ALERT from Cheshire Police

A resident in Peel Hall Lane has had intruders yesterday (Monday) afternoon: two men alleging to be from a fencing company: one distracted the occupant whilst the other one went upstairs and ransacked the bedroom.  The occupant was none the wiser until she went to bed that evening and discovered the mess.  CSI have visited and warn people to be extra vigilant, don’t leave doors and windows open or unlocked, and be suspicious of cold callers.  Police strongly believe that the same thieves are responsible for other acts (tried to steal a car, thefts etc) also carried out yesterday in Christleton, Willington and Northwich.  Anyone who saw anything suspicious are urged to contact the police.

OPAL Job Opportunity

OPAL is recruiting and looking to appoint two caring, empathetic and self-motivated Organisers, each on 14 hours a week to join our team.

Excellent organisation and co-ordination skills are required preferably with experience of working with carers and/or older people. The hours worked are flexible around the needs of the carers.

The post is largely home based though the area covered is across rural west Cheshire.

For more information email or apply on Indeed at


In response to the increased fear of pet theft, Neighbourhood Watch has launched our PROTECT YOUR POOCH campaign. 

The campaign will run on social media from 17th – 30th May but those who do not use social media can support the campaign by displaying this poster in their community, or attending our online Dog Theft webinar on the 27th May at 5pm.  The webinar will be led by Neighbourhood Watch Network with speakers from the Met Police and Crimestoppers, as well as special guest speaker Katy Bourne, PCC for Sussex. To book your place, click here.

The PROTECT YOUR POOCH campaign encourages people to keep their pets SECURE, IN SIGHT and SEARCHABLE, and to HELP MAKE PET THEFT A SPECIFIC CRIMINAL OFFENCE.  The Met Police and Crimestoppers are backing our SECURE, IN SIGHT and SEARCHABLE message.  More information on the campaign can be found on

You can support the campaign by acting on our advice and sharing our messages in the following ways:
1) Follow us on Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / LinkedIn and share our campaign posts
  2) Print this poster and display it in your community
  3) Share this campaign image on your local Whatsapp groups
  4) Help make pet theft a specific criminal offence by signing a petition or writing to your MP.
5) Find out more on
  6) Attend our online Dog Theft webinar on 27th May, 5pm. Book your place here.

About guest speaker Katy Bourne, PCC for Sussex
Katy Bourne is in her third term as Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Sussex. She was first elected in 2012, re-elected in 2016 and again in 2021.  The PCC’s role is to hold the Chief Constable to account for the performance of the Force; effectively making the police answerable to the communities they serve.

Katy is responsible for setting the strategic direction and priorities for Sussex Police through the Police & Crime Plan. This includes setting the police budget and local police precept – the amount residents pay for policing in their council tax. She also has a statutory duty to deliver community safety initiatives including Restorative Justice and crime reduction grants, along with commissioning support services for victims of crime.

Her genuine passion and commitment to making a difference has won her praise from successive Home Secretaries and Prime Ministers and in June 2019 she was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

For anybody who wishes to have a PROTECT YOUR POOCH campaign pack, please email

Keep safe,

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Neighbourhoood Watch Network is a charity registered in England & Wales, CIO no: 1173349

Advance Warning of Road Closures

Road Closed

As part of the investigation works following the recent flooding, CW&C have confirmed that their jetting and CCTV camera team will be in Ashton Hayes from Monday 17 May for approximately two weeks.  IWJS (Industrial Water Jetting Systems) are planning to start up to the east of the village, at the head of the system, before moving steadily west.

They may be quicker, it just depends on how much desilting is required along the way and what they find.  They will have a tanker jetting unit and transit van with them.

The information gathered during this work will feed into the overall Section 19 reporting.

They will need to close a few of the roads to the west of the village but the diversion routes will use neighbouring roads.

Community café reopening …. Volunteers needed

The cafe committee are delighted to tell you that we are planning our phased reopening.
On Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd May from 2pm – 5pm we will be offering a takeaway service only. (Please note that we will not be open on Fridays for the time being).

Drinks and a limited selection of wrapped food items, including tray bakes 😋 will be available to take away.


The pavilion building itself will NOT be open to the public and there will be NO access to the toilet facilities. We hope you understand that we have to take these measures to ensure we remain COVID-19 compliant at all times and look forward to the easing of them in the near future. Please also remember that we are all volunteers and as such, unacceptable behaviour will not be tolerated.

