Attention Dog Walkers In the Parish

I was asked a question yesterday, that I couldn’t answer, so I am asking you for your ‘knowledge’.  The question related to the location of ‘dog’ bins around the Parish and, not being a dog-walker, I simply didn’t know the accurate answer.

There is one at Utkinton Village Hall, one at, or close to, the entrance to Primrose Wood and one, possibly, close to the centre of Cotebrook.  We’ve had comments about the prevalence of dog poo bags along Tirley Lane and others by the Village Hall.

Can you help please?

Please let us know by completing a contact form here.

Many thanks

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They say from little acorns …

… well our volunteers planted a mix of fruit trees  on what will soon become Cotebrook Green.  Once the handover is accomplished we will have a number of parcels of land belonging to our Parish.

Thanks to the generosity of CWaC (in the form of Roger Goulding and Chris Moseley ) and the support of some wonderful volunteers we will have an asset for the long term.  Thanks also to Jason Hughes (our Vice-Chair) for making it happen.

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Risk Assessment – Cotebrook Green/Community Orchard

For the benefit of all who have volunteered to help plant the trees on Saturday 27th February – some notes and a link to the Risk Assessment.

We have enough volunteers now and that we’d like to reassure those who have volunteered that they will be safe.

Risk Assessment Trees

Many Thanks in advance

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The Census is Coming … 21st March 2021

Census day is Sunday 21 March 2021

How to find help to complete the Census and how to help others

Everyone should have the support they need to take part in the census. Most people will be able to do it themselves, but we know there are people who’ll need a little extra help. You can read about the wide range of support options available below. All this support will be available from March 2021.

The contact centre goes live on 1 March 2021. There will be separate lines for England and Wales, plus a language helpline, text relay and short text numbers. These numbers are:

Contact centre for those living in England 0800 141 2021

England NGT (text relay service) (18001) 0800 141 2021

Language helpline 0800 587 2021

The contact centre can be used by individuals themselves, or by a trusted family member or friend on their behalf. This includes community contacts who are offering help.

The contact centre can help with many tasks, including:

  • resolving general and specialist queries from the public
  • providing new or additional questionnaires, letters and leaflets, such as household paper questionnaires, individual paper questionnaire, household continuation forms and large print questionnaires
  • providing language translation booklets, braille guidance booklets and easy read leaflets
  • interpretation services
  • assisting individuals to complete the census over the telephone. This can be done straight away when the individual calls, or at a later date via an appointment

The contact centre opens on 1 March 2021.

The hours of opening are:

  • 8am – 8pm Monday to Friday
  • 8am – 1pm Saturdays
  • 8am – 8pm on Saturday and Sunday on Census weekend (20 and 21 March 2021)

Guidance for helping others

 If a respondent cannot fill in their census questionnaire, a trusted person like a family member or friend can complete it on their behalf. This helper will need the respondent’s access code from the letter or the paper form they have been sent. This code will open their online form. If possible, the helper should read the questions and answer options aloud to the respondent and fill in the form with the answers they give. They can read the answers back to the respondent at the end to check they’re right. The helper should avoid guessing the answers to any questions they are asked. They should direct the respondent to or call the contact centre if they aren’t sure.

We recognise that some people will be shielding due to COVID-19 (coronavirus) and will not feel comfortable having someone visit their home to help them. Anyone unable to access help from friends or family can call the contact centre.

If possible, the helper should get the respondent to sign or make their mark in the declaration box on the front of the form. If that’s not possible, they can sign it on the respondent’s behalf. If the person cannot get to a post box, the helper can post their completed form for them.

Census day is Sunday 21 March 2021




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Cotebrook Community Orchard

Cotebrook Community Orchard!

 Do you have a spade and an hour to spare on

Saturday 27th February at 12 noon?

 Utkinton and Cotebrook Parish Council are delighted to announce that they have been given some fruit trees to plant on Cotebrook Green as a start of a little orchard there … we have  Cheshire damson, plum, pear and different Cheshire apples. All the trees will be half standards with a guard, tie and stake.

Now it’s your turn Cotebrook!

Can we ask for a couple of volunteers who have their own spades to join us to plant trees for an hour?

Forgot to say where it is; behind Woodlands Close, Cotebrook, entry down lane from Oulton Mill Lane.


Please contact the Clerk on 07709512348 or email   if you can help or just come along this Saturday at 12 noon.

Please note, Covid-19 Government guidance will be followed at all times.

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PM’s announcement

Mrs T got this from the TV today (if anything changes we will update)



STAGE 1  From 8 March

All schools will open for all pupils

and Recreation in a public space will be permitted

From 29 March

Outdoors gatherings of six/two households

and Outdoor sports facilities can reopen


STAGE 2 From 12 April

Non-essential retail & personal care open

and Outdoor hospitality & takeaway open

and Indoor leisure open – eg gyms, swimming pools

and Most outdoor settings open – eg zoos


STAGE 3 From 17 May

Most social contact rules lifted outdoors

and Mixing indoors allowed for 2 households

and Indoor hospitality to open with the rule of 6

and Performance/sport events back with limits


STAGE 4 – From 21 June

All legal limits on social contact removed

and  Reopen all remaining closed sectors

and Restrictions lifted on large events

and All limits removed on weddings/life events

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HS2 Consultation

From: HS2Enquiries <>
Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2021 at 16:22
Subject: Consultation under clause 60 of the High Speed Rail (West Midlands – Crewe) Bill as amended in the House of Lords
Cc: HS2Enquiries <>

Today the Government has announced the launch of a consultation to seek the views of residents in the local authority areas of Shropshire, Staffordshire, Cheshire East, and Cheshire West and Chester, and the stakeholders listed in Annex B of the consultation document, on the HS2 Phase 2a Scheme between the West Midlands and Crewe.

