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Andy Cliffe (pastandpresentaudlem) on Pub

20th September 2021 @ 10:35pm

Check out number 1 Top Pub...

Jon Clarke on Moss Hall Fishing Lake

20th September 2021 @ 5:54pm

Hi, I'm enquiring to see if anyone knows who owns the lakes situated near moss hall? I would be very interested in fishing it. It's probably not the right place, but I thought I'd ask.
Kind regards

Nigel Machin on Car Park Charges

20th September 2021 @ 3:56pm

I spent a couple of weeks in the summer staying around the North Yorkshire Moors and it was interesting to note that most of the towns we visited had 2 hours or so of "free" parking in the town centres (Richmond/Thirsk etc) and seem to be thriving. Car parking fees seem to deter visitors especially when councils allow developments close to the town centre which offer free and convenient car parking (witness Crewe Grand Junction or Hanley Wolstanton retail park). I cannot see any advantage to the council as one of your previous post suggests – its too small to generate income given the overheads and maintenance involved.

Wes Lechley on Car Park Charges

20th September 2021 @ 2:55pm

Isn't it lovely when people who don't live in the parish and therefore don't pay the parish precept – already one of the highest in the county – tell those of us that do that we should pay more for the privilege of them parking for free here? But that seems to be a bit of a theme – I recall some of those pushing heavily for the adoption of the playing field and car park a few years back also didn't live in the parish itself. I'm pretty sure that those who worked on the proposal and came up with the figure quoted did it properly and were not reliant on some pub bar bore estimate – there's a lot more to these things than the man in the street realises – not the least of which would be public liability insurance.
Actually a small charge after say two hours free (as operated in some car parks) would have the beneficial effect of stopping some of the abusers of the car park who seem to be permanently parked there and thus freeing up spaces for those of us that need it.

Haydn Christie on Aintree car race track

20th September 2021 @ 11:37am

Aintree race track also used by vets doctors and ambulances to follow and care for casualties during horse race meetings at Aintree including The Grand National. I looked after Beechers Brook to Canal Turn. Fence fallers for almost 20 years

Anne Garnett on Carer wanted for set days in audlem

19th September 2021 @ 8:38pm

Carer wanted to assist wife with gentleman with dementia. Going to bed and getting up.
Set days.
Friday evenings 8 pm
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Saturday and Sunday mornings 8 am
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Helen Dunlop on Milky Water

19th September 2021 @ 6:27pm

Why is our tap water milky?

bob fousert on Car Park Charges

19th September 2021 @ 4:59pm

£17,000 maintenance charges seems high. I would love to know where that figure came from given that Cheshire East hasn't spent a penny on the car park in recent years. Surely not for cutting the playing field grass for Ralph's footy team?
Even if the figure quoted was correct a fiver on the annual precept would easily cover this. That's less than 10p per week. Hardly bank busting figures. The PC decision at the time has proved to be short sighted, particularly given the growth of Audlem and its surrounding communities over the last few years.

Andy Leach on Cleaner wanted

19th September 2021 @ 4:28pm

My Mother who lives in Audlem would like recommendations for a local cleaner. I would appreciate any advice. Many thanks in advance.

ken lee on Milky Water

19th September 2021 @ 12:04pm

Billy I am sorry to say you are not 'the one and only', most of Audlem were honoured- there was nothing wrong with the water. It was simply air bubbles which cleared in a matter of seconds, much quicker in fact than even your 'rocket'

Billy Gibbons on Milky Water

19th September 2021 @ 8:30am

Update; Things are back to normal (if you could call anything in this house 'normal') After a while the 'milk' colour turned colour. It still came out of the tap milk colour for about 48 hours but now it doesn't. Did anyone else's water down Green Lane or anywhere else do that or am I privileged in this respect?

