Following her attendance at the January meeting of Brereton Parish Council, Ward Councillor from Congleton West, Suzie Akers Smith did a follow up walking and cycling safari of Brereton Parish on Saturday 10 April, in her role as Cycling and Walking Champion. The Chair, Vice Chair and a third Councillor showed her the areas of concern and shared ideas for encouraging active travel and improving traffic safety. At the 12 April meeting of Brereton Parish Council, Congleton Town Councillor, Robert Douglas, attended to update about the campaign to keep a Recycling facility in Congleton. Parish Councillors supported his question to the CEC Cabinet meeting.
As a result of the 2020 Connecting Brereton Survey undertaken by the Parish Council last year in Brereton, a number of initiatives are currently underway. An information leaflet has been produced on broadband services, a tender for consultancy input for further improving sustainable safety on the A50 has been sent out and a bridleway connecting the settlements in the parish is being improved. Over 42% of households replied to the infrastructure survey.
Chair Andy Lindsay said, “The support we receive from our PCSO Sue Holt, in speed monitoring, is encouraging. We continue to communicate with Cheshire East and our Ward and Town Councillors over our concerns for road safety on the A50 at Brereton Green. Following accidents at the junction with the A5022, the Parish Council urged Cheshire East Highways to make some safety improvements which are now in place but we will not stop at that. For the last few months, in our public monthly meetings we have discussed ideas for speed reductions, safer turning and better pedestrian crossing facilities and have already sent out a formal tender to receive professional advice from traffic safety experts, to forward to Cheshire East. We hope Cheshire East will respond favourably and be effective in making the necessary improvements.”
This month’s meeting also included a minute’s silence and some words from the Chair about the loyal service and life of the late HRH, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.
The meeting agreed to object to two planning applications, with no comment on two others. Officers for Environmental Protection and Enforcement had visited two dwellings in the parish to advise on permissible working hours and planning enforcement issues.
Brereton Parish Council meetings are held monthly. The next meeting, being the Annual Parish meeting, will be held at 7.00pm on Monday 17 May. All residents of the parish are welcome to attend. For meeting dates, see the parish notice boards or www.breretonparishcouncil.org.uk