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Saturday, 28 March 2015

Cheshire East enlists brain power to boost geothermal energy plans

 

The search is on for a talented graduate who can analyse the potential for Cheshire East to generate geothermal energy.

Cheshire East Council is contributing to a Natural Environmental Research Council-funded PhD studentship at Keele University. The student will work out the best way to release energy from deep beneath the earth’s surface to heat homes and businesses.

The £88,000 project is the latest funding success for Cheshire East. In two earlier rounds of investment, the Department for Energy and Climate Change contributed £250,000 towards feasibility studies into plans for a heat network in Crewe and in rural areas of Cheshire East.

As one of only six areas in the UK with deep geothermal potential, Cheshire East Council is at the forefront of geothermal development and is in discussions with potential partners to develop a geothermal heat to provide long-term, renewable energy.

It is estimated that geothermal reserves in the Cheshire Basin hold around 4.6M GWh of zero-carbon, low-cost energy, more than six times the national heat demand of Britain.

The first phase of the geothermal project will require a £37m investment to drill down 4.5km to bring hot water to the surface and serve customers in Leighton West, Crewe.

The collaboration between Keele and Cheshire East Council recognises the value of knowledge transfer opportunities to give students the opportunity to contribute solutions and learn from real world examples.

The Council is keen to encourage appropriately qualified residents and those working in the geothermal industry to consider the opportunity the PhD provides. 

Caroline Simpson, Cheshire East Council’s Executive Director of  Economic Growth and Prosperity, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for a talented graduate to make their mark on a project which could transform the economy of Cheshire East.

“We hope the studentship will be very attractive to researchers with expertise in this area.”

The successful applicant should have, or expect to have, an honours degree at 2.1 or above (or equivalent) in geology, geophysics, reservoir engineering or an aligned subject. 

A master’s degree in geoscience, geophysics or geotechnical engineering is highly desirable.

Formal applications can be completed online at: www.keele.ac.uk/pgresearch/studentships/ where further information can be found. The project reference number (FNS GS 2015-02) and supervisor (Dr Nigel Cassidy) must be quoted on the application form.

Informal enquiries can be made to the project supervisor, Dr Nigel Cassidy (n.j.cassidy@keele.ac.uk) with a CV and cover letter. All general enquiries should be directed to Professor Trevor Greenhough (Director of Postgraduate Research), Faculty of Natural Science, by emailing t.j.greenhough@keele.ac.uk

Suspended jail term for benefit fraudster

 

A 59-year-old woman who cheated the benefits system out of more than £38,000 has received a suspended jail term after her fraud was uncovered by Cheshire East Council.

Patricia Gregory, of Hough Close, Rainow, Macclesfield was sentenced to 30 weeks imprisonment, suspended for 12 months with 12 months’ supervision, by a judge at Chester Crown Court on Friday, March 20.

She had already pleaded guilty to three counts of dishonestly failing to report a change in her circumstances that she knew would affect her entitlement to Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit and Income Support.

The court heard that Gregory had claimed all three benefits since October 2007 on the basis that she was a single person on a low income.

However, investigators from Cheshire East Council and the Department for Work and Pensions discovered that Gregory’s husband been living with her since summer 2009 and had been supporting her financially.

Gregory cheated the system to the tune of more than £38,000 by failing to declare that her husband was sharing the family home and by actively maintaining the fraudulent claim for more than four years.

The prosecution was brought by Cheshire East Council’s legal team.

Steph Cordon, Cheshire East Council’s Head of Communities, said: “It is a big mistake for fraudsters to think they can get away with claiming benefits they are not entitled to.

“They risk being prosecuted and ending up with a criminal conviction for a serious offence of dishonesty.

“We have a zero-tolerance policy towards benefit fraud because we are determined to ensure that the benefits system works for people who really need help.”

Residents can report people they suspect of benefit fraud by calling free on the confidential fraud hotline number 0800 389 2787. There is no need to give a name and calls are treated in the strictest confidence.

