Disley Parish Council has received a large number of resident enquiries regarding activities at the site known as Glebe Fields off Mudhurst Lane. These enquiries primarily revolve around concerns relating to planning, access, the amount, and appropriateness of site traffic, and environmental considerations. Disley Parish Council shares many of these concerns.
To provide clarity, Disley Parish Council has never owned or managed the land in question and has no involvement in the works currently being undertaken. Previously, the land was under the ownership of a registered charity, named Thomas Ouff. Although the land is no longer owned by this charity, the Trustees have kindly agreed that their Position Statement can be shared with residents. This can be downloaded at:
Regarding the potential absence of planning permissions for the works, this matter has been escalated to Cheshire East Council Planning Enforcement. As the primary planning authority for Disley & Newtown, Cheshire East Council is responsible for investigating all local planning matters. Cheshire East Planning Enforcement can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 0300 123 5014.
Concerns regarding traffic weights and volumes, mud on the road and environmental issues have also been raised and communicated to the relevant departments within Cheshire East Council.
Please rest assured that Disley Parish Council will remain vigilant in monitoring the situation on Mudhurst Lane and will actively engage with Cheshire East Council to obtain information and seek appropriate actions in addressing resident concerns.
Cllr Simon Brownbill
Chair of Disley Parish Council
Newtown Play Area Improvement Project 2023 Update
Disley Parish Council (DPC) would like to update residents on the current situation regarding improvement works at the Newtown Play Area which, unfortunately, due to several delays and the recent hot weather have meant that the project is taking longer than expected.
A recent RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) report highlighted several concerns with the fencing and surfacing at the play area. In addition to this, we have had issues with dog owners using the area as a dog run and some leaving their dogs unsupervised to defecate within the play area. DPC is also keen to create a more open space around the play area to allow for additional play equipment and picnic benches.
Residents will be aware that groundworks have recently been undertaken to remove the old fencing which previously enclosed the play area and to relandscape in order to remove the high step on the lower side and to returf and reseed the area. Unfortunately, the recent prolonged period of hot and dry weather has meant that the new turf and seed is taking longer to establish than hoped. The Council has kept the area well-watered, and it is now looking far greener and heathier. During the period of the works, the grass could not be cut and the surface could not be strimmed but this has now been carried out and has been returned to its previous regular maintenance schedule. Some patches of ground may require additional grass seed due to the recent hot conditions and residents are asked to please bear with us while this seed beds in.
The safety matting around the play equipment now provides a wider area of safety and allows the natural vegetation to grow through.
The Council has installed a new safety gate between the play area and the car park and the fencing to the sides of this will be extended and mesh-filled as soon as possible
Work on the project will continue over the next few months including installation of a picnic bench, cycle racks, new litter bins and additional signage. It is hoped that the majority of this work will be completed by the start of the summer holidays. DPC will then review the area and consider what further works are required and what additional equipment can be considered.
The Parish Council apologises for any disruption that the work has caused and appreciates the patience of play area users while the work is being completed.
Cllr. Simon Brownbill
Chair of Disley Parish Council
Following the Cheshire East Council and Disley Parish Council elections held on 4th May 2023, the following Councillors were duly elected:
- Cheshire East Borough Council:
Cllr. Sue Adams
- Disley Parish Council:
Cllr. Sue Adams
Cllr. Andy Bowers
Cllr. Simon Brownbill
Cllr. Paul Bull
Cllr. Connor Parry
Cllr. Jackie Pattison
Cllr. Rachel Scale
Cllr. Mark Sykes
Cllr. Jean Windsor
The Parish Council election was uncontested.
The Chair, Vice Chair and Committee Chairs for Disley Parish Council will be elected at the Annual Parish Council meeting on Thursday 18th May 2023 at 7.30pm at Disley Community Centre.
Full details of the election results can be found on the Cheshire East website at: www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/council_and_democracy/voting_and_elections/elections
Contact details for all councillors are available at: Disley & Newtown Councillors
Each year, Disley Parish Council sets a parish precept as part of the Council Tax, to help fund the many services it provides to Disley & Newtown.
