Election of Parish Councillor

Cheshire East Council has confirmed that the sole nomination for the vacant councillor position on Pickmere Parish Council was Sarah Carson (see this link).  As the election was unopposed, Sarah Carson has been duly elected and will formally take up her position at the next Parish Council meeting on 4th May 2021.

As a result there will be no election for the Parish Councillor position on 6th May.

Want to do something about vehicles speeding in the village?

The Parish Council has received confirmation from the Police that they are able to train further volunteers for COMMUNITY SPEEDWATCH.  The Council owns its own speed gun, and in the past, volunteers have carried out Speedwatch exercises on Pickmere Lane.

Volunteers work in pairs, and submit details of vehicles found to be speeding to the Police who then follow up the incident by writing to the drivers/vehicle-owners concerned.

The existence of volunteers carrying out this exercise at the roadside has its own effect in slowing vehicles. The more volunteers we have, the more frequently we can carry out Speedwatch checks, and the greater the benefit to the village.

If you are interested in being trained to carry this out, please contact the Clerk to the Parish Council on clerk@pickmereparishcouncil.com who will add your name to the list.

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

 

The Parish Council is saddened to hear of the passing of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh and extends its deepest sympathies to Her Majesty the Queen and to his children and grandchildren. 

A condolence book will be opened at Knutsford Town Council Offices on Monday 12th April. Those who do not wish to visit the offices but wish to have their condolences recorded in the Town’s record can email them to hrh@knutsfordtowncouncil.gov.uk.  Floral tributes may be laid at the front of the Town Council Offices near the flagpole.  The Government and Royal Family Condolence Book can be found using this link.

The Town Council asks that where possible no plastic/cellophane is used.  The flowers will be collected after the funeral and composted; the compost will be used to fertilise a tree which will be planted by the Town Council in his memory. 

 

Parking near the lake

We all know that there is an issue around parking in Pickmere particularly when large numbers of visitors appear on the sunny days.

The Parish Council has spent the last year trying to secure measures to help deal with this issue. Councillors have liaised with the groups involved in this area, including Cheshire Police, Cheshire East highways, our MP and district councillor. However, there is no simple solution as the Council explained in its bulletin last year (see this link) .

The Parish Council has done the following to try to mitigate the potential problems;
• Reset the cones around the main areas of congestion.
• Constantly petitioned Cheshire East highways to revisit the road lineage situation.
• Liaised with the district councillor (Councillor Parkinson) with regard to the possibility of a discussion about adding further restricted yellow lines in the village, and other road issues.
• Spoken and met with the Cheshire Police about regular checks on unlawful parking in and around the roads in Pickmere.
• Spoken to and liaised with Cheshire East highways about making checks on parking in and around the roads in Pickmere at busy times – although they will not be able to intervene until 1st May when the restrictions on the yellow lines come into force for the summer.
• Added a light at the lower IROS car park to improve security and enable the gate to be opened.
• Liaised with Wincham PC to find a combined approach.

We are continuing to liaise with the various authorities to try and minimise any problems but please remember that the Parish Council itself does not have any rights to enforce parking restrictions, prevent obstructions on the highway, or deal with anti-social behaviour. Our few powers are restricted just to the land we own.

If specific problems arise in relation to parked cars obstructing the highway or footway, or anti-social behaviour, contact the Police on 101. Once the yellow line parking restrictions come into force on 1st May (weekends and Bank Holidays), the yellow line areas are the responsibility of Cheshire East’s traffic wardens. For any such problems, ring 0300 123 5020.

We would also like your support in maintaining the area and would like you to report any damage or breakages to us. Please email the Parish Clerk on clerk@pickmereparishcouncil.com. If you can include your name and phone number it would be helpful.

Closure of A556 in April due to work at M6 J19

DRIVERS are being warned about long delays on the M6 when two full closures come into force on the motorway in April.

Highways England will be closing both carriageways at junction 19 in order to pour the concrete for the new bridge.

The motorway will be closed between the exit and entry slip roads, meaning drivers will need to follow a short diversion up and over the junction roundabout.

