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Thursday, 15 March 2018

Egg-citing Easter Fun at Tatton Park

Egg-citing Easter fun awaits you at Tatton Park with a host of activities between Good Friday, 30 March and Easter Monday, 2 April.

In the Mansion Chef Albert Joubert is preparing an eggs-traordinary dessert to celebrate Easter in style, but he is missing several vital ingredients. Can you harness your sleuthing skills to help him find them before the pudding is spoilt? Once you’ve located them all you can help Chef Joubert add the finishing touches to this remarkable pudding! And tots can have fun too as they look out for the chicks that have hidden in the Mansion – watch out they seem to be have escaped to the state rooms as well as the servants’ quarters!

Easter wouldn’t be Easter without a trail in the great outdoors! Look high and low for the Easter egg pictures through Dairy Wood Way and spell out a seasonal word for the chance to earn your chocolate treat. The race is on in the Gardens as you take on friends and family in our fun egg and spoon race and Easter egg rolling competitions. Challenge your loved ones and see who will emerge victorious!

Down at the Farm we’re discovering more about your favourite foods! See how your Easter eggs are made in our new cookery room and take the recipe to try at home. Meet our adorable newly hatched chicks and watch Berry the Jersey cow being milked and her milk turned into butter by Aunt Mary. There’s a prize for the best designed Easter egg each day so let your imagination run wild! And of course there are Easter eggs to be discovered across the Farm – will you be able to find them all?

In the courtyard we’ll also be offering more family-friendly activities and delicious home-cooked food in our award-wining tearoom and restaurant. And if you’re looking for any last minute Easter gifts you’re sure to find them in our fabulous gift shops and Easter Shopping Fair in the Tenants’ Hall featuring artisan food producers, craft, fashion, home furnishings and much more. The Fair is open from Saturday to Easter Monday only.

Public to have their say on plans for Middlewich Eastern Bypass

A six-week consultation will take place to get the public’s feedback on the preferred route for the Middlewich Eastern Bypass.

The scheme would, if approved, unlock key sites for housing and employment.

As part of the consultation, which begins on Monday 19 March, Cheshire East Council will also host three public engagement events, where the project team will be available to discuss the options and answer any questions.*

The team will be keen to hear people’s views and any suggestions they may have for improving the project, which is intended to relieve the town of serious traffic congestion while also unlocking land for new homes and employment sites.

Completion of the road will be the realisation of a long-standing ambition to remove heavy through traffic from the narrow streets of the town centre.

A consultation brochure will be available at the events, at Middlewich Town Hall, the public library and the town’s leisure centre during normal opening hours. It can also be viewed online.**

The council secured £46.8m government funding for the £58m scheme, successfully competing against funding bids for similar projects in other parts of the country. The balance would be met from the council’s capital budget and from developer contributions. 

Cheshire East Council proposes the construction of a 2.7km, 50mph, single carriageway from the Salt Cellar Roundabout, on the A54 to Booth Lane, to the south of Middlewich. It is hoped to see construction begin in 2020, with completion around the end of 2021. The project will be subject to the normal planning process.

The road would incorporate a cycleway and footway and a limited number of junctions to strategic sites, including improved access to the new waste transfer station at Cledford Lane.

Following a number of studies and surveys, the council is now in a position to make its preferred option available for public viewing. All comments and feedback received will help to refine the final scheme, which would be put before a planning committee in the summer of 2018.

Constructing the bypass would unlock key development sites that would have the potential to create 1,160 new homes and up to 6,500 new jobs.

Sean Hannaby, Cheshire East Council director of planning and environment, said: “Middlewich town centre suffers from severe traffic congestion due to the growth in heavy vehicle traffic using the A54 and A533, which meet in the town centre.

“We are fully aware of the disruption and inconvenience suffered by residents and businesses in Middlewich as a result of this long-standing issue, which has been worsening over many years.

“Cheshire East Council is determined to address this problem through a bypass option to the east of the town and we would like the views and feedback of as many people as possible in order to arrive at a scheme that the council, local residents and the businesses of this busy town.

