Parish Council meeting dates

Due to the continuing uncertainty about whether the Government’s Covid Step 4 will come to pass on 21st June, and the complications of trying to hold an in-person Parish Council meeting before Step 4 arrives, it has been decided that the Council will effectively ‘skip’ a June meeting and aim to meet hopefully in person on 6th July.

In the meantime, appropriate means are available for the Council Clerk to take any decisions and actions necessary on behalf of the Council.

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)

Erection of new signs at Pickmere Lake

Residents will have noticed the erection of two new signs on Jacob’s Way as you enter the Parish Council land.  These signs simply consolidate existing Council policies with regard to the use and enjoyment of the land and add some additional advice about the possibility of toxic blue-green algae, and also the risk of walking under substantial trees especially in times of high winds.

In erecting these two signs a number of uncoordinated and in some cases inaccurate signs have been removed from the gates and verges in the locality, and so it is hoped that they help tidy up the approach to the lake.

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.

National Census about to take place – Press release from Cheshire East Council

February 2021

Households across Cheshire East will be asked to take part in Census 2021 next month.
The census, run by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), is a once-in-a-decade survey that gives us the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. It has been carried out every ten years since 1801, with the exception of 1941.
Understanding the needs of the nation helps everyone from central government to organisations such as councils and health services plan and fund public services across England and Wales. Census outputs inform where public funding is spent in areas like transport, education and health – on cycle routes, schools and dental surgeries.
Information from the census is also important in helping lots of other people and organisations do their work.
Charities and voluntary organisations often use it as evidence to get funding. It helps businesses to understand their customers and, for example, decide where to open new shops. People doing research, like university students looking into their family history, use census data.
On a local level, our residents will also benefit. The census provides important information on population diversity, allowing local organisations such as the council to know whether they are meeting their responsibilities and triggering action where necessary.
Iain Bell, deputy national statistician at the ONS, said: “The census provides a unique snapshot of our communities. It benefits everyone. Based on the information you give, it ensures millions of pounds are invested in emergency services, mental health care, school places, hospital beds, houses, roads, GPs and dentist’s services.
“No-one should miss out. Everyone can complete the census online with a new search-as-you-type functionality with paper forms available for those who need them.”
Jane Burns, executive director of corporate services for Cheshire East Council, said: “I cannot emphasise enough just how important it is that people complete the census when they are contacted by the ONS. The findings of the census benefit all of us and the information that we learn from this vital work will inform our service provision for the next ten years.”

Census Day will be on Sunday 21 March. People will soon be receiving postcards from the ONS advising them that it will be held on this date. The census will include questions about your sex, age, work, health, education, household size and ethnicity. And, for the first time, there will be a question asking whether people have served in the armed forces, as well as voluntary questions for those aged 16 and over on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Results will be available within 12 months, although personal records will be locked away for 100 years, kept safe for future generations.
For more information and advice on how to answer the questions, visit The ONS will be opening a free contact centre on Monday 1 March.