Search This Blog


Contact the Blog

Send your news and pictures to the blog here

Contact the Crewenews by using our form click here

Phone the Blog 0794-1728819

Join me on the forum below as I am on the staff as Samuria 24/7/365 worldwide support all FREE

 PC Help


Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Holiday Fraud (Amended)

Subject: Holiday Fraud (Amended)

This is a message sent via Neighbourhood Watch. This information has been sent on behalf of Action Fraud (National Fraud Intelligence Bureau)

(Please do not reply or forward this email directly; please use the Reply, Share buttons at the bottom of this message)

Message sent by

Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

With summer holidays fast approaching, individuals are often more exposed to travel booking frauds when looking for last minute package deals / cheap flights. Whether paying upfront for a family holiday or simply booking a flight, payments are transferred only to discover that the holiday / airline ticket does not exist and was sold to you by a bogus travel company. Fraudsters will often lure in potential customers with low prices and ‘one time only’ offers that are simply too good to pass up, requesting payment by the preferred method of direct bank transfer.
Protect Yourself

  • Avoid responding to unsolicited calls, texts or emails offering holidays at incredibly low prices.
  • Whenever possible, pay for your holiday by credit card as it offers increased protection.
  • Always remember to look for the ‘https’ and locked padlock icon in the address bar before entering your payment details.
  • Never feel pressured to make a booking for fear that you will miss out on this ‘low price’ opportunity. If you have never used the company before, take your time to do some online research to ensure they are reputable.
  • Should you make a flight or hotel booking through a travel company, feel free to separately check with the hotel / airline that your booking does indeed exist.

If you have been affected by this, or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visiting

Love Crewe Mission Week.

Reporter  Jonathan White, Wistaston

The inaugural Love Crewe Mission Week took place in Crewe from Monday 4th to Sunday 10th July 2016.

The Mission Week was organised by ‘Love Crewe’ who are comprised of twelve churches serving the Crewe area.

Events and activities included performances by four-piece band ‘BrightLine’ at four local high schools and at the Carlsberg Suite, Crewe Alexandra FC; Jonathan Conrathe from Mission 24 speaking at four local high schools; a free meal was served at The Lighthouse Centre on Stewart Street; volunteers completed gardening, painting and clean-up tasks around the town; a healing event took place at West St Christian Fellowship; a free tea/coffee stall on the Crewe town square; there was an open air meeting on the town square; an art exhibition at Queens Park; and an evening celebration on the final day at the Carlsberg Suite, Crewe Alexandra FC.

Unfortunately the Free Fun Day was postponed due to wet weather, but it will now take place on Sunday 21st August 2016, from 2pm, at Queens Park, Crewe. It will include stalls, music, theatre and more.

Love Crewe Mission Week was supported by Crewe Town Council and allowed Crewe churches to promote a positive atmosphere within the town.

Phil Howell from Love Crewe said, “The overwhelming impression of Love Crewe was positive - many non-church goers became aware of it, heard of God's love for them and about all that happened. Some were healed! The intention is to do something similar next year - this is just the beginning!”

For further information please visit , or contact Phil and Emma Howell on 07906616373 or 07525650483.

BrightLine perform at the Carlsberg Suite Crewe AlexOpen air meeting on Crewe town square

Walking routes to schools


At today’s children and families overview and scrutiny committee meeting of Cheshire East Council, members agreed to refer the matter of walking routes to school back to the Council’s Cabinet for further consideration. 

A Council spokesman said: “It is the responsibility of the Council to identify available walking routes to schools in accordance with government guidelines and policy.

“The Council’s decision was about fairly, equitably and consistently applying that policy.

“The policy also states that it is the responsibility of parents or carers to ensure that a child gets to school.

“The Council is not asking children or parents to do anything which is not already in place elsewhere in the country, where children walk to school in groups, are accompanied by parents, travel by car, public transport or who cycle.

“The Council is naturally concerned about personal safety but case law and government guidelines on walking routes to school only require consideration of road safety, which was stated at the meeting.

“The Council wishes to emphasise that parents who may suffer hardship as a result of the Council’s school transport policy, have a right of appeal to the school transport appeals sub-committee, on the grounds of exceptional circumstances that merit consideration on an individual basis.

“Parents should also be aware that there is a nine-month period in which they can enter into dialogue with the Council over any specific concerns or exceptional circumstances.” 

