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Update 2. October 2017, more about the Wood management, and a new page about the Saltscape Project and Petal Walk on 16. September

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Groundwork / Woodland Trust Cliff Mallows writes (on 29th September 2017) :

Following a very successful coppicing day on 19 September we have organised a second coppicing day on Saturday 28th October from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. at Hazel Pear Wood. We hope this will enable people to attend who might not be available during the week and we now have a collection of hand tools, gloves and hard hats provided by the Woodland Trust for use by the group.

The Trust have identified more trees for us to remove and this will allow the groundcover to flourish and a variety of trees to reach maturity which the current crowded conditions are preventing.

No specific expertise is needed and sensible clothing appropriate for the weather plus boundless energy are all that is required! You can stay for the whole day or a few hours and please bring your own lunch and refreshments as appropriate.

You can register with the Woodland Trust on the day, or you can go to their website and return the volunteer registration forms to Neil Oxley from the Woodland Trust. This will provide you with appropriate insurance cover.

We are hoping to hold more working days in the future so if you have any queries or would like to be added to the local database for updates please contact Cliff Mallows on cliffmallows@gmail.com

www.saltscape.co.uk - www.groundwork.org.uk/clm

Hazel Pear Wood

Petal Walk Waymark The Launch of the Saltscape Petal Walks, looping between Weaverham and Acton Bridge, took place on Saturday 16. September 2017.

The inaugural walks began at Acton Bridge Parish Rooms, led by John Wilson of the Weaverham Trust, and Steve Pardoe of Acton Bridge Parish Council. We finished at Bottom Pitch Meadow, off Owley Wood Road in Weaverham, and the route went via St Mary's Church, where people who preferred to begin in Weaverham were able to join in. Paul Nolan from the Mersey Forest Trust introduced the Bottom Pitch event, where excellent packed lunches, with home-made cakes and scones, and tea and coffee were available in a big marquee. Glen Gidley, Chairman of Weaverham Trust, thanked the major participants, and reminded us of the length of the project, which had started in Weaverham as the "Greener Way" about ten years ago. There was an interesting display by the Weaverham Trust showing some of its valuable campaigns over the years.

For further details, please visit our new Saltscape Project page.

There have been reports of a spate of shed and garage break-ins in Acton Bridge and Weaverham - please take extra care to keep your possessions secure!

This year's Weaverham and Acton Bridge Show was held on Saturday 12. August - click on the link for details.

Station Road Nursery Site
After several representations from villagers, your Parish Council has written to Cheshire West and Chester Council requesting enforcement, under Section 215 (s215) of the Town & Country Planning Act 1990, of the owner's obligations regarding its appearance and the redundant structures upon it.

Previously, a Planning Application (ref 17/01729/FUL) was submitted to Cheshire West & Chester Council for 17 dwellings of various sizes on the plot which used to be the Nursery / Garden Centre, and was discussed during the Parish Council Meeting and its AGM on 16. May. About 17 members of the public were in attendance to voice their opinions about the proposed development.
This Application was withdrawn on 20. June, but a new Planning Statement appeared on the CWAC website on the same day. This Statement makes some startling assertions about the Parish Council's role in the matter, and refers to discussions taking place (which didn't) and opinions being expressed (which weren't) before the Application was submitted. It's the Parish Council's long-standing principle not to enter into pre-Application discussions with, or express opinions to, developers, for precisely the reason that any such remarks could be taken out of context. The Parish Council's formal responses to CWAC on this and other Applications are the only documents having any legal standing.

This Application follows a promotion last year of "Hazlehurst Close", which was discussed at a public meeting on 3. November 2016, and received a very negative reception from the 70 or so residents who attended. For continuity, more details of the planning application are on our "Hazlehurst" page, though this name does not appear in the formal application.

The Countryside Code
Following some recent incidents, a gentle reminder to our residents that Public Rights Of Way are the only routes you should follow when out walking. A map showing all the PROWs in Acton Bridge is available from ABCA News editors or the Parish Council. Farmland is privately owned, so follow the Countryside Code, and keep dogs under close control, especially near livestock. Please remember that the countryside is our farmers' workplace, and their livelihood. Thank you!
You can read the Countryside Code on the Government website by clicking here, or download a PDF brochure and bookmark from gov.uk/government/publications/the-countryside-code.
Police Community Support Officer (PCSO)
We are awaiting further dates from PCSO Diana Wiggins for her regular Police Surgery at Acton Bridge Village Hall [Parish Rooms]
Residents with any issues or topics on Police matters are invited to raise them with PCSO Diana Wiggins. No appointment is necessary.

Strawberry Lane update, April 2017...
Yet another Planning Application has been lodged with Cheshire West and Chester Council for this contentious Green Belt site, this time for one "affordable" house, but again (from our interpretation of the proposed site layout) with a clear possibility of expansion of the development later. Here is a link to our updated Strawberry Lane page. The amended Application is CWAC Ref. No: 16/05040/FUL and can be viewed by clicking on this link to the CWAC website - click on "Documents" tab, "View associated documents", and download them (the site layout etc are PDF files). After many submissions from concerned residents and the Parish Council, the previous Planning Application (15/01882/FUL) was REFUSED by Cheshire West and Chester Council. The Officer's Report has now been published online, on the CWAC website - click on "Documents" tab, "View associated documents", and then "Officer Report".

Acton Bridge has its own Facebook page - search facebook.com for "acton bridge village" or click here to join in.

You can also find news of forthcoming events in Acton Bridge on the Community Association and Women's Institute pages.

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