“A proposal for a Middlewich Eastern Bypass is included in the Cheshire East Local Plan Strategy and the Cheshire East Local Transport Plan. The former Cheshire County Council secured initial planning permission for a scheme in the 1990s but, unfortunately, financial constraints halted its progress.”

Various surveys and assessments are already under way, including air quality, noise, ground investigations, ecological impacts and flood-risk planning.

The consultation period runs for six weeks starting 19 March 2018 and closing at midnight on 29 April. Any comments received before or after these dates will not be included in the consultation process.

*Three public engagement events will take place at St Mary’s Church Hall, 2 King Street, Middlewich on:

· Wednesday 28 March 2018 (2pm–8pm);

· Saturday 14 April 2018 (10am–3pm);

· Thursday 19 April 2018 (2pm–8pm).

** Members of the public can also view the brochure and respond to the consultation at:

or email

Or by post at FREEPOST RTUK-RBLY-XUBT, Middlewich Eastern Bypass, 5 First Street, Manchester, M15 4GU.

All responses must be received by no later than 11.59pm on 29 April 2018.


Crewe and Nantwich MP Laura Smith visited the Lifestyle Centre recently to observe members of the Seahorse Swimming Club during their weekly swimming session.

The club, which caters for people with disabilities, were very successful during 2017. As well as being awarded the Queen’s Award of Voluntary Service, they also enjoyed success at the regional and national Halliwick Galas.

Ms Smith was given a brief account of Seahorse by long serving volunteer and vice chairman, Michael Roberts. She also observed and interacted with the swimmers while they enjoyed their swimming session and chatted to the club officials and the families of the children.

Laura Smith commented: “What an absolute pleasure it was to attend Seahorse and to meet all of the members and the fantastic volunteers. The atmosphere in the Lifestyle Centre pool was wonderful, with people with varied disabilities and of mixed ages all having fun and taking part.

The volunteers do a marvellous job but as always more are needed, and I would encourage anyone who likes to swim to look into volunteering at this fantastic club for an hour a week.

Seahorse Swimming Club represents everything that is good about our communities. The benefits for people with disabilities are endless. I was genuinely moved speaking to the swimmers, their families and the volunteers.”

Club Secretary Gareth Roberts said: “It was so pleasing to see our local MP showing so much interest in Seahorse during her visit. Our members were thrilled to chat to her and show off their skills in the water. She praised the Club for its achievements and also complemented the volunteers for their efforts and dedication.”

Seahorse was established in 1956 and offers a valuable service to people with disabilities in South Cheshire. They meet every Thursday evening at 7.00pm at the Lifestyle Centre and rely on volunteers to carry out their activities. Anyone who would like information about volunteering can contact Gareth on 01270 629958.

Picture: Laura Smith MP (on the right) with volunteers Jackie Roberts and Nicole Lawson at a recent Seahorse swimming session

Laura smith at seahorse

Cheshire East flies the flag to mark Commonwealth Day

Cheshire East Council has held a ceremony to celebrate Commonwealth Day.

Civic dignitaries, local schoolchildren and members of the public looked on as the Commonwealth flag was raised outside the authority’s Municipal Buildings, in Crewe, at 11am today (March 12).

It was just one of many hundreds of Commonwealth flags flown at significant, strategic and eye-catching sites across the UK and beyond.

The flag flying helps to celebrate the true values of the Commonwealth as an increasingly multi-cultural world seeks unity, understanding and tolerance.

This year Commonwealth Day precedes the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in London, when the leaders of 53 independent member countries will meet to address key global challenges and agree how to work together for the welfare and common good of its 2.4 billion citizens.

Mayor of Cheshire East Councillor Arthur Moran led the flag-raising ceremony in Crewe, joined by children from Pebble Brook, Underwood West and Edleston primary schools.

Cllr Moran said in his address: “Joining together as members of one worldwide Commonwealth community and valuing the personal dignity and worth of every citizen, we raise this flag today as a visual symbol of the strong ties of kinship and affinity we cherish.

“We affirm our commitment to upholding the values set out in the Commonwealth Charter, to serving one another in a spirit of respect and understanding and to advancing development, democracy and cooperation locally, nationally and internationally.”

The gathered audience responded: “Our pledge is to support the Commonwealth, working together for a future in which there is freedom and justice and prosperity for all, with peace and understanding between peoples and nations.”

