Current paper petitions
These petitions have been received in paper form, accepted by the Council and are either currently being investigated or have been investigated. A written response will be presented to the petitioner and if appropriate a link to it will be provided from this page. The petition details will remain on this page for a calendar year after a response has been sent. Petitions submitted electronically are listed on the current epetitions page:
If you would like to present your petition to a Council meeting, or would like your councillor or someone else to present it on your behalf, please contact Democratic Services at least 10 working days before the meeting and they will talk you through the process.
If your petition has received 1,500 signatures or more it will also be scheduled for a Council debate and if this is the case we will let you know whether this will happen at the same meeting or a later meeting of the Council.
Number of Signatures
Nicola Beavon and Alison Golds
Wednesday, 9 August 2023
Action - response
Thank you for submitting a paper petition objecting to "the Council's proposals to build on Saltney Sidings (AKA the Ashtrack)".
There is no proposal by the Council to build on The Sidings.
In 2021/22, consultants were appointed to compile a list of suggestions for Lache ward for the Council to consider. This report (April 2022) identified that "the site has the potential to provide an enhanced green corridor as public open space alongside part development which could help fund the environmental improvements" and suggested Council consider 1.4ha of new development to co-fund 1.8ha of enhanced green space.
A review process to consider this and other proposals by the consultants took place between April and October 2022 and included additional residential and stakeholder feedback on the ideas presented. The Council has not yet adopted the proposed masterplan report but, following a public meeting on 19 October 2022, has published the findings from the review via a range of communications with an identified way forward.
This included taking forward four projects:
- The Baccies/LAPA Field - proposal to improve this area for wildlife and residents to enjoy. This will not include building new housing on the site.
- Community Centre - refurbishment of the existing building to improve facilities (not new build with upper floor apartments)
- Sycamore Drive Park - focus on new children’s play equipment
- Traffic/road improvements on Hawthorn Road and Poplar Place - understanding options to better manage traffic, making it safer to walk or cycle, and improving the way the area looks and feels
Separately to these projects, the consultants identified that The Sidings was previously reserved as a site for a western relief road in the Adopted Local Plan, but is no longer required for this purpose. Following further community engagement, it was proposed that consideration of any options for The Sidings would take place in a future phase.
The site is currently being studied by Cheshire Wildlife Trust (commissioned by the Council) to undertake a UK Habitat Baseline Biodiversity Study. This will allow the Council to understand the level of ecology present which will inform future thinking on possible options. The Council has committed to consult further with local residents as options emerge, but has clearly stated at public meetings, via the Lache Vision website and in letters sent to all households in the ward, that there is no pre-determined presumption of development at this site. The priority of the Council is to deliver the four key projects identified above to improve facilities for local people.
The Council takes citizen's rights seriously as set out in the constitution (section 3.1) and has operated democratically, openly and with public involvement throughout this process. The Council accepted the petition in line with the right to present a petition, however, we reiterate that there is no proposal by the Council to build on Saltney Sidings (aka the Ashtrack) as per the petition statement.
I am totally opposed to building houses on the "Lache Baccies". It just needs a tidy up with a few paths for us to enjoy our green spaces.
Leon Renilson and Anthony Price.
Tuesday, 12 October 2022.
Action - response
Thank you for submitting a paper petition objecting to any house building on site known as Lache Baccies as identified as idea (D4) in the LDA Lache Masterplan Report (April 2022). This consultant report included several proposals for the Council to consider, including the suggestion 'The baccies' or LAPA field, could be developed as a wildlife site, with some housing development in the southern quarter to help co-fund this proposal. We recognise that the petition objected to use of any of this site for housing.
The proposals included in the masterplan report were suggestions put forward for the Council and the local project steering group to consider. A review process to consider the proposals took place between April and October 2022 and included invitation for additional residential and stakeholder feedback on the ideas presented. The petition is, in part, in response to this and the Council accepted it as part of that process.
The Council has not adopted the proposed masterplan report and, following a public meeting on 19 October 2022, have published the findings from the review via a range of communications with an identified way forward.
This includes taking forward four projects as emerging priorities including the development of the Baccies/LAPA field as a full-site biodiversity-led wildlife amenity, with no progression of the idea for housing (or other buildings) on any part of the site.
