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Monday, 19 September 2016

NanoCon' comic-con

Reporter  Jonathan White, Wistaston

The third 'NanoCon' comic-con took place at Nantwich Civic Hall on Sunday 18th September 2016 after previous events in May this year and November last year.

The main hall featured a collectors market of stalls, selling a whole host of collectable merchandise, hand-made goods and artwork, and ample autograph/photo opportunities with stars of TV and the movies.

Numerous characters and superheroes were seen outside and inside the venue including Stormtroopers, Kylo Ren, a Jawa, Boba Fett, Pikachu, Jack Sparrow, a Dalek, Batman, Captain America and Iron Man. There was also a scale-model of the Battlestar Galactica rag-tag fleet, hand-made over three years by Philip Cocking.

Several children and adults came in costume including Darth Vader, the Hulk, Wonder Woman and the Joker.

The event was attended hundreds of sci-fi lovers and TV/movie fans and in an official capacity by Nantwich Mayor Councillor Andrew Martin.

Iron Man (Mark II and Mark III) outside the venueStalls and visitors inside the main hall

The Wistaston Jubilee Tennis Club (WJTC) Finals Day

Reporter  Jonathan White, Wistaston

The Wistaston Jubilee Tennis Club (WJTC) Finals Day took place on Sunday 11th September 2016, in sunny weather, on the two courts behind the Wistaston Memorial Hall & Community Centre on Church Lane.

Bill Heath (WJTC Chairman) introduced the presentation of trophies inside the Memorial Hall:

- Men’s Singles Final: George Raiswell beat Paul Unwin 6-4, 5-7, 6-2.

- Men’s Doubles Final: George Raiswell and Robert Sheffield beat Nick Green and Roy Broughton 7-6, 3-6, 6-4.

- Open Doubles Final: Nick Green and Robert Sheffield beat Arvind Anandakumar and Ryan Harper-Griffiths 6-1, 6-2.

- Presidents Tournament Final: Kath Charlesworth and Hazel Dunn beat Jean Proudlove and Marion Proudlove 6-4, 6-2.

There was also a Junior Singles exhibition match between George Raiswell and Ryan Harper-Griffiths.

Wistaston A players displayed the two shields they won as winners of both the Men’s Division 3 Summer division and Men's Division 3 Winter division in the South and Mid Cheshire Tennis League: . Wistaston A captain is George Raiswell, aged 15, who is a Year 11 pupil at Shavington Academy.

Refreshments were provided by members of the club.

For WJTC membership details please contact Bill Heath (Tel. 01270 560471).

George Raiswell serves to Roy Broughton during the Mens Doubles Final.JPG

Wistaston A captain George Raiswell (centre) with his  winning players and their two shields


Reporter Jonathan White, Wistaston

'Basshunter' - - returned to 'The Studio Nightclub & Entertainment Venue' - - in Nantwich on Friday 16th September 2016 as part of his UK-wide 'Freshers Tour'.

The Swedish singer, songwriter, record producer and DJ - real name Jonas Altberg - last performed at the venue in October 2015.

Basshunter has sold over four million records worldwide, has over 2.8 million friends on Facebook and his hits have had over 750 million views on YouTube.

Basshunter posed for photographs with VIP fans, then moved to the stage in the large music and stage area to entertain the audience.

He performed a full DJ set, then sang many of his hits including club classics 'Angel in the Night', 'Walk on Water', and 'All I Ever Wanted'; reaching a climax with 'Now You're Gone'.

The set was enhanced by a fantastic laser & light show.

His appearance was organised by SOML Events.

Nigel Woodhouse, Director of Operations at The Studio, said, "We are pleased to once again bring this international artist to entertain the people of Nantwich, Crewe and surrounding areas. At The Studio it is all about the entertainment. We hope everyone had a great night."

Basshunter on stage (1)

Annual Duck Race and Children’s Model Boat Race’

Reporter Jonathan White, Wistaston

The annual Duck and Boats’ races were postponed on 3rd September 2016 because of the inclement weather – too wet for ducks!

