November Newsletter

Welcome to the November edition of the Moston Parish Council Newsletter. This month the major issue is the use of Tetton Lane, as a rat run, whilst Warmingham Lane, on the border of Moston and Middlewich, is closed. Although Tetton Lane is not part of the designated diversion route, vehicles, including HGV’s and double decker buses, have been using this single-track lane. Inevitably, there have been a number of accidents. The Parish Council, in conjunction with Cheshire East Highways, have tried to discourage the use of the lane with additional signs, after some of the original signs had been stolen, but it seems to no avail. A resident who lives on the lane has written a letter to Cheshire East, along with a petition, asking Highways to reduce the speed limit, on the lane, to 30mph. It was decided at the November Parish Council meeting to endorse the letter and petition by sending an accompanying letter, from the Parish to Cheshire East. The Parish Council has also purchased and erected a number of signs warning motorists that children and animals use the lane.

The condition of the road surface on Clay Lane was also discussed and it was decided to ask CEC Highways, what they intended to do about the problem and ask them for a detailed plan of any remedial works and the timescale for them. Work is continuing to try to alleviate the flooding in Oakwood Lane but until the tree which was cut down is removed from the ditch, this is proving very difficult.

There were two new planning applications discussed this month.

The first, an application from the developers, 21/5274c & 21/5275c, to convert the GradeII listed building on the site at Albion Lock back to a residential dwelling with further dwellings within what was the courtyard. The Parish Council voted to support the application but added a rider that the number of dwellings (12) associated with the application was a little excessive.

The second, at Horseshoe Farm, 21/5187c, for a change of use from agricultural land to a caravan site for one Gypsy/Traveller family. The council objected to the application, for a number of reasons and have asked Civitas to send in an objection on the Parish’s behalf. The full reason for the Parish’s objection can be seen on Cheshire East’s planning portal.

In other news, The Parish Council have offered free hedging plants to local residents and at the time of writing there has, as last year, with the free trees, an enthusiastic uptake.

The Council continues to negotiate with various bodies to try and increase the broadband speed in the Parish and although it is a long and convoluted process, the signs do look encouraging.

As always, we hope you find this newsletter useful. If you have any comments about the newsletter or any other parish related matters, you can contact us by email. The address is:

clerk@mostonparishcouncil.org

Free Hedgerow Plants

Following the success of last year’s FREE TREES scheme, the Parish Council is offering Moston residents up to 3 metres of hedgerow plants (five plants per linear metre). The plants will be a mix of Hawthorn and Blackthorn. These will be 40-60cm supplied with rabbit guard and cane.

So, if you have a gap in your hedgerow or want to plant a short length of new hedgerow, please contact the Kristine Pemberton, the Parish Council Clerk  clerk@mostonparishcouncil.org .  Please include your name, address, phone number and the amount of hedging requested.

Applications are subject to availability. Please apply by 13th November 2021.

Plants will be delivered in November, together with planting instructions.  Please check the website MostonParishCouncil.org or the Moston Residents facebook group for updates

October Newsletter

Welcome to the October edition of the Moston Parish Council Newsletter.  The main topic of interest, this month, is Cheshire East’s Community Governance Review. This is a statutory review of parish and town councils, the number of councillors and the physical make up of the parish / town. As part of this review, Cheshire East have proposed a number of changes to Moston and the Parish Council.

The main changes are that, the Albion Lock Development will no  longer be part of Moston but will become part of Elworth and will be administered by Sandbach Town Council. Also the Glebe Farm and Seddon Homes Developments on Warmingham Lane, will become part of Middlewich. This in effect means that Moston will revert to being a purely rural parish. With 301 electors as opposed to the projected 1,456 electors, and rising, in 2023. The reduction in the electorate will also affect the number of Parish Councillors, reducing them from 8 to 7. This change in the number of councillors is minimal and will in fact have no effect on the running of the council, as we have only 7 councillors at the moment, being unable to fill the final vacancy.

One of the  other consequences of the proposed boundary change is that we will lose the green gap on the eastern side of the A533, Booth Lane, between Albion Lock and the existing houses on Booth Lane. The Council have been in discussion with Sandbach Town Council and it is hoped that they will incorporate the Green Gap, which is in Moston at the moment, into their revised Neighbourhood Plan.

