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Parish Council News

Information in this section provides up to date information on progress with a range of issues and activities in which the Parish Council is engaged. More detailed background to many of these topics will be found under the 'Current Activities' section of the web site.   

As well as providing information about activities the Parish Council is currently undertaking, Councillors regularly attend local groups to give talks and to hear community views.  

The Parish Council now includes news every month in the Village Magazine. Prior to this, there were regular quarterly newsletters which you can download from the newsletter archive. Articles from the Villages Mag can also be found on the newsletter archive page.

Parish Council Facebook Page

The Parish Council now has a Facebook Page which we will be using , alongside our website and newsletters, to pass on news to our residents. Please find us on Facebook by searching for:

Holmes Chapel Parish Council.

If you 'like' the page, then our news should start to appear in your newsfeed.

We hope you find the facebook Page a useful addition to our communication tools.

Holmes Chapel Community Centre.

We are pleased to say that the entranceway work at the community centre is now finished, providing additional car parking. This is the first step towards re-organising the car park space at the centre. The fence has been moved across the front of the site, defining the entrance more clearly. Removing the internal fence has also opened up a better view of the Community Centre.

In the longer term the car parking at the centre will be optimised to provide further benefit for the community and users of the centre.

Vacancy for Clerk / RFO.

The current Clerk of the Council, Sue Davies, is moving to Kidsgrove Town Council to become their Town Clerk in January 2019, after working in Holmes Chapel for a year. 

Applicants are currently being sought for a replacement Clerk/RFO.  Please contact the office or Council Chairman for further details.  For more information about the position click here

Night time closures on M6

M6 Planned Carriageway, Slip Road and Lane Closures

Below you can find details of planned closures on the M6 between junctions 16 and 19, for smart motorway works. If you have any queries and would like to speak to somebody about the planned closures, please contact SmartMotorways@highwaysengland.co.uk

 Please note - due to safety and weather restrictions, the below closures are subject to change and cancellation. The list does not include any maintenance or emergency closures that may be required.

 M6 Northbound 

Date

Duration

Details

Project

Allow an extra

Diversion Route

Monday 10 December

10pm to 6am

Junction 16 to 19 lane closures

M6 junctions 16 to 19

20 minutes

 

Tuesday 11 December

10pm to 6am

Junction 16 to 19 lane closures, J18 exit slip closed

M6 junctions 16 to 19

20 minutes

 

Wednesday 12 December

10pm to 6am

Junction 16 to 19 lane closures, J18 exit slip closed

M6 junctions 16 to 19

20 minutes

 

Thursday 13 December

10pm to 6am

Junction 16 to 19 lane closures, J18 exit slip closed

M6 junctions 16 to 19

20 minutes

 

Friday 14 December

10pm to 8am

Junction 16 to 19 lane closures

M6 junctions 16 to 19

20 minutes

 

Saturday 15 December

10pm to 8am

Junction 16 to 19 lane closures

M6 junctions 16 to 19

20 minutes

 

Sunday 16 December

10pm to 6am

Junction 16 to 19 lane closures. J18 entry slip closed

M6 junctions 16 to 19

20 minutes

 

  

Monday 17 December

10pm to 6am

Junction 18 to 19 full closure

M6 junctions 16 to 19

45 minutes

J18-J19

Tuesday 18 December

10pm to 6am

Junction 18 to 19 full closure,

M6 junctions 16 to 19

45 minutes

J18-J19

Wednesday 19 December

10pm to 6am

Junction 16 to 19 lane closures

M6 junctions 16 to 19

20 minutes

 

Thursday 20 December

10pm to 6am

Junction 16 to 19 lane closures

M6 junctions 16 to 19

20 minutes

 

 


M6 Southbound
 

Date

Duration

Details

Project

Allow an extra

Diversion Route

Monday 10 December

10pm to 6am

Junction 18 to 17 full closure

M6 junctions 16 to 19

45 minutes

J18-J17 under 15 ft 9"

J18-J17 over 15 ft 9"

Tuesday 11 December

10pm to 6am

Junction 19 to 16 lane closures

M6 junctions 16 to 19

20 minutes

 

Wednesday 12 December

10pm to 6am

Junction 19 to 16 lane closures

M6 junctions 16 to 19

20 minutes

 

Thursday 13 December

10pm to 6am

Junction 19 to 16 lane closures

M6 junctions 16 to 19

20 minutes

 

