Lovell close to finishing

The Lovell is always a stunning sight from around the village but it has looked like it’s landed from another universe while contractors work at nights to replace the original panels. “The contractors are getting very close to the top of the Telescope now – the white ring near the top edge shows where panels have been removed from the old surface but not yet replaced. The lights inside shine through. Looking forward to getting it back.”

Professor Tim O’Brien

The Lovell at night, photo Prof Tim O’Brien

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Off the beaten track – at St Luke’s 24th Sept

Jacki Hill-Murphy, FRGS, is to give a talk on 24th September. Jacki is a writer and speaker who has travelled to some of the most inhospitable places on earth to re-create the journeys of daring female adventurers from the past.

7:30-9.00pm (doors open at 7). £5 a head. St. Luke’s Church, Goostrey. Tues 24thSept.

Royal Geographic Society.

Jacki Hill-Murphy MA, FRGS, is an explorer, writer and speaker who has travelled to some of the most inhospitable places on earth to re-create the journeys of daring women adventurers from the past. In tracking valiant women who left inhibition at home and journeyed into the unknown, Hill-Murphy pays tribute to their invincible spirits and achievements.

She has followed in the footsteps of Victorian explorers Isabella Bird who travelled by yak across the DigarLa in Ladakh, India; Mary Kingsley, who pioneered the route to the 13,255 summit of Mount Cameroon; and Kate Marsden who trudged from Moscow to Siberia in search of a cure for leprosy.

Hill-Murphy also braved piranha-infested waters in a dugout canoe to replicate the 1769 expedition of Isabel Godin, the only survivor of a 42-person, 3000-mile expedition along the Amazon River. Jacki says: “We are all adventuresses who need to travel to be who we are and we are better people for it.”

League promotion for Goostrey Men’s Tennis team

Congratulations to the ‘Men’s A’ team from Goostrey Tennis Club having been promoted from 4th to 2nd division for the upcoming Winter League matches, following a highly successful 12 months of competing.

This marks a ‘first’ for Goostrey Tennis Club – their highest divisional placing in 23 years, since joining the South & Mid-Cheshire Tennis League in 1997. 

Having won both last winter’s and this spring’s league, they were well-placed at the start of the recent summer season for League matches. As they then came second in the summer league, competing against top teams from Congleton, Cuddington, Holmes Chapel and Nantwich, they were promoted up two divisions.

Accolades over the past 12 months also include winning the Winter League Knock-out trophy. Team Captain Andrew Brierley said: “Goostrey Men’s A Team had another great year. We’ve got some strong players, and it’s been hugely rewarding – and great fun – to have won many matches at home and away, and seen the team promoted to our highest-ever league ranking. Thanks go to all the players, and also to those who support the Men’s B team in flying the flag for Goostrey Tennis Club in our county area League.”

Goostrey Men’s A team members include Andrew Brierley, Luke Brierley, Jason Lynch, Richard Saxton, Mike Saxton and Simon Barlow.

Besides League competitive tennis, Goostrey Tennis Club also offers social tennis on Wednesday evenings and Saturday afternoons, with frequent American Tournaments for all ages and abilities, plus a regular programme of junior coaching. To find out more, visit the club’s website. 

Photos show Goostrey Men’s A Team Captain Andrew Brierley (left) receiving the League’s Spring Cup and team member Luke Brierley (left) receiving the Winter League trophy.

 

Parish Council object to Blackden Manor’s plans

For information/interest this is the Parish Council’s objection to Blackden Manor’s latest plan – as ‘Blackden Estate’ – to hold events there.  (the application 19/2427c on the planning page is basically for a kitchen extension):

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Goostrey Parish Council (GPC) Objection to Planning Application Number 19/2427C, New Plans for Blackden Manor, Station Road Goostrey.

The Parish Council objects to the revised planning application for the following reasons.

  1. It is clearly intended that the application is not for residential purposes but that the development will operate as a commercial wedding and events venue. The owners are advertising this publicly as illustrated below, the information is from their own websitehttps://www.blackdenestate.co.uk/ and various social media sites.
  2. The advertisements show photographs of the listed building and say that it is “Cheshire’s Premier Wedding and Event Venue” and that the venue is open to the public to view as a Wedding Venue on 5th and 6th October 2019. The website makes it quite clear that the events are to be held inside the listed building for which this planning application applies:“Events in our quintessentially English, grade II listed property with views of UNESCOWorld Heritage Site”The website also says:

    “With space for up to 500 delegates plus plenty of onsite parking”