Alternatively, suspected fraud can be reported through the Council’s website at www.cheshireeast.gov.uk

TIME TO CATCH THE CONVERTER THIEVES


Following a number of thefts of catalytic converters across East Cheshire in recent weeks, police are warning car and van owners to be vigilant.
Since the beginning of February, there have been ten reports of catalytic converter thefts in Crewe.
Thieves have struck across the town, including the Morton Road, Milton Road and Wistaston Road areas. On each occasion, Mercedes Sprinter or Veto vans have been targeted.
Detective Inspector Glyn Leech said: “Several vehicles in the Crewe area, all of which were parked on the roadside overnight, appear to have been targeted by thieves intent on stealing the devices, we presume to sell on as scrap metal. While we are investigating the pattern of these thefts we would urge car & van owners to take some simple steps to protect their vehicles.”


DI Leech continued “Catalytic converter theft can go unnoticed until the vehicle makes a louder noise than usual, so regular checks should be made and anything suspicious reported to police. There are several devices available on the market that can be affixed to the converter/exhaust itself to prevent it being removed. Similarly, catalytic converters can be etched with a serial number or a UV pen and vehicle owners or businesses can apply some form of sign or sticker on the vehicle to show that the property has been marked.  If the catalytic converter is etched it is identifiable, this makes it more difficult for the thief to sell the item on, and also make it easier for us to trace it. We would also ask scrap metal dealers to be mindful if they are offered a catalytic converter or exhaust system, and if in doubt, contact police.”


Similarly, police urge members of the community to report to Police anyone seen behaving suspiciously around vans or cars, particularly during the night.
PC Shelley Wood
Crewe Police Station
Crewe Neigbourhood Policing Team
T: 01606 365334
E: shelley.woods@cheshire.pnn.police.uk

BOWEL CANCER - SPOTTING THE SIGNS CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE

 

It is the UK’s second biggest cancer killer claiming 16,000 lives a year, yet, figures released by Cancer Research UK show that, if spotted at its earliest stage, bowel cancer can be treated successfully, with nine out of ten people surviving for more than five years1.

Now in support of Bowel Cancer Awareness Month running throughout April, medical experts are calling on people to recognise the symptoms so they are able to act quickly if they spot anything out of the ordinary.

At BMI South Cheshire Private Hospital, in Leighton, Crewe, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon Mr Arif Khan urged people to: “be aware of what is normal for you, so that you recognise any changes”.

The disease was particularly in the public eye throughout the last year following the death of teenager Stephen Sutton and television favourite Lynda Bellingham.

Another leading campaigning charity - Bowel Cancer UK - is also using April to call for extra research into diagnosis and treatment of the disease.

Nick Bason, Head of Communications at Bowel Cancer UK, said: “While major advances have been made in recent years in improving survival rates for bowel cancer, there are still huge research gaps which need to be addressed urgently to improve diagnosis and treatment of the disease. Bowel cancer is both treatable and curable if diagnosed sufficiently early.”

Meanwhile Mr Khan added: “A change in your bowel habit that lasts for three weeks or more, blood in your poo are warning signs that need acting upon as soon as possible. Other signs include unexplained weight loss, feeling tired without reason, stomach pains or a lump in the stomach.”

He also explained that although there was not a clear cut reason why some people develop bowel cancer people can reduce their risk by making some simple lifestyle choices.

FIVE TOP TIPS

Stop smoking: Long-term smokers are more likely than non-smokers to develop bowel cancer.

Watch your weight: After not smoking, maintaining a healthy weight is the most important thing you can do for cancer prevention.

Cut down on alcohol: Bowel cancer has been linked to a heavy intake of alcohol. The more you cut down, the more you reduce your risk.

Exercise regularly: Besides using up extra calories and helping you avoid gaining weight, being physically active also helps food to move through your digestive system more quickly.

Eat healthily: Make sure you eat plenty of dietary fibre from whole grains, seeds, fruit and vegetables. This helps to move waste quickly through your digestive system. Also drink plenty of water.

1http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/cancer-info/cancerstats/keyfacts/bowel-cancer/

Welcome to the MP,s 161st news bulletin

 

This week, we've seen the 'prorogation' of Parliament - the formal conclusion of the work of the House of Commons and the Lords in advance of the General Election, which will be held on Thursday 7 May.
Parliament might be closed now, but I will be continuing to work hard for Crewe and Nantwich constituents throughout the election period.  It's still business as usual at my constituency office in Crewe, which will continue to be open five days a week. So if you would like to drop in for advice or information, you can do so on Mondays 10am to 12noon, and Tuesdays to Fridays 10am to 4pm.

