News

2017

September

Deeside Waste Incinerator Latest

Our website page has now been updated with the latest news on the facility.

August

GVH Play Area Renovation

Following the initiative of a Burton resident, John Nuttal, the GVH Committee have applied for a Community Award under the Active Living category from the One Family Foundation and have been successful in getting through the first round.  They have applied for £25,000 to cover the purchase and installation of a new multi-play unit to replace the condemned unit and for a turn-table and cantilevered swing both of which would be suitable for children of all abilities. They need your support NOW to vote for the project on the One Family Foundation web site.

Follow this link to REGISTER and then VOTE:

https://foundation.onefamily.com/projects/play-area-renovation-gladstone-village-hall/

Once you have registered you will be sent an email from The Foundation and then you will be able to vote.

Votes are based on valid email addresses, so if you have more than one email address please vote on each of them.


June

Deeside Waste Incinerator Latest


Please see our page for the latest update on the project.

Burton Manor Latest

Further to the information given in our May Newsletter, we can now confirm that contracts for the sale of the Manor to Burton Manor Restoration Company Limited have been exchanged subject to planning permission. The Company is owned by a local property developer, Mr. Peter Betts, with whom the Association and The Friends of Burton Manor Gardens have already had dicussions on the future of the Manor. Mr Betts has confirmed that he has now instructed his architects to prepare the necessary plans and that when these are available, he will consult with both organisations before applying for planning permission. Further news will be posted on our website when available.

May

AGM and Annual "Burton News"


A reminder that our AGM will be held on Thursday 18th May in the Gladstone Village Hall, starting at 8pm.  The 2017 edition of Burton News has been posted to all households in the Village.  If you haven't received a copy and would like one, please email
chairman@burtonresidentsassociation.co.uk 

Communtity Speed Watch Update

A further TruCam (new portable speed camera) speed enforcement session was carried out by PCSO Conway within the Neston Road 30mph limit on 23rd April with three vehicles recorded at speeds of 37 to 45mph. Police will be contacting the registered keepers with a view to taking appropriate action against the drivers.  This is second session which has been successful and now that PCSO Conway is authorised to carry out the enforcements, further regular sessions are planned.  

March

Neighbourhood Watch Scheme


On Thursday 27th April, starting at 7.30pm in The Gladstone Village Hall, PCSO Linda Conway will be presenting a talk and will answer any questions on what the scheme involves and as well as general ideas for protecting your homes/possessions.  All are welcome.  

Deeside Waste Incinerator

Our website page has now been updated with the latest news on the facility.

Community Speed Watch
On Sunday 19th February, Police carried out an enforcement session using the Trucam device. Three motorists were caught breaking the speed limit on Neston Road with speeds of between 36 mph and 39 mph. Drivers are to be offered either a speed awareness course or a fixed penalty accordingly.  

Due to limited Police resources and the weather, only five Community Speed Watch sessions have been carried out since December last year.  The highest speeds recorded are on Neston Road, 49 mph and on Mudhouse Lane, 44 mph.  

Burglaries
Cheshire Police have advised all residents to be vigilant after there has been two burglaries in Burton Village at Beech Cottage and The Smithy during w/c 27/2/17.  If you spot anything suspicious, please contact the Police by calling 101.

January


Gladstone Village Hall Children’s Play Area
Volunteers are needed for Sunday 22nd January to help improve and make safe the groundwork around the play equipment.  Grants have been obtained but without the work being carried out by the working party, the play area will have to be closed due to health and safety issues.  If you can attend with a wheelbarrow/fork and spade between 10am and 12 noon, please let our Chairman know by emailing chairman@burtonresidentsassociation.co.uk and he in turn will pass your details onto the GVH Committee directly.


2016

November

Cheshire West and Chester “Parishioning Survey”
Burton and Willaston residents are invited to take part the consultation process, in which an area stretching across to Ellesmere Port is being reviewed by CWaC. The Association has previously been through the process of considering setting up a Parish Council a number of years ago and decided to not recommend becoming a Parish Council due to the limited powers it give residents for the additional cost to the individual household council taxes.  Willaston Residents Association have also previously rejected becoming a Parish Council as well.  On the basis, Burton Residents Association recommends to stay with the current arrangement of being represented by two councillors which is better value for residents and we believe more cost effective for CWaC as well.   
 
If you live in Burton and would like to find out more about the process and take part in an online questionnaire, please visit http://inside.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/get_involved/consultations/review_of_community_governance_arrangements__unparished_area_of_ellesmere_port
The closing date is 14th December 2016.


Hampston’s Well
Hampston’s Well on Station Road was the only source of fresh water for Villagers to use before running water was installed around the village.  After the well, along with the surrounding area, were restored a number of years ago, it has recently fallen into a poor state of repair.  CWaC has been able to secure some additional funding to restore the well and the area around it. They are looking for volunteers within the Village who would be willing to help with tidying up after the CWaC have finished doing the heavy work on site Wednesday 18th and 19th January 2017. Afterwards, it is hoped that a working party could be set up from the volunteers to maintain the site going forward.  If you or you know of anyone willing to help in January, please email Michael Redmond chairman@burtonresidentsassociation.co.uk  who will in turn forward your details onto CWaC.
----UPDATE---Due to illness, this has now been postponed and will be rearranged for February.  If you are interested in helping out, please email our Chairman directly. ---- FURTHER UPDATE - The rearranged date is Wednesday 15th February between 9am and 1pm.


October

Cheshire Police have received 2 separate reports of the theft of tools from locked sheds/outbuildings in the Burton area of Neston.
Please take the time to review your security at your home and outbuildings and consider installing shed alarms or CCTV to help protect your items.

The stolen items included the following :

DEWALT CIRCULAR SAW
DEWALT BELT SANDER
BOSCH BISCUIT JOINER
JCB HEDGE TRIMMER
MCCULLOCH GRASS STRIMMER


Report any suspicious activity or vehicles to Cheshire Police via the Police's non-emergency number of 101.



