UPDATE 17th January 2024 – The Vacancy has now been filled.
PARISH OF CUDDINGTON
NOTICE OF VACANCY IN THE OFFICE OF PARISH COUNCILLOR
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, pursuant to Section 87(2) of the Local Government Act 1972, that A VACANCY HAS BEEN DECLARED ON THE ABOVE PARISH COUNCIL FOR A MEMBER TO REPRESENT CUDDINGTON PARISH.
ANY TEN ELECTORS IN THE AREA MAY CALL AN ELECTION BY WRITING TO: THE RETURNING OFFICER, CHESHIRE WEST AND CHESTER COUNCIL, THE PORTAL, WELLINGTON ROAD, ELLESMERE PORT, CH65 0BA; REQUESTING THAT AN ELECTION BE HELD TO FILL THE SAID VACANCY, SUCH REQUEST TO BE MADE WITHIN FOURTEEN DAYS (NOT COUNTING SATURDAYS, SUNDAYS AND BANK HOLIDAYS) FROM THE DATE OF THIS NOTICE.
IN THE EVENT OF NO ELECTION BEING CALLED, THE PARISH COUNCIL WILL FILL THE VACANCY BY CO-OPTION.
Cheshire West and Chester Councillor Gillian Edwards along with Julie Chrimes – Parish Clerk asked if Colas could help Sandiway Primary School to make the car park safer for their pupils. This is a village car park that is used by the general public as well as parents dropping off their children at school.
There is a 1 way in and 1 way out system, but people often use the exit as an entrance which isn’t safe, they also have problems with people parking on a kerb leaving less safe walking space for the children going to school.
L&R Roadlines who are part of our supply chain made some amazing improvements. They replaced some old floor signs and added 2 new designated walkways. One at the entrance to the school which now gives a clear designated walkway so that the children have a safe way to enter the school, the other which leads from 1 car park to another and gives them a safe walking area.
L&R Roadlines engineering company Somerford Equipment manufactured and installed posts to prevent unauthorised parking on the footpath.
This was all completed during Road Safety Week.
On the day of the big reveal, Colas took a flatbed and a Cheshire West and Chester gritter to the school. They let the children get in and out of the vehicles so that they could learn about blind spots and see what the driver can see from his windows and mirrors. After this, the children understood the dangers of crossing the road behind or in front of a large vehicle.
The children came out in groups with teachers and in the end, the whole school came out. There were lots of excited squeals, they had a wonderful time and especially enjoyed honking the horns.
FEEDBACK RECEIVED FROM THE HEADTEACHER AT SANDIWAY PRIMARY SCHOOL
In November the pupils of Sandiway Primary received a special invite to come along and see the new special road markings and posts that have just been installed by L&R Roadlines in our village car park.
We are extremely grateful as this will hugely benefit the safety of our pupils and families especially during very busy times at the start and the end of the school day.
The whole school were also treated to a live road safety presentation where all pupils sat in the road gritter and the wagon.
We learnt how important it was to make sure we don’t stand behind vehicles when crossing a road, to always listen out for the reversal beep and to wear high vis clothing to make sure you are seen in the dark.
The pupils were all thrilled to sit in the vehicles and it really brought our learning to life for Road Safety Week. A huge thank you to Gill Carr from Colas for organising the event and to our local Councillor Gillian Edwards for supporting this venture.
FEEDBACK FROM L&R ROADLINES
We were approached by Colas to assist help assist Sandiway Primary School in making a “Safer Route “in and around the entrance and car park. Our director Mark Oakes assessed the site and agreed to instal new markings to the footway and extended to the school gates, he also asked for assistance from our sister company Somerford equipment to provide and instal reflective marker posts to prevent cars parking on the footways, it has resulted in a safer cleaner area for the children and parents on the dark winter mornings and nights.
FEEDBACK FROM GILL CARR, COLAS
Colas would like to thank Mark Oakes and the team from L&R Roadlines and Somerford Equipment for their support making the school and village car park a much safer place for the pupils of Sandiway Primary School. This is supply chain collaboration at is best!!
The Parish Council would like to thank Colas, L&R Roadlines and Somerford equipment, especially Mark Oaks and Gill Carr for their generous support in helping the village be a safer place to all residents.
The Parish Council were aware that there has been an “official allotment waiting list” on the council’s files since 2005 however, the parish council were unable to offer any suitable land for allotments, so when Taylor Wimpey purchased the Eden Grange site the Parish Council advised Taylor Wimpey and Cheshire West & Chester Council that, provision for allotments should be considered during the planning permission stage (which was in 2012).
In 2023 contracts have finally been exchanged and an independent group have set up Cuddington and Sandiway Allotment Association Ltd.
Julie – Parish Clerk says;
“Allotments will allow residents’ opportunities to grow healthy, fresh food while benefiting from fresh air and exercise. It helps improve mental well-being. Plot holders will tell you that time spent on their plots sowing, weeding and nurturing plants makes them feel calmer and less anxious”.
There are 34 allotment plots for residents living within Cuddington, Sandiway & Delamere Park.
If you would like to become a plot holder there is now a shorter waiting list, and you are encouraged to contact Cuddington & Sandiway Allotment Association Ltd who lease the land from the Parish Council.
The Parish Council agreed to a start-up grant. If you live in Cuddington, Delamere Park or Sandiway and are interested in becoming an allotment holder, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Parish Council and the Chair of the allotment association Clare Catherell thanked the companies who have very kindly donated, these were:
Those storms in the Lake District last winter, that saw villages without power for weeks. It looked grim, no heating, cold food, no internet and dead mobile phones. Brrrr.
We are fortunate that we have not been affected – so far. But such incidents raise questions: How would we cope? How can we help the most vulnerable residents? What resources have we got to help? We need a plan
Cuddington Parish Council, in common with other parishes within Chester West and Chester has started to prepare a Resilience Plan for the village. We are being guided in the production of the Resilience Plan by CWAC who have provided guides and examples for us to follow and a contact within the authority to assist us. Cllr Gillian Edwards is a member of the small working party we have established.
The purpose of the Resilience Plan is to identify those resources that exist in the village that could be brought into use in a timely and co-ordinated manner should an emergency or catastrophic situation occur. Resources can be people, organisations, buildings, equipment, transport, or specialised knowledge. Using resources in a timely co-ordinated way will ensure the resources we have will be used in the most effective way to assist villagers.
The most revealing part of the planning process will be finding out what resources we have in the village and could they be brought into use, if necessary. Do we have any First Aiders? Has someone got a tractor to drag trees away. Which of the village halls can we bring into use to provide emergency shelter?
The Parish Council hopes you will get on board and assist us in the process of identifying resources. We will also be appealing directly to villagers who have specialist knowledge and skills to get involved.
We know that many organisations and businesses help the most vulnerable in the village, the recent COVID lockdowns demonstrated that, and your experience and knowledge will be vital to the success of the Plan.
We would like to invite residents, businesses and organisations to a village meeting on Monday 24th October 2002 in the Village Hall, Norley Rd, starting at 6 o’clock in the evening.
There is a long way to go but having prepared the plan we will then be in a position to work quickly and efficiently with CWAC, First Responder Services and utility companies should the village be in a difficult situation and needs to cope on its own for a period of time.
Most importantly ensure that the most vulnerable are not left without help.