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BURTON RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER burtonresidentsassociation.co.uk
Deeside Incinerator – PARC ADFER
In March, Michael Redmond, representing the Association, attended the inaugural meeting of the Wheelabrator Parc Adfer Community Liaison Group held at the Connah’s Quay Council Offices. The key points which emerged were:
he site has been cleared and pile driving T will take place over the next couple of months or so before building commences. heelabrator are aiming to have the W Incinerator operating in the third quarter of 2019. A ll waste from the five North Wales counties will be delivered by lorry between the hours of 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday (and possibly Saturday morning). he Incinerator will operate 24 hours a day T 7 days a week and will generate enough
electricity for 30,000 homes. The main concerns of the Association are the containment of noise from the delivery and incineration of waste and the elimination of harmful or noxious emissions from the incinerator.
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In early spring, we took the play area back to basics as villagers removed 20 tonnes of earth, ready for rubber matting to be laid. You can see pictures on our website! So the groundwork is now safe and complete but as the large multiplay unit was rotten and condemned, there’s sadly very little left for the children to play on at the moment! becomes as self-funding as possible, with less reliance on the volunteer-intensive events. As part of this initiative, we’ve recently had the paintwork in the main clubhouse room freshened up and the bar refurbished. At the request of potential hirers, we’re now looking into the possibility of fitting a bar into the hall itself – not only should it help increase weekend hire, but also generate direct added revenue to make the charity more sustainable. We’ve also been having a fresh look at our events and on Saturday 10th June 12-5pm we’ll be hosting the Burton Village Festival. The RAF have confirmed a WWII Lancaster flypast!! There’ll be up to 60 classic vehicles, a variety of stalls, pony rides & grooming, our largest fairground yet, BBQ, bar and more! If you’d like to display a vehicle, please contact Guy on
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I hope you find it a good read – there is a lot going on at present and no doubt there will be new issues to tackle in the coming year. Please note the date and time of our AGM and come along if you possibly can – the more the merrier! This also goes for membership of the Association. The more members we have, the more clout we have when dealing with Cheshire West and Chester Council and other large organisations to protect or promote the
interests of the village and its residents. For the latest news from time to time, visit the Association website: www.burtonresidentsassociation.co.uk Michael Redmond Chairman
Annual General Meeting The 27th Annual General Meeting of the Association will take place at Gladstone Village Hall on Thursday 18th May starting at 8pm. All local residents are cordially invited to join your committee and fellow members. Complimentary coffee, tea and biscuits will be served.
Burton Manor SOLD! (Subject to Contract)
Membership is open to all residents of Burton. A basic administration charge of £5 per household is payable annually from April each year.
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There’s lots of activity around the village hall and sports pavilion at the moment…
As well as our programme of regular maintenance, the hall is currently committed to a huge upcoming capital outlay to bring both buildings up-to-date with all current legislation. Our priority is to promote the use/hire of the site so that it
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Further news will be posted on the Association’s Website as it arises.
Gladstone Village Hall Update
In preparation for fundraising to replace the multiunit, we’re looking to form a ‘Friends of Burton Play Area’ team. Play equipment is notoriously £1.5k expensive and so far we have only £1,500 pledged of the £10,000 needed for a fairly basic unit. If you could help in any way at all, perhaps by being part of the team or donating, then John Nuttall would be very glad to hear from you. He can be contacted on email@example.com
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To this end we plan to liaise closely with Wheelabrator and Natural Resources Wales as the development progresses
As reported in our last edition, planning permission for the Incinerator was granted by Flintshire County Council in May 2015. Natural Resources Wales (the Welsh environmental agency) subsequently granted an “Environmental Permit” and work commenced on the site earlier this year.
