Sunday, 29 November 2015

Community Conversation

During the Christmas Festival yesterday Lynn and I carried out a community consultation exercise.

Using a bucket of marbles and a few jars we asked 4 questions:
 

The questions we asked were:


  1. Do you support car parking charges in Frodsham?
  2. Does Frodsham needs its household waste recycling centre?
  3. Did you know that Peel has already consulted on how the wind farm community benefit fund is to be run?
  4. Would you like a vote to decide how the wind farm community benefit fund it spent?

Now bearing in mind yesterday afternoon was very wet, windy and horrible ... and we had to pack up before the procession and lights switch on - I was delighted that just under 250 people took the time to speak to us and give us their views.

Some were happy just to pop their marbles in jars - others were keen to tell us their views in more detail.

So what were the results of the Frodsham Christmas Festival public...

Do you support car parking charges in Frodsham?
Yes  27
No 187
CWaC is currently consulting on bringing in car parking charges to Frodsham, Helsby, Nortwich, Winsford etc - all of the former Vale Royal area where we don't have car parking charges at the moment.

Some visitors to Frodsham made the point to us yesterday that if they had to pay for car parking they wouldn't come to Frodsham.








Does Frodsham needs its household waste recycling centre?
Yes 214
No    10

Our household waste recycling centre at the Station car park has only ever had temporary planning permission.  CWaC's waste contract will soon be up for renewal and so the future of our 'tip' is up for consideration in the next year or so.  We know it is really well used at the weekends - and as this consultation shows most of us want to keep it.







Did you know that Peel has already consulted on how the wind farm community benefit fund is to be run?

Yes  49
No 161

Peel have just published the results of their consultation.  They got 432 responses from a population of over 19,000.  Lynn and I told Peel that the only way to consult effectively was to put a leaflet through everyone's door.  They didn't or would't listen to us.

Our response rate from a single wet afternoon of talking to people has a higher response rate than what Peel achieved.  Peel should be shocked that 3/4 of the people we spoke to were unaware of their consultation.

Would you like a vote to decide how the wind farm community benefit fund it spent?

Yes 215
No      5

The community benefit fund is to be £3m over 25 years for Frodsham, Helsby and the other surrounding villages.

Overwhelming the locals we spoke to want a say in how that money is to be spent.

We agree - democratic accountability and democratic decision making should be at the heart of what happens to this money.



Saturday, 28 November 2015

Frodsham Christmas Festival

A huge thank you to everyone involved in putting on our Fabulous Frodsham Christmas Fair today.  The wind and rain earlier today wasn't too helpful - however the weather cleared up in the late afternoon.  Frodsham rapidly filled with was young and old - all looking forward to seeing Santa and his reindeers and the switching on of our Christmas lights.

It was wonderful to see everyone enjoying themselves.  A big thank you also to the Police, Rotary,  Round Table, the CWaC officers and the army of volunteers who kept us safe.








 


Sunday, 15 November 2015

Remembrance Day Service

Fr Michael led the Remembrance Service
Here are some pictures from the Remembrance Day Service conducted by Fr Michael at our War Memorial at the top of the hill.

It was wonderful to see so many people there from veterans, to school children as well as Graham Evans MP.

Lynn and I laid a wreath as did Cllr Fran Sutton as Mayor of Frodsham and our Junior Mayors.

The threatened rain held off until after the service.  A big thank you to the Royal British Legion, Frodsham Branch for their organisation of the service and to Forrest Hills for the welcome cup of coffee afterwards.
Children from Frodsham (Overton) Primary School


After the service Graham Evans MP and Fr Michael

Sunday, 8 November 2015

We will remember them

It is always a humbling experience to be at St Laurence Church on Remembrance Sunday as we come together as a community to remember those who fought and died for the freedoms we hold so dearly.









'Fading away like the stars in the morning.
Losing their light in the glorious sun.
Thus shall we pass from the earth and its toiling
Only remembered for what we have done.
Only remembered, only remembered
for what we have done.'


Father Michael used these haunting words from War Horse to encourage us all to remember and work for peace.   

Our Mayor Cllr Fran Sutton was joined by former Mayors Allen Wales, Pammi Taylor and Christine Lloyd in reading out our all too long list of names of those from Frodsham who died in more than a century of conflict.

It was wonderful to see so many youngsters take prominent roles this morning.   I think it is so important that our youngsters grow up appreciating how fortunate they are to live in a wonderful caring place like Frodsham. 

Lynn and I laid a wreath with these words from From the Fallen by Robert Laurence Binyon written in 1914:
They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old,
Age shall not weary them no the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning 
we will remember them.  We will remember them.


assembling before the wreath laying ceremony


Lynn and I laid a wreath



Cllr Fran Sutton Mayor of Frodsham

Our PCSO Neil Flanaghan

 

 



Saturday, 7 November 2015

Frodsham Community Activities

Its been a busy day in Frodsham.

Lynn and I were invited to assist the Townfield Lane allotmenteers plant whips along their field boundary.  In the fullness of time should grow into a hedge.  We braved the rain.  We must have looked like a chain gang!


the planting team

Will Moran led the planting effort.  Lynn and I looking windswept with him


Later this evening we had Round Table's firework display at the community centre.  To me it looked like the largest ever crowd.  A huge thank you to everyone involved in putting on such a great event.