Mud on road – Tirley Lane

We have notified CWaC.  Here is the reference:

Your reference number is: HW264247798

Fault type: Highway maintenance – Slurry or mud

Thank you for your report.

Our Highways Team will aim to inspect this issue within five working days and provide an update.

All issues will be investigated and any work required will be prioritised to ensure that the highways are kept in a safe condition

You can also check the status of your report or log another fault using our status checker.

*Please note that this is an automatically generated email, any replies will not be read as the email address is not monitored.*

Kind Regards

Customer Services Team

Cheshire West and Chester Council


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Not an emergency but …

… rang United Utilities this morning about low pressure and was told they have a leak at the Hollins Hill reservoir.

Just received this …

United Utilities

Some customers in your area are reporting no cold water, or it’s coming out at just a trickle.
This is being caused by a burst water main in your area. Our engineers are repairing the main, and once complete, your supply will return to normal.
Our water tankers are pumping into the network, whilst repairs are ongoing. You may notice fluctuation in your water pressure until repairs are completed.
You can get updates on our website at or follow us on Twitter.

When water starts flowing again, it can occasionally be a different colour for a couple of reasons;
1. It may look milky or cloudy. This is just tiny air bubbles in the water, there is nothing to worry about, you don’t need to do anything to clear this, it’s safe to use, and will clear naturally in time.
2. It could look discoloured. Sometimes naturally occurring deposits in the pipe, can be disturbed as the water is turned back on. This can make it look light yellow to dark brown.
You can clear the problem, by running the cold water tap that’s closest to your internal stop tap, just above a trickle. This may take anywhere from a few minutes to an hour, why not collect this water and use it to water your plants? If you’re on a meter, don’t worry, that’s less than 5 pence.

While your water is discoloured, we advise that you do not run the hot water tap, use dishwashers, washing machines, or any other appliances which uses your hot water supply.
You can get more information on discoloured water and how to clear it at

We’re really sorry for the inconvenience this is causing, and hope this information has been useful.

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Arrangements for Remembrance Sunday – 8th November 2020

The unusual circumstances in which we find ourselves should not stop the act of remembrance for those who fell – whether you do so privately at home or in a socially distanced gathering.

Utkinton and Cotebrook Parish Council will be honouring the brave men from our Parish whose names adorn our War Memorial and who are also remembered on the ‘Roll of Honour’ in our Village Hall.

If you would wish to join us then please assemble at the junction of Quarry Bank and John Street, Utkinton at around 10:55 on Sunday 8th November, Please remember to wear your mask and socially distance.

Harrison Hughes will place the wreath and the Chair of the Parish Council will read a short poem.  Residents and visitors can also leave their tributes.

Following the wreath laying, the village hall will be open for anyone who wishes to view the ‘Roll of Honour’ – obviously strict social distancing will apply and the normal hygiene precautions.  Visitors will enter via the front door and exit via the fire exit to the real of the Hall


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Slightly used solar speed sign relocated

Those familiar with Quarry Bank may recall the solar speed limit sign just above the school.  Well, as of this morning, it has been relocated to a position just to the north of the bus stop on John Street and points in the direction of Tirley Garth.

It was relocated because it sat within the 20mph zone and, if drivers are complying with the speed limits, it would never show the speed – hence the ‘slightly used’ wording.

Why by the bus stop?  Well we tried various locations between Tirley Garth and the junction of John Street and Wood Lane and for a variety of reasons, none of them were suitable.

Our thanks go to CWaC Highways who have moved it for us free of  charge – it took quite a while, but we got it eventually.

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Living online

A resident has brought our attention to this piece on the CWaC ‘Living Well‘ pages. To investigate click on the link above.

For many in rural society today, the ability to connect with others has proven to be a lifeline, but if you are struggling, or know someone who is, this page and series or articles and ‘courses’ might prove helpful.

There is a plethora of interesting ‘online courses’ and seminars ranging from ‘How to join a Zoom meeting’ to ‘A walk through history’.

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‘White substance’ on Tirley Lane

One of the residents spotted this white powder just inside the derestricted speed zone on Tirley Lane.  It appears to be inert, but the resident hasn’t touched it – who knows what it might be.

So if you have lost part of a load, or a bag has spilled please let us know – we’d like to rule out anything harmful to animals (and that included humans!)

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Cheshire West and Chester – Public Consultation for Utkinton and Cotebrook Neighbourhood Plan

We have just received the Public Consultation Copies of the ‘Utkinton and Cotebrook Draft Neighbourhood Plan’ and have located them in five local ‘venues’;

  • Rose Farm Shop (Post Office) – Open 09:00 – 12:30, 13:30 – 18:00 M-F and 09:00 – 12:30 Saturday.
  • Rose Farm Café and Coffee Shop – 10:00 – 17:00 Tu – Sat, 10:00 – 16:00 Sun
  • Utkinton Village Hall – Normally only open for groups and meetings. If you wish to view the Consultation Documents please contact Councillor Tony Dahill (01829 733701 or 07985 773803
  • Cotebrook Village Hall – Normally only open for groups and meetings. If you wish to view the Consultation Documents please contact Judith Jones (01829 760513 or 07711 243521)
  • Also available to view via Parish Councillor Marian Atkinson – please telephone 07966 541806‬ or ‭01829 760698 to arrange suitable time and venue
  • Sandiway Library – Mere Lane, Cuddington, Northwich, CW8 2NS. By appointment only – contact 01606 275065 or

The Public Notice;

Notice of Publication of the proposed Utkinton and Cotebrook Neighbourhood Plan

The Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 (as amended) Regulation 16

 A neighbourhood plan has been proposed for the Utkinton and Cotebrook neighbourhood area by Utkinton and Cotebrook Parish Council which aims to give local people a greater say about future development in the area. The proposed plan sets out a number of key objectives and policies to be used when determining planning applications.