Our newsletter updating members is published at least once during the year. If you would like to join, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
email@example.com for an application form – booking is essential first come, first served! Finally, a reminder that the hall and sports pavilion are both available for hire at very reasonable rates on either an ongoing basis or for one-off events. Please contact Connie (336 3679) for the hall, or Penny (336 8752) for the pavilion www.gladstonevillagehall.co.uk You can make sure you’re up-to-date with all hall news by checking our website. We’re also on Facebook at ‘Gladstone Village Hall’. Please send me your email address & you’ll be added to the circulation list for all updates. Ingrid firstname.lastname@example.org Tel. 336 4974
Useful Links: www.burtonmanor.co.uk www.gladstonevillagehall.co.uk www.cheshire.police.uk www.aboutmyarea.co.uk/Cheshire/ Neston/CH64 www.chesterchronicle.co.uk
Liverpool City Council which owns Burton Manor has agreed, subject to contract, to sell the Manor and its grounds to Peter Betts, a Wirral based property developer specialising in the refurbishment of existing buildings. Although the sale was agreed in principle last summer, the Council has only recently issued the draft contract to Mr Betts’ solicitors for approval.
consult with both organisations on their proposals for the conversion of the Manor into apartments with necessary “enabling development” in the grounds. The Association has already proposed that the development should include the renewal of the shop and café to serve future residents of the Manor and the village generally, and this proposal appears to have been received sympathetically.
The Association looks forward to consulting closely with Mr Betts and the Friends of Burton Manor Gardens with a view to producing a scheme which (i) achieves the appropriate refurbishment of the Manor complemented by sympathetic enabling development, (ii) protects and conserves the gardens, and (iii) recognises and serves the interests of the residents of Burton.
A representative of Mr Betts’ company has been invited to address the AGM.
To avoid further delay, Mr Betts has taken the unusual step of instructing his architects to prepare plans for the development before there is a binding contract. The architects concerned are Donald Insall Associates, a national firm well known for its work on the refurbishment and conversion of old buildings, and are architects to Chester Cathedral. Examples of Mr Betts’ work include the conversion for residential purposes of farm buildings in Puddington and at the bottom of The Runnell in Parkgate. Representatives of the Association and the Friends of Burton Manor Gardens, have already had meetings with Mr Betts and his colleagues who have agreed to
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BURTON RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER
Who are we? Burton Residents’ Association is run by a committee of local residents. The Committee meets regularly to monitor proposed developments in or in the vicinity of the village, including local planning applications. Cheshire West and Chester Council take into consideration any comments the Association has on proposals which may affect the village and its residents. Several members assist the local police team with SpeedWatch activities in a bid to help reduce excessive speeding through the village. Chairman: Michael Redmond contact: 336 3643 email@example.com
Secretary Renee Syme contact: 336 5852 firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer: John Farrell email@example.com
Members: Nick Deyne Donald Howell Steve Lord Peter Nicholson Jan Peters Mark Watts The Association is committed to protecting and promoting the interests of the village and its residents. If you would like to comment on any of the issues in this newsletter, or you wish to raise a matter with us, please contact; firstname.lastname@example.org
Community SpeedWatch The frequency of Community SpeedWatch (CSW) sessions has continued to be low because of other higher priority calls on PCSO Linda Conway’s time and bad weather conditions. On Sunday 19 February, however, PCSOs Conway and Fullagar conducted an enforcement session using a TruCAM speed monitoring device for the first time in Burton. The device recorded three incoming vehicles travelling at speeds between 36 and 39mph within the Neston Road 30mph limit. It is understood that the drivers were offered the choice of either attending a speed awareness course (at their cost) or receiving a fixed penalty of a £100 fine plus three points on their driving licences. The TruCAM has an in-built laser to measure vehicle speeds and it will produce video and still images for evidential purposes. Subject to resource availability, PCSO Conway intends to conduct TruCAM enforcement sessions on a regular basis in between the CSW sessions which will be familiar to most residents. The registered keepers of vehicles monitored by CSW exceeding the village 30mph limits by more than 5mph receive warning letters from Cheshire Police. The worst offenders are also likely to receive visits from a police officer who will offer “words of advice”. Each CSW session usually lasts between one and two hours, utilising up to five approved monitoring positions within the village 30mph area. Eight sessions were held during the six months from September 2016 to February 2017.
