Newsletter 2015

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Traffic Matters and Community SpeedWatch The frequency of Community SpeedWatch (CSW) sessions has reduced because of other higher priority calls on PCSO Linda Conway’s time. However, repeat and/ or excessive speeding drivers have continued to be visited by police officers with evident good effect. In most sessions the highest speeds and number of offenders continue to be recorded in Neston Road. Several speed enforcement sessions were conducted by police in 2014 but no drivers were reported as a result. A dark blue VW Passat travelling in the Neston Road 30mph limit towards the centre of the village in November seriously damaged fencing and property on the right-hand side of the road. Police have been unable to trace the vehicle or driver. Earlier in the year a car parked on the outside of the Manor Villas bend was written off by a passing vehicle. Fortunately no one was injured as a result of these incidents. Last summer two residents organised a petition in which some 200 concerned Burton residents and non-residents sought a statutory 20mph limit and/ or traffic calming. Cllr Lock convened a meeting in September between the petition organisers, two engineers from CWaC Highways Department and two members of your committee. The engineers agreed to conduct a further Traffic Survey in October. They also agreed that the CWaC Road Safety Engineer would conduct a formal Speed Limit Assessment for The Village Road in early 2015. The engineers explained that regulations required traffic calming schemes to cover a distance of at least 800 metres with features (e.g. speed cushions) approximately every 100 metres. These schemes were also required to have distinctive entry features (e.g. artificial width restrictions) and extra signage. They questioned whether such a scheme would be aesthetically acceptable or practical in Burton.



Gladstone Village Hall RSPB Events Sunday 10 May 10am - 12pm Price: £5 per person (£4 RSPB members) Booking essential As part of Wirral Walking Festival, join us for this guided walk around Burton Mere Wetlands to admire one of the best bluebell woodlands in the area whilst being serenaded by the array of birds we have nesting here. For those who are up for a longer walk, we will venture up to Burton Point where there is another impressive stand of bluebells beneath the small copse, along with stunning panoramic views over Burton Mere Wetlands and across the estuary to the Welsh hills. This part of the walk will take in some trails including sloped grass paths.

Stick around afterwards to enjoy the rest of the reserve, and a hot drink in the Reception Hide. Sturdy footwear is essential.

Friday 22 May 10am - 1pm Price: £9 per person (£7.50 RSPB members) Booking essential As part of Wirral Walking Festival, join us for this exciting event during which we’ll uncover the rich and interesting history of the land that now forms Burton Mere Wetlands, including the picturesque Burton Mere and its links to former Prime Minister William Gladstone and his family.

Also on the site are the remains of an Iron Age hill fort of national importance that has offered clues to archaeologists about the history of the area. The walk will also take in part of the Burton Marsh Greenway, visiting Chapel Field on the west side of Burton village, before finishing at Burton Manor Cafe for a light buffet lunch. The walk is approximately 3 miles in length and crosses grassed farmland in places, so a decent level of fitness is required and appropriate footwear must be worn. Price includes lunch at Burton Manor Cafe. Advanced booking and payment are required.

Don’t miss the annual Burton Fete Spectacular with entertainment for all the family. Saturday, 6th June 2015

Mill Wood Trust Windfall for Gladstone Village Hall of The Manor entrance and the second near the junction with Vicarage Lane (a location not used before). The Manor sensor recorded an average two-way total daily volume of 2,408 vehicles, an increase of 5% on the October 2013 figure but still 6.7% lower than the peak 2,582 vehicles measured in July 2010. Mean average speeds at The Manor were 31.4mph westbound and 28.9mph eastbound, both 3mph higher than a year earlier in October 2013. 15.3% of vehicles westbound and 4.7% eastbound were measured at 36mph or more (respectively 3.4% and 0.2% in October 2013).

CWaC current policy requires at least 51% of residents to support new 20mph and traffic calming schemes, and some local contribution to funding, before the investment can be considered. The engineers also referred to a national policy to reduce signage wherever possible.

At the Vicarage Lane junction mean average speeds were 31.8mph eastbound and 28.1mph westbound. 16.0% of vehicles eastbound and 3.6% westbound were measured at 36mph or above. (The 36mph threshold is likely to be the lowest speed in a 30mph limit at which a driver would be reported by Cheshire police officers conducting enforcement operations.)

