More Mount Pleasant homes allowed

An additional 9 homes have been approved on the Mount Pleasant Park.

An earlier application 18/4510 for the “Demolition of 60 & 60a Main Road & garage blocks & the redevelopment of the site with 9 no. park homes & ancillary works” – which Jodrell Bank were opposed to – had been previously refused.

But now Cheshire East has agreed that as the site licence under the original planning application ‘limits the amount of caravans to a maximum of 83 units’ an additional 9 homes would be lawful, only making a total of 79. A separate application will still be required for the demolition of existing buildings.

Scouts’ lunch for Goostrey Seniors

Goostrey’s Scouts serve up a treat for Seniors 

A tasty three course “Community Lunch was prepared and served by Goostrey scouts for Seniors at the Scout Hut and Youth Centre on Saturday 18 May, as part of 1st Goostrey Scouts’ community engagement programme.

More than 10 local Seniors accepted the Scouts’ invitation to join them for lunch, so that Scouts and Seniors could share experiences, get a better understanding and talk to each other. All participants – young and not so young – certainly made special memories of the day.

The whole Scout pack had been involved the previous evening in supervised food preparation, setting the tables, making guest name places and table name cards, and showing off their creative flare by decorating cupcakes for the guests.

On the day, the Scouts looked after the guests, shared photographs of scouting activities and enjoyed looking at photographs kindly brought in by guests. The scouts served and ate the tasty meal together with their guests and then helped with the clear up. 

Sarah Pass, Assistant Scout Leader said: “Our guests seemed delighted with the effort and attention of the Scouts, and enjoyed talking with them. It was great to see different generations having fun together and making the event so memorable”

Group Scout Leader (GSL), Neil Memmott, added:” This community lunch is part of our ongoing programme to continue to support the local community. This builds on the active programme of tree and hedge planting in and around Goostrey over the winter, involving our Cubs, Beavers and other young people and family and friends of all ages.

This community lunch followed other initiatives run for Seniors in Goostrey as part of the Scouts’ Community Impact badge – which aims to create positive social change, to help people in your community and to make the world a better place. 

Two previous sessions focussed on dementia, seeking to raise our awareness so that Scouts can help family and friends to understand how dementia can impact lives.  

Premise surveys were obtained, which were then tailored to our local venues. Members of the scout group then visited, including St Luke’s Church, Goostrey railway station, the Village Hall and our Scout hut, to assess how dementia friendly they were – and passed back some of the recommendations to help to improve these premises for our community.  The scouts also researched and made dementia-friendly signs – some of which are now being used in local venues.

The Scouts were keen to increase their understanding of the obstacles created by dementia and the ageing process, and made an assault course to experience some of the difficulties for themselves. The young people learned that it makes a big difference if people are patient and kind.

To find out about how your child can join Beavers, Cubs or Scouts in Goostrey, please email: CW4scoutsmembership@gmail.com

Application for wedding venue at Blackden Manor

Updated* The current version of the application now only includes the main Manor house and large glass extension with 3-bay garage.

Mr & Mrs Kershaw’s new application for their Grade ll listed Blackden Manor seeks to create a separate wedding venue with 10 bedrooms as well as a large extension to the main house.  (For info their other interests The Colony Group  includes luxurious office space/wedding venue etc near the airport)

Link to planning page for details: 19/2427C.  Comments are due by 5th Sept – to be decided by delegated authority rather than committee.

Wedding venue

The Grade ll manor house, to the east of the railway station, is currently being renovated/modernised.  This latest application points to the costs being offset by revenue generated from the creation of a separate wedding venue from the Grade ll cottage and adjacent farm building with glass extension:  “…The goal of the owners is to preserve the long term future of the estate but this cannot be at any cost. Consequently, the current proposals involve the renovation and extension of the listed farm building and East farm buildings to provide a wedding venue. This will then allow revue (sic) to be generated to fund the renovation of the ancillary buildings and fund the shortfall to the renovation and upkeep of the main house and surrounding estate.” Design & Access Statement 19/2427C.