The Governance Review as it stands includes a proposal which the council find puzzling. In the proposal it is planned to remove the two bungalows and the old Moston garage and allocate them to Sandbach, to the west of the A533 but to retain Flowcrete UK and Dragon’s Wharf in Moston. The Council have pointed out the anomaly and await a reply from Cheshire East.

On other matters the council have been in discussion with Highways over the condition of Oakwood Lane and removal of the fallen tree. The tree has been removed and Highways have promised to undertake emergency remedial work on the road surface. The council are also working with the local landownwers to see if the amount of flooding in the lane can be reduced.

The link to the Governance Review documents can be found on the parish website.

As always, we hope you find this newsletter useful. If you have any comments about the newsletter or any other parish related matters, you can contact us by email. The address is:

clerk@mostonparishcouncil.org

September Newsletter

Welcome to the September edition of the Moston Parish Council Newsletter. September has seen once again an increase in fly tipping in the Parish. We would ask parishioners to be vigilant when walking the lanes and report any fly tipping to CEC via their website.

There has also been a number of powers cuts this month, and this seems to have coincided with SPNetworks upgrading their network. The reasons for the outages are various but the most unusual, was a squirrel, who decided to investigate the high voltage part of the network. Needless to say, it did not end well for the squirrel. SPNetworks are now actively monitoring the local electricity supply and, hopefully, they will be able to spot any abnormalities and deal with them before the cause further outages.

The Parish Council at the September meeting resolved to investigate the possibility of providing hedging plants to parishioners, on the same basis as the tree scheme last year.

On planning matters, the Council objected to a proposal to build an agricultural building on the MotoX track, on Warmingham Lane.

The next Council meeting will be held on Wednesday 13th October at 7:30pm, at Warmingham Village Hall, and all parishioners are invited to attend.

As always, we hope you find this newsletter useful. If you have any comments about the newsletter or any other parish related matters, you can contact us by email. The address is:

clerk@mostonparishcouncil.org

August Newletter

Moston Parish Council Newsletter

August 2021

Welcome to the August edition of the Moston Parish Council Newsletter. This month has seen an increase in the amount and nature of fly tipping in the parish, which has included builders bags of timber offcuts and pallets and paving slabs. Although this is not unique to the parish, we would ask residents to keep an eye open for any suspicious activity on our lanes. Also this month a window, in the red phone box on Moston Green, has been broken by somebody firing a ball bearing through the window. This is not the first case of damage being caused by this sort of vandalism and again we would ask parishioners to keep an eye open and report to the police anybody acting oddly.

In this months Parish Council meeting a number of issues were raised including a planning application, at Woodville Farm, for conversion of an annex. The Council supported the application.

Can we remind people that the newsletter will, if necessary abridge the reasons for support of, and objections to, planning applications. For a full explanation of the Parish council’s decisions, please go to Cheshire East’s planning portal.

Councillors also reported at the meeting that there has been positive discussions  with Seddon Construction regarding the work and financial implications of improving internet speed within Moston.

Also this month the Parish Council are in ongoing discussions with CEC to change the status of the path, known as “The Cosey”, between Plant Lane and Oakwood Lane

The next Council meeting will be held on Wednesday 8th September at 7:30pm at Warmingham Village Hall and all parishioners are invited to attend.

As always, we hope you find this newsletter useful. If you have any comments about the newsletter or any other parish related matters, you can contact us by email. The address is:

clerk@mostonparishcouncil.org

July Newsletter

Welcome to the July edition of the Moston Parish Council Newsletter. This month saw the Government required reinstatement of face to face Council meetings. The July meeting took place in Warmingham Village Hall but instead of using the small committee room as we have done in the past, we are now using the  main hall. Because of this our meeting day has had to change and we will now meet on the second Wednesday of each month.

This month’s meeting saw the co-option of a new Councillor, Katherine Haigh, who will be a welcome addition to the team.

There were also three planning applications  and one planning appeal to consider. These were:

21/3047C  Greywood , Oakwood Lane

Application to replace a garage.

The council fully supported the application.

21/2867C Cartref Warmingham Lane

Application to demolish  a  garage and erection of ground floor front, side and rear extensions to the  dwelling.

The council had no objection to the application.

21/2664C Within Street Farm, Tetton Lane.

Application to convert a redundant agricultural building to a dwelling with associated parking and vehicle turning and drainage arrangements.

The council opposed the application for the reasons given below.

