Should Goostrey Parish Council Buy The Railway Sidings?

All houses in the village should have received a letter from the Parish Council asking if residents would like the Council to make an offer for the railway sidings which are up for sale. Residents have until the 27th to respond. You can also click here to fill in this survey online to get your response back. 

A Letter from Goostrey Parish Council to All Residents

Goostrey Former Railway Sidings

Dear Resident,

You may have noticed that the land which contained the former railway sidings is up for sale.  It is a total of 6.4 acres.  Goostrey Parish Council is considering whether or not to make an offer to purchase the land.

The main benefit is that we could preserve the land as an open space (as it is now) and it would be owned by the Parish Council on behalf of the residents.  Over a period of time we hope to be able to open it up for other uses by the community.

Unfortunately, because the land is being sold by a Receiver, the sale needs to take place in a very short space of time.  Consequently, we do not have time to fully examine the state of the land and we do not know the extent of remediation needed to allow other uses.  For this reason, the land would not initially be open for general access.

If the Parish Council is to make an offer, we would need to take out a Public Works Loan, which the Government makes available to bodies like ourselves.  The loan would have a low and fixed rate of interest.  To cover the repayments, we would need to raise the Precept (ie that component of the Council Tax that you pay to the Parish Council) for a 25-year period.  To allow scope for negotiation, we need flexibility on the size of the increase.   We are proposing that for a Band ‘D’ house the maximum would be 54p/month (the maximum levels for the range of Band ‘A’ to Band ‘H’ would be 36p to £1.07/month).

Any offer that we make could of course be outbid by another prospective purchaser.

We would like to get your view on whether or not you are in favour of the Parish Council making an offer and raising the Precept.

Please could you complete the slip (on the copy of the letter you receive) and return it to the Village Hall letterbox (or The Trading Post) or complete the online survey at Goostrey.info (see the link at beginning of this post) by 10pm on Monday 27th January.  The overall response will be reported to the Parish Council meeting on 28th January where the way forward will be decided.  Thank You.

Sharon Jones  Clerk to Goostrey Parish Council

Goostrey Former Railway Sidings. 

The land for sale is within the red line boundary.  It is situated to the West of Station Road.  The southern entrance is directly opposite the station car park.

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Update on the traffic lights for Goostrey Station Bridge

A message from The FOGS Committee on the traffic lights which have been proposed on Goostrey Station Bridge…
The matter was raised at a recent Goostrey Parish Council Meeting as the design for the improvements to the bridge were done in 2018 and the works were scheduled to be completed in March 2019 but as you will be aware no progress has yet been made to date.
Goostrey Parish Council have asked Cheshire East Council (CEC) for an update meeting to discuss their plans for the Station Bridge and timescales for work to be carried out. A meeting is due to take place later in January however a date and agenda for the meeting has not yet been confirmed by CEC. The Vice Chair of Friends of Goostrey Station Dave Roberts will be present at the forthcoming meeting and will make representation regarding the current hazards that the bridge poses for rail passengers when walking to and from the Crewe Platform.
In order to try and escalate this matter FOGS have asked Fiona Bruce MP to write independently to CEC supporting that the works be progressed. Attached to this email is Fiona Bruce MP confirmation to Dave Roberts that she has sent said letter asking for an update. We will email again following the meeting and advising FOGS members of the outcome.
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