September


Land Registry Notice of an Application to register Mineral Rights

 

A number of residents have received the above Notice relating to mines and minerals under their land.

 

The Applicants claim that when the Burton Manor estate (which included much of the village and surrounding land) was sold in lots by auction in 1924, the mineral rights under the land were reserved to the vendor by a stipulation in the auction particulars. The Applicants further claim that by inheritance they are the current owners of these rights. The details of their claim are contained in a Statutory Declaration and the documents exhibited to it. These can be viewed on line via the link given in the Notice and the Land Registry will send you a full set of the documents if requested.

 

Some members of the Association have obtained the documents and requested an extension of the Reply Deadline given in the Notice to give them time to obtain legal advice. The Association cannot itself give legal advice but would be grateful to hear what advice members may be given.

 

It would appear that the reservation of mineral rights made in the auction particulars was not carried through to some (possibly all) of the conveyances of the lots following the auction and does not therefore appear in the property titles. Hence, purchasers down the years have bought in ignorance of the reservation.

 

The Association can be contacted by emailing: secretary@burtonresidentsassociation.co.uk

 

July


Victoria Cross awarded to village World War One hero


Major William La Touche Congreve VC DSO MC


William Congreve was born at Burton Hall (now Burton Manor) in 1891.  Sadly, after acts of conspicuous bravery, he was  killed in action at the Somme on the 20th July 1916 aged 25.


To commemorate the award of his Victoria Cross, a stone is being laid outside the Gladstone Village Hall where there will be an unveiling ceremony at 3.30pm on Wednesday 20th July. 


Members of the Congreve family are expected to attend and the ceremony will be led by Colonel A.R. Trelawny of The Rifles Regiment.


The ceremony is open to all and will be followed by refreshments in the Hall.


May

Village Defibrillator

All residents of Burton now have access to a Defibrillator Kit which can be used in emergencies.  The kit is fool proof to use and speaks step by step instructions. It's located in a yellow/green cabinet on the outside wall at the rear of the Hall by the kitchen door.

Nick Blair of the NW Ambulance Service is offering to give a talk and demo on Tuesday 24th May at 8pm in the Village Hall.  All our welcome.

April

The 2016 Association AGM will be held at Gladstone Village Hall on Tuesday 17th May, starting at 8pm.


Please see the latest correspondence between BRA and Cheshire West and Chester Council on the proposed roll out of 20 mph speed limits.

February

Cheshire Constabulary has invested in 16 state-of-the-art speed enforcement devices which are some of the most advanced compact all-in-one digital video cameras. 

Click attached link to About my Area.  http://www.aboutmyarea.co.uk/Cheshire/Neston/CH64/News/Local-News/296975-New-Speed-Camera-Deployed-in-Neston-Area 


2015

November

Burton Manor Latest

After further discussions with Liverpool City Council, we have been told the following verbally, " Mr Camping has not formally withdrawn his offer for the property but given the planning situation, there are issues associated with the delivery of the scheme within the original timescale." In the meantime, we know that Strutt and Parker have been asked to talk to other interested parties to see whether they would like to make a fresh offer for the property.



October

Calling all car drivers aged 17 to 25!


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The Wirral Group of the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) and the Cheshire Police & Crime Commissioner’s Crime Prevention Fund are jointly funding ten scholarships for young car drivers between 17 and 25 years old who reside in Cheshire.  The scholarships, worth £139 each, will cover the IAM’s “Skill for Life” course and the IAM Advanced Driving Test.  All costs will be covered including training material, the advanced test fee, one year’s IAM membership and local group fee.  The Wirral Group will provide a qualified volunteer observer who will support and guide you through as many observed drives as you need to prepare for the Advanced Driving Test.  Most drivers require between 6 and 9 observed drives, each of about 60 to 90 minutes, to reach the standard required to pass the Test.  An IAM qualified examiner, who is the holder of a Police Advanced Driving Certificate, will conduct the Test which lasts about 90 minutes.  Wirral Group observers consistently achieve a first-time test pass rate of over 95% for candidates they have guided through the “Skill for Life” course.

Research has shown that drivers who pass the Advanced Driving Test are 70% less likely to be involved in a collision.  Because of this safety improvement the IAM’s brokers may be able to obtain a reduction in insurance premiums for those who pass – a most important incentive, particularly for drivers in the 17 to 25 years age bracket many of whom suffer heavily loaded premiums.

If you are a car driver with a full driving licence (bearing not more than 6 penalty points) aged between 17 and 25 residing in Cheshire, you are invited to apply for one of the ten scholarships which will be awarded on a “first come, first served” basis to applicants who state a commitment to improving their driving through the “Skill for Life” course and to taking the IAM Advanced Driving Test on reaching the required standard.  Successful applicants will be required to pay the £139 course fee “up front”; this will be refunded in full after the applicant passes the Test.  Applications may be made by ‘phoning Liz Scarff on 0151-652 2059, or emailing chairman@wirraliam.co.uk

This driver education scheme was initiated by the Project Rural Matters Association which aims to support initiatives for community safety or well-being and which cooperates closely with Cheshire Constabulary.



Burton Manor - Wedding Venue Planning Application Latest

As of 6th October, the application to convert the Manor into a Wedding Venue has been WITHDRAWN.  We believe that the application could be resubmitted again early next year and we continue to monitor further.



September


DEESIDE WASTE INCINERATOR

Natural Resources Wales (the Welsh environment agency) have given notice that they "are minded to issue an Environmental Permit" for the Incinerator.

They have announced a consultation period which runs until 14th October and, as part of this consultation, they are holding a public drop in session on Tuesday 22nd September from 1.30pm to 7pm at the Deeside Leisure Centre.