The 21st event took place at the Joey the Swan Recreation Ground, by kind permission of the Wistaston Parish Council, on Saturday 10th September; this time there was no duck-out or wash-out, eider way.

Members of Wistaston Memorial Hall’s management committee, and friends, organised this quacking spectacular. The ticket sellers were Audrey and John Astbury, Helen Heath, Helena King, Eileen Bamber, Kathleen Conroy and India Sloan. The on-stream marshals were Rob Dutton, Mark Ray, Christopher and Jonathan White, Dave O’Harah, Bill Heath and Meurig Jones. The nine stalls were organised by Glenys White, and did well. The guests of honour were Emma Horne (Wistaston’s Rose Queen) and Roger Woodward (Wistonian of the year).

The first activity was the judging of the best designed children’s boats, which resulted:

1st - £10 prize – Chloe Brereton with boat ‘Cat-amaran’.

2nd - £8 – Fabio with ‘The Wistaston Flyer’

3rd - £6 – Leah Wood with ‘Leabobs’.

The prizes were presented by Emma, the Rose Queen.

The second activity was the Boat Race – 40 boats competed in the assault course:

1st - £10 prize – No.26 – Jess Chesters

2nd - £8 – No.1 – Chloe Brereton

3rd - £6 – No.20 – Hayden Jones.

The prizes were presented by Roger, Wistonian of the year.

The third exciting activity was the Duck Race. 700 ducks were billed to start, and ducked and dived to the finish:

1st - £100 prize – No. 338 – Bernard Cliffe

2nd - £50 – No.517 – Luke Thomas

3rd - £25 – No.409 – Dad Underhill.

The Most Stuck Duck was No.2.

The sponsorship of the afternoon’s prizes was kindly given by Nigel Huxley of Wistonia Electrical and Security Ltd. The hire of the ducks was sponsored by Crewe Movie Makers and the printing of tickets was sponsored by the Wistaston Community Council. We are most grateful for this support.

Diabetes UK stallStart of the Childrens Model Boat Race 2016

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Cheshire East commit to energy efficiency with new lights


Cheshire East Council is showing its commitment to putting residents first by investing nearly £10m in LED street lighting.

Following the successful upgrade of street lighting on main traffic routes last year, a further £9.5m is being invested to convert the majority of Cheshire East Council’s street lights to LED over the next three years.

The LED replacements start this month and focus on residential roads. A total of 24,000 lights are to be replaced over three years, including 3,000 lampposts.

The new street lighting produces a ‘white light’ which improves visibility and colour recognition to help promote and maintain safety for residents and road users. The improvement in the quality of lighting will have a positive impact on vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists, children, the elderly and people with disabilities.

LED street lighting is also designed to direct light downwards on to the road, reducing light pollution into properties.

It is more economical and produces less carbon than conventional street lighting. Installation of this technology across Cheshire East is reducing the Council’s carbon footprint and will deliver annual savings on street lighting energy consumption in excess of 40 per cent for the Council and Cheshire East residents.

LEDs are more reliable than the existing street lighting and have an estimated service life of 10-20 years. The improved reliability will result in fewer faults and therefore less disruption to the network, which would otherwise require engineer repair visits.

Councillor David Brown, Deputy Leader of Cheshire East Council and Cabinet member for highways and infrastructure, said: “The energy savings and carbon reduction associated with this investment in LEDs will secure real benefits for Cheshire East.

“Most importantly, though, we hope that this innovation will help to improve feelings of safety within our communities.”

A total of 11,500 street lights have already been replaced following a programme of upgrades focused on traffic routes. Additionally, there has been a successful pilot of residential areas which led to this widespread LED lighting programme.

The street lighting LED programme can be found on Cheshire East Council’s website at Cheshire East Highways can also be contacted on 0300 123 5020.

'Community Open Day'

Reporter . Jonathan White, Crewe

A 'Community Open Day' takes place this Saturday 17th September from 10am to 4pm at St. Andrew's Church on Bedford Street in Crewe.

The Church will be open and there will be free refreshments and children's arts activities provided by Cheshire East Council's Community Team.

