Manley Parish Council News September 2017
The next meeting of the Parish Council will be on Wednesday 27th September, at 8pm, in the Village Hall. Click this link for the agenda: Agenda – 27th September 2017 IW V3
Older People Active Lives (OPAL) at the Village Hall
OPAL is local charity that works across the rural areas of West Cheshire, and their aim is to prevent social isolation and loneliness in older people. One of the services they run is GoOnLine, a drop-in service where people can get one to one help in using computers, tablets and even mobile phones. It has been running successfully for 3 years now. They will be holding 4 sessions in Manley Village Hall starting in October.
See the attached flyer for more details: Manley pop up OPAL
In accordance with the Transparency Code for Smaller Authorities, the accounts are available for inspection, as detailed in the following notification: MPC Inspection of Accounts Notice. Summaries are also available in the Financial Information page.
Parish Council Meetings
The most recent Parish Council Meeting was held on Wednesday 19th July at 8pm, in the Village Hall. The draft minutes can be found here:
At the meeting we discussed the status of broadband in Manley and a summary of the discussion is here:
July 2017 Update: iGas have applied for permission to test the gas flow rate at their Ellesmere Port site; this does not involve any hydraulic fracturing but for more details see the document Ellesmere Port – factsheet 31.07.17
Residents will be aware that licenses have been granted for exploratory tests in and around Manley and planning permissions have been granted for some sites nearby, and there are understandable concerns about these and the possibility of commercial development.
At the Parish Council meeting on 22nd March the council reviewed updates from iGas and INEOS, and examined the scope of operations. These are detailed in the document:
INEOS and iGas are required to carry out full consultations prior to any work being carried out, and have assured us that the Parish Council will be a consultee.
Whilst the Parish Council does not have a view one way or the other about fracking, (we will only take a view if an application is submitted) we have written the following document to summarise the main points concerning fracking:
Manley Spring Fair took place again this year on 1st May and was well attended despite a cold start to the day. Large crowds gathered to watch the Extreme Mountain Bike Show in which a British and European champion cyclist demonstrated his skills. The Five a side Football matches were won for the first time by Manley Village School. The magic show was extremely popular with the younger children and the dog show was yet again a very popular part of the day. There was a very successful 7K Fun Run into Delamere Forest in which over 70 people took part, ending with an inflatable obstacle course. The choir from Alvanley and Manley Schools and the band from Helsby High School provided entertainment in the afternoon.
The Spring Fair raised £6,070 for church funds, £1200 for the Tennis Club and £300 for Manley School. The Parish Council supported the road closure, which, as in 2015, contributed greatly to the relaxed atmosphere and we should continue to support the Spring Fair in this way in future. Thanks are due to Councillors Steve Frood for helping to organise the road closure, and Pam Brook, Chris Fryar and Eleanor Johnson for instructing traffic affected by the closure.
Two new grit bins have now been installed at either end of Cob Hall Lane. One has been funded by the Parish Council, and the other funded by CWaC, from Councillor Eleanor Johnson’s budget.
The Memorial Garden will be maintained by volunteers, and the activities will be coordinated by Councillor Pam Brook. A new bench has been installed in the Playing Field.
Forest Holidays Planning Application (16/03550/FUL)
This planning application has been reviewed by the Planning Committee and has been unanimously rejected. The Decision Notice issued by CWaC states:
The proposal represents inappropriate development in the Green Belt for which very special circumstances have not been demonstrated and the proposal therefore fails to accord with Policies NE11 and RT9 of the Vale Royal Borough Local Plan, STRAT 9 of the Cheshire West and Chester Local Plan (Part 1) and paragraphs 87 and 88 of the National Planning Policy Framework 2012.