Remembrance Day Wreaths

On Sunday morning, 10th November, we will be placing two wreaths to commemorate the fallen from WW1 and WW2 – one at the War memorial on John Street and the other in Utkinton Village Hall.  Both will be placed as near to 11:00 am as is possible.  There will be no ceremony but if you wish to come and pay your thanks, you will be welcome.


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Courier Issue 12

We are seeking articles and news for the 12th edition of the Courier to be published in early December.  If you have an interesting piece (hopefully non-political) please let the editor have your input by Friday 15th November – you can email it to

many thanks


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Housing Allocations Survey

We are posting this email as it has, or could have, an impact on housing right across our Parish.  There is a deadline of 1st December to reply to the consultation online but I am sure that they will provide paper copies if required.  Please go direct to CWaC for more information:



A few weeks ago I emailed you about our Allocations Policy review survey which asks for your views about how we allocate social housing.

We have had a very good response so far and thank you to those of you that have completed it. Your views will help to influence how the Council develops the final version of the Allocations Policy.

If you have not yet returned your survey, you still have until 1 December 2019.      

Taking part

You can find the survey on our consultation page:

Thank you for your time and we look forward to hearing your views.

Allan Batty  Senior Housing Policy Officer

Cheshire West and Chester Council

 Tel:    0151 356 6410 (Ext 66410)


Location: Civic Way Offices ground floor, Ellesmere Port



 Please give us your views on the new draft Allocations Policy.

To take part visit our consultation page

 For more information on the private rented sector, why not visit:



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Parish Clerk & RFO Vacancy

We would like to thank all who applied (around 25 in all) and to say that we have completed the process and have appointed one of the candidates.  Overall the level of candidate was high and there are a lot of candidates looking who have some excellent financial and managerial qualifications.  I would suggest, because the numbers of qualified Clerks and RFOs has diminished recently and there are a number of vacancies that you look at the ChALC (Cheshire Association of Local Councils) Website where current vacancies are listed.

Many thanks to all who expressed an interest.

Francis Tunney, Chair – Utkinton and Cotebrook Parish Council

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Public Health Key Message – October

Please see this months bulletin which focuses on Every Mind Matters

PH Key Messages – Every Mind Matters

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Burst Water Main – North Brook Road

Following the recent bursts, a resident raised a complaint with United Utilities and below is their response.

Thank you for taking the time to contact us on 6 October 2019 regarding your concerns about the repeat bursts on North Brooke Road.

Firstly, I would like to apologise for any interruptions to your supply and also any inconvenience caused by our repeat visits. I understand that this can be very frustrating and I want to assure you that we attend as quickly as possible to repair and restore supplies. This is to ensure there is as little disruption to our customers as possible.

I can see that there have been several bursts or leaks in the same location and understand that it is not ideal for us to keep repairing the same section of pipe every time it bursts. However I would like to inform you that we are aware of this issue and this particular area has been highlighted for improvement, allow me to explain.

When we have an area that suffers multiple bursts, each incident is logged taking into account the severity and impact of the leak. This then enables us to assess the urgency for any improvement that may be required. We then prioritise any improvement projects by considering the regularity of the issue, the number of properties affected and the cost involved to undertake any improvement measures.

We acknowledge the regularity of issues at North Brook Road and having looked into the scope of the work this would require 220 meters of mains to be replaced. As you can appreciate, any work on this scale will require funding. After speaking with our Network Performance Engineer, he anticipates that funding will be approved for the work to be carried out hopefully in the next financial year (April 2020 to March 2021).

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A wonderful idea …

… I read this article this morning and felt it a lovely idea that ought to spread further (I know they have some in Tarporley) but it should be ‘ward wide’.


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19/01315/OUT – Dwellings at Fox & Barrel, Cotebrook (Refused)

We have just been notified that this application (19/01315/out has been refused for more details refer to : CWaC Simple Search Page: use this link

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Parish Council Meetings

Due to the successful the Management Team at Corebrook Village Hall have had in securing a National Lottery grant to refurbish their hall, for the next few months, the Parish Council meetings will be held at Utkinton Village Hall.

This involves:

November meeting (starting at 7.30pm)                                                             December meeting (starting at 7pm)                                                                               January meeting (stating at 7.30pm)

Please see the meeting timetable (below) as this also includes locations for 2020 Parish Council Meetings.

UCPC Meeting locations for noticeboard 19_20


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“Cut off in me prime!” – A Tirley lane Update

It cannot have escaped your notice that Tirley Lane currently resembles ‘the Somme’, there are workmen everywhere so I asked them what was going on and what was the plan of ‘attack!’

They have been installing kerbing between ‘Silver Birches’ and ‘Heyeswood’ and hope to have that finished later today (Thursday).  They have also cut back the overhanging hedge line for most of the lane and are clearing up the rubbish.

Tomorrow (Friday) they will be Planing from the school to just above ‘Long Meadow’ and also the entrance to the Lane from Heaths Lane.  They have promised that we will be able to access from one end or the other so please be patient.

On Monday / Tuesday they will be tarmacing and making good.

I want to say ‘Thank You’ to all concerned for the way in which they have handled this – my only request might have been an ‘order of battle’, so we could gird our lions.


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