Visitors can hear about the work of the Church starting with children via the 'Messy Sunday School' and new pre-school group 'Little Fish'.

Members of the local community can take part in a consultation exercise in relation to the proposed new parish hall & community centre.

The day will also host representatives from Crewe Town Council together with families and visitors involved in the town's twinning visit from Germany and Poland.

The event has been organised in partnership with Cheshire East Council and Crewe Town Council.

For further information please call or text Revd Lynne Cullens on 07544350692.

Publicity photo - St Andrews Church - Crewe

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Council Leader salutes medal success of Borough’s athletes


The Leader of Cheshire East Council has praised the phenomenal success of local athletes competing in the Rio Paralympics and the jiu-jitsu Asian Open.

The salute from Councillor Rachel Bailey follows a clutch of eye-catching and medal-winning performances from locally-based stars on the world stage.

Record-breaking 12-times gold medallist Dame Sarah Storey, 38, from Disley, scooped her latest cycling gold in Rio in the 3,000m individual pursuit – and could yet bag further medals. Dame Sarah is Britain’s most-decorated Paralympian.

Congleton Cycle Club member Megan Giglia, who now lives in Stockport, earlier won Britain's first gold medal at the Rio Paralympics by clinching the C1-3 3,000m cycling race. She told the BBC that ‘sport gave her something to live for’ after she suffered a stroke and a brain haemorrhage three years ago, aged 27.

Sophie Thornhill, 20, from Poynton, with pilot Helen Scott, won gold in the velodrome B 1,000m time trial and then added a bronze in the B 3,000m individual pursuit.

Sophie, who won silver with Scott at the World Championships in March, said: “I can't believe it. Gold is something I've dreamt of for so long and we have it.”

Nantwich’s Andy Small, 23, last night bagged the bronze medal in the T33 100m sprint final – with Middlewich’s Daniel Bramall, 31, just two tenths of a second behind in fourth.

Meanwhile, as our Paralympians were shining brightly in Rio, Congleton’s Becky Bursnoll, 22, struck gold in Tokyo by becoming the 2016 Asian Open jiu-jitsu champion.

Cllr Bailey said: “I am sure that everyone in Cheshire East will join me in congratulating each and every one of our local athletes on their tremendous success.

“We are all very proud of what they have achieved on the world stage and these incredible results are testament to their dedication and the hard work they have put in over many, many years. I hope they really enjoy their much-deserved medals and sense of achievement!”

Councillor Paul Bates, Cabinet member for communities and health, said: “The success of all these young athletes is absolutely fantastic and truly inspirational. Every one of them is an exemplary role model for young people of all abilities. They are true stars.

“As a fellow Congletonian, I am also really pleased to see young Becky Bursnoll add the title of Asian Champion to her already fabulously-impressive CV.

“I hope the example of all these local athletes will inspire many more people to take up sport – either competitively or just for fun – so they can reap the real benefits to their health and wellbeing throughout their lives and live well for longer.”

Crewe town centre to undergo ‘deep clean’


Crewe town centre will undergo a deep clean this week to help improve the shopping environment for visitors.

In partnership with Crewe Town Council, the work will be carried out by contractors on behalf of Ansa Environmental Services and Cheshire East Council and will begin tomorrow(September 13).

Cheshire East Council has carefully considered the best time to carry out the work in order to minimise disruption to businesses and shoppers. The work will take place between midnight and 8am and is expected to be completed by Friday, October 7.

The following areas will be covered within the deep cleaning programme: Heath Street, Lyceum Square, Market Street, Victoria Street, Queensway, Tower Way, Delamere Street, Market Square, Earle Street and Memorial Square.

Councillor Simon Yates, Leader of Crewe Town Council, said: “The deep clean of Crewe town centre is really positive news and this approach by Cheshire East Council should be both welcomed and applauded.

“The Town Council calls on the people of Crewe to take full advantage of a cleaner Crewe, to support the businesses and activities which take place in the town centre and to help in maintaining this improvement. A cleaner Crewe will be so much more attractive and it would be great to make sure that this remains the case.”

