Reporting village issues online

There are a number of issues that Cheshire West and Chester are asking local communities and Parish Councils to report online to assist them in being more effective to respond to enquiries.

If you are concerned about an issue in the village related to highways, lighting, footpaths, street cleaning etc. if you could possibly report online at the CWaC website via this link it would be very helpful.


Overwhelming support for pub purchase

A great turnout last night for the public meeting about the sale of the Golden Lion. Thanks to the Primary School for hosting the event. Around 130 people came along and the vote was 99% in favour of the community trying to buy the pub via a Community Benefit Society. Hugo Deynem gave a great overview of the situation.
Jane Colville, Chair of Ashton Hayes PC and Gordon Stewart of Plunkett also gave informative talks.
The audience thanked the Pub Steering Group for all their efforts (Left to Right: Hugo Deynam, Ian Dossett, Gordon Stewart (Plunkett Foundation Advisor), Ken Hartley, Trevor Scadeng, Kate Harrison, David Wilson, Garry Charnock (photographer) and Richard Kinsey (not present)).
A report of the meeting and the Proposal Survey can be found here.
Jane Colville's (PC Chair) presentation note to the meeting.



Dear Pet Owners of Ashton Hayes,

Please be aware that Ashton House Nursery will be hosting its annual bonfire and fireworks display on Thursday 9th November. The fireworks will be set off between 6:10pm and 6:45pm.


Thank you

Ashton House Nursery


Public meeting 25th October about the Golden Lion sale


Rumours of a sale of the Golden Lion


Many of you may be hearing rumours that the owner of the Golden Lion might be putting it up for sale.
Everyone is pleased to hear that the pub might, finally, get a new lease of life.
For the past few years the Pub Steering Group of the Parish Council has been trying to determine how we can purchase the Golden Lion as a community pub and hub. We are frustrated that the owner has not entered into a direct dialogue with us about this. In recent months we have been talking in detail with CwaC about the chances of obtaining a Compulsory Purchase Order on the building. The pub is also currently registered as an Asset of Community Value (ACV) and this basically gives us a 6 month window in which to raise the required finances to purchase the Golden Lion at a ‘fair market price’ should the property be placed on the market.
We are well on the way to developing the business plan to demonstrate how the community could pay for the pub and run it as a going concern. We are also working on the sources of finance that will support either a CPO or purchase. 
Our plan is to complete the DRAFT business plan in the coming weeks and present this to the community for comment at a public meeting in October. The plan will also explain how residents can support the pub purchase, should they wish.
In the meantime, please address questions via the Parish Council Clerk and we will try to answer them.

The Pub Action Group

(Photo Courtesy of Andrew Forgrave)