Traffic in Cadney Lane
The village flasher (Vehicle Activated Speed Radar) has revealed some surprising statistics about traffic in Cadney Lane. During a one month survey in 2016 there were some 830 vehicle movements along the lane every day, a rather large amount for such a small road which has no footpath , a terrible surface and plenty of potholes. Imagine the chaos that might ensue if contractors vehicles lined the road by the Old Shop. Would the farm vehicles and refuse lorries get past? We don’t have a bus service but there are plenty of supermarket and oil delivery vehicles not to mention large vaccy tankers to suck out those ever-filling cess tanks.
The Donkey Field
First apologies, when your Community Council was in negotiations with the Canal and Rive Trust to lease the field as a village community space, its was referred to as The Donkey Field for ease of reference. Reg Mreedith has pointed out that it used to be known as The Office because there was a building by the bridge. Do you have any knowledge of the field’s use? Was donkey ever in it or only towing horses?
A big thank you the David Jones who has taken on the job of getting the hedge back into shape. If you can spare a few hours to help in any way your services would be very welcome.
Village to lose Historic Cottage?
A planning application has been received by WCBC to demolish The Old Shop in Cadney Lane and replace it with 2 three bed roomed detached houses and a car park for 6 cars. You may be forgiven for thinking ‘How are they going to shoe horn them in?’ But if permission is granted the village will lose one of the original cottages. OK, its not Attingham Park or Erddig but it does represent the last link with the early settlement of Bettisfield. Although the building has 2 front doors for many years it was used as a single-occupation home and all the rooms were inter-connected. It even has the original village bread oven! If you feel strongly that this historic building should be retained then please write and object to The Head of Planning WCBC, The application number is P/2017/0923. The current owner purchased the cottage some years ago and has done nothing to stop its deterioration. If you area neighbour you might like to consider that two homes of four persons per home will produce 450 cubic meters of waste water annually, where will that go in this area of the village that is already at risk of flooding?
Would it not be more sustainable to renovate or rebuild the cottages on their original footprint and preserve the village heritage?
Children’s Playground at the Village Hall
Your support s needed for plans to improve the children’s playground at the village hall. An application has been made to the Aviva community Trust for funds to kick-start the project and success depends on how many people in the village vote for the scheme. Details can be found on the Maelor South Community Council and Bettisfield Village Facebook pages. Please support this scheme.
Bettisfield Chapel News
Our minister, Neil, took our Harvest Festival Service which was well attended. After the service we had a meal and then the sale of goods. Neil acted as auctioneer as Ken, our resident one, was on holiday. We made £182.55 which we have sent to the RNLI. This is a lovely time of year with Harvest services from chapels and church giving us the opportunity to meet up with friends. Richard Cope is making us a new notice board to replace one I made many years ago. We have a new organ for the chapel which sounds great so we are selling our Keyboard and stand for £80 if anyone is interested. You may have noticed that the bus stop shelter has been re-roofed thanks to Will and paid for by the Community Council. The Donkey Field has been cleared by John Parker and as we now lease this field we are discussing how to progress. Now that the Hanmer Arms is open for business a group of us went for a carvery and enjoyed it. It is important to support things in our area. On 15th October our chapel joined St, Martins for their service in their lovely chapel. I would like to thank all the village for their generous giving for Poppy Day. – John Blanchard
This has now been repainted and the roof replaced, many thanks to David for donating his time and paint t0 give it a new lease of life. Also to Wilf who removed the old roof and did the new one. If you have ideas for village projects do please let one of your Community Councillors know of them.
The Old Shop
The grounds around the Old Shop in Cadney Lane have received a much-needed make over. Traffic is more visible around the bend (but this doesn’t mean you can increase your speed! Have respect for other road users especially children, cyclists and walkers). Whilst the Old Shop is not a listed building it is one of the older cottages in the village, lets hope it s character can be retained in any development on the site.
Donkey Field Update
The Community Council now has a 5 year lease on the field and is hoping to improve its appearance over the coming months. The terms of the lease do not allow us to place any buildings or permanent structures on the field so we would like to canvas residents opinions on how it can be developed as a community resource. The first job has been to cut the grass and this will be followed by some hedge trimming. Are you willing to volunteer to help? At the moment the grass is very tussocky but as cutting is repeated it will soon form a better sward. One suggestion has been that the grass and hedge cuttings be used as the basis of a village bonfire, what do you think?
August’s Most Wanted
During August the Bettisfield Flasher has been monitoring traffic speeds on the Northwood Road entrance to thevillage.