Friday 14 December

10pm to 8am

Junction 18 to 17 full closure

M6 junctions 16 to 19

45 minutes

J18-J17 under 15 ft 9"

J18-J17 over 15 ft 9"

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday 15 December

10pm to 8am

Junction 18 to 17 full closure

M6 junctions 16 to 19

45 minutes

J18-J17 under 15 ft 9"

J18-J17 over 15 ft 9"

Sunday 16 December

10pm to 6am

Junction 19 to 16 lane closures

M6 junctions 16 to 19

20 minutes

 

 

Date

Duration

Details

Project

Allow an extra

Diversion Route

Saturday 15 December

9pm to 9am

M6 junction 15 to 14 full closure for emergency carriageway repairs

M6 junctions 13 to 15

15 minutes

A34

Junctions 14 to 15

Monday 17 December

10pm to 6am

Junction 19 to 16 lane closures

M6 junctions 16 to 19

20 minutes

 

Tuesday 18 December

10pm to 6am

Junction 19 to 16 lane closures

M6 junctions 16 to 19

20 minutes

 

Wednesday 19 December

10pm to 6am

Junction 19 to 18 full closure

M6 junctions 16 to 19

45 minutes

J19-J18

Thursday 20th December

10pm to 6am

Junction 19 to 18 full closure

M6 junctions 16 to 19

45 minutes

J19-J18

For the latest newslettter on the upgrades click here

Alternatively you can email us at M6J16-19SmartMotorway@highwaysengland.co.uk

We hope this information is helpful and we apologise in advance for any inconvenience these essential works may cause. For additional questions or concerns please contact Highways England Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 5000 or info@highwaysengland.co.uk.

Selkirk Drive Proposal.

The consulatation for proposed double yellow lines on Selkirk Drive is now live until the 20th December 2018.

For more details click here

Christmas Tree 2018.

Holmes Chapel is looking festive again, and this year the Parish Council are very grateful to Mr Raymond Street, of R.G and M.E. Street and Son.  Mr Street has always kindly supplied the use of his man-lift to enable installation of the Holmes Chapel tree, and this year he has also very generously funded the cost of the tree for the community of Holmes Chapel.  Our many thanks go to Mr Street for this kind donation.

Thanks also to our Councillor Mike Street who has organised the tree and Christmas lights once again

Speed Indicating Devices (SIDs).

The latest data has been downloaded from our SIDs around the Village, as of 30 October 2018.  It has been added to the data on traffic and speeding which is available to view on this website - click here to view

Conclusion of Traffic Survey.

The parish Council would like to thank all of our residents who participated in the recent traffic survey, with a great response of over 650 completing the survey.

The Traffic & Transport Working Group (all volunteers) have now summarised the results of the survey, which are available here:  Traffic Survey Results

We will also have a physical display of the results in the Library W/C 26th November and the Parish Office on December 2nd for the Christmas Market.

Overall the results demonstrate the concerns you have about traffic levels and hotspots, the number of HGV’s, air quality and pedestrian safety issues around the village, together with the extent of support for a village bypass and pedestrianisation of the village centre. Cycling was viewed as too dangerous by many people.

The results will be used to demonstrate to Cheshire East Council that our residents fully support the
Parish Council’s efforts to address these issues. We will keep you upto date on the progress we make.

Police Beat Meetings for Holmes Chapel.

Local Police will be holding the following drop-in sessions:

Tuesday 6 November 2018 12:00 - 13:00 (HC Community Centre)

Saturday 17 November 2018 11:00 - 12:00noon, (Parish office)

Friday 23 November 2018  16:00 - 17:00 (HC Community Centre)

Thursday 29 November 2018 10:00 - 11:00 (HC Community Centre)

The Parish Office is at 1 Church Walk, Holmes Chapel

Come along and talk to local officers about the things that matter to you.

Puffin Crossing London Road.

The Parish Council have been liasing with Cheshire East Highways to seek to optimise the function of the recently installed pedestrian crossing on London Road.  There were many reports of long wait times for pedestrians, even when the road was quiet. 

Further to passing this information onto the Highways Engineers, the wait times have been significantly reduced, and the operation of the crossing is continuing to be monitored.

Click on the link below for a useful guide to safe use of Puffin Crossings.

Puffin Crossing Brochure

Village Volunteers.