As ever, you can also drop me a line if there is anything that I can do to support you, or any issue or concern that you'd like to raise with me. I will be happy to help in any way I can.

Edward Timpson MP
Member of Parliament for Crewe and Nantwich
Please remember, you can always contact me directly if you have any questions for me, or if there is anything I can do to assist you.

Photo: Nantwich South plans refused by Secretary of State
I met up with local campaigners, including Pat Cullen of Protect Stapeley, and Stapeley councillors to welcome the news that Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has refused the 'Nantwich South' planning applications.
The decision has been a long time coming but it's been well worth the wait and I want to pay tribute to Pat and the Protect Stapeley campaign. Without the involvement of the local residents that supported that campaign – together with the local councillors and myself – we wouldn’t have been able to push a very clear message right through the planning system all the way to the top that this was the wrong development in the wrong location and would directly affect quality of life for many local residents.
Read more: Nantwich Chronicle.

Since my last e-mail, I have...

  • Hosted the second of my two successful Seniors' Health and Information Fairs, at the Victoria Community Centre.
  • Joined the fantastic construction apprentices at Reaseheath College as part of National Apprenticeships Week, which highlights the benefits that skilled apprentices bring to businesses and to the national economy.
  • Met local parents of disabled children at an event at Crewe Alex, organised by Cheshire East Parent Carer Forum as part of Mencap's 'Hear my Voice' campaign.
  • Cut the ribbon at the official re-opening of Wybunbury Village Hall, which has been refurbished with the help of a community grant from WREN.
  • Celebrated with local business PANAD Site Services, as they expand and move to new premises at Macon Court Business Park.
  • Spoken to the BBC with the other parliamentarians who will be running this year's London Marathon, in aid of a range of good causes. I will be running to support the Leighton Hospital MRI Scanner Appeal.
  • Visited the kitchen at Mrs Darlington's Jams in Crewe: a truly local family business, which is going from strength to strength.

Photos: Grand opening, Wybunbury Village Hall
It was great to see first hand the improvements that have been made to the Village Hall in Wybunbury, thanks in part to funding from WREN, the not-for-profit company that turns landfill taxes into community grants.  The hall has been given a new lease of life.
I was also delighted to hear afterwards from the Secretary, to let me know that I'd won a prize in the raffle! A book about Wybunbury, compiled by the local people who know the village best.

London Marathon 2015
I’m looking forward to competing in the London Marathon this year for the eleventh time, and I’m especially delighted to be taking to the streets in aid of the Mid Cheshire Hospitals Charity MRI Scanner Appeal. I hope that local people will continue supporting the appeal, and help them raise their £1m target.
You can support my marathon run and the MRI Scanner Appeal through my JustGiving fundraising page.

MP's Seniors Fair was 'a success'
Crewe Chronicle: Crewe’s older generation were able to come together to find out and share a wide range of information. Dario Gradi, Crewe Alexandra’s director of football opened the event at Victoria Community Centre which followed on from a similar event, held in Nantwich and was deemed a ‘big hit.’

Terraced houses, Copyright 'Espresso Addict'

MP builds on skills during Apprenticeship Week
Crewe and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson joined construction apprentices during lessons at Reaseheath College last week.
He visited the Nantwich college as part of National Apprenticeships Week, a celebration of the benefits that skilled apprentices bring to businesses and to the national economy

All Change for Crewe Plan is 'on track'
Crewe Chronicle: Millions of pounds have been invested in the project – but what exactly has the money been spent on, where has it come from and what progress has been made? Belinda Ryan attended a briefing meeting given to councillors by the council's regeneration programme manager for Crewe.

