Happy New Year to you all - We are pleased to tell you that the Precept for 2017/18 will remain the same. If you have suggestions about how our village can be improved please contact the Clerk.
Oak Tree planted to commemorate the Queen’s 90th Birthday - On 29th November we planted an oak tree to commemorate the 90th Birthday of HM Queen Elizabeth II. The Mayor ofCheshire East, Councillor Olivia Hunter, who is also our Ward Councillor, Lord and Lady Grey and Class 5 from High Legh School helped to plant it. High Legh Parish Council are very grateful to Michael Hulton, a High Legh resident, who donated the tree and prepared the ground ready for planting.
HS2 Crewe to Manchester - The Government has announced its preferred route and is consulting on some changes and on property schemes. The consultation runs until 9th March. Click here for further details
New Fire Station and Safety Centre near Lymm Services - Construction of Cheshire Fire and Rescue Services new Fire Station and Safety Centre is progressing well and should be completed by the beginning of March. The end of the building closest to Poplar Park will be the base for a small team of full-time firefighters, not only able to respond to local emergencies but also with specialist skills for more challenging rescues county-wide. They will be able to practice their rope rescue techniques in a unique indoor double-height training space and on a tower in the rear station yard.
The circular section of the building will be known as Safety Central, Cheshire’s first and only safety and life skills education centre. Run by a small team of fire and rescue service staff, it will provide programmes to schools, youth and community groups, new parents, older people and anyone else who needs support to stay safe at home, on the road or in the community. Sessions, which must be pre-booked, will take place in an impressive indoor village complete with life-sized house, urban street scene, canal, country lane, farmyard, police station, court, e-safety lab and even its own (mock) railway station. The village will surround a spacious multi-function area at the core of the building, ideal for community meetings and events. Mark Shone, Safety Central Manager, said: “Although open to groups across Cheshire, Halton and Warrington, we want our centre to become a real part of the community of High Legh and Lymm. Once fit-out is complete, we’ll be running a number of open days so residents can see what we have to offer. We’ll also be getting out and about in the coming months promoting our volunteer scheme, open to anyone who wants to gain new skills or simply help us deliver important safety messages.” Click here for further information,
A556 Update from Costain - As we enter the New Year, the team constructing the A556 Knutsford to Bowdon dual carriageway is focussed on ensuring that the new road is ready to be open to the travelling public by the end of March.
Before Christmas, drivers benefitted from improved, safer journeys as the new free-flow arrangements with the M56 opened for the first time. This was a key milestone for the project, and a major step towards opening the new road. With the bulk earth works and structures now complete, the main work focuses on re-aligning side roads to connect with the new road layout.
Once the new road is open, there is a programme of works to de-trunk the current A556 Chester Road. This involves reducing the carriageway to single lanes and providing non-motorised user facilities for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders. This is expected to take approximately seven months to complete. We would like to thank the local community for their ongoing patience and co-operation.
Click here for full details of roadworks and diversion routes.
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Road Safety - We are aware of many concerns that have arisen especially following the use of West Lane as one of the main diversion routes during the works improving the A556/M56. We continue to strive for improved enforcement and are pushing Cheshire East Council to improve the road safety in the village, especially once the A556 works are complete.
Dog Owners - Dog poo is an unpleasant issue for the village. There are waste bins around. Please bag your dog’s poo and use the bins provided or take it home.
Next Meeting: Monday, 6 March then 3 April - check the web calendar for updates. Meetings start at 7.30 p.m. in the Upstairs Meeting Room. All welcome.
Cllr Gail Coenen (Chairman) 07557 678977 Mrs Doreen Walker (Clerk) 01925 754818 www.highleghparishcouncil.gov.uk