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Update 10. August 2017

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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 is on Saturday 12. August - click on the link for details.

The Launch of the Saltscape Project, including the Petal Walk looping between Weaverham and Acton Bridge, will take place on Saturday 16. September 2017. More details to follow!

Groundwork / Woodland Trust - Cliff Mallows writes :
Following meetings with Neil Oxley of the Woodland Trust, we have arranged two working days at Hazel Pear Wood.

Having had one successful Balsam Bashing day it was agreed we could do with one more session to try and limit the spread of this invasive plant, and it has been agreed to meet at Hazel Pear Wood on Wednesday 19th July again at 10.00 to tackle two specific areas.

The second event is a coppicing day on Tuesday 19th September again from 10.00 to 4.00. Neil will be providing tools on this occasion (all work is undertaken with hand tools - no chainsaws) and he will also be on hand to offer advice/guidance.

On both days we will meet at Hazel Pear Wood and if you are available all day, do bring your own lunch and drinks or if you can only spare a few hours you will be most welcome.

For these two days or any future working events please register as a volunteer with the Woodland Trust by going to their website and returning the volunteer registration forms to Neil. This provides you with appropriate insurance cover.

If you have any queries or would like 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

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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