The Wilmslow Civic Trust: About us (2023)


Newsletter APRIL 2022

Roger Bugler

We are saddened to learn that Roger Bugler, Treasurer of the Wilmslow Trust from the inception (time) of the Trust until he was succeeded by Keith Osborne, died in South Wales on 12th April.
His family hopes to arrange a celebration of his life in Wilmslow in due course.


Thursday, May 26 Visit to Peover Hall

Cost of the House, Stables & Gardens tour £8 per person if there are a minimum of 15 people (£10 otherwise). Free to members of the Historic Houses Association.

To book and pay for your space, please send an

Wednesday 6th July Visit to Port Sunlight
Details follow

Neither the Wilmslow Civic Trust nor any excursion operator accepts responsibility for any loss, damage or injury arising from an excursion.

Wednesday September 7 Interview with Dr. Rangan Chatterjee, Author and Presenter

Wednesday October 5th Ray Acton James Smithies, metal artist

Wednesday November 2 Jackie "You Have No Authority Here" Weaver Democracy & Local Government

Wednesday 7th December Four members speak for 5 minutes each on a topic of their choice, followed by the Christmas party

Wednesday, January 4th follows

Wednesday 8th February Ian Baillie Friends of the Carrs

Wednesday, March 8 Wilmslow Neighborhood Plan Implementation Group

Wednesday April 5 Annual General Meeting

All of the above meetings will be held in the Great Hall of the United Reformed Church, Chapel Lane, and will begin at 7.45am.
Further details will be sent promptly

Turing Advice

If you have not already done so, please complete this by April 30th,
either the online survey at

or the questionnaire at the Wilmslow Library and place it in the box provided.

Current meetings

On January 5th, Susan Lee from the Center for Climate Change gave an interesting presentation on the energy efficient use of household appliances.

On February 2nd we had an interesting presentation from Everybody Leisure, the body that manages the Wilmslow Leisure Center on behalf of Cheshire East.
They gave us some vouchers for a free bath; If you would like some please let Stuart or me know.

On March 2nd, Dr. Jonathan Swinton gave an interesting lecture on Alan Turing to an audience of over 100 at Wilmslow High School at the start of the Turing Consultation.

On April 6th we held the Annual General Meeting
The officers and committee were re-elected as follows
Chairman Stuart Kinsey
Secretary Christopher Dodson
Treasurer Keith Osborne
Ray Acton Committee
Chris Fasciato
Martin Holle
Michael Rotfern
Rob Sharpe
Audrey Sibthorpe

Rhona Beenstock has retired from the committee. She was thanked for her valuable contributions to the Trust, including in relation to public relations.

The trustees are Christopher Dodson, Martin Hoyle and Chris McClory.

After the meeting, Stuart Kinsey and Chris McClory gave a fascinating illustrated lecture on Roma, Rev. Branwell Evans who lived in Wilmslow from 1939 until his death in 1943 and donated his Vardo to the town, which has now regrettably moved to Bradford. They even played a snippet of a recording of one of his shows.

design awards

If there is a building in Wilmslow that has come to your attention that was completed or refurbished in 2021 and you think is an interesting design, please send me details to before 30 April.

I will then forward it to our judges - David Cash, Ray Acton, Chris Fasciato & Martin Hoyle.
So far we have only received one nomination - Meadow End 93 Hollin Lane Styal.

Platinum Anniversary Tree

We are hoping to plant a tree near the intersection of Broadway and Covington Place to celebrate HM the Queen's platinum anniversary.


Keith Osborne will step down as Treasurer of the Trust on December 31.
Can it really be that there is no member of the trust who wants to succeed him?
You can hardly imagine a more fascinating job.
Applications should either be sent to Keith Tel. 01625 526547 or to

Best wishes to everyone
Christoph Dodson

Newsletter DECEMBER 2021


Peter Stübs

Sadly, Peter Stubbs, a Civic Trust loyalist and former Chairman, died on December 18th after a long illness. Our deepest condolences to Rosemary who took great care of Peter and to the rest of the family.

Peter was a constant source of wise advice and made a major contribution to the Trust over many years.

Current meetings

We hope that members will find the meetings throughout the year informative, entertaining and worthwhile.

On September 1st, Greville Kelly of Groundwork spoke about the work he has been doing on behalf of Wilmslow City Council to revitalize Wilmslow town centre

A panel discussion was held on October 6th, consisting of Cllr Mark Goldsmith of Cheshire East & Wilmslow Town Council, Peter Yates, former Chief Planning Officer of Macclesfield Borough Council and now Planning Adviser, Brian Donohue, Chair of the Wilmslow Neighborhood Plan Implementation Group, and Roger Bagguley of Wilmslow Residents answered questions about the general planning and certain specific proposals, including the proposed redevelopment of the Wilmslow Police Station.

On October 20th, Dr. Admos Chimhowu from the University of Manchester's Department of Global Development on climate change in low-income countries. To illustrate, he told listeners about the steps being taken at his family's farm in Zimbabwe to grow crops better suited to future drought conditions. The meeting also included a brief but very interesting update from Wilmslow Wells for Africa on aspects of their work that are very relevant to the presentation.

On November 3rd, Florence Collier, a local architect, gave a very informative talk on "The home of2030“Inspire us to do more for climate protection by improving our home insulation and making other energy-saving suggestions.

Planning applications reviewed

WCT continues to be proactive in reviewing planning applications submitted to Cheshire East Council relating to the Wilmslow area. WCT submissions can be viewed on the CEC website, the planning portal. Members who have concerns about a planning application should contact the chair or secretary. In general, the focus is on strategic locations and applications impacting conservation areas and key access routes to Wilmslow.

Since the last newsletter, there have been indications that the proposals in the planning white paper are being significantly modified. We hope to record a talk in due course to keep us updated on the proposals.

upcoming meetings

Sessions will be held given the uncertainty surrounding the impact of the Omicron variant of Covid held on Zoom, unless otherwise noted, at 7.30am for 7.45am.Zoom details will be emailed shortly before the relevant date. If you do not receive an email but would like details on Zoom please call the Chair on 01625 529739

Wednesday 5th January: Vortrag von Dr. Susan Lee, Research Associate in Low Carbon Futures, Center for Climate Change, Titel: "time to hanging from the To wash and help save the planet"

Wednesday 2nd February: Theme:leisure and Fitness to the at Alter in Wilmslow. Everybody Leisure Speaker - Details closer to date.

Wednesday 2ndMarch:talk overdr Jonathan Swinton, author of Alan Turning's Manchester, a mathematical modeler with a background and consultant to groups in pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and science. This will be a joint meeting with the Wilmslow Historical Society (WHS) in conjunction with a public consultation being launched by the WHS and the Trust to determine the level of support, if any, for a more prominent commemoration of Alan Turing & the Form in Wilmslow such a commemoration might take time.

Wednesday6th April: Annual General Meeting followed by an illustrated lecture: "Roma: That BBC's First Naturally world broadcaster?"

Subscriptions & Donations

You will recall that the annual subscription for 2021 has been canceled considering the restrictions due to the Covid pandemic.

At a recent WCT Executive Committee meeting, it was decided that a 2022 subscription should be requested by our members at the previous price of £10 for an individual subscription and £15 for a family subscription.

Payment processing details are below. As in previous years, we hope Life Members can support the WCT by making a voluntary donation of at least £5.

There is an option to pay by BACS and see the subscription renewal form below for details. If you choose to pay by BACS, please complete the form below and return it to WCT Treasurer, 13 Parkway, Wilmslow SK9 1LS. This allows us to keep our membership details up to date and also our records of Gift Aid eligibility. We hope you enjoy the talks and visits through 2022.



Keith Osborne wishes to step down as Treasurer of the Civic Trust at the next AGM. Is there a member who would be willing to take it on?

If you would like details of what the job entails please contact Keith on 01625 526547

Manager of Trust-Website

We are looking for someone to manage the Trust's website, so mainly keeping it up to date. Is there a member who would be willing to take on this?

design awards

Have you noticed a 2021 completed or remodeled building in Wilmslow that you think is particularly well designed? If yes, please send details

Details will be passed on to our jury who will consider whether it is worthy of a design award or more of a commendation.

May I take this opportunity to wish all members a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at our meetings and on visits during the summer. Christopher Dodson

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Newsletter AUGUST 2021


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The Civic Trust has been busy since the last newsletter in December

Current meetings

On January 6, Tom Evans, Cheshire East's Neighborhood Planning Manager, spoke to us about Cheshire East's response to the government's white paper on planning, prompting us to expect the government to publish planning legislation sometime this autumn. This will cause the biggest changes in planning since 1947.

As planned, Cheshire East will be instructed by the Government to produce a local plan to build a certain number of houses every 5 years. Everyone agrees we need more houses, but nobody wants them at the bottom of their yard! Residents will dispute the number, but will either they or Cheshire East be able to influence the figure?

Once a local plan has been adopted, there is no real public scrutiny. The Civic Trust (and others) will in practice only be able to influence the local planning phase. Local decision-making and discretion are taken away. Civic Voice has raised its concerns with the government about this, but will it listen? This is going to be a real political hot potato. Former Conservative leader William Hague has pointed out that, like the poll tax, it has the potential to lose the Conservatives in the next general election.

The (fairly new) municipal infrastructure levy & Section 106 (which requires the developer to provide a specified municipal benefit in return for obtaining planning permission) will be replaced by a single infrastructure levy, but there will be a temptation to use this for non-infrastructure, & will it definitely produce enough money?

There are other topics that our members might be interested in:
There are currently no penalties for non-compliance with building permits that have already been issued.
Young people in Wilmslow don't get up the housing ladder because there aren't enough small apartments.
Neighborhood plans will remain, but what impact will they have, other than perhaps in terms of design?

The earliest the changes will come into effect is 2022, and there may well be significant changes before the new policy comes into effect. The Chairman and I had a helpful preliminary meeting with our MP, Esther McVey, and she has indicated her willingness to speak to the Trust when the form of the proposed legislation becomes clear.
Have your own thoughts at our planning forum meeting - see below

On February 10th we had a fascinating illustrated talk by David Gosling of the Peak and Northern Footpath Society. Members enjoyed a very lively and informative Q&A session.

If the Footpath Assoc. became the population of G.B. at the 1901 census there were around 32 million, less than half our number today, combined with the fact that leisure was a novel concept – Sundays and possibly Saturday afternoons were newly introduced leisures. Also, by the end of the week, most professionals had little money left to spend on regular trips or leisure pursuits.
A doubling of the population and an increase in free time and cash reserves have meant that the pressure on the land and the farmers who work it has become much greater.
On March 3rd we had an interesting presentation from Manchester Airport's planning management team. The airport was only running at 5-10% of normal business at that point and I think it will take 2023 or 2024 to get back to pre-Covid levels when there were 29.5 million passengers a year. The Manchester Airport team believe that could rise to 45 million in the future. The new Terminal 2 opened in May.

We have been informed of other developments such as The Hut Group (online advertising & cosmetics) having taken up a large amount of space in Airport City and building a new headquarters there. Importantly, flight paths change below 7,000 feet, but there will be an opportunity for local commentary. They offered to speak to us again when more details are known.

At the AGM on April 7th, Peter Stubbs & Hugh Cannings resigned from the board, in Peter's case after a particularly long service. We thank both of them for their extremely valuable contributions to the Trust. Two members were elected to the committee: Mike Redfern (who has joined the review team) and Audrey Sibthorpe (members secretary and organizer of the distribution of this newsletter to those who still receive paper copies).
were chosen.

After the meeting, Tony Collier told us about the recent revival of Altrincham. Business tax payers in the town voted to create a business improvement precinct and pay a 1.5% levy to increase footfall and restore Altrincham to a bustling, vibrant town. The market has been rebuilt around local products and handicrafts, 500 new housing units have been created, some shops and cafes etc are attracting people to the city. Where there is prosperity, leisure retail will follow. Can Wilmslow do the same?

On July 20th we had a fascinating walk through Alderley Park led by Nick Hines of Alderley Park Ltd (managed by Bruntwood Properties) who had bought the site from AstraZeneca after announcing their move to Cambridge and made a major investment. AZ had about 4,500 employees on the site; Current management expects it to be around 6,000 by the end of this year. There will also be a total of 300 houses in the park. As a sign of Bruntwood's commitment, when they received a financially attractive offer from a well-known developer for part of the site, they asked to see the houses the developer was planning. These were the builder's standard designs; Bruntwood asked them to design something better before accepting their offer!
Some homes were designed by one of Prince Charles' favorite architects, who delights in the name Robert Adam!

