“Wild about Goostrey” – make a pledge today!

Only officially launched at Rose Day, the Wild About Goostrey project is proving even more popular than hoped with pledges to transform the village into a wildlife haven.

With attractive plaques to display in gardens and meadows up for grabs by anyone taking part in the project, the pledges are “coming in thick and fast,” say the organisers.

“Urbanisation of gardens is the enemy of wildlife but aiming for a country look with areas left alone to grow on their own or even planted out in a wild-friendly way will stop the loss of habitat for creatures of all kinds,” said a project supporter.

Join in with Wild About Goostrey and email in the habitat improvement you pledge to make in your garden along with your contact details to pmorgan.goostreypc@gmail.com

Article by John Williams

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Jodrell Bank Observatory awarded UNESCO World Heritage Status

Goostrey Parish Council sends their warmest congratulations to the Jodrell Bank Observatory for achieving the award of UNESCO World Heritage Status.   The Lovell Telescope and the control building as well as the SKA global HQ are all in Goostrey Parish and we are very proud to have such a prestigious site so close to our village.    The observatory will now be inscribed on the World Heritage List, in recognition of its internationally significant heritage, science and cultural impact.  This is incredible news not just for Jodrell Bank, but also for the region, and the UK as a whole.  The coveted award marks the culmination of a long journey that began nearly 10 years ago and which has been led tirelessly by Professors Teresa Anderson and Tim O’Brien.

Jodrell Bank will join a prestigious group of sites across the globe that have been recognised by UNESCO’s international community as sites of Outstanding Universal Value.   Further news can be found on social media @JodrellBank with the hashtag #JodrellBankWorldHeritage and  on the Jodrell Bank website: www.jodrellbank.net


Bluedot Festival 2019

Please see attached a letter from the Bluedot team to local residents.  You should have one of these delivered to your home in the next week or so.

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Bluedot has set up a new dedicated residents website for the festival to keep you updated with the arrangements and there is a contact form on the site for feedback too!

Here are the details for the new Bluedot Residents Hub Website where you can find information about Bluedot.
Log In:
user: resident
password: access
If you have any ideas for what other information you would like to see on the website then please email residents@discoverthebluedot.com

Road Closure – Blackden Lane between 22 & 24 May 2019




NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Cheshire East Borough Council in exercise of its powers under Section 14 (2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 and of all other enabling powers issues this notice temporarily to prohibit traffic in the following length of road:-

Blackden Lane, Dane Valley Ward, Holmes Chapel, CW4 8 from the junction with Bomish Lane to the junction with Cross Lane.

The alternative route will be via the following streets: – Cross Lane, Bomish Lane, Bridge Lane

Location Map – https://roadworks.org?tm=113377122

Pedestrian access to any premises situated within the temporary closure will be maintained at all times. Vehicular access will be maintained for emergency vehicles and residents where possible.

The closure is necessary to enable Scottish Power to carry out overline electricity works.

It is anticipated that the works will take place on the following date(s): Wednesday 22nd May 2019 to Friday 24th May 2019.

This notice will become operative on Wednesday 22nd May 2019 for a period of 5 days or for such less time as is necessary to enable the works to be completed.

If you have any enquiries relating to the works please contact Dutton Traffic Management on telephone number 01606 339495.

Notice Date: 24th April 2019

Acting Director of Legal Services and Monitoring Officer

Westfields, Middlewich Road, Sandbach, CW11 1HZ

Email – temporaryroadclosures@cheshireeasthighways.org



New Tree Warden for Goostrey

The Parish Council would like to thank Thelma Carter for volunteering to become the Goostrey Tree Warden.

In this role, Thelma will keep the Parish Council advised of any concerns regarding;

  • the removal or mistreatment of trees with Tree Protection Orders on them
  • the replacement of trees with Tree Protection Orders on them which have been removed
  • trees which merit having a Tree Protection Order on them

If you have any of the above concerns about any tree in the Village please would you call Thelma in the first instance on 01477 533760 or contact the Clerk on 01477 535825 or by e-mail at Parishcouncil@Goostrey.info 

United Utilities Priority Services – Sign Up Today!

United Utilities have asked the Parish Council to publicise this free service to their customers.  If you know of anyone who could benefit from this service please pass on the information below.

Heard of our Priority Services Register?

As you know, United Utilities is the water and wastewater company that serves over 7 million customers in over 3 million homes right across the North West, and we have been doing a lot over the past couple of years to improve our services in giving more support to those who need it most.

We all need a little bit of extra help at some stage in our lives.  This could be due to age, ill health, a disability, mental health problems, financial worries or even language barriers.  By registering for our free Priority Services scheme, customers could benefit from additional free services from us, to support their particular needs, including:

  • A free phone number connecting them to a dedicated, externally trained team, to listen, help and support
  • Nominate a carer, family member or even a friend to speak to us on their behalf
  • A knock and wait service, so if they have mobility needs we’ll always wait, allowing them enough time to answer the door
  • We’ll notify them of any planned interruptions to their water supply
  • Bills and letters could be printed in braille, large print or even on coloured paper
  • Add a password to their account as added protection from bogus callers
  • Translation services if English isn’t their first language
  • Help and advice if they’re struggling to pay their water bill

For customers with internet access, there’s even an online accessibility tool, changing the look of our website to suit their needs. All they have to do is click on the ‘Accessibility Help’ button on the bottom right of each page of our website.

You don’t even have to be the account holder to join and registration really couldn’t be easier.  You can either:

  • Visit our website unitedutilities.com/priorityservices and complete a simple online form
  • Call our friendly Priority Services team direct on 0345 072 6093
  • Also, when someone registers with us, with their consent, we could also add their details to a similar free scheme with Electricity North West (who manage the electricity network in our region).  If eligible, this would provide additional support if there was ever a loss of power too – so two for the price of one!



Station Bridge Traffic Lights – Update

Cheshire East Highways have informed us that the scheme to install a safe area for pedestrians to cross the Station Bridge and traffic lights is on hold.  We received the following explanation directly from Cheshire East Highways last week.

“The scheme was programmed in to commence on site in March 2019, however after meeting with the Contractors on site to discuss the buildability aspects of the scheme, it became apparent that it would not be possible to implement the scheme as per the original design.  This is mainly down to the complexities of the site in terms of the highway boundary extents.

We have therefore had no option but to place the scheme on hold while we investigate other options in order to ensure that we design and deliver a workable solution that is safe for all road users.

I appreciate this is not the news you wanted to hear, however I can assure you that we are working hard to explore other options to enable the scheme to be constructed”.

We are extremely disappointed in this new delay, however, we are in regular contact with Cheshire East Highways to establish when a “buildable” scheme can be implemented.