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.

Bank View – Road Repairs 11th December 2018

We have been informed by our CEC Highways contact that the bell mouth of Bank View will be repaired on Tuesday 11th December, this is not one of the scheduled works on the CEC Highways website.

As there are other road surface repairs required along the length of Bank View we have asked if these can be repaired at the same time but as yet we have not received a reply.

Councillor Graham Lenihan

You may be aware that Councillor Graham Lenihan sadly passed away on Friday 30th November, after a short illness.  We send our sincere condolences to his wife and family, and hold them in out thoughts at this difficult time.

Graham was elected onto the Parish Council in May 2011 and sat on most of the Council’s committees during his two terms of office.  He had a warm personality, an affable nature and a great sense of humour and was always ready to volunteer for Council duties.

Graham was involved with a number of Village groups including the Goostrey Parish Archive Group and the Gooseberry Society.

He will be greatly missed by us all.

Graham’s family has asked that we publish the date and time of the funeral which will take place on 11th December 2018 at 11.00am at St Luke’s Church, Goostrey.

Everyone is welcome to attend the funeral and after at the Crown to raise a glass to Graham and bid him a fond farewell.

 

 

 

Goostrey Christmas Lights Switch on Sunday 2nd December

The Parish Council thanks the Scouts for running the event again this year.  We hope you will support the event on the Bog Bean which starts at 5pm.

Santa will be dropping in on his Sleigh, the Guides will be selling cakes, the Beavers and Cubs will be selling gifts and the Pre School will hosting a stand for the first time.

Come and enjoy the brass band playing whilst you browse the stalls and tuck in to hot dogs, mulled wine, tea and coffee.

Reverend Heather Buckley will be there too.  The lights will be switched on at 6pm.

New Job Opportunity – Goostrey Village Hall Supervisor – APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED

This is a combined role of operation, booking, caretaking and general management of the Village Hall on behalf of Goostrey Parish Council.

  • 10 hours per week.
  • Evenings and weekends when needed to meet needs of hirers.
  • 4 weeks paid holiday plus Bank Holidays.
  • Job Share considered.
  • Salary will be £5,000 per annum.  Any payment made for caretaker services (putting up and taking down chairs and tables etc) will be in addition to the salary quoted

Please see the links to the Job Description and Application form below or contact the Goostrey Parish Clerk for further details.

Phone: 01477 535825  Email: parishcouncil@goostrey.info

Closing Date for Applications: 16th November 2018

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