The grounds include a pub called The Churchill Tree (after a sweet chestnut tree planted by Churchill during a visit to the Stanley Estate, the precursor to Alderley Park), a "green wall" concealing a multi-storey car park and one of the 3 of the best gyms in the UK (which any of us can join).
Most of the site, including the forest, is open to the public. Security is more sophisticated today than it was in AZ times.
When George Osborne, who I believe was instrumental in persuading Bruntwood to buy the site, came to visit as MP and Chancellor of the Exchequer with his security detail, he was let in; when he later visited him after being fired as chancellor by Theresa May, he was asked by security: "Who are you?"!
Nick offered us another tour in about 2 years time to see the further work that will be done by then and we intend to include that.

future meetings

All at 7.30am for 7.45am at the United Reform Church Alderley Road or hopefully via Zoom if you prefer.
For each meeting, please email the Chair for Zoom details,

Wednesday, September 1: Speech by Greville Kelly of Groundwork on Revitalizing Wilmslow Town Center

Wednesday October 6th: A planning forum. This will be along the lines of the BBC's Any Questions (4 panelists plus Chair). Members are invited to submit questions for panel members in advance and are then invited to discuss further afterwards
Guests have left their comments.

Wednesday, October 20: Open meeting related to Transition Wilmslow. Spokesperson: Dr. Admos Chimhowu Global Development Unit, University of Manchester;
his paper entitled: "We're all in this together; climate change in low-income countries".

Zoom meeting details will be available closer to the date: please email your request to

Wednesday, November 3rd: Lecture by Florence Collier on The home of 2030

design awards

You, the members, have nominated a total of 6 buildings in Wilmslow that were completed or remodeled during 2020 for a design award or award. These were carefully reviewed by our panel of judges - Ray Acton, David Cash, Chris Fasciato & Martin Hoyle - and 3 of them were commended:-
Bowers Folly, Greaves Road
31-37 Ladyfield St
The old stables, near the leisure center.
Certificates, kindly designed by Rosemary Stubbs, were presented.
If you see any buildings in Wilmslow that have been completed or altered this year and that you think are commendable for their design, please send me details for forwarding to the panel.

Lindow Moos

Handing over the certificate to the owners of Bower's Folly

Helen Battilana reports that the liaison group tasked with overseeing the restoration work will not begin work until 3 months after the restoration begins. In our opinion, until the construction work on the houses begins, there will be no money for the restoration. The Liaison Group clearly has a challenge on their hands!
Alan Turing

In partnership with the Wilmslow Historical Society, we are exploring the possibility of creating a more prominent memorial in Wilmslow for Alan Turing, who lived here from 1950 until his death in 1954. Manchester University and Turing's nephew both support the idea and it is proposed to launch a public consultation in September.
In addition, the Wilmslow Historical Society commissioned a portrait of Turing to be hung in a room in the Wilmslow Library called "The Turing Room". It is hoped to arrange a joint meeting in the new year to hear a talk on Turing, including the work he did while living in Wilmslow.

plan applications

The Trust continues to monitor planning applications in the area and will provide input to the CEC if there are concerns or suggestions. Mike Redfern & Beryl Pearce recently joined the review team. If you are interested in helping with this work, please see the attached questionnaire.

What would you like from the foundation?

We would like to know what members expect from their membership of the Trust to help us plan future meetings and activities. We would therefore be very grateful if members could fill in all or part of the attached questionnaire and return it to me, either at 17 Carrwood Road Wilmslow SK9 5DJ or by email to: secretary


There are 3 Trustees of the Trust - currently Martin Hoyle, Jean Wearne and myself. Jean has expressed her desire to step down as trustee on September 30th. A replacement is being sought.

We look forward to seeing you at our winter meetings.
In the meantime, please fill out and return the questionnaire so we know what you think of us! With the very best of wishes
Christoph Dodson

From your Committee: Members Consultation August 2021

We would like you to share with us your ideas for our future program and activities. Please complete the questionnaire below, save your completed document on your computer and send it as an attachment to: or alternatively print a copy and send the completed questionnaire to: The Secretary, Wilmslow Civic Trust, 17 Carrwood Road, Wilmslow SK9 1AW. You don't have to give your name if you want to reply anonymously. Please tick the appropriate boxes to respond. Don't feel obligated to answer every's better if we have some answers than none!
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In terms of our budget, the appropriations are around £8,300. Average annual spend over the last 4
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Thank you for helping us.

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Newsletter DECEMBER 2020

change of publisher

After 14 years (42 issues in total), Ray & Kath Acton are finally stepping down as editors of this newsletter. We all owe them both a big debt of gratitude.

Ray's knowledge of Wilmslow is unrivalled. I assume his family has been making bricks and bread (and probably everything else in between) in Wilmslow since at least the Lindow Man days. Had the contents of his stomach, I wonder, leftovers from an acton bread? We will all miss Ray's shrewd comments on the issues of the day and I'm very aware of the extremely hard storyline I have to follow.


The government has released proposals for the biggest planning changes since 1947. Currently, local plans take an average of over 7 years to produce and can be close to 500 pages. The government believes there must be a better way.
They propose dividing the country into 3 categories: growth areas suitable for substantial development, regeneration areas suitable for development
Protected Areas

"Growth areas" would include new settlements and urban expansion areas as well as former industrial or urban regeneration areas.
Sites here would receive automatic design approval for development upon acceptance of the plan.

"Renewal areas" would include existing built-up areas where smaller-scale development is appropriate, for example "the gentle densification and infilling of residential areas" and
development in the inner cities.
Here the legal assumption would be in favor of development for the uses designated as suitable in the plan.

Will Wilmslow be in a "growth" or a "renewal" zone, I wonder?
The Golden Triangle - SK9 - the dreamland of developers. Are you suggesting "growth"?

But if we're "renewal," who's for a little "gentle compaction"?

The consultation period has ended, but you could always share your views with your MEP after reading the White Paper. Esther McVey worked with Minister Robert Jenrick when she was Housing Secretary, but I think she may not be his biggest fan.

We will be giving a talk on this topic on January 6th – see below.

plan applications

Pending building applications are assessed every three weeks by a
representative group of enthusiastic members. To view the submissions, visit the CEC website: by address (zip code) or application identifier.

Submissions from WCT are identified by the address 12 Harefield Drive or 2 Wilcott Drive in the description column. Recent examples include:-

20/4737M Little Stanneylands > Construction of 10 dwellings. The WCT filing on November 19 required that the application be presented to committee rather than be decided by a planning officer. This request was granted and the request will be considered by the committee on 10 February.

20/4310M 4 Broad Walk > Extension & Conversion. WCT objected because the proposals appeared to be inconsistent with the Three Parks Guide or the Wilmslow Neighborhood Plan. Nevertheless, the application was granted on December 1st.

19/4641M 12 Knutsford Road, establishment of a workshop. Recommended rejection for setting a dangerous precedent for business expansion in a residential area. Application rejected.

If you have a particular interest in planning and would like to participate in our reviews, please contact Christopher Dodson via the old fashioned telephone 01625 528829

nature reserves

The Wilmslow Neighborhood Plan Implementation Group (WNPIG) - a mix of Neighborhood Plan volunteers and Wilmslow Town Council - has appointed an expert adviser to re-evaluate the first two conservation areas - Bollin Hill and Highfield - in the hope that St Bart's/ Manchester Rd and Hawthorn Park will follow soon.
Dean Row is proposed as a nature reserve.

Other WNPIG work

Lindow Moss - working closely with Transition Wilmslow, mining has ceased and license revoked. The moss is saved! The hydraulic control is about to start, as is the construction of the approved casings. Helen Batillana is our representative on the Liaison Committee.

Active Travel – we have contributed to Covid related and active travel arrangements and
Temporary 20mph restrictions have been introduced in Pownall Park. Cheshire East has
recently agreed in principle to introduce 20's plenty more widely in residential areas if necessary.

Green Links – Again in collaboration with Transition Wilmslow, we have designed a network of quieter roads for cycling and walking to complement CEC's local cycling and walking infrastructure plan routes. This will be presented to Wilmslow City Council in the new year and then referred to Cheshire East.

train station
We are working with Network Rail and Northern Rail to improve the appearance of the station and make it more user friendly.

Current meetings via Zoom

16. September
Scott Royal from Cheshire East spoke about the forthcoming Handforth Garden Village

7. October
Annabelle Tugby, the architect of the proposed hotel on Tesco's Alderley Road site for the Chinese restaurant - currently long considered an eyesore by many in Wilmslow - spoke about the project and certain other buildings designed by her Styal-based office .

4. November
Our Chairman, Stuart Kinsey, gave an elaborate presentation on cultural assets in Wilmslow.

At the November meeting, the Chair promised further details of the WCT's work to influence Cheshire East Council to list more local buildings and structures as 'Heritage Assets'. The list of proposals is attached to this newsletter and we hope that many of our members will be able to identify the locations and consider the merits of the assets mentioned.

Future meetings...continue via Zoom
Open 7.30pm for 7.45pm

Please for every meetingEmail the Chairfor the zoom details.

6 January 2021:
Jeremy Owens & Tom Evans, CEC:
"The CEC's Review and Response to the Government's Planning White Paper"

February 10th:
Speaker details closer to the date:
"The importance of considering footpaths and rights of way in the planning process"

3 March:
Robert Pattison, Head of Community Engagement, Manchester International Airport:
"The Future Airspace Project".

7. April:
AGM followed by guest speaker: Tony Collier, BEM
"The Restoration of Altrincham—What Wilmslow Might Learn From It".

Local History Notes “File 1 & File 2” by Ray Acton:
The proceeds from the sale of Ray's recent releases have totaled over £160. These proceeds benefit WCT members only. See the Spring 2021 Newsletter for details. In the meantime, heartfelt thanks to Ray for bringing us joy with his Journeys Into the Past.

design awards

David Cash, the recently retired Chairman of Building Design Partnership, has kindly agreed to join the panel that judges whether buildings in Wilmslow constructed or modified in the past year and nominated by members of the Trust or the general public deserving of an award or commendation draft.
There has only been one award so far - for the Waters building on Altrincham Road - but there have been multiple awards - for example 52 Alderley Road, Kenmore Medical Center and new houses on Gravel Lane.
If you or your friends - or even enemies - think of such buildings that were completed in 2020, please email me with nominations forwarding to the panel.

Lindow Moos

As mentioned above, Helen Battilana has kindly agreed to represent the Trust on the liaison group which will oversee Croghan Peat's restoration of Lindow Moss as a condition of their planning permission to build 14 houses.

Good news on subscriptions!

Traditionally, this time of year we ask members to renew their subscriptions. However, you may recall that in a previous newsletter we pointed out that a subscription paid in 2020 would cover 2021 and therefore there is no need to pay for a subscription until 2022.

However, should an Annual or Life Member wish to make a donation to the Wilmslow Civic Trust this would be greatly appreciated. Donations can be made by check to the Wilmslow Civic Trust and mailed to the Treasurer, 13 Parkway, Wilmslow SK9 1LS.
Alternatively, donations can be made via BACS to bank code 16-34-24, account number 13368845. This account is with RBS Bank at Water Lane Wilmslow but in the name of Wilmslow and Alderley Edge Trust.

Best wishes to you all for 2021

Christoph Dodson


Excerpt from the WCT Executive Meeting on December 8, 2015

The Wilmslow Civic Trust: About us (1)

1Romany Memorial Gardens (hinter Hoopers, Alderley Rd)
2 Old Meeting Houses, Altrincham Rd, Morley
3St Anne's Church, Nursery Lane, Fulshaw
4St John's Church, Davenport Green/Knutsford Rd, Fulshaw
5VR Post Box, Stormy Point, Moor Lane (pictured)
6Das Observatorium, 'South Stack', Fulshaw Park
7Waters Building, Altrincham Rd, Morley
8Morland House, Altrincham Rd, Morley
9Wilmslow Council House, Chancel Lane/Cliff Rd
10Prestons (Juwelier), Water Lane
11 'Copper Folly', 43, Adlington Rd
12The United Reformed Church and Classroom, Alderley Rd
13Blackbrook Cottage und Garten, Donkey Lane/Alderley Rd
14 Die Maismühle, Manchester Rd/Bollin Walk

Subsequent addition requested

Das Dingle, Chapel Lane.

