Draft Minutes Cranage Parish Council 30th May 2017

Draft Minutes of the Parish Council meeting held on Tuesday 30th May 2017 at Cranage Village Hall.

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49/17 Election of Chairman for 2017/18

Resolved Councillor R Hurst was elected as Chairman for the ensuing year. The Acceptance of Office was signed.


Cllr R Hurst welcomed everybody to meeting and offered her thoughts and condolences to all the families affected by the recent events which had taken place in Manchester on Monday 22nd May.

Declaration of Interest

After his co option Councillor A Townson declared an interest in 17/1880C and 17/1523C – Resolution 53/17 .

Public Forum

8 members of the public present.

A request for a member of the Parish Council to attend the Highways England meeting on 12th June at Mr And Mrs Wild’s residence.

The compound was discussed on Oak Tree Lane – Cllr A Kolker reported that this was allowed under permitted development rights and did not required planning permission. Cllr G Morgan encouraged the public to report any issues to CE if it was causing a nuisance.


Part 1

Present Councillor R Hurst (who chaired the meeting),Councillor M Hodge, Councillor R J Hocknell , Councillor G Morgan, Councillor A Kolker (Cheshire East) and the Clerk.


Apologies – Nil


50/17 Minutes

Resolved that the minutes of the meeting held on Tuesday 21st March 2017 be approved and signed as a true and accurate record.


51/17 Election of Vice Chairman 2017/18

Resolved Cllr R Hocknell would be elected as Vice Chairman for the ensuing year. The Acceptance of Office was signed.


52/17 Co option of Parish Councillors

Three applications had been received and circulated.

As received-

First applicant – Mr C Brown, Poachers Pocket, 6 Northwich Road, Cranage CW4 8HL

Proposed MH. Seconded RJH. Vote – Unanimous

Resolved Mr Colin Brown would be co opted as a Parish Councillor. The Acceptance of Office was signed.

Second applicant – Mr Alistair Townson, Oakfield, Sandy Lane, Cranage CW4 8HN.

Proposed MH. Seconded RJH. Vote – Unanimous

Resolved Mr Alistair Townson would be co opted as a Parish Councillor. The Acceptance of Office was signed.

Third applicant – Mr Michael Cohen, Big Stone Cottage, Middlewich Road, Cranage CW4 8HG – Not Present

Proposed GM Seconded RH. Vote – Unanimous

The acceptance of office would be signed at the next meeting.


The Register of Interest’s would be circulated by the clerk and completed within a 28 day period.


53/17 Resolution amendment of Standing Orders from 21.3.17

Cllr GM, Cllr MH, Cllr RJH and Cllr AT supported a recessionary resolution of 36/17 dated 21.3.17.

Cllr MH proposed an amendment – ‘93. VOTING on the Land at Middlewich Road

The grazing land situated at the junction of Middlewich Road and the A50 Knutsford Road (registration CH552902), in the ownership of the Parish Council on behalf of the residents, cannot be disposed of by the Parish Council without the Parish Council holding a Parish Referendum. That such a referendum must have received a return in excess of 50% of all registered voters registered on the electoral role in the Parish of Cranage.

  1. Amending Article 93

Article 93 cannot be set aside by the Parish Council without the parish council holding a Parish Meeting to authorise by a vote in favour of setting aside or rescinding any or all parts of standing order 93, that such meeting should be advertised by a full leaflet drop of every household in the parish, an advert on every notice board and a website announcement.


Cllr G Morgan seconded the amendment to the Standing Order 94.

Vote FOR – Unanimous

Recessionary Resolution the Standing Order 94 would be amended as follows –

  1. Amending Article 93

Article 93 cannot be set aside by the Parish Council without the parish council holding a Parish Meeting to authorise by a vote in favour setting aside or rescinding any or all parts of standing order 93, that such meeting should be advertised by a full leaflet drop of every household in the parish, an advert on every notice board and a website announcement.


54/17 Adult Fitness Area

The standing orders were suspended to receive a report from Mrs C Hewson.

It was agreed in principal the proposal could be supported by the Parish Council but some clarification was required.

The clerk was to request some research was conducted to ensure utilisation of the equipment. (points to include; age group and demand levels).

A business plan with the following points was required;

  • Total Cost – to include three estimates
  • The number of pieces of equipment with photographs
  • Area required
  • Flooring options and costs included
  • Funding options

The Clerk would approach Cheshire East to agree if they would agree the site within their open space.


55/17 Neighbourhood Plan

There had been feedback from a resident, Mr P Wild, that a Neighbourhood Plan should be completed by the Parish Council. Cllr G Morgan agreed but had received no support from the public or members. Cllr C Brown agreed with a NP in principal.

It was agreed that both Councillors would make contact before the next meeting to discuss and bring back to the next meeting for discussion.


56/17 Footpath and Tree Report

No report had been received.

PROW behind Deans Cottages – Cllr G Morgan requested this to be an agenda item at the next meeting.

Weeding around the trees on Needham estate entrance – Cllr R Hurst had actioned

Kissing Gates – Cllr R Hocknell agreed to locate sites for these within the parish.


57/17 Land adjacent to Village Hall

Cllr R Hurst and the Clerk had attended a meeting with Mr S Barber from ANSA to discuss the improvement of the land next to the Village Hall. The proposal that had been submitted to the legal department at CE for improvements by the Parish Council was withdrawn and it had been agreed that the land would be cut back and pruned by Cheshire East on a more general level to preserve the wildlife, increase accessibility and improve tree growth.

Resolved the clerk would write to Cheshire East agree a revised management plan for this area.


