These are draft minutes that have not yet been approved by the council. The minutes are subject to change and will be confirmed at the next meeting.

 

EN21/035 PRESENT

Councillors McCulloch, Abel, Beswick, Power and Robertson.

A Keppel-Green (Town Clerk)

 

EN21/036 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

Apologies were received from Cllrs Dalzell, Houghton and Gardiner (personal business)

 

EN21/037  DECLARATIONS OF MEMBERS’ INTERESTS

Cllr Power declared a personal interest in EN21/042 as a member of the British Beekeepers Association. Cllr McCulloch declared a personal interest in EN21/042 as a member of Friends of the Heath.

 

EN21/038  PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

No members of the public wished to speak.

 

EN21/039   CONFIRMATION OF PREVIOUS MINUTES

It was RESOLVED to confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 15th November 2021.

 

EN21/040   REVIEW OF YEAR-TO-DATE INCOME AND EXPENDITURE

The year-to-date income and expenditure was noted.

 

EN21/041   NATURE ACTION PLAN

The Town Clerk provided an overview of progress in delivery of the plan since the previous meeting noting in particular the recent whip planting at Ashworth Park, Manor Crescent and Dog Wood.

Cllr Robertson arrived.

The idea of a tree nursery or community tree swap was raised.

 

EN21/042  MEMORIAL FOR FORMER COUNCILLOR BARBARA HAMILTON COAN

It was RESOLVED to instal a memorial bench in the Library Gardens in memory of former councillor and Town Mayor Cllr Barbara Hamilton Coan.

 

EN21/043   COUNCIL ENVIRONMENTAL AUDIT 2021

It was RESOLVED to undertake a trial of no herbicide spraying in 2022 across the whole town and that this be under continual review by the committee.

Cllr Power left the meeting.

It was RESOLVED to approve the committee’s action plan subject to the amendment regarding herbicide use.

 

EN21/044   LOCAL HIGHWAYS ISSUES

It was agreed to write to Cheshire East Council concerning the poor condition of pavements on Legh Road.

It was agreed to request that Cheshire East ward members consider parking restrictions on Mereheath Park being implemented using their local ward budget.

It was noted that the cars parking on Manchester Road were not in contravention of any parking regulations but that the Police could take action if on an occasion it constitutes obstruction.

 

EN21/045  MAINTENANCE LOG

The log was noted.

 

EN21/046  OUSTANDING MATTERS LOG

The log was noted.

 

EN21/047  QUESTIONS TO THE TOWN CLERK

The Town Clerk responded to questions advising that the cutting back of shrubbery in the Library Garden had been raised with Cheshire East Council; that costs had been obtained for removing stumps on Mereheath Lane; that the renovation of benches on the Moor may be progressed through the CEC Welcome Back funding and that the memorial bench in the council office grounds could be relocated and that he would speak with Cllr Nicholson concerning this.

The suggestion of removing or relocating the fir tree at the council offices was raised with the majority of members present considering it should remain in situ.

 

EN21/048   DATE OF THE NEXT MEETING

It was noted that the next scheduled meeting would be held on 4th April 2022 at 7:30pm