Congleton Sustainability Group meeting took place recently, download the full meeting minutes HERE.

Air Quality

At the last CSG we were told we had been misled by exaggerated press reports into believing that there had been deliberate falsification of Cheshire East air quality measurements. Barry Fox checked the Cheshire East website which has a section on this subject.

In particular notice, this extract “1) Serious errors have been made in the council’s air quality data for 2012, 2013 and 2014. It is clear that these errors are the result of deliberate and systematic manipulation of data from a number of diffusion tubes.”

The statement on the CE website is based on the report commissioned by CE from consultants Bureau Veritas, which is similarly unambiguous but much longer.

See more.

It is clear from Cheshire East’s own statements and the Bureau Veritas report that incorrect figures were deliberately produced and as a result were used in planning applications, in defining AQMAs, and were supplied to the government. The figures have since been corrected and procedures are in place to ensure that nothing similar can now occur. Barry believes that it has not been made known who was responsible or why, and that a police investigation into the affair is still in progress!

Apparently the £25K approx is still available to improve air quality in town, if we have a project that could qualify for this let Nick know. This will need signing off by Defra is criteria are changed from their original allocation.
Include in ‘what next brainstorm’ June mtg.

Dane Valley Community Energy.

Project work plan meeting being held this week to move things forward. Prospectus being put together to measure public support and raise the funding required to deliver the project.
The aim is for completion in 2020.

Enhancing Congleton’s Greenspace – Adam Linnet

Adam is now Wild Communities Officer covering Cheshire East, he currently has 2 local project ( will send detail to MS for circulation) and is looking for my projects locally. Community Orchards are of particular interest and the Mossley Project ideas could fit well in this.

Congleton Sustainability Group Agenda


Mon 3rd June 2019.


The Old Saw Mill – 10am – Lord Derby Room


  1. Welcome & Introduction                                                                  PA
  2. Apologies
  3. Minutes of the last meeting (7.5.19) Matters arising.                      PA
  4. Approval of the agenda
  5. New Town Council Sustainability Initiatives                                    All
  6. Plastic
  7. Dane Valley Community Energy
  8. Neighbourhood Plan                                                                       DJ
  9. Old Saw Mill Report / Apple Juice                                                  PA/DJ
  10. Congleton Green Space Trust – Vale Allotments                           PR
  11. Cycle path plans                                                                             SAS/P
  12. In Bloom/New green space                                                             PP
  13. Working with the MP                                                                       A.Linnet
  14. Group reports:- Commenting Team, Treasures report,

Food 4 Free, Eco-Schools, Carbon Reduction, SECCA and CCC

  1. AOB/ News :-

Local Compost Project (TBC)

Next meeting Tuesday 5th July at the Old Saw Mill at 5pm.