During its passage through the House of Lords, an amendment to the Phase 2a Bill was made requiring a further consultation on a variety of topics including the impact of road traffic as a result of our work, the impact of our work on the natural environment, transport provisions for passengers connecting to Phase 2a, and whether new railway stations, improvements to existing railway stations, and the reopening of associated lines is necessary to support passenger connections to Phase 2a.

Responses to this consultation will help inform Government policy on HS2 Phase 2a and the environment and on future proposals for services on HS2 Phase 2a and the conventional rail (i.e. Network Rail network) and other transport networks.

Given the extensive consultation already undertaken for Phase 2a and consideration of the scheme by both Select Committees in Parliament, the Government does not intend to make changes to the Phase 2a scheme or to its planned construction programme in light of this consultation.

This consultation will close at 11:45pm on Friday, 26 February 2021. We invite you to take part.

To access the consultation documents and for details on how to respond, please visit:

If you have any questions related to this consultation, please contact the our Helpdesk on 08081 434 434 or email at any time.

Kind regards,

The HS2 Helpdesk

Contact our HS2 Helpdesk team all day, every day of the year by:

Freephone 08081 434 434 | Minicom: 08081 456 472 |Email:

To keep up to date with what is happening in your local area, visit:


Or, if you wish to contribute directly use the link below:

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CWaC waste strategy – your choices

Hopefully, by the end of today all households in Cotebrook and Utkinton will have received a flier about this consultation.  Our aim wasn’t to be political, but to ensure that everyone in the Parish understood that you can have a chance to contribute.  At the core of this is the speculation that, during the coming financial year there is a serious discussion taking place over the withdrawal of the Green Garden Waste bins and the restructuring of the timings for the household collections of other bins.

What will the removal of the Green Bins mean for you?  How will you manage the 40 weeks of lawn, hedge and flower cuttings.  We are told that you should compost them or take them to your nearest waste recycling centre.  Either way this decision will place the onus squarely on the shoulders of residents and, for residents in a rural setting, this seems an unacceptable compromise.

Our calculations show that most households receive around 104 collections a year;

  • 26 x Black/grey bins (household Waste)
  • 26 x Green bins (Garden waste)
  • 52 household box and caddy collections

We estimate the costs as

CWaC Household Collection Budget  £ 12,800,000.00
households 150000
Cost per Household  £               85.33
Number of collections (all bins and boxes) 104
Cost per collection  £                 0.82
Cost per PA for green bin  £               21.33

So, we are urging you to make your views felt by contributing to the Waste Strategy consultation and we have copied the links below

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CWaC Suspend Garden Waste Collection until March

Garden waste kerbside collections  – Extension of the service suspension


During the Christmas period, the garden waste service is suspended for a further three weeks until Monday 1 March 2021.

The resources for the garden waste collections will be utilised to assist both recycling and domestic collections during this time.

Reasons for the extended suspension

The extended suspension provides Cheshire West Recycling with greater flexibility, to make sure that core waste and recycling collections can be maintained for our residents whilst mitigating the impact of   increased sickness levels in these unprecedented times.

Household Waste Recycling Centre opening hours

Day Date Frodsham Neston Northwich Tattenhall
Thursday 24 December 2020 Closed 8am – 4pm Closed 8am – 4pm
Friday 25 December 2020 Closed Closed Closed Closed
Saturday 26 December 2020 Closed Closed Closed Closed
Sunday 27 December 2020 8am-4pm 8am-4pm 8am-4pm 8am-4pm
Monday 28 December 2020 8am-4pm 8am-4pm 8am-4pm 8am-4pm
Tuesday 29 December 2020 8am-4pm Closed 8am-4pm Closed
Wednesday 30 December 2020 Closed Closed Closed Closed
Thursday 31 December 2020 Closed 8am-4pm Closed 8am-4pm
Friday 1 January 2021 Closed Closed Closed Closed
Saturday 2 January 2021 8am-4pm 8am-4pm 8am-4pm 8am-4pm

Cheshire West and Chester residents can take their garden waste to anyone of these sites for free or this is a great time of year to start home composting

Further Garden waste information

Further information about where to take garden waste and Christmas trees can be found on the Cheshire West and Chester Website:

  1. Recycling Centres :
  2. Kerbside waste collections:

For social media updates follow:

Facebook: West Cheshire Recycles

Instagram: westcheshirerecycles

Twitter :@Go_CheshireWest

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Cheshire West and Chester – Waste Strategy

A number of Councillors and our Clerk attended a ‘virtual’ presentation hosted by ChALC and CWaC have asked us to put up some graphics and documents related to the Consultation.

UCPC hope to be able to circulate some fliers to the Parish.  Here is a copy of the leaflet in PDF format:

CWaC Waste Consultation

Waste Consultation Parish and Town Council presentation  a Powerpoint Presentation

Stakeholder messages

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