For further information and the opportunity to email your views or concerns, please visit their website: www.Natural Resources Wales/WTI UK LTD


Comunity Speed Watch figures updated

Please see below the latest figures of drivers caught breaking the speed limit during various sessions over the Summer:

JUNE 2015


21/06/15 – SESSION FROM 12:00 UNTIL 14:00

Mudhouse Lane………………36 m.p.h. outbound

Dunstan Lane………………….37 m.p.h. inbound

Neston Road…………………..40 m.p.h. inbound

“” “” ……………………38 m.p.h. inbound

“” “” ……………………38 m.p.h. inbound

“” “” ……………………36 m.p.h. inbound

“” “” …………………….40 m.p.h. inbound

“” “” …………………….36 m.p.h. inbound

“” “” …………………….40 m.p.h. inbound

“” “” …………………….40 m.p.h. inbound

“” “” …………………….38 m.p.h. inbound

“” “” ……………………..38 m.p.h. inbound

“” “” ……………………..40 m.p.h. inbound

“” “” ……………………..37 m.p.h. inbound

“” “” ………………………39 m.p.h. inbound

“” “” ………………………43 m.p.h. inbound

“” “” ……………………….44 m.p.h. inbound


JULY 2015


16/07/15 – SESSION FROM 16:00 UNTIL 17:20

Neston Road…………………….36 m.p.h. inbound

“” “” …………………….39 m.p.h. inbound

Mudhouse Lane………………..37 m.p.h. inbound

“” “” …………………46 m.p.h. inbound


17/07/15 – session from 16:00 until 18:00

Mudhouse Lane………………..45 m.p.h. inbound

“” “” ………………….37 m.p.h. inbound

Dunstan Lane……………………45 m.p.h. inbound

“” “” …………………….48 m.p.h. inbound

“” “” …………………….43 m.p.h. inbound

“” “” ……………………..38 m.p.h. inbound

“” “” ……………………..44 m.p.h. inbound

Neston Road ……………………39 m.p.h. inbound

“” “” ……………………….40 m.p.h. inbound

“” “” ……………………….43 m.p.h. inbound


24/07/15 – session from 13:00 until 15:00

Mudhouse Lane………………..37 m.p.h. outbound

“” “” ………………38 m.p.h. inbound

“” “” …………………..38 m.p.h. outbound

Dunstan Lane ……………………40 m.p.h. inbound

Neston Road …………………..43 m.p.h. inbound

“” “” …………………….36 m.p.h. inbound

“” “” ……………………..38 m.p.h. inbound

“” “” ……………………..36 m.p.h. inbound

“” “” ………………………37 m.p.h. outbound

“” “” ………………………..37 m.p.h. outbound

“” “” ……………………….36 m.p.h. inbound

“” “” ………………………..39 m.p.h. inbound

“” “” …………………………45 m.p.h. inbound

“” “” ………………………..37 m.p.h. inbound

“” “” ………………………..42 m.p.h. outbound

“” “”………………………….43 m.p.h. inbound

“” “” ………………………..36 m.p.h. inbound

“” “” …………………………36 m.p.h. outbound


No sessions carried out in August due to annual leave and PCSO being deployed to anti-social behaviour operational duties.


August

Waste Incinerator Update

Unfortunately, Flintshire County Council Planning have over turned an earlier decision to not go ahead with the project. Please see our dedicated web page Waste Incinerator


BURTON MANOR PLANNING APPLICATION

The Association's Response to the Planning Application has been submitted and can be viewed on the CWaC planning website using the information given in the previous news item (below). The Association will continue to monitor the Application"

July

BURTON MANOR  PLANNING  APPLICATION

An Application has been made to convert the Manor into a WEDDING VENUE

Full details can be viewed on the Cheshire West and Chester Council planning website under Planning Application Number 15/02736/FUL or on a large screen at Ellesmere Port Library.

Please let the Association have your views as soon as possible and no later than Wednesday 22nd July by emailing: chairman@burtonresidentsassociation.co.uk


April

Road Works

Mudhouse Lane, through The Village to Station Road will be closed for road works for three days from Tuesday 28th April.

Deeside Incinerator Latest

Flintshire County Council Planning Committee refuses planning permission to build the Deeside Incinerator!  Please see our Incinerator page for more details.


Burton Manor Sale Latest

The Association has been informed by Liverpool City Council that the Manor is to be sold, subject to contract, to a Mr Bob Camping from Hampshire. Mr Camping plans to convert the Manor House into a Wedding/Conference venue similar to an existing venue he currently runs in Hampshire.  Mr Camping has already met with the Friends of Burton Manor and is happy to allow them to use the walled garden and to see the continuation of the local businesses in the Atelier workshops and the Cafι/Shop.  The Association hope to meet up with Mr. Camping to discuss his plans further in due course.    

HVDC "Western Link" Event

A public information event hosted by the National Grid and Scottish Power on the high power line project from Scotland to Deeside is being held on Thursday 30th April in the Gladstone Village Hall between 1pm and 7pm.


March

Speed Limit Assessment - The Village, Burton

This Speed Limit Assessment was carried out by the Cheshire West and Chester Council 
Road Safety Engineer and two Council Highway Engineers following a meeting convened last year 
by Councillor Kay Loch to consider traffic issues in Burton. Others present at the meeting were two members of the BRA committee and two other residents who live on The Village.

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Police, Council and Residents Unite Against Speeders Through Burton


A meeting between Police, Council and the Association took place at the end of last month.  Please see article from our local news website About My Area - Neston.
http://www.aboutmyarea.co.uk/Cheshire/Neston/CH64/News/Local-News/284741-Police-Council-and-Residents-Unite-Against-Speeders-Through-Burton


February

Annual General Meeting of the Association

The 2015 AGM has been arranged for Tuesday 12th May 2015, starting at 8pm in the Gladstone Village Hall.

Gladstone Village Hall Committee Appeal - Update 

Following on from the January meeting, we are pleased to report that some new volunteers have joined the committee, so the annual June Fete will now go ahead.