Kathleen Fedouloff on Rural Mobility Bus Service starts on 4 October

19th September 2021 @ 8:22am

Here's the link for the Go-Too service:

Stephen de la Cour on Car Park Charges

18th September 2021 @ 6:00pm

To those worried about car parking charges in the village, I highly suspect some of you may be unfamiliar with the real logistical problems Cheshire East would have introducing these. Firstly, a new Traffic Regulation Order is required to amend the off street parking legislation currently in force in Audlem, this comes at a cost. Then, machines and equipment are required, along with data and power connections. You then need contractors to come and empty the machines, service them. The signage all needs changing and road markings enhanced. Quite simply, I would be astounded if the authority deems any of that worthwhile in Audlem, as the costs are likely to exceed receipts, along with the increased risk of theft from the equipment. They then, of course, have to enforce this too, which is currently only done approximately monthly when an enforcement officer drives to the village from Crewe.

The second issue is the levy being proposed to contribute to the Highways budget. Legally, Cheshire East have no legs to stand on to expect the Parish to contribute anything. There is a statutory obligation on Cheshire East, and not the parish council, under the Highways Act 1980 to maintain the roads, pavements and other rights of way, and keep them "in order". Budget, or the lack of one, is not a defence for the authority, and a court will eventually order compliance. There is simply no need for Audlem residents to pay Cheshire East any more than we already do. The Parish Council should enforce our rights under Section 56 Highways Act, rather than handing over money.

Geoff Seddon on Car Park Charges

18th September 2021 @ 3:47pm

Before making any decision on the future of the car park, the Parish Council need to be aware of the projected costs of running the car park and the playing field. In 2016, the then projected annual cost was just over £17000. In addition,there would be an initial cost of about £5000. Councillors felt that the only way to reduce this was to charge for parking via a voluntary payment from motorists. The only other way was for residents to pay through an increase in the Parish Precept. Obviously, anyone living outside the Parish of Audlem would not pay, even though they could well use the car park.
Residents back in 2016 would be aware that I and another Councillor were totally against the purchase, making our views known at public meetings.

Billy Gibbons on Not quite 'Water into Wine but........

18th September 2021 @ 12:18pm

Imagine my utter (or should that be 'udder') delight when I turned my tap on to put water in my kettle to make a cup of tea only to find what looked like 'milk' coming out of the cold tap! 'That's great', I thought; 'no need for me to ever buy milk again now that United Utilities are providing it 'on tap'. But then what would happen if I had a visitor and they had tea without milk? United Utilities...if your reading this, can you make black tea come out of the hot water tap now please. I don't know why you shouldn't...I'm paying you enough!
What I must add is; I haven't yet drank it. I'd advise none of you to either until A; I've spoken to someone at United Utilities or B; I drink it and let you know the outcome. If you don't hear anything from me for a while it'll be because A; I'm still trying to speak to a human at United Utilities or B; I'm in Leighton Hospital having my stomach pumped out.
A photo is available (of the 'milk' I mean..not of me having my stomach pumped out....)

Lynne Smiyh on Car Park Charges

18th September 2021 @ 11:41am

I too am disappointed but not surprised regarding the possibility of car park charging in the village. The problem of poor parking is bad enough but this will only exacerbate it. For many years I, like many in the village, have campaigned for the Parish Council to take on ownership of the car park/field after they were offered it by Cheshire East for just £1 but since 2014 they have continued to deliberate and defer this matter despite a village referendum which fully supported the takeover. It also brings up the question of parking on the Turnpike field which despite the problems in the centre of the village over the last few weeks with roadworks, traffic lights etc has not been made available. People are already driving straight through the village due to lack of parking space, asking them to pay will deter them even more and they will choose to shop at supermarkets where they have free parking. Our local businesses are struggling to survive after the last 18 months and the imposition of car park charges could be the death knell for our local village economy.

Lynette hopkins on Village Car Park and Playing Field

18th September 2021 @ 10:08am

I wholeheartedly agree with Peter Sylvester's comments re the car park .
The car park should be a priority , was it right to spend £4578 on signs for Turnpike field when 3 years on little or no progress appears to have been made .

Rachel Bailey on Rural Mobility Bus Service starts on 4 October

18th September 2021 @ 9:13am

Pleased to see Cheshire East announcing the launch of the delayed Rural Mobility Bus, now named "Go-Too"; this is funded via a three year government grant, during which time it is up to us to prove its worth by using it and ensure it is funded by CEC thereafter.
I hope this service is welcomed by all and in particular helps families access employment, education.

"Cheshire East is to launch an on-demand rural bus service – to help reduce isolation in some of the more remote parts of the borough.

