Venue: East Committee Room - Municipal Buildings, Earle Street, Crewe, CW1 2BJ. View directions
Contact: Rachel Graves
Welcome, Apologies and Introductions
Apologies were received from Forum members Carole Bentley, Andy Gildon and Linda Rose, and also from Genni Butler, Countryside Access Development Officer.
To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 11 July 2013
Update on Items considered at last Meeting
12 Minutes of Previous Meeting
Kingsley Fields Development – Comments on the impact of the development on countryside access had been submitted on the planning application. A copy of the letter had been circulated to members for information.
14 SEMMMS A6
A response had been sent to the consultation, a copy of which had been circulated to members for information.
15 Congleton Relief Road Scheme
Details of the Forum’s discussions on the Relief Road Scheme had been sent to Jacobs.
That the minutes of the meeting held on 11 July 2013 be agreed as a correct record.
Traffic on Rural Roads
Rural Roads provided an important link to the countryside and were used by walkers, horse rider and cyclists to access the public rights of way network. There were concerns about the speed of traffic on these roads and also the need to raise awareness of the presence of walkers, horses and cyclists being on these roads and how to drive accordingly.
It was agreed that a representative from Cheshire Police be invited to a future meeting of the Forum to speak on these matters.
Publicity for the Local Access Forum
Discussion between the Chairman, Carole Bentley and Genni Butler had led to the following proposals for publicity for the Forum:
New Walks for All Booklet
The Public Rights of Way Team had published a Walks for All leaflet which detailed 10 walks across the Borough for people of all abilities. The leaflet had proved to be very popular and a revised version had just been published.
It was proposed that a second leaflet be developed and Forum members were asked for suggestions of short walks within the Cheshire East Council’s boundary which could be included and met the outlined criteria. A proforma was attached to the agenda which could be used to collate the details necessary to populate the leaflet. Completed forms should be returned to Genni Butler.
Ivor Williams commented that he had received positive comments about the Walks for All leaflet from the users of his holiday cottages
Bollington Walking Festival
It was reported that the Bollington Walking Festival would be taking place on the 19 to 27 October 2013. A leaflet detailing the walks was circulated to all present.
Richard Benyon MP
It was noted that following the latest government reshuffle Richard Benyon had been replaced by George Eustice, who was now the Parliamentary under Secretary of State for Natural Environment, Water and Rural Affairs.
Disley Footpaths Society - Path for Communities Fund Application
To receive a presentation on the Disley Footpaths Society’s Path for Communities Fund Application (Pat Featherstone)
Pat Featherstone gave a presentation on the Disley Footpaths Society’s Paths for Communities Fund application.
The proposal was for a new footpath which would link Disley Railway Station with Lyme Park, avoiding the need to walk along the A6 or Red Lane, with the aim of encouraging visitors to Lyme Green to come by public transport.
The new path would be approximately 800m in length and would go trough woodland and meadowland. The Paths for Communities Fund application had to be submitted by March 2014.
The proposed path had the support of the Lead Ranger at Lyme Park and Disley Parish Council was in favour in principle for the path.
During discussions on the proposals Forum members asked questions on the surface of the path, slope of path, accessibility for all users, if surface water would be a problem, maintenance of path, and possibility of it being upgraded to cycleway.
The Forum gave support for the scheme in principle and it was agreed that a letter of support for the proposed public footpath be sent to Disley Footpaths Society.
That the Chairman, on behalf of the Forum, send a letter of support to Disley Footpaths Society.
Post Meeting Note: The letter of support has not been sent as Natural England have announced that the Path for Communities project was now closed to new applicants as the £2m budget had been allocated to 43 projects across England.
To received an update on the current projects in the Rights of Way Improvement Plan (Genni Butler)
Mike Taylor reported on the progress of the current projects in the Cheshire East Rights of Way Improvement Plan. These included:
Dates of Future Meetings
Date of next meeting: 10.00 am on Thursday 12 December 2013, Macclesfield
Proposed Dates of Meetings for 2014:
Thursday 13 March 2013 – Crewe
Thursday 12 June 2013 – Macclesfield
Thursday 11 September 2013 – Crewe
Thursday 11 December 2013 - Macclesfield
The next meeting would be on Thursday 12 December 2013 in Macclesfield.
The dates for meetings in 2014 are as follows:
Thursday 13 March 2014 – Crewe
Thursday 12 June 2014 – Macclesfield
Thursday 11 September 2014 –Crewe
Thursday 11 December 2014 – Macclesfield
Memorial for John Taylor
The meeting was followed by the unveiling of a memorial plague in memory of John Taylor, former Forum Vice Chairman, at the Bluebell Wood, Connect 2 Greenway, Wistaston