At the March meeting, two individuals were acknowledged for their important contribution to the community. Parishioner Jane Unwin and her children had made, supplied and located dog poop bag dispensers in Brereton Green whilst the park ranger Mark Arnold was congratulated for his important work in attracting and retaining wildlife at the popular Brereton Heath Country Park.

The Rev Sandi Fisher updated on potential problems with the graveyard maintenance at St Oswald’s Church as a result of the demise of Interserve and that the Church will be having its architectural inspection this year. She also offered to host an annual civic service, if required.

Cllr Andy Lindsay updated on the community infrastructure levy (CIL) which is now payable by house-builders on new developments, from 1 March 2019. The parish council will be updating its list of infrastructure requirements for the parish. The clerk updated on her work on community bin provision and collection arrangements.

Of the four planning applications considered at the meeting, it was felt that one should be supported, two required no comment and general observations on another should be reiterated.  It was noted that the Cheshire East Strategic Planning meeting for the additions to the Bluebell development is being held on Wednesday 27 March in Crewe.

Highways safety issues included residents discussing missing footpaths on recent maps near Back Lane and the safety of Mill Lane following recent limited work there. A resident asked again about more street lighting at the top of Brereton Heath Lane where it meets the A54 and at the bottom of the same road, highlighted the problem of the enormous roadside potholes. The clerk advised that a solar light is being installed near the defibrillator at Brereton Heath and encouraged residents to report potholes online. Cllr Hannah Sample agreed to pursue the Browns Bank debris removal.

Cllr Andy Lindsay reported that a small team of Mark Elves, Alastair Strang and himself had investigated to see if any changes are needed to the Neighbourhood Plan, which was adopted three years ago in March 2016. The conclusion is that there is no need for any changes now but a further review will be made when Part 2 of the Cheshire East Local Plan is adopted, which is expected to be in early 2020. Ward Councillor John Wray advised that there would be a meeting about the Governance arrangement for Cheshire East at Sandbach Town Hall the following day.

The next meeting of Brereton Parish Council will be held at 7.30pm on Monday 8 April 2019 at Brereton Primary School. All are welcome to attend. The agenda, which includes a 15 minute Public Forum, will be displayed on the notice boards and the website at www.breretonparishcouncil.org.uk

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