MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF CROFT PARISH COUNCIL HELD AT 7.30 PM
ON TUESDAY 21 SEPTEMBER 2010 AT THE VILLAGE HALL, MUSTARD LANE,
Present: Councillor Cummerson (Chairman)
Councillors Allen, Hilton, Hoyle, Shelley.
100. Code of Conduct – Declarations of Interest
No declarations were received.
Apologies were received from Councillor Thewsey.
That the minutes of the meeting held on 20 July 2010 be approved as a correct
record and signed by the Chairman.
103. – Biffa Landfill Restoration Plan (Resolution 70)
Councillor Shelley reported that a liaison meeting had been provisionally arranged for
14 October when he would raise the question of a meeting with the Parish Council.
104. – Request for Waiting Restrictions outside St Lewis’s School, Mustard Lane
The results of the survey to be carried out in September were awaited.
105. – Village Green (Resolution 72)
Information had been requested from the public by the end of September, but none
had been received to date.
106. – School Crossing Patrols (Resolution 73)
No further information was available at the present time.
107. – Parkside Direction Group (Resolution 74)
Councillor Allen was to check on the Local Development Framework.
108. – Traffic Congestion – Heath Lane/Mustard Lane (Resolution 75)
The Chairman had been unable to take photographic evidence of the congestion due
to the school holidays.
109. – Play Equipment at the Playing Field (Resolution 76)
Councillor Shelley reported problems on surrounding the piece of play equipment
which was hoped to be replaced in the near future.
110. – Planning Applications – Parish Council Referral Scheme (Resolution 77)
No further information was available at the present time.
111. –Village Hall Committee (Resolution 78)
Councillor Shelley reported on the progress between the Village Hall Committee and
the Play School.
112. – Parish Church Sign (Resolution 79)
The sign had now been erected.
113. – Toilets - Hand Washers/Dryers (Resolution 80)
The Chairman agreed to pursue the letter from the Carnival Committee with regard to
financial assistance towards the hand washer/dryer in the gents toilets.
It was agreed that that area around the washer in the ladies’ toilets be painted when
Rick Heard returns to work.
114. – Parish Council Liaison Meeting (Resolution 81)
A revised date for the Parish Council Liaison meeting was awaited.
115. – Carriageway Services (Resolution 82)
Correspondence from the Borough Council was received stating that repairs had been
carried out to the carriageways in Smithy Brow, Lord Street and Mustard Lane, and
that there were no further defects which meet the threshold for repairs.
116. – Bus Services (Resolution 83)
Correspondence from the Borough Council was received stating the reasons why
Service No. 19 Warrington – Leigh had been withdrawn.
That the Borough Council be requested to provide one later service for the
benefit of people working outside the area.
117. Public Seat
That the undergrowth be trimmed from the public seat at the junction with
Cross Lane and Warrington Road.
118. – Culcheth Athletic Under 16’s B Team (Resolution 87)
Details of the Sunday morning matches (September to January) were received, and it
was noted that the club had made a contribution of £150 to the Parish Council.
119. – Accidents at Heath Lane/Mustard Lane (Resolution 91)
Correspondence was received from the Borough Council stating that due to there
being no record of accidents, no action could be taken with regard to the request for a
That (1) the Borough Council be requested again to provide a barrier,
similar to those further down the lane;
(2) they be informed that grit bins were reported empty on at least
two occasions last winter.
120. – Croft Sign outside 19 Heath Lane (Resolution 92)
The hedges had been cut back.
121. Police Matters
PCSO Dodd attended the meeting and reported on action taken since the July meeting,
including anti social behaviour, suspicious activity, burglary and theft.
Consideration was given to a family causing problems for neighbours on the former
Croft House site, and it was agreed that the Clerk write to Arena asking what action
they were taking, and for details of the tenancy agreement.
It was agreed that consideration be given at budget time for the possible purchase of
two permanent illuminated signs for the village.
PCSO Dodd reported that the police would be visiting various parts of the village,
introducing themselves to residents.
122. Vehicle Activated Signs
Correspondence was received from the Borough Council regarding the criteria for
vehicle activated signs.
123. Warrington Borough Council Children in Need Funding
Councillor Allen agreed to pass on the information to the Village Hall Committee.
124. Olive Branch Community Church – Request to use the Playing Field
Consideration was given to a request from the Olive Branch community Church for
permission to use the Playing Field for their 10th Anniversary event on either 5–8
August or 12-15 August 2011:
That (1) approval be given to the request on either of the above dates;
(2) the Church be informed that the Parish Council will be unable to
close the Playing Field and that they would need to be responsible
for the safety of their tent.