Possibilities for the future from current developments

Lawson Grange
Orchard Villas (pictured)

The Wilmslow Civic Trust: About us (2)

Newsletter August 2020

We hope that all our readers have survived the last few months successfully. The crisis has forced your Executive Committee to revise our subscription agreements as well as our intended program.


For membership year 2021 Jan-Dec. we waive a subscription. So if you are a paid member for 2020 you will have a membership until December 2021. From October 2020 the fee for non-members attending our meetings is £4.

Our program

We regret that we had to postpone the two summer trips. Due to the uncertainty regarding the precautionary measures for the Covid-19 pandemic,Our next three meetings will only be available on Zoom.

If you would like to join a Zoom meeting, please send an email

Sprecher, Scott Royal, Cheshire East Council: „Handforth Garden Village“
Zoom opens at 7:30 p.m. and the lecture starts at 7:45 p.m.

7. October
Speaker, Annabelle Tugby, Architect. "Challenges for architects in inner cities and redevelopment areas".
Zoom opens at 7:30 p.m. and the lecture starts at 7:45 p.m.

4. November
Referentin, Wendy Sinfield, Community Relations Manager, Manchester, Flughafen Manchester. "The Future Airspace Project".
Zoom opens at 7:30 p.m. and the lecture starts at 7:45 p.m. **


The pandemic does not appear to have reduced the number of motions worthy of our comment - specifically:

20/1555M 'Bryancliff', Wilmslow Park Süd

20/1560M Proposed Care Home, Manchester Rd, Wilmslow

20/1432M 12, Bollin Hill (inside the conservation area)

And most notably 20/1586M Saltersley Hall Farm - which seriously compromises the integrity of Lindow Moss.

We are very grateful to Members Mike Redfern and Beryl Pearce who have agreed to help review the planning applications.

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If you think that a building (or an external part of it) completed in 2020 should be considered, please telephone 01625 529739.

Our membership in the national body, Civic Voiceallows us, among other things, to comment on proposals of national interest. This will be a very active link over the next few months if/when a new planning system reaches the legislative stage. At the same time, our membership offers certain benefits, one of which is public liability insurance, which includes coverage for members attending meetings and attending outings. We have been advised that members are covered for Personal Accidents up to the age of 85, but members over 80 are not eligible for Total Permanent Disability benefits.

Ray and Kath Acton, newsletter editors.

Newsletter April 2020

We are writing this newsletter after three weeks of lockdown and unfortunately have to inform you that the planned visit to Peover Hall on May 20th has had to be postponed. We will include it in a later program. Serious doubts remain regarding the guided walk in Alderley Park on Tuesday 14 July at 2pm. Still, we should brace ourselves for both good and bad news. So if you wish to participate please send your name, address, telephone number and email address (if acceptable) to Keith Osborne on 01625 526547. If the Walk was to proceed you would then be contacted.
We hope you are all coping under this strange regime. While it's true that we can better enjoy the birdsong, thriving trees, and cleaner air, it comes at a terrible price.
Our general meeting(planned for March 18, 2020 in the library) was held electronically and by post. We thank everyone who took part. The Board of Directors and the Board of Directors were re-elected. We hope that the speaker, Tony Collier BEM, will be able to give his presentation on the restoration of Altrincham shortly.
Our future programshould start atWilmslow Libraryat 7.45pm on Wed 16th September 2020. Scott Royal from Cheshire East will be speaking about the Handforth Garden Village proposed for the east side of the A34 bypass opposite M&S/Tesco.
On October 7th we are switching to oursnew venue, the United Reformed Church (Alderley Rd/Chapel Lane) to hear architect Annabelle Tugby recently associated with the proposed redevelopment of the Tesco Express block in central Wilmslow. (7:45 p.m.).
We look forward to hearing from Wendy Sinfield on 4th November 2020 about the proposed changes to Manchester Airport's takeoff/landing routes. (7:45 p.m.).
We welcome all non-membersthese calls (£3 at the door).
For your 2021 diary: Meetings are on January 6th, February 3rd, March 3rd and April 7th (AGM).

PLEASE NOTE OUR NEW CONFERENCE VENUE FROM OCTOBER 2020. When the September meeting takes place, it will be the last in the library. For several years we have felt that our meetings have been overcrowded with little chance of easy mobility. The new venue should offer us more space. We would like to thank the library staff and especially the tolerant caretaker for their service over the years.
We have been kindly provided with log books (1930s and after 1945) of the Wilmslow Tradesmen Association (later the Wilmslow and District Chamber of Trade), which were formed to "protect the interests of members... and to promote a feeling of friendship among members." – which in practice meant that the long-established family businesses ensured that everyone acted together, e.g. about opening times, holidays and petitions to the council - and at the same time together against "unfair interference" as prevented by the market and big chains, especially those that are not based on free enterprise capitalism, such as the cooperative and the NW electricity. That lies behind the questions "Should the maypole be allowed to sell sweets?" and "How much taxpayer money goes into the market?"
However, as we half-expected, the big problem of 1930 was parking in and around Grove Street. Should there be parking on one side of Grove Street? Should the traffic still drive N. and S. next to the parked vehicles? What happens when a truck delivers to a store? Should the park side be alternating (E/W)? What should the maximum stay be, if any? (Originally 15 minutes!) And (unspoken) "Are my rivals walking towards me?" It was 1954 before the alternate side parking system (plus a one-way system) was introduced.
These records give us one last glimpse of the ancient village - one with over 200 potential businessmen, many of whom have been in trade since Queen Victoria's last days. This image is perhaps what lies behind our longing and yearning call to "revive the High Street".
This April newsletter will be delivered by email or post. The usual delivery people are getting a well-deserved break.

Ray and Kath Acton, newsletter editors.

Newsletter January 2020

Happy New Year to all our readers. We hope you enjoy the rest of our winter program (January to March). At our September 2019 meeting we learned a lot about the Tatton family and in October we got a good idea of ​​what Wilmslow City Council can and cannot do. Recently announced ideas for the redevelopment of the Tesco property (Alderley Rd) will no doubt be followed up at our February and March meetings (below). We hope that you can join the discussion and contribute something that is central to the purpose of the Trust. We thank all members who have sent us their opinion on the proposed new development (detailed update in the next newsletter).

upcoming meetings:-

Wednesday, January 15, 2020"Improving the Jim Evison Playing Fields: Options and Implications" - a discussion moderated by Scott Storey.

Wednesday February 19th"CheshireEast Council - Working with the Wilmslow Neighborhood Plan" discussion with councillors/officials.

Wednesday March 18thBrief AGM followed by "The Recovery of Altrincham - What can Wilmslow learn?" Tony Collier BEM.
All in the Wilmslow Library. 7.45 Open to the public. Non-members: 3 euros at the box office.

future datesMay 20: Peover Hall (visit). September 16: First talks about the winter season. Look out for our event flyer in the library.

Subscriptions are due now.Extension form attached. Prospective members can see: Members using BACS must provide first and last name for reference and complete and return the renewal form.

The Wilmslow Neighborhood Planwas approved in a Wilmslow-wide referendum on October 10, 2009, which recorded a turnout of 17.59%: 3,109 for Cheshire East's acceptance of the plan, 367 against. The effects of this vote are the subject of our event on February 19, 2020 (above).

planning applications. We continue to support/dispute building applications and follow up on members' requests for advice and assistance - on design, materials, impact, traffic issues, compliance with policies and requirements and much more (tel 525068).

Waitrose „Community Matters“-Programm. Green tokens earned and put into the box at the Waitrose store in Wilmslow go to a fund to give money back to the community. Three local organizations listed per month: could be the Wilmslow Civic Trust!

AGM: March 18thThe members of the Executive Committee are Stuart Kinsey (Trust Chairman), Keith Osborne (Treasurer), Christopher Dodson (Secretary), Ray Acton, Rhona Beenstock, Hugh Cannings, Chris Fasciato, Martin Hoyle, Rob Sharpe and Peter Stubbs. All are re-eligible. A written and signed nomination for one of these positions should be submitted to the Chair (Tel. 529739) by March 13, 2020, giving full name, address and tel. Number of both nominee and proposer.

design award. The list is still open to receive nominated buildings (or parts of them) proposed by members. Please call Martin Hoyle on 525068 if you would like to nominate an example of good design of a structure completed in 2019.

Wilmslow's Story: File 1is a collection of articles derived from lectures by Ray Acton. It includes sections on the Carrs, Chapel Lane, first names, Hawthorn Hall, Grove St Chapel, The Ladies of 'Elmhirst', the Society of Friends and the Somervilles, and a 12-page section on life in Wilmslow between the late 1930s and 1950s File 1 is published by the Wilmslow Civic Trust for £5 and will be on sale at our January, February and March meetings.

Ray and Kath Acton, newsletter editors.

Newsletter August 2019

This newsletter is published earlier than usual as we have two evening lectures (September and October) and was written after one of the hottest days on record in Cheshire and one of the wettest periods of summer. We hope you get it before the locust plague settles on Wilmslow.
Our summer programwas still very informative and interesting. On May 23rd, members and guests were given a tour of the Portico Library and Central Library, Manchester, and saw the wide variety of reference materials and access tools in the two contrasting establishments. It was another reminder of how much the city still has to offer. Many thanks to Christopher Dodson. On July 31 (new date) a large group was able to watch the Amazon trial at its Fulfillment Center near Manchester Airport before moving on to The Romper. Many thanks to Stuart Kinsey.
Our upcoming winter program:
Marry. September 18, 2019"The Egertons of Tatton, 1598-1958" Dave Thomas of the Family History Society of Cheshire.
Marry. October 16, 2019"Wilmslow Town Council: Past, Present and Future" speakers from individuals with past and current experience of Wilmslow local government.
Marry. January 15, 2020"Improving the Jim Evison Playing Fields: Options and Implications," a discussion moderated by Scott Storey.
Marry. February 19, 2020Speaker "Next Steps with the Neighborhood Plan" TBA. See below.
Marry. March 18, 2020Brief AGM followed by "The Recovery of Altrincham - What can Wilmslow Learn?" Tony Collier BEM. See article below.
These illustrated lectures will be held at the Wilmslow Library (7.30 for 7.45, with refreshments). They are open to the public. Non-members: 3 euros at the box office.
Next summer: Wed. May 20, 2020 visit at Peover Hall and Tearooms - a place that is not off the beaten path or visit. June/July: We are aiming for a visit rich in contrasts. The first lecture of the 2020-2021 season will take place on Wed. September 16, 2020. You will find all the details about next summer's events in the next newsletter (December 2019/January 2020).

Executive Committee. We are pleased to welcome Christopher Dodson to the Committee and to the role of Secretary. We also look forward to the contribution of Lata Anderson as City Council representative on the Executive Branch. We have invited Cheshire East Council to nominate a representative.
trusteeWe are grateful to Member Jean Wearne who has agreed to become Trustee of the Wilmslow Civic Trust.
SubscriptionsIf you are reading this newsletter as a non-member, you may want to consider joining our organization which is concerned with preserving and preserving urban heritage and shaping its future development. Membership is £10 per calendar year (£15 family). A non-member can join between October and December and become a member until December of the following year - up to 15 months for £10. To read all about our aims and recent activities visit our website:
The Wilmslow Neighborhood Plan. We continue to monitor its progress and expect the referendum on its acceptance to take place on Thursday 10 October 2019.
plan applications. We have submitted our comments on several motions and thank the members who have sought our views and requested action on behalf of the Trust.
The Trust's information brochure will be available in the libraries from the beginning of September.
Restoration of Altrincham'. Trust members are invited to attend a study visit at Altrincham Town Hall, Market Street, on Wed 16th October 2019 10:30am - 3:00pm. Tickets are free and available search for “Study Visit to Altrincham Town Centre”)

Heritage Open Days.Members of the Wilmslow Historical Society conduct guided walks through the town center to unveil Wilmslow's early history. They begin at 12pm in Bank Square on each of the four days from Friday 13th September to Monday 16th September. To reserve a space, call 01625 250881 as soon as possible.

Ray and Kath Acton.

