Westminster Park Residents Association

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October 20, 2016
by Dave Craggs

Wrexham Road Development – HAVE YOUR SAY!


Wednesday 19 October   Start of Public Consultations:

  • Taylor Wimpey/Redrow

Comment online:  http://www.wrexhamroadchester.co.uk

  • Cheshire West and Chester Council

Comment online at:


Or Email comments to:


Or post comments to:

Planning Policy Team,

Cheshire West and Chester Council,

4 Civic Way,

Ellesmere Port, CH65 0BE


Wednesday 26 October Westminster Park Residents’ Association

8pm Public Meeting, Westminster Park Community Centre

Wednesday 2 November Final day of Developers’ Consultation

Wednesday 16 November Final day of Cheshire West and Chester Council consultation


Information supplied by: Westminster Park Residents’ Association



October 20, 2016
by Dave Craggs
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Wrexham Road latest – Council Announce Independent Consultation

Westminster Park residents are delighted that Cheshire West and Chester Council have announced their own independent consultation into the development of 1300 houses on Wrexham Road in Chester.

“It is great to see that our views on this huge development are being sought and we urge all residents and business leaders in Chester and Wrexham to look at the plans and put forward their opinions to the developers and the Council,” commented Pauline Brown, chair of the Westminster Park Residents’ Association.

“We have organised a public meeting at 8pm next Wednesday 26 October to be held at Westminster Park Community Centre to get our own feedback on the plans and give local people the opportunity to put forward their aspirations for this estate,” she continued.

“Taylor Wimpey and Redrow have extended their own consultation deadline to Wednesday 2 November which gives more time for people to examine the plans in detail and consider what they believe to be priorities in this new development.

“Obviously traffic will be top of the agenda, but there are also implications for primary education and health care provision too.

“This land is home to Great Crested Newts, barn owls and bats and many residents will be keen to know how these are going to be handled.

“Added to that, there is a listed mediaeval moated site and possible Roman remains – no doubt people will want to know that the developers will be dealing sensitively with these issues,” she said.
People wishing to comment on the developers’ plans can go to their website www.wrexhamroadchester.co.uk for details of how to send in their views.

Those wishing to take part in the Council’s consultation can go on their website: consult.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/portal/other/wrexhamrd_devbrief or email comments to: spatialplanning@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk or post comments to: Planning Policy Team, Cheshire West and Chester Council, 4 Civic Way, Ellesmere Port, CH65 0BE.

October 11, 2016
by Dave Craggs
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Revised Wrexham Road Master plan to be revealed

Westminster Park Residents’ Association is urging people in south Chester, Wrexham and Flintshire to view and comment on the plans for the 1300+ housing development on the Wrexham Road in Chester which will be put on show on Wednesday 19th October 2016.

“This development will have a major impact on existing and future residents in this area and we must ensure that it includes all of the housing and facilities that are important for us,” said Pauline Brown, chair of the Westminster Park Residents’ Association.

The plans already feature a new school and health centre that will serve the whole area and Pauline is sure that local people will have other ideas about what should be built. “You may want a community hub, housing for the elderly, a nature reserve, a play area for your children, an outdoor gym to improve your fitness… there are countless possibilities, but obviously no guarantees.”

“It is vital that local people participate in this consultation to ensure that the development is high quality and offers the right mix of housing and facilities to meet our needs for the future. At the exhibition we will have the chance to register and comment on the plans – it is really important for residents to do that.”

“We only have one chance to get this right. We urge all local people to go to the public consultation on Wednesday 19th October 2016 and let us at the Residents’ Association have your views and ideas. You can contact us through our website www.wp-ra.org.uk, find us on Facebook or

Twitter or write to us via our post box in the Al Dente deli at Westminster Park shops.”

“This is your chance to shape the future of our area for us and for our children – grasp it now,” she added.

The exhibition of the plans will be available to view from 2pm to 8pm at Lache Community Centre, Hawthorn Crescent, Lache, Chester. If people are not be able to attend, the plans will also be available to view on the website: www.wrexhamroadchester.co.uk from 19th October 2016. All comments on the plans should be received by the developers by Wednesday 26th October 2016.

October 3, 2016
by Dave Craggs

Westminster Park Residents’ Association Press Release Monday 3 October 2016



Better quality development results from planning intervention

Despite spirited opposition from the Westminster Park Residents’ Association (WPRA) and Handbridge Park councillors Razia Daniels and Neil Sullivan, the appeal into the planning application for housing at the end of Sherbourne Avenue has been allowed.

Disappointed Chair of WPRA, Pauline Brown commented, “We have opposed this scheme because it is a piecemeal development and should be part of the wider Wrexham Road site plan. We are pleased however, that our objections have resulted in an improvement to the original scheme, with a reduction in the number of houses to be built from 41 to 31. This change will lead to a much higher quality development.”

