORITY – Home safety Visits

Details of home safety visits to be put on notice boards. The Chairman to pass details to the clerk.

 

Cllr. J. Nicholson is on the Fire Authority board and will advise anyone interested to visit a station during an open day.

 

The meeting ended at approx. 7.15pm

 

The next meeting to be held on 27th February 2020.