Progress at the War memorial

Finesse Masonry have been busy over the last week and we thought you might like a ‘work in progress’ clip (it is looking splendid thus far and this morning they were spreading the new ground cover).

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Ward Councillor – Eveleigh Moore-Dutton

“Our Ward Councillor, Eveleigh Moore-Dutton, has become an Independent Councillor on CWaC following a reselection process by the local Conservative Association.

For many years Eveleigh has supported the four Parishes that make up Tarporley Ward and will continue to do so up to the local elections in May 2019.  Utkinton and Cotebrook Parish Council have been grateful for her support over a number of issues and projects and we wish her well for the future.”

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A question of sport (sic)

In conversation with one of the elder statesmen of the village, it was suggested that Utkinton had a small (but perfectly formed) football team in the 50s or 60s.  Does anyone have any more information?  We would love to know where they played, what they were called and possibly how successful it was.  Pictures would be wonderful.

There is a rumour that they played on the field outside Rose Farm Shop before moving to Wood Lane – anyone know any more?

We’ve just found out that ‘Bumblebee Hall on Northgate was used as the ‘changing rooms’ which adds a little more to the story.

Please get in touch.



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Temporary Road Closure – John Street, Utkinton

We have been advised by Highways that the above road will be closed from 23rd August 2018 for a maximum of five days but the work will probably take one day.

This is for drainage work to stop the flooding at East Wind, John Street.

Residents will still have access to their properties and the contractors will be putting out signs saying ‘Businesses open as normal’.

The road closure will be from the junction of John Street with Quarry Bank to the junction with Willington Lane.

Please see the enclosed Temporary Road Order (TRO) which shows the stretch of road to be closed and the diversion.

TRO 2113 John Street Utkinton

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Utkinton St Paul’s ‘Open Day’

Now that our lovely Primary School is complete the school’s acting head has posted this advertisement poster welcoming all residents to have a look.


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17/01595/out – Formal Notice of Appeal

We received this letter from CWaC that sets out the ways in which residents and other groups may appeal.  The text of the letter follows but we will also provide it in PDF format .

Development Management

Planning Service

Cheshire West And Chester Council

4 Civic Way Ellesmere Port CH65 0BE Tel: 0300 123 7027

Email: Web:

Dear Sir/Madam


14 August 2018


Town and Country Planning Act 1990 Appeal under Section 78

Site Address:                                Land Off, John Street, Utkinton, Tarporley, Cheshire, ,

Description of development:      Residential development of 7 affordable dwellings and 5 market

dwellings with access to site from Northgate – resubmission of application 16/01492/OUT

Application reference:                 17/01595/OUT

Appellant’s name:                        Marcol Homes Ltd & Vivio Developments

Planning Inspector ref:                APP/A0665/W/18/3196169

Appeal reference:                         18/00053/REF

Appeal start date:                         9 August 2018

I refer to the above details. An appeal has been made to the Secretary of State against the decision of Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council to refuse to grant planning permission for the above proposal.

The appeal will be determined on the basis of written representations. The procedure to be followed is set out in Part 2 of the Town and Country Planning (Appeals) (Written Representations Procedure) (England) Regulations 2009.

We have forwarded all the representations made to us on the application to the Planning Inspectorate and the appellant. These will be considered by the Inspector when determining the appeal.

If you wish to make comments, or modify/withdraw your previous representation, you can do so:

  • ONLINE: on the Planning Portal at using the reference APP/A0665/W/18/3196169
  • EMAIL:
  • POST: If you do not have access to the internet, you can send three copies to: Mr Chris Nash, Planning Inspectorate, Room 3/05, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, BRISTOL, BS1 6PN

 All representations must be received by 13 September 2018. Any representations submitted after the deadline will not usually be considered and will be returned. The Planning Inspectorate does not acknowledge representations. All representations must quote the reference APP/A0665/W/18/3196169.

