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Whitby High School vehicle disruption

Petitioning the Council to carry out a full assessment of the situation and to implement a single yellow line in the surrounding residential area.

Petitioners

117.

Date received

3 October 2019.

Action

Sent to officers for consideration and response.


Speed limit, Sandy Lane, Boughton

Petitioning the Council to reduce the speed limit from 30mph to 20mph on Sandy Lane, Boughton. 

Petitioners

70.

Date received

24 September 2019.

Action

Response from the Head of Highways:

Sandy Lane was not included in the 20mph programme because it is a through route, not residential, and there is no housing south of the garage mentioned in the petition. Historic data from 2014 taken south of the water park (where there is no housing) showed average speeds were above 30 mph.

Based on the concerns raised in the petition, the Council's Road Safety Team will undertake an assessment for a 20mph limit with monitoring being arranged for the coming weeks, and if the criteria for a 20mph limit is met the Council will explore the opportunity to bring this forward in this year's programme.


Alexandra Park, Hoole

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 & 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.


Two fire engines for Chester Firestation

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 firestation at a cost of £5m.

Petitioners

6,300.

Date received

21 May 2019.

Action

Sent to officers for consideration and response.


Hedge at Chiltern Close, Sandiway

Petitioning the Council to remove a hedge that may have been planted illegally.

Petitioners

21.

Date received

29 March 2019.

Action

Sent to officers for consideration and response.


Back Crossland Terrace, Helsby

Petitioning the Council to carry out repairs on the road surface of Back Crossland terrace in Helsby.

Petitioners

17.

Date received

11 January 2019.

Action

Sent to officers for consideration and response.


A540 Parkgate Road cycle path

Petitioning the Council to reinstate a cycle path between Puddington Lane and Two Mills.

Petitioners

1,744.

Date received

28 January 2019.

Action

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 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.


Resurface Cross Street, Neston

Petitioning the Council to resurface Cross Street in Neston, to sort pot holes, whilst other resurfacing works are done nearby.

Petitioners

24.

Date received

18 October 2018.

Action

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.


Noise and emissions at Chester Bus Interchange

Petitioning the Council to reduce noise and emissions through a series of suggestions.

Petitioners

201.

Date received

6 September 2018.

Action

The petition was closed on 9 October 2018.


To secure Winnington Meadow with fencing or bollards

Petitioning the Council to fence off Winnington Meadow with metal fencing or concrete bollards to prevent any further encampments in the future.

Petitioners

570 at the time of submission.

Date received

3 September 2018.

Action

Response:

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.


Brook Street, Chester, parking

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.

Petitioners

375, including 60 businesses.

Date received

21 March 2018.

Action

Responded to 31 May 2018, with daytime charges up to one hour removed from the proposed parking scheme. Petition closed 31 May 2018.


Drill Hall in Winsford

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.

Petitioners

1,509

Date received

Handed in at the meeting of full Council 2 March 2017.

Action

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.


Reject Gypsy site proposals in rural Whitegate and Marton

Petitioners

4,390 claimed, including 704 on e-Petition

Date received

Handed in at a meeting of Cabinet on 21 September 2016.

Action

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.


Opposing the High Speed 2 rail project

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

Petitioners

1,678 signatures claimed.

Date received

Handed in at Council meeting 26 February 2015.

Action

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.


Planning process

Petitioners

110 signatures.

Date received

28 March 2013.

Action

Corporate Scrutiny Committee considered it on 29 October 2014 and decided:

Recommendation to the Executive that:

  1. 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
  2. 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:

  3. 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.

Chester Market - retaining it at the city centre and be included in any redevelopment of the city centre.

Petitioners

3,552 signatures on 17 March 2011. 1,847 received afterward.

Date received

Originally 23 February 2011. Presented to Council on 17 March 2011.

Action

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.


The above 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 e-Petitions' 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 on 01244 975970 or email democraticservices@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk 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.

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