Parish Council Notes 2021

Parish Council notes are NOT the formal minutes of the Meeting. these can be found on the official Parish Council website:

www.bunburyvillage.info

Our notes, however are published a great deal quicker than the minutes.

This page is ordered with the latest at the top. Scroll down to find previous meeting reports.

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Next meeting April 14 at 7:20 pm

Bunbury Parish Council Meeting – 10 March 2021

Open Forum

During the Open Forum a resident from Bunbury Lane addressed the Parish Council about the noise and disruption by Euro Gold on the development site by the Bungalows on behalf of Duchy Homes. Heavy plant machinery was being unloaded on the road causing congestion on the narrow part of the Lane, pollution and disruption to residents. Anti-social hours and large lorries still coming through the village were also raised as issues. The resident who lives in an old property with no foundations also expressed concerns about potential damage to their property of the development as this had occurred by the CB Homes development on the other side of the dwelling and repairs had had to be undertaken. The Parish Council agreed to contact the Developer to seek assurance of terms of working conditions and look at the signage at the entrance to School Lane to direct lorries to approach the site avoiding driving through the centre of the village.

A second resident from Bunbury Lane addressed the meeting to make the Parish Council aware of a potential new planning application on one of the fields on land West of Bunbury Lane that had a planning appeal dismissed in October 2016. The field in question is behind Parkside Bungalow and runs directly along the back of houses on Bunbury Lane. It was one of the fields that formed a larger site application for 52 houses that was originally refused by Cheshire East Council in 2015. Part of the reasoning for the dismissal of the Appeal was that the development would detract from the spacious and rural character of the area when approaching Bunbury village along its southern gateway. The appeal proposal would therefore be significantly harmful to the rural character of Bunbury in this respect. It appears that an application for 15 houses might be forthcoming and should this happen the number of houses already built or approved in Bunbury may be something residents ask the Parish Council to consider. Policy H1 of the Bunbury Neighbourhood Plan states that planning permission will be granted for a minimum of 80 houses to be built in Bunbury in the period from April 2010 to March 2030. Bunbury already has 107 houses built or proposed so is meeting its commitment to local housing and another large site application is not required in the Plan period to 2030. The Parish Council noted the information and awaits a planning application to consider its response. The Borough Councillor pointed out that any application would have to go through the Planning process, but that Bunbury does have a robust Neighbourhood Plan which should be applied in terms of houses already built or approved as Cheshire East Council does have a 5-year housing land supply.

A resident addressed the Parish Council with regard to planning application at Trigfa, School Lane stating that the plot meets guidance of the Neighbourhood Plan and Village Design Statement and is in-keeping with other properties. The Parish Council considered a response during the planning item on the agenda.

The Chair of the Tennis Club asked about the eligibility of clubs based on the Playing Field being able to benefit from the small business grant the Playing Field had been successful in obtaining, available during Covid. The Playing Fields Committee is looking into the eligibility criteria and would respond directly to the Tennis Club.

The Parish Council heard that some dog walkers are still not taking notice of the signs preventing dogs being exercised on the Playing Fields. The issue of enforcement will need further consideration.

Borough Council Report

The Borough Councillor reported that she and the Chair of the Parish Council had met with the Developer of the two sites by the old and new Doctors. Outline planning permission has been granted but a new developer has been appointed and will be looking at amendments to the detailed planning. Action on entrance to the two sites has begun.

Road sweeping was raised on Bunbury Lane as a previous visit had only done one side of the Road. The Borough Councillor agreed to check on this.

Parish Councillor Reports

The Parish Council heard that the Cheshire Association of Local Councils had undertaken a road use survey and the results has shown speeding to be the highest response followed by pot holes, poor road surfaces and emptying gullies.

Litter bins and dog bins are fuller than usual due to people staying home and walking more local due to lock down. The bins for use by the Lines man have had locks fitted and additional bins are being looked at.

Planning Matters

Planning Applications received

21/0344N Trigfa, School Lane, Bunbury, proposed 5 bedroom detached dwelling

The Parish Council considered the comments by the owner of the property and the objections from local residents on the Portal giving two different interpretations of the Neighbourhood Plan. Issues of height of the property and its size for infill were raised as was the need for a further 5-bedroom property in the village. The Parish Council agreed to object to the application along similar lines to the objections on the Portal about design and size being contrary to the Neighbourhood Plan.

Decisions made by Cheshire East –

20/4897N 05/11/2020

Decision: approved with conditions Decision date: 16/02/2021

Location: 26 The Highlands, Bunbury Proposed rear dormer to existing first floor. Proposed first floor gable end extension. Proposed side/rear first floor extension.

