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.
The following road closures for resurfacing works are upcoming:
1. London Road, by double mini roundabouts.
Closed for resurfacing Saturday 13th, Sunday 14th October 8am - midnight
Monday 15th October midnight - 7am
2. Balmoral Drive; closed for resurfacing Tuesday 16th to Thursday 18th October
3. Middlewich Road; for installation of Toucan crossing Saturday 3rd - Sunday 4th November
Police Beat Meeting for Holmes Chapel.
Local Police will be holding the following drop-in sessions:
Saturday 6 October 2018 12:00 - 13:00 (Parish office)
Friday 12 October 2018 18:00 - 19:00, (Parish office)
Wednesday 17 October 2018 11.30 - 12.30 (HC Community Centre)
Tuesday 23 October 2018 14:45 - 15:45 (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.
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.
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 2 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.
No closures notified at the moment.
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 email@example.com.
Traffic and Transport Questionnaire - Questionnaire for electronic completion + Extension to the deadline
Due to a problem with Survey Monkey closing the survey an few hours earlier than we anticipated, the deadline has been extended by a day to the end of Tuesday, 1st October.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for a copy of a file that can be completed electronically. Alternatively, it can be downloaded using the link below.
Alternatively, paper copies are available in the library.
We apologise for any inconvenience.
For a copy of questionniaire that can be completed electronically, please click here: Questionnaire
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.
Tha last Monday evening session was on the 17 September, but there is still time to join in with the other sessions on Sunday Mornings - on 14 October and 18 November 2018. click here for more details. All new volunteers gladly welcomed - come along and do a bit!
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
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.
Holmes Chapel Parish Council Traffic and Transport Consultation.
WE NEED YOUR VIEWS!
The Parish Council is currently consulting on the Traffic and Transport issues within Holmes Chapel and we would value your opinion.
Our consultation is now live and runs until the 30th September 2018.
For more information please click here
Notice of Public Rights.
Notice of Public Rights and Publication of Unaudited Annual Governance and Accountability Return
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.
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.
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
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.
Parish Council Budget 2018/19.
Holmes Chapel Parish Council resolved at its Full Council meeting on 11 January 2018 to set its precept at £209,406 for 2018-19. This equates to a 2.8% increase in a band D property from last year. The annual charge will be £79.69 per householder for a band D property.
The small increase allows for an increase in Village services and planting/maintenance. Holmes Chapel Parish Council is a proactive council who has several capital projects ear marked for the next twelve months, including improvements to our conservation area, increased traffic monitoring and a further extension to the Christmas lighting scheme.
Cllr Brian Bath, Chairman of the Council commented “We are aware that Cheshire East Council and the Fire and Police authorities have all indicated their intention to increase their budgets to fulfil their duties and services provided. The Parish Council has reviewed all its expenditure and where possible made savings but has had to make the same decision for a small increase. We are pleased that the Community Centre major projects that were required to provide services and facilities are now mostly complete. "
Health Centre Prescription Changes.
Holmes Chapel Health Centre changes to current Community Pharmacy Repeat Prescription Ordering Service and changes explained:
We believe that you as patients are the best people to know:
- Exactly what you need to order each month.
- What you have at home, and can check before you order.
- If you had any medication changes.
- How often you need your “when required” medication.
- Gives back control to patients to have more input in their medication requests.
- Will increase patient safety as patients know which medication they should be taking and need each month.
- Less chance of any discontinued medications being asked for/issued
- To reduce the amount of medication wasted, and so save monies.
What this means for you:
From the 28th February, the Holmes Chapel Practice will only accept repeat requests from you or your carer. From this date onwards, you will need to order your prescription using one of the following options:
- Talk with the Practice about ordering online - it is easier than you think and the practice will help you to set this up
- Ask us for the right-hand side of your repeat prescription so that you can use it to tick the items you need and drop it off at the surgery
- Post your request to the Surgery
- E Mail your request via: email@example.com
Please take this opportunity to remember our Need It, Order It, Use It campaign to reduce medicines waste. The campaign reminds all patients to only order what they need. This is a good opportunity for everyone to check their cupboards and to either use their in-date medicines before ordering more or take medicines that are out of date or no longer required to your Pharmacy for safe disposal.
Please remember to allow enough time when ordering your repeat prescription for those items that you need. You should order when you have 7 to 10 days of medicines left because on average it takes 2-3 days for the prescription to be issued and another 2-3 days for it to be dispensed.
What will the practice do?
We will work with you to try and make it as convenient as possible to order your prescription using the method that suits you best.
- We can help you to set up on-line ordering
What is not changing?
Remember that while the way you order prescriptions may be changing, the options you have for collecting your prescription are not affected.
- If you already order repeat prescriptions directly from your GP yourself please continue to do this.
- Pharmacies will still collect prescriptions from GP surgeries
- Pharmacies will still deliver medicines and other items to your home where appropriate.
Who to contact if you need more support
If you feel you might need support ordering your repeat prescription or you are a carer for someone who might need help, please contact the Practice.
- By Phone on: 01477 533100
- By Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- In writing to: Holmes Chapel Health Centre, London Road, Holmes Chapel CW4 7BB.
Reporting Acts of Vandalism
Further to a recent spate of vandalism in and around the Village, 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 email@example.com or ring the office (01477 533934) who will log it on your behalf
The Parish Council have recently organised the installation of a life-saving defibrillator in the phone box by Barclays Bank, Village Centre. (The Parish Council purchased the phone box from British Telecom for £1.00 )
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.
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
20 Crewe Road
Tel: 01270 762547