Queen Elizabeth II, who is head of the Commonwealth, was due to attend a multicultural, multi-faith service at Westminster Abbey today to mark Commonwealth Day.

The Queen has sent a Commonwealth Day message to Gold Coast Australia where the 2018 Commonwealth Games begin next month.

Saturday, 10 March 2018

The Andrews Panto & Plays Society

Reporter Jonathan White, Wistaston

The Andrews Panto & Plays Society (TAPPS) performed the pantomime 'Aladdin' at St Andrew's Church Hall, Bedford Street, Crewe in mid-January this year. Aladdin made a profit of £927. The profits from the pantomime were divided between St Andrew's Church funds, Macmillan Cancer Support and the Salvation Army, Crewe.

Members of the panto cast and crew were present at a buffet and cheque presentation evening on 2nd March 2018, with cast members wearing their costumes. A cheque for £300 was gratefully received by Clare Bloor from Macmillan Cancer Support. A cheque for £300 will also be given to the Salvation Army, Crewe.

Fred Allman, TAPPS director/organiser, said "This year the profits from the pantomime were divided between St Andrew's Church funds, Macmillan Cancer Support and the Salvation Army, Crewe. Since the formation of TAPPS in September 2014 we have given away over £2,000 to the church and charities."

As well as the annual panto TAPPS stages two variety shows and summer play reading evenings each year. There is also an active social programme. If you would like to get involved with this lively group please contact Fred Allman via text/phone on 07968829999.

TAPPS 2018 panto present a cheque  to Clare Bloor from Macmillan Cancer Support

Nantwich Jazz, Blues & Music Festival

Reporter Jonathan White, Wistaston

The Studio on Castle Street in Nantwich are hosting two consecutive days of fund-raising concerts during the annual Nantwich Jazz, Blues & Music Festival.

The first day of the Festival on Thursday 29th March 2018 features 1980's Electronica tribute band 'Electro 80s' who will recreate songs by artists such as Depeche Mode, Yazoo, Gary Numan, Duran Duran, Ultravox, Devo, Soft Cell and The Human League. Doors open at 8pm.

The second day of the Festival (Friday 30th March) has performances from musical duo ‘Baxter’, rockabilly band ‘Vavoom’ and the world's leading Bon Jovi Tribute band ‘The Bon Jovi Experience’. Doors open at 6pm.

Entry on both days is by donation and money raised will go to Mid Cheshire Hospitals Charity’s Dementia Appeal:

Nigel Woodhouse, Director of Operations at The Studio, said, "We are really looking forward to our two charity events this Easter.  It gives people like myself that grew up in the ‘80s the chance to relive their youth for a night or two. Doing these events for the Leighton Dementia Appeal is a fantastic and worthy cause. Dementia has touched so many of my friends with elderly parents and it is a great feeling to give a little bit to help.”

The 22nd Nantwich Jazz, Blues & Music Festival will feature performances by more than 150 solo performers and bands at venues across the town over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend (29th March-2nd April 2018):

The Studio - Electro80s

Cheshire East welcomes new report on HS2 in Crewe

Cheshire East Council has welcomed a report that shows support for increased HS2 connectivity and more frequent high-speed train services to and from Crewe.

Today the Department for Transport published the results of the consultation ‘Crewe Hub: options for building on existing connectivity’, held between July and October last year.

The council welcomes the publication of these results, which sought views on alternative scenarios for a Crewe hub that would enable additional HS2 connectivity at Crewe and bring other locations in the north on to the HS2 network, including Macclesfield – rather than existing proposals (in the Phase 2a Hybrid Bill) allowing only for two HS2 trains per hour at Crewe linking only to London.

It is clear from the responses that there is strong support for an alternative solution at Crewe with enhanced HS2 connectivity and a new northern junction allowing HS2 trains to return to the HS2 network north of Crewe and enabling direct high-speed services between Crewe and both Manchester and Birmingham.

The council, its partners and the Constellation Partnership, have long advocated that the regional transport, economic and regeneration benefits of HS2 to the area and beyond are dependent on securing the right solution for Crewe.