The Council takes very seriously citizen's rights as set out in the constitution (section 3.1) and have operated democratically, openly and with public involvement throughout this decision making process. All public meetings have been publicised and included opportunities for members of the public to speak or ask questions which led to the proposal itself not being adopted. The Council accepted the petition in line with the right to present a petition and the views of signatories have been considered as part of the agreed way forward. The Council also hosted two additional public meetings (19 October 2022 and 14 December 2022) to listen to local residents and there is an emerging consensus of opinion on the way forward, with all of the information on the emerging projects in the public domain.
Thank you for the time taken to express your views which we continue to welcome, and we hope to work closely with those interested in developing the site as a wildlife amenity closely over the next year.
With regard to Northwich Road (A533), Dutton, WA4 4JY Close to where the speed limit changes from National Speed Limit to 30mph, from Barkers Hollow Lane / Higher Lane in Cheshire West and Chester to Rivington Road roundabout in Halton Borough.
Traffic, in both direction, frequently and dangerously exceed the speed limit, to the extent of even overtaking. It is extremely hazardous to exit our driveways as traffic is often not obeying the 30 miles per hour speed limit. A serious accident is inevitable.
The local police had a mobile speed camera on this stretch of road, on a Saturday in March 2022, and recorded more than twenty two speeding offences, issuing fines, within a two hour period. We therefore have raised this petition to insist that some proactive traffic calming measures please be implemented before someone dies. Not after someone dies.
Residents of Northwich Road.
With officers for a response.
Tuesday, 17 May 2022.
Action - response
Thank you for your e-petition regarding concerns about the speed of traffic and your request for traffic calming measures on A533 Northwich Road, Dutton.
The A533 Northwich Road, Dutton between Baker Hollows Lane and the Rivington roundabout on the Halton boundary side is already subject to a 30mph speed limit restriction within the built-up areas of the village.
When selecting a speed limit for a road, many factors are considered. These include, but are not limited to, the current average speed, the density of housing and the character of the road. We look at these factors specifically to better help drivers from anywhere in the UK understand the limit which helps them comply with it. We also consider data from injury collisions. Based on this there are currently no proposals to consider further reductions in speed limits in this area. This location will however continue to be monitored by our Road Safety team.
The enforcement of speed limits within the highway network is the responsibility of Cheshire Police. We will discuss the concerns raised about speeding traffic through the village with them and if resources allow, see if any future enforcement could be considered.
You may be interested to know that the Council run a Community Speed Management programme sometimes called Speed Watch. This enables communities to deploy speed indicator devices. These devices inform drivers of their speed and enable residents to gather evidence of the level of speeding they are experiencing. If any of the petitioners would like to set up a group they should contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We the undersigned are very concerned at the speed the traffic is going on Blakemere Lane/Ashton Road and the noise it is making.
We have been and are grateful of our PCSO for coming to listen to our concerns.
But enough is enough, does there have to be a major incident before something is done.
We as residents will be sending copies of this to:
The Chief Constable of Cheshire
Police and Crime Commissioner Mr Keane
Our local MP
And our local council/councillors.
Ms Linda Green
The petition is with highways officers for a response.
Tuesday, 22 February 2022
A534 Farndon Crossroads at junction with Sibbersfield Lane and Crewe by Farndon; Accidents at this junction are frequent and unrelenting - with road user speed and volume of traffic using the junction, both contributory factors.
We, the undersigned are concerned road users who urge Cheshire West and Chester Council to act now to introduce methods to reduce risk of harm at Farndon Crossroads.
The petition has been organised by Farndon Parish Council and Cllr Vera Roberts is the lead petitioner email@example.com.
Thursday, 16 December 2021
This petition was closed on 28 February 2022.
We, the undersigned. oppose the proposal by Cheshire West and Chester Council to close Sutton Beeches, Curzon House and Leftwich Green Respite Care Centres.
We call on the Council to reverse their closure decision and undertake a full review of local respite care provision which should be subject to a full public consultation.
We believe there is so much these Care Centres can offer the local community.
Tuesday, 28 September 2021
The petition has been declined so we consider the matter closed.
Number of Signatures
Officers compiling a response
1st September 2021
Petitioning the Council to keep the Dee Miller Public House 'for the benefit of the Corporations Housing estate'.