Newsletter August 2019

This newsletter is published earlier than usual as we have two evening lectures (September and October) and was written after one of the hottest days on record in Cheshire and one of the wettest periods of summer. We hope you get it before the locust plague settles on Wilmslow.
Our summer programwas still very informative and interesting. On May 23rd, members and guests were given a tour of the Portico Library and Central Library, Manchester, and saw the wide variety of reference materials and access tools in the two contrasting establishments. It was another reminder of how much the city still has to offer. Many thanks to Christopher Dodson. On July 31 (new date) a large group was able to watch the Amazon trial at its Fulfillment Center near Manchester Airport before moving on to The Romper. Many thanks to Stuart Kinsey.
Our upcoming winter program:
Marry. September 18, 2019"The Egertons of Tatton, 1598-1958" Dave Thomas of the Family History Society of Cheshire.
Marry. October 16, 2019"Wilmslow Town Council: Past, Present and Future" speakers from individuals with past and current experience of Wilmslow local government.
Marry. January 15, 2020"Improving the Jim Evison Playing Fields: Options and Implications," a discussion moderated by Scott Storey.
Marry. February 19, 2020Speaker "Next Steps with the Neighborhood Plan" TBA. See below.
Marry. March 18, 2020Brief AGM followed by "The Recovery of Altrincham - What can Wilmslow Learn?" Tony Collier BEM. See article below.
These illustrated lectures will be held at the Wilmslow Library (7.30 for 7.45, with refreshments). They are open to the public. Non-members: 3 euros at the box office.
Next summer: Wed. May 20, 2020 visit at Peover Hall and Tearooms - a place that is not off the beaten path or visit. June/July: We are aiming for a visit rich in contrasts. The first lecture of the 2020-2021 season will take place on Wed. September 16, 2020. You will find all the details about next summer's events in the next newsletter (December 2019/January 2020).

Executive Committee. We are pleased to welcome Christopher Dodson to the Committee and to the role of Secretary. We also look forward to the contribution of Lata Anderson as City Council representative on the Executive Branch. We have invited Cheshire East Council to nominate a representative.
trusteeWe are grateful to Member Jean Wearne who has agreed to become Trustee of the Wilmslow Civic Trust.
SubscriptionsIf you are reading this newsletter as a non-member, you may want to consider joining our organization which is concerned with preserving and preserving urban heritage and shaping its future development. Membership is £10 per calendar year (£15 family). A non-member can join between October and December and become a member until December of the following year - up to 15 months for £10. To read all about our aims and recent activities visit our website:
The Wilmslow Neighborhood Plan. We continue to monitor its progress and expect the referendum on its acceptance to take place on Thursday 10 October 2019.
plan applications. We have submitted our comments on several motions and thank the members who have sought our views and requested action on behalf of the Trust.
The Trust's information brochure will be available in the libraries from the beginning of September.
Restoration of Altrincham'. Trust members are invited to attend a study visit at Altrincham Town Hall, Market Street, on Wed 16th October 2019 10:30am - 3:00pm. Tickets are free and available search for “Study Visit to Altrincham Town Centre”)

Heritage Open Days.Members of the Wilmslow Historical Society conduct guided walks through the town center to unveil Wilmslow's early history. They begin at 12pm in Bank Square on each of the four days from Friday 13th September to Monday 16th September. To reserve a space, call 01625 250881 as soon as possible.

Ray and Kath Acton.

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Newsletter April 2019

winter program

Our winter lecture program was very well attended. dr James Pullé gave a clear and well-received account of the current situation and future prospects of Wilmslow High School. Linda Lowe managed to inspire her audience with her lecture on waste management. Our AGM - which included a constant request for a secretary - was followed by a very informative presentation by Tony Murdin on the re-opening of the Rex cinema. The program concludes on Wed. April 17th with a presentation and discussion of the Wilmslow Neighborhood Plan - a unique and far-reaching list of actions that could affect us all. The plan can be viewed on the CheshireEast website.

Our summer program

We have two interesting and contrasting visits:

Thursday, May 23, 2019. Manchester Central Reference Library and the Portico Library. The tour starts at 11am. Early booking advisable. Please reply by email to

Thursday 18 July 2019. The Amazon Manchester Fulfillment Center (between the runway tunnels and the M56). The tour starts at 10am. Optional lunch at The Romper. Initially limited to members.
To reserve a place please email
Detailed information later to those with reserved seats.

parking spot

The Trust submitted a detailed paper in response to CheshireEast's Traffic Parking Consultation. She criticized poor street counting, sluggish and indecisive parking enforcement, employers and planners who failed to provide parking spaces for workers, and the ailing state of public transport. On a more positive note, we made suggestions as to where space could be found and created, and called for immediate action.


One of the Trust's three Trustee positions has become vacant. If you are a Trust member and would like to help us with this far from onerous role, please speak to our Chair, Stuart Kinsey on 01625-529739.


Membership (£10 per calendar year; £15 family – payable by early February) entitles members to attend the Winter Lectures with no admission fee, receive three newsletters per year by post or email, make contributions to our website and our Summer enjoy events/visits, some of which are not open to the public. We are again keeping the membership fee unchanged, but are increasing the lecture price for non-members from £2 to £3 effective 1 September 2019.

planning applications

The Trust reviews disputed applications and in many cases sends a written response to CheshireEast. We are always happy to advise members who may benefit from the Trust's support.

design awards

The Trust is constantly on the lookout for good building design (all or part of a building) and follows up on addresses received from members. We are currently receiving proposals for completed work for calendar year 2018. Member proposals close: April 30, 2019.

catch up

To see our recent activity and pictures from Wilmslow visit our

Overcome the limits

Large community event to rally support for East Cheshire Hospice. Sunday May 19th. 01625-531851 or 07867802744 (Ned Spencer).

I'm looking forward to

Our winter program of lectures will be held at the Wilmslow Library on the following Wednesdays (7:15-7:45pm - with refreshments) : September 18, 2019, October 16, 2019, January 15, 2020, February 19, 2020 and November 18, 2020. March 2020 (incl. Annual General Meeting). ). All details in the next newsletter.
Ray and Kath Acton.

Newsletter January 2019

Happy New Year to all our readers.

Our 2018 programended with two well-attended meetings - on the subject of fracking (which generated considerable debate) and on this part of the Wilmslow story from War to Peace (1917-21).

Program of illustrated lectures to be published shortly

Marry. January 16, 2019"Wilmslow High School - Present and Future" James Pullé, Principal.
Wednesday February 20th“waste management”. Linda Lowe, Community Engagement Manager, ANSA Waste Management.
Marry. March, 20thShort Annual General Meeting followed by a lecture by Tony Mundin on “The Rex Cinema”.
Marry. 17 apl."The Wilmslow Neighborhood Plan" presentation and discussion.

This program aims to inform and encourage discussion on issues relevant in light of projected population growth, city center proposals and the national debate on recycling and frequency of waste collection. We look forward to Tony Mundin's thoughts on the first few months of the reopened Rex Cinema.

Sessions will take place in the library (7:45 p.m.). Open to the public. Non-members: 2 euros at the box office.

We plan to visit the Portico Library and Manchester Central Library.

If you have a special request to see specific books/archive material, would you please contact Stuart Kinsey (01625-529739)?

The Wilmslow Neighborhood Plan

A revised draft was prepared and 'accepted' by Wilmslow Town Council on 17 December 2018. This document will be submitted to Cheshire East who, after consultation, will forward it to the Department for Communities and Local Government. A local referendum is expected to take place in mid-2019.


We extend a warm welcome to all new members who joined in 2018. Please note that if aNeuIf the member pays the £10 membership fee (£15 for family) between 1st October and 31st December they will secure up to 16 months of membership.

Thank you to all of our Lifetime Members who replied to our last email about privacy. Some have kindly sent donations. We'd love to hear from the few who haven't responded yet.

If you are interested in joining the Wilmslow Civic Trust please email us at


We continue to look after building applications and advise the members. A focus has been on proposals for land on Alderley Rd near Donkey Lane (formerly part of the garden of Grade II listed Blackbrook Cottage). The motion (18/5455M) has not met with approval from the neighborhood and the City Council has recommended rejection.

general assembly

The members of the Executive Committee are Stuart Kinsey (Trust Chairman), Keith Osborne (Treasurer), Ray Acton, Rhona Beenstock, Hugh Cannings, Chris Fasciato, Martin Hoyle, Rob Sharpe and Peter Stubbs. All are re-eligible. A second written and signed nomination for one of these spots would be welcome – in the hands of the Chair (Contact: 529739) by March 13, 2019, with full names, addresses and tel. number of nominees and nominees.

We are pleased to announce that after a long interregnum we now have a secretary. We welcome Lisa McClory who will join the Executive Committee (subject to AGM approval).

Ray and Kath Acton, newsletter editors.

Newsletter September 2018

Favored by the good weather, we have again completed a varied program of events. Special thanks to Keith Osborne and Rob Sharpe for arranging visits to Gorton Abbey and the Gaskell and Pankhurst houses in Manchester.

Upcoming program (2018-19)

Marry. 19 Sep. Illustrated Lecture 2018: “Fracking Shale for Oil and Gas – the Myths, the Truth, the Future”. dr Peter Webb, global energy consultant. 7.45pm at the United Reformed Churchrooms, Alderley Rd, Wilmslow. Note the location for this one meeting only.

Marry. 17 Oct. Illustrated Lecture 2018: “The End of World War I in Wilmslow”. Ray Acton. Venue: Wilmslow Library 7.45pm. How has the village coped with the challenges of food and fuel shortages, flu, inflation, returning forces, commemoration, a new constituency and the need for new housing? Did we learn something? The library intends to hold a gallery exhibition on this period in Wilmslow's history in October.

Marry. Jan 16. 2019 “Wilmslow High School – Present and Future”. Lecture by Dr. James Pullé, Headmaster.

Marry. 20. February. “waste management”. Lecture by a representative of Cheshire East Council.

Marry. March, 20th. Brief AGM followed by a lecture to be announced in Dec/Jan. Newsletter. (see below – late news)

Marry. Apr 17. "The Wilmslow Neighborhood Plan". Lecture led by speakers from the planning team.

These meetings take place in the library (7.45). Open to the public. Non-members: 2 euros at the box office.

Lindow Joint Advisory GroupWe are very grateful to Jill Dodson, who has agreed to represent the Trust on this panel.

Design Awards 2017Five entries were considered, but no prizes were awarded. However, we think the 2018 completions should make for an extensive list to consider. If you think a building or extension should be considered please contact Martin Hoyle (01625-525068).

The Wilmslow Neighborhood PlanThank you to the members who responded during the consultation which ended on August 31st. Your manager's response on behalf of the Trust commended all those who had a hand in preparing the far-reaching document. However, current issues such as parking, school supply, use of Lindowmoos and securing green spaces were not given enough attention. The omission of description and illustrative material in an appendix would have improved the accessibility of the document. It was not clear by whom and by what means many of the attractive policies could be enforced. There was perhaps an underlying assumption that Wilmslow City Council possessed more power and authority than it does.

privacyThe Wilmslow Civic Trust (WCT) only collects members' contact details. This information will not be passed on, sold or exchanged with other organizations. Members will only be contacted by the WCT on matters pertaining to its objectives. If a subscription is terminated, contact details will be deleted from our database. The Trust will be writing to everyone shortlyMembers for lifeupdate its list and reiterate its data policy in relation to the annual lifetime solicitation for donations.

The Rex cinemaWe very much welcome the news that this institution is being revived in Wilmslow. So that essential work can be done, funds are sought through membership with benefits. All details belowwww.rexcinemawilmslow.comLook out for brochures in the library.

If you are not a member but share our concerns about the development of our community, please consider joining the Trust (£10 per year or £15 for families) and contact our Chair, Stuart Kinsey on 01625-529739 about the speak membership.

Publishers: Ray and Kath Acton.

Late News: Tony Mundin, Director of Rex Cinema, Wilmslow Ltd has agreed to speak after our AGM on 20th March 2019. His lecture is entitled "The Challenges and Satisfaction of Re-opening the Wilmslow Cinema". Spread the word!

Newsletter April 2018

We hope that you will find our program of talks, walks and events both interesting and informative and support our role in promoting interest in civic life in Wilmslow and maintaining and creating a pleasant environment.

Our winter program (2017-18)continued in January with a most insightful presentation of the work of the Information Commissioner's Office, located on Wycliffe Avenue. In February we got an interesting insight into the operation of Styal Prison. In March, Marianne Ridley described some of her learnings from her work on digitizing the Trust's Millennium Project, showing the extent of change in the city center over the past 18 years. "Full houses" recognized the efforts of all these speakers.

Upcoming program (2018)

Marry. April 18th.Lecture: "Wilmslow High School: Present and Future". James Pullé, Headmaster. Venue:Wilmslow Library.

