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Pickmere Parish Council Minutes 5th April 2022 (675)
5th April 2022
1.1 Present: Councillors Read (Chair), Bold, Carson, Dobson, Flannery, Shore,
CEC Cllr K Parkinson, PCSO Emma Darroch
Apologies: Councillor Tarrant,
Public present: 5 persons
2.1 Approval of Minutes Cllr Bold suggested that the word “are” in para. 1 of item 8.2
Neighbourhood Plan Update be substituted with ”may be”. The minutes of the council meeting of
1st March 2022 were AGREED with this amendment.
2.2 Matters arising Nil
3. DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST Cllr Flannery reminded the meeting that in respect of the
discussion of HS2 she was a member of the organisation Mid-Cheshire against HS2.
5. REPORT FROM PCSO On behalf of the Council, the Chair congratulated the PCSO on her
impending appointment as a Police Constable. ED thanked the Council for that and gave the Clerk
contact details for the Knutsford-based PC who will be responsible for Pickmere.
ED reported that there had been no car or property-related crimes reported in the parish in the
previous month, although in the broader area (e.g. Wilmslow) there has been a recent upsurge
in the theft of Range Rovers. There was a further discussion on why, because for instance of
GDPR-type issues, the PCSO is unable to report certain person-related crimes to the parish
council, whereas she can report on car and property-related crimes. This seemed somewhat
strange to members since all categories of crimes, including person-related ones, are reported
on the Police.UK website.
There was also a discussion about the very poor quality of the national 101 contact service for the
6. REPORT FROM CLLR K PARKINSON Cllr Parkinson (KP) reported as follows:
 A road sweeper had serviced village roads in the last few weeks; she has requested it
return to do the part of Park Lane that was closed at the time of its visit.
Pickmere Parish Council Minutes 5th April 2022 (675)
 Some pothole patching has been carried out on Hall Lane; School Lane has been closed on
the basis that its surface is so dangerous; there is no timescale for its repair.
 KP remains in discussion with various bodies about HS2 and also the proposed HyNet
hydrogen pipeline.
7.1 Current financial position The monthly financial and reserves summaries were noted.
7.3 New payments The schedule of payments, with the addition of the following late items, was
 Mereview Farm – Clover Drive sites – grass maintenance 2021 season – £825.00 excl. VAT
 CHALC Annual Subscription – £229.68
 Reimbursement of expenses to parishioner for repair of IROS fence – £23.69.
8.1 Planning application update The schedule was noted.
8.2 Neighbourhood Plan Update Cllr Bold reported that the initial residents’ survey responses
have been summarised, circulated to members, and presented at the two launches with feedback
noted. The Steering Group will proceed to consider further action shortly. Sadly a SG member, Liz
McGrath, has decided, that due to pressures of work she will be unable to continue in her role as
part of the Group.
Cllr Bold proposed that the Council’s thanks should be conveyed to Ms McGrath for her work to date
on the project and this was AGREED. There followed a discussion about the potential selection of a
replacement fourth community representative on the NP Steering Group. It was AGREED that:
 The 4th place should be refilled;
 The NP Working Group of councillors should select a replacement from the list of volunteers
previously submitted, provided of course that such persons remained willing to join the SG.
9.1 Asset Maintenance Programme and potential projects for Village Hall/Pavilion The report
was noted and the schedule of suggestions and their proposed prioritisation broadly agreed. It was
further AGREED (SR proposed, SF seconded) that quotations should be sought for the following:
 VH external brickwork – repointing, replacing failed bricks where required, and repair or
injection of new DPC.
 VH – Replacement of the two windows on the front (north-western) elevation of the VH with
new windows to include opening lights.
 VH – Works to secure 3 external floodlights to the VH car park including one near the car
park entrance.
 Pavilion – replacement of external fascias and gutters.
9.2 HS2 Hybrid Bill The report was noted, with the Council’s thanks for the work of Cllrs Flannery and
Tarrant and the Clerk being noted. Cllr Flannery noted that this was the last chance that will be
available to influence HS2B. It was AGREED that the possibility of a meeting between