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Friday, 30 January 2015

Weston Christmas Light Display

Reporter Jonathan White, Crewe

Graham Witter, aged 20, who is a BA (Hons) Business Management student at Manchester Metropolitan University (Cheshire Campus), setup hundreds of Christmas lights where he lives at Carters Green Cottage in Weston to raise money for charity.

His Christmas light display took place every evening from the 1st to 28th December 2014. The display covered farm buildings and their adjacent yard and contained a combination of rope lights, LED lights, animated 3D figures, 3D inflatables, along with background Christmas music. There was even a small wooden Santa’s Grotto with ramp access.

He raised £1,000 in 2013 and in 2014 he raised the amazing total of £5,720. For the second year running all the money has gone to 'The Donna Louise Children's Hospice' http://www.donnalouisetrust.org/ , who provide respite care for his teenage sister Jessica.

Graham said, “I am amazed by the amount I've raised and cannot thank people enough for visiting my display. The Donna Louise Children's Hospice supports many families across Cheshire and Staffordshire and the money will go towards the £2.5 million the hospice needs each year to remain open. I look forward to seeing everybody this year for a bigger and better display!”

Nikki Wrench from The Donna Louise Childrens Hospice  receives the cheque from Graham Witter

Cheshire East well prepared for further snow disruption

 

Cheshire East Council is urging all drivers to take extra care in the wintry conditions and can assure residents and road users that highways’ teams have carried out repeated gritting operations throughout the borough over the past two days.

When heavy snow has fallen on already treated roads, then a further treatment is required in order to make the roads as safe as possible in the prevailing conditions.

Councillor David Topping, Cabinet member for service commissioning said: “We ask the public to bear with us and encourage motorists to make only necessary journeys when conditions are particularly challenging.

“Snowfall was particularly heavy in the north of the borough and our well planned and prepared response was effective.

“We have treated our roads with over 400 tonnes of salt and our vehicles have made three treatments of highways with more scheduled for Thursday night and Friday morning.”

“We have had nine snow ploughs clearing roads including the A54 and A537 Buxton roads which are still blocked.”

The council’s street cleansing teams have been clearing all major footpaths in town centres, around hospitals, railway and bus stations.

Extra resources have been drafted in to ensure that gritting and snow clearing operations are matched to the current demand.

The Met Office are predicting sub-zero temperatures tonight and more snow or sleet is likely tomorrow.

The council’s policy is to treat all primary routes first before moving on to minor roads.

In the meantime, care should be taken and unnecessary journeys avoided.

At least 20 schools across the borough were forced to close today mostly in the Macclesfield area and parents are advised to check with schools for further updates.

Some bin collections had to be missed because of the weather but residents can be assured that the crews will catch up with them as soon as possible.

For further information and updates on gritting, residents can visit the Cheshire East Highways web site at www.cheshireeasthighways.org/

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Duplication of house numbers causes confusion in Rope Lane

 

Willaston and Rope Ward Councillor Brian Silvester has  complained that  the duplication of house numbers causes confusion in Rope Lane.

He said, “Rope Lane runs from Crewe Road Wistaston, through Rope and ends up at the junction with Main Road, Shavington. I received a complaint that new houses which have been built at the Shavington end of Rope Lane, on the former Santune House site, have been given the same numbers as others at the Wistaston end of Rope Lane. This means that residents at one end of Rope Lane are constantly receiving mail, parcels and fast food (usually late at night) meant for the people at the other end of Rope Lane, and visa versa!! Although the post codes differ the delivery people don't seem to notice them.(See below)

I have taken it up with the Council. They say they cannot not do much about it now the numbers have been allocated.(See below) However I have asked that the Council ensures that the same situation does not happen in the future elsewhere in the Borough.”

Shavington Borough Councillor, David Brickhill said, “For two different houses on the same road to have the same number is just plain stupid.  Once again Cheshire East have scored an own goal for total  incompetence. They must now conduct the necessary survey to get agreement from the householders whose numbers would have to change. Cheshire East should make an ex gratia payment to each of these households to cover their expenses in making alterations to stationary and door numbers.”  

