Future Delivery of Community Speed Management Scheme and Traffic/Speed Surveys

Starting 1st June 2024, the Highways Department at Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWaC) will no longer directly deliver the Community Speed Management scheme and Traffic/Speed Surveys. This change is driven by escalating pressures and an extremely high volume of public, Member, and MP enquiries, which have become unmanageable for the Area Highways Team.

To address these challenges, staff from the Road Safety team will be integrated into the Area team, allowing CWaC to allocate resources to the most pressing needs and improve customer service. Despite these changes, the statutory function of Road Safety Engineering remains a key priority and will continue to be provided.

Community Speed Management Scheme

The Community Speed Management scheme, which enabled local community members trained by highways officers to record speeding vehicles, will transition to Cheshire Police. From 1st June 2024, Cheshire Police has taken sole responsibility for this scheme, rebranded as ‘Community Speed Watch’. PCSOs will train and liaise with local groups, and enquiries can be directed to .

Traffic/Speed Surveys

Previously, Traffic Surveys were requested by Ward Councillors to address concerns about speeding, traffic volumes, or to determine the need for new pedestrian crossings. These surveys collected essential data on road use, congestion, and speed counts. However, from 1st June 2024, Highways will no longer carry out these surveys. Instead, initial speed gun assessments will be conducted by Area team staff, which may indicate the need for formal surveys. These surveys will be commissioned externally, with costs passed on to Councillors or relevant groups (such as a local parish council).

Surveys required for design purposes, such as prioritising new pedestrian crossing facilities, will also be commissioned externally and funded by the Highways capital budget.

Ongoing Road Safety Responsibilities

Managing road safety and speed throughout the Borough remains a top priority. Although the approach is evolving, CWaC are committed to addressing resident concerns and maintaining the safety of all road users. By reallocating resources, CWaC aims to improve efficiency and concentrate on delivering high-quality customer service.

 

New Gulley Cleaning Interactive Map Available for Residents

We are excited to announce a new resource for our residents: the Gulley Cleaning Interactive Map, now available on the Cheshire West and Chester Council website. This tool provides up-to-date information on the maintenance of grids and gullies in our area.

With the interactive map, you can:

  • Check Cleaning Schedules: see when gullies in your area are scheduled for cleaning.
  • Report Issues: easily report any blocked or damaged gullies.
  • Stay Informed: access real-time updates on maintenance activities.

To access the Gulley Cleaning Interactive Map, please visit Cheshire West and Chester Council’s website.

We encourage all residents to make use of this valuable tool to help keep our streets clean and safe. Your feedback and reports are essential in ensuring effective maintenance and swift responses to any issues.

If you have any questions or need assistance with the interactive map, please contact Cheshire West and Chester Council.

 

New Cemetery Contractor Appointed in May 2024

We are pleased to announce the appointment of a new contractor for the maintenance of our cemetery as of May 2024. After a period of seven months without any maintenance, we understand that the cemetery is not in its usual pristine condition, and we appreciate your patience as we work to restore it.

The Council faced challenges in finding a local contractor who not only meets our standards but also has a keen horticultural eye. While larger companies have been considered in the past, their work has not always aligned with the Council’s desired quality outcomes. We believe that our new contractor will provide the strong stewardship needed to maintain the cemetery as a place of rest and respect.

Restoring the cemetery to its former state will take some time, and we ask for your understanding during this period. The Council is committed to ensuring that the cemetery is maintained to the highest standards, and we are confident that our new contractor will help us achieve this goal, including improved maintenance of the pathways to the cemetery, and the garden of rest.

Thank you for your patience and support as we work to improve this community space. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Dog Control – Public Spaces Protection Order Consultation

In October 2018, Cheshire West and Chester Council introduced a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) covering
a wide range of dog control measures, while also encouraging responsible dog ownership.

These measures were maintained in 2021 following the statutory review.

In October 2021, Cheshire West and Chester Council (the Council) reviewed the range of
measures covering the control of dogs and encouraging responsible dog ownership. The
measures currently in force are:

• Dogs are excluded from fully enclosed children’s play areas that contain play
equipment.
• Dogs are excluded from fully or partially enclosed multi use games areas (MUGAs)
and tennis courts.
• Dogs must be placed on a lead at the request of an authorised officer.
• Dogs must be on a lead in cemeteries and council-maintained crematoria gardens.
• Where a lead is required, it must be a maximum of 2m in length (fixed or locked).
• A maximum of six dogs per person can be walked together.
• Dog walkers must pick up their dog foul.
• Dog walkers must carry sufficient means to pick up their dog foul.

In addition, a separate PSPO is in place which bans smoking in fully enclosed children’s play areas that contain play equipment. Both PSPOs are now due for review once again and residents are being invited to have their say on the Council’s PSPO to tackle irresponsible dog owners and the smoking ban in fully enclosed children’s play areas. To have your say click here – closing date is 14 July 2024.

Kingsley Parish Council Budget and Precept 2024-2025

Kingsley Parish Council is required to set an annual budget to deliver services, and its income is financed through a combination of the parish precept, cemetery fees, grants and other income such as Community Infrastructure Levy.