New Housing Development in Bunbury

The removal of part of the hedge for building the extension on Brantwood in the centre of the village was raised. The builder has stated that all hedging will be re-instated as close as possible to the original when building work is completed.

Playing Fields

The enforcement of ‘No dogs’ on the playing fields was discussed and the local PCSO would be contacted for advice. A publicity campaign would be undertaken with the Chair of the Parish Council writing to the local paper about the issue.

The replacement of lighting for the Bowling club would be included in the review of the future of the Pavilion.

Bunbury Village Day

In the light of the latest Covid road map and the possibility of no restrictions from 21 June 2021 the Village Day Committee are putting plans in place to run a normal Village Day with contingency plans should restrictions change.

Future of the Pavilion

Over 20 responses had been received to the article in the local paper about the future of the Pavilion, including offers of help to form a Group to define a plan. Main theme had been to create more of a sports pavilion for the future.

Bunbury Parish Council Meeting – 10 February 2021

Open Forum

During the Open Forum two residents from School Lane addressed the Parish Council about a Planning Application to demolish Whitehouse Bungalow on School Lane and replace it with a large house. The main objections to the proposed replacement house include:

  • Height of house will be in excess of 8m with the cottage close by being only 5m in height,
  • House has a steep pitch with no decorative barge boards,
  • The proposal is to move the house to 9m from the road with the current Bungalow being 22m from the roadside; this is too close to the roadside and not consistent with local properties
  • Building materials to be used have not been defined and this is a requirement of the Village Design Statement.

Borough Council Report

  • The national census will take place on 21 March 2021.
  • The Borough Councillor thanked Bunbury Parish Council for being resilient and self-supportive during the recent difficult time of local flooding where other wards had experienced difficult flooding issues.
  • A pilot is running in Alderley Edge whereby the Parish Council can purchase additional services such as gully clearing and street cleaning over and above that normally provided. This may set a precedent for the future delivery of some local services.
  • The Council has been giving financial support over the cold period in the form of energy and supermarket vouchers.
  • European Social Funding is being used by a pan Cheshire project across Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester and Warrington to offer jobs and training support to young people and adults, including 1:1 engagement and career planning. The Parish Council agreed to ask for this to be advertised in the local paper and the Chair agreed to upload details onto the village website.
  • Time restrictions for holders of concessionary bus passes have been lifted to aid attendance at vaccination centres.
  • Cheshire East has published a response to HS2 second phase; contains technical issues about rolling stock.
  • Cheshire Association of Local Councils and Cheshire East are planning to run joint training sessions on subjects such as pot holes and flooding.
  • Borough Councillor raised the dire state of flooding issues at a recent Council Cabinet meeting and asked for Council response. The potential drainage issues on the A49 were also raised by the Parish Council as temporary traffic lights had had to be erected due to flooding.

Parish Councillor Reports

The pot holes along Bunbury Common had been registered on Cheshire East website and confirmation received that repair work had been undertaken, although this had not been checked in person at the time of the meeting.

Potential grant money that could be used for traffic calming in the village was discussed. Kingsley Parish Council had used a £1,000 grant to purchase a SID at a total cost of approximately £2,000. The Parish Council agreed to put the item on the next agenda to consider formally.

Litter bins and dog bins are fuller than usual due to people staying and walking more local due to lock down. It was reported that bins have now been emptied and noted certain bins are for use by the Lengths man only and fixing locks on such bins was being looked at.

Planning Matters

Planning Applications received

20/5852N Whitehouse Bungalow, School Lane, Demolition of existing dwelling and erection of replacement dwelling

The Parish Council considered the comments of the public that the application was over-imposing in height and footprint in contravention of the Neighbourhood Plan and agreed to object to the proposal. The Borough Councillor agreed to support the Parish Council in its objection.

21/0099N Inyanga, Wyche Lane, Bunbury, Proposed Detached single Garage with room above

The Parish Council noted that this is a double height garage with a room above situated on the border with the neighbouring property. The neighbour had registered an objection. The Parish Council agreed to support the neighbour’s objection.

21/0567N Rose Cottage, Whitchurch Road, Bunbury, Proposed side Extension, Detached Garage and sunroom

Decision of Parish Council – No objection.