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Monday, 23 March 2015

Illegal Guard Dogs at Allotments

 
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A witness walking near the allotments that go from Ford Lane Crewe to Underwood Lane. A  loose guard dog came rushing at the fence snapping and snarling at them trying to find a way  to get out and attack them. This went on for a full 8 mins. They made a noise to see if there was anyone with it and a man came and said it was a guard dog he had no control over the dog it ignored anything he said.
This is an offense under the guard dog act as the dog must be under control at ALL times if a child or an allotment holder had enter the premise which they could legally do they could have been killed in the 8 mins before the handler came this is why the act was set up in the first place.
The allotments are CEC allotments run by Crewe Town Council and they are also responsible to ensure the handler is  licensed under the act section 3.
I need urgent action to be taken on this matter before innocent people are injured or worse the man with the dog didnt wear a uniform and refused to produce any ID. The main points of the act are below and I would like to know how many other sites controlled by CEC are using these dogs out of control and not complying with the act
Below a reply from the allotments most of which is disputed
Please find attached a CCTV file that covers the main gate at the Ford Lane entrance (you will need software that plays .H264 files) it shows the full incident. It lasted approximately 2 minutes, certainly not the 8 minutes stated in the email . The man walked up to the gate and kicked it, causing the guard dog to run to the gate barking. When the dog handler walked up to the gate he advised the man that he was on CCTV, to which he replied "that’s fucking bollocks, they're fake". The handler pointed to the signs that are clearly displayed on the gate, the first advising that CCTV is in operation and recording 24 hours a day. Then the second larger sign that advises we have dog patrols on site. Both gates are covered by these signs.
Taking their points the cctv which hasn’t been decode yet may show 2 mins from the gate camera but we want them to provide the video from the other cameras which will show the dog was loose for well over 8 mins.
It doesn’t matter if its 2 mins or 10 mins the law states it must be under control at ALL TIMES and they have admitted breaking the law a dog can kill a child in 2 mins this was why the act was setup after a lots of innocent children were hurt What are the council going to do about this breach?
The law states warning must be on every entrance they are on both gates but there are in fact over 100 entrances to the allotments as the houses in Badger ave back onto them and many have access from their gardens as they in the past had a allotment. Speaking to people in the area they are out raged that this dog is loose and could enter their gardens unsupervised and endanger them they were not aware of the dog being loose.
The act says the dog used as a guard dog were ever its kept is classed as a kennel and therefore a licence under section 3 of this Act in respect of the kennels. Can the council confirm it has issued a licence for this dog?
This new law suggest this dog will be illegal next week unless they have the required licence to operate have they got this? Has the handler got a SIA certificate?
How many other allotments are using illegal guard dogs if you know of any please let us know?

New Law

From April 2015 it will become law that all security companies will need a licence to operate. A lot of companies currently trading will simply not be granted a licence as they do not have the correct qualifications in place. If this affects your current supplier, they could disappear overnight, leaving your security compromised. Have they informed you about the new law? Do you know if they will continue to trade with a licence after April 2015? And what if they continue to trade illegally, without a licence? You need to start asking questions.
The licence is being introduced as yet another way of ensuring that customers receive a superior product and service. Unlike the Approved Contractors Scheme (ACS) for service and quality, this new licence is a mandatory certification which should finally see an end to rogue security companies. It’s a positive step forward for the security industry and gives you, the customer, more peace of mind and a better standard of service.
More information about the new licence and what it means for you the customer and the industry can be found at www.sia.homeoffice.gov.uk
If you take a Police dog it is always on a lead and under control of the handler the only time it would be loose is if a suspect runs and after a warning it may then be released and is trained to hold not to savage. Can this handler demonstrate his dog will not savage and will respond to normal obedience commands ie sit, stay walk to heel, lie down release a suspect when told?
Control of guard dogs 1975 act.
(1)A person shall not use or permit the use of a guard dog at any premises unless a person (“the handler”) who is capable of controlling the dog is present on the premises and the dog is under the control of the handler at all times while it is being so used except while it is secured so that it is not at liberty to go freely about the premises.
(2)The handler of a guard dog shall keep the dog under his control at all times while it is being used as a guard dog at any premises
(3)A person shall not use or permit the use of a guard dog at any premises unless a notice containing a warning that a guard dog is present is clearly exhibited at each entrance to the premises.
(1)A person shall not keep a dog at guard dog kennels unless he holds a licence under section 3 of this Act in respect of the kennels.
(2)A person shall not use or permit the use at any premises of a guard dog if he knows or has reasonable cause to suspect that the dog (when not being used as a guard dog) is normally kept at guard dog kennels in breach of subsection (1) of this section.