This means a new hub station capable of handling up to seven HS2 trains per hour, each way, and a new northern junction, allowing Crewe and the region to benefit from direct HS2 services to London, Manchester and Birmingham from Crewe.

This is clearly echoed more widely, with 114 consultation respondents in favour of more HS2 services at Crewe and only nine against and 109 in favour of a new northern junction with just 16 against.

This significant support towards the council’s vision for a Crewe hub has led the Department for Transport to make the following changes to the phase 2a scheme from Birmingham to Crewe:

● The provision of 400m platforms, extending Platform 5, to allow for the splitting and joining of HS2 services, which also opens opportunities for HS2 services from London to Stafford, Stoke-on-Trent and Macclesfield;

● A more efficient design for the station to provide an enhanced passenger experience;

● A change to the design of the rail layout to improve operational performance of trains and reduce the impact on freight services.

Frank Jordan, executive director for place at Cheshire East Council, said: “This is very welcome and yet more positive news which highlights the wider connectivity and economic benefits of having an enhanced Crewe hub for HS2.

“The arrival of HS2 at Crewe by 2027 provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to deliver nationally significant transformational economic growth and regeneration – not only to Crewe but also to the whole of the sub-region.

“An enhanced Crewe hub station would be the catalyst to deliver this growth, jobs and investment opportunities for Crewe and our partner councils and LEPs in the Constellation Partnership as well as the wider Midlands and North Wales regions.

“The provision of 400m platforms at Crewe is welcomed by the council as this will provide the capacity at Crewe to allow for HS2 classic compatible services from London to serve Stoke-on-Trent, Stafford and Macclesfield. This is excellent news for Macclesfield and sees the town join the HS2 network. The council will seek to work with the future West Coast Partnership franchisee to look at the opportunities for Macclesfield to be served by HS2 from 2027, six years earlier than phase 2b, as well as options for this service to extend north to Manchester.

“Government has stated that these modifications would not preclude Crewe’s ability to handle five to seven HS2 trains per hour if a new northern junction were delivered and would also allow for growth on the regional links to Crewe, such that they could each accommodate three to four regional services per hour. This would support the ambitions of the Constellation Partnership and other partners, including Growth Track 360, for improved regional connectivity to the Crewe hub and would unlock wider growth opportunities.

“The council is pleased to read of government’s support for the council’s vision for the Crewe hub and regeneration around it, as well as its partnership work and the vision for the Constellation Partnership set out in the Crewe HS2 Masterplan Vision and the Constellation Partnership’s Growth Strategy.

“However, there is still more to do to realise the vision for the Crewe hub and the council and our partners will continue to work with Network Rail and government to look at possible options to deliver a Crewe hub that would support these ambitious plans, not just for Crewe but for the wider region and beyond.

“The council and our partners will continue to make the case to government for the delivery of an enhanced Crewe hub by 2027, capable of serving up to seven HS2 trains per hour and for a new northern junction to be included as part of the phase 2b scheme.

“It is essential that we secure full commitment from government to the hub and northern junction to positively respond to the feedback to the consultation and realise the vision for Crewe and the Constellation Partnership.  As the government’s response within the report notes: ‘A well-integrated and high-quality Crewe hub is key to ensuring the maximum benefits are realised from the proposals’.”

FiRELiNK e-Newsletter - March 2018

Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service

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FiRELiNK e-Newsletter - March 2018

Welcome to the March edition of the Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service e-Newsletter.

Fourth award in a year for our Safe and Well visits

Chair of Cheshire Fire Authority Cllr Bob Rudd collects iESE 2018 Working Together Award for Safe and Well inititiative

Lifesaving work by our firefighters working with health professionals has won a fourth award in the first year of the innovative and ground breaking Safe and Well programme.

The collaboration between Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, NHS and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, has won the Working Together Award at the iESE Public Sector Transformation Awards 2018.

Find out more - Fourth award in a year for our Safe and Well visits

Praise for firefighters who dealt with a serious school fire

Firefighters tackling a fire at a school in Northwich

Firefighters who dealt with a serious fire a school in Northwich have been praised for their actions.

More than 50 firefighters from across Cheshire spent several hours tackling the fire at the University of Chester Academy Northwich (UCAN), which was reported at approximately 6am on Sunday 25 February.