Decisions made by Cheshire East –

Decision: positive certificate Decision Date: 18/01/2021

20/5001N Hope Cottage, School Lane, Bunbury Proposed Lawful Development

Certificate for a proposed single storey extension to existing annex

Decision: approved with conditions Decision Date: 25/01/21

20/5396N 11, Wakes Meadow, Bunbury

Proposed Single Storey extension and alterations to front elevation

Decision: approved with conditions

20/5410N Edinbane, Wyche Lane, Bunbury

Demolition of garage and erection of sun room

Playing Fields

Replacement of fencing around the bowling green and car park will be undertaken shortly.

Local Policing

The Parish Council heard that some drug taking had been reported on Birds Lane.

Seasonal Events

The Village Day Committee is looking to mark Village Day in some way, if mass gatherings are not permitted due to Covid.

Correspondence

An e-mail had been received from a resident concerning the amount of traffic and parking issues around the centre of the village. Safety was raised, particularly during the current lock down when more people are walking in and around the village. Some suggestions to alleviate the congestion were made by the resident such as double yellow lines by the butcher’s shop, one way roundabout and directions to the car park.

The Parish Council stated that traffic calming measures are the responsibility of Cheshire East Highways and had previously had advice and input on what is possible in the village. Better signage to the car park was possible and agreed to discuss this at the next meeting. Highways would be contacted to review the area around the centre of the village once lock down had been lifted.

Parish Council Mission Statement and Aims

A Mission Statement and Role of the Parish Council had been drawn up and was approved by the Parish Council for uploading to the Village website.

Finance

The Church had asked the Parish Council to take on the financial responsibility for the annual service of the church clock at a cost of £500 for a 3-year contract. The Parish Council agreed to offer the church £100 a year towards the maintenance of the church clock.

Bunbury Parish Council Meeting – 13 January 2021

Eulogy to Parish Council Chairman – Ron Pulford

Several members of the public and the Acting Chair of the Parish Council paid tribute to Cllr. Ron Pulford, Chairman of Bunbury Parish Council who sadly passed away in December 2020. Ron joined the Parish Council in 2013 after moving to the village in 2011. He had spent a life in public service, first in the army, then police force and in security at Bentley Motors before retiring and becoming Chair of the Parish Council. He was a skilled and dedicated Chair steering the Council through the pressure of multiple Housing Developers looking to build in the village; instrumental in the development of Bunbury Neighbourhood Plan to manage housing development and was a champion of the fire works display and Carols around the tree. Many events that people associate with the village. He was very measured and wise in his approach and his contribution to wider council services was acknowledged by Cheshire East Council. A Permanent memorial to Ron will be delivered in due course.

Mark Ireland-Jones was elected as Chair of the Parish Council with Pam Brookfield as Vice-Chair.

Borough Council Report

  • The national census would take place on 21 March 2021.
  • Cheshire East Council is working with Creative England to promote venues in the borough for filming locations and other uses to generate additional income.
  • The Council Brown Field site register has been updated and issued.
  • Cheshire East Council is supporting a badger vaccination programme across the borough.
  • A local transport consultation is proposing a consensus on parking charges across the borough.
  • Cheshire East has become a member of Mersey Forest Partnership to support tree planting.
  • Cheshire East Planning Department is under pressure as a result of increased number of applications, staff turnover and Covid.
  • Covid Vaccination Hub based in Christleton is up and running.
  • The Council has been awarded additional funding to help expand on demand transport for rural areas.
  • A Parish Councillor asked whether the erection of Garden Studios is compliant with planning regulations. It is likely to be allowed under permitted development but the Borough Councillor agreed to check the regulations for future reference.

Parish Councillor Reports

The Council discussed a night in December when the roads in and around the village were not gritted during wet then freezing temperatures rendering the roads dangerous the following morning. No explanation has been offered.

The road down Bunbury Common joining the A49 was reported to be full of large pot holes which often fill with water creating hazardous driving conditions. The holes would be reported to the on-line Cheshire East service.

Three ‘No dogs’ signs have been placed on the gates to the Playing Fields.

The Council had received a police alert about vaccination scams asking people to pay to have the vaccine at home for the cost of £150. This is a scam and residents will be contacted by the NHS when they become eligible for the vaccine. A warning would be placed on the website, notice board and at the surgery. Police are still visiting Bunbury on a regular basis.

A worried resident had raised concerns about the flooding in the field at the end of Bunbury Lane and the risk of this over flowing into local residences. This would be followed up outside of the meeting.

Litter bins and dog bins are fuller than usual due to people staying and walking more local due to lockdown. It was agreed to look at the issues and frequency of bin emptying and report back at the next meeting.