Cllr Brian Silvester BA (Hons)

Willaston and Rope Ward Councillor

Cheshire East Council

11 Rimsdale Close

Rope,Crewe

CW2 6RS

Tel/fax 01270 567757

Text     07760147609

e-mail Cllr.Brian.Silvester@gmail.com

www.twitter.com/cllrbsilvester

www.facebook.com/CllrBrianSilvester

Avoid falling victim of being an online auction seller or administrator

 

Fraudsters are targeting people to list items on their behalf on popular online auction sites. The scam involves a job offer to sell desirable items at below market value and receive money from any potential buyers. The ‘work from home’ job will usually require retaining 10% of the money received as a “salary” and fraudsters will ask that the remaining funds are sent to them via bank transfer or money transfer.
In these cases the proposed items being sold do not exist and are therefore not dispatched to the proposed buyers. This will usually result in the buyer making a complaint concerning the individual who has listed the items. This can result in your bank account being closed by the bank for suspected fraud or money laundering and being held accountable for reimbursing the potential buyers.
Protect yourself:

  • Do not list items on online auction sites on behalf of others you do not know or trust.
  • Be vigilant of ‘work from home’ jobs which involve passing funds through your bank account.
  • Meet face to face with any potential employer
  • Question job offers which seem “too good to be true”.
If you believe you have become the victim of a fraud or cyber crime, or have received a suspicious email, find out how to report it here:
To alter the messages you receive, please click on the “message settings” button below this message.

Gritters on standby as wintry weather blast heads to the region

 

Cheshire East Council is encouraging residents to be prepared for another spell of ‘severe’ cold weather after a Met Office alert was issued for the region today (Wednesday).

Conditions are set to become increasingly cold and wintry over the next 24-48 hours and remain cold for the rest of the week.

Gritters are on standby, ready to deal with conditions where road temperatures dip below freezing, and the Council would again like people to check in on their friends and neighbours, especially if they are older or if they have heart or breathing problems.

It is worth checking if vulnerable neighbours’ homes are warm enough. Living rooms should be heated to 21C and bedrooms to 18C.

Information about heating repairs can be found at www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/homerepairs or by ringing 0300 123 5017. Also, ask whether your neighbour has enough food and medicines to prevent them having to go out in very cold or icy weather.

The Met Office’s cold weather alert reads: “There is a 90 per cent probability of severe cold weather, icy conditions/heavy snow between noon on Wednesday and noon on Thursday in parts of England. This weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services.”

It adds that ‘cold conditions’ will persist for the next few days across England.

“Snow showers will affect most areas at times through the rest of this week and over the weekend with locally significant accumulations in places, particularly for hilly areas in the north.

“Showers and overnight frosts also bring the risk of icy stretches forming on untreated surfaces. Strong winds will accentuate the cold feel at times although it is likely to prevent any extremely low overnight minimum temperatures. At this stage, the cold weather looks like it will persist until at least the early part of next week.”

The Council has also issued a video message to Cheshire East residents this winter, at this link: https://vimeo.com/113722819.

For advice on using the NHS wisely, visit www.easterncheshireccg.nhs.uk or www.southcheshireccg.nhs.uk and search for Choose Well.

For further winter-related advice, please visit: www.facebook.com/cheshireeastcouncil

and www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/winter

Residents can help friends and neighbours, who do not have internet access, by downloading and printing off information from the website and giving it to them.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Temporary Road Closure for Emergency Sewer Repairs – South Street, Crewe

 

Cheshire East Council in exercise of its powers under Section 14 (2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 and of all other enabling powers issues this notice temporarily to prohibit traffic in the following length of road: 

South Street, Crewe from the junction with Nantwich Road to the junction with Gresty Road.

The alternative route will be via the following streets:  Gresty Road B5071, Nantwich Road, Nantwich Road Roundabout A532

Location Map - View on http://roadworks.org/?tm19280

Pedestrian access to any premises situated within the temporary lane closure will be maintained at all times. Vehicular access will be maintained for emergency vehicles and residents where possible.

The lane closure is necessary to enable United Utilities to carry out emergency sewer repairs.

It is anticipated that the works will take place on the following date(s): Sunday, February 1, 2015 to Monday, February 9, 2015.