58/17 Vandalism on Needham Estate and the Bowling Club

The Clerk had received several complaints about vandalism on the estate and around the bowling club house. There had been some CCTV footage gained but it showed nothing conclusive at this stage. The police had been informed to be extra vigilant. The PC was asked to be aware of anything suspicious.


59/17 Highways

Meeting with Mr and Mrs Wild in relation to the Smart M6

This was to take place on the 12th June at 2pm.

Hermitage Lane – a ‘no through way’ sign was to be erected and highways had updated the SATNAV systems.

Grass Verges along A50 – the verges had been cut by the contractor. There was a meeting arranged on Tuesday 13th June at 10am. Cllr R Hurst would attend with the Clerk.

Parking on Byley Lane / Cars within Cranage Hall Hotel

The Clerk had attended a meeting with the manager of Cranage Hall Hotel on 25th May in relation to a resident using the hotel as a ‘back drop’ to sell his cars on the internet (notes had been circulated) . This was causing disruption and the cars had no tax or insurance. A resident had also reported unauthorised parking of cars and it was a related matter. The PC was requested to support the hotel and report anything suspicious. Any comments should be referred to the manager.

Northwich Road / New Platt Lane junction

The grass verges were being destroyed by the regular heavy load that was passing through Cranage. ‘Give Way’ sign also missing. The Clerk was to report.

Grass Verges On Goostrey Lane

One Point builders had damaged the verges whilst on site. The Clerk was to report.

Speed limits within the Parish

The implementation of 50mph on Northwich Road

The reduction of speed on Twemlow Lane

The reduction of speed limit on Byley Lane

Resolved Cllr A Kolker would report and report back at the next meeting.

60/17 Planning Applications

  • 17/2310C Land Rear of Manor View, Twemlow Lane, Cranage CW4 8EX Demolition of existing commercial stables and construction of new residential dwelling

Resolved Objection with conditions

  • 17/2257C 34, Byley Lane, Cranage CW4 8EJ – proposed single story side and rear extension.

Resolved No Objection

  • 17/1800C Evermore House, Sandy Lane Cranage CW4 8HN – Two storey Rear extension to main house and two storey rear extension to existing annex

Resolved Objection

  • 17/1523C Oakfield , Sandy Lane Cranage CW4 8HN Side and rear orangery

No Comment as approved

  • Minerals and Plan – Local Plan – Members discussed the notes circulated and added some amendments.
The Clerk would report by the deadline


61/17 Internal Audit Section 1

The Clerk read out the report by the Internal Auditor – J D H Services.

Section 1 was circulated to members.

Resolved Section 1 of the Audit was approved by full council.

62/17 Internal Audit Section 2

Section 2 was circulated to members

Resolved Section 2 of the Audit was approved by Full Council


63/17 Accounts

It was noted the balance of account = Leek United £29,911.85 + Natwest £35,076.34 = £64,988.19


Cheque number

  • 161 – £300.00 Knights Solicitors (Deans Row)
  • 162- £70.00 CHALC (Training GM and RJH)
  • 163 – £338.80 CHALC Affiliation Fee 2017/18
  • 164 – £18.00 Cheshire Playing Field Association
  • 165 – £90.00 Crewe Colour Printers (newsletter)
  • 166 – £36.00 CPRE
  • 167 – £20.00 Cheshire Community Action
  • 168- Ms S Amies Website
  • 169- £214.80 J D H Services
  • 170- £688.00 Zurich Insurance ( £112.00 CBC to be invoiced)


  • £6,000.00 Precept CE
  • £3.01 Lloyds Bank PLC

Salary reimbursements

  • £662.38 HW & SB
  • £996.70 SPC
  • £1,271.27 Newbold Astbury cum Moreton PC

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


64/17 Cheshire East

Resolved to suspend standing orders to receive a report from Cllr Kolker

Cllr A Kolker reported the skate park at Holmes Chapel that was now open with the support of HC Parish Council

Jodrell Bank

The Office for the Square Kilometer Arena Organisation (SKAO) is responsible for coordinating the global activities of the SKA project. This includes engineering, science, site evaluation, operations and public outreach. He explained what an amazing place it was and encouraged a visit.

Bus Review throughout Cheshire East

He wanted members to note the 319 bus through Cranage would be stopping. If they wished to comment please complete the form circulated by CE.

Cllr C Brown left the meeting at 10.10pm


65 /17 Chairman and Members report

Cllr G Morgan and Cllr R Hocknell reported on the Induction training course they attended on 24th April.


66/17 Clerks Report

Police Crime Commissioners Day – 26.06.17 -Cllr A Townson will attend if possible.

Cranage Bowling Club – The clerk will attend a landlord’s visit to check the clubhouse.

Arclid Waste Site Closure

Resolved The clerk will write a letter of objection

It was noted the Meeting on 25th July will be rescheduled to 8th August. Cllr R Hurst would confirm the VH booking.

Holmes Chapel Health Centre

One of the local Patient Participation Groups in East Cheshire have produced a most interesting web page providing information relating to some of the problems the NHS and, more importantly to us, the East Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group are facing.

The web site is NHSSOS.org.uk.  Councillors were encouraged to view it.



Resolved; “That in accordance with the public bodies (Admission to meetings) Act 1960 as extended by the Local Goverment Act 1972 section 100 the press and public be excluded from the meeting for discussion of the under mentioned item on the grounds that the publication of the matter would be prejudicial to the public interest by reason of the confidential nature of the business to be transacted”,


67/12 The Council discussed the salary arrangements for the Clerk.

Resolved: It was agreed to move the Clerks salary to SCP 25 from 01.04.17


68/17 The next Parish Council Parish Meeting would be on the 27th June 2017 @ 7.30pm in Cranage Village Hall.

Meeting closed at 10.30pm.