At a packed village meeting in the Jubilee Hall earlier this week residents of Malpas challenged the Borough Council to start investing in their community.
Council representatives, Maria Byrne (Director of Place Operations), Rob Brooks (Senior Manager Place Operations) and Nial Casselden (Planning Team Manager) spoke to residents about Highways, Parking, Congestion, Development, Transport and Planning.
They were faced with a united village voice, which expressed frustration at the lack of joined up thinking by the Borough Council with many residents feeling that Malpas was being forgotten by the Council.
Residents asked if the parking restrictions were ever going to be enforced and Maria Byrne stated that the Borough Council intend to employ a rural traffic enforcement officer. A number of problem areas in the village were identified by residents.
Rob Brooks notified those present that Cheshire West Council were rolling out 20 mph speed restrictions around all schools and a number of residential locations across the borough.
The areas around the two Malpas schools were currently programmed for 2018/19 and the housing area located to the east of the High Street i.e. Well Farm Estate and Springfields were programmed for 2019/20.
Residents made a request for the 30 mph limit on the Tilston Road at the Beeches to be relocated further from the village centre, and for parking restrictions to be introduced on Old Hall Street, adjacent to the Doctors surgery to allow vehicles to exit and entry the site safely. These requests will be considered by the borough Council.
Nial Casselden was the target for more complaints as residents expressed their frustration at the number of new houses being passed for development. Parish Councillors voiced their frustration at the lack of joined up thinking by Cheshire West and Chester Council. Too many houses and no infrastructure were the key problems identified, with Parish Councillors stating they had raised these issues previously and nothing had been done to improve the situation.
Maria Byrne promised to work with the village to try and resolve the current situation, stating that a plan needed to be produced in order to identify the way forward. Maria also stated "We have heard your concerns and want to work with Malpas on this.