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October 2014

The following planning applications relating to Northop Hall will be heard at the Planning Committee Meeting on Wednesday 8th October 2014 at 1 pm in the Council Chamber, County Hall, Mold.

052388 – erection of 20 dwellings (Phase 2) at Village Road, Northop Hall

052486 – Proposal to convert the Black Lion Public House to a dwelling

Please note – only 2 speakers are allowed to speak at the Planning Committee per application (one FOR and one AGAINST).    Residents are able to attend the Planning Committee and sit in the public gallery if they wish.  There are currently 11 applications on the list for consideration at the Committee on that day.

Background to the Black Lion application – following the refusal of the initial planning applications for the conversion and the fencing work (052038 & 052022) , the applicant re-submitted plans 052486.   The Community Council discussed their response at their meeting on 9th September 2014 and you can read it here

https://www.dropbox.com/s/qc4fi0gc7odlobx/052486%20-%20Consultation%20response%20-%20Black%20Lion%20-%20re-submitted%20application.pdf?dl=0

Residents!

Are you aware that there are 2 planning applications submitted for crematoria in Flintshire?  

J E Davies submitted his application a year ago with a proposal to build a crematorium at Northop by Starkey Lane.  The Community Council supports this application because it has good traffic movements both to the east and west via the A55.  The other application has been submitted recently by Memoria and the proposed access to the site is at the top of Oakenholt Lane.  The Community Council is very concerned about the impact this will have on the village of Northop Hall with the shortest route from the site to the A55 being via Smithy Lane, along Village Road and down Brookside.  This route is already used as a shortcut by drivers and will increase immeasurably should this application be approved.  The deadline for comments for this application is on 21st August so it is important that you should make your feelings known whether for or against by writing to Flintshire’s Planning Department at County Hall, Mold or by visiting the website www.flintshire.gov.uk/planning and putting in application number 052334.  If you wish to view the plans, you can visit Flintshire’s Planning Department at Entrance 3 at County Hall during normal working hours.

The Gorsey

Morris Homes have lodged an objection to the Village Green Application. Flintshire County Council has written to the Applicant, Laird Sinclair to ask for his comments on that objection and given him a deadline of 9th May for his response. At that stage, the Council’s Solicitor will decide how to proceed to determine the application.

Have a look at the ‘Village Diary’ tab to see what is going on in the village. There are some exciting events coming up at the Cricket & Hockey Club and Llys Ben Community Centre and the Methodist Church are always busy with many groups meeting and interesting events taking place and the Presbyterian Church holds regular events including a Spring and Autumn Fair.

July 2014

NEW FOOTPATH IN NORTHOP HALL!

The County Council have made an Order to add a new footpath to the ‘Definitive Map’ which crosses the Gorsey from Llys Ben joining up with Footpath No 16 at Bryn Gwyn Lane. The Order is dated 15th October 2013 and took into account aerial evidence and statements from people who have used the footpath over a sufficient period that it raised a presumption that the way has been dedicated as a public right of way. Evidence that was submitted by the owner to rebut the claim was also taken into consideration before the County reached their decision. If you would like to view the Order, you can see a copy at Northop Hall Post Office and during opening hours at the Environmental Reception at County Hall, Mold (Phase 4 Reception). Alternatively, you can purchase a copy of the Order and Map for £5 by visiting County Hall, Mold.

January 2014

JANUARY GUIDED WALK – Tuesday 14th January 2014

Walkers are asked to meet at 10.45 am at the Boar’s Head – walks are usually an hour long and suited to most abilities.  everyone is welcome but if you have any queries, please contact Bridget Thomas (Clerk) on 01352 733667.  Dee from Boar’s Head provides a very reasonably priced ‘Walkers Lunch’ which is a nice way to finish off the walk.

December 2013

DECEMBER GUIDED WALK – 10th December 2013

Walkers assembled on the steps of the Boar's Head at the end of the walk
Walkers assembled on the steps of the Boar’s Head at the end of the walk

Residents of Northop Hall gathered at the Boar’s Head on Tuesday 10th December for their last guided walk before Christmas.  The turn out was good and there was a complimentary mince pie and hot drink waiting for them at the end of the walk at the Boar’s Head, compliments of the Community Council.