We are all indebted to the work of the Village Volunteers throughout the season, both in the maintenance of the flower beds and tubs in the village centre, and also litter picking - all of which keeps Holmes Chapel looking beautiful and tidy. Many thanks to all those involved.

The regular work sessions for 2018 have now finished, with the exception of litter picking required after the christmas market on Sunday 2 December.

New dates for 2019 have now been published on our website click here for more details.

All new volunteers gladly welcomed - come along and do a bit!

Remembrance Sunday Parade and Service.

11th November, 9:30am, Village Centre (Health Centre car park)

The Remembrance Service is being held, as usual, in St Luke's Church. Prior to the service there will be a parade around the village starting from the Health Centre at 9:30am. 

Holmes Chapel 2018 Remembrance.

Local knitting and craft groups from the U3A in Holmes Chapel have pulled out all the stops and have knitted / crocheted over 1000 poppies, which have now been installed in a stunning display in and around St Lukes Church, marking the centenary of the end of World War I. 

The U3A also donated £100 to help with the costs of wool and buttons.

Photography by Mr V Sumpter.

Remembrance 2018

As the centenary of the end of the Great War approaches, various activities are planned in Holmes Chapel, to remind us of the sacrifice made by so many.

The 2018 poppy appeal is being launched on Saturday 27th October (10am in the Precinct) and a free exhibition is being staged in St Lukes Church over the weekend of the 11th November - see separate article below.

Thanks to our four volunteer councillors who installed the poppies throughout the Village Centre yesterday. 

Armistice 2018 Exhibition.

An exhibition is being staged in St Lukes Church hall over the weekend of the 11th November, telling the story of Holmes Chapel during and immediately after the Great War. 

See details attached.  There will be refreshments and music,  as well as souvenir booklets available.

Air Quality in Holmes Chapel.

Cheshire East Council Environmental Services have supplied some background data to the Parish Council giving the key pollutants monitored, together with the applicable standards.

Within the Village there are two NOX measurement points:

  • The junction of Chester Road and London Road
  • Middlewich Road, near to Knutsford Road junction

The results of these measurements show that NOX levels in Holmes Chapel are well within established limits. Other polluants are not considered and are not measured.

The BBC website publishes NOX levels on a square km grid basis across the UK. The results for Holmes Chapel are at the lowest level.

Click here to view the Air Quality Report

Garden Competition Winner 2018

Chairman Brian Bath, along with the judges Councillor Mike Street and Councillor Patricia Cotton, presented the prizes for the 2018 garden competition on Thursday 27th September. The front garden competition, which has been run for many years by the Parish Council, was won this year by Mr & Mrs Jack of Mardale Court, for their garden which gives a show of colour all year round.

Plus Dane Garden Winner 2018

Chairman Brian Bath, along with the judges Councillor Mike Street and Councillor Patricia Cotton, presented the prizes for the 2018 garden competition on Thursday 27th September.

The Plus Dane garden competition, was won this year by Mr & Mrs Ankers of Picton Square, for their lovely garden which is often admired by the many passers by.

SCAM MAIL.

The Royal mail have contacted us today to inform us that they are seeking to raise awareness of scam mail, and requesting that incidences of scam mail are reported using the methods shown below, to aid their combat of scam mail.
Anyone can receive scam mail, which can include bogus competitions and fake prize draws.
To contact Royal mail;

telephone 0800 0113 466

e.mail: scam.mail@royalmail.com

or post to FREEPOST SCAM MAIL

Holmes Chapel Show 2018

Despite the rainy weather, the parish Council turned out for the Holmes Chapel show, on hand to answer any questions and comments from parishioners.

Many braved the elements to see the lovely displays of flowers, vegetables, knitting and crafts as well as art, baking and photography.  The dog show was also enjoyed by many.  A number of classic cars bravely came along despite the heavy rain, and the children anjoyed setting off the sirens on the Fire engine and Police cars! For a full account of the show, visit the Holmes Chapel Partnership website.

Tha parish Council were still raising awareness of our Traffic campaign - there is still time to give us your views - either on-line or by filling out a paper copy. (see consultations page) The survey runs until the end of Septrember 2018.

Village Fair 2018.

The Parish Council had a pitch at the recent Village fair, where the many stalls and hot sunny weather were enjoyed by all!

The Parish Council was highlighting the work being done to enhance the conservation area and also launched our Traffic Consultation, which now runs until September 30th.  The link to the questionnaire is on our "Consultations" page.