Update

Thing have got a lot more serious after the article on crewenews.net  a  reporter has advised how serious this is.

The Security guard must hold a SIA licence and so must the people who operate the CCTV at the allotments  on the night the guard refused to show his id.

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Holders of front line licences must:

Wear the licence where it can be seen at all times when engaging in designated licensable
activity (unless you have reported it lost or stolen, or it is in our possession

As a matter of great urgency I must request the licence numbers of all the people responsible for the cctv which covers public land the licence for the person who employed the guard and the guard himself. Anyone operating viewing the CCTV may need a licence

I believe it will not be possible to provide this as they are all unlicensed  

Penalties for operating without a licence
For those working in a licensable security role or supplying unlicensed security staff, without an SIA
licence the penalties are:
summary conviction at a Magistrate’s Court, Sheriff Court or District Court: a maximum
penalty of six months imprisonment and/or a fine of up to the statutory maximum, or
trial on indictment at Crown Court, High Court of Justiciary or Sheriff and jury trial (for
supplying unlicensed staff only), an unlimited fine and/or up to five years imprisonment.
Interested parties should seek their own independent legal advice on this matter if they are concerned

The question is who is responsible for this is it Crewetown Council , CEC or the allotment association because someone may be liable to up to 5 years imprisonment or unlimited fines?










Infected Emails

Current spam email campaigns are trying to infiltrate or infect email accounts by pretending to come from either Adobe or LinkedIn Support. The emails from LinkedIn claim ‘irregular activities have prompted a compulsory security update’. With the Adobe emails attempt to direct the user to the latest updates
Phishing is an attempt by a fraudster to steal valuable information by pretending to be a company that you know and use. It relies on people to think the message is genuine. Victims are initially sent an email that will have either a link to a website, or contain an attachment. What the fraudsters want you to do is click on the link or attachment so that they can steal valuable information from your computer, like your bank account or credit card details
Protect yourself:

  • Look at who the email is addressed to – many will say “Dear user” or “Dear valued customer” and will not be addressed directly to you.
  • If there are images included in the email they may be of a poor quality but will try to look like the company they are trying to represent.
  • The message may have a few spelling mistakes.
  • Do not click on the link supplied. Instead, go to the relevant website and log in from there.
IF YOU NEED TO REPORT A FRAUD, PLEASE CALL ACTION FRAUD ON 0300 123 2040 OR USE THE ACTION FRAUD REPORTING TOOL, VIA THE ACTION FRAUD WEBSITE - http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/. PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL IF YOU NEED TO REPORT A FRAUD OR ANY OTHER CRIME.

Sandbach Golf Club have raised £2,020.70 for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research

Reporter J White

Sandbach Golf Club have raised £2,020.70 for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research - www.leukaemialymphomaresearch.org.uk . Their fund-raising included a Lady Captain’s drive-in, a Ladies winter 9-hole competition, a coffee morning and an afternoon tea. Money raised by the afternoon tea was match-funded by Barclays.

For further information relating to the South Cheshire branch of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research please ‘phone 01948 871250, or email: liz.boffey@btinternet.com

Joyce Griffith presents the cheque to Liz and Mike  Boffey

Council urges residents to make sure they are registered to vote

 

Cheshire East Council is urging people who rent their homes to make sure they are eligible to vote in the elections.

With only 44 days to go until the most eagerly anticipated general election in years, the Council is keen to ensure as many people as possible are eligible to vote on the day.

Recent changes, under the banner of Individual Electoral Registration, mean that you’ll need to register at your new address. You can do this easily by going to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

You’ll need to give your National Insurance number as well your date of birth and address. The deadline for registering to vote in time for this year’s elections is 20 April.

If you have registered yourself at your current address since 10 June, 2014, and you have not moved since, you will be registered to vote under the new system. You will be registered to vote if you have received information at your current address telling you that you are registered under the new system.

