Congleton Sustainability Group Meeting Minutes 26.03.18

Congleton Sustainability group meeting took place recently, read the full meeting minutes HERE.

Highlights include:

Dane Valley Community Energy.

Planning application in 18/0773M

Lots of questions being asked by planners that will all need addressing.

Access to the site to get equipment down to the build is currently the biggest problem.

Enhancing Congleton’s Natural Environment

DJ circulated a paper on the “River Valleys” project which has arisen form the Neighbourhood Plan policies S3 & S4.

MS circulate to the group. No map included with this document.

The project is in early stages and needs more work before taking to Congleton Town Council for their support.

DJ to research how other towns are working on the delivery of their NH action plans.


Next Meeting:-          

Mon 14th May 2018 , The Old Saw Mill ,10.00am


Youth Forum Meeting Minutes 20.03.18

The Youth Forum meeting took places recently, download the full meeting minutes HERE.


Highlights include:

Body Positive – Carys Jones.

 Body Positive are a charity, commissioned by both CEBC and Cheshire West and Chester to provide sexual health, sexuality and gender diversity service to the community. Their services include Testing, Counselling, Education,  working with Social Groups, One to One and Peer Support.

The have an outreach service consisting of 3 members and work closely with Colleges and Schools.

Carys to contact both CHS and EBA with a view to delivering some support to the schools, also interested in attending the Congleton Family Fun Day. MS send her details.



Safety Central.

MS had circulated information on Safety Central. This purpose built facility at Lymm Cheshire is an interactive  life skills centre with 5differnt  zones that help young people learn to be safe in the real world.

Avoid Cyber crime

Know what dangers to look for

Get to know apps

Protect themselves from predators

Be safe in different surroundings.

This make a good trip for schools and can be tailored to the age group on the day.


Contact on


Note CHS have arranged a trip already Spring 2019, booked up for this year.


Family Fun Fest -10th April Congleton Leisure Centre.

The event offers tasters across a wide range of sports. Included in the day is a Bouncy Castle, Fire Engine, Police Car with crash sim, food stall, dance activities Teen Gym etc etc. Free to all.

MS circulate poster, CHS put on big screen in the hall.

Amie to put out on social media, Glen advertise around Bromley Farm

Amie contact Usman at Plus Dane.


CHS Shelter.

Currently the school is raising money for an outdoor shelter in the Quad area. The £20K project is designed to ease pressure at break time/ lunchtime, function as an Outdoor Classroom and some planned community activity. Building would ideally start over the summer with the facility being open for the start of the next school year.

Once built is it hoped to start a Sustainability Group with students running charity Tuesdays and uniform Recycling.


Connected Communities.

Mark advised the group of the first Connected Communities project meeting at The Old Saw Mill, Wed 28th March, 3pm. 4 Connected Community Centres are being developed in and around Congleton although some outreach activity could well be available

Projects and Finance Committee minutes 19.06.18

The Project and Finance committee meeting took place recently, read the full meeting minutes HERE.

Highlighte incudes:

Project  Update.



Planning permission granted with conditions.

D.McGifford / M.Smith to follow up some funding ideas.

J.Carter / M.Pickford to work om Tendering Paper

MS contact various groups for support of the project.

£20,600 already pledged, CTC to discuss in business plan meeting. Once we have a firm agreement from CTC, we will have confidence to take forward with other funders/groups etc.

Article in Spring Bear Necessities.


Public Realm Strategy.

Weekly bulletins regularly sent out. CTC members met with Highways 15.3.18, action list being drawn up. Should all be completed by Easter.


Leisure Centre.

Quotes are all in and a developer agreed. New pool and refurbish dry side. Press release out to public, no plans submitted as yet.


Link Road.

95% Land agreements obtained, could break ground late 2018, or Jan 2019.


The Mills.

Nothing new from Scarborough although there is belief that things are progressing. J.Mac has contacted CEBC re Princess St Car Park and the future of the Electric Charging Points.

No contact for us with Scarborough.


Date and Time of the next meeting.

Monday 21st May  2018 The Spencer Suite , 9.30am

Congleton Partnership Executive Meeting Minutes

Congleton Partnership Executive Meeting Minutes met recently, download the full meeting minutes HERE.

Highlights include:

Cheshire Connect – Cherie Semper.
Cheshire Connect is a registered charity that matches skills and expertise of local businesses and professional, offered free of charge, with the needs of the community and voluntary sector.
Cherie is the new business connector for Congleton and Sandbach.
She is currently getting to know the organisations/businesses locally and has already helped various organisations with some of their business/ forward planning.
J.Money commented on how grateful she was with Cherie’s support on helping her to put a business plan together, D.Murphy also commented on CAB’s dealings with Cheshire Connect.
If you know of any charities, organisations and voluntary groups that need some support please let Cherie know. info@cheshireconnect.og or ring 01244688436


Senior Forum – S Akers Smith
Dementia Steering Group (Dementia Friendly Congleton) is going from strength to strength. We are half way to our Dementia Friends Target for 2018. (TGT 250, achieved 134) with a widening range of Businesses, Organisations and Health Services coming on board. Activity programme for Congleton showing activity across 6 days per week, JMac putting together a more professional leaflet. We now have a regular column in The Chronicle.
Health and Wellbeing Fayre. This is planned for Tuesday 2nd October and will be a joint project with Mid Cheshire Health Trust. Subgroup meeting planned for 27th March, more details at the June meeting.
Projects and Finance.
Town Centre Destination maps. Still to be sited at the Bus Station, Railway Station and in the Town Centre.
Heritage Trail – waiting for development form TMC. We are no loger a developer of the scheme, but a potential customer.
Mountbatten Way – 7 more large planters and tubs being sites which will give us 19 trees in total plus the 5 pear trees in Back St carpark in our drive to “green” Mountbatten Way.
Play Area activity – national play day is 1st August, J.Money to work with Mark Gleave on some play area activity on the day.


The Royal Visit.
John Beardmore wished to record his thanks and congratulations to all involved in the organisation of the Royal Visit. A great occasion that left a good feeling across Congleton. BE commented on the choice of Congleton because of its strong voluntary sector and the close working across the whole of the town.


The meeting ended at 7.08pm
Next Meeting is:- Tuesday 5th June 2018 , Bridestones Suite , 5.30pm.