Marry. 23. May.Visit: Gorton Abbey, Manchester. Arr. 11 am Refreshments are available for purchase. 11.30am Illustrated Lecture 12.30pm Lunch (soup, sandwiches, tea/coffee) 1.30pm Guided Tour – then time for members to explore in their own way. Please book a place by May 8, preferably by email ( or by phone message (01980 863898). If by message, the applicant should leave their name and phone number. Number. Fee: £15 per person. Checks payable to The Wilmslow Civic Trust and sent to Keith Osborne, 13, Parkway, Wilmslow SK9 1LS, upon confirmation of place.

Marry. 20th June. Guided Walk - Return to Fulshaw Park. For members and guests who did not get a place in 2017. Contact Ray Acton at 01625-418771. Please name and tel. number if requesting a place by phone. Meet 50 meters down the unaccepted road at Knutsford Rd (by 'The Firs') at 7pm.

To. July 19. Visit: The Manchester Homes of Mrs. Gaskell and Mrs. Pankhurst:
Please complete the tear-off slip below (even if you have already expressed interest) and mail it along with your check to the address provided as soon as possible (no later than July 18th).

Morning: Mrs Gaskell’s House, 84 Plymouth Grove, Manchester M13 9LW, 0161 273 2215
Suggested arrival time: 09:45
By Car: M13 9LW - General on-street parking 3 hours max
By train / Manchester Piccadilly > Oxford Road Stn > bus along Oxford Rd > walk.
By Bus: Bus 130 to Upper Brook St / Plymouth Grove

10:00 Start of private tour, all floors fully accessible
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Self-guided tour / self-purchase of coffee etc.
12:00 Lunch in the servants' hall
13:00 (approx.) departure, 10 min walk or lift to:-

afternoon: The Pankhurst Centre, 60/62 Nelson St, Manchester M13 9WP, 0161 273 5673
No parking, try MRT or water sports center. No supplies. Not fully accessible.

Please send this tear-off slip to Rob Sharpe, 16 Hawthorn Grove, Wilmslow SK9 5DE, along with a check made out to the Wilmslow Civic Trust, as soon as possible (no later than 9th July).

I/We would like to reserve the following place(s):


£ per item


WCT member with lunch


WCT member no lunch


guest with lunch


Guest no lunch


I/We can offer _______ number of rides
I/we are interested in taking _______ number of rides if available

I/we enclose a check payable to Wilmslow Civic Trust, £____________
Name Address:

Collect. August 2nd. Guided Walk - History in the Chapel Lane area. Ray Acton (see June 20 contact details above) Meet at 7:00 p.m. 50 yards on Fulshaw Avenue. (No parking on Fulshaw Ave).

Marry. 19 Sep. Lecture: "Fracking Shale for Oil and Gas - the Myths, the Truth, the Future". dr Peter Webb, global energy consultant.Note: Venue: United Reformed Church, Alderley Rd

Marry. 17 Oct. Lecture: "The End of World War I in Wilmslow" Ray Acton.Wilmslow Library.
All lectures begin at 7:45 p.m. Open to the public. Non-members: 2 euros at the box office

membership. Thank you to the lifetime members who continue to send voluntary donations. There are some annual subscriptions outstanding - hence the attached subscription renewal form. Please ignore this if you have already paid for your 2018 subscription - or better use it to refer a new member.

planning. Her Executive Committee has continued to comment on planning applications and has raised strong objections to Royal London's plans for the areas east and west of Alderley Rd. The removal of this land from the Green Belt has never been satisfactorily justified and we feel that the local people have been severely disappointed by the approval for development granted by the CEC Strategic Planning Committee on 28th February 2018.


Lindow Joint Advisory Group. The Trust has long had a presence on this body to present a 'public user' view of what is/isn't happening on the Common as it was donated to the people of Wilmslow but later became an SSSI where Natural England is a significant proportion. If you, the reader, would like to keep the Trust's voice in this group, please contact our Chair, Stuart Kinsey, on 01625 529739.

Secretariat.We currently run the trust without a secretary. Responsibilities are by and large routine, the Executive Committee meets only about half a dozen times a year and larger responsibilities, such as maintaining membership lists, would continue to be shared. If you are interested please contact Stuart Kinsey (01625 529739) to find out what role you would be willing to play in leading and developing the Trust.

design award. We received several nominations from local buildings (or parts of them) that were completed in 2017. The closing date for entries is 30th April 2018. Let us know the address and why you think it's worthy...... and we'll take it from there (Martin Hoyle on 01625 525068).
Ray and Kath Acton

Newsletter September 2017

Welcome to all our readers and especially to our new members.

Our summer visit program (2017) proved diverse and popular - from local (Fulshaw Park Walk and Upper Garden at Quarry Bank Mill, Styal) to more distant (Norton Priory, Runcorn and Ordsall Hall, Salford). Many thanks to Christopher Dodson and Rob Sharpe.

Our winter program (2017-18):
Wednesday, October 18, 2017: "Police Community Engagement and What It Means for Wilmslow".
Wednesday, January 17, 2018: Will be announced in the December newsletter. We hope to arrange a presentation by the Information Commissioner.
Wednesday 21 February 2018: "Running a Modern-Day Prison" - a lecture by Mahala McGuffie, Gov. of Styal Prison.
Wednesday 21 March 2018: Brief AGM followed by a presentation of the Trust's Millennium Project (see below).
Wednesday, April 18, 2018: "Wilmslow High School" - a lecture by Dr. James Pulle, Headmaster.
Venue: After our recent experiment of meeting in the Wilmslow Library information room, we have decided to return to the library meeting room. Drinks are servedat the arrival(from 7.30pm) and all sessions start at 7.45pm.

planning matters: Your manager has objected to aspects of Proposal 17/2117M to demolish Fernleigh and Aysgarth (Alderley Rd) for housing and a house at the back (end of Greenway). The demolition – now halted – was illegal as the proposal had not received City Council approval (pending). We also submitted a detailed response to the Royal London Draft Development Framework - in which we pointed out its many flaws and inconsistencies. We found it unacceptable in terms of tree and open space loss, traffic issues, home targets and more. We believe residents deserve more than a token "We hear you" and that the document should be rewritten before it can be considered a solid policy statement.

We have also been indirectly involved in objections to a proposed house on Old Road (near Municipal House) and are awaiting an application for housing on the site of Heathfield Farm, Dean Row. In addition, we all need to carefully consider the highly controversial application for Stanneylands Road for 174 houses (Ref. 17/452/M: Deadline 5 October). We would be grateful if members could report (to Stuart Kinsey, 01625-529739) any planning requests that they think are of concern to the Executive. We have responded to Cheshire East's consultation to review supported local bus services as the council seeks to reduce subsidies for local services. Thank you to all members who responded as individuals.

The Trust's Millennium Projectinvolved creating a large collection of photographs to capture the buildings and streets of Wilmslow - and the town's businesses in particular. We have chosen to organize the images with building details, property information and a comment. We have supported MMU student Marianne Ridley with a small stipend to help carry out this work and prepare a presentation mentioned above. It is already proving to be an invaluable resource in showing how the city has changed since the year 2000. We hope it will eventually be available from the library and Chester Record Office.

The Wilmslow Neighborhood Plan. The Emerging Polices have been released and are subject to consultation which ends on September 30th. These policy proposals are based on a previous consultation where the public expressed their views on the city centre, leisure, transport, natural environment, cityscape, heritage and housing. The Executive has responded on behalf of the Trust, but there is still time for Trust members to respond as individuals. an online return or for a paper response, call the library and mail the questionnaire to the clerk at the Meetinghouse, Cliff Rd. Wilmslow.

Publishers: Ray and Kath Acton
September 2017

Late Entry: Please see the latest application from Royal London (17/4469M) on the ChesEast website. It affects parking and a new road to Alderley Rd, almost opposite Donkey Lane.

Newsletter April 2017

OUR WINTER PROGRAMThe lectures by Richard Briggs and Jacqui Bilsborough (The Lindow Trust) and by Ray Acton (Wilmslow 1916) were well attended and led to lively question and answer sessions. The AGM attracted 35 members who heard Brendon Flanagan's excellent overview of work in progress and future projects at Tatton Park.

MEMBERSHIPIt is with regret that we have heard of the passing of Mr and Mrs Bob Hemmings who have supported the Trust in many ways over the years.

general assemblyOur Chairman, Stuart Kinsey, presented Roger Bugler with a framed, autographed photograph as a thank you for over 30 years of service as Treasurer. Roger's trust was characterized by meticulous attention to detail and conscientiousness in all his dealings with the trust. We wish him all the best. Keith Osborne has been elected Treasurer but the Trust still needs a Secretary. This is not an arduous task as many duties are performed by committee members. We're hoping a Trust member will step up to help. Martin Hoyle and Christopher Dodson remain trustees. We are seeking a third trustee to replace Roger Bugler. Any members interested in helping the Trust by attending a small review of our activities 2 or 3 times a year should contact Stuart Kinsey on 01625-529739.

WEBSITE:We hope you found the new website friendlier. Look up event reports and browse our photo collection. Members can also see our response to Cheshire East's Site Allocation document which proposes a process for noting future development sites.


THURSDAY 8 JUNE:Quarry Bank Upper Garden, Styal. 2:15 p.m. Parking lot entrance. NT members free. Non-NT (payable on the day) £17.10 (covers entire site). Afternoon tea option (self-pay). A good opportunity to see and understand the restored greenhouse - and much more. Further information/application: Christopher Dodson 01625-528829 or or 17 Carrwood Rd SK9 5DJ. Early application recommended.

TUESDAY 4 JULY:Norton Priory, Runcorn. Guide. Setup 10.30am Provisional: £5 per member, £7 per guest. An opportunity to gain insight into a well-excavated monastic site (including unique gardens).

WEDNESDAY 2 AUGUST: Guided walking tour of Fulshaw Park led by Ray Acton. Join at 7pm, starting on the rough road (off Knutsford Rd) by The Firs Apartments. Parking along the rough road behind our starting point. A chance to see where the 'Manchester Men and Women' lived from 1860 onwards. Short walk. Group size: maximum 16. Book early. 01625-527198 or

TUESDAY 12 SEPTEMBER:Visit to Ordsall Hall, Salford. visit in the morning. Members €5, guests €7. Lunch possible (self-pay). Grade 1 Listed Building - Tudor Manor House and Gardens. An amazing survivor in town. Full information from Rob Sharpe (address and email above).


Hillside Nursing Home, Adlington Rd. The Trust turned down an application (16/6225M) to demolish and build 14 homes. We have also protested a plan (17/0841M) to demolish and build on a corner lot on Harefield Drive. Both decisions are still pending.

NEIGHBORHOOD PLAN:The Trust has responded to a consultation and expressed its beliefs and thoughts on all major issues – service provision, transport, education, green spaces and so on. We have ensured that all nationally and locally listed properties and sites, as well as our current list of properties now awaiting approval from CheshireEast, have been included in the plan. See our website for filing the trust.

SHORTLY:At the AGM, Ned Spencer spoke briefly about the May 21st Beating the Bounds event in support of the E. Cheshire Hospice.
Our April 19 meeting (on the Neighborhood Plan) will be held in the library information room to allow for more space, with refreshments on arrival. We hope this will avoid the age-old "mid-term scrimmage".
On April 4, 2017, the Executive Committee agreed to sponsor one of eight gates to be constructed around Lindow Common to deter motorized intruders.
Our lifetime and annual members now total 212

Submission to the Wilmslow Neighborhood Plan

The Wilmslow Civic Trust welcomes the opportunity presented by the creation of a neighborhood plan for the Wilmslow community and, after consultation with members, the Executive Committee offers the following comments for inclusion in the plan.

The consideration must concern the city as a whole and while we address specific aspects below, they overlap and will therefore inform each other.


Provision should be made for sustainable medical centers that are appropriate and contiguous to the sites identified in the evolving local plan strategy and addressed by the neighborhood plan. That is, such a provision should be taken into account when approving developments so that there is sufficient operational capacity for the people who will live in the area.


Provision should be made for continued and potential expansion and a reasonable mix of offices, retail and small manufacturing. Alternative uses of commercial space that has been vacant for many years and a sensible mixed use of residential and retail/office should be considered.
Transport considerations should reflect employment needs and strategy.


The neighborhood plan should consider the potential need for additional student space, whether through new construction or the reopening of existing premises, such as a B. Oakenclough School on Dean Row. It should affect the allocation of funds provided under S106/CIL related to education.