125. Croft Village Memorial Hall
Consideration was given to a request from the Croft Village memorial hall for a
contribution towards the cost of their Christmas Fayre, to be held on
20 November 2010:
That a grant of £100 be made to the Hall.
126. General Items
The following items were noted:
(1) Warrington Borough Council – Local Development Framework.
(2) Warrington Borough Council – Regimental Sunday -3 October 2010.
(3) Warrington Borough Council – Official Opening of Culcheth High School
Community Campus – 1 October 2010.
(4) Stronger Together – Launch of Neighbourhood Area Plans –
29 September 2010.
(5) NALC – Local Elections 2011.
(6) Cheshire ALC – Gypsy and Travellers Site Allocation Progress.
(7) Cheshire ALC Newsletter - September 2010.
(8) Cheshire Constabulary Funding Bulletin.
(9) Cheshire Crime Beat.
(10) Police Partnership Reports – July and September 2010.
(11) Spending – Purse Dipping.
(12) No Need for Nuclear.
(13) Croft Bowling Association Minutes – 11 August and 8 September 2010.
(14) Cheshire County Playingfield Association – AGM – 19 October 2010.
(15) Cheshire Community Action AGM – 27 October 2010.
127. Planning Items
- Action of Chairman/Clerk
Comments on the following applications were required prior to the date of this
meeting and following consultation with the Chairman the Clerk submitted the
(1) Application 2010/16781 – 34 Round Thorn – proposed single storey rear
extension (revision of Application 2010/15985) – no objection
(2) Application 2010/16790 – 13 Gosling Road – proposed garage conversion,
single storey rear extension, first floor side extension and porch canopy – no
(3) Application 2010/16745 – 98 Mustard Lane – retrospective use of land for the
siting of caravan – objection on the grounds that the proposals included a
proposed agricultural business and a recycling programme for stable waste.
(4) Application 2010/16633 – Land at Dolly’s Bridge, Winwick Lane – proposed
new access off Winwick Lane – no objection.
(5) Application 2010/16951 – Peaks Farm, Main Lane – proposed single storey
side extension – no objection.
(6) Application 2010/16965 – 19 Arkenshaw Road – proposed single storey side
extension with gate onto existing footpath – no objection:
That with regard to item (6) above, the Borough Council be asked to
add a condition stating that no articles from the premises e.g. wheelie
bins be stored on the footpath between Cornmill Court and Arkenshaw
Road to prevent any obstruction of the footpath.
128. – Applications
That (1) an objection be submitted in respect of Application 2010/16810 –
Lowes Farm, Kenyon Lane – proposed erection of one 10 kw
20.35m metre high wind turbine – on the following grounds:-
(a) the proposed erection would be visually unacceptable in the rural
(b) proposal would have an adverse affect on the wild life of the
(c) if approved it would set a precedent for other similar
(2) no objection be raised to Application 2010/17005 – 67 Kenyon
Lane – proposed two-storey side extension;
(3) no objection be raised to Application 2010/17080 – 21 Heath Lane –
proposed demolition of existing rear extension and construction of a
single storey rear, and a first floor side extensions –but the Borough
Council be requested to check to ensure that the permitted
development rights would not be exceeded.
129. Summer Play Scheme
It was noted that entry fees totalling £401.00 had been received from the Borough
130. Fly Tipping
That the Borough Council be requested to remove the concrete which had
been discarded in Sandy Brow Lane.
131. Street Light No.2 – Lady Lane
That the Borough Council be requested to repair the defective street light No.2
in Lady Lane.
132. Exclusion of the Public (including the Press
That members of the public (including the press) be excluded from the
meeting by reason of the confidential nature of the following items of
133. Financial Statement
The financial statement for the period ending 31 August 2010 was received.
134. Village Caretaker
It was noted that Rick Heard was examined again by the specialist on 26 August and
was told he would be away from work until at least 7 October.
Jim Dunkley would continue to provide cover for this period.
135. Brian Dutton
Councillor Shelley reported that Brian Dutton would be moving house and would be
looking to give up the Footpath Warden post and that any suggestions for his
replacement would be appreciated.
136. – Dam Lane Safety Measures (Resolution 69)
Councillor Hoyle reported that a resident had objected to the proposed prohibition of
entry to Dam Lane from Smithy Brow between the hours of 7.30 am to 9.30 am. In
view of this objection, the Borough Council would now only agree to make an Access
Only Order for the lane.
The Meeting ended at 9.40 pm
19 October 2010