This notice will become operative on Sunday (Feb 1) for a period of 21 days or for such less time as is necessary to enable the works to be completed and may be extended by a further 21 days if necessary.

If you have any enquiries relating to the works please contact Amey on telephone 0800521660.

Cheshire East holds service for Holocaust Memorial Day on 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz

 

Cheshire East Council held a poignant act of remembrance to mark Holocaust Memorial Day – on the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by the Allies.

Council Leader Councillor Michael Jones led civic dignitaries representing communities from across the Borough at the Holocaust Memorial Day Act of Remembrance, at Sandbach Town Hall, at 11am today (Tuesday, January 27, 2015). Around 80 people, including dozens of members of the public attended the ceremony.

The event followed a personal initiative by Councillor Jones, announced in December 2013, to make this an annual commemoration by the authority.

Holocaust Memorial Day has taken place on the same date since it was introduced in 2001. January 27 was chosen as that was the date when the Nazis’ notorious Auschwitz concentration and extermination camp complex was liberated by Soviet troops in 1945.

The Holocaust resulted in the annihilation of six million Jews, two million Gypsies, 15,000 homosexual people and millions of others by the Nazi regime and its collaborators.

Since 1945 there have been many other attempted genocides across the world and these are also commemorated on Holocaust Memorial Day.

Councillor Michael Jones said: “This was a solemn and poignant occasion which allowed communities and individuals from across Cheshire East to join together symbolically to remember these tragedies and bear witness.

“It was an especially poignant occasion today as it marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and the revelation of the full horrors of the Nazi regime.

“Sadly, as the recent terrorist attacks in France make all-too-painfully clear, humanity is still scarred and brutalised by the belief that religion, political outlook, race, disability or sexuality makes some people’s lives worth less than others.

“We gather each year to bear witness to the horrors to which such evil beliefs can lead. Genocide doesn’t emerge from a void – it’s a gradual process, which can begin if discrimination and hatred are not checked and prevented.

“This service was not just about remembering the victims of the distant past and honouring the survivors. It was also about honouring today’s victims and those who have perished in genocides across the world since 1945.

“We must never forget these crimes, nor their innocent victims – and we must learn lessons from our shared past to create a more hopeful and tolerant future.”

The act of remembrance included readings, music, lighting of candles to the victims of genocide and two-minutes’ silence, followed by the tolling of a bell and prayers.

Congleton High School Year 11 violinist Eloise Smith, 16, played Remembrance, by John Williams, during the ceremony.

A Hebrew prayer was read to the gathering by Rabbi Chanan Atlas, of the Yeshurun Hebrew Congregation, of Cheadle and Gatley, in Cheshire.

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Temporary Road Closure – Rushy Lane, Crewe

 

Cheshire East Council in exercise of its powers under Section 14 (2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 and of all other enabling powers issues this notice temporarily to prohibit traffic in the following length of road: 

Rushy Lane, Haslington Ward, Crewe, CW2 5QL from the junction with Snape Lane to the junction with Audley Road.

The alternative route will be via the following streets:  Audley Road, Balterley Green Road B5500, Barthomley Road, Englesea Brook Lane C534, Englesea Brook Lane C0275, Nantwich Road B5500, Peel Hollow, Rushy Lane C534, Waggon Road B5500

Location Map - View on http://roadworks.org/?tm18568

Pedestrian access to any premises situated within the temporary closure will be maintained at all times. Vehicular access will be maintained for emergency vehicles and residents where possible.

The closure is necessary to enable Cheshire East Highways to carry out emergency drainage works.

It is anticipated that the works will take place on the following date(s): Monday 19th January 19, 2015 to Friday January 30, 2015 between times 9.30am-15.30pm.

This notice will become operative on Monday, January 19, 2015 for a period of 21 days or for such less time as is necessary to enable the works to be completed, and may be extended by a further 21 days if necessary

Temporary Road Closure – Nantwich Road, Crewe

 

Cheshire East Council in exercise of its powers under Section 14 (2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 and of all other enabling powers issues this notice temporarily to prohibit traffic in the following length of road: 

Nantwich Road, Crewe South Ward, Crewe, CW2 6EA from the B&Q roundabout to the junction with Pedley Street.

