Playground notice: Pulford Close

The slide unit at the Pulford Close play area is being closed until a replacement part can be installed next week.

 

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Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 – Temporary Road Closure A533 Davenham Bypass in Northwich

Notice is hereby given pursuant to the provisions of Section 14 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 the effect of which will be to prohibit traffic on the following lengths of roads in Northwich to enable Carraigeway patching works to be carried out by Cheshire west and Chester Council.
Davenham Bypass – (Between London Road and St Wilfrids Roundabout)
(Night Closure between the hours of 20:00-06:00)
Nothing in the Order shall prevent driving upon the said lengths of road of any vehicle which is being used for the conveyance of persons goods or merchandise to or from any premises situate on or adjacent to the lengths of road or in connection with agriculture building construction works of repair and the like or use in an emergency of vehicles for fire brigade ambulance or police purposes. A through route will not always be available and any vehicles not requiring access to properties on the length of road should use alternative routes.
The closure will come into force on 17th July 2019 and will be in force for a maximum of 5 Nights. It is anticipated that the work will last for approximately 2 Nights.

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Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 – Temporary Road Closure A533 Kingsmead in Northwich

Notice is hereby given pursuant to the provisions of Section 14 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 the effect of which will be to prohibit traffic on the following lengths of roads in Northwich to enable Carriageway Patching works to be carried out by Cheshire West and Chester Council.

A533 Kingsmead, Kingsmead, Northwich (Between The Crescent and London Road)
(Night closure between the hours of 20:00 and 06:00)

Nothing in the Order shall prevent driving upon the said lengths of road of any vehicle which is being used for the conveyance of persons goods or merchandise to or from any premises situate on or adjacent to the lengths of road or in connection with agriculture building construction works of repair and the like or use in an emergency of vehicles for fire brigade ambulance or police purposes. A through route will not always be available and any vehicles not requiring access to properties on the length of road should use alternative routes.

The closure will come into force on 19th July 2019 and will be in force for a maximum of 5 Nights. It is anticipated that the work will last for approximately 2 Nights.

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Wild Bee Orchids

Wild bee orchids have been discovered growing on the verges on the Kingsmead spineroad.

As the Council is keen to promote the growth of wild flowers, areas around the wild flowers have been left uncut to protect the flowers.

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Hedge Trimming

A number of residents have been in touch to enquire about hedge trimming schedules as the hedges have grown significantly in the summer months with the wet and warm weather.

The Council’s contract schedules hedge trimming to begin in August. This will be reviewed by the Council at the meeting on Monday 15th July to consider the commencement of works to some areas before August, taking into consideration the laws protecting nests and obligations of the contractor to manage the risk of early hedge cutting.

 

Guidance on flying drones

The Council has been contacted regarding concerns about drone flying in the area.

Drones should be flown in accordance with ‘The Drone Code’:-

Don’t fly near airports or airfields
Remember to stay below 400ft (120m) 
Observe your drone at all times – stay 150ft (50m) away from people and property
Never fly near aircraft Enjoy responsibly

Permission from the CAA is required for commercial operations such as the sale of photographs.

Further guidance on using drones with cameras and the Data Protection Act can be found on the ICO website at the link below:-

https://ico.org.uk/your-data-matters/drones/

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Best Kept Garden Competition Winners 2019

The standard of entries was exceptionally high and the winners have now been awarded their prizes by one of the judges, Cllr Helen Weltman and the Chairman, Cllr Chris Reed. Thank you to all of thos who entered the competition.

Jan Wilson won £100 of gardening vouchers for first place

Peter Prost won £75 of vouchers for second place

Carole and Mike Jestin won £50 of vouchers for third place

Dukes Way 1 play area – New multi-play unit to be installed

Following the removal of the multi-play unit from the Duke’s Way 1 play area, a replacement has now been ordered which will be suitable for 7-14 year olds. It is hoped this will be installed in August. The unit is shown below and will be green, grey and black.

Would you like a village hall in Kingsmead?

