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The Parish Council held another virtual meeting this week and following is a summary of discussions:

Planning and Licences
Various planning applications were considered and comments will be submitted to Cheshire East, along with representations from residents. Comments relating to an alcohol licence application at premises on Alderley Road will also be submitted.

An application to remove conditions relating to affordable homes on the Jones development, which were originally agreed in the 106 agreement, has been refused by Cheshire East. The Parish Council (PC) had previously submitted strong objections to the application.

Community
Ward Councillor, Marc Asquith, in the company of a representative of Cheshire East, has inspected various hedges which are partially obstructing footpaths. Cheshire East will contacting residents to request remedial work.

Members of the PC considered an update on the voluntary work currently being undertaken by Chelford Together. It was agreed to write to Chelford Together representatives, thanking them for their efforts in supporting the community.

Community Speedwatch is to recommence next week, now that restrictions have been eased.

The PC recently requested an update on the work in progress at Mere Court which has now been received from Cheshire East. The play area has been completely refurbished and will be opened once it has been given approval by safety inspectors. The PC has conveyed residents' wish that the barrier gate be reinstated. Currently Cheshire East intend to install a drop down bollard. Work on the pond will commence in the coming months. The PC will monitor progress.

The PC has become increasingly concerned at the demise of Chelford Cricket Club and the state of the ground. At the request of the PC, Cheshire East has contacted the relevant personnel, to raise health and safety issues and the general state of the ground. The PC will consider the position once a further update is received. The PC Clerk will also seek information from a known cricket contact.

The PC previously highlighted the declining appearance of the former Nat West building and as a result of the Clerk raising this with appropriate contacts, some work has been carried out to improve the appearance. This will be kept under review.

The ever contentious issue of dog fouling continues to be reported to Cheshire East by the PC. Feedback has now been received after the latest attempt by the PC to ask for action. The full response from Cheshire East, with advice to residents and dog owners, can be seen at this link:

Planters on either side of the bus stop are now in a very poor state. These are not owned by the PC and attempts are being made to establish ownership so that they can be replaced. The Clerk will report back at the next meeting.

The PC previously requested that the wood chipping used along the borders adjacent to the DWH development be swept off the pavements. This has now been done and the PC will monitor the condition of the pavements.

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