Councillor Don Stockton, Cheshire East Council Cabinet member for regeneration, said: “We recognise that a clean town centre is important to residents and businesses, as well as visitors.

“The work will make a visible difference to the town centre and we hope it will encourage more people to go and spend time there.

“We’re appealing to residents to also play their part in keeping the town centre clean and encourage them to ensure any litter is placed in the bins provided.”

South Cheshire Model Engineering Society

Reporter Jonathan White, Wistaston

South Cheshire Model Engineering Society held their annual open day on Saturday 10th September 2016.

This free event took place on their premises at the rear of the Peacock Hotel, Crewe Road, Willaston, Nantwich CW5 6NE.

There were miniature-gauge steam train rides on the 5-inch railway track which is almost a quarter of a mile in length, miniature-gauge steam train rides on a temporary straight section of 7¼ -inch railway track and rides across an adjacent field pulled by miniature steam traction engine 'Maud'. The Clubhouse contained a display of locomotives and engines produced by Society members.

Nantwich Mayor Councillor Andrew Martin perused the proceedings and was given a guided tour of the impressive site.

Refreshments were served by Society volunteers in the Clubhouse, with further refreshments available outside from the Wilson House Scouts .

The event was enjoyed by hundreds of visitors who were treated to sunny weather all day.

The Society currently has over eighty members and meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 7.45pm in their Clubhouse. For further information relating to the Society please visit: .

The track and Clubhouse are available for birthday party hire from the last Saturday in March to the second Saturday in October. Book in January if you require a specific date in the year, as it is a popular venue. Please contact Don Potts via the website for costs and further details.

Visitors enjoy their miniature-gauge steam train ride  (2)

Cheshire East riders get on their bikes for the 2016 Cycle Challenge


More than 300 cyclists from 18 local employers have signed up to the Cheshire East Cycle Challenge – a fun competition aimed at getting more people on their bikes during September. 

And, following Stage Three of the Tour of Britain, which came through the Borough this week, it is also hoped local riders will sign up for national Cycle to Work Day on September 14.

Riders from across the Borough are hoping to win prizes including holidays, bikes and shopping vouchers, as part of the nationwide Cycle Challenge, which is coordinated by Love to Ride.

Competitors log each of their cycle journeys throughout September, while employers compete with each other to see who can get the most colleagues using pedal power.

A local leaderboard on the Love to Ride website allows competitors to see how they are performing.

Local employers who have signed up include Bentley, Leighton Hospital, Sainsbury’s in Nantwich and Cheshire East Council.

Cheshire East Council staff Mark Bayley, from Holmes Chapel, Mike Harris, from Pickmere and Andrew Arditti from Guilden Sutton expect to be clocking up more miles than most during the month of the challenge. 

The trio has completed a long-distance ride together every year since 2012 and will be cycling nearly 200 miles from Cork to Dublin in the Republic of Ireland over three days later this month. Every mile will be logged for the Cycle Challenge, including training runs in Cheshire. The team are raising funds for the Christie cancer charity in the process.

Previous years’ rides have included the English coast-to-coast challenge from St Bees Head to Robin Hood’s Bay (which raised more than £3,000 for the charity Alzheimer’s UK), London to Paris, Newcastle to Edinburgh and the gruelling hills of Majorca.

This year, riders can record their progress using a free app called Moves. Cheshire East hopes to use information provided by the App to better plan local cycling infrastructure and make riding a bike safer and more enjoyable for everyone.

Councillor David Brown, Cheshire East Council Cabinet member for highways and infrastructure, said: “The response to this year’s Cheshire East Cycle Challenge has been incredible and we are thrilled with the number of cyclists and employers who have signed up.

“The challenge is a fun and friendly way for people to get out and enjoy the benefits of cycling.  With the Tour of Britain coming through the Borough this week, it’s fair to say Cheshire East is cycling mad at the moment!

“What’s great about the Cycle Challenge is that it’s about much more than who can ride the furthest. It’s also about which organisations can get the most people cycling. People who are already into cycling are taking up the challenge but people who are new to cycling are also signing up.”