Be a voter and make sure you are registered to vote without delay.

Catch22 and Cheshire East Council pilot new scheme to support children

 

The government has awarded £1.4m to Cheshire East Council and charity Catch22 for a project to find new ways of supporting children who need help from social services.

The money, from the Department for Education’s Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme, will be used to develop and test innovative approaches to assisting children in need, who require additional support services for their health and well-being.

Demand for children's services has been rising nationally and the resulting pressure on local authorities’ resources means that prevention works best both in terms of services to families and the public purse, so it is vital to bring in new thinking and skills to improve outcomes for vulnerable children.

Catch22 and Cheshire East Council have a successful 11-year relationship and will test a new approach with innovative staffing and a delivery model that combines the expertise of the social work profession with the experience and creativity of a social business.

Launching this summer, a pilot project in Crewe will tackle underlying problems with tailored and intensive early interventions with children and families. By reducing repeat escalations, the scheme will get families more intensive support at an earlier stage and will reduce the need for more complex interventions later on. This in turn will help with reducing demand on specialist social work services.

Four new children in need teams, split into pods and made up of non-social work qualified family practitioners, will work with families. They will be supported by peer mentors and a qualified social work practitioner will supervise each pod.

Tony Crane, Cheshire East Council’s Director of Children Services said: “The Council’s mantra is early intervention. We believe prevention is better than cure. A core focus of our service is ensuring our children and young people are safe and we want to work innovatively with families to secure this aim. 

“Partnership work is the core of our strategy to prevent such harmful situations. The right services at the right time is our aim and we are delighted to be working with  Catch22 to ensure the most vulnerable in our society receive early help.”

Chris Wright, Chief Executive of Catch22, said: “We are delighted that the DfE has awarded us the opportunity to pilot a new model for delivering services to children in need in Crewe.

“We are keen to build on our experience and to work in partnership with Cheshire East Council.

“We have long held the view that success is determined largely by creating the right kind of environment to deliver services – one where professionals build trusting relationships, help service users themselves identify the value of positive change, and support them to navigate that path.

“I believe we have developed a model with Cheshire East that embodies these principles and which will realise positive outcomes for vulnerable young people.”

Minister’s announcement on HS2 Crewe reinforces Council’s optimism

 

Cheshire East Council has welcomed the announcement by transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin that a future government will bring forward the construction of high speed rail to Crewe sooner than planned.

The council acknowledges that the final route has yet to be decided but is pleased that the Secretary of State has indicated that Crewe could become the first northern hub for HS2 before the 200mph service continues to Manchester to form a new super-fast link across the Pennines.

Commenting on the announcement, the Executive Director of Economic Development, Caroline Simpson said: “This Council has put in an enormous amount of work to secure HS2 for Crewe and the prospect of an early hybrid bill in the next Parliament, which could confirm Crewe as the northern hub, is something we look forward to with great anticipation.

“We cannot emphasise strongly enough the economic growth it will bring to south Cheshire and north Staffordshire and, as we have always said, we intend that those economic benefits will be enjoyed across the sub-region, stretching into North Wales and Merseyside as well as North Staffordshire.

“The hub station in Crewe would act as the gateway to the Northern Powerhouse and HS2 promises to bring a second railway revolution to the town and transform its economic prospects.”

In October 2014, Sir David Higgins, Chairman of HS2 Ltd., announced Crewe as the preferred location for a Superhub north of Birmingham. He also indicated it was hoped to deliver the northern section of the project five to six years sooner than the expected date of 2032.

Chancellor George Osborne dropped the hint in his autumn statement that the government wanted to see this happen sooner than initially planned.  He said the government was analysing the possibility of “accelerating” construction from north of Birmingham to Crewe.

Caroline Simpson added: “All the signals appear to be showing green for Crewe.  We remain extremely optimistic that the historic railway town will re-establish its great reputation as an engineering and transport capital for the whole of the north.”

Sixty-four thousand jobs are forecast to be created if the high-speed project arrives at Crewe where there will be a demand for homes and skilled workers.

Because of that the Council is throwing its weight behind plans for a new University Technical College and supporting schools and academies that wish to broaden and raise the academic and vocational skills and achievements of their students.