January


Gladstone Village Hall Committee Appeal

Due to exisiting members standing down at the next AGM, the Committee are appealing
for more Burton Residents to volunteer to join and help run the Gladstone Village Hall. Currently the annual Summer Fete and Firework Display are unlikely to take place this 
year, unless new volunteers can be found to help spread the responsibility of organising both events. 

A meeting to discuss the way forward has been organised for Monday 26th January at 7.30pm in the Sports Club Pavillion.  

If you are not able to attend the meeting but are 
able to help out, please contact their Secretary Janet Greig on her email 
janet.greig@yahoo.co.uk.  


2014


November


Car collides into Raynor House on Neston Road

On Wednesday 5th November around 11am, a dark blue VW Passat traveling at speed towards the village, crashed into 30 metres of fencing belonging to Raynor House, destroying the oil tank, underground pipes, the rear of the garage and part of the garden.  The car then managed to drive off but did leave a rear light behind, hence Police identifying it as VW Passat.  The crash was also witnessed by a contractor working on the roof of Dunedin which is opposite Raynor House.  Police have carried out a local search for the dark blue VW Passat which will have considerable damage but as yet, have been unable to identify or find the registration number of the car. Raynor House owner, Joanne Beedles, is offering a £500 reward for anyone who can identify the car to the police.  Neston Police can be contacted by calling 101. 


Fortunately there were no pedestrians on this narrow section of pavement at the time but the Association is all too aware from the Community Speed Watch figures, that drivers regularly do break the speed limit as they drive up and down the hill on this narrow section of Neston Road.    

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Deeside Incinerator Update

Please see our  Waste Incinerator page for latest news including a copy of our objection letter to Flintshire County Council and a copy of Connah's Quay Town Council's Observations.

Fibre Optic Broadband comes to Burton

As part of “Connecting Cheshire”, the partnership boosting superfast fibre broadband throughout Cheshire, Burton and Puddington now have superfast broadband.  On Thursday 6th November, the official switch on was attended by Burton and Little Neston Councillor, Kay Loch, Chairman Michael Redmond and Committee member Donald Howell.  

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Currently more than 140 communications providers offer fibre broadband services over BT’s Network. Burton Residents are encouraged to shop around for the best package for their broadband and phone services.


September

A New Secretary for the Association


After several years of being the Association Secretary, Jane Brookes has decided to stand down from the role but we are pleased that she will continue to be on the Committee "Back Benches" going forward.  Our thanks go to Jane for all her hard work in the role.
  
The Association is pleased to announce that Renee Syme has agreed to take over and was co-opted onto the committee during the September meeting.  Many of you in the Village will know Renee and we are sure you will join us in wishing her well in her new role.


Deeside Incinerator Latest

Please see our special website page for the latest update.


Solar Park Update


Despite a direct appeal by our Chairman Michael Redmond to the Flintshire County Council Planning Committee meeting in late July, the commitee after a lengthy debate, voted by a narrow 9 votes to 7 in favour of the Solar Park going ahead. This was on the pre-condition that Compton Group (Swansea) who own the farm land, supply electricity at a reduced rate to the nearby UPM Paper Mill which we believe is a very flimsy justification for the planning to be granted! Before the planning meeting, the Association had applied to the Welsh Assembley for the application to be called in.  As of the end of August, the Flintshire planning register states that the application is still "Under Consideration" which we hope is due to the Welsh Assembley calling in the application?   

August

The Village Road Closure 

The Village from Cherryholme to Rake Corner will be closed for footway patching and re-surfacing works for two days from Thursday 21st August. There will be a diversion route in progress and access to properties and for emergency vehicles will be maintained. 


Neston Villages Remember the First World War

An exhibition commemorating the Great War entitled Neston Villages Remember, opens at Neston Library on Friday 5th September. All our welcome to attend.


June

Burton Manor Update

Earlier this year, Burton Manor Gardens Limited (“BMG”) applied to Cheshire West and Chester Council for the Manor to be listed as an “asset of community value” under the Localism Act 2011.  In May, the Council determined that the Manor had “community value” as defined by the Act and listed it accordingly.

The Association understands that as a result  :-

1. BMG now has a “community right to bid” under the terms of the Act and

2. A six month moratorium has been imposed on the proposed sale of the Manor by the owner, Liverpool City Council. This is to give BMG time to put its bid together for consideration along with any other bids which the City Council may receive.

Watch this space !


May

Incinerator Public Consultation by Wheelabrator Industries

Please see our webpage Waste Incinerator on the latest developments which include a public consultation here in Burton Thursday 12th June.



AGM Guest Speaker Announced

Giles Orton, the Chief Inspector of Cheshire Constabulary will be the guest speaker at this year's AGM.  


Burton Manor Update

Burton Manor is finally up for sale! Liverpool City Council have put the property on the market for £1.8 million. Click to see full details: http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-45933212.html

Neston Policing

Sargent Greenhaigh has taken over the responsibility of Neston Police Office. Click to see article from About My Area - Neston website: http://www.aboutmyarea.co.uk/Cheshire/Neston/CH64/News/Local-News/271896-Introducing-New-Beat-Sergeant-at-Neston-Police-Daniel-Greenhalgh

April


Association AGM

The annual AGM will be held in the Village Hall on Tuesday 13th May starting at 8 pm.  Tea and coffee will be served afterwards and all our welcome.


March


Mudhouse Lane Road Closure

Mudhouse Lane be closed in full from 9 to 4pm on Wednesday 5th March to enable Tree Cutting Works.  Access to residents properties will be maintained during the closure.  All vehicles will be diverted via Dunstan Lane.
  

February

Transport
Planning Meeting


CWAC are holding a Transport Planning Meeting for the CH64 area on Friday 14th 10am in Neston Town Hall.  All residents are invited to attend especially those who are keen for the bus services to resume through Burton. 


