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Resurface Cross Street, Neston

Petitioning the Council to resurface Cross Street in Neston, to sort pot holes, whilst other resurfacing works are done nearby.

Petitioners

24

Date recieved

18 October 2018

Action

Passed to officers for consideration and response.


Noise and emissions at Chester Bus Interchange

Petitioning the Council to reduce noise and emissions through a series of suggestions.

Petitioners

201.

Date received

6 September 2018.

Action

The petition was closed on 9 October 2018.


To secure Winnington Meadow with fencing or bollards

Petitioning the Council to fence off Winnington Meadow with metal fencing or concrete bollards to prevent any further encampments in the future.

Petitioners

570 at the time of submission.

Date received

3 September 2018.

Action

Response:

At this current time the service are not looking to install a deterrent at this site.  This is because as previously mentioned relevant parties within the Council are currently working together to ensure there is a clear strategic direction to address and prevent any future encampments.  We have now been made aware the Cheshire and Warrington Traveller team are taking a report to a Council scrutiny committee meeting, and hopefully if there are any recommendations they will be available from the beginning of December this year.  The service is waiting for the outcomes corporately to ensure consistency when enquiries of this nature are received, and to ensure there is a clear protocol.  This site will be re-looked at once protocols have been established and agreed, unfortunately exact timescales at this time are not known, but the service will update the you when any updates are known.  With regards to the works that have taken place to the footpaths in the area concerned, this was due to health and safety concerns that had been identified.

The petition was closed 8 November 2018.


Brook Street, Chester, parking

Requesting that the Council does not proceed with the introduction of 'on street parking charges' in Brook Street, Chester, because it may deter customers and damage businesses.

Petitioners

375, including 60 businesses.

Date received

21 March 2018.

Action

Responded to 31 May 2018, with daytime charges up to one hour removed from the proposed parking scheme. Petition closed 31 May 2018.


Petitioning for traffic lights at the junction of Chester High Road (A540) and Raby Park Road on the Wirral

Because of the history of collisions and the narrowness of Raby Park Road which makes it difficult to turn into and out of safely, particularly at school times.

Petitioners

1,409 and an apparent 1,296 on an electronic petition hosted externally.

Date received

14 December 2017

Action

Response sent explaining that there was work scheduled in 2018 to improve kerb alignments. The works had been discussed with local Councillors and the Town Council and other people who had submitted independent enquiries. A speed limit review had been commissioned, and vehicle-activated signage was being considered if match funding could be obtained. The response explained that traffic lights at this junction would require upgrading the Liverpool Road (Fiveways) and Hinderton Road junctions too to enable sensible traffic flow.

Petition closed 31 January 2018.


Petitioning for the immediate reduction in speed limit on Howey Lane, Frodsham to 20mph

Petitioning for the immediate reduction of the speed limit on Howey Lane, Frodsham, to 20mph because of residents' concerns.

Petitioners

420

Date received

24 January 2018

Action

Response sent 22 February 2018:

Background/Cheshire West and Chester position

There have been numerous detailed correspondences with Mrs Albeson, including meetings with the Frodsham Ward Councillors, to address her concerns and to explain the Council’s position.

The four year programme to introduce 20mph speed limits on suitable residential roads across the Borough is a major undertaking. We are not able to deliver this entire programme in one year and priority had to be applied. Schemes have been prioritised based on zones with the higher number of schools and number of recorded injury collisions.

Howey Lane has been assessed within an area (Area 113) similar to other schemes and has been allocated to year 3 of the programme based on the following data:

  1. One school within this area, Frodsham C of E primary school located on School Lane.
  2. There was one recorded slight injury collision during the 3 year period January 2013 to December 2015.

I confirm that Howey Lane is currently being assessed this year as part of the borough wide 20mph speed limit delivery programme. If the speed limit assessment recommends a reduction from the existing 30mph speed limit restriction to 20mph, it will be implemented in 2018/19.

Speed of vehicles and Safeguarding of pedestrians and road users

The Council takes road safety very seriously and does not support speeding in any way. Traffic calming measures on Howey Lane where installed a number of years ago. It would appear that the traffic calming measures have been successful as the recent speed surveys did not highlight excessive speeding on Howey Lane within the current 30mph restriction.  Any speed limit enforcement would be dealt with by Cheshire Police.

Environmental impact

Our Environmental team have assessed the pollution levels for Howey Lane.