Mayor to shed weight to gain pounds for charities


The Mayor of Cheshire East has started a weight loss programme – and she’s looking for your support.

Councillor Olivia Hunter is supporting Cheshire Young Carers and The Christie charities over the course of her mayoral year and her first fundraiser will be a weight-loss programme.

Cllr Hunter said: “Deciding on which organisations to support was a very difficult decision. We are blessed in Cheshire East with so many charities doing incredible work and we should be very grateful for the time and effort they put into making a vital contribution to our communities.

Cheshire Young Carers is a children’s charity that provides respite and time out with other children, providing opportunities to make friends and have fun.

“It was when I discovered that children as young as six can become carers for parents or siblings losing their childhood. This can lead to them becoming isolated, both from other children and society in general.

“I don’t want these children to be forgotten and raising money for Cheshire Young Carers is my way of helping the future of these children in Cheshire East.

The Christie is one of only two centres in the country to have the new proton beam therapy treatment. The mayor’s weight-loss programme, along with other events to follow later in the mayoral year, will generate much needed funds to house the life-saving equipment needed to provide vital cancer treatments.

So the Mayor is asking for everyone to support her challenge and sponsor the pounds she loses in the next 14 weeks leading up to her charity ball. The more you offer, the greater the incentive to shun her beloved chips and prosecco.

To book places at the Mayor’s charity ball, which is being held on October 15 at Cranage Hall, near Holmes Chapel, please contact:

Weekend of reflection and remembrance is ‘great comfort’ to Bosley


The people of Bosley, affected by the wood flour mill disaster a year ago, have hailed last weekend’s commemorative activities as a success that helped the community to come together to reflect and remember the events of July 17, 2015.

Four people – Dorothy Bailey, Williams Barks, Derek Moore and Jason Shingler – died    in explosions and a huge fire at the wood treatment plant, with many more injured, properties extensively damaged and employees put out of work.

A flower festival, a day of family activities and two religious services on Sunday were all well attended and an estimated 130 people attended a service in a marquee on Sunday morning, with a similar number present in the evening service at Bosley Chapel.

Sam Alston, chairman of Bosley Parish Council, said: “It went very well and the services were exceptionally well attended. 

“It was an important anniversary that needed the right approach and I think that to have the Sunday morning services in a marquee, in the outdoors, set precisely the right tone and atmosphere.”

The Rev John Harries, Vicar of Bosley, said: “The weekend of events provided a valuable opportunity for the community to come together in many ways and feel supported.

“The services on Sunday were of great comfort to all who attended. They provided an opportunity for us to reflect together on the devastating impact of the explosion on our lives, to remember loved ones and friends who lost their lives and to give thanks for all those who have shared our journey.”

Representatives from various agencies involved in dealing with the disaster, its aftermath and lending ongoing support to the community, joined in the religious services and took part in some of the activities, including a tug of war.

Jane Nixon, one of the organisers, said: “We were very pleased with the way all the events came together and with the overwhelming response we had from the people of Bosley and the wider community.

“We are very grateful to the press and broadcast organisations for respecting our wishes to allow us to carry out these events in private.

Members of Cheshire East Council’s partnerships and communities team continue to lend support to the people of Bosley and the wider community.

Councillor Paul Bates, Cabinet member for communities and health, said: “At the evening service, the minister commented on the work done by the Council’s community teams. This was very much appreciated.

“I would like the people of Bosley to be aware that they are not alone.  We will always be here for you and may the village of Bosley find peace and comfort in its own time.”

Council Chief Executive Mike Suarez, who took part in the family events, said: “The community has shown great resilience and dignity throughout this troubled year and we hope that this anniversary weekend will have helped those deeply affected by the tragedy, to find strength from each other and the resolve to rebuild their lives.”

Although the Bosley disaster fund, which had reached an amazing £240,000, has now officially closed, a further fundraising event is planned in aid of charities and organisations which played a part in supporting the community.

An all-stars football match will take place on Sunday (July 24), at Macclesfield Football Club.  Celebrities from television’s soaps Emmerdale and Coronation Street will help to raise money for the Air Ambulance service and other charities.

The Wistaston Singers

Reporter Jonathan White, Wistaston

The Wistaston Singers performed a fund-raising concert at St Stephen’s Methodist Church, Gainsborough Road, Crewe on the afternoon of Saturday 16th July 2016.