The promised Traffic Survey was conducted on 9-16 October with two sensors in The Village, one to the west

The promised 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 available on the BRA website. A meeting took place on 27 February between our two Councillors and representatives of Cheshire Police, the BRA and the Community Safety Warden team to discuss the above report, the October traffic survey, CSW experience and associated village safety issues. It was agreed that CWaC Highways Department should be asked to consider the installation of a further Speed Indicating Device near to the Manor Villas bend and that the police would carry out further speed enforcement in the village as resources allowed. The Community Safety Wardens would monitor pavement obstruction from time to time to ensure that pedestrians were not forced to walk in the road and they would assist with the village CSW scheme to facilitate extra observation sessions.

The GVH will see its 33 year old boiler replaced and acquire a new set of 120 chairs, thanks to an unexpected donation by the Mill Wood Trust. Their trustees had a good look around the site and decided this was the best use for their donation. In fact they were bowled over by our facilities and very keen to help us encourage their use – sometimes it takes visitors’ comments to remember how lucky we are! We now have an enthusiastic committee with new members which, as well as currently planning the fete, is looking to increase hall and sports pavilion bookings. If anyone has suggestions for a class or club they’d like to see happening, then now is a good time to let us know. A list of already available activities is on our website at Both the hall and sports pavilion can also be hired for private functions at reasonable cost. So please support your village community. For more information, call Connie (for village hall enquiries) on 336 3679 or Penny (for sports pavilion enquiries) on 336 8752. Ingrid Sturmey

Deeside Solar Park A Planning Application for the development of what would be the largest solar park in the United Kingdom (180,000 panels) on high quality agricultural land adjacent to the Cheshire Green Belt was heard by the Flintshire CC Planning Committee on 23rd July 2014. Michael Redmond attended the meeting and spoke in support of the Association’s formal written objection to the proposal. A number of Flintshire Councillors also objected but after discussion lasting nearly two hours, conditional Planning Consent was granted by the narrow margin of 9 votes to 7. However, over eight months after the granting of conditional Planning Consent, the Application, according

to Flintshire CC remains “under consideration” for reasons which have not been disclosed. In the meantime, two major schemes for subsiding the development of large solar parks have been withdrawn and the future of the Deeside Solar Park may, after all, be in doubt. The Association continues to monitor the situation – SO WATCH THIS SPACE or, rather, our WEBSITE!


Welcome to the second edition of Burtonews 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. If you are not already a paid up member of the Association, please do join us – the Association needs all the support it can get to protect and promote the interests of the village. Please complete the enclosed application form and, ideally, the Standing Order – this will

ensure automatic renewal of your membership each year and save the Association precious time and money sending out reminders. I hope to see you at our AGM on 12th May. Michael Redmond Chairman

APRIL 2015

Notice of Annual General Meeting The 25th Annual General Meeting of the Association will take place at Gladstone Village Hall on Tuesday 12th 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.

The saga of the shelter In the Autumn of 2013 the sandstone bus shelter, which had been a feature of the centre of the village for many years, was sealed off in a somewhat unsightly fashion by Cheshire West & Chester Council because it was deemed unsafe. The Association asked the Council to repair the shelter as a matter of urgency because, although there was no Burton bus service, the shelter was used by school children at each end of the day for the school bus. It provided shelter from the elements and a haven from passing traffic where there was no pavement. Unfortunately, the Council could not find evidence that it owned the land on which the shelter stood and, therefore, could not assume liability for its repair. The Association then began its own investigation into ownership which included visits by the Chairman to the Birkenhead Land Registry and correspondence with a number of residents, all of which proved negative.


Eventually Mrs Hilda Bartley came to our rescue and, with her phenomenal memory, was able to confirm not only that the shelter was built in 1966, but that it was built by Jack Brocklehurst and Tom Able who worked for Neston Urban District Council! Armed with this information, Councillor Kay Loch was able to instigate a fresh search for the missing deed which was eventually found, having been overlooked when the Council’s property records were transferred to an electronic index.


