Here are some images of the artwork created by Acton Bridge Preschool and Crowton School for the Station, and the unveiling of one of them by Parish Council Chairman Bob Holt, at the event to celebrate the new London Northwestern Trains timetable on 27. April. Many thanks to Helen Rae for the images, and to all who made it such a special day.
The latest Acton Bridge Newsletter is now on-line, please click to download it. This is just a scan for the time being, we're hoping to reformat the original file in due course.
The Maypole, Acton Bridge
Having applied for, and been granted, "Asset of Community Value" status for The Maypole Public House, your Parish Council has received further information from Cheshire West and Chester Council about the present owner's intentions, and opportunities for interested parties. See below for the text of the message.
"I have received notification from the solicitor acting for the owners, of their intention to enter into a relevant disposal (as defined in s. 96 of the Localism Act 2011) of the Maypole Inn, 59 Hill Top Road, Acton Bridge, Northwich, Cheshire, CW8 3RA. If the nominating body [which is Acton Bridge Parish Council - Ed.] is keen to develop a bid to purchase the property, they can call for the local authority to trigger a moratorium period, during which time the owner cannot proceed to sell the asset.
"As you may be aware, there are two moratorium periods. Both start from the date the owner of the asset tells the local authority of their intention to sell (in this case on the 8th March). The first is the interim moratorium, which is 6 weeks, during which time a community organisation can decide if they want to be treated as a potential bidder. The other is a full moratorium period, which is 6 months, during which a community organisation can develop a proposal and raise the money required to bid for an asset.
"I would be grateful if you could therefore let me know if you wish to trigger the full moratorium by the 19th April 2019. If you wish to discuss the matter further please do not hesitate to contact me on the number below. I would also be grateful if you could acknowledge receipt of this email."
Helen Thomas MRICS | Registered Valuer | Senior Asset Officer | Property Services Places Strategy | Cheshire West and Chester Council | Location: 4 Civic Way, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire CH65 0BE
[Contact details redacted from web page, but available to interested parties on request to the Parish Council - Ed.]
Volunteers from Acton Bridge during and after their Safety Briefing by London Northwestern Trains at the Station on Saturday 2. March
Members of Acton Bridge WI planting a tree (Sorbus aucuparia) at the Parish Rooms on Wednesday 27. February.
Update 7. February 2019
A new set of speed data from the ISIDs on Acton Lane and Milton Rough for the month of January was presented to your Parish Council on Monday evening, and a numerical summary appears below. The yellow highlight shows vehicles (numbers and percentages) logged at a "prosecutable" 35 MPH or above. We are planning to relocate the signs next week.
The full reports and datasets (as PDFs and very large spreadsheets) can be made available on request.
There's a new warning message from Action Fraud / Cheshire Constabulary on our Homewatch page
We have received the following notification by e-mail from United Utilities
To: All Parish Councils in the North West
From: Amanda Phillips, Priority Services Lead at United Utilities
Heard of our Priority Services Register?
As you know, United Utilities is the water and wastewater company that serves over 7 million customers in over 3 million homes right across the North West, and we have been doing a lot over the past couple of years to improve our services in giving more support to those who need it most.
We all need a little bit of extra help at some stage in our lives. This could be due to age, ill health, a disability, mental health problems, financial worries or even language barriers. By registering for our free Priority Services scheme, customers could benefit from additional free services from us, to support their particular needs, including:
For customers with internet access, there's even an online accessibility tool, changing the look of our website to suit their needs. All they have to do is click on the 'Accessibility Help' button on the bottom right of each page of our website.
- A free phone number connecting them to a dedicated, externally trained team, to listen, help and support
- Nominate a carer, family member or even a friend to speak to us on their behalf
- A knock and wait service, so if they have mobility needs we'll always wait, allowing them enough time to answer the door
- We'll notify them of any planned interruptions to their water supply
- Bills and letters could be printed in braille, large print or even on coloured paper
- Add a password to their account as added protection from bogus callers
- Translation services if English isn't their first language
- Help and advice if they're struggling to pay their water bill
This is where we need your help as offering the service is the easy part. As the onus is on the customer to register, if we don't know they are experiencing difficulties, we can't help. We are already working with many charities and organisations to help us promote the scheme, including Rural England, Age UK, MIND, Macmillan Cancer Support, Citizens Advice, Disability Awareness, Autism Together, Lancashire Fire Service and Silver Line. We feel it's also extremely important to target our customers that live in rural areas in our region, however, getting information out to them can sometimes be difficult, so knowing your important role within these communities, we hoped our Parish Councils could also help us in encouraging those people that need additional support, to register for Priority Services.
You don't even have to be the account holder to join and registration really couldn't be easier. You can either:
Please let me know if there's anything additional I can provide you with, such as sending you our literature and applications forms or perhaps someone from United Utilities visiting a Parish Council meeting to help promote the scheme. Either way, my contact details are below and I'd be more than happy to help.
- Visit our website unitedutilities.com/priorityservices and complete a simple online form
- Call our friendly Priority Services team direct on 0345 072 6093
- Also, when someone registers with us, with their consent, we could also add their details to a similar free scheme with Electricity North West (who manage the electricity network in our region). If eligible, this would provide additional support if there was ever a loss of power too - so two for the price of one!
Priority Services Lead
M: 07703 395678 (mobex 55100)
Events have been taking place in Weaverham during November, to mark the Centenary of the Armistice at the end of the First World War. The usual Remembrance Sunday event was on the 11th at 2pm at St Mary's Weaverham, and there was an event on Thursday 15th at Thorn Wood. You can download a poster about this here. A document prepared by Bob Heaton, listing the "Fallen Lads" of Acton Bridge, can be downloaded from here.
12. November 2018:
The Interactive Speed Indicating Devices (ISIDs) have been in place for two and a half months now, and the results are encouraging, though not quite as much as might have been hoped. The detailed analysis and summaries for both signs were presented to the Parish Council meeting on Monday 5. November. Following requests from residents, your Editor has carried out further analysis (emphasis on "anal") of the vast amount of data collected by the two signs in the two-and-a-half months following the installation and commissioning. In all, over half a million pieces of data have been collected and downloaded, being the Date and Time, Entry Speed, Average Speed, Exit Speed, Peak Speed, And Vehicle Count for every vehicle detected (95,641 in this period). These data sets have been converted into very large spreadsheets, and sorted to show the speeds which are being logged at the sites, and in particular the proportions of detected vehicles which were logged in various speed bands.
The signs were relocated on 9. November to the posts in Acton Lane and Milton Rough, and once commissioned will be showing speeds and logging data at those entrances to our village.
These data and further commentary have been presented on a new page, abo_isid_data.htm and will be updated in the coming months.
Interactive Speed Indicator Displays have been installed in the village, and are already operational. This is the culmination of many years of work, dozens of meetings, three Requests-for-Quotation, 76 pages (yes, really) of compliance forms just to put the poles in; plus hundreds of e-mails, and endless time spent by our Parish Councillors. And not forgetting several thousand pounds from the Parish Precept, plus grants from Cheshire West Borough Councillors and the Police & Crime Commissioner's Office. Well done to all who have helped to make this a reality for our Village and Community. The signs will be rotated from time to time around the four sites - as shown below on Station Road and Hill Top Road, and on Acton Lane and Milton Rough, which already have the poles and solar panels installed.
Acton Bridge has its own Facebook page - search facebook.com for "acton bridge village" or
click here to join in.
You can also find news of forthcoming events in Acton Bridge on the Community Association and Women's Institute pages.