Phil Houghton was the Musical Director and also introduced each song and soloist. During the concert Wistaston Singers sang songs from 42nd Street, Mamma Mia, and Les Miserables as part of an extensive programme. Conductor Phil Houghton also played the organ. Chris White sang and played his ukulele. Jane Hale was the Accompanist and also played the flute and alto saxophone. There were also many soloists within the choir. The audience was encouraged to sing along to the Last Night of the Proms finale which included Rule Britannia, Land of Hope and Glory and Jerusalem and to join in singing the National Anthem.

Drinks, cakes and strawberries were served during the interval.

Proceeds from the concert will go to Church and Choir funds.

Musical Director Phil Houghton said, “We were delighted to sing at St Stephen’s Methodist Church and thank them for their generous hospitality. It was an afternoon that was enjoyed by all and we thank everyone for their support.”

The Wistaston Singers were originally formed by members of the choir at St Mary's Parish Church, Wistaston in May 2000 and now number over forty-five members singing four-part harmony music. The choir perform a varied eclectic choice of music including choral church music and anthems, songs from the shows, Gershwin, John Rutter, and Gilbert and Sullivan; effectively encompassing from the 15th century to the 21st century. They perform up to seven concerts a year at various venues in south Cheshire and one concert out of area as an 'away day experience'. The choir is also available to perform at weddings in the area. The choir rehearse weekly in the parish rooms of St Mary's Church, Nantwich on a Wednesday evening from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. New members are welcome and further details may be obtained from Choir Secretary Jill Oakes, Tel: 01270 662940 and email:

Chris White plays his ukulele and singsThe Wistaston Singers perform at St Stephens Methodist  Church (1)

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Upgrade Fraud

Subject: Upgrade Fraud

This is a message sent via Neighbourhood Watch. This information has been sent on behalf of Action Fraud (National Fraud Intelligence Bureau)

(Please do not reply or forward this email directly; please use the Reply, Share buttons at the bottom of this message)

Message sent by

Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

Fraudsters are impersonating telephone service providers and contacting their clients offering a phone upgrade on a low monthly payment contract. The fraudsters will glean all your personal and financial details which will then be used to contact the genuine phone provider and order a new mobile phone handset. The fraudsters will either intercept the delivery before it reaches the victim’s address or order the handset to a different address.
Protect yourself

  • Never provide your personal information to a third party from an unsolicited communication.
  • Obtain the genuine number of the organisation being represented and verify the legitimacy of the communication.
  • If the offer is too good to be true it probably is.
  • If you have provided personal information and you are concerned that your identity may be compromised consider Cifas Protection Registration.
If you have been a victim of fraud report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or

Fund-raising garden party in Wistaston

Reporter . Thanks. Jonathan White, Wistaston

Photo label: l-r – Philip Boulton (Consort) - Councillor Olivia Hunter (Mayor of Cheshire East Borough Council) - Emma Horne (Wistaston Rose Queen) - Sheena Sambrook (President, Crewe and South Cheshire Voluntary Group of Diabetes UK) - Pat Smith (Chairman, Crewe and South Cheshire Voluntary Group of Diabetes UK) - Ken Sambrook (Treasurer, Crewe and South Cheshire Voluntary Group of Diabetes UK)

Garden Party in aid of Diabetes UK - see photo label

A Garden Party in aid of Diabetes UK took place on the evening of Wednesday 13th July 2016 at 6 Westfield Drive, Wistaston, Cheshire.

Sheena & Ken Sambrook once again allowed their house and front & back gardens to be used for this annual event, which always takes place on the second Wednesday in July.

Sheena and Ken who also organised the event are President and Treasurer respectively of the Crewe and South Cheshire Voluntary Group of Diabetes UK: .

Entrance was 50p and included a tea or coffee, strawberries were available for sale and there were stalls selling cakes, jams and bric-à-brac. There was also a prize raffle.

More than eighty people attended over the course of the evening including Madam Mayor of Cheshire East Borough Council, Councillor Olivia Hunter and Consort Philip Boulton, along with the recently crowned Wistaston Rose Queen (Emma Horne) and her Attendant (Emily Edge). The Mayor and Consort were chauffeur driven to Wistaston in the Mayoral Bentley by the Mayors Officer Clive Bradshaw.