The fire caused a substantial amount of damage to the building, however by working closely with the school’s Principal, firefighters were able to salvage vital equipment from the building.

Find out more - Praise for firefighters who dealt with a serious school fire

National Fire Chiefs Council National Sprinkler Week


It’s National Sprinkler Week from 12 March, a National Fire Chiefs Council campaign that is being supported by Cheshire firefighters.

We will be encouraging landlords, housing associations, business owners and schools to consider retro-fitting sprinklers in buildings where people are most at risk from fire.

Staff from the Service will be engaging with local businesses, social housing landlords and schools in the area, raising the profile of sprinklers and dispelling some of the myths that surround these types of fire suppression systems.

Find out more - National Fire Chiefs Council National Sprinkler Week

Hoping to raise bucketloads for charity

Charity car wash in Runcorn

Our firefighters will be splashing out with car washes throughout March in aid of The Fire Fighters Charity.

Crews will be rolling up their sleeves and taking to buckets and hoses to shine up the county’s cars along with providing drivers with vital road safety advice. Firmly established on the fire and rescue service calendar, the National Car Wash is the charity's largest national fundraising event of the year.

All funds raised go to The Fire Fighters Charity, the UK’s leading provider of life-enhancing services for serving and retired fire service personnel and their families.

Find out more - Hoping to raise bucketloads for charity

High Potential Development Scheme

Firefighters tackling a fire

Are you enthusiastic, dedicated and keen to step into a vocation like no other? If yes, then read on - as a career with Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service might be for you!

We are currently looking for talented first or second year degree students who would like to apply for our High Potential Development Scheme - a programme to develop our managers and leaders of the future.

This is your opportunity to join and potentially shape one of the country’s leading fire and rescue services.

Find out more - High Potential Development Scheme

Change your clocks and test your smoke alarms

Encouraing residents to test smoke alarms

The clocks go forward at 01:00am on Sunday 25th March 2018 - as British Summer Time officially starts.

When you change your clocks, please check your smoke alarms too.

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Council signals crackdown on dog fouling and anti-social owners

Signs are going up to remind people of Cheshire East Council’s new beefed-up powers to crack down on dog fouling and dog control – to help keep our parks, nature reserves and open spaces pleasant for all.

It follows overwhelming public support for tougher controls put forward by the council during its recent borough-wide consultation.

The council introduced the new Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) on 1 November 2017, specifically to tackle dog fouling and dog control across the borough.

New signs are now being installed across parks, nature reserves and open spaces to remind everyone of the new rules and to warn dog owners they could be fined for failing to pick up after their dog or keep their dog under control.

Fiona Reynolds, director of public health for Cheshire East, said: “We want everyone to enjoy the Cheshire East countryside and make the most of our beautiful parks, nature reserves and open spaces this spring.

“To ensure areas are safe and clean for everyone to use, we have to be strict about asking dog owners to keep their dogs under control and to pick up after their dog. Failing to do this could see dog owners fined between £100 and £1,000 under the new Public Spaces Protection Order.

“Most people are very responsible when walking their dogs and are happy to keep to these simple rules and we thank them for helping us to maintain pleasant green spaces for all to enjoy.”

The main features of the PSPO allow the council to:

● Tackle those that fail to pick up after their dog in all public places within Cheshire East


● Allow authorised officers to tell a dog owner/walker to put – and keep – their dog on a lead if necessary. For example, if their dog was showing aggressive behaviour; and

● Issue a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) of £100. A failure to pay the FPN may lead to prosecution and a potential maximum fine of £1,000, as would more serious breaches of the PSPO.

Why introduce this new PSPO for dog fouling and control?

Cheshire East Council has a statutory duty to keep land clear of litter and refuse (including dog fouling) and a duty of care for dealing with waste.

The authority also has a duty to take action against irresponsible individuals who fail to clear up after their dogs on land which is open to the public. Not only is dog mess highly unpleasant, it is also a hazard to health – particularly to young children. Roundworm eggs found in dog mess (toxocara canis) can easily be picked up by children. This causes stomach upsets, sore throats, asthma and, in some cases, blindness. 

