Newly re-elected Chair Andy Lindsay outlined 15 points for improving highway safety in the parish, whilst encouraging active and sustainable travel, at the Annual meeting of Brereton Parish Council, held in a face to face setting on Monday 17th May.
At the meeting, a resident explained her concerns about speeding vehicles on School Lane and offered to help raise awareness of this safety issue within the community. Congleton Town Councillor, Robert Douglas, attended and updated on the campaign to keep a recycling facility in Congleton. The next time this is permitted to be debated by Cheshire East in committee will be November, with the current site closing in September. Cllr Douglas also reassured the parish council that the weed killer glyphosate is no longer used in or near the community space. Cllr John Wray updated on the new committee structure of Council governance and the upcoming boundary review.
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. Over 42% of households replied to the infrastructure survey. The meeting heard progress that was being made on various projects arising from this. They were pleased to hear about the scraping back of the footpath alongside the A50 verge near the Bluebell Green development and the second re-scrape of a key bridleway. In addition to speed monitoring by the PCSO and, following training, the parish council’s own speed gun has now been deployed with further dates arranged. The parish council is working with Cllr Suzie Akers-Smith regarding further ideas for Active and Sustainable travel improvements.
The meeting agreed to make no comment for all four planning applications they considered.
The Annual parish meeting, held immediately before, was largely taken up with the Chair’s report. Cllr Andy Lindsay thanked the previous Chair Jane Deans for her immense contribution, the Clerk Ros Middleweek, Vice Chair Mark Elves and all his fellow councillors, especially recently retired councillor Christina Slater. The parish council continues to work with the Community Interest Group and the Church and Cllr Lindsay praised the Brereton Good Neighbours Group for their collaborative work during the pandemic. He highlighted the work of the Connecting Brereton work group, co-ordinating initiatives from the Infrastructure Survey. He was pleased that many Brereton residents stated how well the parish council meets their needs, when asked to input to the preliminary consultation on Cheshire East’s review of the way parish councils are organised.
Brereton Parish Council meetings are held monthly at Brereton Primary School. The next meeting will be held at 7.30pm on Monday 21 June. 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