Ken Sambrook said, “We are always amazed at the wonderful support we receive from friends in the local community. It makes the evening such a great success and enables us to continue to support Diabetes UK, this year raising £475.”

All proceeds will go to diabetes research projects and also to support newly diagnosed children and adolescents with diabetes to allow them to attend one of several educational residential holidays held around the United Kingdom. The residential allows them to integrate with other young people with diabetes and share experiences, which may assist them to learn to control their condition.

On average the Crewe and South Cheshire Voluntary Group raises £7,500 per year for Diabetes UK.

Council given green light to seek landmark Supreme Court ruling to protect planning powers


Cheshire East has been granted leave to appeal to the Supreme Court to seek legal protection for local planning powers.

The aim is to prevent developers ‘riding roughshod’ over councils’ development policies.

Cheshire East Council Cabinet is spearheading an appeal to the highest court in the land to seek to overturn a Court of Appeal ruling which undermines the scope and force of council planning policies to shape development.

The aim is to maintain the significance of Local Plans and Neighbourhood Plans in determining applications for development even where a Council cannot show it has the required five years’ deliverable housing land supply identified.

The Council’s legal fight follows a reversal in the Court of Appeal of Cheshire East’s earlier court success – that had overturned a planning inspector’s decision to grant developer Richborough Estates permission to build 146 houses at Moorfields, in Willaston.

Councillor Ainsley Arnold, Cheshire East Cabinet member for housing and planning, said: “We are delighted we have been granted leave to take this case to the Supreme Court.

“We thought about this decision to mount a legal challenge long and hard and it is not something we have done lightly. However, this matter is too important to be allowed to go unchallenged.

“It is clear to us that the Appeal Court ruling would have severely detrimental implications for all councils and their powers to protect their local communities from unplanned and unsustainable development.

“We are a Council that puts its residents first and believe this action is necessary to protect local people, their communities and our rich and varied Cheshire East countryside. We do not want to be left vulnerable to developers who would be able to ride roughshod over locally-decided development policies.”

Cheshire East’s Supreme Court legal challenge is a joint action with Suffolk Coastal District Council, which was also affected by the same Court of Appeal ruling regarding the weight, scope and force attached to council planning policies.

The two authorities have been granted leave to appeal against the court’s interpretation of paragraph 49* of the Government’s National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

The case is due to be heard by the Supreme Court in London sometime between April and July next year (2017).

Update: Important information - GHA Bus Services in Cheshire East

Information bullet-in

Update: Important information - GHA Bus Services in Cheshire East
15/07/16 12:30

We are currently working with operators to provide cover for bus services across Cheshire East to replace services formerly operated by GHA Coaches.

Further to yesterday’s update, we are pleased to announce that the following services will be running from the dates below.  Timetables will remain the same unless specified. It is possible, however, that some journeys may be missed. We will continue to work on the other routes to ensure as much of the bus network as possible is running.

Announced today

Operated by Howards
200, Manchester Airport, Styal, Wilmslow – from Sat 16 July

Operated by Arriva
87, Congleton to Macclesfield – from Mon 18 July

88, Altrincham, Wilmslow, Knutsford – from Mon 18 July, hourly from 6.40am from Altrincham and Knutsford

9, Macclesfield - Moss Road Estate (Circular) - from Mon 18 July

10A, Macclesfield to Bollington – from Mon 18 July

38, Macclesfield, Congleton, Sandbach, Crewe – from Mon 18 July

Operated by Stagecoach
130, Macclesfield to Manchester – from Sunday 17 July

Operated by High Peak

27, Macclesfield - Macclesfield Hospital - Chelford - Knutsford – from Mon 18 July
(Commercial service)

D&G service information

Please be aware that the following D&G services may not run today:

73        13.05     Nantwich-Whitchurch

72        13.55     Whitchurch-Nantwich

Announced yesterday and running from today

Operated by D&G
42 Gold, Congleton to Crewe

90 91 92, Beartown, Congleton

51, 52, 52A, 53, Nantwich local services

72, 73, Nantwich, Audlem, Whitchurch

39, Crewe to Nantwich, via Shavington and Wybunbury

77, Congleton, Mow Cop, Kidsgrove

Operated by Howards
289, Northwich to Altrincham

Operated by High Peak
P1, Middlewood to Hazel Grove

19, Macclesfield to Prestbury

School Transport

Parents and schools have been informed that School Transport arrangements are now in place as follows:

To  Springfield School

TSS has secured five temporary buses and has appointed on a casual basis all of the drivers and escorts who worked on the contracts for GHA. They start work today. Where outstanding issues remain, transport will be doubled up, as yesterday, to ensure that all pupils get to school.

