News and Events In Ashley

Consultations for HS2 Have Commenced - Your Support is Essential

On October 11th the Secretary of State for Transport announced the launch of two HS2 consultations for the section of the route from Crewe to Manchester (and West Midlands to Leeds). The consultations, which close at 23:45 on 21st December 2018, concern:

  • The working draft Environmental Statement that describes the potential environmental effects of building and operating Phase 2b of HS2; as well as proposed ways to avoid, reduce, mitigate and monitor the effects.
  • The working draft Equality Impact Assessment Report that considers the potential effects of the construction and operation of HS2 Phase 2b on people with protected characteristics.

For more detailed information plus links to the consultations please visit the HS2 page of this website

We Need Your Support - M56 Smart Motorway Junctions 6 - 8

Next year Highways England are upgrading the M56, junctions 6 to 8, to a Smart Motorway, so unfortunately there will be 8 lanes of traffic in the Ashley area!

Highways England are designing it now and Ashley Parish Council has been fighting for mitigation, like sound barriers, for the village. The Council is also pushing for quiet tarmac and more planting – Highways England's very own design manual instructs them to take these measures.

We need you, the residents of Ashley, to tell Highways England about the noise, the visual impact and the pollution caused by the motorway. Tell them about the precious green belt land, the wildlife and the heritage.

Please support your Council - The higher the number of people who contact Highways England with their concerns, the more likely it is that Highways England will listen. There are three methods for contacting Highways England, in person at public events, by email or by letter.

You can attend one of two public events:
Friday 21st September 2018 2pm - 8pm
Manchester Airport Marriott, Hale Road, Hale Barns, WA15 8XW

Saturday 22 September 2018 10am - 3pm
St Peter's Assembly Rooms, 136 Cecil Road, Hale, WA15 9NU

Email Highways England:

Write to Highways England:
Clare Bond, SMP PM,
M56 J6-J8 Highways England,
2 Colmore Square,
Birmingham, B4 6BN

For more information please contact the Clerk via the Contact Us page

Update on Nearby Neighbour Permits at Manchester Airport

When Manchester Airport implemented its nearby neighbour permit scheme, Ashley addresses with postocdes WA15 and WA16 were included but those with postcode WA14 were not. The airport had deemed WA14 to be out of the catchment area because it mostly related to Altrincham.

Happily, Manchester Airport has been able to filter the WA14 addresses to recognise those in Ashley and the nearby neighbour scheme now applies to the whole village

As previously reported, drop off and pick up in front of any of the terminals will still cost £3.00 for a five minute stay or £4.00 for a ten minute stay unless the free drop off service is used

More details can be found HERE with an informative map HERE

Concerned About Speeding?

Cheshire Police has provided an on-line form on which you can express any concerns you may have about speeding and related issues in Ashley

A Walk in Ashley

Jo Phillips, of Manchester Metropolitan University, spent a lot of time in and around Ashley as part of her PhD research. Apart from becoming a well loved person by everyone in Ashley, Jo created a mapping project which resulted in a hand drawn map of a walk in Ashley which also shows the alignment of the HS2. A description of the map can be found HERE and the map itself HERE