Sunshine and smiles greet jubilee celebrations

A fantastic time was had by all at The Hall at Marthall’s jubilee celebrations.

The hall was decorated beautifully, and festivities began at 1pm with tables laid with amazing home made cakes and sandwiches.

It proved so popular that at one point with the car park, Sandlebridge Lane and lay-by were so full of cars an adjacent field had to be opened to allow drivers to park.

The brilliant brass band played as squealing children enjoyed the unlimited use of two bouncy castles and free face painting.

At 3pm the beer, wines and cider began to be served. The initial rush was so enthusiastic that in the first 15 mins over 70 pints were served. Visitors had a selection of 8 cask beers, 3 ciders and 4 wines sold at just £5 for 3 drink vouchers, after which you could buy any drink for just £1.
One gentleman who bought 6 pints and 2 glasses of wine later that evening for £8 exclaimed “I’ll never buy a round that cheap again!”
At 7pm the superb and ever popular band Buzzard played two sets of a medley of hits from acts including David Bowie, Foo Fighters, The Clash, Undertones and The Housemartins.
The later acting as a cue for visitors to start dancing… a trend that then continued to the end of an excellent night and a magnificent day.

Jubilee Celebrations at The Hall at Marthall

Save the date! Saturday the 4th of June, the villages of Ollerton, Marthall, Snelson and Little Warford are holding a party to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

To held in the fabulous modern venue of The Hall at Marthall (Sandlebridge Lane, Marthall, WA16 7SB) there is loads of parking, ample space inside and hopefully (weather permitting) lots of grassy space outside to soak up the sun and celebrate.

Starting from 1pm there will be:

  • Afternoon Tea
  • Brass Band
  • Ice Cream
  • Bouncy Castle
  • Fancy Dress Competition
  • Face Painting

Then as the afternoon goes on, at 3pm the beer and cider festival starts, which is only £5 entry and includes 3 free pints.

Subsequent pints are just £1 each!

Featuring the following beers and ciders

  • Madhatter’s – Raspberry Cider (5.5%)
  • Madhatter’s – Strawberry Cider (5.5%)
  • Madhatter’s – “Nine Holes” – Dry Cider (6.0%)
  • Tatton – “Lazy Haze” – Summer Pale Ale (3.7%)
  • Tatton – “Gold” – Robust Golden Ale (4.5%)
  • Mobberley Brewhouse – “Boom Juice” Tropical IPA (3.6%)
  • Mobberley Brewhouse – “Bunji” Session Pale (3.8%)
  • Red Willow – “Feckless” Best Bitter (4.1%)
  • Red Willow – “Wreckless” American Pale Ale (4.8%)
  • Beartown – “Kodiak” Pale Session (4.0%)
  • Beartown – “Bluebeary” Blueberry Session (4.0%)

Then as the sun starts to set, we have a live band playing at 7:30pm along with a BBQ to help soak up some of the beer and cider.

Everyone is welcome.

We want your feedback on our Neighbourhood Plan

For the past four years Ollerton with Marthall Parish Council has been preparing a Neighbourhood Plan for the parish. This is in line with government policy under the Localism Act of 2012, which encourages the production of such plans to give localities a meaningful say in the planning rules of Cheshire East’s Local Plan.

What is a Neighbourhood Plan?

  • A Neighbourhood Plan is an opportunity for every resident to have a say in how Ollerton with Marthall Parish Council should develop up to 2031 to meet local needs.
  • Neighbourhood Plans are important planning documents. When completed and accepted, the plan will have legal status for planning purposes. Cheshire East planners must use the plan, alongside their local plan, to determine planning decisions of future development in the parish.
  • The Neighbourhood Plan must conform to the principles and strategies of the Cheshire East Local Plan and although our plan cannot stop future development, it will give us a major say in influencing and shaping that development.
  • There are lots of Neighbourhood Plans in Cheshire East underway or completed. They are being used successfully to help decide planning applications and have been used to fight appeals.
  • A Neighbourhood Plan can allocate sites for development and can have a number of policies covering planning issues such as housing, local character and design, the natural environment, community facilities and more.
  • The plan is a community plan not a Parish Council Plan, although the Parish Council had overall responsibility for the process

Why has a Neighbourhood Plan been produced?

  • We are blessed to live in a beautiful area of rural Cheshire and we want to use the plan to protect the natural environment, wildlife sites, trees, footpaths and dark skies we enjoy.
  • Preserve the heritage of the parish maintaining local distinctiveness and character.
  • Ensure that housing is built on previously developed land, not “green belt” and new houses provide smaller houses that are actually needed by locals.
  • Protect green spaces and community facilities.
  • Improve transport and safety and to facilitate cycling and walking.
  • Support the rural economy and agriculture and new small businesses.

What’s next?