“As well as fostering friendly competition the challenge is also providing us with important information so we can better plan cycling routes and facilities in the Borough.”

Cheshire East cyclists are also being urged to get on their bikes on Wednesday (September 14) for national Cycle to Work Day.

Riders are encouraged to take to two wheels for at least one day – and join the estimated 741,000 people who cycle to work daily.

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Cheshire Fire And Rescue Service September 2016 E-Newsletter

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Recruiting for wholetime firefighters

The first wholetime firefighter recruitment campaign to be run by Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service in over six years gets underway on 12 September.

The initial stages of the recruitment process will be undertaken online. The process will be made available on our website from 12 noon on Monday 12 September, and will stay open until 12 noon on Friday 23 September 2016.

This method of recruitment is designed to make an initial assessment of the potential to work as a firefighter using a range of specifically designed questions examining the qualities and basic knowledge required for the role.

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Download The Rising by Cheshire Fire Choir

To mark the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers in New York, Cheshire Fire Choir has released Bruce Springsteen’s The Rising as a download.

The Rising by Cheshire Fire Choir is available on iTunes (79p), Amazon and Google Play (both 99p). All proceeds from the sale of the single are being donated to The Fire Fighters Charity to support injured and ill firefighters and their families.

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Cheshire Fire Choir to take centre stage in concert at Warrington Parr Hall

Cheshire Fire Choir is getting ready to take centre stage in September for their debut concert.

For one night only, on Friday September 30th, Parr Hall, Warrington is the venue for 'An Evening with Cheshire Fire Choir and Friends' in aid of The Fire Fighters Charity.

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Get your chimney ready for the winter

With the colder, winter months looming, people will begin to start using open fires and their chimneys again.  In order to keep you and your family safe from fire, you need to take necessary steps such as ensuring your chimney is swept regularly, depending upon what fuel you burn and we would urge all householders to have a working smoke alarm in their home.

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Biker Down courses

If you were the first on the scene of an accident involving a biker, would you know what to do? Would you know who is most at risk, how to protect the area or whether you should remove the helmet of a downed rider?

Actions taken in the first few moments after an accident can be crucial in minimising injuries and can make a real difference to the lives of those involved, but there can be some uncertainty about what to do in these situations.

We are holding a number of free Biker Down training courses this year. For dates and details please visit our website.

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Fire Station open days

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service fire stations will be holding free open days over the next few months.

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Find out about your local fire station - where it is, what open days or special events they are holding and how to get in contact with them.

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Thursday, 8 September 2016

Save Our Badgers Cheshire against the Cull

The Badger Cull may well come to Cheshire very soon and is going ahead in many counties and being put down by many scientist and wildlife experts as totally wrong and ineffective. Thousands of people from all over the country are protesting in many forms from march's to direct action supported by prominent people like Sir David Attenborough,, Chris Packham, Brian May     
A note on the badger cull is worth including here; the policy is being carried out in ten zones this year, with an upper limit of 14,213 badgers set by the licenses, and there's every indication it'll be carried out in South Cheshire in 2017. The given reason is to tackle bovine tuberculosis (bTB), a disease affecting cattle herds. Advocates of badger culling participate at their peril; there's very little scientific evidence to suggest this will help them at all, and in fact the opposite is likely to be true in some cases. In the Randomised Badger Culling Trial, a previous experiment that cost us 11,000+ badgers and £50 million, the conclusion was that badger culling makes no meaningful contribution to bTB control; in some areas of this experiment it even increased the disease prevalence.
This seems to be the situation now; bTB has increased in each of the three cull zones from 2015 if stats from May 2015 vs May 2016 are compared. The current cull has also cost us approximately £25 million for approximately 4,000 badgers (none of which are tested for bTB at all) according to DEFRA statistics reported in 'Badgered To Death', the new book of Dominic Dyer, current CEO of The Badger Trust. Because they aren't tested, there is absolutely no data on how prevalent the disease is amongst the badgers that are being killed. Perhaps if they were tested, it would make it even clearer that the disease is an issue stemming from the poor husbandry of intensively farmed cattle, subsequently spilling out into many wild hosts as what is essentially industrial pollution, infecting not just badgers, but rats, hedgehogs, otters & deer as well.
Warning you may find this video disturbing as badgers are often shot and scream for a long time in agony before they die and it can be a mother and her young will starve to death would farmers do this to their cattle?