Councillors were on hand all day during the fair to answer any questions or concerns from residents.

Armed Forces Day.

Holmes Chapel enjoyed a range of activities and refreshments in the sunshine at the Armed Forces day held at Sutton Oaks on Saturday 14 July.  The event was organised by the Holmes Chapel branch of the Royal British Legion, and was opened by the chairman of the Parish Council, Brian Bath.

Update from Northern Rail.

Northern Update May 18

As you may be aware our plans for modernisation are not all being delivered in the way we want. This is hugely frustrating for everyone that works at Northern and I know that this is causing some customers significant disruption and inconvenience and I’d like to apologise for this.

Sadly, Network Rail has not delivered all the improvements to the railway that they were supposed to and the biggest improvement project is now two years late. We are working hard with them to fix this as quickly as possible.

This work is essential so that we can start running our new £500m fleet of trains and so that we can phase out very old trains like the Pacers. This will mean that we will be able to deliver the extra and better services our customers deserve and expect. We are doing everything we can to get things back on track as quickly as possible for our customers across the North.

Northern’s modernisation plan

Northern is committed to modernising rail travel across the north with new or refurbished trains, removal of Pacer trains, better stations and 2,200 extra train services a week by 2020. These modernisation plans depend upon the on-time delivery of new or upgraded rail infrastructure by Network Rail. The increase in these train services are delivered each year during May and December when national timetables change across the UK. For Northern, the May 2018 timetable change was planned to be a key milestone in delivering more services.

Service improvement delays

Frustratingly, Network Rail announced in January 2018, a further delay to the biggest infrastructure project necessary for Northern’s modernisation, the electrification of the Manchester to Preston route via Bolton. This brings the delay to completion of this project to two years and, in the short-term, severely impacts our plans to increase services and capacity across the network. This is because we are unable to run electric trains along the Bolton corridor (until electrification is completed) and therefore we are having to reallocate diesel trains from elsewhere to continue to be able run these services, rather than them being available to enhance services elsewhere. As a result, whilst we will be delivering an increase of 1,300 new services a week from May 18, disappointingly for customers, 900 new services a week will not be delivered until December 2018.

For Northern’s train planners, the electrification delay was also a major set-back, leaving them less than four months to fully re-plan our May 18 timetable, less than half the normal time required. Unfortunately, due to this condensed planning time some routes will see a deterioration in timetabled services. This also means that opportunities for resolving last-minute train scheduling problems have not been available. Therefore, we are not able to make even minor changes to train times for several months, whereas a normal timetable process would have allowed for this.

May 18 timetable change will see around 90% of our services change and an extra 1,300 train services introduced across our network, the biggest change to local rail for many years. This is a significant operational challenge, and given the late nature of the planning for this, we do expect some localised service disruption, which could happen at very short-notice whilst the new timetable beds in. We will continue to do everything we can to ensure we minimise any service disruption and keep customers informed. Over the last four weeks we have been focused on ensuring our customers know that timetables are changing with a ‘check before you travel’ message across stations, trains and online channels.

Driver availability

Northern has 1,529 trained drivers, 180 more than when we started the franchise in April 2016. However, availability of drivers to operate timetabled services has been an issue over the last few weeks in some locations for two unexpected reasons.

Firstly, the completion of the electrification of the Blackpool to Preston line by Network Rail was delayed at the last minute, by three weeks, which meant that driver training became a real challenge. Before trains can operate on new lines, drivers have to undergo essential safety related route training, and for Blackpool this meant training 400+ drivers from all depots who operate this route. This means that some drivers are unavailable for their normal train driving duties whilst they are undergoing this training.

Secondly, we have been unable to ask our drivers to work on their Rest Days for the last three months. Rest Day Working is a normal industry practice adopted when there are short-term training requirements, which enables us to absorb those exceptional or last-minute training needs, and provide additional flexibility for train driver rosters.

The combination of these two factors has meant that we have faced a shortage of available drivers in a number of locations which has, unfortunately, led to a far higher level of delays and cancellations to train services. We’re sorry for these delays and cancellations and we are working hard to complete our driver training. We are also working with our colleagues and ASLEF with a view to getting Rest Day Working reinstated, which in turn will further help improve driver availability.

I hope this update provides you with a good overview of our current position.

Updated Bus Service Information.

A series of changes to bus services across Cheshire East will be taking place from 1st April following the Council’s Bus Review and other changes to commercial (non-subsided) bus services.