Kingsmead is a great place to live with its lovely riverside walks and ponds, however Kingsmead Parish Council feel that the area would benefit from the addition of a village hall, that could potentially serve as a focal point for the community.  Before we progress this further, we would like to understand the views from the Kingsmead community and as such, we would be grateful if you could complete the following questionnaire and share your thoughts and views on this idea:-

Online at Survey Monkey

PDF:              Kingsmead Village Hall Questionnaire

Word doc:      Kingsmead Village Hall Questionnaire

Questionnaires can be returned by email to clerk@kingsmeadpc.org.uk or posted to Kingsmead Parish Council, PO Box 448, Knutsford. WA16 1FJ

If you would like a printed copy, please contact the clerk on 01606 533858

 

 

NOTICE OF PUBLIC RIGHTS AND PUBLICATION OF UNAUDITED ANNUAL GOVERNANCE & ACCOUNTABILITY RETURN ACCOUNTS FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 MARCH 2019

Smaller authority name: ____KINGSMEAD PARISH COUNCIL_____________

NOTICE OF PUBLIC RIGHTS AND PUBLICATION OF UNAUDITED ANNUAL GOVERNANCE & ACCOUNTABILITY RETURN
ACCOUNTS FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 MARCH 2019

Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 Sections 26 and 27
The Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/234)

NOTICE NOTES

1. Date of announcement___ Wednesday 12th June 2019_______________(a)
2. Each year the smaller authority’s Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) needs to be reviewed by an external auditor appointed by Smaller Authorities’ Audit Appointments Ltd. The unaudited AGAR has been published with this notice. As it has yet to be reviewed by the appointed auditor, it is subject to change as a result of that review.
Any person interested has the right to inspect and make copies of the accounting records for the financial year to which the audit relates and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers, receipts and other documents relating to those records must be made available for inspection by any person interested. For the year ended 31 March 2019, these documents will be available on reasonable notice by application to:

(b) Sarah Morgan, Clerk and RFO
PO Box 448 Knutsford WA16 1FJ______________________________
01606 533 858_____________________________________________
clerk@kingsmeadpc.org.uk___________________________________

commencing on (c) __Monday 17 June 2019 _______________________

and ending on (d) ___Friday 26 July 2019 ________________________

3. Local government electors and their representatives also have:

• The opportunity to question the appointed auditor about the accounting records; and
• The right to make an objection which concerns a matter in respect of which the appointed auditor could either make a public interest report or apply to the court for a declaration that an item of account is unlawful. Written notice of an objection must first be given to the auditor and a copy sent to the smaller authority.

The appointed auditor can be contacted at the address in paragraph 4 below for this purpose between the above dates only.

4. The smaller authority’s AGAR is subject to review by the appointed auditor under the provisions of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014, the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 and the NAO’s Code of Audit Practice 2015. The appointed auditor is:

PKF Littlejohn LLP (Ref: SBA Team)
1 Westferry Circus
Canary Wharf
London E14 4HD
(sba@pkf-littlejohn.com)

5. This announcement is made by (e) _ Sarah Morgan, Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer

LOCAL AUTHORITY ACCOUNTS – A SUMMARY OF YOUR RIGHTS

The unaudited Annual Governance and Accountability Return can be viewed below:-

Section 1: Annual Governance Statement 2018/2019

Section 2: Accounting Statements 2018/2019

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Kingsmead Primary School Friends Association Summer Fayre- 15th June at 1pm

The judging of this year’s Best Kept Garden Competition has now taken place and the winners will be announced at the Kingsmead Primary School Friends Association Summer Fayre which is taking place this Saturday from 1pm.

Members of the Council will be attending the event to meet residents and they will also be giving out free saplings and other goodies. We hope to see you there.

 

 

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Ground maintenance – grass cutting in wet weather

The Grounds Maintenance Contractor is carring out routine maintenance in Kingmead this week which includes mowing of the verges.

Due to extremely wet weather, the areas which have been mown may have temporary marks from the lawn mowers which will soon recover.

Please contact the Clerk if you have any questions or concerns about any aspect of the grounds maintenance.

Best Kept Garden Competition 2019 – Presentation at the Kingsmead Primary School Summer Fair

Thanks to all of those who entered this year’s competition.

The three winners will be announced at the Kingsmead Primary School Summer Fair which is taking place on 15th June at 1pm.

The Parish Council will also be giving away saplings and other freebies at the Council’s stall so please come along to support this fantastic event.

 

Play Area Updates – Dukes Way 1 and Kingslawn Close/Mereworth Drive

Dukes Way 1

Following health and safety concerns about rot to the frame and extensive wear to the bridge, the entire structure at the site area was fenced off to prevent injury. The site was subsequently broken into which left the structure accessible.