The 2 outbuildings’ layouts suggest one for ceremonies and one for receptions (showing over 100 guests) and providing 10 bedrooms, although car parking doesn’t appear on the drawings.

Surely such a venture could lead to on-going noise and traffic issues locally, however no neighbours are being notified by CEC about the application!  Jodrell Bank Observatory are, of course, listed as a consultee.

Manor house extension

The Grade ll manor house is already a sizeable 7 bedroomed building but a very large glass extension is now proposed to the rear of the main house. “The current owners have acquired the estate with the intention of making it a family home. This involves extensive restoration to the existing buildings and estate in order to extend its life and make it suitable for use as a home to cater for the ongoing needs of their family and to ensure it reaches the standards expected of the size and stature of the house and estate.   ……..an extension is required to create a plan that works for the family…”

Recent alterations/renovations were approved on application 19/1324C.

 

Blackden manor proposed extension

 

Blackden Manor with proposed rear glass extension

Speedwatch

The Goostrey SpeedWatch team will be reporting 10 drivers who registered speeds over 35mph between 8:15 and 9:15 along Station Road this morning. Four cars were recorded over 40mph – with one at 49mph!

The 30mph limit is clearly marked before the railway bridge (and, as per the Highway Code, street lighting indicates a 30 limit along Station Road).

Watch your speed.

Of course not everyone speeds so well done to the 150+ drivers who drove carefully into/out of the village during the hour!

Photo from previous SpeedWatch

Speedwatch

The Goostrey SpeedWatch team will be reporting 10 drivers who registered speeds over 35mph between 8:15 and 9:15 along Station Road this morning. Four cars were recorded over 40mph – with one at 49mph!

The 30mph limit is clearly marked before the railway bridge (and, as per the Highway Code, street lighting indicates a 30 limit along Station Road).

Watch your speed.

Of course not everyone speeds so well done to the 150+ drivers who drove carefully into/out of the village during the hour!

Photo from previous SpeedWatch

A second unique banner at Goostrey Station – and a request

There’s a second new banner mounted beside the platform at Goostrey Railway Station.   The wonderful artwork is by Eamonn Murphy and both banners were commissioned by Friends of Goostrey Station (FOGS). 
Chair of FOGS, Craig Sidebotham said ‘The digitally produced images are part of a Community Rail project featuring iconic buildings close to local railway lines.  Northern Rail chose two structures to represent Goostrey : the Old Medicine House, which is the home of author Alan Garner and his wife Griselda, and the Lovell telescope at Jodrell Bank.’
FOGS volunteers who erected the second unique banner at Goostrey Station
Several members of FOGS attended the launch exhibition in Manchester.  All were impressed by the designs which are in a style reminiscent of the classic posters of the 1920s and 1930s.  The aim of the project is to increase the number of visitors to the sites illustrated and also to promote travel by train.  More information about the project can be found at stationconnections.co.uk
After discussion, Eamonn Murphy agreed to create two banners especially for Goostrey.  FOGS members asked him to use images which reflected the stations along the Crewe – Manchester line.  Hence the title of both banners is Goostrey Connections.   
Thanks go to the volunteers who transported and erected the banners.   But special thanks must go to Bill Macdonald who planned and made the wooden supports. 
Members of FOGS are excited that work organised by the owners Network Rail to restore the historic ticket office at Goostrey Station is progressing well.  The roof has been repaired and the wooden cladding and window frames have been replaced.  In addition, drain pipes and decorative canopy brackets have been repaired or recast and the exterior has been painted in the original heritage colours. 
Request: The Railway Heritage Trust, which provided some of the funding for the project, is seeking photos of the ticket office showing the original sign for the station name.  At present the earliest FOGS members have is from the 1960s.  Do you have an earlier one? If you can help, please contact FOGS member Christina Burgess on christina@rburgess.force9.co.uk or 01477 535443.