To Tarporley High School

Cheshire East pupils were transported yesterday by Malbank Coaches who will provide the service for the remainder of the term.

To Holmes Chapel

Ladyline Travel started yesterday to provide this service for the remainder of the term.

Pupils travelling on local buses

The majority of pupils will be able to travel as normal on local services as we have secured contracts with operators, the majority of which have commenced today.

The 200 service, which transports pupils to Wilmslow, will be operated from Monday by D&G.

TSS will ensure that services are in place for the start of the Autumn term.

We are in discussions regarding the Flexirider service and 78 service (Saturdays).

Cheshire East Council wishes to assure residents and schools that we are doing all we can to mitigate the impact of the sudden loss of services by providing alternative transport where possible. Unfortunately we may not be able to cover all services affected.

We would ask our residents to bear with us during this difficult period.

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Holiday Booking Fraud

Subject: Holiday Booking Fraud

This is a message sent via Neighbourhood Watch. This information has been sent on behalf of Action Fraud (National Fraud Intelligence Bureau)

(Please do not reply or forward this email directly; please use the Reply, Share buttons at the bottom of this message)

Message sent by

Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

With summer holidays fast approaching, individuals are often more exposed to travel booking frauds when looking for last minute package deals / cheap flights. Whether paying upfront for a family holiday or simply booking a flight, payments are transferred only to discover that the holiday / airline ticket does not exist and was sold to you by a bogus travel company. Fraudsters will often lure in potential customers with low prices and ‘one time only’ offers that are simply too good to pass up, requesting payment by the preferred method of direct bank transfer.
Paying for a holiday / airline tickets / accommodation via direct bank transfer. No reputable company will ever request payment via this method.
Responding to unsolicited calls, texts or emails offering holidays at incredibly low prices.
Protect Yourself

  • Whenever possible, pay for your holiday by credit card as it offers increased protection.
  • Always remember to look for the ‘https’ and locked padlock icon in the address bar before entering your payment details.
  • Never feel pressured to make a booking for fear that you will miss out on this ‘low price’ opportunity. If you have never used the company before, take your time to do some online research to ensure they are reputable.
  • Should you make a flight or hotel booking through a travel company, feel free to separately check with the hotel / particular airline that your booking does indeed exist.

If you have been affected by this, or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visiting

Mother and Baby Walking Group gets off to a Flying Start


Crewe Mums and babies are benefitting from a 24 week fitness programme funded by Active Cheshire, starting with a walking group called ‘Happy Feet’.

Local Community Organisation, Motherwell CIC, have received funding to advertise, organise and deliver the programme in Crewe and Winsford for Mums in the area.

Active Cheshire work with a wide range of health, sport, education, environment, transport and business partners to find new ways of enabling people to get active on a regular basis.

Initially aimed at young Mums, the programme has now welcomed Mums of all ages, with their babies, to participate in the weekly walk.

The Mums have completed their first walk and will continue to use Crewe’s beautiful setting of Queens Park as Monday afternoon’s base for future ‘Happy Feet’ sessions, part of Rise and Shine Challenge.

After six weeks, the Mums will move to meet at The Georges in Crewe for free Mother and Baby Yoga classes.

Mums across the area are encouraged to join the group at any point during the programme, taking the first step to meeting new people and improving fitness.

Laura Brown, from Nantwich, said: “I loved Baby Massage when I tried that, but it became too expensive. This Motherwell initiative gets rid of the expense barrier, because it’s funded by Active Cheshire.

“I’m looking forward to the whole programme as this will be the first step to me running again and getting back to the level of fitness that I used to have.”

Kate Blakemore, co-founder of Motherwell CIC, said: “Motherhood can at times be isolating and this initiative will bring Mums together and hopefully encourage them to use our other services, all of which support their wellbeing.

“The idea behind it is that it works towards getting the Mums outdoors and improve their fitness, while also increasing their support network. We hope that from here they will continue to meet without Motherwell intervention.”