  1.  The building is not redundant in terms of agricultural usage. It was never used for such purposes and the portal framed tin shed will require extensive alteration. Contrary to PG6 Cheshire East Local Plan.
  •  Described in the planning statement as change of use as a Farm Building to a Farm Dwelling. It has not been established the portal frame building was ever a farm building. Previously understood to store building supplies, a boat, cars and on the perimeter hardstanding as a base for mini buses. The address is not a Farm in the true meaning, ( it was described as a Manor House when on the market in 2012), furthermore an application for a Farm workers dwelling was refused in 1991 when the address was an actual farm.
  •  Contrary to Cheshire East Local Plan, Policy GR6, which addresses the issues of Amenity and Health. The nearest residence to Within Street Farm has a legal access to its garage and gardens using the driveway which would be utilised by residents from the proposed development and would double the amount of traffic passing within a few metres of that property if the plans were to be approved, thus having a detrimental affect on the amenity of that property.
  •  Contrary to Moston Neighbourhood Plan LCD1 Loss of amenity and conversions. The policy seeks use of the same materials as the accompanying Farm House. In this instance we do not have a Farm House but a Manor House and the application is very different to previous local Barn conversions at Moston Manor, Sparrow Grove, Greenbank Farm, Ivy Cottage Farm and recently Hill Farm which were substantial brick build buildings of some considerable age, not a 14 year old tin shed.
  • Concerns over contamination, particularly the garden area of the proposed development due to the area having previously been used for Turkey rearing.

Finally the council sent in its comments to the Planning Inspector opposing planning appeal 19/4679C at Meadow view. The council objected to the original application which was later refused by Cheshire East Council and has now gone to appeal.

As always, we hope you find this newsletter useful. If you have any comments about the newsletter or any other parish related matters, you can contact us by email. The address is: clerk@mostonparishcouncil.org

Newsletter June 2021

Welcome to the June edition of the Moston Parish Council Newsletter. This month is unusual in that there has been no Parish Council meeting. This is because the legislation on councils being able to run virtual meetings has run out and therefore councils must return to having physical meetings. As Covid restrictions still apply, we have been unable to find a suitable safe venue for our meeting. We therefore decided in the circumstances, to cancel the meeting. Non urgent matters will be carried over into July’s meeting.

June has seen an increase in fly tipping and Anti Social Behaviour in the form of vandalism and the fouling of one of the bridle paths. The matters have been passed on to the relevant agencies, including Cheshire police, the environment agency and departments within Cheshire East Council.

A number of planning applications and one planning appeal have been submitted and will be discussed at the July meeting.

At this time the venue for the July meeting of the Parish Council has yet to be determined and as soon as the location is finalised the time and place will be published on this website.

We are still awaiting Cheshire East’s Planning Department, signing off the relevant documents to allow the developers of Albion Lock Estate to commence work on the installation of street lighting and the improvement to the footpath along Booth Lane. It would seem the wheels at Cheshire East, “grind exceeding slow”.

As always, we hope you find this newsletter useful. If you have any comments about the newsletter or any other parish related matters, you can contact us by email. The address is:

clerk@mostonparishcouncil.org

Notice of Public Rights and Publication of Annual Governance and Accountability Return

Date of announcement__________13 June 2021______________(a)

2. Each year the smaller authority prepares an Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR).  The AGAR has been published with this notice. It will not be reviewed by the appointed auditor, since the smaller authority has certified itself as exempt from the appointed auditor’s review.

Any person interested has the right to inspect and make copies of the AGAR, the accounting records for the financial year to which it relates and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers, receipts and other documents relating to those records must be made available for inspection by any person interested. For the year ended 31 March 2021, these documents will be available on reasonable notice by application to:

(b)   Kristine Pemberton, Clerk

       Moss House, Plant Lane, Moston

        clerk@mostonparishcouncil.org

commencing on (c) __Monday 14 June 2021 _______________________

and ending on (d) ___Friday 23 July 2021 ________________________

3. Local government electors and their representatives also have:

  • The opportunity to question the appointed auditor about the accounting records; and
  • The right to make an objection which concerns a matter in respect of which the appointed auditor could either make a public interest report or apply to the court for a declaration that an item of account is unlawful. Written notice of an objection must first be given to the auditor and a copy sent to the smaller authority.

The appointed auditor can be contacted at the address in paragraph 4 below for this purpose between the above dates only.

