Council Tax Empty Homes Premium Consultation

Cheshire West and Chester Council has this week launched a consultation seeking views on proposed changes to the Council Tax premium charged to the owners of empty and largely unfurnished properties that have been vacant for over two years.

This includes raising the Council Tax from 50% to 100% with effect from April 19 as they believe this will help increase the mount of available housing stock.

The consultation can be found at the following link and is open until 24 October.

Council Tax empty homes premium consultation

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RTA at Alvanley Arms

This reported on the Tarporley Treasures Facebook;

“Serious RTA alvanley arms closed both ways”

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Temporary Road Closure – Hollins Hill

We have been advised that the above road will be closed from 4th September to install three BT telephone poles.

The work is expected to take one day and a diversion will be provided.

Please click on the link below for details and the diversion route.

TRO 2103 Hollins Hill

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Broadband speeds

Having suffered a number of service failures over the past six months, or so, I was prompted to investigate what alternatives exist.  It isn’t simply a case of switching provider (eg. from BT to Sky, or Talk Talk etc.) because any provider will have to use the existing BTOpenreach infrastructure (green boxes and copper cables from the box to the house) and they would experience the same issues as BT.

So, I have a question; what are your broadband speeds like? And would you be prepared to examine other options – for example B4RN (Broadband for rural networks) who were featured on the BBC News last Tuesday evening.

I am looking at this among other options and would like to put up an online and postal survey of all of the outlying properties in Utkinton and Cotebrook and, perhaps, even to Little Budworth and Rushton/Eaton Parishes.

Drop me a line at if you are interested.

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Call for photographs of ‘The Utkinton Boys’

We are compiling a booklet to support Utkinton and Cotebrook’s commemoration of the end of WW1 and wonder if any kind souls out there have pictures of any of the following:

  • Private John Craven 10th Battalion Cheshire Regiment
  • Private Alec Stoneley. 7th Battalion Prince of Wales Volunteers (South Lancashire)
  • Private Edward Rutter. 8th Battalion Prince of Wales Volunteers (South Lancashire)
  • Gunner John Warburton. 232nd Brigade Royal Field Artillery.
  • Private Arnold Joseph Craven Johnson. 5th Battalion-Pioneers, C-Company, 9th Platoon, South Wales Borderers.
  • Gunner William Craven. D-Battery, 168 Brigade Royal Field Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery
  • Private Arthur HORACE Harold Hassall 17th Squadron Machine Gun Corps (Cavalry).
  • Sapper Thomas Wilding Royal Engineers
  • D/J 74068 Able Seaman Walter Page. HMS Glorious

Your help would be gratefully accepted and any photographs loaned will be treated with the utmost of care.

Please contact: or 07860 917446

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New additions at Utkinton Village Hall

Thanks to the generosity of Bob and Beryl Higgin, the labours of Tony Dahill and Stephen Johnson and the continuing garden skills of Kath Dahill we have two lovely planters at our Village Hall.  These were donated by Mr and Mrs Higgin as part of the memorial to commemorate the servicemen from the Parish who lost their lives in two World Wars and splendid they look too!

IMG_2732  IMG_2734

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Roadworks on Utkinton Lane / Hall Lane

This taken from

Roadworks, delays possible

23 Jul – 25 Jul

Hall Lane, Utkinton, Tarporley,

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Do you like social tennis …

… and live in Utkinton and Cotebrook Parish?

There is a lovely, if ‘junior’ size, court behind Utkinton Village Hall and it would welcome new members to swell the ranks.  Membership of the court (it also has netball hoops) is open to any residents of the Parish and has parking for up to six cars and is a secure, locked facility.

If you would like to consider joining then please get in touch with the Membership Secretary, Sue Patten, on her email:


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Hosepipe Ban

United Utilities have sent a flyer advising of the planning hosepipe ban in the North West starting on 5th August.

Please see below for this.

United Utilities Hose Pipe Ban

They advise that further details can be found on their website.

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Road Works – North Brook Road, Utkinton

JPCS will be undertaking road patching works on North Brook Road on 20th / 23rd July 2018.

They advise that they hope to complete the work on Friday 20th July.

Access will still be available but their signs say that parked vehicles may be moved.

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