2013


Mudhouse Lane Road Closure

Due to Tree works, Mudhouse Lane will be closed on Thursday 5th December for one day.  Access to properties and emergency vehicles will be maintained.

Burton Manor Latest

As of early November, Liverpool City Council have still not put the Manor up for sale due to resolving outstanding legal issues. It now looks as though the issues will not be resolved to some time early next year.  The Council have agreed to inform the Association and the Friends of Burton Manor when the issues have been resolved.

Solar Panel Park - Puddington and Deeside Industrial Park

Members of the Association have attended an open day on a planned Solar Panel Park which is to be located on the Green Belt Land just behind the boating lake, running adjacent to Puddington.  This is the same area of land the Association was successful in stopping building development over ten years ago.  There is also a smaller development planned running next to the planned Deeside Panel Park but over on the English side.  The Association will be objecting to both developments being approved.   

Cheshire Police Alert Scheme


Cheshire Police are encouraging residents to sign up to a new community messaging service were they will provide users personalised information about their local community via email, text message or as a voice message.  Please go to their website http://cheshirepolicealert.co.uk for more information.


October

CWAC - CH64 Transport Meeting

Cheshire West and Chester Council are holding an open meeting to discuss transport options in the CH64 area.  The meeting is on Friday 8th November, starting at 10am in Neston Town Hall. For more information contact Elaine Grant on 01244-973334.

Proposed Wind Turbines - Ness

The Association has formally opposed a planning application for Wind Turbines to be erected in Ness on the grounds that it would set a precedent  for similar applications to be approved in Burton. This is the second time the Association has formally opposed an application for Wind Turbines in Ness.  More details are to follow.  

Neston Road Closure in Ness.

Neston Road will be closed near the junction of Smithy Close and the junction of Mill Lane for five days from Tuesday 22nd October while carriageway line marking is carried out. 

Neston Flicks!

Neston Flicks launches on Saturday 26th October at Neston Civic Hall with a ghostly classic film called "The Others" starring Nicole Kidman.  Please click on the link below for more details:

"Your new local Cinema needs you!" Volunteers are needed.  If you would like to help out, please click on the link for contact details located at the bottom of the article:

http://www.aboutmyarea.co.uk/Cheshire/Neston/CH64/News/Whats-On/259940-26-Oct-2013-Neston-Flicks-Presents-The-Others


September

Cheaper Electricity?

Cheshire West and Chester Council is urging residents to join together and buy gas and electricity collectively in a bid to save money on energy bills.

The Council has joined forces with 11 councils across the UK to create a Collective Energy Scheme, where residents are able to combine their purchasing power and bulk-buy their energy as a group, enabling them to negotiate with providers for cheaper energy bills.

Known as collective switching, the scheme will make it easier for people to switch energy provider and participants can expect to see big savings of between £60 and £200 a year.

The collective switching scheme will work by means of a reverse auction where energy suppliers will be invited to bid the lowest price to supply energy to all those signed up for the scheme.

Offers will then be sent out to participating residents who can then decide whether they want to switch to the new deal. There is no obligation to accept the offer. Registration is open till 15th October 2013.

For more details and to register click on the link below:  http://www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/news_and_views/save_money_on_energy_bills.aspx

May

Community Speed Watch Update

CSW recently recorded two cars travelling at about twice the legal speed limit within the Burton 30mph area. The first was being driven on the 19th April by a young male inbound to the village at Mudhouse Lane at 57 mph. 
The second was being driven on the 9th May by a female inbound in Neston Road at 60 mph. PCSO Linda Conway has visited both drivers in their homes and given them words of advice in addition to handing them the usual police warning letter. The potentially serious dangers of driving in this manner were emphasised; and both drivers were told that stopping from these speeds would take approximately three times the distance they would take to stop from the permitted legal limit of 30 mph. Had they been monitored by a police officer on enforcement duty they were advised that they would almost certainly have faced a summons (rather than an offer of a fixed penalty and three points on their licences). 

It is PCSO Conway’s practice personally to visit the worst speeding offenders measured by CSW volunteers. These recent examples are likely to trigger some increased police enforcement activity in the Burton 30 mph area.


High Voltage Distribution Cable 


A public meeting has been arranged, at short notice, by Westernlink to discuss the route of the cable installation which will affect parts of Burton and Pudington. The meeting will be held on Wednesday 8th May starting at 6.30 pm in the Gladstone Village Hall.  There will be a further update on the installation at the Association AGM. 


March

Michael Lyon

It is with deepest regret the Association announces the passing of Michael Lyon. Michael was a former Chairman of the Association during the 1990's.  His Remembrance Service is on Friday 5th April 2.30pm at St. Nichola's Church, Burton.


2013 Burton Residents Association AGM

A date for your diary, this year's AGM will be on Thursday 23rd May at The Gladstone Village Hall, starting at 8pm.

 
Neston Connect Bus Trial

The Neston Connect Bus trial has not been extended and therefore the service has now stopped.  Due to the low numbers of passengers, the service was not viable going foward without financial support.  


February


Ron Colclough

It is with deepest regret the Association announces the passing of Ron Colclough. Ron was a former Secretary of the Association during the 1990's. His funeral took place on Friday 1st March at St. Nicholas' Church, Burton.

News for Music Lovers

On Saturday 9th March, our local Wirral Symphony Orchestra will be performing at Ellesmere Civic Hall from 7.30 pm onwards with the following programme:

Tchaikovsky---Swan Lake Suite and Finale
Ravel---Mother Goose Suite
Rimsky---Korsakov---Scheherazade

Tickets cost £12 (£10 for over 60s, £5 under 16s and students)
Call the Civic Hall Box Office --- 0151 356 6890


2012

December

Neston Connect Bus Service Update

The Neston Connect bus service trial period is now under review. The number of residents using the service from Burton have been very limited, so therefore it is likely the service will be withdrawn, unless more use it.


