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The parish council recently arranged a successful clean-up of the war memorial in the churchyard of St Mary's Church.  As shown in the picture, the names and details of each of those commemorated there are now much clearer. (The lower picture shows a section of the memorial before the clean.)

From GRAHAM, the Principal Contractor working on behalf of Cheshire East Council to deliver the Congleton Link Road Project:

Please note below, an update on the road closures/diversions for your information.

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC LIGHTS – Holmes Chapel Road, Somerford

Plant Crossing - Temporary traffic lights will be in place between the hours of 9.30am – 6.00 pm

Temporary Speed Limit – Speed limit to be reduced from national speed limit to 30mph through the works area until project completion.

Start Date – 30th September 2019
Planned Completion – 18th October 2019

ROAD CLOSURE – Back Lane, Somerford

The closure will enable the construction of Back Lane (West) including the new roundabout, There will be no access to through traffic along this section of Back Lane, with access to the playing fields been maintained via Holmes Chapel Road. Access to properties on Back Lane will be maintained via Chelford Road.

Started – 2nd September 2019
Planned Completion – Late February 2020

ROAD CLOSURE  - Sandy Lane, Somerford, Between A54 Holmes Chapel Road and A534 Sandbach Road

The closure will enable us to access the adjacent fields to carry out earthworks, divert drainage and construct two new roundabouts. Sandy Lane will be closed for an initial period of 9 months.

Start Date – 28th May 2019
Planned Completion - Late February 2020

TEMPORARY TWO 2-WAY CARRIAGEWAY – Chelford Road, Somerford, Between Black Firs Lane and Back Lane

To enable the construction of the Chelford Road overbridge and divert existing services, traffic will be diverted onto a newly constructed 2-way carriageway.

Temporary Speed Limit – Speed limit to be reduced from national speed limit to 10mph through the works area. The reduction is necessary due to the alignment of the temporary carriageway and interface of construction traffic accessing to and from the works site.

Start Date – 9th July 2019
For the duration of the Chelford Road overbridge construction

 TEMPORARY TRAFFIC LIGHTS – Macclesfield Road, Eaton

Temporary traffic lights will be in place to enable service diversions to be carried.

Start Date – 23rd September 2019
Planned Completion – 1st November 2019

TEMPORARY CARRIAGEWAY & TRAFFIC LIGHTS – Giantswood Lane, Hulme Walfield, Between Westlow Mere and Smithy Lane

In order to facilitate construction of the Giantswood Lane overbridge, traffic has been diverted onto a newly constructed carriageway. A 10 mile per hour speed restriction will be imposed 24 hours a day.

Started – 1st May 2019
For the duration of the Giantswood Lane overbridge construction

If you have any questions regarding the information enclosed, please contact us via

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Did you or anyone you know work for Thomas Cook employees?  Many employers are looking to recruit new staff and have offered their support in helping Thomas Cook staff access a range of job opportunities.  There’s a full list in this document.

If you want to talk informally to a councillor over any parish matters, come to one of our Councillor Consultation events.

On one Saturday each month starting in November, two parish councillors will be available to talk to you between 10:00am and 11:00am in the Glebe Farm coffee shop.  See this page for dates and the names of councillors expected to attend.

The following roadworks are scheduled:

  • Sandbach Road, Newbold Asbury on 25 September 2019 using two way signals to reset fallen sign
  • Dodds Lane, Newbold Asbury on 1 October 2019 using multiphase signals to install a new post and attach sign

Red Ensign Day was celebrated at Glebe Farm in the presence of Congleton Town Mayor Sally Ann Holland, representatives of the local cadet forces and parish councillors and residents.