This section provides links to current consultations in the Parish.
Community Centre Roof Consultation
In 2014, the Parish Council purchased the Community Centre. When the centre was purchased the council contracted with a qualified roof specialist for a report on all the roofs especially as there was a major water leak, with the purpose of defining whether there were any major concerns prior to purchase.
Soon after purchase in 2016, the major work seemed to fix what were at the time some substantial rainwater leaks into the building. This was followed by further repairs the following year, but on each occasion, they were only ‘temporary’ repairs as the age and underlying condition of the roof was having more effect on the ability to keep the premises watertight.
Other repairs were done to fix leaks at the back of the bar and for significant water ingress into the upstairs gym area (the buildings with metal sloping roofs). However, the leaks from the flat roofs are continuing and now causing damage internally, where more unnecessary cost is being incurred in redecoration and repair. To date since purchasing the Community Centre, the council has spent in excess of £10kon roof repairs.
In March 2019, council requested advice from a local architect with knowledge of the type of buildings, who was able to assist us with some advice on manufacturers of different types of products. The underlying need and vision are that whatever is done it must have a minimum life and warranty of 20+ years. Following representations to the manufacturers proposed, detailed specifications have been prepared by each, after site visits and the taking of core samples.
The cost of this roof repair/replacement cannot be achieved from within the council’s current resources and there are no other possible sources of grant funding. A further Public Works Loan will be required. If the Parish Council are unable to repair the roofs, there is a chance that the Community Centre would have to close.
The Chairman, Brian Bath stated: “The Parish Council initiated a mandatory four-week public consultation at the Village Fayre on Sunday 7th July for repairing and replacing some of the flat roofs at the Community Centre. So far, the response is a resounding 90+% in favour. The consultation period will finish on 7 August2019.
This work is key to ensuring the fabric of the building is safe and water-tight for all users. The council is seeking a replacement that carries at least a 20 year guarantee. It is expected that the costs of the works are within the councils existing financial resources and that there is no need for any increase in precept to pay for this work. If you have any questions please send these to our Clerk."
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Why aren’t Everybody Sport & Recreation (ES&R) paying for the roofs?
The lease the Parish Council has with ES&R gives responsibility to the Parish Council, as landlords, to ensure the building is wind and watertight. ES&R is responsible for all the interior and has invested a significant amount of money into renovation and upkeep of the Community Centre.
2. Shouldn’t the profits Everybody Sport & Recreation (ES&R) make pay for this project?
Currently, ES&R are not making a profit from the Community Centre, as any money made is going to repay the cost of all the works carried out to make the centre fit for purpose. Once ES&R have broken even, any profit will be given to the Parish Council to be used within the village. This is unlike all the other locations managed by ES&R for Cheshire East and ensures that surplus funds are retained for the benefit of the community.
3. Is the precept paid to the Parish Council going to increase to cover the cost of the loan repayments?
No, the loan repayments will be paid back from the existing income generated by the precept.
4. Why does the Parish Council only accept a £1 pa rent from Everybody Sport & Recreation?
This is called a ‘peppercorn rent’ and allows the Parish Council as landlord to retain its non-business status and does not have to register for VAT. Generally, for any work completed at the Community Centre for the council, VAT can usually be recovered. If the council charged ES&R a full market value rent, reclaiming of VAT would not be possible. These factors were all considered during the process of agreeing the lease with ES&R.
Please note consultation for the roof will end on 7th August 2019. Thank you for taking part!
Persimmon Pathway Questionnaire
In the initial planning application Persimmon submitted before building the Cottons estate off Middlewich Road, they indicated a potential pathway from the end of Dane Meadow Place towards Ravenscroft. Since completion of the estate the only option is for a path down the lane and into Ravenscroft, by no. 79 Ravenscroft.
This path would allow pedestrians to walk safely into Holmes Chapel village centre or to the Dane Meadow country park without crossing or having to walk along the busy Middlewich Road. This pathway however, has not materialised and the Parish Council have been working hard to encourage Persimmon to look at building this pathway. Much time and resource has been put into contacting Persimmon, but there has been little progress.
We understand that residents in the Cottons and Ravenscroft estates have different opinions about the idea of having a pathway. We therefore, wish to gauge a sense of direction from these residents to assess whether the Parish Council should continue to lobby Persimmon for this pathway. We would be very grateful if you could complete this questionnaire before the deadline of 31st May 2019
Click on the link below to access the survey:
Crofters Court Proposal
The Consultation for yellow lining on Crofters Court has now finished.
Cheshire East Council have abandoned the scheme, as the state of the road surface is prohibitive of installing the yellow lines. Funding is not at present available to resurface the road.
Selkirk Drive Proposal
The consultation on yellow lining on Selkirk Drive has resulted in the scheme going ahead, with the work planned to take place before the end of March 2019.
Traffic and Transport Consultation
Holmes Chapel Parish Council have concluded the Traffic and Transport Consultation, which sought residents views and experiences of the many issues faced with traffic in Holmes Chapel.
We would like to thank all our resident who completed the survey, for which we received over 650 responses! The results are now available, and are shown below:
The following report, produced by the Holmes Chapel Traffic and Transport Group, now incorporate the results of the survey, and will be submitted in due course to Cheshire East Council.
This presentation gives some background information highlighting the concerns of the parish Council.