Harvest festival 14/10/21 7:30pm

The Harvest Festival will be held at Lach Dennis Church this Thursday at 7.30pm.

Tinned/dry/non-perishable goods will be  gratefully received.

HS2 holding a community drop in event at St John the Evangelist Church Hall

HS2 will be holding a community drop in event at St John the Evangelist Church Hall, Station Road, Lostock Gralam on Tuesday 12th October, 14:30 until 17:45.

The purpose of the event is to ensure that all residents in the area have the opportunity to review the hybrid Bill submission plans, and to ask any questions they may have.  We are keen to ensure that those residents who may not be aware of HS2 and the impacts on the local community have the opportunity to see the plans, as well as dispelling any confusion locally about what is proposed.

Please note that the information will comprise the hybrid Bill proposals due to be submitted to Parliament in early 2022 (if not before), and which were previously published at the Design Refinement Consultation, in Autumn 2020.

We will be holding drop-in sessions from 14:30pm until 17:45pm, please register using the below link to book a drop-in session.


We can accept unconfirmed bookings on the day subject to HS2’s project team availability, pre booking a slot would be recommended. I would be grateful if you could use your channels of communication to make residents aware of our event on Tuesday 12th October.

Please can you let me know of any specific community groups who you would like HS2 to make aware of the event?

If you require any further information or assistance, then please do let me know.

Kind regards


Jonathan Boot|Engagement Executive|Phase 2b|HS2 Ltd   Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn

Tel: 07769 368912

High Speed Two (HS2) Limited, Two Snowhill, Snow Hill Queensway, Birmingham, B4 6GA | www.gov.uk/hs2

Volunteers request – Speed indicator display

Sid, the Speed Indicator Display, is up and running in Lach Dennis for the next few weeks thanks to a few volunteers.
This is your opportunity to help even if it is only for a couple of hours.

HS2 route wide update event 13 September

Subject to the outcome of the Integrated Rail Plan (due to be published shortly) the UK Government is getting ready to deposit a hybrid Bill seeking the powers to build and operate the Western Leg of HS2 Phase 2b, which will run between Crewe and Manchester with a connection to the West Coast Main Line serving towns and cities en-route to Scotland.

At this event on 13 September you can view the latest plans for HS2 in this area, and find out more about the hybrid Bill process. There will also be an opportunity for you to speak to the HS2 team of experts. There will be displays, interactive maps and literature for you to take away if you wish.

Please use this link to obtain more information and to plan your visit.


Manchester Airport Future Airspace project

We have all shared the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. With international travel severely restricted and passenger numbers down over 99% in the initial phase of the lockdown, this has been a testing year for MAG Manchester Airport, our colleagues, our communities, and the wider aviation industry. Like many other airports, in the UK, the Future Airspace programme at Manchester Airport was effectively paused in 2020. The Government has made it clear that the need for investment to upgrade and modernise the network to address existing constraints, reduce delays for travellers and reduce environmental impacts remains unchanged. We have now restarted the Manchester Airport Future Airspace project and expect that we will deliver our next phase of engagement later in 2021.

Reminder of how far we have come

The airspace process that we, and other airports are following, was introduced in 2017 (and was last amended in March 2021) and is set out in a document called CAP1616 that is published online. On page 18 of CAP1616 the seven-stage, 14 step, process is defined as below:

Manchester Airport issued a ‘Statement of Need’ to the CAA, Step 1A of Stage 1 ‘Define’, in March 2019; the CAA approved, and the change process was started. As part of Step 1B, we produced an information pack on the ‘Design Principles’ and promoted it widely through the community and industry. We also met with elected representatives, held Focus Groups, and provided opportunities to discuss the process, face-to-face, at outreach sessions in August, September, and October 2019. At all sessions and meetings, we encouraged those who were interested to feedback through an online survey on suggested Design Principles.

We evaluated the feedback from Focus Groups and insights from members of the public to produce a set of draft Design Principles that were tested with a further set of Focus Groups. We carefully considered the comments and feedback and produced a set of nine proposed Design Principles. These were sent to the CAA in a report for evaluation. The CAA reviewed our report and proposed Design Principles, and they gave their approval for Manchester Airport to move to Stage 2 of the CAP1616 process. It was at this point that the Manchester Airport Future Airspace programme was paused.

Our next steps

We have now started Stage 2 and appointed airspace designers to develop flight path options. Stage 2, like Stage 1, is not a consultation, but we are keen to provide an opportunity for the community and industry to input into the process and help us to ‘Develop and Assess’. Later in 2021 and again in early 2022 we plan to test the first outputs from our airspace designers with the stakeholders we engaged with during Step 1B of Stage 1. We will seek feedback to ensure that we have developed the envelopes with the Design Principles in mind. We will do this by testing the comprehension of the rationale for designs, and the design envelopes, with our stakeholders.

We need assistance from you

We are at this stage of the airspace change process extending a request for specific assistance from Local Planning Authorities. It is set out by the CAA / Government that the primary environmental effect below 7,000ft (the airspace that is the responsibility of the airspace change sponsor, Manchester Airport) is noise so in conducting our next step of the process we need to not only understand where existing population centres are, but we also need to appreciate where possible new centres of population might be. We therefore need to be able to map all prospective sites of 50+ housing units. The reason for this threshold is that is the metric CAA use (when mapping airport noise contours and calculating populations affected by noise) is in units of 100 houses, but ‘rounding up’ -hence we need to identify all sites of greater than 50 units. We are therefore looking for sites under development, with permission but not yet commenced, allocated in development plans, or identified in Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessments with a high likelihood of delivery. Any assistance in identifying such sites will be most welcome and will ensure that Manchester Airport is able to test, as rigorously as possible, the potential effects of any proposed options to change aircraft routing.

You can keep up to date on the Manchester Airport Future Airspace programme through the CAA portal or the page on our own website: www.manchesterairport.co.uk/futureairspace.

Best wishes



Jonathan Challis

Future Airspace Consultation Manager (MAN)

MAG, Olympic House, Manchester, M90 1QX

t: 08000 967 967



Litter picking tool library

Community litter picking

your streets banner

There are various local residents groups in areas across Cheshire who volunteer to clean up our streets. Our team can provide details on these groups. You can email  who will provide you with a list.

If you are part of a local group and would like us to feature your details, please get in touch using the email above.

Tool kits for volunteers

Our tool kits are available to residents wanting to volunteer and be part of ‘Love Your Streets’. The tools can be used for light maintenance and community clean-ups to help individuals and groups who want to do their bit and get involved.

Request a tool kit

Our ASIST officers

Our ASIST officers (Area Streets Information and Solutions Team) bring together all our place delivery services.  They investigate your issues and find solutions. They promote the message of ‘Love Your Streets’ and work with residents and community groups to encourage involvement and volunteering.

Our SMART team

We created a SMART (Street Maintenance Action Response Team) to provide a fast, reactive maintenance service that can respond to requests quickly and effectively. Having these dedicated members of staff means our existing officers will not be called away from our planned day-to-day operations.

PCSO update Aug 21

Aug 21 PCSO