The meteorologists tell us that we are, technically, in Autumn – but no one thought to tell the weather, we’ve had everything apart from hail and snow during September!
There is much to report upon around the Parish;
Firstly the Northgate development in Utkinton – they say that no news is good news but the waiting for a decision on this highly contentious development continues to provoke discussion around the community – that the community submitted over a hundred individual objections across the May and July submissions says quite a bit.
Next up is the forthcoming ‘Consultation’ by CWaC on their Local Plan 2 in which they seek to further define our communities – the Parish Council have submitted a paper contesting the decision to redesignate Utkinton as a Local Service Centre despite the community not having access to real public transport. Again it’s a waiting game as the Council ponders what it will be doing.
As a result of the above two, the Parish Council has voted to investigate the potential for creating a Neighbourhood Plan to help the whole community guide the long-term future of the Parish. In October we will be looking at the process in our monthly Parish Council meeting (at Cotebrook Village Hall on 11th October) where we hope to have presentations from the team that did the Tattenhall NP and also Cheshire Community Action. The public are very welcome to come along and take part.
The proposals for a Childrens’ Playground on Utkinton Primary School’s playing field rumbles on and the discussions are well advanced between the Diocese, CWaC and the Parish Council to make this a reality – fingers crossed!
A similar level of progress over a safe pedestrian and cycle route between Utkinton and Tarporley is being experienced with the working group having very positive discussions with the landowners along the proposed route (alongside Utkinton Road).
Our WI seems to be undergoing a bit of a revival with events being planned for the Winter Programme and all are welcome to attend – they have their own page on the Parish Website so check out their plans.
Cotebrook and Utkinton Village halls will be hosting events on the same day in November – the 26th. Cotebrook will be holding their annual ‘Christmas Fayre’ in the afternoon and Utkinton their highly entertaining ‘Quiz Night’ in the evening – we hope we can welcome you there.
Finally, our website goes from strength to strength and will pass 10,000 hits since the new site opened on 8th February and its sister social media page on Facebook has published over a hundred articles and reached in excess of 5,000 people. Add to that the fact that we produce this newsletter monthly and we hope that everyone in the community is getting to know what is going on.
Chair – Utkinton and Cotebrook Parish Council