The proposed plan has now been submitted to Cheshire West and Chester Council and a period of publicity will take place between Monday 12 October 2020 and 5pm on Monday 30 November 2020. During this time, any interested parties can make comments on the proposed plan and accompanying documents. Following the publicity period, an independent Examiner will be appointed who will consider the proposed plan and any comments made.

If you would like to see a copy of the proposed neighbourhood plan and supporting documents, please go to the neighbourhood planning page of the Cheshire West and Chester Council website at

 Hard copies of the proposed neighbourhood plan will also be available from Sandiway library during the consultation period:

Paper copies are also available at: Rose Farm Shop/Café, John Street, Tarporley CW6 0LP; Utkinton Village Hall, John Street, Utkinton, CW6 0LP; and Cotebrook Village Hall, Stable Lane, Cotebrook, Tarporley, CW6 0JJ.

Comments can be submitted online, or by completing the response form and emailing it to or posting it to Planning Policy, Cheshire West and Chester Council, 4 Civic Way, Ellesmere Port, CH65 0BE. Comments are encouraged by email (to avoid unnecessary handling of post during the coronavirus pandemic) but postal comments will still be accepted. Any comments should be received by the Council by 5pm on Monday 30 November 2020. Comments received after this time may not be considered.

 If you wish to speak to an advisor regarding this consultation, please contact or 01244 973887

If you would like to be notified of the Council’s decision on whether to accept the Examiner’s recommendation and future progress with the plan, then please state this in your representation.

Robert Charnley                                                                             12 October 2020

Head of Planning

Cheshire West and Chester Council

However, all of the documents are listed below and you can download them by clicking on the links.

Utkinton and Cotebrook Neighbourhood Plan – Submission Version – April 2020

Utkinton and Cotebrook NP – Appendices – April 2020

Utkinton and Cotebrook NP – Basic Conditions Statement

Utkinton and Cotebrook NP – Protecting and Enhancing Utkinton and Cotebrook’s Natural Environment

Utkinton and Cotebrook NP – Housing Needs Assessment Report

Utkinton and Cotebrook NP – Consultation statement April 2020 – Final

Utkinton and Cotebrook NP – SEA HRA screening Determination Final

This is the response form in PDF format

Utkinton and Cotebrook NP – response form

And in Word Format

Utkinton and Cotebrook NP – response form


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Neighbourhood Plan Consultations 12th October – 30th November

CWaC have informed us that the Draft Neighbourhood plan has reached its final stages and will be available for review by you, the residents who contributed to it from next Monday for six weeks.

Go to this page for more details.

You can submit comments online.  The draft plan can be seen locally and online.

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CWaC Covid-19 Case Tracker

Good morning

I was on the ChAlc / CWaC ’teams’ meeting on Monday and asked Andrew Lewis, the CEO of CWaC, how far down they could present the statistics for known cases/positive tests and the answer I got was that ward level was the most granular that they could release – the main reason being Data Protection.

The attached web page is where the most up to date ward information is

It is quite revealing and shows the current number of tests.  I used a date range of 10 days and it showed that Tarporley ward had 6 cases, but it changes.

Francis Tunney
Chair – Utkinton and Cotebrook Parish Council
Website –
07860 917446

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Parish Clerk and Responsible Finance Officer vacancy

It is with regret that I have to announce the resignation of our current Clerk and RFO – for personal reasons.  The Clerk, who has been in post for a relatively short period, has decided that ‘family must come first’ and this is understood in these turbulent times.

So, we are seeking applicants for this post to take office in December and will be placing this advertisement in the relevant media with immediate effect;


For; Utkinton and Cotebrook Parish Council

6 hours PW – permanent after 3-month probationary period

Rate per hour to be agreed but c.£11.76 per hour

  • An interesting and challenging role working remotely (own home with equipment provided) and at local village hall venues. Utkinton and Cotebrook village Halls)
  • Committee attendance/experience a definite advantage
  • Minute taking and administration experience an advantage
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and Powerpoint)and Outlook
  • Knowledge of running online meetings
  • Basic book keeping (training provided if required) including management of Council bank accounts
  • Suitable for those wishing to work during school hours
  • One evening (6-10pm) required per month – meetings held 11 times a year
  • Appropriate ‘out of pocket expenses’ paid

If you are interested please contact the Chair (Francis Tunney) on 07860 917446 or  If emailing please enclose a CV.

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