Indoor / leisure in the city center

The plan should meet the aspirations of residents who want to enjoy a cultural and recreational center; Care must be taken to maintain and improve existing facilities.
Future development should encourage a sense of community and preserve the broader facilities currently offered by the library service.

outdoor leisure

The Neighborhood Plan should establish a hierarchy of local community services ranging from large open spaces such as The Carrs to smaller areas such as the recreation area at Gravel Lane. Policies should ensure facilities and access for all ages.
The plan should also strike a fair balance of nighttime leisure opportunities, for example by providing facilities for activities such as bocce ball, pitch & put and cricket.


The Neighborhood Plan should support and encourage the preservation of Lindow Common SSSI and ensure proper consideration of the ecology of the area and resolve the need to preserve the ecology of Lindow Moss. It was also intended to aid in maintenance and improve the condition of the trail along the Bollin Valley.


The neighborhood plan should determine and take into account the housing needs and demands of the existing population. It should ensure the correspondence between these needs and the current housing supply.
The plan should address the aspirations of those looking to move to the next level of the market (whether upsizing or downsizing) and those looking to enter the housing market for the first time.
The needs and requirements identified in the neighborhood plan should be considered and incorporated into the brief descriptions for the identified sites before developers prepare their applications.
The plan should take into account and incorporate the Cheshire East Residential Design Guide.
It is crucial that the urban design of the city as a whole, whether green or built, frames, welcomes and informs the city's users at the main gates and along its main entrances. This is especially important for key components such as the Carrs or the city center.

(Video) Hymns of Praise from St Bart's Wilmslow Part 1


The Neighborhood Plan should promote the creation of an attractive multifunctional city center capable of competing with and complementing the neighboring towns and villages. Multi-function should include and encourage the provision of housing in the city center and ensure that sites with development or regeneration potential are identified to support the diversity of the centre.

The plan should examine the long-term goals of the key pedestrian generators that form the backbone of the current structure, namely the larger retail outlets, the leisure center and Wilmslow High School, particularly with regard to their relationship to public transport. This ensures that there is comfortable pedestrian accessibility within the centre.
The plan must identify the current need for change and provide flexibility to allow the city to respond and adapt to future needs. This will ensure convenient access for pedestrians, cyclists and all modes of transport with adequate parking. Other aspects of transportation are considered below.
The Neighborhood Plan should recognize the importance of smaller shopping areas within the community such as Chapel Lane, Lacey Green and Summerfields which continue to serve local needs and those of future development.
The plan should promote the improvement of the visual environment and character of the center's public space. This can be done by introducing urban design ideas that can be developed according to the different scales for the inner city elements.
The Neighborhood Plan should encourage increased use of city center spaces for community activities.


The Neighborhood Plan should examine the range of potential road network changes aimed at improving all aspects of traffic movement into and through the city by assessing and mapping existing and future traffic projections to the road network for the baseline and 2030.
The plan should ensure that adequate provision should be made in all aspects of planning for increased demand for off-street parking.
The plan should ensure that discussions are held with service providers about extensions to their service network that accommodate new development proposals.
The plan should include the provision of a centralized transportation facility, such as a a rail and bus junction, while ensuring that this does not affect users or the accessibility of the city centre.
The likely impact of HS2 on current commuter and express rail services to and from Wilmslow and the future declining importance of the station needs to be addressed in the Neighborhood Plan.
The impact of the Neighborhood Plan transport proposals should be assessed while they are in draft form and appropriate options for adjustment should be considered. Likewise, proposals should assess the impact of developments proposed beyond the municipal boundaries.


This should be an overarching consideration in every aspect of the neighborhood plan.
The Neighborhood Plan was intended to open up opportunities for developments that would promote a sense of community in Wilmslow while retaining the best of current facilities. Such areas will allow people of different ages and interests to come together safely, both formally (e.g. advocacy groups) and informally.


The neighborhood plan should respect and enhance the cultural heritage and take into account the information provided and maintained by the Wilmslow Civic Trust and similar stakeholders.
The Neighborhood Plan should promote the visitor value of the cultural heritage.


Happy New Year to all our readers. Following our new title - Wilmslow Civic Trust - we have a new logo, for which we thank Rosemary Stubbs.

The Wilmslow Civic Trust: About us (3)

Our winter program began with an interesting and well-illustrated presentation by Anna Russell, who detailed the plans for the redevelopment and expansion of Terminal 2 at Manchester Airport. Despite the short-term change of location, it was very well attended.

The program continues with:

Marry. January 18, 2017 Wilmslow 1916

Ray Acton will examine how the village has responded to the stresses and strains of a long war.

Marry. February 15, 2017

The Lindow (workhouse) Trust. Richard Briggs (Chairman) and Jacqui Bilsborough (former employees) will provide the background of the Trust and its ongoing work to alleviate poverty. This is an interesting story of how a corporation formed in Wilmslow in 1773 maintained its purpose within the growth of the welfare state.

Marry. March 15, 2017

A brief general meeting will be followed by a presentation by Brendan Flanagan on recent developments at Tatton Park and future plans for this National Trust property.

Wednesday April 19, 2017

The Wilmslow Neighborhood Plan. Brian Donohoe will present and lead a discussion on past developments and future plans. Extensive public consultation is essential throughout the planning process. It affects us all. This is a good opportunity to speak up.

All meetings begin at 7.45pm at the Wilmslow Library. Refreshments. welcomed by the public. Non-members 2 euros at the box office.

For the latest developments please visit our website which has now been redesigned after good work by Jill Dodson and Rob Sharpe.

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The annual reminder will be sent with this newsletter. Annual Member subscriptions for the calendar year are now due by February 8, 2017. Subscriptions not received at the AGM on March 15, 2017 will result in membership termination.

AGM: March 15, 2017 at the Wilmslow Library

The Executive Committee members are: Stuart Kinsey (Chairman), Roger Bugler (Treasurer), Ray Acton, Rhona Beenstock, Hugh Cannings, Chris Fasciato, Martin Hoyle, Keith Osborne, Rob Sharpe and Peter Stubbs. All are re-eligible. A second written and signed nomination for any of these positions is welcomed and should be in the hands of the Chair (contact on 01625-529739). It should include full names, addresses and phone numbers of both the nominee and the proposer.

Design award nominations

Given that one of our goals is to improve the environment of our community, we hope members will bring to our attention the design of a building, or part of it, that was completed in 2016 and presented as a pleasing and appropriate addition to the Wilmslow scene is viewed. This would be considered by the Executive Committee for a Wilmslow Civic Trust Design Award. Closing date: April 30, 2017.

neighborhood plan

Our representatives (Hugh Cannings, Martin Hoyle and Rob Sharpe) inform us that the feedback from the first public questionnaire should be available in early 2017 and that the emerging ideas affecting the town center and facilities will form the basis of a second public consultation should – probably in spring or summer 2017. We are already considering a special meeting for members to express their views and there will be another opportunity on 19 April 2017 (see winter program above).

planning applications

The Trust recently raised objections to: 16/5382M 'Rosegarth, 51, Adlington Road and 16/5610M Car Wash by the King's Arms, Alderley Road.

We are very disappointed with the outcome of the inspector's review of the local plan and will continue to work towards a better outcome.

Publishers: Ray and Kath Acton.


Welcome to the first newsletter under our new title, approved at the 2016 AGM. We hope it gives a clear idea of ​​what the Trust wants to promote.

We thank Christopher Dodson for his services as Chair and welcome him to our Executive Committee as a representative of Wilmslow City Council. We are delighted that Cheshire East Council has appointed Craig Browne as its representative. We welcome our new Chairman, Stuart Kinsey.

Our Summer Visits program (2016) proved varied and popular, with visits to Gawsworth Hall, Avro Woodford, Old Wilmslow (History Walk) and the Salt Works Museum in Marston, Northwich. Our advertising extends worldwide; The history walk attracted a lady from Canada, although it's possible she crossed the Atlantic for more reasons.

Our winter program takes place as usual at 7.45 p.m. in the Wilmslow Library. Admission is free for members and 2 euros for non-members. The lecture program covers Wilmslow's past, present and future. Please note the dates: -
Marry. 19 Oct 2016 : Manchester Airport Anna Russell, Head of Communications at the airport, will discuss plans for future development.
Marry. 18 January 2017: Wilmslow 1916 Ray Acton will examine how the village responded to the mounting stresses and strains of a long war.
Marry. February 15, 2017 : Details in the January newsletter.
Marry. March 15, 2017: AGM and Speakers (details in January newsletter).
Marry. April 19, 2017: The Wilmslow Neighborhood Plan Presentation and Discussion chaired by Brian Donohoe, Chair of the Neighborhood Plan. (See point below).

Our Summer Visits Program (2017) runs from June to September and consists of visits and a new history walk in Wilmslow. More details in the January and May 2017 newsletters.

The Cheshire East Local Plan: Inspector hearings have resumed and hearings on specific site assignments in Wilmslow are scheduled for October 13-14.

The Wilmslow Neighborhood Plan employs around 30 residents (including 3 members of the Trust's Board of Directors). It covers the entire community and seeks to meet local needs and desires in housing, transport, natural environment, education, employment, leisure, health services and city center facilities.
For more information, see
Members should book on Wednesday 19th April 2017 (see winter program above).

Our archive currently occupies a filing cabinet that is in danger of losing its place. Could any member please give him a home? If you think you can help please call Stuart Kinsey on 01625-529739.

We're keeping the annual subscription at £10 (£15 for families) which is really good value given the rising costs elsewhere. Members are reminded that their membership is for one calendar year. Any late payment for the current year should be made to the Treasurer, Roger Bugler, 1, Lacey Grove, Wilmslow, SK9 4BJ - Checks payable to The Wilmslow Civic Trust.

Our new A4 poster featuring an image of the Friends' Meeting House, Bourne St. will be on display soon. Our free trail maps are still available from multiple locations including local libraries.

It is with dismay that we learned of the death of Barbara Bell, widow of Professor James Bell. Barbara will be remembered as the tireless worker behind the scenes who helped make our meetings successful.

Ray and Kath Acton.


We are releasing our spring newsletter earlier this year to give members longer notice of events.

He also provides information about the forthcoming Annual General Meeting on March 16. We have attached a nomination slip for you to nominate an individual for Executive Committee vacancies. This committee meets about 9 times a year on Tuesday evenings at members' homes. At its last meeting, it discussed the proposed name change (see below), membership recruitment, the program of events, progress on heritage listings, attendance at the Wilmslow Show, an update to the local plan and neighborhood plan (see below), planning application issues , our participation in the Wilmslow Partnership and our website.

The Executive Committee consists of the Chairman - Christopher Dodson, the Secretary - Christopher Evans, the Treasurer - Roger Bugler; Ray Acton, Rhona Beenstock, Hugh Cannings, Christopher Fasciato, Martin Hoyle, Stuart Kinsey, Keith Osborne, Rob Sharpe, and Peter Stubbs. Members serve 12-month terms.

The committee has several projects underway and welcomes offers of help from any member who wants to change the way our city looks and feels.

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Please return receipt to Stuart Kinsey, 12, Harefield Drive, Wilmslow SK9 1NJ by March 9, 2016.

The 55th Annual General Meeting will be held at 7.45pm on Wednesday 16 March at the Wilmslow Library. The following proposals will be made to the meeting:
1. Amendment of Item 1 of the Articles of Incorporation: "The name of the Trust is The Wilmslow Trust" to "The name of the Trust is The Wilmslow Civic Trust".
2. Change Article 6 of the Bylaws: "The Officers consist of the President, Vice President, Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer" to "The Officers consist of the Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer".
Election of officers: Christopher Dodson (current chairman) and Christopher Evans (protocol secretary) do not seek re-election. Executive nominations (see form overleaf) are very welcome.

winter program
Wednesday 16th March 2016 Annual General Meeting followed by a presentation by Catherine Mackenzie on the Wilmslow Business Group's goals for the city's future.
Wednesday 20 April 2016 "The Cheshire East Local Plan". Adrian Fisher (East Cheshire)

The lectures will take place in the Wilmslow Library (7:45 p.m.). Non-Trust members: £2 at the door.

Summer program 2016

Tuesday May 24th. Private Tour of Gawsworth Hall. 14 o'clock. £6 per person (max 24) followed by optional tea on a self pay basis. Registration deadline: Friday May 20th. ContactStuart Kinsey

Tue. 19 July. Visit to the Avro Heritage Museum (Woodford). 10.30 a.m. Guided Tour and Vulcan Flight Deck Experience. Under £10, to be confirmed.Simple lunch menus available to purchase from the Museum Café. Limited number; book soon. Closing date: Tue. July 12th. Contact Stuart Kinsey as indicated above.

