Westminster Park Residents Association

Bringing our community alive

January 29, 2015
by Dave Craggs

Gardening Club 2015 meetings

Wednesday, 20 May at 8 pm in the Community CentreJanuary

How to plant hanging baskets and containers – our speaker is Andrew Johnson from Johnson’s Nursery in Saughall.
£3 at the door. Raffle and plant swap. Light refreshments.

Sunday, 12 July.

Day trip to Dorothy Clive Garden plus a visit to Bridgemere Garden Centre.
Our coach will leave from the WP shops – full details will be in the June issue of the Forum Newsletter.

Wednesday, 7 October at 8 pm in the Community Centre

Transforming Bluebell Cottage Gardens – our speaker is Sue Beesley, owner and manager of Bluebell Cottage Gardens and former BBC Gardener of the Year.
£3 at the door. Plant swap. Light refreshments.

Please come and join us – all WP residents welcome

November 14, 2014
by Dave Craggs

Email Updates

We have created a new subsite for managing our email updates. http://emailupdates.wp-ra.org.uk/Default.aspx

The purpose is to allow users to control email updates from us. Previously we held emails in a spreadsheet and every time we wanted to send out an email update we had to extract the email addresses manually which was fiddly and prone to error. This way allows you to manage your own details and unsubscribe from email updates if you so wish.

You can log onto the system using your email address and password. If you don’t know your password you can requst a password update. Once logged in, you can update your own details and unsubscribe from future email bulletins. We do hope you will stay on the list, we do not plan to send out many emails and we do like to keep people up to date with items of local interest.

If are not on this site you can register here http://emailupdates.wp-ra.org.uk/Register.aspx.

In the future we may categorise the email bulletins so you can unsubscribe from specific areas if they are not of interest. This could be things like, the evergreens, gardening club, local councillor news, and such like. Please note we are also on facebook and twitter.

Dave Craggs

November 9, 2014
by Dave Craggs

What’s on in Westminster Park during December

Tuesday, 2 December: Christmas Lights Switch-On. 4.45 pm at the Shops. With carols, mince pies, mulled wine and hot dogs. The event will begin at 4.45 pm with switch-on at 5 pm.Xmas

Sunday, 7 December: Advent Service, 4 pm, at the Scout Hut, Manor Road, Westminster Park.

Thursday, 11 December: Evergreen. 2 pm. Community Centre. There will be mince pies and carols where you can sing along with the choir from Belgrave School – a very popular afternoon.

Friday, 19 December: Christmas Draw and Bingo. Community Centre.

Wednesday, 24 December: Christmas Quiz. Community Centre.

Wednesday, 31 December: New Year’s Eve Disco. £10 including buffet. 8 pm till late. Tickets on sale behind the bar. Community Centre.

November 9, 2014
by Dave Craggs

Councillor update

  • The report from the Inspector reviewing the Cheshire West and Chester local plan is expected at the end of November. We will liaise with Westminster Park residents when this is published to discuss the implications of any release of land for new housing off Wrexham Road.
  • The upgrading of the junction between the A493 and A55 is in progress and will last until the spring. Work is being carried out at night with diversions mainly through Eccleston and Handbridge.
  • The Council is seeking tenders for new operators of two 18-hole golf courses in Ellesmere Port and the 9-hole golf course in Westminster Park. Along with the Friends, we have not been happy with the management of this facility by Brio and we hope that a new operator will deliver a better service.
  • The Council is consulting on the concept design of a new bus interchange to be located at Gorse stacks. If the scheme goes ahead it is likely to open in 2016 and will form part of the plan leading to a new Northgate development scheme.
  • Funding for the new Theatre complex has progressed well and work on the design is advancing. Planning consent for the change of use for the Odeon cinema building was granted in September.

Cllrs Neil Sullivan and Razia Daniels

Councillor Neil Sullivan
Handbridge Park Ward
Home phone: 01244 671099
Mobile: 07709 376876

November 7, 2014
by Dave Craggs

Items Discussed at Committee Meeting 5th November

Items discussed at the last Committee Meeting… hot off the press….

As some of you may already know, David Pilling has resigned as Chairman of WPRA for health reasons, Brian Westcott, Vice Chair, has taken over in the interim.

The Wrexham Road development was discussed, there is a separate note on this.

There will be a meeting at the Community Centre for those residents near to and/or affected by Nos 1 and 16 Vincent Drive on Wednesday 19th November at 7.30pm.

Mary Pole is standing down as editor of the WPRA Newsletter, an editorial team is taking over in the interim, but if any budding journalists or editors would like to be involved please contact any Committee Member or let us know at the AGM.

The proposed bus shelter on Castlecroft Road will be raised with the local Councillor, and we are investigating providing some seating at the shops.  Steps will be taken to clear the path to St Claire’s.  Home owners please think of pedestrians and keep your overhanging greenery trimmed!

THE CHRISTMAS LIGHT SWITCH ON WILL TAKE PLACE ON TUESDAY 2ND DECEMBER AT 4.45PM!  Food, drink, singing from the Belgrave choir, not to be missed!

Anyone interested in joining the Committee or helping out at events please contact any Committee member (details in WPRA Newsletter).

October 24, 2014
by Dave Craggs

Pharmacy 2 You

It has been brought to my attention that some residents of Westminster Park have received a letter from ‘Pharmacy 2 You’ to provide a home delivery service for repeat prescriptions.  May I please make it clear that this service is a private company and has nothing to do with our local Westminster Park Pharmacy, who offer a more  personal service.

Sandra Magilton (WPRA)

September 30, 2014
by Dave Craggs

Gardening Club Meeting

Our next Gardening Club meeting is on Wednesday 8 October at 8 pm at the Community Centre.

Catherine Coombs will be talking about Bumblebees in our Gardens – how they live and how we can encourage them.

We look forward to welcoming you to this very interesting talk.

£3 at the door

Plant swap

Light refreshments

All WP residents are welcome

September 23, 2014
by Dave Craggs

Road Closure Five Ashes Road

Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council 

Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 

Temporary Prohibition of Traffic 

Five Ashes Road in Chester

Notice is hereby given pursuant to the provisions of Section 14 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, that the Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council intend to make an Order the effect of which will be to temporarily prohibit traffic on the following length of road, in Chester to enable Gas Main renewal works to be carried out by Balfour Beatty.

(1)        Five Ashes Road, Chester, at the junction with Claypit Road.

Nothing in the Order shall prevent driving upon the said lengths of road of any vehicle which is being used for the conveyance of persons, goods or merchandise to or from any premises situate on or adjacent to the lengths of road or in connection with agriculture, building construction, works of repair and the like or use in an emergency of vehicles for fire brigade, ambulance or police purposes.  A through route will not always be available and any vehicles not requiring access to properties on the length of road should use the alternative routes.

The Order will come into force on Monday 6th October 2014 and will continue in force for a period not exceeding eighteen months or until the works which it is proposed to carry out have been completed, whichever is the earlier.  It is anticipated that the works will take approximately two weeks to complete.

Alternative routes for through traffic

 Traffic should proceed via Five Ashes Road; Sherbourne Avenue; Fir Tree Avenue; Manor Road.

Kieran Collins (ref: TRO/2061

Area Highways Manager

Highways Office

Guilden Sutton Lane

Guilden Sutton