It cost £7000 to cull a badger £300 to inoculate Under a vaccination programme being used in Wales, around 25,000 badgers could have been vaccinated for the same cost of killing just under 2,500 in Gloucestershire and Somerset, according to Dyer. The badger vaccine doesn't kill any TB but stops them infecting anything so those with TB die leaving health badgers. The TB test for cattle is ineffective many are killed as they show positive only to find on post mortem they were clean it is also very painful for cows.
Many if not all Badgers killed may not be infected with TB    
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The policy is unlikely to be stopped by appealing to the common sense of those who have already ignored the warnings of countless researchers & experts that have examined the evidence. But wildlife lovers in & around South Cheshire still have plenty they can do to help stop this;

How can you Help Save Badgers?

Join us at Cheshire Against The Cull, and learn how to identify, map, monitor & protect badger setts,
as well as help with campaigning. The loaned cages that were being used by conservationists in order to vaccinate badgers in Cheshire have been recalled by the Government to instead kill them.
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Finally, we’ll leave you with the statement given to Professor John Bourne by a senior government official… ‘Fine John, we accept your science. But we have to offer the farmers a carrot and the only carrot we can possibly give them is culling badgers’.

If anyone knows of a badger sett in Cheshire please let us know with as much detail as possible so we can inspect and protect it you can use the form foxyform

Cheshire East Tour of Britain hailed a success


The Cheshire East stage of the Tour of Britain has been hailed a huge success after thousands of people lined local roads to cheer on their cycling heroes.

In a carnival atmosphere across the Borough, Wilmslow-based Ian Stannard proved the benefits of local knowledge by winning the stage against a line-up of stellar talents that included Sir Bradley Wiggins, Mark Cavendish, Adam Blythe and André Greipel.

Stannard, 29, who led a small breakaway soon after the start of the stage, told the BBC: “I train on these roads every day, since I was 18, so I really enjoyed it today and was giving it some down the descents.

“Cheshire East pulled out all the stops and got an amazing crowd out. Every town, every hill, there was massive crowds. It was great to see.”

Cheshire East Council Leader Councillor Rachel Bailey said: “The whole event was an amazing, joyful and exciting spectacle and it was fantastic to see so many communities taking part and really getting into the spirit of this fabulous event. I think we’ve really set the gold standard for future Tour stages to emulate.

“I’m sure that everyone in Cheshire East will also join me in congratulating Wilmslow’s Ian Stannard on his stage win on home soil! What a great and fitting achievement.

“I hope his example will inspire many more people to take up cycling – either for leisure recreation or competitive sport – and to get and stay fit and healthy throughout their lives.

“To see so many top athletes cycling through our communities and the beautiful countryside of Cheshire East was an inspiration to us all and I’m delighted the Council was successful in its bid to bring the Tour of Britain to the Borough.”

The Tour of Britain’s Cheshire East Stage Three saw 120 top international cyclists racing 111 miles from Congleton to Tatton Park, in Knutsford, on September 6.

Councillor David Brown, Deputy Leader of Cheshire East Council and Mayor of Congleton, who helped start the race, said: “I felt like I had best job in the land!  To be hosting the start of Stage Three of the Tour of Britain, in such a party atmosphere with so many people packing the streets of Congleton – and the sun shining – it was just brilliant!

“Hats off to everyone involved for pulling together such a tremendous event and a big thanks to all our town and parish councils, and sponsors, for their support.”

The Tour of Britain, billed as the biggest free-to-attend sporting event in Britain, began in Glasgow on September 4 and concludes in London on September 11.

This year, 10 of the Union Cycliste Internationale’s (UCI) top-level world tour teams are among the 21 teams competing.