The alternative route will be via the following streets:  Earle Street A532, Edleston Road A5078, Hungerford Road Roundabout A532, Macon Way A532, Manchester Bridge A532, Nantwich Road A534, Nantwich Road Roundabout A532, Oak Street A5078, Vernon Way A5019/A532/B5076.

Location Map - View on http://roadworks.org/?tm19084

Pedestrian access to any premises situated within the temporary closure will be maintained at all times. Vehicular access will be maintained for emergency vehicles and residents where possible.

The closure is necessary to enable Scottish Power to carry out cable replacement.

It is anticipated that the works will take place on the following date(s): Monday, February 16, 2015 to Saturday February 21, 2015 between times 7pm-6am.

This notice will become operative for a period of 5 days or for such less time as is necessary to enable the works to be completed.

If you have any enquiries relating to the works please contact Roadsafe Corporate Group on telephone 01942 722603.

Battle of Nantwich & Winter Fayre

Reporter Jonathan White, Crewe

‘The Battle of Nantwich & Winter Fayre’ took place in and around Nantwich town centre and on Mill Island on Saturday 24th January 2015. The event is organised by The Holly Holy Day Society - http://www.battleofnantwich.co.uk - in association with the Sealed Knot re-enactment society. Applewood Independent - http://www.applewoodindependent.co.uk/ - were the main sponsors this year.

Holly Holy Day traces back to the 17th century and the four year long first English Civil War between Parliamentarians (Roundheads) and the Royalists (Cavaliers) loyal to Charles I. This year is the 371st anniversary of the original battle, which took place on 25th January 1644. It is the 43rd time the re-enactment has taken place.

A variety of events took place in Acton and around the town during the day with a parade from Malbank School and at Nantwich Market Hall, St Mary's Church, Nantwich Museum, Pillory Street, the Town Square and Mill Island.

There was entertainment from The Funky Choir, Domesday Morris Dancers, Ezra and the Plough Witches (Wistaston Young Drama Group), RedShift Radio, Nantwich Players and Mark Brisbourne. There was also face painting, a Living History demonstration, and a horse parade. The Museum held Civil War Tours, a musketry demonstration (led by Sealed Knot), children’s entertainment and music from Forlorne Hope.

There was also a wreath-laying ceremony at the war memorial on the town square to commemorate people who died in the Civil War Battle of Nantwich and other battles.

The 1644 battle was re-enacted on Mill Island, followed by Mayor of Nantwich, Councillor Christine Farrall presenting the Rose Bowl to the best regiment.

Thousands of people enjoyed the event, which took place in crisp and dry weather with blue skies.

I have uploaded all my photos to Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jonathanawhite/sets/72157650040102307/

Musket fire during the battlePikemen during the battleTroops in front of St Marys Church

Council aims for no more NEETs this year

 

Cheshire East Council will make sure that every one of this year’s school leavers is offered a sixth form or college place or a job with training.

Last year the Council made offers to nearly 4,000 young people or 99 per cent of leavers – the highest proportion ever – as part of what is known as the September guarantee process.

This has helped Cheshire East to win the accolade of having the fewest NEETs (young people not in education, employment or training) in the North West. Nationally, only four councils have fewer NEETs.

Councillor Michael Jones, Leader of the Council, said: “This year we will make offers to every leaver. It will be challenging but it is an essential part of our efforts to make sure that the number of NEETs in Cheshire East is kept to an absolute minimum.

“I want to ensure that the young people of Cheshire East are given the best possible chance to get the skills and training that will enable them to secure well paid jobs and lead fulfilling, rewarding and productive lives.”

The ambitious target on NEETs follows news that Cheshire East’s schools are the third best in England, according to a ranking based on performance in Ofsted inspections.

Out of 141 primary and secondary schools in the borough which have been inspected under the education watchdog’s 2012 framework, 93.6 per cent were rated good or outstanding.

The only local authorities ranked higher in the whole of England were the City of London, where Ofsted inspected just one school, and the London Borough of Wandsworth, where 65 schools were rated.