The Association, with the help of Councillor Loch, then prevailed upon the Council to refurbish the shelter and the work was eventually completed at the beginning of December 2014, just in time for the onset of winter. Our thanks to all those who helped bring the Saga of the Shelter to such a successful conclusion and special thanks to Mrs Bartley and Councillor Loch.




Who are we? Burton Residents’ Association is run by a committee of local residents. The Committee meets once a month to review proposed developments in the village including local planning applications. Cheshire West and Chester Council take into consideration any comments the Association has on the proposed developments which may affect the village and residents. Several members assist the local police team with Speed-Watch activities in a bid to help reduce excessive speeding through the village. Chairman: Michael Redmond contact: 336 3643

Deputy Chairman: Colin Wells contact: 353 0172 Secretary Renee Syme contact: 336 5852

Treasurer: John Farrell

Members: Donald Howell Jane Brooks Peter Nicholson Steve Lord Martins Brooks Jan Peters The Association is committed to improving the lives of Burton residents. If you would like to comment on any of the issues in this newsletter or you have a story to tell us, please contact

Please join us Membership is open to all residents of Burton. A basic administration charge of £5 per household is payable from April each year and members can attend the annual AGM. A newsletter updating members is published at least once during the year. If you would like to join, please email:

Useful Links: Neston/CH64

Have faith in our community Over the last year we have continued to enjoy living out our aim to be ‘growing and thriving with God in the community’. The church, as a community of people, is there for the whole parish whether attendance is regular or not at all. There have been two major highlights in the last year. In June, with the support of community groups and our own flower arrangers, we held another very successful Flower Festival in Church in conjunction with the National Open Gardens Scheme in Burton. This also coincided with the completion of the planned internal refurbishments in the church which enabled many visitors to come and not just enjoy the flower displays but also to see the internal changes. The refurbishments involved the raising of the Massey chapel floor and removal of six pews, re-carpeting, new chairs, a bespoke notice board for the porch and glass door which has made a significant difference to reducing heat loss in the church. The improved audio visual capability combined with the sound system and the ability to move the choir

New scheme will help residents drive down energy bills

In terms of support to older church members, the monthly Soup & Sandwich Communion is currently held in the Burton Manor glass house and provides ongoing worship support to those members unable to come to church and we are very grateful for the kindness of the volunteers in enabling us to use this facility. Rev. Cathy Helm

STOP PRESS! Burton Manor Update We have been informed that Bob Camping is the preferred bidder for Burton Manor. We understand Mr Camping lives in the South of England and has a similar property in Hampshire.

stalls now provide excellent facilities for use by Bishop Wilson School and for other church events. The second highlight was the Christmas Tree Festival held over St Nicholas’ weekend at the beginning of December. The new flexibility of space within the church enabled us to have twenty Christmas Trees, sponsored by local families, community and church groups as well as our church school. The church was open every night for that week and we received many visitors both from the village and beyond. Holding this in conjunction with the GVH Christmas Craft fair helped to increase support for both events.



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Residents in Cheshire West are being offered a helping hand to drive down their energy bills.

energy efficiency landscape can be confusing - which is where Home Energy Solutions can help.

Cheshire West and Chester Council is launching an innovative new scheme to help residents to make energy efficiency improvements to their home.

“As well as helping to tackle some of the energy challenges that local residents across the borough face, the scheme also aims to support local economic growth through its engagement with local businesses.

Home Energy Solutions will provide residents with a single Council-led route to trusted advice and the measures available to keep their homes warmer for less. Working in partnership with leading independent energy efficiency company Climate Energy, the scheme is available to all residents, regardless of their circumstances. Residents choosing to take advantage of the scheme will benefit from having their energy-saving measures delivered through a network of experienced and vetted installers whose work is covered by all relevant industry guarantees. Councillor Hugo Deynem, the Council’s Climate Change Champion, said: “We are committed to doing all we can to help West Cheshire residents deal with the results of rising fuel bills impacting on household budgets. “While there is a range of measures available to keep our homes warmer for less, we recognise that the

“Wherever possible, we will use local suppliers, tradespeople and installers to assist with the scheme’s delivery and look to provide training and business opportunities for local companies and employees.” Home Energy Solutions can also help residents access available funding for insulation measures through schemes such as the Government’s Green Deal programme. Green Deal offers householders the opportunity to make energy saving improvements without having to pay the costs upfront. Instead, repayments are made through bill savings, with the guarantee that repayments cannot exceed the savings. Further information on Home Energy Solutions is available at or telephone 0800 377 7299.