Over the past few years the Council has made efforts to establish a realistic budget. Kingsley Parish Council is now better equipped to respond to issues as they arise and unforeseen circumstances (such as vandalism) without this impacting the delivery of other services. These increments over recent years would have been less significant if there had been more reasonable annual increments applied historically. However, between 2009-2020 the precept increased by an average annual sum of £0.83 per annum. While this produced an overall saving for taxpayers for over a decade, it effectively resulted in real-term budget cuts throughout most of the Council’s recent existence as the precept fell far short of inflation.

Across a similar period the second-tier authority, Cheshire West and Chester Council, has experienced funding reductions of almost £400 million since 2010.

In reaction to these circumstances, Kingsley Parish Council has tried to play a more proactive role and reduce the potential risk of watching a decline of services in the Parish by undertaking additional public realm maintenance to areas such as key public rights of way in the village.

This year’s precept brings us almost to the level necessary to deliver all of our services, make additional investment in the Parish and the community, and continue making a meaningful difference to the people of Kingsley. 

It is important to note that the Council’s costs have increased significantly in recent years, and it is becoming more difficult to maintain lower precept requests, without compromising on service delivery. For example, the costs to maintain the cemetery have more than doubled in the last five years.

The new precept delivers a Band D rate of £82.38, which is a year-on-year increase of £11.30 (15.9%), and equivalent to an additional £0.94 per month. This remains lower than the national average and the precept charged by Frodsham Town Council (£93.71).

To view the full budget and precept report, please click here.

A full analysis of national precepts charged by local authorities for FY2324 (produced by the National Association of Local Councils) can be found here.

Questions about the budget and precept can be raised with the Responsible Financial Officer, Luke Trevaskis, by emailing

Full Fibre Broadband – Community Presentation

All residents are welcome to attend a presentation to discuss full fibre broadband in Kingsley. The additional infrastructure required for the upgrade could mean that additional telegraph poles are required to be installed throughout the Parish. The presentation will be delivered by FACTco between 3-6.30pm on Wednesday 23 August 2023 at Kingsley Community Centre.

230811 - Kingsley event poster (white for printing)

 

 

Access to Cheshire West and Chester Council

Online is still the quickest and easiest way for residents to access the services of Cheshire West and Chester Council, although the authority does recognise that not everyone has internet access or the technology to go online. That’s why they also offer alternative ways in which residents can get help, including calling the contact centre for assistance or to book an appointment, or by visiting one of their Resident Assistance Points in key Council buildings and some libraries. A level of support will also be rolled out to further libraries and the mobile library this year.

Contact centre:
call 0300 123 8123 – available Monday to Friday 8am – 7pm

For more information about Resident Assistance Point locations and opening times please use the link below.

Improving access to Council services

The nearest Resident Access Point to Kingsley is Frodsham Library, Princeway, Frodsham WA6 6RX. Opening times Monday-Friday 9am-6pm, and Saturday 9.30am-1pm.

 

Warm, Welcoming Spaces

Warm, Welcoming Spaces 

The Council-run Warm, Welcoming Spaces are open in libraries and museums across the borough. A full list of providers can be found at www.warmwelcome.uk

The closest Warm, Welcoming Space to Kingsley is in Frodsham Library. Opening times can be found on the link below.

www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/residents/libraries/find-a-library/frodsham-library

More information on the Warm, Welcoming Spaces and what they can offer communities can be found here:

Warm, Welcoming Spaces | Cheshire West and Chester Council

Kingsley Cemetery

Kingsley Parish Council is pleased to report that it has approved funding for the works to repair the eighteen vandalised memorials in Kingsley Cemetery.

The Council does not have the funds to replace like for like, but will undertake works to re-pin and repair to securely refit all fallen elements back into place on existing foundations where sound. Where foundations have disturbed the footing will be restored to hold the headstone securely. All cracked sections will be pinned and chemically bonded back to a single structure, cracks filled to prevent ingress and ageing compounds added to blend cracks.

The works are due to commence at the end of October 2022, for completion in November 2022.

The Council has contracted local supplier, G R Marsh Stone, who has provided a significant discount.

Anybody who wishes to remedy a plot under their ownership can let us know by emailing

 

 

Interim Notice of (Non) Conclusion of Audit 2021/22

30 September 2022

Kingsley Parish Council – Notice of the Audit

and right to inspect the Annual Governance & Accountability Return for the year ended 31 March 2022

Sections 20(2) and 25 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/234)

The audit of accounts for Kingsley Parish Council for the year ended 31 March 2022 has been carried out but cannot be completed for the reasons stated in the external auditor report.

The accounts have been published and the Annual Governance & Accountability Return is available for inspection between 9am and 5pm by any local government elector of the area of Kingsley Parish Council on application to or

Mr Luke Trevaskis, Proper Officer, Kingsley Parish Council, The Boardroom, Hollow Lane, Cheshire, WA6 8EF

Interim External Audit Report (Notice of Non Completion) 2021/22

Mr Luke Trevaskis

Proper Officer

Kingsley Parish Council