 The full list of all changes and new timetables can be found on the following link: http://www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/bustimetables 

 Maps can be found at http://www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/busmaps

 

Annual Parish Meeting 20 March 2018.

The Parish Council held the Annual parish meeting on Tuesday 20th March 2018.  The event was well attended with a comprehensive update about the parish being provided via three short talks during the evening, as well as a review of the past civic year.

further to the requests on the evening, the slides from the talks can be downloaded below, as well as the chairmans report.

     Talk 1 - Conservation Area

     Talk 2 - Traffic & Transport

     Talk 3 - Housing & Commercial Development

     2017/2018 Chairmans Report

319 Bus Service.

After succesful lobbying by councillors from Holmes Chapel, Twemlow and Goostrey, the 319 bus service has been saved!

As part of a review of supported bus services by Cheshire East, this service was proposed to be cancelled from the 1st April.  However, due to the dependancy of many residents in rural areas on this serviceto access vital services, and after a long campaign by local councillors, assisted by Fiona Bruce MP, Cheshire East reviewed the proposal and saved the service.

The new timetable has just been released and is available to view here

DEFIBRILLATOR

The Parish Council have organised the installation of life-saving defibrillators in the two phone boxes in the Villages.

Location 1: Phonebox by Barclays Bank, Village Centre. 

Location 2: Phonebox on Chester Road, at the junction with Westway.

Defibrillators are also available at the following locations in Holmes Chapel and Cranage:

The Cedars Residential Home, Brookfield Drive, Holmes Chapel

Holmes Chapel Leisure Centre, Selkirk Drive, Holmes Chapel

The Co-operative, Holmes Chapel Centre

The Holmes Chapel Community Centre, Station Road, Holmes Chapel

Cranage Hall, Cranage.

Woodside Golf Club, Knutsford Road, Cranage.

 Always call the ambulance service before looking for an AED. Commence CPR immediately if you suspect a cardiac arrest.   The following apps can be downloaded to smart mobile phones for emergency life support information: British Heart Foundation Pocket CPR app'; Apple: iResus; Apple: St John Ambulance First Aid; British Red Cross First Aid.

Reporting Acts of Vandalism

Whilst vandalism in and around the Village is thankfully not an issue at the moment, it has been advised by the Police to please log all / any new acts of vandalism that you see, by calling 101 and registering with the Police, thereby obtaining a crime number.

Alternatively, please contact clerk@holmeschapelparishcouncil.gov.uk or ring the office (01477 533934) who will log it on your behalf

Sandbach Almshouses Charity

Sandbach  Almshouses  Charity     

This Charity has existed for over three hundred years and the Clerk and Trustees administer the 29 properties, which consist of flats and houses, for occupation, situated at The Hill and Charlesworth Court, in Sandbach.  

Investments in official Charities Funds are made annually, in order to provide for any major improvements and maintenance work on the properties that may be required.   The Charity manages its affairs with the able assistance of the Clerk, Mr. A. Roberts, who administers the day to day running of the properties.    There is a Resident Warden who acts as a good neighbour and friend to all the other occupiers.

As well as monitoring the maintenance and upkeep of the 29 properties over the years, the Clerk and Trustees have had the area landscaped, provided additional car parking and footpaths, planted trees and bushes, laid out lawns and provided small plots/allotments for cultivation by those occupiers who enjoy gardening.

 A communal lounge/meeting room has recently been added for the residents to meet and socialise with each other and with the local community.   The Trustees felt that this addition would be a valuable benefit to the occupants, their friends and relatives.   

The rented accommodation was, originally, for “the retired older persons of the Ancient Parish of Sandbach.”   Inhabitants of a wide rural area  “within the townships of the parish of Sandbach” are eligible to apply to participate in the benefits of this Charity,  within the jurisdiction of the Charity Commission.   The townships included, as well as Sandbach town, are Arclid, Betchton,Blackden, Bradwall, Cotton, Cranage, Goostrey, Hassall, Holmes Chapel, Lees, Twemlow and Wheelock,

Anyone who would like to apply for accommodation and wishes to be included on the existing waiting list should contact the Clerk at the address below, who can provide the necessary application forms and information.

 

 

A. H. Roberts - Clerk

Sandbach Almshouses Charity

The Gables

20 Crewe Road

SANDBACH

CW11 4NE

Tel: 01270 762547