4. The smaller authority’s AGAR is only subject to review by the appointed auditor if questions or objections raised under the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 lead to the involvement of the auditor.  The appointed auditor is:

PKF Littlejohn LLP (Ref: SBA Team)

15 Westferry Circus

Canary Wharf

London E14 4HD

(sba@pkf-l.com)

5. This announcement is made by (e) _Kristine Pemberton, Clerk__

Newsletter May 2021

Welcome to the May edition of the Moston Parish Council Newsletter. This month was the AGM of the parish. The Chair and Vice Chair of the council were elected at the meeting. Councillor Andy Roscoe was elected to the Chair and Councillor Dave Nixon elected as Vice Chair.

It was decided at the meeting that this years project to improve the look of the parish,  would be to  continue to offer free plants to residents. In 2020 we offered free trees to residents. This year it was decided that the offer would be hedgerow plants. Further details of the scheme will be published later in the year.

In April, Moston Parish Council, at Cheshire East’s  Strategic Planning Committee, spoke against Taylor Wimpey’s application to a change of conditions, relating to their site at Glebe Farm, Warmingham Lane. If the application had been granted it would have meant a large increase in the number of HGVs using our lanes. I am pleased to say that the application was refused and, barring an appeal, Taylor Wimpey must now bring all construction vehicles into the site via Booth Lane.

Cheshire East have published a consultation paper about possible boundary changes to parish and towns, within the county. The main change to Moston would be that the Albion Lock development would be incorporated into Sandbach and the developments at the Middlewich end of Warmingham Lane would be ceded to Middlewich, allowing Moston to revert to a mainly rural parish. If these changes occur they will take place before the next council elections.

May’s Parish Council meeting was the last to be held via zoom, as the government have decided that physical meeting must resume after the 7th  May. Therefore, because Warmingham Village Hall, our usual meeting venue, will not be open before our June meeting, our next Parish Council meeting will be on Wednesday 14th July at 7:30pm and that all subsequent meetings will be held on the 2nd  Wednesday of each month in the main hall. A full list of dates are available on the website .

Once again, this month, you have the chance to visit one of our local gardens under the National Open Garden Scheme. See the link below. The money raised from the scheme benefits a number of charities, including Macmillan Cancer Support and Parkinson’s Uk.

https://ngs.org.uk/view-garden/42150

Finally, We hope you find this newsletter useful. If you have any comments about the newsletter or any other parish related matters, you can contact us by email. The address is:

clerk@mostonparishcouncil.org

Newsletter April 2021

Welcome to the April edition of the Moston Parish Council Newsletter. Last month saw the departure of our ex-Chair and long-standing councillor, Alan Holder. Alan after twenty years has moved away from Moston. He and his wife Anne will be sorely missed, and we wish them all the best in their new home. Due to Alan’s resignation we now have a vacancy for two councillors, one being a long standing vacancy. If anybody would like to join the council, please get in touch with the Parish Clerk, via the email at the end of this Newsletter.

The street lighting issue mentioned last month still has to be concluded but we remain hopeful of an early resolution of the matter. The residents of Albion Lock, especially those on Morgan Rd, asked if we could help with a problem of vehicles not realising that Morgan Rd was a cul-de-sac. After lengthy negotiations with the builders, Taylor Wimpey, they have now installed a No Through Road, sign.

There are a number of items to report from the April Parish Council Meeting. The main one being the Government’s decision to return to face-to-face council meetings from the 7th May. We, the Parish Council, felt that this decision is premature, considering indoor venues will not be allowed to open before 17th May, at the earliest. Our next meeting in May is before the new ruling so we have decided to hold a zoom meeting, as normal, and to cancel the June meeting. Therefore, our first physical Parish meeting will be held in July. The venue will be Warmingham Village Hall, but the date has yet to be decided.

The planning application for 10 Gypsy / Traveller transit pitches at Cledford Hall Farm, Middlewich, was also discussed. We understand the need for transit pitches in Cheshire East but feel that the proposed site is in the wrong location and that, in granting permission, it would also alienate the settled Gypsy/ Traveller population, who also object to the site. Therefore, we will be lodging an objection to the application, with Cheshire East.

Also, this month you have the chance to visit one of our local gardens under the National Open Garden Scheme. See the link below. The money raised from the scheme benefits a number of charities, including Macmillan Cancer Support and Parkinson’s Uk.

https://ngs.org.uk/view-garden/42150

Finally, We hope you find this newsletter useful. If you have any comments about the newsletter or any other parish related matters, you can contact us by email. The address is:

clerk@mostonparishcouncil.org