November


Full Time Policing back at Neston

At the November Police Beat Meeting, it was announced that Cheshire Police are planning to bring back a full time police presence to replace several years of skeleton staff manning the Neston police office. New area Inspector, Brian Green, is planning to have seven officers based in Neston, along with three Special Constables, working on a 24 hour, 7 day week shift pattern. The Unit will have its own dedicated response vehicle which will bring down the target times from 15 minutes to an average 5 minutes.  The Association has also been promised more targeted speed enforcement for Burton as well.


New 40 mph speed limit and 30mph zone extension on Neston Road - Update

CWaC have confirmed the work will now start on Monday 12th November and will last for up to ten days while new road markings and signs are installed.  Neston Road from Ness to Burton's Mill Lane Junction will be closed to all traffic, except for access to residents properties and emergency vehicles. 


October


Burton Manor - Apple Weekend October 20th and 21st 

Supported by Gordale Nurseries, Art & Craft Workshops open, Wirral Bee Keepers with demonstration hive, advice on fruit growing, many local organisations and food producers and the Neston Company of Archers giving Demonstration and Instruction. Local home made cakes on sale from Can Do Cupcakes.

Public Meeting on Burton Traffic Issues 

The above meeting will be held under the auspices of Cheshire West and Chester Council and will be led by Councillors Kay Loch and Louise Gittins.
Representatives of the Police and the Council Highways Department will be in attendance to listen to the concerns of residents and answer their questions.
This meeting has been organised at the request of the Association and all residents with concerns about traffic in Burton, be it speed, volume, visibility or otherwise, are urged to attend.


The Meeting will be on Wednesday 14th November at the Gladstone Village Hall, starting at 7.30 pm. 



St. Nicholas Proposed Church Extension - Update

A meeting took place between the Association Committee and the Venerable Doctor Michael Gilbertson (Archdeacon of Chester) and the Reverend Mrs Cathy Helm (Vicar of St Nicholas’ Church) on 18th June 2012 to discuss the proposed Church Extension.  Please see Church Extension page for the minutes of the meeting.  Any further updates on the proposal will be posted on this page.  


Wheelie Bins and Boxes Stolen 

Two residents in Puddington Lane have reported their Wheelie Bins and Recycling Boxes were stolen on Tuesday 2nd October around 4.30pm. The theft was made by a male driving a blue Ford Transit van.  Residents are advised to indelibly mark their bins and boxes with a house name or another identifying mark.  If you have already experienced a similar theft yourselves or witnessed one, please contact the Police on 101 and CWaC on 0300 123 8 123.


New 40 mph speed limit and 30mph zone extension on Neston Road - Latest and other road improvements

Due to the weather, along with CWaC changing their contractor, we have been informed by Highways that work won't start until later on this month/early November.  At a recent meeting with the Highways Department, arranged by the Association, their Senior Engineer Andy Raynor apologised on behalf of the Council for the delay in implementing the new scheme.  Mr Raynor explained, the poor Summer had set back their planned county wide programme of repairs and line re-painting and also, they have decided to their change contractor as well.  He has asked the new contractors to prioritise the work, so it is completed by the end of October, again depending on the weather!  
Other improvements -- After lobbying by the Association, there are now firm plans in place to improve the blind junction of The Village and Puddington Lane by placing minor cross hatching which is designed to protect both sides of the enterance and hopefully improve visability.  
Other plans for The Village include the painting of "Slow" signs on the road, just before the narrow section by Manor Villas.  The pavements opposite Manor Villas are also to be refurbished as well.



September


Deeside Incinerator – Update

Last month, NWRWTP (North Wales Residual Waste Treatment Project) announced the council owned former steelworks site on Deeside Industrial Park had been chosen, after the owners of Anglesey Aluminum pulled out of talks on a site near Holyhead.   NWRWTP chose the Deeside brownfield site due to it being away from residential homes and it being linked to the Bidston-Wrexham railway line.   Unfortunately for Burton and Puddington Residents, the proposed location is to the left of Shotton Paper Mill, next to the railway!  As stated previously, the Association opposes the proposal.   For more information on the proposed Deeside Incinerator including an aerial image of the location and press reports … please click on this link.

New 40 mph speed limit and 30 mph zone extension - Neston Road - Update

Due to the poor summer, the contractors working on behalf of the Highways Department are currently behind schedule. Work has now been re-scheduled to start this month. 


June

"Use it or lose it!"

The new Neston Connect bus service is now operational and will run for a trial period of six months.  All residents are reminded that if it is not used in sufficent numbers, it is unlikely that further funding will be available after the trial period......please use it or lose it!



May

New 40mph speed limit - Update

After further discussions with the Highways Department, the consultation process has now been completed with no objections from residents and all the legal changes required have been also been processed.  Unfortunately, the conversion work required cannot start until August at the earliest, as this type of work is usually carried out during school holidays to minimise disruption.


St. Nicholas Proposed Church Extension - Update


Over the past twelve months 250 residents of Burton, Puddington and beyond ( including a clear majority of the members of the Association and many local members of the congregation) have registered their opposition to the PCC’s proposal to build a hall extending from the north west corner of the church to the wood behind. They have done this by letter and email to the Association and by signing lists in support of an open letter to the Vicar from twelve members of the congregation. 14 letters have been received in support of the proposal.

