Minutes from the meeting: July Werneth area Committee 2015

This is a cut and paste blog post.
Just the minutes from the meeting for those who are following the bridleway/footpath debate.

There’s a summary written the day of the meeting in an earlier blogpost.

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Members of the public were invited to put questions to the Chair of the Area Committee on any matters within the powers and duties of the Area Committee, subject to the exclusions set out in the Code of Practice.
 
Five public questions were submitted as follows:-
 
·         Relating to the proposal to rescind an order for the creation of a bridleway at Chadkirk Country Estate and whether there were plans to canvass the views of users of the current footpath; assess the extent to which pedestrians would be displaced off the footpath should horses be permitted to use it; and how any risks associated with such a proposal would be managed.
 
In response, it was stated that that there had been consultation with the Friends of Chadkirk and the Stockport East Area Bridleways Association.  Although a consultation had not been carried out on the basis suggested by the questioner, members confirmed that they were aware of the potential conflicts between different users of the footpath.
 
·         Relating to the proposal to rescind an order for the creation of a bridleway at Chadkirk Country Estate and why the Stockport East Area Bridleways Association had not been notified that an item had been placed on the agenda for the meeting relating to the proposal.
 
In response it was stated that in accordance with the Code of Practice, the Corporate Director for Place Management & Regeneration be requested to respond to the questioner in writing within seven days.
 
·         Relating to the proposal to rescind an order for the creation of a bridleway at Chadkirk Country Estate and why other stakeholders such as the British Horse Society and Natural England had not been consulted on the proposals and that the Area Committee should defer consideration of the proposals pending such a consultation taking place.
 
In response, it was stated that members considered that they were sufficiently aware of the various issues surrounding the proposals and consequently did not consider that it was necessary to defer consideration of the item.
 

Bridleway at Chadkirk Country Estate  PDF 73 KB
• View the background to item 5.
To consider a report of the Corporate Director for Place Management & Regeneration.
 
The report details a proposal for the Area Committee to give further consideration to the dedication of a bridleway at Chadkirk Country Estate, as marked A to B on the plan attached to the report.
 
The Area Committee is recommended to
 
(1) Reconsider the dedication of a bridleway at Chadkirk Country Estate, marked A to B on the attached plan given the considerations listed.
 
(2) Support the creation of an extension to the existing pedestrian footpath to in improve accessibility (E to F on the plan).
 
(3) Comment on the proposal to permit equestrian access to route (G to H on the plan) or to retain the route for pedestrians only.
 
(4) Acknowledge the need to improve visibility at two points (K and M on the attached plan).
 
Officer contact: Ian Walmsley on 0161 474 4382 or email: ian.walmsley@stockport.gov.uk
Additional documents:
• Enc. 1 for Bridleway at Chadkirk Country Estate , item 5.
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• Plan , item 5.
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Minutes:
A representative of the Corporate Director for Place Management & Regeneration submitted a report (copies of which had been circulated) detailing a proposal for the Area Committee to give further consideration to the dedication of a bridleway at Chadkirk Country Estate, as marked A to B on the plan attached to the report.
 
RESOLVED – (1) That approval be given to the rescission of that part of the resolution made by the Area Committee at its meeting on 10 March 2014 with regard to the ‘Dedication of bridleway and footpaths on land owned by the Council on Chadkirk Estate, Bredbury and Romiley’ and pertaining specifically to the dedication of a bridleway over the route between points A-B as detailed on the plan attached to the report.
 
(2) That the remaining element of that resolution pertaining to the dedication and creation of a footpath between the points E-F as detailed on the plan attached to the report remain extant and the Area Committee’s support and approval for this be reiterated.
 
(3) That the Corporate Director for Place Management & Regeneration be recommended to investigate whether it would be feasible to widen the existing footpath, marked G-H on the plan attached to the report, to permit equestrian access.
 