Introducing the PSPO last November allowed the council to replace and extend the existing dog controls and byelaws. This gives a consistent approach across the borough to dog fouling and introduced dog control requirements to encourage responsible dog ownership and ensure that everyone is able to enjoy our publicly-accessible open areas, woodland, heath land, country parks and public spaces safely.

A national survey found 95 per cent of Britons are worried about the amount of dog fouling. The council recognises that most dog owners are responsible and clean up after their pets but a small minority continue to cause problems.

Click on the following link to see a short video clip of Mark Arnold, our countryside ranger at Brereton Heath local nature reserve, talking about why the PSPO is so important:

To see the full details of the public space protection order visit:

For more information or to report issues relating to environmental crime, visit: or ring the council on 0300 123 5011.

A talented local rugby player

Reporter Jonathan White, Wistaston

A talented local rugby player has been chosen to receive training at an elite level club.

Christine Lawson - photo by Denise  Lawson

Christine Lawson, aged 17 from Crewe, started playing rugby only two years ago. She was born in South Africa and was inspired to play by her father - Steve Lawson - who regularly participated in the sport when they lived in South Africa.

Christine currently plays on the flank for the Ladies XV team at Crewe & Nantwich Rugby Union Football Club, who play their home matches at the Vagrants Ground in Willaston near Nantwich, in the National Challenge North West 1 league.

She is also a member of the Cheshire RFU Senior County Ladies team, who train at Winnington Park, near Northwich, having played several times for Cheshire RFU Under 18s.

In late February this year she attended a trial for Firwood Waterloo Ladies RFU team in Bootle near Liverpool. As a result, she has been picked to receive training at the club’s centre of excellence at Litherland Sports Park. Firwood Waterloo Ladies play in the Tyrrells Premier 15s, the top tier of the women's English rugby union domestic league system. The club also has links with the England Women’s RFU setup.

Christine has also played in the Cheshire Under 17 and Under 18 girls cricket teams and played in the Cheshire Under 17s girls hockey team but chose to follow her dream of playing rugby. She hopes to inspire other girls to participate in sport as statistically, by the age of 17, more than half of girls have stopped playing sport altogether.

Christine said: “I am very glad to receive training at this high level. I also thank the coaches and players at Crewe & Nantwich Rugby Union Football Club who have helped me get this far."

Matt Baty, Ladies Coach at Crewe & Nantwich Rugby Union Football Club, said: “Christine was forced to play at a different Club last year due to the lack of players in her age group at Crewe and Nantwich. Fortunately, this year she has been able to play up to the Over 18s due to a change in the league regulations and has slotted right in! It can often be a big step up from juniors to adults due to the difference in the size and physicality of the players, but Christine has been one of the first names on the team sheet since the start of the season. She has a very bright future in the game and we’re very lucky to have had her at Crewe & Nantwich RUFC this season”.

For information relating to Crewe & Nantwich Rugby Union Football Club please visit: , or search Crewe and Nantwich Ladies RUFC on Facebook.

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Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Being neighbourly in this cold weather

Neighbourhood Watch

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Being neighbourly in this cold weather

Neighbourhood Watch isn’t just about preventing crime - we’re a movement with neighbourliness at our heart and with this cold weather dug in we wanted to send a friendly request to our supporters to check on any elderly or vulnerable neighbours if you can.

Many people are waiting out the weather at home and some won’t have been able to get out for several days now so a friendly knock from a neighbour is welcome. Maybe they need a pint of milk or a can of beans to get them through to the thaw, or a path swept or their dog walked?

Of course your safety is important too – so please think about that and only venture out if you can do so safely.

Thanks to all our supporters for your neighbourliness and all that you do - in good weather and bad -  for your communities.

To find out more about Neighbourhood Watch click here.

Cheshire East Youth Parliament members elected in local ceremony

Two young people from Crewe and Poynton have been elected to represent Cheshire East for the UK Youth Parliament.

Tyler Everall and Jake Crossley were selected as the final Cheshire East candidates, at a ceremony held at Congleton Town Hall (on February 28) after receiving the most votes from their peers.