 

 The Association has not detected any hostility to the church and its wish to secure its future by improving its facilities, but clearly there is strong opposition to the present proposal. The main objections identified by the Association are as follows:-

  1. Damage to the architecture and appearance of the present building
    • Damage to the unique setting of the church.
      • Disturbance of graves.
        • Disturbance to The Rake.
          • The cost

 The Association has also received a number of constructive alternative suggestions to improve the church’s facilities, the most popular of which are:-

  1. Make better use of the Vestry than currently planned, possibly by extending it northwards towards the wood or eastwards (which could widen it by about 10 feet). Floor levels to be changed for ease of access and a small kitchen facility to be installed. Adaptation of the Vestry has been advocated by many people.
    • Make more use of the church itself, possibly by removing another row or perhaps two rows of pews and replacing them with comfortable, collapsible chairs as has already been done in many churches.
      • Install a W.C. in the Vestry and/or adapt/extend the present W.C. at the base of the Tower with access from beneath the west window of the Massey Chapel or, if feasible, from the Tower.
        • The erection of a timber/prefabricated hall on the level ground in the wood behind the church with a short path leading to it and with possible vehicular access from The Village road. The woodland setting could be made attractive and appealing to the young whilst remaining screened from the church by the mature trees on the edge of the wood.

 The Association understands that even if two or three of the above suggestions were to be adopted, they would be less costly than the proposed hall.

 

All of the matters mentioned above have been covered in correspondence with the PCC over the past twelve months. The Association has also informed the PCC that whilst it has so far adopted a neutral stance in this matter, it would have no alternative but to resist the present proposal on behalf of the substantial majority of its members who are opposed to it, should the PCC decide to press on with its current plan despite strong local opposition.

 

 Further information will be published on this website as it becomes available.


New 272 Bus Replacement Service
A new service to replace the 272 starts Monday 18th June. Called "Neston Connect", the new mini bus service will operate Monday, Wednesday and Friday and customers can hail the service anywhere on route.  If successful, the service could be extended to Tuesday and Thursday as well.  Neston Connect will run for a trail period until 31st December.  Please see our website page with the planned route and timetable.


April

The Annual General Meeting of the Association takes place on Wednesday 9th May 2012, starting at 8pm in Gladstone Village Hall. All members and local residents, who are not members, are welcome to attend.  Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served after the meeting.



March

New 40mph speed limit  - Update

CWAC have advertised in the local press with the public consultation process is to be completed by the end of the month.  We have also been informed they now plan to extend the existing 30mph zone further in the direction of Ness, with the new 40 mph zone starting just outside Greenacres Stables. From there it will continue North to the Ness border.  This is good news for the households on the right hand side who are not currently in the 30 mph zone.

Burton Nurseries Closure
The adminstrators KPMG have announced the closure of the site on Friday 23rd March due to no buyer being found to take over the running of the business.  The Association is concerned about the future of the site and hope it doesn't become another eyesore similar to the way the closed Petrol Station has become!


A540 Chester Highroad Road Works March/April

CWAC are currently preparing a scheme to resurface the section of the A540 from Hinderton Road through to Liverpool Road. The extent of the works are from outside the Shell petrol station to a point just north of the Liverpool Road traffic signals.

The works are to be completed in two separate phases. Phase 1 – Hinderton Arms crossroads and Phase 2 Hinderton Road to Liverpool Road. The traffic management (TM) associated with this scheme is somewhat complex and will, unfortunately, cause significant disruption as it will be necessary to close the A540 to accommodate the resurfacing works:
Phase 1
Night time working (18:00 through to 7:00) Thursday 26th, Friday 27th and possibly Sat 28th March 2012 OR a full weekend closure from 18:00 Fri 20th April through to 22:00 Sunday 22nd April 2012.
During these works the whole crossroads will be closed – A540 in both directions. Hinderton Road and Quarry Road. 
The proposed diversion routes are as follows:
A540 Northbound (to Heswall) -
B5133 Hanns Hall Road, B5151 Birkenhead Road / Willaston Road, B5136 Thornton Common Road / Neston Road / Liverpool Road through to Fiveways junction.
A540 Southbound (to Chester) - 
B5136 Liverpool Road / Neston Road / Thornton Common Road, B5151 Willaston Road / Birkenhead Road, B5133 Neston Road, B5151 Hadlow Road though to Dunstan Lane signals. 

Phase 2
Full road closure from 15:00 Sunday 1 April to 22:00 Thursday 5 April 2012
During these works the road will be completely closed to all through traffic.The proposed diversion routes are as follows: 
A540 Northbound -
B5134 Hinderton Road / Chester Road, High Street, B5136 High Street / Liverpool Road.
A540 Southbound -
B5136 Liverpool Road, Ladies Walk, Raby Road, B5136 High Street, B5134 High Street / Chester Road / Hinderton Road.


February

Closure of Mudhouse Lane - Monday 23rd April 

Please note the following temporary road closure on Mudhouse Lane from the junction of Chester High Road for a distance of 100 metres,  to enable BT Openreach on behalf of A-Plant Lux Traffic to carry out overhead cabling works. The works are due to commence on Monday 23 April 2012 and are expected to last for one day.

Deeside Waste Incinerator - Update

After further investigation, the Association is against this proposal and would encourage all members to sign a local petition, where available (see website link below).  A letter will be sent to the appropiate authorities to outline our opposition to the planned location on Deeside Industrial Estate. 


New 40mph speed limit between Ness and Burton

CWAC have now confirmed due to a lack of funding, installation will now take place in the next financial year (April onwards). In the meantime, a public consultation period will take place over February and March, so the scheme can be introduced as early as possible in the new financial year.



January


New - Deeside Waste Incinerator

We have been informed there are plans to build a Waste Incinerator on Deeside Industrial Estate.  Please see link 

http://www.aboutmyarea.co.uk/Cheshire/Neston/CH64/News/Local-News/213683-Neston-Residents-Urged-to-Fight-Proposed-Deeside-Incinerator
The Association will be monitoring this closely and there will be a further update next month.

New 40mph speed limit between Ness and Burton

 We have chased CWAC and are awaiting a update, as installation was promised before Christmas (see October 2011 section).


Burton Manor Latest

We have been informed by the Friends of Burton Manor,  the University of Chester have not been able to reach an agreement with Liverpool City Council.  The Friends are now discussing several alternative options and there will be a further update next month.