Cllr Linda Pierce said ‘I am really pleased with the turn out today – The Community Council wants to be at the heart of village activities and the guided walk is a great way to meet people and get fit at the same time.  We were also happy to provide a complimentary mince pie and hot drink for walkers, which turned it into a nice, festive event.  I would like to thank Dee Rothwell, the Landlady at the Boar’s Head for allowing us to use the pub’s facilities before each of our monthly walks and for providing a tasty ‘dish of the day’ for walkers to purchase after each walk.  I would also like to thank Troedio Clwyd Walks for facilitating the walks.   The guided walks will continue on a monthly basis, always on the second Tuesday at 10.45 am, details of which can always be found on this website prior to the walk’.

November 2013

BUS – DROP IN SESSION – THURSDAY 14th November

A Drop in Session with Ceri Lloyd (Flintshire’s Rural Transport Project Officer) has been arranged for Thursday 14th November at Llys Ben Pavilion.   Two sessions have been arranged – 9.30 am – 12 Noon and 4 pm – 7 pm to give  residents every opportunity to attend.

The Rural Transport Project is supported by Cadwyn Clwyd Rural Development Agency and seeks to identify the needs of people living in rural communities in order to assist them to access work, training and social opportunities.  The emphasis of the project will be on work related journeys to ensure that people living in rural communities have equal access to job opportunities.  The Project also seeks to identify the transport needs of villagers with regard to social, learning or leisure opportunities, in particular for our younger, older and disabled residents.  Ceri will need to identify the specific needs of residents and the more people who attend the drop in session, the more likely it is that Northop Hall will be included in any new rural transport service in the future.

October 2013

PARRY’S QUARRY, ALLTAMI – Natural Resources Wales has received an Environmental Permit application from RJS Civil Engineering Ltd to operate a landfill at Parry’s Quarry, Alltami. Residents are invited to a public meeting to find out what this means and to give their views at the Beaufort Park Hotel, New Brighton on Tuesday 8th October between 2pm – 7pm.

September 2013

INAUGURAL GUIDED WALK – 10th September

The Community Council is delighted to announce that its inaugural guided village walk will take place on 10th September .  at 11.00 am.  Walkers are asked to meet at 10.45am at the Boar’s Head Public House (Top Monkey).  The walk will take approximately 1 hour. Dogs are welcome (on a lead) but the walk is not suitable for buggies – there will be no steep hills but the occasional stile. The walk has been arranged by the Community Council in conjunction with Troedio Walks Clwyd (TWC) and 2 professionally trained Walk Leaders from TWC will be leading the first walk and the Community Council would like to thank Neville Howell and Gwyneth Gibson for their kind assistance. Two Members of the Community Council will be trained shortly to become Walk Leaders themselves, thus enabling the Community Council to arrange and guide walks in the future. The landlady of the Boar’s Head, Dee Rothwell has kindly allowed the use of the pub toilets from 10.45 am and walkers are welcome to park in the pub car park – refreshments, snacks/lunch will be available for purchase at the pub at the end of the walk.  The first walk will extend into Connah’s Quay’s Ward and Members of Connah’s Quay Town Council have been invited to join Walkers. Walks will be held regularly on the second Tuesday of every month and have already been arranged for 8th October, 12th November and 10th December.  Please come along and support Northop Hall’s first guided walk – it is an opportunity to keep fit whilst enjoying the company of other walkers.

August 2013

ELECTION RESULT – the result of the election held on Thursday 8th August 2013 for the 2 vacancies on the Community Council are as follows:

Alan Sprowell – 191 Sydney Graham Cook – 182 Jeanette Margaret Piggott – 123

SUMMER PLAYSCHEME – The Community Council was pleased to step in to keep the Playscheme going this year following the announcement from Flintshire County Council that they were having to reduce the service due to a change in funding arrangements.  The Scheme will run from Monday 22nd July – Friday 23rd August from 10.30 am – 12.30 pm at the Northop Hall Recreation Ground.  Activities will include competitions, treasure hunts and face painting so any child between 5 – 12 years of age will be more than welcome.

SATURDAY BUS ROUTE TO NORTHOP HALL – Mr Stephen Lee, Managing Director of Town Lynx Buses has responded personally to a request by the Community Council that the No 6 Bus which leaves Mold Bus Station at 2.30 pm on a Saturday and arrives at Northop at 2.38 pm will divert to Northop Hall (on request to the driver).  The Community Council are extremely grateful to Mr Lee for this most generous offer and will mean that residents of Northop Hall who have always enjoyed shopping in Mold on a Saturday can continue to do so confident in the knowledge that the bus they catch to come home will divert to Northop Hall simply on request to the driver.