6 January 2020.
Sent to officers for consideration and response.
Petitioning the Council to carry out a full assessment of the situation and to implement a single yellow line in the surrounding residential area.
3 October 2019.
Sent to officers for consideration and response.
Petitioning the Council to reduce the speed limit from 30mph to 20mph on Sandy Lane, Boughton.
24 September 2019.
A speed limit assessment was undertaken within the Boughton Heath area in July 2017 which included Sandy Lane. This assessment was undertaken to determine whether it met the criteria for the Council's 20mph speed limit programme. The traffic survey monitoring on Sandy Lane showed average speeds to be 32.1mph which is way above the 24mph speed limit threshold for the introduction of a 20mph speed limit and therefore, as you are aware, Sandy Lane was not included within the scheme area.
Following on from the petition received for Sandy Lane to be a 20mph speed limit, additional traffic monitoring was undertaken during October 2019 on two separate sections of Sandy Lane. The results revealed again average speeds well above the 24 mph threshold with speeds recorded as 35.7mph and 30.5mph.
Speed limits are not used to tackle excessive or inappropriate speeding, this is essentially done through engineering measures and/or enforcement by the Police. Speed limit assessments aim to identify the most appropriate speed limit for a road and the Council works very closely with Cheshire Police as they have the powers to enforce such limits. National Guidance suggests the introduction of a 20mph speed limit should be residential (carrying residential traffic and not through traffic) and have average vehicle speeds below 24mph.
Sandy Lane is a B-class road that carries through traffic and has recorded average speeds above 30mph and therefore I hope you can understand why it did not meet the criteria for a 20mph speed limit. In order for a 20mph speed limit to be introduced on Sandy Lane and other similar roads in character, physical traffic calming engineering measures would be required to bring vehicle speeds down. On a positive note, the Council is currently exploring feasible options for all those scheme areas that didn't meet the criteria for a 20mph speed limit within its signed only programme and will consider what additional engineering measures will be required to implement a 20mph speed limit, though no additional funding has been allocated to this as yet.
In the meantime, Officers will contact the Roads Police Liaison Officer and discuss with him the results of the survey and ascertain whether any enforcement action can be undertaken on Sandy Lane.
This statement provides a response to the issues set out in the petition, and the wider issues raised by the petitioner in her presentation to Council.
The Council is embarking on an ambitious programme of improvement to Alexandra Park. This will secure Alexandra Park at the heart of its community, promote and value biodiversity, extend the range of amenities and leisure opportunities, provide learning and training prospects, and give Alexandra Park a real buzz
A number of public consultation activities have been undertaken during 2018 to involve the community in identifying the key priorities and improvement areas for the Park. An outline design was shared with residents and park users (19 January 2018) to gauge views and feedback. Information from this session has helped to shape the final design which was presented to the community during two drop-in sessions throughout February 2019.
Some highlights of the project include:
- Gateway entrances into the park will be enhanced for a welcoming first impression.
- The pedestrian pathway network will be refurbished ensuring maximum accessibility for the whole park community.
- Existing borders and planting will be enhanced.
- New park furniture will be installed, including seating and park interpretation that promotes the park's heritage.
- Pollinator gardens will be created to provide wildlife corridors within and beyond the Park.
This exciting investment in Alexandra Park benefits from additional investment from FFC Communities Foundation (formerly WREN) and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.
Separate from this improvement programme, the Council recognises that there remain significant concerns from many local people about the decision to sell the Alexandra Park Lodge. That decision, and the subsequent campaign to bring it back under council ownership, has at times created divisions within the local community.
The Alexandra Park Lodge was sold by the Council in 2013, under a previous council administration. The circumstances of the sale have subsequently been reviewed, including by Councillors on the Audit and Governance Committee in 2016. The review was informed by legal advice; both internal to the council, and by drawing on the views of external experts. At that stage the Council established, and publicly acknowledged, procedural failings in the process of the sale. Under the relevant legislation, the Council should have advertised, for a period of 2 weeks, its intention to sell the Lodge.
