Brereton Parish Council September Meeting Report

Highways Department Presentation

Three representatives from Cheshire East Highways attended the 11th September Brereton Parish Council (BPC) meeting. Around 30 local residents came to hear the presentation and give their views and helpful suggestions about highways, particularly about the speed review on the A54, and on local planning matters.

Highways Officer Luke Philips described the scale and scope of their work and the good progress that Cheshire East has made with regard to highways repairs and safety. He explained that there is now more collaborative working between agencies to minimise disruption. Cheshire East has been awarded the quality certification ISO55001. There is now on an online reporting and tracking tool on the Cheshire East website for reporting highways issues, such as potholes, at www.cheshireeasthighways.org/report-it-general.aspx

Parish Councillors and local people voiced their concerns over the safety of a number of roads in Brereton and the impact of the M6 overspill. Regarding the A54, the highways officers promised an answer, no later than the end of October, to BPC’s paper which argues that the A54 through Somerford/Brereton Heath should have a 40mph limit under CEC’s own speed limit policy based on the area being built up, with a church, a shop at Somerford Park Farm and the school in the woods. The poor state of the Davenport Lane passing places was raised. The motorway bridge dip on Back Lane and the junction where it joins the A50 near the Bears Head, Brereton Heath Lane lighting and grass verges and the action required at Mill Lane were also highlighted.

Using the Brereton Neighbourhood Plan as the guide, Councillors considered their responses to two planning applications and the appeal outcome at Dunkirk Farm. The Arclid Recycling Centre, which, despite the vast majority objecting to closure, including BPC speaking in favour of keeping it open, has now sadly resulted in permanent closure on 30 September. Local parish councils are exploring options for providing local recycling in closer proximity than the existing centres at Alsager, Middlewich and Congleton.

Free CPR training will be given to residents by North West Ambulance Service at the Primary School on the evening of Monday 25th September.  Residents are also invited to attend the Highways meeting regarding the A54 at Brereton Heath with Somerford Parish Council on 23 October at 7.30pm at Somerford Park Farm

The next meeting of Brereton Parish Council will be held at 7.30pm on Monday 16th October 2017. The agenda will be displayed on the notice boards and the website at www.breretonparishcouncil.org.uk

Submitted by The Clerk, Brereton Parish Council