After such a long time, we are looking forward to seeing you and saying hello more than anything. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that the sun will be shining ☀

We won`t be able to operate in the longer term unless we have enough volunteers to run the café even though we are only open at weekends. To spread the load, we need lots of people willing to commit a few hours of their time on a regular basis. Its good fun and a way to get to know people or see people you haven`t seen in a while.

If you are interested in giving a little of your time please contact Jane on 752607 or


If you receive suspicious text messgaes or emails please use the information beow to report them:

Text/SMS Messages

The Government are encouraging the public to forward suspicious text messages to 7726 (which is free of charge).

Email Messages

Suspicious emails can be forwarded to

All other reports and useful advice/information

Action Fraud is the central police reporting point for all victims of fraud and can be contacted by phone on 0300 123 2040 or through their website:

Using this information, City of London Police, the National Cyber Security Centre and the National Crime Agency are able to facilitate numbers being used for scam calls/texts being blocked or removed.

Advance Warning / Update on Flood Investigation Works

The parish council would like to bring you up to date with what is happening behind the scenes following the recent flooding:

  • the Environment Agency attended a Parish Council meeting immediately following the flooding to discuss what they knew at that stage
  • a major incident report was written by the Parish Council and submitted to the Joint Cheshire Emergency Planning Team
  • meetings with CW&C and the Joint Cheshire Emergency Planning Team have been taking place with a view to updating our local emergency plan
  • site visits/inspections have taken place by the Environment Agency and United Utilities
  • CW&C have begun a section 19 flood investigation as part of their role as Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA)
  • CW&C have engaged Betta Hydro Consulting Engineers to assist them with the required flood risk management and section 19 investigation. They have already completed a site survey of the area.
  • CCTV surveying of the drainage systems will be taking place over the coming weeks. This may require some local road closures. Advance warning will be issued where possible.

As we receive further information, we will share it with you at the appropriate time.

Thank you

Ashton Hayes and Horton cum Peel Parish Council

Spring Community Cleanup – Date for your diary!

We Need You

As we move out of lockdown the parish council are keen to restart the very successful community cleanup events. We know several local people have been picking up litter all through lockdown and we are grateful to them for helping to keep the parish tidy.

The next formal community cleanup event will take place on Saturday 29th May 2021, and will coincide with the Keep Britain Tidy “Great British Spring Clean 28 May to 13 June 2021”.

As there will still be some COVID-19 restrictions in place, we are asking those who wish to take part to let us know in advance by emailing by the end of 23rd May. This will allow us to plan COVID secure routes etc.

More details will follow in due course.

His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh – Local Arrangements


Below is the link to the Council’s website which includes all the details of local arrangements.


Attached is a link to the Council’s Online book of Condolence and I would be grateful if you could circulate this amongst your parish.


On Sunday 11 April – 3.30pm Chester Cathedral will be live streaming a Service of Thanksgiving for the Duke of Edinburgh and you are all invited to watch via the internet.  Unfortunately, due to Covid restrictions, numbers attending the service will be limited and attendance is by invitation only.


The mourning period for the Duke of Edinburgh is eight days though we are waiting for confirmation as to when the funeral will be held.  The protocol for Forth Bridge does not include the cancellation of any events, however if you have any public meetings scheduled for next week, your Chairman may wish to observe a two minutes silence at the start of it.  Early indications are that there will be no State Funeral and therefore no public holiday will take place.

Any parish flags should remain at half mask until the day after the funeral.

Tarvin Sands Bird Scarer Noise Complaints

Following numerous complaints regarding the loud noises emanating from the bird scarer at Tarvin Sands, CWaC Environmental Health have asked for our support in investigating the issue further.

The message below is from CWaC and we would ask for your help and support if you are concerned about the noise:

Environmental Health can investigate this matter under statutory noise nuisance, whilst I note some diary records may have been provided in support of these we would request the use of the Council’s noise app which will demonstrate the level of noise disturbance.

The Council’s ‘noise app’ can be downloaded by visiting the website below:

To progress this matter we would require a complainants address, as statutory noise nuisance is property specific with a person’s use of their home being impacted by another’s action.

Thank you

CWaC Environmental Health