This does not, however, mean that the sale was invalid or that the Lodge should now be brought back into public ownership. The Lodge is now in private ownership and the Council cannot interfere with the registration of privately owned land. It would not be an appropriate use of public funding to "buy-back" the Lodge. The Council also believes it is important to provide certainty to the current legal owners, and to respect their rights.
As well as the consideration by Councillors on the Audit and Governance Committee, this matter has also been considered by successive Council Chief Executives, the Council's Monitoring Officer and legal services, and by the Local Government Ombudsman. The Council has made clear that it will cooperate with any further enquiries, by the Ombudsman or any other appropriate body. Otherwise, the Council now considers this matter closed.
The Council remains committed to retaining the current boundaries of Alexandra Park for community use, and confirms its legal status under the Public Health Act 1875. To provide additional assurance and remove any remaining concerns about the council's future intentions, we will make an application to the Land Registry for its title to be amended to reinforce this status.
The Council will continue to focus on delivering the improvement of Alexandra Park for the benefit of the whole community.
Listen to the experience and concerns of Chester retired firefighter and return Chester's second fire engine and scrap plans to demolish and rebuild the current fire station at a cost of £5m.
21 May 2019.
Sent to officers for consideration and response.
Petitioning the Council to remove a hedge that may have been planted illegally.
29 March 2019.
Sent to officers for consideration and response.
Petitioning the Council to carry out repairs on the road surface of Back Crossland terrace in Helsby.
11 January 2019.
Sent to officers for consideration and response.
Petitioning the Council to reinstate a cycle path between Puddington Lane and Two Mills.
28 January 2019.
Response sent to Lead Petitioner:
The Highways England (HE) scheme at the Two Mills junction included the new provision of off road cycle facilities on the north side of the A540 to remove cyclist from the main carriageway either side of its junction with the A550 (from opposite the access to the Tudor Rose PH to opposite the Eureka Café) and controlled crossing facilities to assist cyclist to cross the A550.
We have previously been made aware that the ''club' cyclists have suggested that they prefer to ride on the road rather than on cycle paths, therefore it is currently unclear how many of these would use an off road facility adjacent to the A540. With regards to leisure cyclists and routes, there are numerous in the surrounding area that do not incorporate the A540 in this immediate vicinity or crossing the A550 at the Two Mills junction and are signed accordingly.
However, in order to try and assess cycle usage at this location, prior to any proposals to reinstate paths in the grass verge alongside the A540 I wish to advise that surveys will be undertaken during May 2019 in order for the Council to assess the viability of any proposed scheme by evaluating the level of cyclists currently using the existing off road shared use cycle facilities and the controlled crossings that were provided by the HE scheme.
The petition was closed 15 March 2019.
Petitioning the Council to resurface Cross Street in Neston, to sort pot holes, whilst other resurfacing works are done nearby.
18 October 2018.
Officers responded: It has taken some time to organise the works at Park Street/Leighton Road due to the presence of Tar in the material to be removed. Cross Street carries less traffic than Park Street/Leighton Road and as such a different repair process would be used on Cross Street when compared to Park Street/Leighton Road.
It is however accepted that Cross Street is not in an ideal condition and I have requested that Highway Officers look again at the surface of Cross Street with a view to carrying out some works in next financial year.
Petition closed 3 January 2019.
Petitioning the Council to reduce noise and emissions through a series of suggestions.
6 September 2018.
The petition was closed on 9 October 2018.
Petitioning the Council to fence off Winnington Meadow with metal fencing or concrete bollards to prevent any further encampments in the future.
570 at the time of submission.
3 September 2018.
At this current time the service are not looking to install a deterrent at this site. This is because as previously mentioned relevant parties within the Council are currently working together to ensure there is a clear strategic direction to address and prevent any future encampments. We have now been made aware the Cheshire and Warrington Traveller team are taking a report to a Council scrutiny committee meeting, and hopefully if there are any recommendations they will be available from the beginning of December this year. The service is waiting for the outcomes corporately to ensure consistency when enquiries of this nature are received, and to ensure there is a clear protocol. This site will be re-looked at once protocols have been established and agreed, unfortunately exact timescales at this time are not known, but the service will update the you when any updates are known. With regards to the works that have taken place to the footpaths in the area concerned, this was due to health and safety concerns that had been identified.
The petition was closed 8 November 2018.