 Please note that any representations you submit to the Planning Inspectorate will be copied to the appellant and this local planning authority and will be considered by the Inspector when determining the appeal.

The appeal documents can be inspected on the Council’s website at Should you wish to view the documents at the customer contact centre, please contact the Council, using the contact details overleaf, to arrange a suitable date and time.

You can get a copy of one of the Planning Inspectorate’s “Guide to taking part in planning appeals” booklets free of charge from the Planning Portal at

When made, the decision will be published on the Planning Portal.

If you have any questions please contact the Customer Support Team at the Planning Inspectorate on 0303 444 5000.

Yours faithfully Development Planning


Here is the letter in PDF Format – Appeal Notice Letter





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Changes to Speed Limits in Utkinton

We have received advices from Cheshire West & Chester Council that as part of their Community Speed Program, they are planning to reduce the speed limit to 20MPH on some roads in Utkinton.

Below is their notice regarding this change and details of how objections or comments may be made.

Please note that certain criteria has to be met before a road can be considered to have its’ speed limit reduced which is why for example John Street has not been included.

Reducing Speed Limits in Utkinton

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Work Starts on the War Memorial

Just a short note and a few pictures – Finesse Stone started work this morning (thank goodness it was cool and relatively dry).  Shaun hopes to have the work complete by week-ending 17th August.

Finesse Masonry

Finesse masonry on site

Man at work 001

Shaun at work grouting out the joins

Crack North

Showing the crack in the north face of the stone with original grouting removed

Grafitti 001

Shot showing graffiti (spelling out ‘Janet’) immediately behind the cross – this will be erased.

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Planning Appeal – 17/01595/out

Good afternoon,

The Parish Council recently received notification that the outline planning application for the field adjacent to Northgate and John Street, that was refused by CWaC in November 2017, has gone to the Planning Inspectorate as an appeal. The graphic below shows the notification.

Screen Shot 2018-08-09 at 08.23.14

What this means is that the appeal will be heard by an impartial Planning Inspector appointed by the Inspectorate and that this particular appeal will be ‘heard’ through written representations. The cut-off for submissions is 11 September 2018.

It is worth noting that this application was refused on grounds of landscape amenity and not on the grounds of affordable housing.  The Inspector will, we are advised, ignore any representations (submissions) that are repetitions of what has gone before as an original objection(s) – so if you are considering a representation, please try to make sure it is new and related only to landscape and environment and its impact on the community.

We quote the Decision Notice by CWaC:

“The proposals would not be in keeping with the local landscape setting, contrary to the requirement of policy SOC2 and it is also considered that the proposals would be harmful to the existing landscape character and local distinctiveness and would not preserve or enhance the characters or features for which the ASCV (Area of Special County Value) has been designated. For these reasons the scheme conflicts with the relevant parts of policies SOC2, STRAT9 and ENV2 of the Cheshire West and Chester Local Plan (Part One) and retained policy NE11 of the Vale Royal Borough Local Plan”

You can make a representation online by logging on to the Planning Inspectorate website ( ) in the ‘Case Reference’ enter 3196169 and search, this will open the same page as above and click on ‘Make a representation’.

If you wish to make a postal representation then this is the address:

FAO C Nash – Case Officer  – Case No 3196169

The Planning Inspectorate

Temple Quay House,

2 The Square, Bristol

Avon, BS1 6PN

Both the Parish Council and the Utkinton Green Space Action Group are considering what course of action to take and this may result in a public meeting to outline the options.

We will keep you informed on our website as to the next stage – please check for further information.  If you would wish to comment then please do so by using this link

On behalf of

Utkinton and Cotebrook Parish Council.

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External Auditors Report 2017/18

The External Auditors Report on Utkinton and Cotebrook Parish Councils 2017/18 accounts has been received.

Their report and supporting documents can be found under the Parish Council, Parish Council Financial Statements under the ‘For the Financial Year 2017/18 section’.

Details on how to inspect this report are also included.

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