Sixty-four vehicles were monitored travelling at 36mph or above. Twentyone of these, one third of the total, were travelling at 41mph or above. As many residents will know, CWaC Council has approved the implementation of 20mph speed limits on residential roads across the borough where mean speeds are currently less than 24mph and around schools where the mean speed is currently less than 30mph. Officers have identified 223 zones that may meet the criteria and all of these zones will require a speed limit assessment. This will involve a week-long traffic survey along key roads to determine the average speed of vehicles. Schemes meeting criteria for a 20mph limit will have a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) advertised so that the public have an opportunity to object to the proposals. Burton as an area, and Bishop Wilson Primary School Puddington Lane, have been defined respectively as zones 129 and 130. They have been scheduled to be assessed in year 3 (2018/19) of the four year programme. As reported in previous Newsletters, a Speed Limit Assessment Report for The Village between Station Road and Vicarage Lane was completed on 27 January 2015. This recommended that, in accordance with Department for Transport and national police guidelines for through roads without substantial traffic calming, the speed limit for The Village should remain at 30mph. The full report is still available on the BRA website under News for March 2015.
Saint Nicholas’ Church and its Friends Over 500 red, white and blue hand knitted or crocheted flowers decorated the church last summer to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday. The church looked wonderful as we gave thanks to God for our longest reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth 11 and prayed for her continuing reign. Thank you to all who knitted and crocheted. We have had another busy year at St Nicholas’ church as well as continuing to provide worship, pastoral care, services and opportunities to share the love of Christ, we have had some good fun together too. Messy church is now a monthly service for families held in the GVH which gives us more scope for running around, sharing food and some messy crafts. Once a term we meet in church to help keep that physical connection to our church. It was wonderful to be able to hold the Village Advent Calendar again, with 23
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windows decorated beautifully leading up to the 24th December when the Church bell tower window was lit displaying the nativity scene. Thanks to everyone who got involved and enjoyed getting to know their neighbours a bit better. Coffee mornings in the church have proved to be very popular, with the draw of some amazing home baked cakes, always a favourite! 2016 has seen the launch of the “Friends of St. Nicholas’ Church” to help maintain the beautiful church which has been the centre for worship in Burton and Puddington for centuries. We recognised that whilst not everyone may attend the church, many are happy to contribute towards the maintenance of both the historic building and the quiet country churchyard. As a church we get no funding from outside sources and rely completely on the ongoing generosity of church members and kind donations.
The Friends of St Nicholas’ can therefore help to ensure that our beautiful church is kept in good order either through an annual donation or monthly standing order. If you are interested please contact Revd. Cathy Helm [07471 890827] for more information or collect a form from the back of church. To keep ‘Friends’ connected several events are planned this year which are open to anyone again to help raise funds for the church. We have a musical evening on May 13th featuring local gifted musicians and singers, a Pie and Pint afternoon on June 3rd in the Vicarage garden, ale supplied by our very own local Britman Brewery and locally sourced pies [not sauced!] and a wine tasting in the autumn. We are very grateful to so many who enable the life of the church to continue and contribute so much of their time and commitment to the ongoing ministry of St Nicholas’ Church.