Through prudent financial management, the Parish Council has minimised the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic, and revenue from the Community Centre and Community Bus have now fully recovered. However, the results of the current financial crisis, particularly on energy costs and staff salaries, have impacted the Council’s running costs.
The Parish Council appreciates that many Disley & Newtown residents are also experiencing financial pressures and, therefore, it is proposed that there will be a small increase of 2% to the precept for 2023/24.
The new precept figure will equate to £79.20 per year for a Council Tax Band D home, or the equivalent of £1.52 per week.
The Parish Council believe that this still represents excellent value for money considering the services it provides, including:
- Disley Community Centre.
- Disley Community Bus Scheme.
- Parks and play areas.
- Three allotment sites.
- CCTV monitoring in the village centre.
- Village Ranger service.
- Community Grants.
- The Council’s website, Disley News magazine and eBulletins.
- Village events such as the Christmas Extravaganza.
- Electric vehicle chargepoints.
- Village streetlighting.
- Disley & Newtown hanging baskets and planting
The Parish Council acknowledges the generous help given by village volunteers and it should be noted that Disley Parish Councillors receive no form of salary or allowance and give their time for the benefit of the Disley and Newtown community.
Disley Parish Council is excited to unveil Disley’s first public electric vehicle chargepoints at the Community Centre car park in the centre of the village.
The chargepoints have dedicated parking spaces and use Superfast 22 kW technology for quick charging. Payment is made easily through the VendElectric app available from Google Play, the AppStore or the app.vendelectric.com website.
The installation of the chargepoints is part of the Parish Council’s on-going commitment to reduce carbon emissions and improve air quality in Disley and was part-funded by an OZEV grant.
The chargepoints are now fully operational and User Guide is available to download at:
The Middlewood Partnership, which includes the Schoolhouse Surgery, has launched a video called, “General Practice Redefined.” The vidoe tells the story of the Partnership’s merger-led transformation and highlights the benefits for patients, staff and the wider community.
The video can be viewed at: General Practice Redefined
At a Parish Council meeting held on 8th July 2021, Councillors agreed the below Statement:
Disley Parish Council is not currently progressing discussions with Cheshire East Council regarding the asset transfer of Danehill Close Play Park. Cheshire East has indicated that it would need to resolve possible encroachment issues at the site. The Parish Council is also concerned that any asset transfer would not include any monies to bring the site up to an acceptable condition. Cheshire East have stated that Disley Parish Council would be required to meet both sets of legal fees. Should Cheshire East’s policy on asset transfers change in the future, then the Parish Council would reconsider the proposal.
Following a meeting of Disley Parish Council held on 10th December 2020, the Parish Council has submitted a formal response to the Cheshire East Council Local Plan Draft Site Allocation and Development Policies Document (SADPD) consultation.
The response is available to view at:
The response references an Advice Note from Counsel at Kings Chambers in Manchester regarding Safeguarded Land which is available to view at:
The SADPD includes non-strategic planning policies and site allocations. Full consultation details can be found at:
Please Note: This consultation closed on Wednesday 23rd December 2020.
The Cheshire East Council Strategic Local Plan sets out a future allocation of houses to be built across Cheshire East to meet housing needs over the next 30 years.
The Site Allocations and Development Policies Document (SADPD) proposes future housing allocations across 13 Local Service Centres in Cheshire East, of which Disley and Newtown is one.
A revised draft of the SADPD is now available and can be found on the Cheshire East Council website at: Cheshire East Local Plan. The Parish Council will advertise details of the public consultation on this document as soon as they become available.
Disley Parish Council has prepared a statement in response to this, which is available to download at: Disley Parish Council SADPD Statement.
Disley Parish Council is delighted to announce that Disley & Newtown has been awarded the prestigious Championship Award in the Cheshire Best Kept Village Competition 2019. This is a huge scoop for the village and is fantastic recognition for all the hard work that been put into the village’s appearance over the past 12 months.
As well as the main prize, the village also took home a Little Gem Award for the Memorial Park on the A6 and won the individual prize in the Best Kept Village (Population 2,501 -5,000) category.
These awards represent a superb community effort and thanks go to PRIDE, the Friends of Disley Station, Disley Parish Council officers, Disley WI, St. Mary’s Church and the many individual residents who have contributed and helped to improve the environment around the village.
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