Tue. 9 Aug History Walk led by Ray Acton. Community Hall car park, 7 p.m. short distance; carefree. Previously unexplored areas. 14 max. Book early:Ray Acton

Thu 15 Sep “The Lion Salt Works Museum”, Northwich. 10.30 a.m. Guided tour (£8) at 11am after refreshments available for purchase. The tour lasts 1-1 ½ hours. Some steps and uneven floors. Around 12:45pm, lunch for sale at the Salt Barge Inn. Lunch choices and later directions for members and guests who choose to attend this event. Please book by Friday 15 April at the latest. ContactKeith Osborne

Ray and Kath Acton.


We are pleased to announce that our membership now exceeds 260.
Over 40% of members can be reached via email.

There's a lot of talk about change in Wilmslow, both in the center and further afield. As a widely respected local voice, the Trust remains committed to continuing to influence change for the benefit of all who live and work in the city.

winter program.
At our first meeting, Ray Acton showed how Wilmslow was adjusting to the first year of the Great War and how this experience was meant to be only a gentle introduction to the tremendous impact of the War of 1916. The program continues with:-

Marry. 20 January 2016 "Macclesfield Town Development": Ken Smith, Chairman of the Macclesfield Civic Society. This could be revealing given the current debates about Wilmslow town centre.

Marry. February 17, 2016 "Our Health Services": Jerry Hawker, Chief Executive of the Cheshire East Clinical Commissioning Group. This is an opportunity to learn about how our healthcare services are planned and purchased, with a welcome opportunity to ask questions.

Marry. 16 March 2016 There will be a short AGM followed by The Wilmslow Business Group: Catherine McKenzie will reveal what the group is looking for in Wilmslow's future. A good opportunity to address all too familiar issues – the 'future of the high street', rent levels and the balance between home, office and retail come to mind.

Marry. 20 April 2016 The Cheshire East Local Plan: Adrian Fisher, Strategic Planning Manager, Cheshire East Council, will discuss the plan's development to date and its particular impact on Wilmslow.

All lectures will take place at the Wilmslow Library (7.45pm) and are open to the public. Non-Trust members: £2 at the door.

Summer program 2016

The first event is a 'private' tour of Gawsworth Hall on Tuesday 24 May at 2pm. Cost: £6 per person (max 24) followed by optional tea on a self pay basis.

It is with sadness that we announce the death of Dr. Ron Brunskill, OBE, Hon. Fellow and former Reader in Architecture, University of Manchester. He was particularly interested in folk architecture and the historical use of building materials. He supported professional organizations and local societies alike in places as far apart as Sussex and the Lake District. He was a humble man and an inspirational teacher. His Brick Building in Britain (Gollancz, 1990) remains an important publication in helping us to understand our public and private buildings.

The partnership group.
We continue to play a prominent role in this new group, which is embarking on a range of programs to improve the city's appearance and amenities.

The Trust will again have a stand at the Wilmslow Show in July 2016.

A group in which we are represented is taking the first steps towards a neighborhood plan that will cover aspects and areas of the city not directly covered by the Cheshire East plan.

Our website is gradually gaining the attention of members and non-members alike. Visitors to the website can find messages that appear between the publication dates of our newsletters (which can themselves be read on the website).

annual subscriptions. Renewal letters and forms will be sent with this newsletter in either paper or electronic form. If you are renewing the paper subscription it would be helpful if you could provide your email address so we can reduce future shipping costs. Many Thanks.

"Remenham", Bedell's Lane. As we write this newsletter, the decorative slates are being removed from the roof of this Victorian house as the site is prepared for housing construction. The house was built in the 1870s for Alexander Bedell, the son of a Scottish landowner who had moved south to the village of Remenham, near Henley-on-Thames. Alexander moved to Manchester and prospered as a cotton and linen manufacturer. He bought the Remenham property - which stretched almost as far as the King's Arms - from his friend John Jenkins of Fulshaw Hall, with whom he used to visit the nearby chapel. Alexander also supported Morley Chapel from 1869. His first wife died in 1875; his second in 1942 after 48 years of widowhood. His grave is in St. John's Church in Lindow.


We welcome all of our members - and especially our new members - and hope you find our programs interesting. The Trust continues to influence local planning decisions and promote good building design.

Our Town Trail Map - available free from local libraries - is proving very popular, as are the Summer Town Center Walks.

The Trust has its own planning ideas for the town center and welcomes suggestions from members and the public with specific concerns (tel 01625 - 525068). Our Summer Visitation program prioritizes venues that are not normally open to the public. We work as a body and with other groups to try to prevent unnecessary development on the Green Belt and have frequently demonstrated the potential of local brownfield development. We are represented on the Cheshire East (CEC) Advisory Committee for Lindow Common and have played a role in securing improvements to Wilmslow Railway Station.

Our website is worth a visit, not least for the collection of Wilmslow images and the latest newsletters.

newsletter distribution. To reduce costs and maintain subscription prices, we are emailing this newsletter to the growing number of members (now over 100) for whom we have received email addresses. If you, as a member, have such an address and would like to help, would you please send it to your editorial office along with your postal address? Many Thanks. Your name and address will only be used within the trust.

A new development. A provisional body - the Partnership Group - was established to represent various city interests (including the Trust, Transition Wilmslow and the Business Group). Start-up funding for administration is provided by CEC. The aim of this new body is to initiate inner city projects.

Summer Programme, 2015. Ranger Paul Hughes guided an intrepid group through parts of Lindow Common not visited since the Bronze Age, pointing out a number of plant and insect species that would otherwise be easy to miss.
A refreshing visit was made to Robinson's Brewery in Stockport. All participants returned safely and in good condition.
In August, Ray Acton conducted another Town Center Walk and is planning a new Then and Now route for next summer.
Members attend Whitworth Gallery's transformative expansions on September 10th. Thanks to Keith Osborne.

Heritage The Trust is proposing to the CEC some changes to the current 'local list' and proposing several additions. After discussions with the CEC Design Officer, we will publish our proposals.

The Wilmslow Show The Trust's reappearance has done much to remind visitors of our purpose and to attract new members. Thank you to everyone who helped, especially Stuart Kinsey.

Memorial We are in the process of creating a memorial to the work of Alan Turing (1912-54), the cryptographer who lived for a number of years at Copper Folly, 43 Adlington Rd (see our walking map). It has been suggested that installing a pedestal monument on Parsonage Green (behind Starbucks?) could be a project for the new Partnership Group (above).

The Romany Walkway (or Roma Memorial Gardens; see walking map). Once the home of Romas Vardo (Caravan), it is the last remnant of the Gentleman's Pleasure Ground in front of the Green Hall. We are aware that it needs attention - and could be another project in the city center.

The Wintertalk program
All meetings are on Wednesdays at 7.45pm at the Wilmslow Library. Members attend for free; Non-members welcome (£2 at the door).

Wednesday, October 21, 2015. "Wilmslow at War"
An illustrated lecture by Ray Acton on the reaction of Wilmslow residents to the first year of the Great War (1914-5). What were the scouts guarding? Who were the men in pith helmets? Who were Max Weber and Alphonso Windelinkx? What would the suffragettes do? Was it business as usual?

Later lectures will take place on January 20, February 17, March 16 and April 20, 2016 at 7:45 p.m. in the library. Details in our next newsletter.

If you know a good speaker on a relevant topic, please let us know (01625-526547)

We now have over 250 members. Have your opinion through the Trust. If you're not already a member, sign up for a year's membership for £10 (£15 per family) (tel 01625-525819).
Publishers: Ray and Kath Acton


It is with great sadness that we report the deaths of two valued members of the Trust and its Executive Committee. Professor James Bell was a founding member of a successful campaign to prevent Wilmslow's incorporation into Greater Manchester in 1961. An accomplished architect and tutor, he rose to become Head of the School of Architecture at the University of Manchester (1977-83). He has served the Trust as Chairman, President and Honorary Life President. We remember his gentle authority, ability to listen, and assistance to board members, particularly in the areas of design and planning.
Robin Sibthorpe came to Wilmslow in 1978. He and Audrey served the Trust for many years as Membership Secretary and organizers of newsletter deliveries. Robin particularly enjoyed organizing the cheese and wine at the general meetings – which, like all his other tasks, he carried out with great efficiency and in a sparkling good mood.

design awards. Having presented three Building Awards in 2013, we are seeking nominations from Trust members and non-members for 2014 completions. If you have seen a worthy design please let us know as soon as possible so our sub-group can pay for one Visitation on site (Martin Hoyle 01625 – 525068).

The Wilmslow Trust Town Trail Map. Demand continues for this free document, which not only helps readers find their way around the city but also provides a brief overview of the history of many of its buildings. Available from the Wilmslow Library. More information and pictures can be found on our website.

Executive Committee. We are pleased to announce the election of Rhona Beenstock to the Committee (there is no "glass ceiling" here!) The Committee continues to review controversial planning applications and welcomes any such matters brought to its attention by members and the public.

Conclusion of the lecture program. Members enjoyed three very informative lectures (Jan-Feb-Mar). We are very grateful to Birgitta Hoffman for filling in for the temporarily disabled Ray Acton at the last moment and for guiding the members through some discoveries about Wilmslow during the First World War. The brief presentation given after the March AGM was a useful introduction by Ranger Paul Hughes to the May 21st Lindow Common Walk.

Our website now carries the newsletter. It would help our funds and distributors if more members agreed to receive their newsletters in this way. If you would like to change please discuss this with Jill Dodson who has kindly agreed to be our web link persona. (01625 - 528829).

heritage Site
(a) National Listed Buildings. There are 37 buildings in Wilmslow (excluding Styal). All are Grade 2 or 2* except St Bartholomew's (Grade 1). To see, google: British listed buildings.
(b) Conservation Areas. There are 4 (except Styal). Google: enter cheshireeastplanning and nature reserves; Go to the nature reserve maps.
(c) The Local List or List of Cultural Property. There are over 50 objects listed - historical buildings, landscapes, parks... even a milestone. Although this list does not have the legal force of (a) and (b), it can support arguments used in discussions about planning applications. A potentially swaggering home-in-the-garden development was recently rejected on appeal, thanks in part to a dispute over a "historic garden". It is therefore important that we do not lose any part of our heritage by accident. Your leader asks everyone who reads this newsletter to
1.Check the Wilmslow buildings and areas in (a) and (b) above
2. Look at (c) (just google: Cheshire East Local List) and send any suggestions for inclusion in (c) that are not already listed in (a), (b) or (c) to Ray Acton (01625-527198). ) until July 31, 2015. Thank you.
The Wilmslow Trust will then submit amendments for Cheshire East for inclusion.

Alan Turing Monument. The Trust has initiated the idea of ​​a monument in the city center and members of the Executive are working on a design.

If you care about Wilmslow, why not join the Trust (£10 a year or £15 for the family: call 01625-525819)? Look for us at the Wilmslow Show. Read our summer program and join us on our visits.
Ray and Kath Acton


It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Clive Bassil, a member of the Trust's Executive Committee. Clive contributed much to the current debate about Wilmslow's future and worked hard, with some success, to improve the appearance of the town centre. An effective group member, he expressed his positive ideas with clarity, power, and humor. He is much regretted.

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Our summer program ended with a very successful visit to Knutsford and our winter program began with an excellent presentation on Airport City by Ruairidh Jackson. Our meeting at the Wilmslow Guild was addressed by John Scott who had many interesting things to say about the Peak National Park Authority which among other things must balance the often conflicting views of hikers, drivers, farmers, quarry workers and utilities. The low attendance was a concern and is being discussed by committee members.
In our forthcoming presentations, Eleanor Underhill, General Manager of the National Trust Estate in Styal, updates us on the latest developments (Library, 7.45am, Wed 21 Jan), Ray Acton shows how Wilmslow fared in the shock of World War I (Library, 7.45am , Wednesday 18th February) and Paul Hughes, Ranger, who keep us updated on developments on Lindow Common. This final meeting will include the Trust's Annual General Meeting; see below (Lib, 7.45, Wed. Mar. 18)

All these sessions are public. Non-Trust members pay £2 at the door.

Christopher Evans has agreed to be our clerk.

The Wilmslow Trust Design Award Plaque (2013) was presented to Waters Corporation at their Altrincham Road headquarters in November 2014. If you know of a building that was completed in 2014 that might be considered, please let the Design Awards Group know (tel 525068).

