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Update 6. March 2018 - News about Town Farm Quarry!

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Against all expectations, we carried the day in Chester this afternoon, with a unanimous decision by the Planning Committee to throw out all but one of the Variations to Conditions which had formed the Town Farm Quarry Application. Please visit our "Stop the Tip" page for more information as it comes in. You can view the full CWAC Webcast here (though the sound is a bit jerky) - the TFQ section 5 starts about 33 minutes in, and don't forget to turn the sound up on your device.

Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) :
We now have further dates for PCSO Surgeries in the Parish Rooms, between 13:00 (1:00 pm) and 14:00 (2:00 pm) on three Saturdays, 3. February, 17. March and 21. April. Please come along and report any concerns about your community, speeding, traffic (especially HGVs) etc directly to her. No appointment is necessary.

Acton Bridge Weather Reports

We've updated the statistics from our Weather Station, and you can see the current conditions, monthly figures for temperature and rainfall during 2017, and statistics for earlier years on the Weather pages, starting here...

AB Temperature Graphs
Parish Rooms Flower Beds  Parish Rooms

We're delighted that Mrs Joyce Woodward has kindly taken over the maintenance of the flower beds outside the Parish Rooms, after Mr & Mrs Sandys-Winsch moved away from the village. Here she is setting out new plants, with Nick and a load of bark chippings!

Petal Walk Waymark Saltscape and Groundwork / Woodland Trust News

The Launch of the Saltscape Petal Walks, looping between Weaverham and Acton Bridge, took place on Saturday 16. September 2017. For further details, please visit our Saltscape Project page. A leaflet with an illustrated map and route description is available to residents - e-mail us for a copy!

Groundwork / Woodland Trust - if you have any queries or would like to be added to the local database for updates on Coppicing and so on, please contact Cliff Mallows on cliffmallows@gmail.com or visit www.saltscape.co.uk and www.groundwork.org.uk/clm.

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

Petal Walk Leaflet

Station Road Nursery Site
After several representations from villagers, your Parish Council wrote 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. Unfortunately, CWAC does not consider the condition of the site to be bad enough to warrant a s215 Notice,

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.
Strawberry Lane update
The latest Planning Application for this contentious Green Belt site, for one "affordable" house, has been withdrawn by the Applicant. This is encouraging, but doesn't rule out another attempt by this very persistent developer. The withdrawal (discussed in detail at a recent PC Meeting) was on technical aspects which may be resolved at a later date.

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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