Parish Clerk Role still open.

We have tried to edit the post that says; ‘…Role filled’ but for some reason cannot.


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The Weather Vane atop St John and the Holy Cross

I was told, yesterday that the weather vane on the steeple at St John and the Holy Cross in Cotebrook had been refurbished – looks resplendent and when the sun shines (I said when!) it glistens brightly.

I understand that one of the local parishioners contributed towards this – well done indeed.

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Neighbourhood Plan Consultation today

A public consultation meeting to consolidate the Utkinton and Cotebrook Draft Neighbourhood Plan will held in Utkinton Village Hall today, between 2pm and 4pm and members of the steering committee will be there to answer any questions you may have and listen to any comments that you might like to add.

The next stages will be validation by Cheshire Community Action and then Cheshire West and Chester before submitting a FINAL Draft for scrutiny.

This is an important part of the process – please come along and have YOUR say.

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Recent Planning Applications

The Parish Council has been in ‘recess’ since mid-July and a number of Planning applications have been received.  This post lists those received and, where appropriate, any actions being taken by the PC.

19/03090/FUL | Alterations and conversion of existing farm buildings to form seven residential units. Complete with access, associated parking, turning and landscaping | Forest Farm Heaths Lane Cotebrook Tarporley CW6 0JW

19/02765/OHL | Existing 11kv overhead line to be increased to Three Phase | Land At Grid Ref 356137 365669 Hollins Hill Utkinton Tarporley

19/02732/FUL | Single storey infill extension to link into garage conversion, two storey front and first floor rear extension and front porch | Pool End Cottage Oulton Mill Lane Rushton Tarporley CW6 9DT (NB, This is actually within Cotebrook)

19/02541/OUT – revised submission for ‘Old Haulage Yard’ Cotebrook (NB, this is actually listed as

19/01315/OUT | Erection of four dwellings | Land Adjacent Fox and Barrel Public House Tarporley Road Cotebrook Tarporley CW6 9DZ

The Parish Council has submitted its objection to this application along with other consultees.


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Change of Date – Utkinton Quiz Night

Just been told that the provisional date for this annual test of knowledge has been changed from October to 23rd November 2019.

Each year the ‘Quiz’ sees up to 10 teams (they can squeeze more in) of 6 dredging their grey cells for answers to some seriously baffling questions.

Its £5 entry, refreshments are available and there is usually a pretty good prize (or two) for the winning team.

If you would like to enter a team, please contact Richard Francis on either 01829 752551‬ or

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Draft Neighbourhood Plan Consultation 7 September, Utkinton

The Steering Group of the Neighbourhood Plan invite you to a consultation with regard to the Draft Plan and surveys circulated a few (6) weeks ago and this far some 10% of households across the Parish have responded.

The Steering Group would welcome your input and would like to understand how the Draft Plan can be improved, so your comments are very welcome.

The Consultation will take place on Saturday 7th September between 2pm and 4pm at Utkinton Village Hall, John Street.  Refreshments will be available and the Steering Group will be available to answer any questions you may have.


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Vacancy For Parish Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer

Due to circumstances beyond our control the Parish Council is having to advertise for the above post and wishes to recruit for a Parish Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer to take up office by the October 2019 Parish Council meeting.  Below are two pdf Documents:

The formal advertisement: 20190827 advert-for-part-time-clerk-Utkinton and Cotebrook

The Outline Job Description: Clerk Job Description 20190827

Should you wish to apply, please do so via email to:

Francis Tunney, Chair, Utkinton and Cotebrook Parish Council

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Does anyone know …

… who is running the huge tractor and trailer rigs down Tirley Lane and Quarry Bank?

This morning we witnessed a VLTT (VERY large tractor and trailer) attempting to negotiate between a parked van and a car and took around five minutes to do so.  We have had a constant stream of these leviathans today some of which barely got down the narrow lanes.

We don’t wish to get in the way of the harvest, but please have some consideration for our sleepy villages.

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Yesterday I was asked a question about roadworks round the Parish and I wasn’t able to give a tremendously satisfactory answer.  The main reason for this is that we, the Parish Council, can only post up road closures and restrictions for those roads, streets and lanes where we have been notified.  If a utility company decides to do some urgent work we won’t know until one of our ‘eagle eyed’ residents tells us.

There is a website that purports to updated links to roadworks daily – this is the one for our Parish for the next two weeks. You don’t have to sign up but bookmark their page and you can see what is about to happen.

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Utkinton and Cotebrook Neighbourhood Plan

The first Neighbourhood Plan consultation meeting was held today at Cotebrook Village Hall and, thus far, just under 10% of the survey forms have been returned – with some very positive responses and some interesting comments have been made.  These will all be taken into consideration as the process evolves.

You, too, can have YOUR say! By simply completing the form that was enclosed with the draft plan and returning to one of the boxes located in the foyer of Rose Farm Shop, the Cafe and Hairdressers in Cotebrook or direct to the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group care of ‘Bramble Bank’ on John Street in Utkinton.

The next formal public consultation is being held on Saturday 7th September in Utkinton Village Hall between 2pm and 4pm.

Following that, the Steering Group will collate all the comments prior to discussions with the Parish Council and then with Cheshire Community Action and Cheshire West and Chester.

This is an important milestone for our Parish and its future, so please let us know what you think.

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