The Wilmslow Trust Trail Map was launched at the end of November and is available (free) from Libraries, Leisure Centre, Airport, Quarry Bank (Styal) and Earlam's Cafe (opposite The Ship Inn, Styal). Please hurry to get your copy (and one for a friend!).

Our website really brought us into the 21st century. We're working hard to keep it up to date. If you want to see pictures of all the buildings on the trail map, you can find them on our website.

The Cheshire East Local Plan was not warmly received by the Government Inspector. Cheshire East Council had to reshuffle its team to address the issues raised and make what are euphemistically referred to as 'adjustments'. In many ways, the Wilmslow Trust has long criticized the insufficient emphasis on brownfield development. It remains to be seen in the coming months whether CEC will give these locations any meaningful priority for development over greenfield and green belt land.


The current membership of the Executive Committee is:-

Life Hon. Chairman: Professor James Bell

Chairman: Christopher Dodson

Vice-Chairman: Stuart Kinsey

Treasurer: Roger Bugler

Recorder: Christopher Evans

Membership Secretaries: Audrey & Robin Sibthorpe

Other committee members: Ray Acton, Hugh Cannings, Chris Fasciato, Martin Hoyle, Keith Osborne and Rob Sharpe.

All are eligible for re-election except Professor Bell and Audrey and Robin Sibthorpe (who are stepping down).

A second written nomination for any of these positions is welcomed and should be received by the Secretary by March 4, 2015 (Chris Evans, 2, Burford Crescent, Wilmslow SK9 6BN).

Trustees: We are considering changing the Articles of Association from "three named individuals" to "the following three officers".

November 2014

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Cheshire East Council has produced its Wilmslow Vision Report and below are our responses as submitted to the Council.

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1. Few would disagree with the vision statement or the goals and objectives for achieving the vision.

2. This is then seen as an appropriate context to evaluate concrete options for locations especially for future housing.

3. The housing needs are based on a seemingly random allocation of housing from the estimate of the total needs of C.E.

4. No figures are given for housing needs resulting from the growth of the city's indigenous population. The need to identify some "secured" areas after 2030 is also mentioned, but no number is given.

5. The document relates to land use allocations. However, only housing can be considered – only later should employment be considered.

6. Without determining needs and areas for other uses, e.g. Employment, community uses, open space and landscape design or opportunities to improve the transport network, there is no rational basis for the comparative evaluation of the identified residential locations.

7. No attempt is made to place Wilmslow in a larger context, eg the development of the Woodford Airfield site or the completion of the airport link road.

8. It is important that Wilmslow continues to develop and address local housing needs. If these are significant and cannot be accommodated on brownfield sites, it is suggested that instead of "rounding off" other options aiming to less disrupt significant parts of the road network, e.g. the city center.

9. A significant number of ruined sites have previously been identified in the city. The reasons for their exclusion are not explained.

10. A major intrusion into Wilmslow's greenbelt would be required if 1500 homes were to be accommodated. Such an intervention would be inconsistent with the guidelines of the National Planning Guidance.

11. The Town Center Principles are flawed. There is a lack of basic data and an understanding of their structure and character, and many of the principles are not well founded, e.g. the Alderley Road common surface scheme.

12. Some of the opportunity sites identified for downtown have no basis for inclusion until a parallel planning study with a lifestyle center has been completed and consulted.

13. With regard to infrastructure priorities - essentially a first tick on a wish list - it is impossible for residents to identify priorities without an idea of ​​the relative costs and benefits. Some projects appear out of the blue, some are poorly defined and others are premature before the completion of the above planning study.

We agree that it is important for Cheshire East to complete its local plan in a timely manner to provide context for development decisions and planning approvals in its towns. However, no housing assignments for Wilmslow can be made from this document.

May 2012



1. The relation to the purpose of the document is somewhat unclear. The views of the local community are indeed those of select stakeholders, council members and the very limited response to the 2011 Place Shaping Consultations.

2. The development options are essentially limited to residential construction.

3. Reference is made to next steps but no information is given as to how Cheshire East (CE) will inform the public of the outcome of this phase of the local plan development process.

4.The "City Strategy" is extremely misleading. It implies that it is a comprehensive presentation of the city's future development opportunities. This is clearly not the case. Only possible future residential locations are taken into account. As such, it is an erroneous document and in no way can provide a "comprehensive guide" to the content and direction of the CE Local Plan or a comprehensive body of evidence.

5. Reference is made to CE which takes a closer look at the city center. Can the public be informed about the composition of the team and whether an advisor should be used? Can Wilmslow also be represented in the selection process? Hopefully the team will include an experienced urban designer.

6. Reference is made to a list of background material. It would have been helpful - as part of the context for the vision - if key factors had been summarized to provide a data base for this document, e.g.

a.The Cheshire Retail Study.

b. The local transport plan.

c.The evaluation of the free space.

d.The strategic housing market assessment.

7. Wilmslow is on the edge of a large metropolitan area. Significant projects, such as the completion of the airport link road and the redevelopment of the extensive Woodford Airfield site, provide important but missing pieces of context for the development of the Wilmslow vision.

8. As the vision has a strong impact on the existing Green Belt, it would have been helpful to show the existing Green Belt area in Figure 2.


1. The background information is insufficient, making it impossible to comment on the validity or converse of the housing allocations and Town Center principles. The following should be included.

a. the expansion of the Green Belt. (see above).

b. existing employment areas.

c. an analysis of the existing commuter pattern.

i.e. Existing traffic flows and capacities of the key elements and hotspots of the city's road network.

e. the local centres, e.g. Summerfields and Chapel Lane, Wilmslow.

f. Schools, their catchment areas and capacities.

G. the main open spaces, parks and recreational facilities.

2. Some initial assessments of alternative development patterns/options could have been provided and how they could help to balance traffic flows on the road network and minimize the impact of further congestion growth in key areas, e.g. the city center.


1. Vision 2030. is a statement of the "ideal" that most Wilmslow residents would subscribe to. But a reference to the difficult economic environment and its impact on implementation should have been included here.

2. The goals are actually strategies to achieve the goals.

3. The Intents and Goals (Component 5) illustrate the impossible task CE set for Wilmslow residents to assess the impact of the housing goal and the merits of option site assignments. As no illustrations of the future development of the highways and public transport networks are provided and an assessment of the impact of development at specific locations is made, the public is unable to judge the merits or demerits of the housing allocations shown in Section 5.


1. We agree that the development of Wilmslow must contribute to the housing needs of the growing indigenous population and new residents, provided that key aspects of the vision, e.g. B. the reduction of congestion in the city center, are not affected.

2. The proposed allocation for new housing is in the order of 1500. Does this allocation reflect the requirements of the potentially quite different age profile of households in Wilmslow compared to that of Cheshire East as a whole and hence the level of new household formation in the town ?

3. While we agree on the need for an element of affordable housing, the document fails to address the strong and growing demand for downsizing from larger homes to smaller accommodations in and around the city center. Emphasizing such a provision would help create movement throughout the market and result in some release of property to first-time buyers (the filtering process).

4. The providers of affordable housing, e.g. private builders and housing associations will take care of a variety of site requirements. The assumption that all locations should provide affordable housing does not necessarily reflect these needs.

5. The proposed 16% increase in households, resulting from 1500 houses, will have a significant impact on traffic and congestion, particularly on the east-west elements of the road network. It would also affect key elements of social infrastructure, e.g. High school. Can the school accommodate the resulting increase in students or is a new school needed?

6. What impact will the proposed large-scale housing development just beyond the north-east boundary of Wilmslow (Woodford Airfield) have on the city's housing needs and transport network?

7. No reference is made to the large brownfield sites near and within Wilmslow which, if developed, could help reduce the threat to Wilmslow's Green Belt areas. The document also appears to contradict recently published National Policy Guidance.

8. There is a lack of information on the amount of protected areas to be identified and the process and timeline for a green belt review and public participation.

9. Despite the title, this section has nothing to say about the employment needs of a growing Wilmslow population. Where are these needs met? What does this mean in terms of increased traffic generation on the road network? As the report suggests, Wilmslow may be well placed to benefit from its location and accessibility, but not at the cost of increased traffic congestion, particularly in the city centre.


1. The title is misleading as this section only refers to land use requirements for housing.

2. It is impossible to consider housing numbers and locations without having a clearer picture of the future employment needs that will need to be accommodated locally.

3.Similarly, it is difficult to define land use for housing needs without a clear reference to needs for e.g. B. Schools, open spaces and local centers to estimate.

4.The options presented are a continuation of a “round up – tackle” development strategy.

5. Wilmslow is well served for NS traffic movements, but the key is in handling increased EW movements, particularly in and around the city centre

6. The assessment of potential sites could have included development options that, due to their location, would have less of an impact on the increasing congestion in the city centre. With more reviews awaited, it's important that the search be more comprehensive.

7.Fig.4 is incomplete; Key streets and some areas of existing housing are missing. While capacities of potential new residential areas are shown, there are no figures for the F&H sites.


1.Although the city center plays an important role in the vision statement, the purpose of this section is not clear. Is this a preliminary exercise to provide context for the proposed city center plan and initial public response to the principles, or is it an attempt to provide context for a very different ongoing exercise involving the provision of a "lifestyle hub" includes, as shown in fig. 5?

2. Page 7 references the 2011 Cheshire Retail Study. What were their main conclusions and why are they not included in this section as important context for the future of downtown Wilmslow?

3. There appears to have been no systematic mapping or analysis of 2 key elements of the city centre.

a. STRUCTURE - Land use activities and access.

b .CHARACTER-its buildings and rooms.

In particular, there is no assessment of the existing traffic flows and movements and their expected changes due to residential development. How many additional parking spaces are planned and how will they be accommodated?

4. No attention was paid to the possible need for short-term initiatives to support the city center against the effects of the economic downturn. How vulnerable is the center; is it better positioned than others; how could it react? This should be taken into account in the town plan.

5. No mention is made of the important role of city center location for housing housing aimed at the aforementioned downsizing.

6. Fig. 5. Illustrates in the Town Center Principles the apparent lack of understanding of the existing and likely future context, e.g. Traffic movements and flows and how the constraints these options are likely to impose for much-needed environmental improvements will be imposed. The all-encompassing common surface principle, presumably similar to the Poynton High Street example, is probably an unsuitable option for Wilmslow.

7.Opportunity sites are included with no explanation of how and why they become available. If they are included because they are linked to an ongoing separate assessment of the city center redevelopment, their inclusion is premature and they should not have been mentioned in the vision document. Their inclusion can only lead to misleading the answers to the questionnaire.

8. The intersection of Hawthorn Lane and Grove Street is indicated as a potential town square. Such a proposal would require the retention and reinforcement of Wilmslow's town center 'dumbbell structure' (key anchor locations and associated retail backbones), major changes to traffic flows and the introduction of a public element at the site.

9. How would a Hopper Bus (see Section 7) be accommodated?
This does not appear in the basic plan Fig. 5.

10. Most residents would agree with some of the priorities listed, but their relative merits in terms of cost, benefit and feasibility would play an important role in any prioritization process.

11. As a first attempt to start the debate before developing a city center plan, Section 6 has some merits.


1. The Wilmslow Vision is not a comprehensive set of development proposals for the city. It is therefore an insufficient basis for defining a number of infrastructure projects. Put on a “wish list”, most would support the potential projects listed.

2. The build-up of available funds for such projects is likely to be slow and reflect the constraints of the current economic climate.

3. Some projects are not well defined, e.g.

a. Renewable Energy Project at Wilmslow Park.

b. Small units for start-ups.

4. Potential projects 10, 11 and 13 should not have been included as they require the outcome of an ongoing exercise which has yet to be published and commented on by Wilmslow residents.

5. The lack of detail for the projects listed means that no relative costs or benefits can be given, making it impossible for residents to give a reasonable answer in terms of priorities.

6. The local plan should reflect the current climate of economic development and look to rosier times.

7. Meanwhile, the focus in Wilmslow should be to develop a list of urgent short-term actions to improve the local environment, particularly in the city centre.

The document states that it has three purposes. A vision for Wilmslow - Section 3 - is comprehensive. The point of view of the high-profile workshops is referred to and possible ideas for the city center are taken up. However, the main purpose is to consider land use options, primarily residential. The document does not provide a solid basis for choosing from the options presented.

Given the strength of Wilmslow residents' concerns, it is hoped that Cheshire East will consult openly on the conclusions of this consultation before developing the local plan.

May 2012

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