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Neston Town Council - Planning & Environment Committee Meeting June 2013

Author: Rob Ward Published: 5th June 2013 12:53

Why do I sometimes go to Town Council meetings and write notes for AboutMyArea? It's because I think Neston is a great place, and worth looking after.

NCYCNeston Town Council meetings are currently held at
NCYC on Burton Road.

We have a Town Council that can potentially have a big influence on our area, and I think it's good for us to take an interest in what they do. Not everyone wants to be a Councillor or attend their meetings, but I hope most people will want to read about them.

Councillors Moira Andrews, Trish Derraugh, Pat Hughes, Kay Loch and Mike Shipman were there: new Councillor James Wilkie sent apologies. Trish Derraugh was elected Chairman, after which Mike Shipman became an observer, and Kay Loch was elected Deputy Chairman.

The Neighbourhood Plan got a lot of attention. (Don't say you haven't heard of it - several Neston Matters have explained it. We need it because without it, we'd find it difficult to stop all sorts of buildings in all sorts of places.) The committee decided to get rid of the NP sub-committee: the Community Steering Group will now report direct to the P&E committee. Three members of P&E were nominated to the CSG - Trish Derraugh, Pat Hughes, and James Wilkie. The committee also approved the appointment of Ceri Lloyd to the CSG: she lives in Neston, and used to be a senior officer in Cheshire County Council.

The NP came back later. A questionnaire has been devised. I'm not an expert on questionnaires, but I know it's easy to make bad ones. The committee were concerned that some questions were badly worded, many covered areas that don't belong to a Neighbourhood Plan, and many would create unrealistic hopes. Phil Baker, chairman of the CSG, had said there was no time to alter it, and it must go to the printers on Friday. Printing will take a week, and Royal Mail delivery will take six weeks. We'll then have until the end of August to cut out and fill in four tick-boxes, and deliver them to Neston Sainsbury's, Neston Tesco, or Neston Library, to have a chance to win one of two £50 shopping vouchers (and to have our say about the draft proposals). The committee agreed to approve the questionnaire, with a few tiny changes, and a disclaimer saying this was not Town Council policy.

In a change of topic, Pat Hughes was nominated to the Marsh Working Group, which looks at mosquitoes and ponds. Professor Michael Clarkson (who's doing research on mosquitoes) and people from CWaC and RSPB are also members. An overall budget of £28,000 was approved, but the plans for four more ponds need to be costed.

Planning applications are decided by CWaC (officers or committee) but the Town Council can give their views.

  • Outline plan to build ten houses on the site of the derelict Dairy at Fiveways. It's in the Green Belt, but a brownfield site. No objection.
  • Plan to raise the roof of the bungalow at 13 Woodlands Road. This would be similar to neighbours. No objection.
  • Plan to demolish Sunny Bank, Church Lane and build two houses. The committee felt that two houses needed four off-road parking spaces, and did not support it. 
  • Plan to replace a hedge with a fence and gate behind 64 Hampton Crescent. This would be similar to a neighbour. No objection.
  • Revised plan for Mostyn House, for 48 dwellings in the old school, and 40 (instead of 44) on the former playing field, was put forward for Listing Building Consent. The changes do not affect the listed building, and a planning application will come later. No objection.

Looking at CWaC decisions, the committee noted that CWaC had approved three to which they had objected - 2 Earle Drive, Tesco, and The Looms. In future they will have a list showing the Town Council's opinion alongside the CWaC decisions. Kay Loch pointed out that if a plan raises serious objection, a CWaC councillor can ask for it to be decided by a committee instead of an officer.

The Greening of Neston is the title that includes the 22 new hanging baskets. The contractor says that 18" baskets would cost £28 each, and would weigh 40 kg when wet. The committee decided that it had been awful weather when the baskets had been planted, and they should be given a chance until the autumn. Kay Loch suggested that at West Vale four baskets would be enough instead of 12.

This committee also takes an interest in public transport. The CH64 Transport Group seems to have become politicised, and the committee decided that Kay Loch and Pat Hughes should meet CWaC officers to ask for a new group to be established.

Rob Ward

Formal minutes of Neston Town Council meetings are published here.

A full list of forthcoming Neston Town Council meetings can be found here.

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andy p
At 18:47 on 27th July 2013, andy p commented:
Why is the council spending such inordinate amounts of tax payers money to irradicate mosquitos when the true problem is horse flies?

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