Due to ongoing concerns about the risk of the site, the entire structure has now been removed as it was not financially viable to repair due to the age of the equipment.

The structure will be replaced as a priority and it is hoped that the new equipment will be in place by August.

Kingslawn Close/Mereworth Drive

The tall wooden climbing unit at the site has now been removed due to extensive rot through the frame meaning it could not be repaired to the required standard.

The Council intends to replace this item with one or two pieces of equipment suitable for a similar age range.


If you would like to get in touch about any aspect of the play areas in Kingsmead, please email clerk@kingsmeadpc.org.uk or call 01606 533858

Kingsmead Litter Pick

Sunday 19th May, 10am to 12pm

If you would like to be involved please meet at the Kingsmead Parish Council noticeboard in Kingsmead Square at 10am. 

Litter picks, gloves and bin bags will be provided.  Children under 16 are very welcome if accompanied by an adult.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Any queries, please call 01606 533858 or email clerk@kingsmeadpc.org.uk

Best Kept Garden Competition 2019

Peter Frost, overall winner of the 2018 competition

Peter Prost, winner of the wildlife and ecological garden category and overall shield winner of the Best Kept Garden Competition for 2018

 

2019 Best Kept Garden Competition Announced

The competition is split into the following categories with a winner in each

  1. Best Traditional Garden (lawn, borders, roses, bedding plants etc.)
  2. Best Modern Garden (landscaped, external room, features)
  3. Best Wildlife or Ecological Garden (growing veg, ponds, wildflowers, ecology)
  4. Best Child-Friendly Garden

Details:

  • Winners of each category will receive £75 gardening vouchers
  • Overall winner will receive a trophy
  • The competition is open to any household in Kingsmead Parish except Parish Councillors and relatives.  Please note Kingsmead Parish includes Royal Gardens, parts of London Road and the new Hill Top Farm development.
  • One entry per household; minimum age of named entrant must be 18 years old
  • The one household entry may be back or front garden or both
  • Households wishing to enter should email (clerk@kingsmeadpc.org.uk) or telephone (01606 533858) with the following details by deadline date of 20th May 2019:

Name/Address/email address/telephone number/front or back garden or both/category entry

The competition will be judged during the last week of May with the winner to be announced on 15th June at Kingsmead School Fair.

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M56 J11a update

Proposals for a new junction to link the M56 to the A533 at Runcorn, creating an improved link to the new Mersey Gateway bridge from the south.

More information can be found on the Highways England website

https://highwaysengland.co.uk/projects/m56-new-junction-11a/

M6 J16-19 smart motorway project update – J16-17 All lane running at 60mph

We would like to inform you of our progress on the M6 junction 16-19 (Crewe to Knutsford) smart motorway project.

 Final stages

As of Monday March 18, motorists are able to use all 4 new lanes between junction 16 (Crewe) and junction 17 (Sandbach) at 60mph, northbound and southbound.

New overhead electronic signs have been switched on to provide drivers with live information about their journeys, including changes in the speed limit, lane closures and incidents ahead.

For safety reasons, a temporary 60mph speed limit will remain in place between junctions 16 and 17 until the technology work is completed.

The national speed and variable speed limits will come into force in line with overall project completion one week’s time.

The entire 18-mile upgrade is on schedule to be finished by the end of March, improving journeys for the 120,000 drivers who use the M6 every day.

What is left to complete?

The remaining work includes commissioning the new technology along the route and some landscaping work to the motorway verge.

What will happen when the smart motorway is complete?

When the smart motorway is fully complete, motorists will feel the benefit of improved and reliable journeys even more. Traffic sensors will automatically monitor the flow of traffic and adjust the speed limit, accordingly, tackling the stop/start conditions and tailbacks caused by sudden braking. New CCTV cameras will provide 100% coverage of the route and allow Highways England’s traffic officers and the emergency services to respond quickly to incidents.

M6 J16-19 smart motorway project update

Highways England would like to inform you of their progress on the M6 junction 16-19 (Crewe to Knutsford) smart motorway project.

Final stages

At 6am on Friday 8 March, M6 junction 18 (Middlewich) and junction 17 (Sandbach) became fully operational, with drivers able to travel at variable speeds up to the national speed limit.

The 60mph speed restriction has now been lifted and this section is now complete.

Overhead electronic signs provide drivers with live information about their journeys, including changes in the speed limit, lane closures and incidents ahead.

