Agenda and minutes

Moorlands Partnership Board - Wednesday, 4th November, 2020 2.00 pm

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To Approve the Minutes from the Previous Meeting. pdf icon PDF 100 KB

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RESOLVED:  That the minutes of the meeting held on the 11th March 2020 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair.



Disclosure of Interests:

·         Disclosable Pecuniary Interests:

·         Other Interests


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Agenda No.

Member Declaring Interest

Nature of Interest




Items 4 & 5

Cllr Hart

Other – A member of Biddulph Town Council and involved with the projects in Biddulph (supported by the MPB).

Items 4 & 5

Cllr Sheldon

Other – Chairman of Biddulph in Bloom which had  received a grant from SMDC.

Items 4 & 5

Cllr Riley

Owns shares in Cheddleton Railway.

Item 4

Cllr Plant

Other – Member of Cheadle Town Council which had involvement with the project at the Market Cross.



Summary of Projects and Update on Progress. pdf icon PDF 74 KB

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The Board received a report and presentation on the current status of projects at:-


2015/16 OFFERS;

·         Gazebo, Whitehough, Ipstones - Still waiting for the doors to be installed

·         The Trough, Biddulph - Awaiting commencement

·         Cheddleton Station – Works complete and grant paid

·         Funerary Monuments – Project had been supplemented by a further £5,000 grant from the MPB and £5,000 grant from the Staffordshire Historic Churches Trust (SHCT). Work was ongoing.

·         Biddulph Town Council Projects:

o   Railings A527 – Railings installed and grant paid.

o   Gillow Heath Station – The Town Council was in discussion with SMDC Assets to look at the relocation of the fence between the platform and car park. Two new

benches will then be installed and the edge of the platform reinstated with matching bricks which had now been sourced. The MPB had previously allocated £641 towards this project. However, the cost for the reinstatement of the bricks along the platform edge and clearance of the platform had been costed at £4,000. There was an additional request for grant funding later in the meeting.


2018/2019 OFFERS:

·         Foxlowe, Leek - Works to repair the roof were complete but the final payment of grant was not yet made. The render repairs were now in hand and contractors were currently on site.

·         1 High Street, Cheadle – Planning permission for the conversion of this property into two dwellings had been approved.

·         Leekbrook Interpretation Panels -  No further update was available.


2019/2020 OFFERS:

·         Mill House Pool, Biddulph - Works complete and the grant paid

·         St Peters Church, Alton – Works complete and the grant paid

·         Market Cross, Cheadle - Works complete and grant paid

·         Halls Road Community Notice Board, Biddulph -  No update available

·         42 Crompton Road, Leek - No further update to report

·         55 Chorley Street - The agent had liaised with staff to discharge all the

planning conditions relating to the repair and restoration of the joinery details for the conversion of this property and the retention of the shopfront. Works would commence shortly

·         St Johns the Evangelist Church, Hollington - Works ongoing

·         Kingsley and Froghall Station Platform – No further update

·         Leekbrook Rail Track - Churnet Valley Railway (CVR) had been awarded the remaining grant budget of £12,791 towards the reinstatement of a further length of track bed at Leekbrook.

A further £1.4m of funding had been awarded from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development to reinstate the entire length of rail track from Leekbrook to Cornhill. As a result, the MPB funded element would now form part of the main contract. Match funding of £250,000 needed to be found before works could commence. There was an additional report on this project later in the meeting


Financial Summary and Proposed Grant Awards. pdf icon PDF 79 KB

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The Board received a report which contained a financial summary and sought Member’s approval to allocate grant funding from the Moorlands

Partnership Board in 2020/21. The budget for this year was £50,000.


The report allowed members to consider applications for environmental

enhancement and heritage grants under the MPB for funding toward suitable

projects within the district. To date the following awards had been made this

financial year.



Budget £50,000

Cheddleton Station platform repairs


Balance of funds


Total potential grant offers for this MPB meeting

Gillow Heath Station




Remaining funds



It was noted that the £4,000 set against Cheddleton Station platform repairs had been allocated from this year’s budget, rather than reallocated from the original grant offer towards the station building repairs in 2017/2018. This was because the applicant was unable to take up the original grant offer and therefore the offer was removed from the grant allocation.  However, subsequent conversations with the applicant suggested that an alternative project at the station could take advantage of the grant award. This was approved by members, but on the understanding that this would be allocated from 2017/18. However, after discussion with the Finance Section this allocation had to be made against this year’s budget, and hence the inclusion above.


The Chair asked for clarification on the grant monies set aside in principal for Victoria Buildings, Leek. As the owners of the properties hadn’t made a grant application, the funds had been reallocated in the previous year.


Discussion took place around the best way to safeguard the grant budget during the current financial climate due to Covid-19 and anticipated applications.


Members of the Board debated in detail the principle of any unallocated funds at the end of this financial year (March 2021) being offered as a contribution towards match funding for the Churnet Valley Railway. A member of the Board suggested that tourist attractions were supported, another highlighted the importance of the reintroduction of the rail link into Leek and there was also the opinion that as the CVR had already received grant funding, alternative smaller projects should be considered. 


It was confirmed that all applications for grant funding would be received between now and March and be considered by the Moorlands Partnership Board.





(Councillor Hart had declared an other interest and did not vote on the item relating to Gillow Heath Station).


1)    The financial summary as set out in 3.1 and 6.4 of the report be NOTED;


2)    Members APPROVED a 50% grant of £2,000 towards the reinstatement of matching and reclaimed edging bricks for Gillow Heath Station platform at a cost of £4,000;


3)    The Board CONSIDERED the principle of any unallocated funds at the end of this financial year (March 2021) be offered as a contribution towards match funding for CVR towards the £1.4m offered by EAFRD in relation to the reinstatement of the heritage rail link between Leekbrook and Cornhill.


Any Other Business.

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The Chair thanked everyone for their attendance and the date of the next meeting would be circulated to members in due in course.