At the 14 December meeting, Brereton Parish Council was disheartened to learn that the parish may be left without a recycling centre in a 15 minute drive radius. Now that the Arclid site is closed, the nearest tips are Congleton, Alsager and Middlewich. A Cheshire East Council consultation on this is underway which has four options but all four include the closure of Congleton. Other options being consulted on also include the closure of the Alsager and Middlewich centres. If this were to happen, Crewe, Knutsford and Macclesfield would be the only options. To have your say, before the deadline of 4 January, go to: https://surveys.cheshireeast.gov.uk/s/HWRCReview2020/
Andy Lindsay, elected Chair at the meeting following the resignation of Jane Deans, proposed that, to avoid causing an increase in fly tipping, a new purpose-built recycling centre, near the new Congleton link road might well be the best solution. He encouraged parishioners to get their points across by Monday 4 January by completing the online Cheshire East survey, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling Customer Services on 0300 123 5011.
After the meeting, local resident and Congleton Town Councillor Robert Douglas provided further information. He said “Information I have received from Cheshire East Council on the latest usage figures available prior to the pandemic, which go back to 2016, indicates that daily numbers to the Congleton site could be approaching double the number of users detailed in Cheshire East Council’s misleading consultation. Congleton Town Council urges Cheshire East Council to adhere to its commitment of providing a new, purpose-built household recycling site for Congleton which was approved at its, (Cheshire East), full Council meeting of 20th February 2020.”
Chair Andy Lindsay recorded his thanks on behalf of the parish council for Jane Deans’ 21 years of unstinting work as a parish councillor and latterly as Chair. He said she would be much missed at the meetings.
Brereton Parish Council continues to work on infrastructure improvements highlighted by the 2020 parish survey. The bridlepath resurfacing of potholes on the non-vehicular stretch has had to be delayed until the Spring due to the inclement weather. A proposal for requesting specialist traffic management consultancy bids was approved. This included expert advice from a local retired civil engineer, aimed at improving the safety of the highway between Brereton and Bluebell Green and to provide safer walking and cycling paths along the A50. A group of councillors had met to outline best practice for improving broadband in outlying areas of the parish.
At the meeting, councillors also discussed a Cheshire East planning application, issues of breach of planning control and highway safety issues. The precept for 2021/22 was agreed at a figure lower than the current year.
Brereton Parish Council meetings, currently via zoom, are held at 7.30pm usually on the middle Monday of each month. The next virtual meeting will be held on Monday 25 January. All residents of the parish are welcome to attend all or just the first part of the meeting and input on issues of local interest in the public forum session. For meeting dates, see the parish notice boards or www.breretonparishcouncil.org.uk
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