More than 4,000 votes were cast in total and both individuals will represent the views of young people from across the borough, taking responsibility for organising events and campaigns, meeting MPs, lobbying for change and appearing in the media. 

In order to become elected the eight competing candidates, aged 11-18, had to present a series of speeches to parents, carers and professionals, sharing their views on issues affecting their community.

As part of his speech, Tyler, 15, spoke out about his passion for the LGBT community, highlighting how keen he is to represent young people in Cheshire East and to ensure that their voice is heard.

Jake, 13, focussed on his passion for campaigning for equal funding in the North West, saying: “I’ll cooperate with as many people as possible to make this work.”

Prior to the event the eight semi-finalists had been campaigning in schools, colleges and youth provisions across Cheshire East, covering topics such as LGBT awareness, mental health, curriculum for life and safer communities. 

Jake added: “I’d like to thank all the youth support staff and teachers, who’ve helped me to prepare for this, as well as my friends and family who’ve supported me all the way.”

Tyler said: “I am truly excited to have this opportunity to work with many amazing people, especially the new UK Members of Youth Parliament and Jake, my fellow representative for Cheshire East.”

Young people in Cheshire East have been participating in UK Youth Parliament over the past 10 years, with successful candidates taking topical and local issues to the House of Commons alongside other national representatives.

New members of UK Youth Parliament are voted for on a bi-annual basis, and the election season takes place from November to March. 

Mark Palethorpe, acting executive director of people at Cheshire East Council, said: “Both candidates have worked really hard to win this election within the Cheshire East constituency and have demonstrated impressive dedication throughout the process.

“Their passion for bringing local issues to the forefront and ensuring their views are heard at such a young age is nothing short of inspiring. I’m so proud that we have had so many of our 33,000 young people in Cheshire East who want to make a difference in our community.”

Commercial property market confidence remains high in Cheshire East

Commercial property take-up in Cheshire East is soaring with a record-breaking £118.5m of investment property deals last year – more than three times the total for 2016.

The strong signs of growth in the commercial property market during 2017 were presented to property professionals today at an event hosted by the Cheshire East Council’s arms-length Skills and Growth Company.

The figures are from a commissioned commercial property review by independent property consultants BE Group.

The office market included the development of new offices for Radius Payment Solutions in Crewe worth £12m and moves to the Alderley Park campus agreed with Cyprotex and Royal London – the latter helping to safeguard up to 1,200 jobs in the borough.

The most high-profile investment deal was the purchase of the BAE Systems’ facility at Radway Green, near Crewe, by a consortium of Korean investors for £56m.

Director of BE Group Vince Sandwell said: “The 2017 figures represent further evidence of the attractiveness and quality of Cheshire East’s property portfolio on an international scale and in particular the evidence of strong demand for high-quality industrial space, where demand is outstripping supply.”

Julian Cobley, managing director of the Skills and Growth Company, said: “We believe that the commercial property growth during the past 12 months will continue and set further growth during 2018, retaining our position as a strong and diverse economic powerhouse.

“With the support of the Skills and Growth Company, businesses can look confidently to further sustainable growth and success in the future. My objective remains to ensure Cheshire East continues to be one of the UK’s best places to live and invest in.”

Further details and an executive summary of the commercial property review is available at:

Helen Kay, from Nantwich

Reporter Jonathan White, Wistaston

Helen Kay, from Nantwich, is researching the relationship between poetry and dyslexia/dyspraxia as part of her MA in Creative Writing course at Manchester Metropolitan University.

She is staging an exhibition about dyslexia, dyspraxia and poetry at Crewe Lifestyle Centre from 4th to 11th August 2018. The exhibition aims to record the experiences of people with dyslexia and dyspraxia and to show that many are highly creative. 

Helen would like to hear from people with dyslexia and/or dyspraxia. She would welcome a short poem, a piece of flash fiction or even an audio or video clip about any aspect of dyslexia/dyspraxia – people’s gifts or experiences and the experiences of those around them.

If you would like to submit a piece for the exhibition, please send your name, age and a short sentence about yourself, giving your consent for the work to be used in a display or film to be shown in a public place, by 1st May 2018 to Helen via: . Please state if you wish to remain anonymous.