Follow this link for the Highways England flyer about the temporary arrangement.

The first closure will take place from 8pm on Friday, April 9, until 6am on Sunday, April 11.

This will be followed by another closure between 8pm on April 16 and 6am on April 18.

The A556 dual carriageway will also be closed in both directions to allow M6 traffic to flow freely over the junction 19 diversion route.

A Highways England spokesman said: “We apologise for any disruption these closures may cause and thank all local residents and road users for their continued patience while we complete this project.”

(Information in part from Knutsford Guardian)

Parking near the lake

We all know that there is an issue around parking in Pickmere particularly when large numbers of visitors appear on the sunny days.

The Parish Council has spent the last year trying to secure measures to help deal with this issue. Councillors have liaised with the groups involved in this area, including Cheshire Police, Cheshire East highways, our MP and district councillor. However, there is no simple solution as the Council explained in its bulletin last year (see this link) .

The Parish Council has done the following to try to mitigate the potential problems;
• Reset the cones around the main areas of congestion.
• Constantly petitioned Cheshire East highways to revisit the road lineage situation.
• Liaised with the district councillor (Councillor Parkinson) with regard to the possibility of a discussion about adding further restricted yellow lines in the village, and other road issues.
• Spoken and met with the Cheshire Police about regular checks on unlawful parking in and around the roads in Pickmere.
• Spoken to and liaised with Cheshire East highways about making checks on parking in and around the roads in Pickmere at busy times – although they will not be able to intervene until 1st May when the restrictions on the yellow lines come into force for the summer.
• Added a light at the lower IROS car park to improve security and enable the gate to be opened.
• Liaised with Wincham PC to find a combined approach.

We are continuing to liaise with the various authorities to try and minimise any problems but please remember that the Parish Council itself does not have any rights to enforce parking restrictions, prevent obstructions on the highway, or deal with anti-social behaviour. Our few powers are restricted just to the land we own.

If specific problems arise in relation to parked cars obstructing the highway or footway, or anti-social behaviour, contact the Police on 101. Once the yellow line parking restrictions come into force on 1st May (weekends and Bank Holidays), the yellow line areas are the responsibility of Cheshire East’s traffic wardens. For any such problems, ring 0300 123 5020.

We would also like your support in maintaining the area and would like you to report any damage or breakages to us. Please email the Parish Clerk on clerk@pickmereparishcouncil.com. If you can include your name and phone number it would be helpful.

Election of Parish Councillor

Following from the recent resignation of one of our parish councillors, as she has moved out of the Parish, there will be an election for a replacement councillor. The nomination period for candidates opened today 29 March; it is not a long period, expiring at 4.00 pm on Thursday 8 April, and the nomination requirements are very specific.
Nominations can only be submitted to Cheshire East Council. The full information is provided on the document at this link NOTICE FOR ELECTION.
Please note that if there are two or more candidates, the election will proceed as described.
If there is only one candidate, that candidate will be elected unopposed.
If there are no candidates, the Parish Council will be free to co-opt a new councillor.

 

Changes at the Parish Council

At last night’s Parish Council meeting, the resignation of Cllr Helen Shaul from the Council was noted. Helen has moved out of the parish. The Council wished her well and thanked her for her contribution to the Council and to the parish, especially in terms of her pursuance of environmental issues. At the same meeting, Cllr Andrew Shore stepped down from his position as Chairperson, and Cllr Simon Read was elected as the new Chair. The Council expressed its thanks to Cllr Shore for his many qualities as Chair, among other things his skills, integrity and conscientiousness, and also his strategic thinking and vision for the parish. Cllr Shore remains a member of the Parish Council.

A556/M6 J19 Closures – Change of dates

Highways England have announced changes of dates for the temporary closure of the A556 in the vicinity of M6 J19.

They are closing the M6 in both directions within Junction 19 for two full weekends on 22-25 January and 29 January–1 February.  They expect long delays.

They ask you to note that the full weekend closure previously planned for 15-18 January will no longer go ahead. This is due to the recent cold weather affecting concrete curing times for the bridge walls.