(4) That the Corporate Director for Place Management & Regeneration be recommended to investigate the introduction of measures to improve visibility at the two points marked K and M on the plan attached to the report.

A festival of brollies…

British weather conditions delivered a festival of brollies today at Chadkirk.
Visitors came, wearing wellies and waterproofs.

Donkey sanctuary

Donkey sanctuary

Keeping dry

Keeping dry

In the Walled Garden

In the Walled Garden

Undeterred, the dancers danced, the musicians played and the animals entertained.

Listening to the Silver Band

Listening to the Silver Band

Young dancers showcase their moves

Young dancers showcase their moves

A ferret (with trainer/handler)...after the race

A ferret (with trainer/handler)…after the race

Local artisans displayed their wares under awnings, gazebos and within Chadkirk Chapel.

Quality creations by local crafter.

Quality creations by local crafter.

Pin cushion teapot anyone?

Pin cushion teapot anyone?

Master craftsman, fine woodworking....and it's the folk who did the frame for the East Window too!

Master craftsman, fine woodworking….and it’s the folk who did the frame for the East Window too!

Bustling and browsing amongst the stalls in Chadkirk Chapel

Bustling and browsing amongst the stalls in Chadkirk Chapel

Beautiful hand crafted jewellery on sale - and a chance to meet the makers and discuss their craft.

Beautiful hand crafted jewellery on sale – and a chance to meet the makers and discuss their craft.

Locally inspired artisan jewellery - with designs linked to local features

Locally inspired artisan jewellery – with designs linked to local features

Silver rings, crosses and pendants - including a cross inspired by St. Chad's cross. Beautifully made by a local craftsman.

Silver rings, crosses and pendants – including a cross inspired by St. Chad’s cross. Beautifully made by a local craftsman.

Cards and comfrey oil for sale on one of the Friends of Chadkirk stalls.

Cards and comfrey oil for sale on one of the Friends of Chadkirk stalls.

Plenty to do for young children, who were fascinated by the birds of prey, donkeys and ferrets.Some even had the chance to transform their faces into something feline. This year they also had the chance to make their own wizard sticks and fairy wands.

All the fun of the festival. Funny feline face on young fan of the festival.

All the fun of the festival.
Funny feline face on young fan of the festival.

Lesley and Adam of shapedbynature with their wizard sticks and fairy wands

Lesley and Adam of shapedbynature with their wizard sticks and fairy wands

Gather round, get involved, craft your own...with the help of Lesley and Adam.

Gather round, get involved, craft your own…with the help of Lesley and Adam.

Shapedbynature stall attracts plenty of interest.

Shapedbynature stall attracts plenty of interest.

Mary and family

Mary and family

And then of course, there’s the food. An abundance of choice. Eat now or a treat for later. Local produce or something more exotic.Something for all tastes.

Organic produce from local supplier at Chadkirk

Organic produce from local supplier at Chadkirk

On a cool day, a reminder of sunshine (and the best feta cheese I think I've ever tasted).

On a cool day, a reminder of sunshine (and the best feta cheese I think I’ve ever tasted).

St. Chad watches, the T'insole Bells sound and festival goers are tempted by the delicious wares for sale.

St. Chad watches, the T’insole Bells sound and festival goers are tempted by the delicious wares for sale.

It's cream tea weather in the walled garden (whatever the weather!)

It’s cream tea weather in the walled garden (whatever the weather!)

Something for everyone…

At the Chadkirk Festival, there’s something for everyone.

Animal lover?

There’s donkeys, birds of prey and …ahem…spiders?
In a new twist, the bird of prey display features ferrets.
Can I have heard that right?

It’s always exciting to see these birds. This year the handlers have decided that it is unwise to fly the birds. Apparently, there are concerns that the birds were likely to fly off, given the tasty morsels – smaller birds and voles – that are part of the local wildlife. Their appeal might be stronger than the trainer’s lure.

There is a small charge for handling the birds and having your photo taken. This will be donated to help with the costs of the festival.