Requesting that the Council does not proceed with the introduction of 'on street parking charges' in Brook Street, Chester, because it may deter customers and damage businesses.
375, including 60 businesses.
21 March 2018.
Responded to 31 May 2018, with daytime charges up to one hour removed from the proposed parking scheme. Petition closed 31 May 2018.
Asking for some of the regeneration budget to be allocated to helping the community save and transform the drill hall building, to kick start people to kick start wider regeneration projects and initiatives in Winsford.
Handed in at the meeting of full Council 2 March 2017.
An arts and culture workshop was held on 14 September 2017 bringing all stakeholders together to develop a shared vision for Arts and Culture in Winsford. The outcome of that was a clear ambition to work together to develop a connected and supportive arts and culture network in Winsford, building on the existing longstanding strengths and passion for arts and culture in the town. The workshop also highlighted the ambition for an arts and culture physical hub in Winsford. Cheshire West and Chester is currently undertaking a full borough-wide Community Asset Framework consultation for the assets which it owns, which closes on 25 February 2018.
The feedback from this consultation will directly inform the strategic planning for Cheshire West owned Community Assets in Winsford as part of the wider regeneration. In the meantime the local community have been directly involved and engaged influencing the regeneration of Winsford Town Park which will be opened in Spring 2018.
The Drill Hall is not a Council owned building and is in private ownership as such Cheshire West does not have any influence over its future and we are not consulting on its future, but it is hoped that it could be included in the regeneration plans.
The Community Asset Framework and the development of the arts and culture vision within Winsford would be monitored for any relevance to the Drill Hall and any developments would be notified to the Lead Petitioner and a response provided as soon as possible.
4,390 claimed, including 704 on e-Petition
Handed in at a meeting of Cabinet on 21 September 2016.
The petition was debated at the meeting of full Council on 20 October 2016. Council resolved to refer the issue to the Local Plan Working Group for discussion. That Working Group met on 21 November 2016 and after discussion set up a Task Group to analyse the issue to such sites across the Borough. This group will be monitored for progress before the petition can be formally responded to.
Specifically seeking to get the full council to debate all aspects of HS2, which it appears has not happened. It notes that Councillor Mike Jones promised in February 2013 to call a Public Meeting to discuss HS2 and that promise has not been fulfilled. It asks:
- Has CWAC Council sought the opinion of its residents/taxpayers with regard to the construction of HS2?
- What firm evidence is available to support CWAC Council's decision that HS2 will be of benefit to CWAC
1,678 signatures claimed.
Handed in at Council meeting 26 February 2015.
Debated at meeting of full Council on 16 July 2015, which decided:
That the HS2 Petition debate be referred to Cabinet, for onward referral to a Policy and Performance Panel to establish a Working Group to review and investigate the impact and opportunities it will bring to Cheshire West and Chester.
The Panel, on 16 September 2015, resolved to set up a High Speed Rail Task and Finish Working Group to review and investigate the impact and opportunities for the borough and report back to the Panel.
The Panel will be monitored for their report so that a response is provided.
On 20 July 2016 Cabinet resolved (Minute 145) that the content of the report of the Working group be noted and the overarching findings of the HS2 working group and next steps to be reported to Council, and the Transport Strategy Steering Group directs future management of the opportunities and issues relating to HS2, including course of action when a final route is announced. This Group would be monitored for progress.
28 March 2013.
Corporate Scrutiny Committee considered it on 29 October 2014 and decided:
Recommendation to the Executive that:
- The processes and factors taken into account when the Highways and Children and Young People Services make recommendations with regard to planning applications be noted
- The training for all Members in relation to planning applications and associated matters be referred to the Member Learning Panel.
Recommendation to the Planning Committee that:
- Where a late information report is submitted to the Planning Committee, Members attention be drawn to that report and questioned as to whether they need further time to digest the information contained therein. If more time is required, then the meeting be suspended for an appropriate period to allow for clarification by officers.
3,552 signatures on 17 March 2011. 1,847 received afterward.
Originally 23 February 2011. Presented to Council on 17 March 2011.
Debated at Council on 28 July 2011. Decided: That the petition relating to Chester Market be noted and the Corporate Scrutiny Committee be asked to carry out a pre-decision scrutiny review before any final decision is made by the Executive.