Monday, 25 November 2013

Watery Lane temporary closure 2 December for 5 days

CWaC highway engineers have published a Traffic Regulation Order closing Watery Lane for c5 days from 2 December to allow for drainage works to take place.

Howey Lane - temporary closure 3rd December (and possibly longer) - tree cutting

In all its legal glory here is the traffic regulation order looking to close Howey Lane on 3rd December 2013 (and maybe longer) to allow Scottish Power to trim some trees.

The signage plan follows the order.

Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council

Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984

Temporary Prohibition of Traffic

C708 Howey Lane in the Parish of Frodsham

Notice is hereby given pursuant to the provisions of Section 14 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, that the Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council intend to make an Order the effect of which will be to temporarily prohibit traffic on the following length of road known as Howey Lane in the Parish of Frodsham to enable Tree Cutting Works to be carried out by Scottish Power.

(1)       C708 Howey Lane, Frodsham  (from junction of Howey Rise to junction Hillfield)

Nothing in the Order shall prevent driving upon the said lengths of road of any vehicle which is being used for the conveyance of persons, goods or merchandise to or from any premises situate on or adjacent to the lengths of road or in connection with agriculture, building construction, works of repair and the like or use in an emergency of vehicles for fire brigade, ambulance or police purposes.  A through route will not always be available and any vehicles not requiring access to properties on the length of road should use the alternative routes.

The Order will come into force on 3rd December 2013 and will continue in force for a period not exceeding eighteen months or until the works which it is proposed to carry out have been completed, whichever is the earlier.  It is anticipated that the works will take approximately one day to complete.

Alternative routes for through traffic

Traffic should proceed via: C708 Howey Lane, C708 Church Road, B5152 Red Lane, B5152 Church Street, A56 Main Street, A56 Chester Road.

Richard Flood (Ref TRO 754)
Localities Directorate
Winsford Area Highways Office
Phoenix House
Clough Road
Cheshire CW7 4BD
Tel: 0300 123 7036

25th November 2013

Thursday, 21 November 2013

An evening with Frodsham Model Car Club

I was honoured and delighted to be invited by Frodsham Model Car Club to one of their regular meetings at the Community Centre.  Last February Lynn and I awarded the club a £250 grant for the club to buy a 'club car' and for them to encourage more people, and especially youngsters to take part without having to spend serious money.

I was really pleased to see a full pit lane with several teenagers - all were keen to tell me how good the club car is and just how much use it has had!

The club members run cars of 1/10th and 1/12th scale.  The cars run really fast - I was told up to 40mph can be typical - and this is before you scale the speed up!   If you are a newbie - you are better going for a robust 1/10th scale car - they cost less and allow you to race competitively without breaking the bank.

I had a really enjoyable evening - and would encourage anyone who fancies a go to turn up on a Thursday evening at the Community Centre for a go.

The British Model Racing Car Association were also present tonight along with TV cameras... and then they asked me to take part in a race... on camera!  Guess what I came last.
BMRCA cars under charge

Phil Spark FMRCC's timekeeper being interviewed on camera

Club colours 
Pit lane action
Incidentally I did take pictures of the cars racing - but they all came out blurred - even with the flash on the camera - that's how fast they go!

Monday, 11 November 2013

Superfast broadband - it is nearly here in Frodsham

I don't normally quote CWaC press releases in full - but this one is worth reading ...
... especially when you notice that the roll out of superfast broadband in Frodsham is already well underway.  Have you noticed the shiny new green BT telephone cabinets popping up in the last few weeks?

On a related issue I do enjoy pointing out to CWaC colleagues that Frodsham is already on the 4G mobile network...

If you look closely at the attached map you'll see that most of Frodsham is already 'green' - in other words either already upgraded or being upgraded.  Other parts are 'pink' indicating that they will be upgraded to superfast broadband between Spring 2014 and Summer 2015. 

Brace yourself for up to 80Mbps broadband speeds and to think I still remember the chirp of 'dial-up!'

Date: 11 November 2013
Reference Number: 705/13

Connecting Cheshire maps out fibre broadband expansion plans Connecting Cheshire has revealed a fibre broadband rollout map just seven months after the signing of a £28.5m deal between BT and four Cheshire councils to bring fibre broadband to 96 per cent of Cheshire.

The map shows where communities throughout the county can expect the high-speed technology to arrive by the end of summer 2015.

 Both residents and businesses can check the map by visiting to find out more.

The map shows the many areas already able to access fibre broadband through the private sector’s commercial roll-out, largely in urban areas, and those planned to be connected under the Connecting Cheshire programme, which will extend the network to over 80,000 premises in mainly outlying and rural communities, plus those areas still under evaluation.

The Connecting Cheshire broadband programme will be delivered by Openreach - BT’s local network business - building on BT’s commercial investment in the county already committed as part of its £2.5 billion overall commercial investment in UK fibre broadband.

A massive 875 miles of fibre-optic cable will be laid – more than the distance between Lands end and John O’ Groats. This will be a significant engineering challenge testing BT’s engineers to the full as they work to upgrade the county’s infrastructure, both underground and up telegraph poles, in all weather and often at night, to minimise traffic disruption.