Burton Manor

The Burton Society 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 the talk, there are refreshments and an opportunity to chat to other members. In the forthcoming year we are hoping to include Travels in Peru, making handmade chocolates, Old Halls of Wirral and a Christmas Special. New members will be very welcome please contact John Roe on 336 4640 Annual Membership Fee £8.00

RSPB Burton Mere wetlands & beyond Its’ been a busy time on the reserve with lots of wintering wildfowl and waders making their home on the wetland habitats at Burton Mere Wetlands. It always amazes me how far these birds travel to spend the winter with us, for example Bewick’s swans from Siberia and blacktailed godwits from Iceland, a truly international reserve. Recent counts from the reception hide include 3,000 pink-footed geese, 850 wigeon, 4,000 lapwing and 4 ruff. When disturbed by a potential predator like a peregrine the large lapwing flock put on an amazing display as they swirl around in front of reception trying to avoid being predated. We have also had a few scarce visitors which have attracted a lot of interest from visiting birdwatchers, a Greenland white-fronted goose which

Atelier & Cafe The Atelier and Café at Burton Manor celebrates another successful year serving our community. Located in the heart of the Village it’s a great place to stop off for walkers, cyclists and visitors alike. It’s hard to imagine a more appealing place to sit and take a break.

is only the third record for the Wirral, a drake American wigeon appeared with his European cousins just for one afternoon and lastly a roosting long-eared owl was found in scrub along the visitor path to the old IMF hide. The owl is still there at the time of writing and has had a constant stream of admirers during its stay. Out on the estuary record breaking numbers of Icelandic pink-footed geese have been present on the saltmarsh, with 6,200 on the last co-ordinated count. The numbers have been slowly increasing and it is great to see them in large flocks flighting between their roosting and feeding grounds at dawn and dusk. Up to three hen harriers have been seen coming into roost during the late afternoon on the saltmarsh from the Old Baths car park at Parkgate. During the day time they visit Burton Mere Wetlands

Long-Eared Owl Photography from Roy Lowry

where visitors have been getting great views of them from the hides. Recently we opened up a new trail to the hill fort at Burton Point. A viewing area has been put in place which gives outstanding views over the reserve and estuary; please note that access is only from Burton Mere Wetlands. As I write, the first avocet of the year has returned to the reserve, meaning spring must be just around the corner.

Colin E Wells RSPB Site Manager Dee Estuary Reserve.

This is a great community asset so please make the most of it. Café & store open 10am-4pm Tuesday to Sunday. The Atelier Studios offer unique skills and crafts a world away from everything the high street has to offer and is the perfect stop-off for walkers, cyclists and visitors to our village. For more information visit:

Incinerator plans REJECTED by Flintshire Council! Following a special meeting on the 17th April of the Flintshire County Council Planning Committee at which Michael Redmond spoke in support of the Association’s earlier written objection to the proposed waste incinerator, the Committee decided by 10 votes to 6 to refuse planning permission for this £800million project. The three main planks of the Association’s objection were, noise, air pollution and the obsolete technology of the incinerator. Prior to the meeting, the Association had been in lengthy correspondence

with the Council, Wheelabrator Technologies Inc ( the applicant) and National Resources Wales ( the Welsh Environment Agency). The Association had also sought the advice of Professor David Oldham, a leading expert on the acoustics of buildings and other structures. Professor Oldham produced a Report which was very critical of Wheelabrator’s Environmental Statement on noise and vibration, and which the Association circulated to all interested parties last Autumn. The Association is very grateful to Professor Oldham for his ready help and advice over the past seven months.

This is very good news for the village, which could well be affected by noise or air pollution emanating from the proposed incinerator, but the refusal of planning permission is unlikely to be the end of the story. There is likely to be an appeal by Wheelabrator, or possibly, a review of the decision by the Council itself – but we live to fight another day! To keep up with the latest news as it breaks, please visit the website