CONNAH’S QUAY FLOWER & VEGETABLE SHOW 2013 will be held on 31st August at the Civic Hall, Wepre Drive, Connah’s Quay, Flintshire CH5 4HB.  Entries are welcome from all residents and school children of the communities of Connah’s Quay, Shotton, Queensferry, Hawarden, Sealand, Northop and Northop Hall areas.  For further information or to obtain entry forms please visit www.connahs-quay.co.uk or phone 01244 819420 or e.mail info@connahs-quay.co.uk

July 2013

VISIT TO FLINTSHIRE RECORD OFFICE – 20 members of Northop Hall’s Over 50s Club visited Flintshire County Council’s Record Office in Hawarden on Wednesday 17th July.  The group were shown original documents relating to Northop Hall including a School Log Book, Mining Maps, Valuation Register and accompanying Valuation Maps, Census Records, Parish Records, Ordnance Survey Maps from 1871 onwards, Workhouse Records and many more.  The group were also given a tour of the Strong Rooms, the Conservation Room and a mini tour of Gladstone’s Library which is situated next door.  The visit was a great success, particularly the visit to the Conservation Room where the group were shown projects in progress and the tools used in conservation methods.  This ‘behind the scenes tour’ was a fascinating insight into a world which is usually not seen by the public.

June 2013

12th June 2013

NEW COUNCILLOR – The Community Council is delighted to announce the election of Mr John Golledge to the Community Council.  Cllr Golledge has lived in the village for nearly 40 years and brings a wealth of experience to the Community Council having worked in both the private and public sectors.  Since retiring in 2011, Cllr Golledge has taken up a voluntary role at an educational charity and is keen to contribute his time and skills to the community of Northop Hall.  Cllr Golledge will sign his Declaration of Acceptance of Office at the next Community Council Meeting on 9th July 2013

May 2013

VILLAGE PLAN – A big thank you to every resident who attended the Open Meeting on 20th May 2013 – the turn out was very good with over 50 people signing the Attendance Register.  You can read more by clicking onto the Village Plan page.

REGISTRATION OF THE GORSEY AS A VILLAGE GREEN – The Friends of Northop Hall (with the support of the Community Council) are seeking to register the Gorsey as a Village Green to keep the area free from development, in perpetuity, for future generations of village residents. In order to find out about the application and see what part you can play, please click on the ‘Minutes & Agendas’ tab to see a copy of the explanatory leaflet – thank you for your support

29th April 2013

MESSAGE FROM WELSH WATER – Changes in the law that came into force in 2011 mean that Welsh Water will be taking over control of private pumping stations.  Pumps are fitted when a house or housing development is lower than the public sewer and waste water needs to be ‘lifted’ and pumped away to a public sewer.  The pump is typically buried in a chamber and covered with a manhole with a grey or green kiosk nearby containing the electrical control equipment for the pumps.  In order to comply with the law, Welsh Water needs to locate these private pumping stations and NEEDS YOUR HELP in locating them – you could have one in your garden or on the path outside your house.  Let them know by dialling 0800 085 3968 or visiting www.dwrcymru.com.

CALLING ALL NORTHOP HALL RESIDENTS TO AN OPEN MEETING

Northop Hall Community Council has arranged an Open Meeting for residents on Monday 20th May 2013 at 7.00 pm at the Llys Ben Community Pavilion, Northop Hall.

The meeting will begin the process of the formation of a ‘Village Plan’ which will be a blueprint for Northop Hall’s part of the Local Development Plan (LDP).  The LDP is Flintshire County Council’s plan of how the County develops in the future and will set out the proposals and policies of land use.  But  a Village Plan isn’t just about Planning and Housing, it can be about anything  the community wants.  For example, the Plan can contain issues as diverse as a village Christmas Tree , a Village Green, a Doctor’s Surgery, environmental improvements such as flower beds, annual events such as a garden show or fete: the list is endless.

There is only one other community in Flintshire with a Village Plan (Gwernymynydd) – you can read their Plan at www.gwernymynydd cc.org.uk to see what they’ve put together – if you read it, you will see that the Plan is endorsed by Flintshire and has a Foreward written by the County’s Chief Executive, Colin Everett.  Welsh Government legislation compels the County to take notice of Village Plans and evidence shows that this is happening in Gwernymynydd.

The basis of the Village Plan will be a consensus of views of residents so if you are interested in your village and want a say in its future come along on 20th May – you can be sure that your views will be listened to.