  3. As far as we are aware there is no permission at this site or building (of which the current application is an integral part) for commercial use and no entertainment or alcohol license. Commercial use would require an application and assessment of the impacts of noise, highways, lighting, car parking, impact on the listed building, impact on the Jodrell Bank Observatory among other factors.
  4. The website advertises that Tipis, glamping pods, glamping tents and glamping shepherd huts will be located on the site. “The perfect location for your Tipi can be found anywhere on the estate”. However, an application for glamping pods a short distance away on Bomish Lane was refused in 2018 (18/5000M) due to radio interference with Jodrell Bank Observatory.
  5. We note that the owners are operating a similar venue called ‘The Colony’ in Wilmslow andhave now applied for retrospective permission for use as a wedding venue (19/3302M). It appears that a similar unsatisfactory approach is being pursued in this case.
  6. ‘The Colony’ events have been the subject of a number of complaints by residents due to noise nuisance, in one case the staff have had to threaten guests with calling the police in order to stop the noise. The proposed approach of keeping doors and windows closed has not worked in hot weather when guests have opened doors and windows.
  7. We are concerned that Goostrey residents living close to Blackden Manor, particularly those near Goostrey Station will be affected by noise nuisance from similar commercial events at the Manor. Goostrey houses are less than 300m from the site and complaints about noise from The Colony have been received from residents 700m away, which would reach into Goostrey village at Church Bank.
  1. Blackden Manor lies within the ‘Inner Consultation Zone’ for the Jodrell Bank Observatoryand within the UNESCO World Heritage ‘Buffer Zone’. We are concerned that emissionsfrom LED lighting, computers, mobile phones and a range of other electronic devices in the proposed extension in this application will damage JBO’s operations, both for residential use and as “Cheshire’s Premier Wedding and Events Venue”.
  2. Overall GPC submit that this application should be refused as it is clearly intended for a purpose other than that stated in the application. If it is approved, then it should be restricted to residential use only.

Attachments below:

Parish Council object to Blackden Manor’s plans

For information/interest this is the Parish Council’s objection to Blackden Manor’s latest plan – as ‘Blackden Estate’ – to hold events there.  (the application 19/2427c on the planning page is basically for a kitchen extension):

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Goostrey Parish Council (GPC) Objection to Planning Application Number 19/2427C, New Plans for Blackden Manor, Station Road Goostrey.

The Parish Council objects to the revised planning application for the following reasons.

  1. It is clearly intended that the application is not for residential purposes but that the development will operate as a commercial wedding and events venue. The owners are advertising this publicly as illustrated below, the information is from their own websitehttps://www.blackdenestate.co.uk/ and various social media sites.
  2. The advertisements show photographs of the listed building and say that it is “Cheshire’s Premier Wedding and Event Venue” and that the venue is open to the public to view as a Wedding Venue on 5th and 6th October 2019. The website makes it quite clear that the events are to be held inside the listed building for which this planning application applies:“Events in our quintessentially English, grade II listed property with views of UNESCOWorld Heritage Site”

    The website also says:

    “With space for up to 500 delegates plus plenty of onsite parking”

  3. As far as we are aware there is no permission at this site or building (of which the current application is an integral part) for commercial use and no entertainment or alcohol license. Commercial use would require an application and assessment of the impacts of noise, highways, lighting, car parking, impact on the listed building, impact on the Jodrell Bank Observatory among other factors.
  4. The website advertises that Tipis, glamping pods, glamping tents and glamping shepherd huts will be located on the site. “The perfect location for your Tipi can be found anywhere on the estate”. However, an application for glamping pods a short distance away on Bomish Lane was refused in 2018 (18/5000M) due to radio interference with Jodrell Bank Observatory.
  5. We note that the owners are operating a similar venue called ‘The Colony’ in Wilmslow andhave now applied for retrospective permission for use as a wedding venue (19/3302M). It appears that a similar unsatisfactory approach is being pursued in this case.
  6. ‘The Colony’ events have been the subject of a number of complaints by residents due to noise nuisance, in one case the staff have had to threaten guests with calling the police in order to stop the noise. The proposed approach of keeping doors and windows closed has not worked in hot weather when guests have opened doors and windows.
  7. We are concerned that Goostrey residents living close to Blackden Manor, particularly those near Goostrey Station will be affected by noise nuisance from similar commercial events at the Manor. Goostrey houses are less than 300m from the site and complaints about noise from The Colony have been received from residents 700m away, which would reach into Goostrey village at Church Bank.
  1. Blackden Manor lies within the ‘Inner Consultation Zone’ for the Jodrell Bank Observatoryand within the UNESCO World Heritage ‘Buffer Zone’. We are concerned that emissionsfrom LED lighting, computers, mobile phones and a range of other electronic devices in the proposed extension in this application will damage JBO’s operations, both for residential use and as “Cheshire’s Premier Wedding and Events Venue”.
  2. Overall GPC submit that this application should be refused as it is clearly intended for a purpose other than that stated in the application. If it is approved, then it should be restricted to residential use only.

Attachments below: