Agreement Signed to Transfer Allotments, Bowling Green and Car Park to Parish Council
We are delighted to announce that a Section 106 agreement has been signed between Tarporley Parish Council, Cheshire West & Chester Council and Enlighten Developments (the developer of the former RBL site). This will result in the transfer of the bowling green, 60% of the allotments, and a new 32 space car park (a slight increase on the current car park capacity) into the ownership of the Parish Council for a nominal purchase price of just one pound. Readers will be aware that the developer recently gained planning permission to construct 10 new homes on the current RBL car park and remaining allotments; three of these will be affordable homes. Although the Parish Council had some reservations about the development of the site, securing these assets for the village brings an end to the uncertainty that has hung over these valuable community facilities for some considerable time. The transfer will be completed within 3 months of the start of development work.
During the summer recess, the Parish Council held an Extraordinary Meeting to consider two planning applications:
- Nantwich Road development – David Wilson Homes applied to CWaC to increase the number of dwellings on the site from 95 to 100 by swapping some larger house styles for smaller ones. As the original outline planning approval (won under appeal) was for up to 100 homes, there were no grounds for objection and the application has been approved.
- Daffodil Fields – Jones Homes submitted an application to vary the size and style of the proposed houses on the Daffodil Fields site. The developer subsequently withdrew the application following comments from the Parish Council and advice from the CWaC Planning Officer.
The Parish Council is acutely aware of the difficulty of finding somewhere to park in and around the High Street and the impact that this is having on High Street businesses. There are no easy solutions to the problem, but the issue remains at the top of the Council’s agenda and we are hoping to meet with the Cheshire West & Chester Council Car Parking Officer in the near future to press CWaC to take action to help alleviate the problem. In the meantime we can all do our bit by considering whether we really need to take our cars into the centre of the village or whether we could walk.
The Parish Council has been assessing the condition of public benches around the village. Brand new benches are being ordered for the area between The Old Fire Station Chocolate Shop and The Swan, as the current seating has reached the end its life. The village notice board, adjacent to The Swan, will also be renewed at the same time. The benches in the cemetery are in good condition, but will be sanded down and re-stained.
Dogs on the Community Centre Field
Please remember to keep your dogs on a lead on the Community Centre Field and, as elsewhere in the village, please clean up after your dog.
Online Reporting of Street Scene Issues
Help us to keep our village well maintained and tidy by reporting street scene issues directly to Cheshire West & Chester Council using their online SMYLE service. This can be done either directly on the SMYLE website (www.smyleforcheshirewest.co.uk/help) or using the smartphone SMYLE App which can be downloaded from the Google Play Store or iTunes. You can report a whole host of issues and track their resolution using the service, including:
- Blocked road gullies
- Footpath defects
- Parking problems
- Dog fouling
- Street lighting issues
- Litter and litter bin problems