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Deeside Incinerator – PARC ADFER In April 2015, Flintshire County Council’s Planning Committee refused permission for the Incinerator by 10 votes to 6. At a reconvened meeting on the 25th May 2015, when several councillors did not attend, permission for this £800 million project was granted on the chairman’s casting vote by 7 votes to 6.
In November 2015, Natural Resources Wales (the Welsh environment agency) issued an Environmental Permit allowing the development to proceed subject to detailed conditions. The Association made submissions to Natural Resources Wales urging that the Incinerator be constructed using the ‘Best
Gladstone Village Hall Update It’s a busy time at the hall – the sports seasons are getting underway, CPR (resuscitation) classes have started, play area consultations are in full flow and we’re planning the summer fete with a Queen’s Birthday theme!
info. from Tricia on 336 8698). We also need people who’d enjoy helping revitalise the tennis club; if you might be interested, please speak to Cath on 353 0577.
If you’d like to get involved in any way, big or small, and help make this a thriving and sustainable village centre which we can all be proud of, please contact Ingrid by phone or email (details below). At the moment, we’d particularly appreciate offers to help on the day of the fete (more
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You can make sure you’re up-to-date with all hall news by checking our website;
The Association remains in touch with Natural Resources Wales and will continue to monitor the project which is expected to take four years to complete. Any significant news will be published on the Association’s website.
Talking Heads at 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 October, we look forward to welcoming photographer and adventurer Brian Anderson for an illustrated talk entitled “Images from the Edge” which features some of the world’s greatest explorers and travels from the icy wastes of the North pole to the Victoria Falls in Zambia, with many stops in between.
We have been successful in a bid to the British Heart Foundation to provide a defibrillator for the village. It will be permanently mounted on the outside wall of the village hall, near the ‘new kitchen’ door. The emergency services know it’s there and anyone in the area will automatically be directed to it. It’s designed for use by anyone without prior training, but to familiarise ourselves with it, Nick Blair of the ambulance service is giving a talk in the hall at 8pm on Tuesday 24th May. Everyone very welcome!
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.
Available Techniques’ to strengthen the sound reduction properties of the building housing the Incinerator.
www.gladstonevillagehall.co.uk. We’re also on Facebook at ‘Gladstone Hall’. In addition, if you send me your email address, you’ll be added to the circulation list for all hall updates. Ingrid email@example.com Tel. 336 4974
Following that, will be John Hooley with inside information about “Royal Trains and their Passengers” and, after that, talks which cover a wide variety of subjects, rounded off at the end of the year with the very popular Gavin Hunter. New members will be very welcome – please contact John Roe on 0151 336 4640. Annual membership fee £10
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Welcome to the Third 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 contact our Treasurer, John Farrell for an application form, which has an optional Standing Order incorporated in it – this will ensure automatic renewal
MANOR MATTERS! This time last year, Liverpool City Council which owns Burton Manor and which had put it up for sale, announced that its ‘preferred bidder’ was an entrepreneur based in Hampshire who wished to convert the Manor into a wedding venue. This proposal was vigorously opposed by the Association and the bidder eventually withdrew in November 2015. The Manor was put back on the market and in December 2015 Burton Manor Gardens Limited, which has the backing of the Association, renewed its bid at an improved price. The time for bids closed on 16th April and we understand there are four other bids on the table. At the time of going to press, no decision has been taken by the City Council, but we hope to know much more by the time of the AGM on the 17th May.
of your membership each year and save the Association precious time and money sending out reminders. Please be sure to return the completed form to John Farrell whose address is on the form. I hope to see you at our AGM on 17th May.
Annual General Meeting The 26th Annual General Meeting of the Association will take place at Gladstone Village Hall on Tuesday 17th 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.