Tour of Britain - Stage 3 Cheshire - front of peletonTour of Britain - Stage 3 Cheshire - solo breakaway

Revised Local Plan Strategy moves forward as hearings resume


The public examination of Cheshire East’s proposed strategic blueprint for the Borough’s development will resume next week.

The authority has presented its revised Local Plan Strategy (LPS) following comments and submissions during six weeks of public consultation earlier this year.

The blueprint, which will shape development across the Borough up to 2030, will now be examined in a series of public hearings by Planning Inspector Stephen Pratt, The hearings start on September 13 and are due to finish on October 21.

The focus of the last round of public consultation was on the changes the Council proposed to the plan it originally submitted to the Secretary of State in May 2014, in light of interim views by the Planning Inspector during examination. This included additional and amended strategic site allocations.

A significant amount of detailed research and evidence has been gathered to inform the amended document and this latest round of consultation aimed to capture the views of the public on the changes made and adopted by full Council in February 2016.

The Council received a total of 19,572 representations from 4,679 members of the public or groups during the most recent consultation.

The Council had already previously received more than 40,000 responses to the original draft Local Plan Strategy during nine previous rounds of public consultation.

Councillor Ainsley Arnold, who is overseeing the Local Plan process, said: “This revised Local Plan Strategy (LPS) is the Council’s most important tool for shaping development in Cheshire East up to 2030 and we now look forward to moving forward towards its examination and formal adoption.

“There has been a tremendous response from our residents and other stakeholders during the latest and nine previous rounds of public consultations on our proposals.

“Given the changes made during examination and the significance of the plan, it was only right that people have been given full opportunity to reflect on this LPS document and give their views.

“All told we have received a total of more than 60,000 responses in the various consultations to arrive at our draft LPS. This represents an unprecedented level of interest in a council consultation process and I’m sure this additional period of consultation has allowed everyone to feel they have had time and opportunity to have their say.

“I am pleased that the revised document is going forward and I am confident that the LPS is comprehensive and robust. Cheshire East’s LPS includes a comprehensive suite of development sites to accommodate the larger scale of growth now expected and planned for in the Borough.”

Updated evidence, completed during the earlier suspension of the inspector’s examination, necessitated revisions to the main strategic policies relating to housing, economic growth, development and green belt. The wording of policies was amended to reflect the outcome of the new evidence. This has now been publicly consulted on and further changes made.

Cllr Arnold added: “The Council is confident this Local Plan Strategy is comprehensive, fully consulted upon and robust – and we look forward towards its successful adoption.

“The final adoption of the Local Plan will help provide Cheshire East with a blueprint to better shape future growth and prevent unplanned or unsustainable development in the Borough.”

For more information about the Local Plan Strategy visit the webpage:

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Tour of Britain

Jonathan White, Wistaston

The ‘Tour of Britain’ cycle race (Stage 3, passed through Crewe, Wistaston, Willaston and Nantwich on Tuesday 6th September 2016.

The stage followed a course from Congleton to Tatton Park in Knutsford over a distance of 111.6 miles. It is the only stage in this year's race that is held entirely within one county’s borders.

This year’s race includes Sir Bradley Wiggins (Tour de France winner, Olympic multiple gold medallist) and Mark Cavendish (Tour de France points winner, Olympic silver medallist).

The stage was won by English-man Ian Stannard from Team Sky, who helped Chris Froome to victory at this year's Tour de France and was then part of Team GB's road squad at last month's Rio Olympics.

Tour of Britain - Stage 3 Cheshire - front of peletonTour of Britain - Stage 3 Cheshire - solo breakawayTour of Britain - Stage 3 Cheshire - Team Wiggins  support car

Monday, 5 September 2016

South Cheshire Model Engineering Society

Jonathan White, Wistaston

South Cheshire Model Engineering Society are holding their annual Open Day from 11am to 5pm this Saturday 10th September 2016.

The event takes place on their premises at the rear of the Peacock pub/Premier Inn hotel, Crewe Road, Willaston, Nantwich CW5 6NE.

There will be miniature-gauge train rides for all ages and an exhibition of members work.

Refreshments will also be available.

Publicity photo - a visitor views a display of  locomotives and engines