Bird of Prey                   Photo: Artemisia

Music lover?

There’ll be the Stockport Silver Band outside Chadkirk Chapel and T’insle Bells performing inside. A new feature this year, in the performance arena (the lawned area) a folk singing duo will do a couple of sets. When the competition was held, the sound of George Borowski singing drew office workers to their windows. On Sunday he will sing with Gaynor Wilson. Their final set will close the festival.

Looking for local produce? There’s the honey from Arnie’s hives and Comfrey Oil from the gardens of Chadkirk.

Want to have a go at crafts? There’s willow weaving and craft work with Chantal, where you might make your own mini well dressing display. Looking or buying? There are plenty of options in Chadkirk Chapel, where there are craft stalls and food stands.

Sunday is also a chance to pick up a copy of the guide to our local Heritage Walk.

Walk 23 Stockport Heritage Trust

Plenty of stalls to browse, food to enjoy and games to play. Talk to producers and learn about what they do. Watch the dancers and martial artists demonstrate and perhaps find a new interest.

All the fun of the festival…at Chadkirk. Starting at midday on Sunday 26 July.

Can you see what it is yet?

This afternoon, the finishing touches to the design for this year’s well dressing…

Can you see what it is yet?

All will be revealed on Sunday at midday, St. Chad’s Well.
Unveiling by Stockport’s Mayor.
The start of 2015 Chadkirk Festival.

Well dressing ...nearly done

Putting things in place…

At Chadkirk today, we are putting things in place.

Hedges have been trimmed, gardens have been tidied. The grass in Ford field has been cut. An area in Chapel field has been mowed. We are getting ready.

Ford Field is prepared. On Sunday, this becomes a car park for just one day. Visitors driving to the Chadkirk Festival will be guided along Vale Road and into Ford Field for free parking.

The hedge trimming allows the visitors to walk the footpath in greater numbers than the everyday foliage might allow. This makes life easier for those visitors who are walking in along the footpath alongside Vale Road.

Near the entrance to the Chadkirk Festival, a corner of the field is reserved for the animals from the donkey sanctuary. Here the grass is mown. Eating this meadow grass is not good for these donkeys, so this preparation is vital and enables visitors to get close to these appealing animals.

Later today, the well dressing will be completed, ready to be unveiled at midday on Sunday.

On Saturday, and Sunday morning, people will be assembling their stalls.

All this fine preparation. For all the festival’s visitors on Sunday, there’s a rich experience. Putting things in place pays off.

Animal sanctuary           Photo: Artemisia

One day only…

There are things that you can buy at the Festival that would be hard to buy any other time, or in any other place.

The herbs grown in the walled garden don’t just look beautiful, some are medicinal . We collect our comfrey and make an oil that can be used to treat many ailments and injuries. Comfrey’s country name is ‘knit bone’ so it’s not surprising that it is particularly good for bruises, sprains and even for broken bones.

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Our little bottles of home grown magic will be on sale at the festival, on the Friends of Chadkirk stall, just £1.50 for 60ml. No first aid kit should be without it.

Creating the clothes…

Unveiling the well dressing is the ceremony which kicks off the Chadkirk Festival each year. This week, in the days preceding the festival, there is work to be done…

A small team of volunteers, some old hands, some newbies, some who planned to be there, some who just wandered into the Chapel and wanted to get involved, get their hands dirty.

Preparing the clay blocks

Preparing the clay blocks

Drawing the design on the clay block

Drawing the design on the clay block

Although plenty of planning has gone into this process, no-one can be exactly sure how the design will look when the well is unveiled.

Today the clay is prepared before ‘planting’. This lays the foundation. Next the clothes for the well dressing are created from other adornments. Perhaps a chance to join in, so that when the well is visible to all, there can be an extra sense of satisfaction and pleasure, knowing that you have played a part in adding interest and beauty to this much loved place.