Planning Matters

Planning Applications received

20/5255N Ivy House, Whitchurch Road, Bunbury, proposed residential dwelling at land to side of Ivy House

Parish Council agreed – No comment

20/5843N Bank House, Bunbury Lane, Bunbury, Erection of a timber single storey granny annexe for ancillary use to the main dwelling

Parish Council agreed – No comment

Playing Fields

Quotes are being sought for the replacement of fencing around the bowling green and car park.

Consultations

Local Transport Consultation

A consultation on local transport in Cheshire East has been published with a closing date of 31 January 2021 and the Parish Council looked at section 5 of the consultation which referred to Bunbury and surrounding area. It was agreed to respond by agreeing to the statements included and requesting to be involved in the future. The Statements included improvement on the A51 particularly around Calveley and Alpraham; extension to the footpath system in Bunbury; extension to bus services and alleviating parking congestion. A response would be sent from the Parish Council.

Village Maintenance

A local Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award student has volunteered to join the village maintenance team as part of her community service for the award. Duties will include checking the defibrillators, checking the play area and litter picking.

Correspondence

A letter had been received from the Church asking the Parish Council to take on the financial responsibility for the annual service of the church clock. The Council heard that there maybe a Church of England grant available for clock maintenance and agreed to discuss in more detail at the next meeting.

The Future of the Pavilion Project

The Pavilion is in a poor state of repair and it was agreed to establish a Group to gather information and look at the future of a Pavilion, whilst co-ordinating its future with the use of other community buildings in the village. A questionnaire would be placed in the local paper to gauge the needs/wants of residents. Other organisations in the village would be contacted and asked for representatives to become involved in the project.

Casual Vacancy – A notice advertising a further vacancy on the Parish Council will be placed on the website.

Finance

The Parish Council discussed budget setting for 2021/22, hearing that income was fully spent last year and the budget would need to be increased this year to cover expenses. The Parish Council had also been advised by Cheshire East that they would be expecting parish councils to take on more responsibility in the future. Bearing this in mind the Council voted a 5% budget increase which would equate to an annual increase of £2.04 per household. The Parish Council agreed to draft a paper explaining the role of the Parish Council for public reference.

A worried resident had raised concerns about the flooding in the field at the end of Bunbury Lane and the risk of this over flowing into local residences. This would be followed up outside of the meeting.

Litter bins and dog bins are fuller than usual due to people staying and walking more local due to lockdown. It was agreed to look at the issues and frequency of bin emptying and report back at the next meeting.

Planning Matters

Planning Applications received

20/5255N Ivy House, Whitchurch Road, Bunbury, proposed residential dwelling at land to side of Ivy House

Parish Council agreed – No comment

20/5843N Bank House, Bunbury Lane, Bunbury, Erection of a timber single storey granny annexe for ancillary use to the main dwelling

Parish Council agreed – No comment

Playing Fields

Quotes are being sought for the replacement of fencing around the bowling green and car park.

Consultations

Local Transport Consultation

A consultation on local transport in Cheshire East has been published with a closing date of 31 January 2021 and the Parish Council looked at section 5 of the consultation which referred to Bunbury and surrounding area. It was agreed to respond by agreeing to the statements included and requesting to be involved in the future. The Statements included improvement on the A51 particularly around Calveley and Alpraham; extension to the footpath system in Bunbury; extension to bus services and alleviating parking congestion. A response would be sent from the Parish Council.

Village Maintenance

A local Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award student has volunteered to join the village maintenance team as part of her community service for the award. Duties will include checking the defibrillators, checking the play area and litter picking.

Correspondence

A letter had been received from the Church asking the Parish Council to take on the financial responsibility for the annual service of the church clock. The Council heard that there maybe a Church of England grant available for clock maintenance and agreed to discuss in more detail at the next meeting.

The Future of the Pavilion Project

The Pavilion is in a poor state of repair and it was agreed to establish a Group to gather information and look at the future of a Pavilion, whilst co-ordinating its future with the use of other community buildings in the village. A questionnaire would be placed in the local paper to gauge the needs/wants of residents. Other organisations in the village would be contacted and asked for representatives to become involved in the project.

Casual Vacancy – A notice advertising a further vacancy on the Parish Council will be placed on the website.

Finance

The Parish Council discussed budget setting for 2021/22, hearing that income was fully spent last year and the budget would need to be increased this year to cover expenses. The Parish Council had also been advised by Cheshire East that they would be expecting parish councils to take on more responsibility in the future. Bearing this in mind the Council voted a 5% budget increase which would equate to an annual increase of £2.04 per household. The Parish Council agreed to draft a paper explaining the role of the Parish Council for public reference

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Now retired from teaching. Involved in supporting the Village Day Committee, Village websites and Secretary of the Bunbury Action Group.

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