Annual parish meeting hit by power cut

The annual parish meeting had to be postponed yesterday evening due to a power cut in the village.  The north west ambulance service gave an excellent presentation before it was deemed too dark to carry on … A little frustrating then that the power came back on a few minutes after the meeting had been abandoned!

PC chairman Peter Godfrey asked if anyone wishing to stand for the parish council  should apply during the coming week.

Annual Parish Meeting Tues 31st

A reminder that tomorrow evening is the Annual Parish Meeting following a busy year for the council: Village Hall at 7.30pm.


1.  Welcome & Introduction

2.  Apologies.

3.  Minutes of Annual Parish Meeting 2014.

4.  Chairman’s Report.

5.  Statement of Accounts

6.  North West Ambulance Service

7.  Scouts

8.  Neighbourhood Watch

9.  Friends of Booth Bed Lane Play Area

10.  Public Forum.


Application for 10 houses in Twemlow

A new application has been put in for 10 houses on Chelford Road in Twemlow, to replace a house and stables.

Cheshire East planning ref 15/1126C.  Comments by 23rd April 2015 [Ctte 10th June]

Marathon Hike for new Goostrey Scout Hut

Last weekend, 20 young Scouts from Goostrey aged 11 – 14 undertook a gruelling sponsored “marathon” weekend hike of up to 26 miles along the Gritstone trail in the Peak District to raise money for the building of the new Scout Hut opposite the Crown Inn in Goostrey.

Scouts hike on the Cloud

Scouts hike on the Cloud

The photograph shows the hardy band of 20 Scouts and 6 leaders who made it to the top of “the Cloud” at the end of the two day hike.

David Giles, Group Scout Leader of 1st Goostrey Scouts, said: “I am very proud and impressed by the determination and perseverance of our young Scouts who managed this very challenging hike, led by 6 very able and committed leaders.  They have made a very big personal contribution to achieving our new Scout Hut and youth centre, which I hope as many sponsors as possible will  recognise in their donations.”

Neil Memmott, Scout Leader paid tribute to the tenacity of the Scouts, saying  “The groups took a very arduous route on Saturday taking in White Nancy, Tegg’s Nose and Shuttlingsloe or Crocker Hill, starting at 9 in the morning and walking until just before dark at 6pm.  Then they had to be mentally and physically tough to get up and walk again on Sunday.”

“Many thanks to all who have sponsored our Scouts on this hike – which has raised more than £2000 to date – but we hope that  people will continue to be generous, as the donation website for the hike will remain for some weeks” – see :

Please like and share the Scouts’ new page on Facebook to get as many people involved as possible in this fundraising effort.  Follow the link:

David Giles, Group Scout Leader


Call-in request in House of Commons

Yesterday in House of Commons local MP Fiona Bruce asked:

“Will Ministers give very serious consideration to a call-in request I have made relating to a planning application for 190 properties in Goostrey? It would generate detrimental interference to the radio telescopes and world-leading scientific work at Jodrell Bank, and is therefore a concern of national significance.”

Brandon Lewis [Minister of State for Communities and Local Gov] replied:

“My hon. Friend will appreciate that I cannot comment on a particular planning application, but any such request will be given full consideration. I know that she has campaigned very hard with local residents to protect what they perceive as an important piece of local infrastructure. I will obviously look at all the details that come in.”

[Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 16 March 2015, c536)]

and now an article in Knutsford Guardian 17th March 2015.

Effectively, by ‘calling it in’, this would be a shortcut straight to the equivalent of a planning appeal where all the evidence would be heard and assessed.  There is no guarantee of a refusal!  If the evidence is not convincing then the development may be allowed.