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The Parish Council returned to an online meeting for its January meeting in view of the latest CoVid situation. As a reminder, the Council now uses social media through which residents can communicate their concerns or queries, as well as contacting the Clerk or individual councillors. The Parish Council website can also be used for contact, as well as viewing minutes of meetings and other wide ranging documentation and information.

Recent matters which have been discussed/considered by the Parish Council:

Concerns about the safety of the zebra crossing remain- something which the Parish Council has reported to Cheshire East previously and will do so again.

The flooding by the Village Hall remains problematic and numerous reports have been made to Cheshire East. Currently, surveys are ongoing to determine a solution to a complex problem relating to the poor drainage system.

The Clerk has submitted a request to Cheshire East for an estimate of costs to improve the footpath along Knutsford Road.

Major refurbishment works on the Activity Park are to be reviewed by Cheshire East because of budget constraints

The future of Chelford Hub--the Parish Council has met with a representative from Peaks and Plains to seek an agreement on retaining the Hub for community activities. Peaks and Plains remain committed to retaining the Hub as a community room and a community group has expressed a strong interest in managing the facility. Negotiations are to take place with respective parties with a view to re-opening the facility.

Parish Councillors have attended a meeting with Manchester Airport to discuss the ongoing airspace review. The Airport has informed councillors that work on the runways will cause some disruption during this year.

A new noticeboard has been installed on Cricketers Green and and a new one will replace the one on Oak Road

Councillors have set the 2021-2022 budget and proposals have been submitted to CheshireEast. It is proposed to increase the precept by a small amount which will have a very limited financial impact on households.

The Council has submitted a response to the latest proposals for changes to rail services serving Chelford. Objections were made to the proposals to reduce some services.

Councillors discussed plans for a community newsletter to be developed by the Chelford Social Committee.

The Parish Council agreed to donate a stock of bulbs to the Chelford Edging Group

A financial settlement has been reached with insurers, over the loss of the telephone kiosk in the Village

The Bare Necessities Charity collection was successful and donations have been forwarded to the organisation

Councillors received representations from several residents regarding a planning application in the Parish. Cheshire East was informed of these resident comments.

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