2011 -
 

December

Ness Gardens

Are holding various courses from January onwards.  The Organic Gardening course starts on Friday 6th January and places are still available. There is also a full Adult Education Programme which includes 2012's list of courses, workshops and talks. See http://www.nessgardens.org.uk  for more details. 


272 Bus public meeting

Amended - 10/1/12 
We have been informed by Councillor Gittins, the meeting arranged for this Monday is not a public meeting but a working Group instead.  The Group consists of local residents, Councillors (CWAC and Neston Town Council), officers and the bus companies.  A Resident will Chair the meeting.

Cheshire West and Chester Council have now arranged a 
public meeting at Ness Gardens on Monday 16th January at 10am to seek views from those who use the 272 service.  All 
our welcome to attend.


Changes to local bus services

Helms Coaches will be introducing a new timetable for their 272 (Ellesmere Port – Neston - Arrowe Park) service from 27th December. The revised service will no longer serve Burton, Ness or West Vale, residents from those areas can access Arrowe Park Hospital by taking Avon Buses service 24 to Heswall Bus Station, and changing on to frequent services 71 and 72 to travel up to the Hospital. Please go to www.traveline.info or call 0871-2002233 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            0871-2002233      end_of_the_skype_highlighting for the revised timetable.


Burton Manor latest 

Negotiations are still ongoing between the University of Chester and Liverpool City Council.  The Friends of Burton Manor are also exploring alternative ideas to secure the Manor, Atelier and Workshops.
  

Saturday 3rd December - Christmas Fair at Gladstone Village Hall starting at 2pm.  Come and see Father Christmas! 

November

The Gladstone Village Hall Committee are looking for volunteers from Burton or Puddington to either stand for the Committee or to help out at the fundraising events throughout the year. If you would like to volunteer,  please contact The Gladstone Village Hall Committee directly.
 

Saturday 5th November - Bonfire and Fireworks Display at Gladstone Village Hall. Open to members of the public from 6.30pm.  --- Stop Press - Attendance figures up on 2010 and a record profit made for the night! 

October


Burton Manor Latest

We believe that Chester University and Liverpool City Council are discussing the potential sale of the Manor to Chester University.
 

New Speed Limit between Ness and Burton

During the summer, the Association was successful in 
lobbying Cheshire West and Chester Highways Department for the introduction of a new 40 mph speed limit on Neston Road.  The new limit would start from the end of the 30 mph zone in Ness to the start of the existing 30 mph zone in Burton.
  

The Association believes the lower limit will help to reduce the speed of motorists entering and leaving Burton, as this part of our Village has the worst record for motorists breaking the law.  As of early October 2011, we believe Highways plan to introduce the new limit by Christmas.  

RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands

The new RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands, located on the Old Fisheries site is now open. All Villagers are welcome to take a relaxing walk to experience the sights and sounds of the nature trails which meander through the newly planted reed beds and the Burton pools which have lily pads and colourful wild flowers all around.   
Over the last three years the RSPB has been transforming the land, along with new visitor facilities which include a reception building where RSPB staff will welcome visitors and point out the wildlife that can be seen in the newly created pools and wetlands. The Wetlands were officially opened in September by Iolo Williams, TV wildlife presenter of BBC’s Springwatch. 
The reserve is open daily, with the reception building open from 9.30 am to 5 pm.  Entry to the reserve is free to members.  To join and find out more see www.rspb.org.uk/deeestuary or phone 0151 336 7681 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            0151 336 7681      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

      
June

The latest Speed Watch figures covering the period June 2010 to June 2011 are now available to view on the
Speedwatch page.




May

 

An elderly woman has died following a road accident in Burton



Published: 24th May 2011 14:13

An 89-year-old woman has sadly died in hospital following a road traffic collision in Burton almost three weeks ago.

Police were called to The Village in Burton just after 4pm on Friday 6th May 2011, where four cars - a Hyundai, a Chevrolet, a Landrover, and a Mini had been involved in a collision. Two men were taken to Arrowe Park Hospital where they were treated for non-life threatening injuries and subsequently released following treatment.

The 89-year-old lady, a passenger in the Hyundai, was taken to the Countess of Chester Hospital, where she sadly died yesterday as a result of her injuries.

Any witnesses to the collision are asked to contact Chester Traffic Unit on 0845 458 0000 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            0845 458 0000      end_of_the_skype_highlighting quoting incident 597 06.05.11.

Article courtesy of www.aboutmyarea.co.uk






April

The Annual General Meeting of the Association took place at Gladstone Village Hall on Wednesday 13th April. 

Proposed Church Extension - please see correspondence between the Association and St. Nicholas' Church on the proposed Church Extension.


January

1.  Burton Manor College - Liverpool City Council have announced the closure of Burton Manor due to cuts in their 2011/12 budget from 31/3/11.  It is hoped that Chester College may be able to buy the Manor from Liverpool City Council.



Summer 2010 - 

1.  During a Community Speed Watch (CSW) session in the evening of 24th June, a motorist was measured approaching the 30mph sign from Ness at 70mph in the 60mph zone and reducing his speed to 47mph as he passed PCSO Linda Conway and committee member Steve Lord operating a laser speed "gun" well within the 30 mph zone, just by Mill Lane.  Steve commented: "This is the worst recorded speed we have encountered for several years during CSW and as a resident on this stretch of road I consider it is just madness, especially as there are families with young children living so close to the road! On the 17th September this same motorist was recorded by CSW volunteers in Neston Road travelling towards Ness at 40mph in the 30mph zone.  In addition to receiving the usual Cheshire Police warning letters, this driver was visited by Neston police officers who spoke to him of the dangers of such excessive speeds."

If you see any consistent drivers speeding excessively through the Village and are able to note their Registration Number, please contact PCSO Linda Conway directly to report it further at 
Linda.Conway@cheshire.pnn.police.uk

2.   Haddon Wood has been sold to Woodlands UK Ltd.  Woodlands sell parcels of land off to private buyers (two areas have been sold as of January 2011).





 
 
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