  • We will be posting letters and questionnaires inviting you to look at the Neighbourhood Plan and provide any comments you may have. There is also a replied paid envelope for you to post back the questionnaire.
  • If you would prefer to send your comments electronically you can do this quickly and easily using the following link
  • The Neighbourhood Plan can be viewed online at
  • We will be holding sessions for the public to come and discuss the Neighbourhood Plan at Marthall Village Hall on the following dates, where we will be happy to answer any questions you have

Tuesday 17th May 2022 1pm - 4pm

Wednesday 18th May 2022 7pm - 10pm

Please ensure that all your responses are posted before 7th June or sent electronically before the 12th of June.

We look forward to answering any questions you may have and reading your responses.

Ollerton Conservation Area Consultation Begins

The Cheshire East Council Environment and Communities Committee has approved to proceed to a public consultation for the Ollerton Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan.

Letters will be sent to residents/businesses within the boundary, including any proposed new boundary changes and invited to attend surgeries where a Conservation Officer is present to talk through the proposals.

There is also the opportunity to have phone calls with the Conservation Officer if a face-to-face meeting is not possible. The information will be provided in Knutsford library for view and on Cheshire East Council’s website. The consultation will be advertised in the local newspapers and a planning notice placed in a central area within each Conservation Area.

Following the public consultation period all comments will be considered, and changes made to the documents, as appropriate, before a final version will be presented for approval by the Environment and Communities committee.

A draft version of the appraisal document can be found below


“Wholly Inappropriate” retirement village halted

After an 18 month consultation period, the application to build a 60-bed care home, a further 72 apartments, 14 “close care” suites, along with a pumping station, electricity sub-station, bin storage, allotments, bowling feature and 100+ space car-park was unanimously rejected by Cheshire East Council Strategic Planning Board on Wednesday 2nd February, 2022.

Local parish councillors from Snelson, Chelford, Over Peover and Ollerton with Marthall along with several members of the public crowded into Macclesfield Town Hall to watch the proceedings. The aforementioned councils were united in their opposition to the proposal and had been working together to oppose the development since early 2020. Only one councillor was allowed to voice the concerns of locals and since the development fell within the boundary of our parish, Cllr Speakman spoke.

Cllr Speakman stressed that the site was currently just a “large-ish house with some outbuildings and mostly undeveloped land” making the plan wholly disproportionate. It was pointed out that “the application is unsustainable” and that the applicant was being forced to add “new footpaths, car parking, shuttle-busses and lighting to try and meet the required credentials”. The site and adjacent areas contain considerable biodiversity including important, protected wildlife such as Great Crested Newts. Indeed, part of the site is a peat bog, known as “Stockin Moss” it has been designated a “Local Wildlife Site” and as you would expect for a “moss” it is regularly flooded in winter and the proposed drainage of this land, would have had a devastating effect on wildlife. 

Proceedings took an unusually short 30 minutes during which the following criticisms were made by the planning officer.

  • The proposed development would represent inappropriate development within the Green Belt. 
  • Loss of openness and encroachment 
  • Unsustainable location 
  • Concentration of specialist care facilities resulting in an imbalance 
  • Adverse impact upon roosting bats and Great Crested Newts 

Opposition was also received from a number of official bodies including the NHS, who said the development would have “an unfair negative impact on primary care services availability to other residents living locally”. It was also pointed out that the area already has “21 care homes…that have an 852 bed capacity”

The parish councils of Over Peover, Chelford, Snelson and Ollerton with Marthall await any appeal application, but remain resolute and determined in their opposition to this application which would have a devastatingly negative effect on local health, openness, amenity and wildlife.

Parish Council gets first glimpse of “Future Airspace”

Parish Councillors have been taking part in Stage 2 of Manchester Airport’s “Future Airspace” engagement meetings.

At this stage there isn’t too much to report, the airport have produced a set of proposed “envelopes” in which flights will take place. You can see these in the image above under “Proposed Routes”. (Images redacted at the request of Manchester Airport)

There is a potential increase in flights over the parish, but until we see the routes it’s impossible to be certain. What we do know so far is:

  • Flights will generally continue in a straight line for longer before taking off, and potentially climb quicker. This means that Tatton Park for example will see less overhead flights (as can be seen above) as the planes won’t be allowed to bank right as quickly
  • There is a potential for East Bound flights to come over our parish. We have suggested to the airport that this isn’t necessary as it saves no time and there is already a route over South Manchester. This route also includes the large planes (A380 and 777) that go to Dubai and Abu Dhabi so should continue going over built-up areas instead of rural areas like our parish.
  • Over 35% of flights head South and those flights could come over our parish, but the “envelope” for these flights is from Northwich to Nether Alderley so it’s impossible to say if we’d be affected yet. Currently small planes flying south are allowed over our parish but this could switch to larger planes in future
  • Manchester Airport’s own design criteria state that planes can’t “turn suddenly” and yet they’re trying to maintain the route over Marthall. We’ve suggested to them that this contravenes their own guidelines.