As a result of the programme, broadband speeds will increase significantly. Ninety six per cent of Cheshire premises will have access to speeds of up to 80Mbps, whereas Cheshire’s current average downstream speed is 16Mbps (Ofcom UK Broadband Speeds Report; June 2013). The final 4% of premises are under evaluation and the project is seeking additional funding or technological solutions to upgrade them to high speed broadband as soon as practicable. In any event these areas will see faster speeds as the project aims to deliver 2Mbps or more to all homes and businesses by the end of 2016 via enhancements to the existing copper network. This will be a significant speed boost for the most remote homes and businesses as 12% currently receive less than 2Mbps. BT’s network will be open to all internet service providers on an equal wholesale basis and so Cheshire households and businesses will benefit from a highly-competitive market, in turn bringing greater choice and lower prices.

There are a range of factors which impact on the viability of the upgrades to fibre within the Connecting Cheshire programme; these include the number and density of premises, the deployment cost, the proximity to existing fibre infrastructure and whether eligible small or medium sized businesses would be served – which is a condition of the project’s European funding. Connecting Cheshire expects to announce in early December which specific areas will be included in the first stage of its roll-out, with further phased announcements thereafter.

Homes and businesses in at least 20 telephone exchange areas will see upgrades as part of the first phase and be able to contact their internet service provider to order a switch to fibre broadband from the end of March 2014 onwards.

Councillor Herbert Manley, Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Executive Member for Growth and Innovation, said: “The delivery of Superfast Broadband is a huge step forward for Cheshire West and Chester businesses and communities and the Connecting Cheshire team has worked tirelessly to deliver this project. It is an excellent example of partnership working.”

Bill Murphy, managing director of BT Next Generation Access, said: “We’ve made great progress planning our network for Cheshire but, with a programme of this size, it’s not possible to upgrade every area at the same time and, sadly, not all exchange areas will become live on the same date. So please bear with us – we are going to be working as fast as we can to bring more fibre to more people over the next two years.”
 To view the Connecting Cheshire broadband rollout and coverage map visit and click the Check Availability tab.

Note to Editors Superfast Britain is a Government investment of £1.08bn in broadband and communication infrastructure across the UK. Run by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, this investment helps businesses to grow, creates jobs and will make Britain more competitive in the global race. The portfolio comprises three linked programmes:

● £780m to extend superfast broadband to 95 per cent of the UK by 2017;
● £150m to provide high speed broadband to businesses in 22 cities;
● £150m to improve quality and coverage of mobile phone and data network services.

Administered on behalf of Government by Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), Superfast Britain is transforming Britain by promoting growth, enabling skills and learning, and improving quality of life.

For further information: About Connecting CheshireThe Connecting Cheshire project was launched in April 2013, following the signing of the contract between four Cheshire councils (Cheshire East Council, Cheshire West and Chester Council, Halton Borough Council and Warrington Borough Council) and BT, which will see a total fibre broadband investment in the county of around £28.5m.
The project will reach those areas outside of any commercial broadband roll-out using a partnership approach to ensure all communities have access to the fastest possible broadband speeds.

About ERDF The project is part financed by the North West Competitiveness Programme, European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007 to 2013. The Department for Communities and Local Government is the managing authority for the European Regional Development Fund Programme, which is one of the funds established by the European Commission to help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support local businesses and create jobs. For more information visit

Sunday, 10 November 2013

We will remember them

St Laurence Church War Memorial 10 November 2013
St Laurence church was packed for our annual commemoration service and ceremony on Remembrance Sunday.

Wreaths were laid for:

Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire
Graham Evans MP
Cheshire West and Chester Council
Frodsham Town Council
Royal British Legion
Cheshire Police
Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service
Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service Cadets
Frodsham & Helsby Rotary Club
Frodsham & Helsby Inner Wheel
Frodsham Women's Institute
Frodsham Mothers' Union
Army Cadet Force
Frodsham Scout Association
Frodsham Guide Association
Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes
Manor House School
Weaver Vale School
Frodsham CofE Primary School

Apologies to anyone I've missed off the list!

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Frodsham Fireworks

A big thank you to Roundtable, Rotary, the Community Centre and everyone else involved in the firework display tonight.  A large crowd witnessed the annual display braving the chilly wind and rain.   It was meant to be 9°C - it felt much colder.

Just as well we had the magnificent display to enjoy.  Here are some photos of the bonfire and the display:

Frodsham Library

I was invited to see the new Frodsham Library yesterday.  I had a sneak peak as the last of the commissioning work was going on.  It is somewhat unexpected to describe a library as 'exciting' or that the excitement was 'palpable' - however both descriptions were correct.

It is wonderful that we now have a bigger library than before and one that is able to offer more services than before.  Regular users of the library will appreciate, I am sure, the better lighting and the air conditioning.

Frodsham library has a great future and I'm sure we will be adding more and more services to it as time goes by.

The library will be open to the public on Monday 4th November and we are likely to have the formal opening later this month.