Many Cheshire East towns including Northwich, Winsford and Middlewich, will see significant economic gains and improved rail and road connectivity. A ‘development corridor’ stretching from Northwich to Stoke-on-Trent will evolve from the scheme.

The entire project is estimated to be worth some £3.5bn a year to the North West economy.

Friday, 20 March 2015

Wreath to be laid to remember a war hero on the 100th anniversary of his death

 

Two Wistaston residents, Joyce and Graham Rawlings, are to lay a wreath for Harry Burnadine Rawlings on the 100th anniversary of his death in the First World War.  Harry was born in Crewe and at one time lived in Rigg Street with his brother Walter.  (See below and attached)

Cllr Brian Silvester will be attending the ceremony. He said, “It is wonderful  that a war hero can be remembered in this way, 100 years after his death. If there are any relatives of Harry in the Crewe area I hope they can attend as well. I would like to thank Joyce and Graham for  arranging this tribute to a war hero  who gave his life, so we could be free to live our lives. The ultimate sacrifice.”

If anyone needs/wants to speak with Joyce, best time is afternoons.  01270 668835

Council and volunteers spearhead spring clean of town

 

Middlewich is being given a thorough spring clean – thanks to work spearheaded by Cheshire East Council and helped by local volunteers.

A ‘deep clean’ has been taking place in the town to help it sparkle and shine in the March sunshine and beyond.

Council staff have been working alongside volunteers from Middlewich Clean Team to remove graffiti, chewing gum ‘grot spots’ and algae from public buildings – with more work to be done over the coming days and weeks.

Councillor David Topping, Cheshire East Council Cabinet member in charge of service commissioning, said: “Our staff and community volunteers have been doing sterling work to make the town look smarter and cleaner – and it is great to see.

“The Bull Ring looks so smart again and will have more work on it to remove the remaining algae.

“The brick bus stop opposite the church has been power-washed brilliantly and graffiti has been professionally removed from a cottage by the wharf and other work has been done to remove graffiti from other bus shelters by the skate park and at Red Cow Court. The bridge has been given a good wash and clean too.

“This is another good example of the Council working in partnership with residents to improve the community and I would like to extend my thanks to all volunteers involved that have made this project possible.”

Thursday, 19 March 2015

New directory helps keep people informed about local care services

 

Finding information about care services in your local area is being given a boost with the publication of the Cheshire East Care Services Directory 2015/16.

The directory, which is published by Care Choices in association with Cheshire East Council, is packed with useful articles that explain all available care options.

It will be available for FREE from April 1 and includes comprehensive listings of care providers for residential care or care in your own home. There is also guidance on paying for care and what financial assistance is available from the government.

Councillor Janet Clowes, Cheshire East Council Cabinet member in charge of care and health in the community, said: “This is a really useful directory that can help ensure local people are informed about services and will help them make informed choices about getting the right support in the right place and at the right time.”

If you want to speak to someone about care options, funding, accessing services or other care-related questions you may have, call this directory’s free helpline on 0800 3892 077.

The friendly operators can give you more information, talk through any queries and provide you with a shortlist of care homes, in your chosen location, that meet specific care needs.

For your FREE copy of the Cheshire East Care Services Directory 2015/16 please visit your local library or Council customer service centre, or ring the Council, after April 1, on 01270 371315.

It is also available in e-book format with a spoken word option via www.carechoices.co.uk

Activ8 boosts fitness for adults with disabilities

 

Activ8 Adults, a new weekly multi-activity session, is giving people with a disability the chance to keep fit.

The number of people taking part has grown since the first session was held at the Barony Sports Complex in Nantwich on Thursday, February 12.

The multi-activity session, organised by Everybody Sport and Recreation in partnership with Cheshire East Council, includes a variety of activities such as cycling, bowling, tennis and boccia using the outdoor facilities as well as the indoor gym.

Andrew Kolker, chairman of Everybody Sport and Recreation said: “Anyone with a disability is welcome to come along and have a go to see if it’s appropriate for them. We have qualified coaches delivering the sports activities and gym instructors to support in the gym.

