Cllr Michael Jones made a bombshell announcement that he wanted to abolish his own Council, just 5 years after it had been formed. http://www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/council_and_democracy/council_information/media_hub/media_releases/previous_media_releases/media_releases_september_2014/reunification_of_cheshire.aspx
Willaston and Rope Ward UKIP Councillor Brian Silvester said,
“Cllr Jones suggested that Cheshire East and Cheshire West should be abolished to be replaced by a Cheshire Unitary Council. Understandably this has put the fear of God into the staff. The new Council is just settling down after 5 years of tumult and turmoil and he throws the whole thing back into the air again. It is a highly irresponsible thing to do.There is no support for it in the East or the West and even members of his own party have denounced it.The Government have made it clear that they will not allow yet further rounds of disruptive re-organisation.I was a Council Leader during the last unwanted re-organisation.Cllr Jones was not even a Councillor so he does not know the heartache and stress the reorganisation causes staff. I call upon Cllr Jones to immediately withdraw his call to abolish Cheshire East and in future think before he opens his mouth.
I suspect this call is just an attempt to distract attention from the real issues. Issues like having no Adopted Local Plan and no five year supply of housing land which has resulted in a planning fiasco where developers are busily concreting over our beautiful green fields.Cllr Jones should concentrate on sorting out these problems and not shoot from the hip with hare-brained ideas.”
Cllr Brian Silvester BA (Hons)
UKIP Group Leader
Willaston and Rope Ward UKIP Councillor
Cheshire East Council
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Campaign to stop enormous slurry lagoon in open countryside
Willaston and Rope Ward UKIP Councillor Brian Silvester is supporting residents and the surrounding Parish Councils and Borough Councillors in their objections to a proposed enormous slurry lagoon in the open countryside off Rope Hall Lane, Rope. (See below)
He said,’The size of this lagoon is not a small pool, as usually found on farms but is very substantial, almost twice the size of two Olympic swimming pools and also deeper. The entire area of the application site is a huge 300 acres The roads to access the site are very narrow, there are no footpaths and no street lighting. It is expected that two million gallons of slurry a year will be brought to the lagoon and the thousands of lorries required to transport it will be a danger on these narrow roads. Eastern Road and Rope Hall Lane are two of the access routes to the Shavington High School so all these lorries on the country lanes will be highly dangerous. Some of the waste will be coming from the Muller yoghurt factory in Market Drayton.
Apart from the noxious smell, slurry lagoons harbour vast amounts of harmful bacteria which can be spread on the wind to adjacent properties and the school and thereby I believe present a very real health hazard to children and neighbours. Also when the tank is full if the residue is spread on the surrounding 300 acres it will be a health hazard and generate horrendous smells and flies and insects. Shavington Borough Councillor, David Brickhill has requested a report from the Environmental Health Department on the disposal of Muller waste in Barthomley by Mr Abell and that a qualified bacteriologist lists the bacteria that exist in slurry lagoons and whether these can be spread to adjacent properties by wind or movement of vehicles livestock or humans.
There are no plans showing how the slurry will be isolated from the watercourses especially in time of heavy rain when it might overflow to adjacent fields. I regard this proposal a real danger to the people of the area and it should not be approved. The planning committee should consider whether a slurry lagoon is an appropriate development in this residential and educational environment or whether it will be a real danger and nuisance to the community. Residents have until the 17th of September to object.