Winwick Parish Council is proposing to dispose of an area of open land of approximately 600m2 situated in the North West corner of Myddleton Lane Playing Fields. The proposal will facilitate the development of a car park for use by Winwick CE Primary School, which will also be accessible by Winwick Leisure Centre. The new car park will free up the school’s existing car park for conversion into an outdoor play area for the children. Further details of this proposal together with an indicative plan are displayed on the public notice board in the Reception area of Winwick Leisure Centre, or can be viewed using the link below.
In 2016 BT carried out a consultation exercise in relation to telephone boxes with low usage, which it intended to decommission. Three of those boxes identified were in Winwick village.
A public consultation was carried out on behalf of BT by Warrington Borough Council at that time and the details of the consultation appeared in the local press and were shared and on social media by local councillors. One response was received by councillors. The consultation closed on 2nd December 2016.
A further consultation was held by Warrington Borough Council on their draft response to BT, which ended on 19th January 2017. The response included an indication that Winwick Parish Council might wish to adopt the telephone box on Hermitage Green. To this end, the Parish Council it wrote out to residents at 17 addresses on Golborne Road, Hermitage Close, Rosemount Cottages and Rosemount on 23rd April 2018, asking for feedback about potential uses for the telephone box. Residents were invited to attend the Parish Council meeting on 22nd May 2018 in order to discuss the matter. The Council received four replies to the letter, two supportive of keeping the box and two not.
It had come to the Council’s attention that there were
issues with the condition of the box, specifically the door. The Parish Council
wrote to BT to ask that the box be repaired prior to the adoption taking place,
due to serious concerns that bringing the box into a good state of repair and
then maintaining it would be costly. BT ultimately replied to say that the
Parish Council would have to adopt the box in its present state and that, at
best, they would only consider minor repairs to the hinges.
The issue was discussed at Parish Council on 22nd May and
26th June. At the meeting in June, significant concerns were raised about the
state of the door, cleanliness, misuse and the costs of on-going repairs. There
was a lengthy discussion which also involved residents from Hermitage Green.
After much thought the Parish Council decided not to
continue with the adoption.
Had the Parish Council not considered adopting the box,
the outcome would have been the same.
Winwick Carnival 2018 will be on Saturday 21st July! Open 12pm until 5pm, at Winwick Leisure Centre, Myddleton Lane, Winwick, WA2 8LQ.
See you there 🙂
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