We expect to see more concrete routes in early 2022 and we will keep parishioners informed. If you have any questions please email the clerk or come along to a council meeting and we’ll do our best to answer your concerns.

Council makes official complaint to Manchester Airport

We’ve had a lot of residents, especially in the north of the parish, complain about recent flights of large planes over their houses. Whilst we know that Manchester Airport have had technical problems for 10 days from 10th to the 19th of October, our compliant actually extends beyond those dates because we can’t see any reasonable excuse for the flights.

The Parish Council is concerned that Manchester Airport is “testing the waters” for their upcoming “Future Airspace” project by sending planes over our parish and waiting for complaints. This concern is shared by neighbouring parish councils, including Snelson and Chelford who have also registered complaints.

The letter has been sent to the Managing Director, Karen Smart.

We would in the meantime encourage any residents who have been disturbed by these flights to contact the airport directly using the following link

Dear Ms Smart,

As you’re obviously aware the recent failure of the navigational aids has forced many of your planes to fly in non-standard departures. 

Whilst the recent crescendo of large planes over our parish is easily explained by this failure, this letter concerns the preceding 5-6 weeks, during which a constant and steady stream of large aircraft also flew over our parish on a daily basis for no apparent reason.

Throughout September a constant flow of large planes used the LIS flightpaths. Most did so during periods of calm and clear skies. The planes also came over at a time when other aircraft preceding or proceeding the errant one, flew on an expected flightpath, which if caused by navigational problems, were very specific and intermittent.

Whilst we would like an explanation for these NSDs, we primarily wish to register a complaint on behalf of the residents in our parish who were affected by the noise and disturbance these planes caused during this period.

DR Sports offer holiday fun at Ollerton Park

Are you looking for something for your kids to do this summer? D R Sports are running a series of sessions at Ollerton Park for kids.

The sessions held at Ollerton Park are as follows:

  • Thursday evening 5pm – 6pm £5/child from any school in the areaAll children aged 6-11 for 3v3 football. Ollerton and Peover areas particularly welcome – come and play football or just make friends!
  • Thursday evening 6pm – 7pm £25/child or £30 for 2. 1 to 1 football and/or goal-keeping session available Age 5-13
  • Sunday morning 10am – 11amAll children age 4-7 from any school in the areaIf you have a child that is 3 – please email Dave. Football £5/child. Ollerton and Peover areas particularly welcome – come and play football or just make friends!
  • Sunday morning 11am – 1pm. 1 to 1 football and/or goal-keeping sessions available. Ages 5-13 £25/child or £30 for 2

All parents/carers to please register on the D R Sports website for both track and trace and contact details for last minute changes due to weather conditions. 

Payment is made on the day – pay as you play – no contract or commitment.

Email: Mobile No. 07739424270
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Chelford Road Verges on the dangerous

Tree round and soil left try and block public highway

The Parish Council has been trying in recent years to get the “grass” verge between Manor Lane and Windmill Wood turned into something safer and easier for pedestrians to use with little success.

This situation has been exacerbated in recent months with repeated attempts to block the verge with large mounds of soil and tree trunks. This causes pedestrians, some with prams and small children to face either trying to cross a busy road or walk into the path of vehicles, both on a notoriously dangerous bend.

Several local residents have alleged that the perpetrator of this illegal activity is the owner of Windmill Wood, using a mini-digger to move materials from the wood to discourage people from using the footpath.

It is worth noting several things:

  • The land is owned by Cheshire East Highways, not any local residents for their personal use
  • This is considered “fly-tipping” which is a criminal offence punishable by a fine of up to £50,000 or 12 months imprisonment if convicted in a Magistrates’ Court. The offence can attract an unlimited fine and up to 5 years imprisonment if convicted in a Crown Court
  • This is a public right of way, if this was in any doubt, there is a Post Office post box on the land.
  • The footpath through Windmill Wood is a public footpath and has been since the 1800s

The Parish Council have complained to Cheshire East Council repeatedly about this issue over recent months but the perpetrator continues to re-offend. We consider the behaviour of the perpetrator completely unacceptable and a danger to life.

If you see any evidence of obstruction of the highway or fly-tipping, please contact Cheshire East Highways to report it on the following link The more people that complain the more likely CEC will make the perpetrator reinstate the verge and not re-offend.

Parish Christmas tree brings cheer but no party

18 months ago our parish Christmas tree was planted and almost exactly a year ago we had out inaugural “switch on party”. Carols were sung, mince pies munched, gathered together in the cold over 30 parishioners congregated, chatted and laughed to celebrate the new tree and look forward to Christmas.

Looking at the picture below from 2019, that all seems like a lifetime ago. After one of the strangest and most gruelling years people have faced for generations, it’s a shame that we couldn’t have some solace with a second party this year.

As we look towards Christmas and the New Year we can only hope that 2021 brings more joy than this year, and colourful glow of our little parish Christmas tree is a beacon of hope and cheer.

Christmas “switch on party” 2019