The remaining link J16 (Crewe) to J17 (Sandbach) will be open to 4 new running lanes at 60mph next week.

The entire 18-mile upgrade is on schedule to be finished by the end of March, improving journeys for the 120,000 drivers who use the M6 every day.

 What is left to complete?

The remaining work includes commissioning the new technology along the route and some landscaping work to the motorway verge.

What will happen when the smart motorway is complete?

When the smart motorway is complete, traffic sensors will automatically monitor the flow of traffic and adjust the speed limit accordingly, tackling the stop/start conditions and tailbacks caused by sudden braking. New CCTV cameras will provide 100% coverage of the route and allow Highways England’s traffic officers and the emergency services to respond quickly to incidents.

More details on the scheme are available at www.highwaysengland.co.uk/m6j16to19

M6 Planned Carriageway, Slip Road and Lane Closures

Below you can find details of planned closures on the M6 between junctions 2 and 19, for smart motorway works. If you have any queries and would like to speak to somebody about the planned closures, please contact SmartMotorways@highwaysengland.co.uk

Please note – due to safety and weather restrictions, the below closures are subject to change and cancellation. The list does not include any maintenance or emergency closures that may be required.

M6 Northbound

Date Duration Details Project Allow an extra Diversion Route
Monday 18 March 9pm to 6am Junction 13 entry slip road closure M6 junctions 13 to 15 20 minutes Vehicles will be diverted down to J12 and back up the northbound carriageway
Monday 18 March 9pm to 6am Junction 15 entry slip road closure

(All vehicles will be moved over to a contraflow lane)

M6 junctions 13 to 15 20 minutes Vehicles will be diverted down to J14 and back up the Northbound carriageway
Monday 18 March 9pm to 6am Junction 15 exit slip road closure

(All vehicles will be moved over to a contraflow lane)

M6 junctions 13 to 15 20 minutes Vehicles will be diverted up to J16 and back down the Southbound carriageway
Monday 18 March 10pm to 6am Junction 16 to 19 lane closures M6 junctions 16 to 19 20 minutes  
Tuesday 19 March 10pm to 6am Junction 16 to 17 full closure M6 junctions 16 to 19 45 minutes J16-J17
Wednesday 20 March 10pm to 6am Junction 16 to 19 lane closures M6 junctions 16 to 19 20 minutes  
Thursday 21 March 10pm to 6am Junction 16 to 19 lane closures M6 junctions 16 to 19 20 minutes  
Friday 22 March 10pm to 8am Junction 16 to 19 lane closures M6 junctions 16 to 19 20 minutes  
Saturday 23 March 10pm to 8am Junction 16 to 19 lane closures, M6 junctions 16 to 19 20 minutes  
Sunday 24 March 10pm to 6am Junction 16 to 19 lane closures M6 junctions 16 to 19 20 minutes  

M6 Southbound

Date Duration Details Project Allow an extra Diversion Route
Monday 18 March 10pm to 6am Junction 4 southbound entry slip road closure for barrier installation M6 junctions 2 to 4 15 minutes Junction 4 SB entry slip diversion

 

Monday 18 March 10pm to 6am Junction 19 to 16 lane closures, M6 junctions 16 to 19 20 minutes  
Tuesday 19 March 10pm to 6am Junction 4 southbound entry slip road closure for barrier installation M6 junctions 2 to 4 15 minutes Junction 4 SB entry slip diversion

 

Tuesday 19 March 10pm to 6am Junction 19 to 16 lane closures M6 junctions 16 to 19 20 minutes  
Wednesday 20 March 10pm to 6am Junction 4 southbound entry slip road closure for barrier installation M6 junctions 2 to 4 15 minutes Junction 4 SB entry slip diversion

 

Wednesday 20 March 10pm to 6am Junction 17 to 16 full closure M6 junctions 16 to 19 45 minutes J17-J16
Thursday 21 March 10pm to 6am Junction 19 to 16 lane closures M6 junctions 16 to 19 20 minutes  
Friday 22 March 10pm to 8am Junction 19 to 16 lane closures M6 junctions 16 to 19 20 minutes  
Saturday 23 March 10pm to 8am Junction 19 to 16 lane closures M6 junctions 16 to 19 20 minutes  
Sunday 24 March 10pm to 6am Junction 19 to 16 lane closures M6 junctions 16 to 19 20 minutes  

 

 

 

 

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