Motherwell CIC work with Mums across the region to support women in their mothering journey, with a focus on health and wellbeing. They hold monthly Sparkle and Shine Wellbeing Days in Crewe, Winsford and soon coming to Nantwich, which support Mums in relaxation and taking time for themselves as well as free post-natal counselling for Mums suffering with anxiety.

Anne Boyd, Chief Executive at Active Cheshire, said: “At such a pivotal point in a women's life, it is increasingly important to be both mentally and physically well. Active Cheshire are increasingly aware of the need to support organisations like Motherwell to offer valuable and cohesive support packages, whilst promoting the wider benefits of physical activity.”

An Awards Evening to commemorate those Mums who complete this programme will be held, with players from Crewe Alexandra Ladies presenting the certificates.

Katie Nuttall, a Crewe Alexandra player, said: “We fully support this initiative, anything that is getting people more active is a good thing. Young Mums especially are a huge target group more likely to drop out of sport due to increased responsibilities and and lack of provision for going to gyms.”

Another up-coming and glamorous event hosted by Motherwell is The Glitter Ball. It is a chance for Mums to pamper themselves and dress up for a buffet meal and disco to be held at Crewe Alexandra Football Club on Saturday September 10th.

Tickets for this all-women event can be purchased at £25 per person. All money raised from The Glitter Ball will be put back into the Post-Natal element of Motherwell CIC.

If you are interested in being part of any of these events, please contact Kate Blakemore on 07734868325 or email

International delegation runs the rule over Cheshire East poll


Cheshire East was singled out by the Electoral Commission to host a major international delegation of top election observers from a range of countries across the world. 

The Electoral Commission was keen for the delegation to learn about Cheshire East Council's election processes and its preparations for the EU referendum on June 23.

The team of more than 40 delegates came from many countries, including Finland, Canada, Malta and Bangladesh.
The delegation visited Macclesfield Town Hall on the day before the referendum, receiving a presentation from Brian Reed and Diane Todd from the Council’s democratic services team on UK election practice and procedure as well as specific details of Cheshire East’s preparations for the referendum. 

A presentation was also given on electoral fraud by recently retired police officer Peter Kidd.
The delegation was interested in the complexities of electoral arrangements, Cheshire East’s very large proportion of postal voters and its commitment to serving its widely-dispersed communities by ensuring that voters could vote locally. 

Cheshire East Council Chief Executive Mike Suarez, who was the Counting Officer for the Borough’s referendum poll, said: “It as a tremendous honour and privilege to host such a distinguished international delegation to view our polling arrangements.

“A number of delegates took note of specific elements of Cheshire East's unique arrangements and will take these back to their own countries for consideration.”
On referendum day, delegates visited polling station, witnessing voting at first hand.

Jenny Watson, chair of the Electoral Commission, thanked the Council for the ‘warm welcome’ it extended to the international visitors.

She added: “It is clear from the feedback we have had that participants gained a huge amount from having the opportunity to see the process first hand and to speak directly to electoral services managers and colleagues about postal vote opening and wider preparations for polling day.

“This was a vital part of the programme and we couldn’t have done it without Cheshire East’s help.”

Council back revised Local Plan Strategy to shape development


Cheshire East Council has backed its revised Local Plan Strategy following comments and submissions during six weeks of public consultation.

The blueprint, which will shape development across the Borough up to 2030, will now be forwarded for consideration by Planning Inspector Stephen Pratt.

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 has 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 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 now overseeing the Local Plan process, said: “The Local Plan Strategy (LPS) is the Council’s most important tool for shaping development in Cheshire East up to 2030.

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

“This must be one of the most-consulted on Local Plans in the country. However, 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 document and give their views.

“To date, we have received a total of more than 60,000 responses in the various consultations to arrive at our draft LPS. This is 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. The LPS includes a comprehensive suite of development sites to accommodate the larger scale of growth now expected and planned for in the Borough.

“The Council is now looking forward to it being positively received and for the inspector’s examination hearings to resume in early autumn.”

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.

The changes are being shared with the inspector and full details will be made available on our website shortly.

The necessary changes have been shared with party group leaders, chairman and vice-chairman of the strategic planning board, and the portfolio holder Cllr Arnold. Now the revisions have been signed off under authority delegated to officers by full Council.

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.

“We continue to work hard to bring the final adoption of the Local Plan a step closer and help provide Cheshire East with a blueprint to better shape future growth and prevent unplanned or unsustainable development in the Borough.”