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RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands; a spring fling How can it possibly be spring again? It seems mere weeks since we had an entire cutlery of spoonbills (yes, that’s the actual collective noun for them!) gracing Burton Mere Wetlands through last summer, but in fact it’s approaching a year since the first of the twelve birds arrived in late May. If you missed them last year, there’s every chance that they might return now that they’ve found the rich wetlands of the Dee Estuary, but it’s a case of “watch this space”. Following spoonbill fever came the egret rush! A stroll along the estuary’s edge anywhere between Burton and West Kirby rarely fails to reveal at least a single little egret, with our post-breeding season survey of Marsh Covert last year accounting for 69 breeding pairs – still ranking the Dee as one of the largest colonies in the country – with much higher numbers recorded in late summer up to peaks of 300 individuals! Yet last autumn was another exciting spell as first the similar-sized, yellow-billed cattle egret took up residence with the Bather family’s cattle herd grazing the reserve’s wet grassland in early September – just one individual at first, but within a couple of weeks the number rose to six! As if that wasn’t enough, the third white egret species – the whopping great white – experienced a sudden influx in October up to a reserve record of twelve birds! To put that into context, until a few years ago it was normal to get around a couple of dozen birds straying into the UK from the Continent each year, but since 2012 they have successfully bred in Somerset and understandably numbers are increasing. It’s quite possible that given another 20 years or so, the great white egret may have repeated the little egret’s
success and be much more widespread in the UK – including potentially nesting on the Dee?! The winter has been unseasonably mild, but that did not prevent the numbers of wetland birds flocking to the estuary to escape the freezing Arctic. Vast flocks of pink-footed geese, teal and pintail sought refuge on the extensive marsh, with occasional impressive forays to Burton Mere Wetlands during the high tides each month when much of the marsh is inundated. The pink-footed geese actually spent a lot less time at Burton Mere Wetlands this winter, instead preferring to migrate daily up the Dee to graze farmland on the other side of Chester! However, the RSPB’s protection of the marsh from Burton to Parkgate is without doubt critical to their growing numbers locally given that the vast majority could be seen settling onto the outer marsh off Parkgate every evening at dusk. It was also a terrific winter for birds of prey, with all the usual suspects present. Up to five hen harriers – sadly one of England’s most threatened raptors – including two stunning grey males were seen regularly at Parkgate and occasionally at Burton Mere Wetlands and Burton Marsh. Marsh harriers threatened to steal their limelight with numbers swelling into double figures, and several of them hunted together at Burton Mere Wetlands most days. Merlin and short-eared owls also had good winters, with the latter seen best around Denhall Quay and The Harp Inn most days regardless of the tide. So here we are in spring, with the flocks of wildfowl now returning north to nest on the thawing Arctic tundra, replaced here by stars such as avocets, warblers and martins. The first avocets in fact returned in mid-
Male hen harrier Photography from David King
February from their south coast winter home, and have slowly built in number to over 100 in recent days! All being well, we will beat last year’s impressive count of 35 pairs nesting on the main scrape in front of the Reception Hide, with a further couple successfully nesting out on Burton Marsh. As happened last year, the spring weather has been changeable, with still some cold nights (and days if the wind blows!) which has no doubt confused the scores of sand martins and good numbers of warblers – chiffchaff, blackcap, willow, sedge and reed warbler – that are now moving through or even settling in for summer. The mild winter has also allowed the first bluebells to bloom already, but the greatest spectacle should be around the end of April. There’s no better time to come for a wander down from the village, to soak up the refreshing atmosphere after wildlife’s winter torpor. You can even pick up a range of delicious sandwiches from our on-site catering van which has been with us since October, so why not treat yourself and stay for lunch with a view?
Dan Trotman, Visitor Experience Manager, RSPB Dee Estuary nature reserve.
Cattle egret with cow Photography from Paul Brady
Burton Society - Let us entertain you! The Burton Society was formed in 1971 in order to provide a setting in which local people could meet and enjoy a wide variety of talks which would provide interest, information and entertainment throughout the winter months. We meet on the first Thursday of each month from October until April at 8.00pm in the Gladstone Village Hall. After each talk, there are refreshments and an opportunity to chat to other
members. In recent years, we have had topics as diverse as the duties of the Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside, Handwriting Analysis, Travels in Peru and the production of hand made chocolates. At the November meeting we are looking forward to Eric Newton talking about “The Life and Times of a Busker”, an amusing tale of a clarinettist (with musical accompaniment).
This will be followed by “Curiosity Corner” which introduces the audience to some quirky objects from yester year and, after that, talks which range from the informative to the entertaining (and, sometimes, both). New members will be very welcome please contact John Roe on 0151 336 4640. Annual membership fee £10