The ambient levels of traffic-generated pollutants on Howey Lane are highly likely to be significantly below the national health based standards. Local background concentrations of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and particulate matter (PM10) in Frodsham are 18mg/m3 (micrograms per cubic metre) and 16mg/m3 respectively, which compares favourably to the national standards of 40mg/m3 in each case. Considering the volume and speed of traffic on Howey Lane (AADF of 1550 vehicles/28mph) the incremental contribution to both NO2 and PM10  is less than 1mg/m3¬¬. As such, there is no risk of the associated emissions causing an exceedance of the health-based objectives at the facades of residential properties. We would have confidence, therefore, that the thoroughfare does not need to be considered further for the purposes of Local Air Quality Management.

Increase in the number of vehicles

It is difficult to determine whether there has been an increase in the number of vehicles using Howey Lane without undertaking further vehicle surveys to compare the volumes against previous data. 

The size and weight of vehicles

Howey Lane is already subjected to a 7.5 tonnes restriction except for access to deter larger vehicles from using this route. However, due to the location of the low bridge on the A56 Chester Road, it necessitates an alternative route to be provided for high side vehicles and the only localised viable route is Howey Lane. There is an exemption on Howey Lane for vehicles over 14’4” to avoid the low bridge. Additional warning signage has been erected on the A56 Chester Road either side of Frodsham from the motorway network to give motorists more advanced notice of the low bridge.

Petition closed 22 February 2018.


Drill Hall in Winsford

Asking for some of the regeneration budget to be allocated to helping the community save and transform the drill hall building, to kick start people to kick start wider regeneration projects and initiatives in Winsford.

Petitioners

1,509

Date received

Handed in at the meeting of full Council 2 March 2017.

Action

An arts and culture workshop was held on 14 September 2017 bringing all stakeholders together to develop a shared vision for Arts and Culture in Winsford. The outcome of that was a clear ambition to work together to develop a connected and supportive arts and culture network in Winsford, building on the existing longstanding strengths and passion for arts and culture in the town. The workshop also highlighted the ambition for an arts and culture physical hub in Winsford. Cheshire West and Chester is currently undertaking a full borough-wide Community Asset Framework consultation for the assets which it owns, which closes on 25 February 2018.

The feedback from this consultation will directly inform the strategic planning for Cheshire West owned Community Assets in Winsford as part of the wider regeneration. In the meantime the local community have been directly involved and engaged influencing the regeneration of Winsford Town Park which will be opened in Spring 2018.

The Drill Hall is not a Council owned building and is in private ownership as such Cheshire West does not have any influence over its future and we are not consulting on its future, but it is hoped that it could be included in the regeneration plans.

The Community Asset Framework and the development of the arts and culture vision within Winsford would be monitored for any relevance to the Drill Hall and any developments would be notified to the Lead Petitioner and a response provided as soon as possible.


Reject Gypsy site proposals in rural Whitegate and Marton

Petitioners

4,390 claimed, including 704 on e-Petition

Date received

Handed in at a meeting of Cabinet on 21 September 2016.

Action

The petition was debated at the meeting of full Council on 20 October 2016. Council resolved to refer the issue to the Local Plan Working Group for discussion. That Working Group met on 21 November 2016 and after discussion set up a Task Group to analyse the issue to such sites across the Borough. This group will be monitored for progress before the petition can be formally responded to.


Traffic congestions at Winnington Bridge, Northwich. Requesting proposals through public consultation by the end of 2016 and a firm commitment to initiate work on an approved, funded scheme before the next election in May 2019.

Petitioners

4,767 signatures.

Date received

15 October 2015.

Action

The Council has acted upon both the petition and on the manifesto commitment and has initiated the Northwich Transport Strategy, to provide statistical evidence to back up the local knowledge and visible problems of what the issues were regarding the congestions points not only at Winnington Bridge but around Northwich, as a solution at one place would impact on others. The evidence gathering has concluded and the resulting Strategy was being consulted upon. This should lead to the most sustainable strategy being recommended in 2018, and the seeking of funding to put that in place, which may be several years in the future. That may fall outside of the timescale requested in the petition but any solution will be dependent upon sufficient funding being available. Can we thank you again for raising the petition which served to highlight the issue and was a major factor contributing to the process of solving the transport problems throughout Northwich. The petition will be formally closed but of course the work on the Strategy will continue, with stakeholders including the Parish Councils, involved at each stage.