Every comment, objection or expression of support for the Local Plan has been recorded on the Council’s consultation database – and so we have a clear picture about what has been said so far on the plan.

To see the Local Plan Strategy documents suite, visit the link:

Available Walking Routes to School – Scrutiny Meeting July 19, 2016


At next week’s children and families overview and scrutiny committee we are expecting high public interest. 

The time available for public participation will be limited and it may not be possible to accommodate everybody. 

It would therefore be helpful if individuals, or spokespersons representing interested groups who wish to speak, would contact the Council in advance of the meeting by contacting the scrutiny team on 01270 686459.

The special meeting of the children and families overview and scrutiny committee is being held at Sandbach Town Hall on Tuesday, July 19,2016 at 10am

The meeting is being held to review a recent Cabinet decision to withdraw free school transport for five schools within Cheshire East.

Although the scrutiny committee has no powers to overturn the decision, it may decide to ask Cabinet to review its original decision. Alternatively, it may decide that the original Cabinet decision should stand.

Members of the public may attend the meeting to observe proceedings. There will be an opportunity for members of the public to make a statement to the committee prior to the matter being discussed.

The agenda for the meeting can be viewed online at

Friday, 8 July 2016

Fund-raising charity cycle ride

Reporter . Jonathan White, Wistaston

Members of Nantwich Cycling Group (NCG) completed a fund-raising charity cycle ride from London to Nantwich on Saturday 2nd July 2016.

NCG left from Tower Bridge in the capital at 4am and arrived to Nantwich town square at 10.30pm following an arduous 220 mile journey. Ten cyclists, along with two support crew, took part in the mammoth journey.

En route to Nantwich they passed iconic London landmarks before heading out through Windsor, Henley on Thames, Oxford and the Cotswolds.

On arrival in Nantwich the cyclists and support crew were treated to food and drink at the Nantwich Book Shop & Coffee Lounge.

Last year NCG cycled in the reverse direction from Nantwich to London in aid of Leighton Hospital and raised over £5,000.

This year NCG are raising money for The Wingate Special Children’s Trust, based at the Wingate Centre, in Wrenbury - - and have already raised over £3,700. They chose The Wingate Special Children’s Trust because to maintain the Centre and to subsidise their student’s activities they have to raise £300,000 each year. Their state of the art gym makes a difference to the lives of children and adults of all abilities including those with extreme physical and learning difficulties.

To make a donation, please visit the NCG's London to Nantwich Wingate Ride page:

A representative from NCG said, "This has been an epic challenge and each of the riders should be immensely proud of what they have achieved. We would like to thank everyone who took part and all the members who helped to organise this successful event - you are all a credit to NCG. Thank you so much to all of the people who have donated, and a special thanks to Morrisons, Chatwins, Halfords, @trainingbytesize, Swanline Print, Strada Italian and the Nantwich Book Shop & Coffee Lounge for their donations of advertising, transport, water and food."

NCG are a Cheshire based cycling group, run by its members at all levels from beginners, sportive enthusiast or even racers.

For further information relating to NCG, please join their Facebook group: 

NCG at the start on Tower Bridge in London

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Battle of the Somme.

Reporter Jonathan White, Wistaston

Several events took place in Crewe to mark 100 years since the Battle of the Somme.

On Thursday 30th June at Memorial Square there was a candlelit vigil featuring a reading of poems, letters and prayers.

On Friday 1st July at Memorial Square there was a two-minute silence then whistles were sounded at 7:30am to mark 100 years to the minute since the battle began.

On Friday 1st July at 1:30pm at Memorial Square there was an Act of Remembrance which included the placing of wooden crosses by local schoolchildren on the green space close to the giant poppy monument, with each cross bearing the name of a Crewe man killed in battle. Their names were also read out.

On Saturday 2nd July at Crewe Lyceum Theatre there was a music, film and drama production to commemorate the Battle of the Somme.

The Battle of the Somme began at 7.30am on 1st July 1916 and is the single bloodiest day in British military history. The British Army suffered a staggering 57,540 casualties that day, of which more than 19,000 were killed. The battle lasted until 18th November 1916 and was one of the costliest of the First World War. In total, more than one million soldiers were killed or wounded.

Local schoolchildren queue to place a wooden cross in  Memorial Square CreweRoyal British Legion Crewe branch and members of public  prepare for two minute silence