Representations by Westminster Park Residents’ Association at the appeal also highlighted concerns about education, drainage, ecology and traffic in the area.

Local residents believe that the traffic implications of the development, both during and after construction, are very worrying.

“This site is extremely close to existing housing and to Belgrave Primary School, and the only access will be through the Westminster Park estate past the school. Deliveries of building materials and equipment will all have to go past the school entrance – this is going to put children and parents in great danger at drop-off and pick-up times in particular,” said Pauline Brown.

“In the longer term, we will have 50 plus extra cars driving through the estate on already busy roads, adding to the tailbacks on Lache Lane. Cheshire West and Chester Council do not seem to have considered the practicalities of this scheme when they approved it,” she added.

Local parents are worried about the impact that the new scheme will have on their ability to get their children into Belgrave Primary School. Cheshire West and Chester Council is proposing that any children living in the new houses should go to Lache Primary School, nearly a mile away, as Belgrave is full to capacity at present.

“This does not seem to have been worked out on a practical basis at all,” said Pauline Brown. “You cannot expect a four year old child to walk a mile to school in the morning. The new school proposed as part of the Wrexham Road development will not be built for many years, so where will these children go?”

There are also huge concerns about the impact of the building works on drainage in the area, as it is already subject to flooding.

“This site has a heavy clay subsoil which is about 10 feet deep, so when we have any heavy rain the water stays on the surface. We are very worried that when building work starts, surface water will flood our homes and gardens. It is very important that further work is done, before and during construction, to ensure that this water can be managed without causing damage to our homes,” stressed Lisa Sawyer, a resident whose house backs onto the Sherbourne Avenue site.

A pond situated close to the site is known to be home to great crested newts, as do several others in the larger site to be developed later. Local residents are concerned that when building starts on the site, the newts will not be able to move between the different ponds.
“At the moment the ponds in this area are situated in rough grassland, which allows the newts to move from one pond to another. When this development goes ahead, the newts in the pond near Sherbourne Avenue are going to have to cross a tarmac road to get to the other ponds. This does not seem to have been thought through properly,” said Pauline Brown.

For more information, please contact:
Jennifer Crew, Editor, Westminster Park Residents’ Association
Tel: 07752 854383

September 29, 2016
by Dave Craggs

Governor Vacancy at Belgrave Primary School October 2016

The school would welcome applications in writing for the position of Local Authority Governor. The school’s constitution includes one LA governor, 4 parent governors, 5 co-opted governors and 2 staff governors.

The governing body works together to further the best interests of the school and to carry out these roles the governors have taken on specific responsibilities by agreement with the governing body. Examples of these roles are: early years, curriculum, finance, buildings, safeguarding, health and safety and special needs. The school arranges induction training for new governors and there is a training programme that is available for all governors throughout their term of office.

The school benefits from having governors with a wide range of skills and attributes and is hoping to recruit a person who will be able to contribute to our existing team. We are particularly interested in having a governor who has time to dedicate to the role and would wish to be part of the school community. Experience has shown that all governors need a strong commitment to improving outcomes for children, the inquisitiveness to question and analyse, and the willingness to learn.

The full governing body meets three times a year (once a term) and in addition each of our two committees meets termly. The two main committees are: Resources and Curriculum and Ethos. The dates for the meetings are set at the beginning of the year and our meetings are clerked by a professional clerk to governors.

LA governors can be nominated from a political party although this is not necessary. LA governors can declare that they do not have a political affiliation. The LA can nominate an eligible person and a governing body can recommend that the LA consider a nomination. Then it is the responsibility of the governors to appoint a nominee which will be dependent on the skills and attributes of the nominee.

Please have a look at our website to read about our Governing Body and find out more about the school. You will not need a log in to view the public pages.

If you would be interested in this position please contact the head teacher or the chair of governors. Applications should be submitted by Friday 28th October 2016.

Head Teacher
Deanne Garratt
01244 981151
Belgrave Primary School,
Five Ashes Road,
Chair of Governors
Mark Bland

September 15, 2016
by Dave Craggs

Gardening club meeting

Wednesday, 12 October, 8 pm.

Autumn Talk.

Bugs, Slugs, Spots and Rots.

A very entertaining talk by our speaker, John Scrace, a well-known plant pathologist. Community Centre. Tickets: £3 at the door.

Bar, light refreshments, plant swap. All WP residents welcome.

April 8, 2016
by Dave Craggs


The government proposes to cut funding for Pharmacy in 2016/17.  There is a clear intention to reduce the number of pharmacies and acknowledge that the independents will be ‘squeezed’, which could well effect our pharmacy in Westminster Park.

We are fortunate in our Community to have a very caring and vital service. Do not let us lose it.  Please call into the pharmacy and sign the petition.  Our community support is essential to ensure we keep our local pharmacy.


Sandra Magilton (677373)