Flood risk preparations in Pickmere

Cheshire Police have declared a Major Incident Standby in respect of possible flooding risk, over the next two to three days, related to the incoming weather system ‘Storm Christoph’.

Cheshire East Council officers are working alongside colleagues from Cheshire Resilience Forum (CRF) partner agencies, including Cheshire Police, Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, United Utilities and the Environment Agency to plan and prepare for possible flooding in Cheshire East.

At this stage a Major Incident has not been declared, but CRF partners are meeting daily to prepare and assess and review the incident status as the situation develops.

See below for a Cheshire Police press release regarding the situation.

In the meantime, it is important that local communities, residents, businesses and Town and Parish councils understand their local flood risk and what to do in case of a flood emergency.

Firstly, please visit the Environment Agency Flood information service webpage to understand the current local flood risk in your area. Look at both the fluvial (river) flood risk and surface water flood risk. Information on long-term flood risk can be found here: https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/long-term-flood-risk/map Please also follow the links on these pages to sign up to the Environment Agency flood warnings in your area.

Secondly, familiarise yourself with the Cheshire Resilience Forum Multi – Agency Emergency Response Manual. This sets out the co-ordinated response of agencies across Cheshire East it is found at: https://cheshireresilience.org.uk/how-to-prepare-for-an-emergency this includes Cheshire East Multi-Agency Emergency Response Manual.

Thirdly, consider setting up a flood action community group: contact the FloodHub with help establishing this: https://thefloodhub.co.uk

Remember – In case of an emergency where there is a risk to life always dial 999 and ask for assistance.

Key Flooding Contact Details:
The following gives guidance on whom to contact about various types of flooding.

Always contact the emergency services first (999) if you or a family member is in immediate danger.

Flooding from a Public Sewer

United Utilities

Report sewer flooding 0345 6723 723


Flooding from a Burst Water Mains

United Utilities

Report a leak 0800 330033


Flooding from the Public Highway, drains or ordinary watercourses (non-main river)

Cheshire East Council

To report an incident 0300 123 5020

To report an incident out of working hours 0300 123 5025 (for use after 5pm and before 9am, including weekends.)

Flooding from a Main River

Environment Agency

General enquiries: 03708 506 506 (Mon-Fri, 8am – 6pm)

Incident hotline: 0800 80 70 60 (24-hour service)

Floodline: 0345 988 1188 (24 hour service)

General enquiries email enquiries@environment–agency.gov.uk

Following a flood event

Please contact the following for advice after a flood event:


Council tax: https://www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/council_tax/reductions/special-circumstances-council-tax-reductions-section-13a.aspx

Business rates: https://www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/business/business_rates/business-rates-relief/hardship-rate-relief.aspx

Emergency housing: https://www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/housing/housing_options/homelessness/homelessness.aspx

Flood resilience and property level protection: https://thefloodhub.co.uk

Insurance advice: https://thefloodhub.co.uk

Clean up advice: https://thefloodhub.co.uk

Sign up to flood warnings: https://www.gov.uk/sign-up-for-flood-warnings

Remember to report your flooding to the appropriate organisation to ensure it is correctly investigated. If in doubt of who to call, please report it to a number of organisations.


Cheshire Police press release:


Storm Christoph set to bring heavy rain to Cheshire

Residents across Cheshire are being urged to be prepared following the arrival of Storm Christoph, which is set to bring heavy rain across the county this week.

A number of weather warnings are now active and Cheshire Constabulary is working closely with a number of other agencies to deal with any incidents and to reduce any disruption for the local community.

Due to significant heavy rain forecast over the next few days there is the potential for flooding across the county.

There are also a number of flood warnings in place, including the river Weaver in Northwich and Winsford.

At this stage there is no requirement to evacuate any residents. However, plans are in place should this change and anyone affected by the flood warnings are urged to keep up-to-date with the latest news on the Environment Agency website.

Superintendent Simon Parsonage from Cheshire Constabulary said: “We are working closely with other agencies in the community to monitor the situation and collectively we will do all we can to minimise any disruption across the county and keep people safety.

“All agencies continue to monitor the situation for potential for any flooding and I would encourage residents in the affected areas to monitor the alerts from the Environment Agency and take action if flooding has been forecast in your area.

“With heavy rain forecast, road closures are a possibility and anyone making an essential journey should allow extra time in case of any issues.

“We will continue to monitor the situation closely over the next 48 hours and issue regular updates through our social media accounts.”

Residents are reminded not to walk or drive through any flood water – this is often deeper than it looks, it may be moving fast and there could be hidden hazards underneath such as raised manhole covers, which can pose a danger.

Anyone concerned about potential flooding should sign up for free flood warnings on the Environment Agency’s website, follow them on Twitter @EnvAgencyNW for the latest information or you can call the Flood Line on 0345 988 1188.


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.

Welcome to Pickmere Parish Council’s new website!

The Parish Council has a new website! The Council had to replace the current site to comply with recent Government regulations. We hope the new site is more attractive and usable than the old one (and will be easier to use on mobile devices), and it will be simpler to maintain and enhance. Much of the content of the old site has been transferred over, and we hope to add new content as time goes by.

Have a look around, and let us have any comments by using the Contact us page.

Temporary Closure of roads around M6 J19

Highways England have announced that the A556 leading to and from the J19 roundabout will be closed in both directions for two successive weekends – 15-18 January and 22-25 January to permit the new Junction 19 bridge to be installed. The closures will start at 9.00 pm on the two Fridays and will reopen by 5.00 am on the two Mondays. Local diversions will be in place.

For more information go to the Highways England webpage M6 junction 19 – Highways England

New Council projects

Following consideration of the Council’s budget for 2021-22 and other financial matters, we are looking at carrying out a number of maintenance/replacement jobs on various parts of the Council’s property. The biggest of these is the Clover Drive play area. A working group of the Council is now looking into the options for refurbishing or replacing the play equipment, benches, etc., where additional funding might be sourced, and which seem the best companies to quote to do the job. The sub-group hopes to report back to Council in the New Year with some results! In the meantime, if anyone has any suggestions as to the type of play equipment or facility that might be desirable, feel free to email the Parish Clerk at clerk@pickmereparishcouncil.com .

The Council has also considered a number of other projects and will be proceeding shortly with the erection of a new lamppost inside the ‘black gates’, which will allow the Council to reopen the gates and bring the lower parking spaces back into use. In addition the Council has commissioned the replacement of the small wooden platform on the lakeside, and is investigating various other improvements.

New website

The Parish Council decided earlier this summer to replace its website.  This new site is operational but is still under development.  Various elements still have to be added, for instance the archive of Parish Council documents, and more information on the various community organisations in Pickmere.

Any enquiries about the site should be referred to the Parish Clerk whose contact details are on the Home Page.