Petition closed 2 January 2018.


Burton traffic issues - asking for a 20mph speed limit through Burton village

Petitioners

179 signatures.

Date received

Handed in at Executive 9 March 2015.

Action

On 6 January 2016 Cabinet approved a policy of 20mph speed limits with certain criteria and a report to identify areas was requested. Burton was included in the third year of the scheme which is due to begin in April 2018.


Opposing the High Speed 2 rail project

specifically seeking to get the full council to debate all aspects of HS2, which it appears has not happened. It notes that Councillor Mike Jones promised in February 2013 to call a Public Meeting to discuss HS2 and that promise has not been fulfilled. It asks:

  • Has CWAC Council sought the opinion of its residents/taxpayers with regard to the construction of HS2?
  • What firm evidence is available to support CWAC Council’s decision that HS2 will be of benefit to CWAC

Petitioners

1,678 signatures claimed.

Date received

Handed in at Council meeting 26 February 2015.

Action

Debated at meeting of full Council on 16 July 2015, which decided:

That the HS2 Petition debate be referred to Cabinet, for onward referral to a Policy and Performance Panel to establish a Working Group to review and investigate the impact and opportunities it will bring to Cheshire West and Chester.

The Panel, on 16 September 2015, resolved to set up a High Speed Rail Task and Finish Working Group to review and investigate the impact and opportunities for the borough and report back to the Panel.

The Panel will be monitored for their report so that a response is provided.

On 20 July 2016 Cabinet resolved (Minute 145) that the content of the report of the Working group be noted and the overarching findings of the HS2 working group and next steps to be reported to Council, and the Transport Strategy Steering Group directs future management of the opportunities and issues relating to HS2, including course of action when a final route is announced. This Group would be monitored for progress.


Demanding that the Council stop a named company "from polluting the environment and community of Chester with foul smelling meat and chemical odours". The hearing should be between 13 and 28 August 2016.

Petitioners

2,029 names claimed.

Date received

Handed in 10 December 2014.

Action

Update on 3 September 2015:

The Council served an odour abatement notice on the company in June 2014. An appeal has been lodged against this and the earliest date which has been given for the Prelimenary Hearing is 29 January 2016. The hearing date is likely to be between 13 and 28 August 2016.

Settlement was reached by September 2016 and the filters were changed. The Odour Abatement Notice was withdrawn. The Lead petitioner asked that the situation be monitored for at least a year.

Petition closed 4 January 2018.


Planning process

Petitioners

110 signatures.

Date received

28 March 2013.

Action

Corporate Scrutiny Committee considered it on 29 October 2014 and decided:

Recommendation to the Executive that:

  1. The processes and factors taken into account when the Highways and Children and Young People Services make recommendations with regard to planning applications be noted
  2. The training for all Members in relation to planning applications and associated matters be referred to the Member Learning Panel.

    Recommendation to the Planning Committee that:

  3. Where a late information report is submitted to the Planning Committee, Members attention be drawn to that report and questioned as to whether they need further time to digest the information contained therein. If more time is required, then the meeting be suspended for an appropriate period to allow for clarification by officers.

Chester Market - retaining it at the city centre and be included in any redevelopment of the city centre.

Petitioners

3,552 signatures on 17 March 2011. 1,847 received afterward.

Date received

Originally 23 February 2011. Presented to Council on 17 March 2011.

Action

Debated at Council on 28 July 2011. Decided: That the petition relating to Chester Market be noted and the Corporate Scrutiny Committee be asked to carry out a pre-decision scrutiny review before any final decision is made by the Executive.


The above petitions have been received in paper form, accepted by the Council and are either currently being investigated or have been investigated. A written response will be presented to the petitioner and if appropriate a link to it will be provided from this page. The petition details will remain on this page for a calendar year after a response has been sent. Petitions submitted electronically are listed on the 'Current e-Petitions' page.

If you would like to present your petition to a Council meeting, or would like your councillor or someone else to present it on your behalf, please contact Democratic Services on 01244 975970 or email democraticservices@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk at least 10 working days before the meeting and they will talk you through the process.

If your petition has received 1,500 signatures or more it will also be scheduled for a Council debate and if this is the case we will let you know whether this will happen at the same meeting or a later meeting of the Council.

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