The new 'go-too' pilot scheme will cover a wide area south of Nantwich, taking in Bunbury, Wrenbury and Audlem, as well as some other villages, where no commercial services are available.

The bus service will be booked using a mobile phone app or phone call, with a doorstep pick-up service for less-mobile passengers. This allows a resident, or group of residents, to request a bus for a specific journey.

The service is not tied to a fixed route, allowing for quick and efficient shared trips without lengthy detours or fixed schedules.

Two branded 16-seater 'midi' buses will be available between 7am and 9pm, Monday to Saturday, with low-floor access. A third vehicle may operate at peak times, subject to demand".

The full statement including map is available on the Cheshire East Website.

Geraint Davies on Car Park Charges

18th September 2021 @ 8:23am

Many thanks to Bob Fousert for his artcle on Cheshire East and car park charges. Driving home on Friday after a week of touring mid and south Wales in our Camper van, I was mulling over the fact that for the whole week, for many hundreds of miles, we had not only had the pleasure of driving through beatiful counryside, but had enjoyed driving the whole time on beautifully paved roads with very fresh, clear road marking on ALL the roads, both major and minor.
On coming home to Cheshire, we were struck by the stark contrast of how worn, patched-up, pot-holed and shabby the road surfaces were in this area. How CAN the counties of Wales do it and Cheshire, supposedly a rich counnty, fail so dramatically?

Lynette hopkins on Village Car Park and Playing Field

17th September 2021 @ 8:34pm

In the light of Cheshire East Highways committee holding their meeting on Tuesday 21st September
I urge Audlem council to publish the minutes of Monday 13th Septembers council meeting ASAP

Peter Silvester on Car Park Charges

17th September 2021 @ 7:12pm

Cheshire East may soon impose charges to park in Audlem's car park. This will be a significant disadvantage to the retail shops, pubs and other businesses in the village, whose customers have so far been able to park at no cost, and therefore they do not have to rush to leave before their ticket runs out. The retailers are still trying to recover from the many months of COVID lockdown, when most were closed and had no income. Free parking has helped to make Audlem an attractive village to visit for shopping or walking. And it will be even worse if the charges are the same as in Nantwich and Crewe, destinations that have a lot more retail outlets and other amenities on offer.

I do hope that the Parish Council put up a spirited rejection of the proposal in the consultation process that starts later this month. I also hope that they use the impending charges as a spur to get on with building the car parking area in Turnpike Field, which should not have parking fees. About three years have passed since the field was bought, with the primary purpose of putting in car parking , and precious little seems to have happened since. Would it not be reasonable to get this new parking area open by early next year, the date when fees in the Cheshire Street car park might start?

Nigel Mottershead on Village Car Park and Playing Field

17th September 2021 @ 9:39am

Thanks to Bob Fousert for his excellent article on Car Parks and charging within Cheshire East, this made it very clear as to what could happen with regards to car parking charges and also how our money is spent by CEC.
There has been the possibility of the village taking control of the central car park and playing field for many years now, which has been delayed for a variety of reasons but, I see that this was on the agenda for the APC meeting for last Monday 13th September.
When the minutes are issued, we will be able to see if there has been any progress on this.
I believe that if it is still possible, then Audlem should be in control of its car park and decide itself if there should be charging or not, and the decision should be taken away from Cheshire East Council totally.

Julia Parton on Farm Made Tearooms

17th September 2021 @ 9:04am

I was sorry to read yesterday that Farm Made Tearooms are closing at the end of the month.
The last 18 months have been particularly hard for the hospitality business + we all know you have got to sell a lot of cups of coffee to just cover overheads before making any profit.
I am sure people will agree it has been an asset to the village to have such an attractive coffee shop with friendly staff+very tasty homemade food+will be sadly missed.

Denise Harrison on Enclosed field/paddock

16th September 2021 @ 9:30am

Hi. I am local to the village. I have my own dog walking business. However, I am looking to do off lead/group walks, but with knowing the dogs can't escape. I feel this is what this village needs. Can anyone help me out?

Ann on Farm Made

16th September 2021 @ 9:18am

Sorry to read that Farm Made is closing. Always had very nice food and staff always very friendly. Wish you all luck in your next chapter.

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