Michael Redmond, Chairman
Burton Play Area Renovation The Burton Play Area is situated behind Gladstone Village Hall next to the bowling green. It serves the children of Burton and Puddington and for many years was serviced and maintained to appropriate safety standards by successive local councils. Following the creation of the present authority and extensive cost-cutting by the government the council relinquished its support. Gladstone Village Hall, being the owner of the Play Area, had to assume responsibility for it. Safety inspections were contracted out to Cheshire West and Chester Council for which GVH pays several hundred pounds per year. Ground care is now carried out by GVH contractors and where safety issues are flagged up they are attended to by GVH volunteers. It became clear from the monthly inspections that the Play Area was increasingly deteriorating and that it would have to be improved or closed. The GVH Management Committee initiated some interest and action in the Play Area but even so something more significant was required. The Committee wanted to hear the views of the community on the renovation. This consultation was also necessary in order to be able to bid for grants and was carried
out via a questionnaire. No doubt you will have seen notices around the village, at the Play Area, in the church and on the GVH website asking Burton and Puddington residents to complete questionnaires. The questionnaire was also taken to Bishop Wilson School and last summer it was a real pleasure to speak to the School Council there and get their views on the renovation of the Play Area. The children were brimming over with ideas and enthusiasm and a few weeks later we received the results of their questionnaires. The overall result of this consultation was that the community wanted much more than safety surface replacement. The services of two experts at CWAC were employed to make plans and give advice on funding. The plans were produced for the last stage of the community consultation at a meeting on 27 April in the Sports Pavilion. The plans were also made available on the GVH website, www.GladstoneVillageHall.co.uk. The renovation will be expensive and we will have to work hard to get the funding: your support is still needed. John and Gill Nuttall
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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 its 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Deputy Chairman: Colin Wells contact: 353 0172 Secretary Renee Syme contact: 336 5852 email@example.com
Treasurer: John Farrell firstname.lastname@example.org
Members: Donald Howell Steve Lord Peter Nicholson 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; email@example.com
Please Join Us Membership is open to all residents of Burton. A basic administration charge of £5 per household is payable annually from April each year and members can attend the annual AGM. Our newsletter updating members is published at least once during the year. If you would like to join, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Traffic Matters and Community SpeedWatch The frequency of Community SpeedWatch (CSW) sessions has again reduced because of other higher priority calls on PCSO Linda Conway’s time and bad weather conditions. As may be well known to most residents by now, 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”. Recently, however, Cheshire Constabulary has invested in 16 state-of-the-art TruCAM speed enforcement devices, one of which is being deployed in the Neston area. PCSO Conway is one of the local officers who has been trained in its use. The TruCAM has an in-built laser to measure vehicle speeds and it will produce video and still images for evidential purposes. It is likely that drivers monitored by this device exceeding the legal speed limit by more than a defined margin will receive sanctions ranging from the offer of a speed awareness course (paid for by the offender) to the offer of a fixed £100 penalty with three points on their driving licence or, in the worst cases, prosecution without the offer of any lesser alternative. A Traffic Survey was conducted between 10-19 November with two sensors in The Village, one to the west of The Manor entrance and the second at the western end of The Rake. The Manor sensor recorded an average two-way total daily volume of 3,228 vehicles, an increase of 34% on the October 2014 figure. Mean average speeds at The Manor were 27.9mph westbound and 27.4mph eastbound (respectively 31.4mph and 28.9mph in October 2014). Traffic diverting through Burton to avoid the HVDC link roadworks and northbound queues at the Hinderton Arms traffic lights, both on the A540, no doubt contributed to the substantial increase in volume. 4.3% of vehicles westbound and 2.5% eastbound were measured at 36mph or more (respectively 15.3% and 4.7% in October 2014). The lower speeds were probably largely the result of the increased volume. A sensor was not placed at the end of The Rake during the October 2014 survey, so no comparison can be made there. As reported in the April 2015 Newsletter, a Speed Limit Assessment Report
prepared by the CWaC Road Safety Engineer 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. The final recommendations contained the following quote, supported by the Cheshire Police comments: “A reduction in the speed limit to 20mph would have to be supported by substantial traffic calming measures to physically reduce the mean speed of traffic to below 24mph without the need for routine enforcement.” In the light of the above, and the recently announced new CWaC Council 20mph limit policy for residential areas, our Chairman wrote to the Chief Executive of the Council on 7th February 2016 seeking clarification of the policy and confirmation of whether it applies to Burton. The Chief Executive’s reply dated 17th February contained the following quotes: “The specific changes in the policy was (sic) to approve the implementation of 20 limits on residential roads across the borough where the mean speeds on most roads are currently less than 24mph and around schools where the mean speed is currently less than 30mph.” “In terms of previous speed limit assessments undertaken within Burton village, it would be unreasonable for us to pre-empt any decision now on the outcome for a 20mph limit in Burton. We will be assessing all areas in the borough and will continue to work closely with Cheshire Police throughout the process to ensure we form a robust and consistent approach.” The full exchange of correspondence is reproduced on the BRA website.
RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands & Beyond What a strange spring it has been, bluebells coming into flower in late March! Despite the recent cold weather the nesting season is getting into full swing, with record numbers of lapwing and redshank nesting on the reserve. The first lapwing chicks were seen on 21st April. Talking of records, 91 avocets were counted on 18th April a Reserve high and many are now settling down to nest. So fingers crossed for a good breeding season. The unusual spring weather has also confused some of the migrant birds with some arriving early only to now find some un-seasonally cold weather. We have had a good showing of sand martins with up to a 1,000 one evening and good numbers of willow warblers and redstarts. One species which has recently colonised the Reserve is the Cetti’s warbler, once a very rare breeding bird confined to the south coast. Over the last decade it has successfully been moving north and last year nested on the Reserve for the first time. So far this spring we have located six different territories on the Reserve. If you are down
on the Reserve, listen out for their explosive song, so loud for such a small bird. One of the highlights of recent months has been the discovery of otters on the Reserve. Al, the Warden, discovered some spraint (a technical term for otter poo!) on a log on one of the islands. A trail camera was positioned overlooking the log and bingo, a couple of days later some great footage of a male otter, a great addition to the Reserve’s wildlife. During warmer periods common lizards have been observed sunning themselves on their favourite fence by the reedbed screen, a real favourite with the visitors, with many photo’s now occurring on facebook and twitter! One of the big changes for the Reserve team has been the sale of Burton Point Farm and the relocation of the office to Burton Mere Wetlands. It just seems like yesterday that we were moving in there. I will miss the view from the office window. The farm is now a private residence and there is no access to the Reserve from this direction.
Long-Eared Owl Photography from Roy Lowry
I reported last time about the record breaking numbers of Icelandic pinkfooted geese out on the saltmarsh. Amazingly the record was broken again in late February with 8,500 counted out on Burton Marsh. The estuary is now of international significance for this species. The high tides at Parkgate have produced some spectacular birdwatching with up to three hen harriers, two marsh harriers, five short-eared owls, great white egret and water rail being the highlights. Why not take a stroll down to the Reserve some time and enjoy the wonderful sight and sounds of spring, all on your doorstep.
Colin E Wells RSPB Site Manager Dee Estuary Reserve.
Have Faith in the Community At St Nicholas’ church the last year has been quite a busy one, some of our significant events being marked by rain! For the first time last Easter we marked Christ’s Passion by a Walk of Witness across the fields from St. Michael’s church Shotwick, to St Nicholas’ church for a service. It was a very muddy, yet moving experience for all involved. We had the joy of welcoming Rev. Mark Turner who was ordained at Chester Cathedral last July as the first curate ever to both churches. As a full time secondary school teacher, he can only be part time across both churches, but it has been wonderful to have the opportunity to have him on board. The celebratory picnic was again washed out by more rain! Another highlight was the Gardener’s question time we hosted in the church last June, chaired by the very knowledgeable Peter Cunnington and a panel of local experts. A good turn out and some
challenging questions made it an enjoyable evening, also kindly supported by Gordale who provided a quiz. The Christmas Tree festival held again in conjunction with the GVH Christmas Craft Fair held over St. Nicholas’ weekend at the beginning of December again saw a large number of visitors to see the trees decorated in the theme of Carols and to join in with the Carol service. It’s a wonderful way for the whole community to get together. The first Village Advent Calendar was wonderful with 24 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, held mince pie and mulled wine evenings and enjoyed getting to know their neighbours a bit better. To support our older church members, the monthly Soup & Sandwich
Communion which was held in the Burton Manor glass house, has now moved to the Sports and Social Club and provides ongoing worship to those members unable to get up to church. We are very grateful for the kindness of the volunteers who enabled us to use the glasshouse and to the Sports and Social club committee for accommodating us. As a church we aim to serve our local community, to be there for the whole parish and to share the reality of God’s love in our lives. The Rev. Cathy Helm