EAST CHEVINGTON PARISH ROUND UP

Senior officers preparing to lay wreaths at the Anzac ceremony. Picture courtesy of YCS Photography and RAFA.
Senior officers preparing to lay wreaths at the Anzac ceremony. Picture courtesy of YCS Photography and RAFA.

The poignant Anzac (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) ceremony which was staged at East Chevington cemetery at the end of last month has been praised by parish councillors.

Speaking at Monday’s meeting, Coun Scott Dickinson said: “The ceremony was very good. There was a good turnout.”

The meeting heard that a Red Row resident has taken interest in looking after the cemetery’s war graves and has planted shrubs around the graves. The parish council agreed to reimburse him £66 for the plants he has purchased.

*A ‘strong voice’ is needed on new windfarm group

The new chairman of East Chevington Parish Council insists the organisation needs to have a strong voice on a windfarm community liaison group.

This summer, Peel Energy is set to start work on constructing nine, 126-metre-high turbines at Widdrington, after the scheme was approved in 2012.

As part of this, the company wants to set up the Blue Sky Forest Windfarm Community Liaison Group (CLG) – and is looking for members.

The CLG will be a forum promoting engagement and ensuring local communities are kept up to date with progress, particularly during construction, but also throughout the operational life of the project.

Peel says it hopes that the group will be made up of residents, county-council representatves and local councillors. A limited number of people will be allowed to join the CLG.

It is proposed that the group will meet every quarter throughout the construction period and an inaugural meeting is planned for Wednesday, June 17, at Widdrington Village Hall, from 7pm.

And at Monday’s East Chevington Parish Council meeting, chairman Coun Paul Claridge said: “It is important that we have a voice on the group and it is important to get some representation at the meeting.”

Anyone who would like to sit on the CLG should register their interest before June 1. Send your name and address to Bernadette Barry, development manager, Peel Dome, The Trafford Centre, M17 8PL, or email bbarry@peel.co.uk

*Pond work all set to continue

Work is continuing to tidy up the community pond area in Hadston. The hedge is to be cut later this year and fencing is due to be purchased. The parish council has been told that it isn’t worth spending money on improving the water supply to the pond.

*Coun Paul Claridge has been appointed as parish council chairman. He said he hopes the council can get on with some good business this year. Coun Anthony Reay is the new vice-chairman.