The Parish Council, in the person of Councillor Cotgreave, attended a meeting in June with the Site Manager of the Taylor Wimpey site, his deputy, and John Evans of CW&C's Engineering Department. A series of regular meetings had been interrupted because of staff changes at Taylor Wimpey and the Parish Council was pleased that they had started again. The two way exchange of information has proved useful in raising, and often solving, issues of concern to residents
With the problem of the newt access solved, the main issue raised was the fencing off of the new footpath forcing walkers onto the main road. Though the path was not technically completed, a quick visual inspection proved that there was no real reason why pedestrians could not use it safely, and the fencing has now been removed. It may need to be closed briefly later to be finished to the correct standard. The 'missing link' of the path, where the drains enter, is being 'progressed' and an agreement has been reached that the whole area will be reseeded.
No date has been given for the updating of the lights on Tarporley Road though the scheme is said to be 'ready for implementation'. However there was no progress to report on the extension of the 40 mph limit.
(In another discussion during the Parish Council meeting, the Council agreed to request that a flashing, speed responsive sign be included as part of the traffic management here as these are shown to be very effective in slowing drivers down)
The Parish Council continues to press for changes to the A51/Tarporley Road junction as the current road markings are felt to be very dangerous to motorists turning right. A safety survey is being carried out, but residents can be sure that this is not an issue that the Parish Council means to drop.
On a brighter note two of the Councillors who have been delivering leaflets to the new estate reported many positive comments from new residents and a very high level of satisfaction with the village and its people. We wish all the new residents many happy years in their new homes and look forward to the contribution they will bring to village life.