Helen Kay said: “I would love to hear from people with dyslexia/dyspraxia. It would be great if people could send me either a poem or a piece of flash fiction about any aspect of their experience. Audio and visual submissions are also welcome. The aim is to incorporate these into the exhibition.”

Researcher Helen Kay

Happy and prosperous New Year for borough’s hotel sector

The New Year put a smile on the face of the hotel and hospitality sector in Cheshire East as latest figures show a 6.3 per cent rise in occupancy rates on the same month last year.

The percentage of rooms let rose from 57.3 per cent in January 2017 to 60.9 per cent in January 2018. With January tending to see a post-Christmas lull, the figures are an encouraging sign that the borough’s visitor economy remains strong.

Further evidence can be found in the revenue figures, with the average daily rate paid per room increasing by 1.2 per cent and the overall revenue generated per room put at 7.6 per cent more than for the same month in 2017.

The occupancy figures are a strong indicator of just how well the hotel sector in Cheshire East is performing against other visitor destinations, such as Chester, Cheshire West and Liverpool.

Chester saw a 7.1 per cent increase, while Liverpool and Manchester experienced a marginal fall off in business.

Frank Jordan, Cheshire East Council’s executive director of place, said: “It is very pleasing to see that this element of the borough’s visitor economy continues to perform well.

“As a council, we recognise the importance of this sector to the economy as a whole, making Cheshire East a great place to visit and to stay.”

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Council updates its housing allocation policy to help the homeless and armed forces personnel

Cheshire East Council is reviewing and updating its policy for the allocation of social housing in order to meet the requirements of the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017, which comes into force on 3 April, 2018.

Proposed changes, including priorities for the homeless and armed forces personnel, will be subject to approval by the council’s cabinet.

Cheshire East is committed to putting its residents at the heart of council policy and continues to develop better outcomes for residents facing challenging circumstances.

The council’s revised ‘Common Allocations Policy’ is intended to ensure the best use of social housing stock within the Cheshire East area and give residents a place to live that supports their health and wellbeing and contributes to their quality of life.

In future, people assessed as not having security of tenure, who are living in overcrowded conditions, or whose current accommodation is affecting a diagnosed medical condition, will be placed in a higher category.

Serving and former armed forces personnel, who are already housed but in need of different accommodation, will also be placed in a higher category.

Some changes to the policy will affect pregnant women, who will now move into a higher priority category once the child is born. People seeking social housing will also need to have been resident in the borough for two years or have a local connection such as employment in Cheshire East.

Those people allocated social housing will have to wait 12 months before applying for a move to different accommodation, unless there is a change in their circumstances.

Social housing providers will be allocating an equal number of units in multiple-unit blocks of flats to working people.

All social housing tenants and residents awaiting allocation are advised to check as to how the changes may affect them.

Karen Carsberg, strategic housing manager for Cheshire East Council, said: “It is very important that we do everything we can as a local authority to help the must vulnerable people in our communities. We will continue to ensure that housing is allocated fairly and objectively.”

Cheshire East Council believes that all its residents should have the opportunity to live in decent accommodation in a pleasant environment.  Last December the council consulted on its strategy for tackling homelessness – due to be adopted in March, 2018 – and also the council’s housing strategy, which outlined the long-term vision for increasing the number of new affordable homes.

The council has also introduced a new policy to penalise private landlords through the courts, if necessary, when tenants are forced to live in sub-standard conditions or are put at personal risk.

The new policy can be viewed on the council website at:

A six-week period of consultation, which started yesterday, runs up to Tuesday 10 April.

Comments can also be emailed to the council via or in writing to Cheshire East Council, Research and Consultation Team, 2nd Floor, Westfields, Middlewich Road, Sandbach, CW11 1HZ.

Haslington bypass to close on Sunday

A road which links to the Crewe Green roundabout, will close during the day on Sunday 4 March to allow the safe removal of roadside vegetation.

The Haslington bypass (A534) will close from 9am-3:30pm. Diversion routes will be displayed on the day and advanced warning signs are already in place.

All other routes linking to the roundabout will remain open.

To keep up to date with the scheme, please visit the Crewe Green roundabout page on the 

council’s website: where you can also view the latest monthly newsletter for the scheme.