“The emphasis of the session is on fun, having a go and socialising with other members of the group. Numbers are growing each week.”

Councillor Janet Clowes, Cheshire East’s Cabinet member for care and health in the community, joined a recent Activ8 session to see for herself how it works.

She said: “This is a great way to keep fit with lots of variety and something to suit everyone. I would urge anyone with a disability to give it a try and I am pleased to see that the sessions are gaining in popularity.”

The cost is £3.60 per session or £19 a month when using an Everybody Options Card. For more information about the options card and the Active8 Adult sessions please visit: www.everybody.org.uk  or email andy.molyneux@everybody.org.uk

Fundraising event for Cardiac Risk in the Young - CRY?

Reporter  Jonathan White, Wistaston

‘The Grand Day Out’ is a fundraising event to celebrate the life of Ceri Palmer Howells, a young lady who was a former Wistaston Rose Queen and active member of the local community.  Ceri died suddenly in March 2014 at the young age of 22 years from sudden arrhythmic death syndrome S.A.D.S. This is a little known condition that causes at least 12 young people to die every week in the UK. Ceri's family are keen to support the work of Cardiac Risk in the Young – CRY www.c-r-y.org.uk , a charity that funds research into the condition and helps support bereaved families.

‘The Grand Day Out’ takes place on Saturday 28th March 2015 between 10.30am and 5pm at St. Mary’s Church Hall, Church Lane, Wistaston, Cheshire CW2 8HA. The day will feature a pamper zone, craft zone, cake paradise, music, stalls, a grand prize draw and a chance to learn more about the vital work of CRY in saving young lives.

Tickets are £5, which includes entrance to the event and a cream tea or savoury option. Tickets are available in advance from St Mary's Church Office, 01270 567119, office@stmaryswistaston.org.uk, Ceri's website: www.ceriabigail.org.uk  or direct from Robert and Alison Howells on 01270 569327. Some tickets will also be available on the door on the day of the event.

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National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day.

Today (Wednesday 18th March) marks National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day.

Police forces across the county and their partners are joining forces to highlight the issues surrounding CSE - encouraging everyone to think, spot and speak out against abuse and adopt a zero tolerance approach to adults developing inappropriate relationships with children and children forming inappropriate sexual relationships with their peers.

In Cheshire, a case study has been produced to mark the event.  The 5-minute video is a powerful portrait of one girl’s experience of Child Sexual Exploitation – and the impact it had on both her and her family.
Trailer video; https://youtu.be/nsM8A_MEE-o
Full video; https://youtu.be/td2g8e6YLX8

Assistance Chief Constable Guy Hindle said:  “The case study features the personal journey of one teenage girl focusing on how she was sexually exploited by a man older than her.  She talks about what happened to her and the impact this had on her and her family – encouraging other young people who may be in a similar situation to come forward and report it.

“This case resulted in a successful prosecution at court and reinforces the message that Child Sexual Exploitation is a crime and will not be tolerated.  It is hoped that the visual account will strike a chord with others – ensuring those who are being sexually exploited report it to the authorities and get all the help and support they need.”

Cheshire Police and its partners are united in the fight against Child Sexual Exploitation – and are committed to tackling this type of crime.

Information packs have been distributed to every secondary school in the county containing key information and advice for teachers and those working with young people.  Awareness packs have been distributed to hotel staff and taxi drivers across the county - accompanied by adverts on buses and taxis on key routes across Cheshire highlighting the campaign.

Cheshire Police’s campaign is supported by a website - www.knowandsee.co.uk - packed with information and advice about the issue.  The case study can be viewed via this website.

ACC Hindle added:  “Child Sexual Exploitation is an issue that Cheshire Police and its partners take extremely seriously.  We all have a duty to protect those who are most vulnerable within our communities and everyone involved continues to work hard to tackle the issue.

“On a day of national awareness raising I would urge everyone to join together and reinforce the message that Child Sexual Exploitation is not acceptable and anyone involved in this type of crime will be identified, prosecuted and punished for their actions.”
More information and useful links can be found on the Cheshire Police website;
http://cheshire.police.uk/advice--information/children-young-peoples-safety/child-abuse/child-sexual-exploitation.aspx