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 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.

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

www.unitedutilities.com

Flooding from a Burst Water Mains

United Utilities

Report a leak 0800 330033

www.unitedutilities.com

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:

https://www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/planning/flooding/flooding.aspx

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.

Ends

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.