Councillor Jones said: “This is a fantastic accolade for our schools but we are not resting on our laurels. Our aim this year is for 97 per cent of our schools to be rated good or outstanding.

“Parents can be very proud of the work being done by heads, teachers, council officers and, of course, pupils, to improve standards. It’s a great time to be a child in Cheshire East because the quality of education on offer creates much greater opportunities.”

Friday, 23 January 2015

Cold Calling

Winwick and Congleton areas - Males selling door to door claiming to be on a rehabilitation program, from the North East of England.  Advise residents not to buy from cold callers at their door.  They may have false I.D.
East Cheshire – male rang a resident to say he was from Microsoft and there was a problem with her computer.  Look at the Action Fraud web site for more information about computer scam/fraud.   www.actionfraud.police.uk
Winsford - 2 males cold called, knocking at an elderly resident’s door offering to repair/replace their driveway.
Gawsworth - male cold calling, in a van, offering to sell tools.
Tarporley – male cold called an elderly resident and did a small amount of work in the garden (he claimed he had come in place of the usual gardener). He then asked for a fee 4 times the ‘usual’ rate.
Alsager – male cold called, in a white van, offering repair work for a damaged chimney.  Challenged by resident and drove away quickly.
Note down descriptions of suspicious cold callers and their vehicles and call the police on 101 if you are concerned they are targeting a vulnerable neighbour.
If you see a cold caller enter a vulnerable resident’s home, and they are still present, and you feel concerned – Report it to the police on 999.
Cold Calling takes many forms (scams, fraud, cybercrime, internet crime, rogue traders, etc) and may present itself as an unsolicited caller at your door, over the phone, mail delivered to your home, email and other computer driven scams.
Report
Fraud to the police                             ring 101 (999 in emergency)
Rogue Traders to consumer direct, to report a problem/advice 08454 040506
Computer based scams, go to Action Fraud web site or ring 0300 123 2040

Willaston is under siege from developers as new application for 120 houses is made

 

Willaston and Rope Ward Councillor Brian Silvester says “Willaston is under siege from developers. In the last year alone  over 200 houses have been passed in the Green Gaps that surround Willaston. Now a new application for 120 houses at the rear of Cheerbrook Road  has been made. See below.

Last year the Council passed an application for 21 houses on a site adjacent to the site for the new proposal. See site plan http://doc.cheshireeast.gov.uk/NorthgatePublicDocs/07655871.pdf

There are many valid planning reasons for the refusal of this application. The objections raised to the previous application by Willaston Parish Council are just as relevant for this application. I have listed them below. Recently the Secretary of State refused an appeal for 880 houses in Rope and Shavington because it was premature due to the fact that the Local Plan has not yet been adopted and in the meantime the Green Gaps should be preserved.

Cheshire East Council now need to move far more quickly then they have in the past to get the Local Plan adopted and to ensure that they have a five year housing supply that is recognised as such by Planning Inspectors.”

Cllr Brian Silvester BA (Hons)

Leader of the UK Independence Party Group

Willaston and Rope Ward Councillor

Cheshire East Council

11 Rimsdale Close

Rope,Crewe

CW2 6RS

Tel/fax 01270 567757

Cheshire East gives £6,800 boost to positive parenting scheme

 

Cheshire East Council has given £6,800 boost to a positive parenting scheme.

The ‘giveback’ grant will be used to fund workshops to help mums and dads boost their relationships with young children through the power of play.

Councillor Gillian Merry, who represents Sandbach Elworth Ward, recently visited one in a series of ‘positive play’ workshops at St Peter’s Church Hall, in Elworth, to present a cheque for £6,800 from the Cheshire East ‘giveback’ grant scheme, in support of the work.

Presenting the cheque, Cllr Merry said: “I’m really pleased to see that St Peter’s community church has been successful in getting this grant. It is very important that we foster play in young people because it is a key part of them developing into well-rounded adults and great contributors to society.”

Cathryn Houghton, a children and families worker at St Peter’s, said “We have been very blessed to have received this Cheshire East giveback grant, which has enabled us to set up a series of workshops, which are going continue over the next year.

“The purpose of the workshops is to enhance the relationship between parents and their children, aged three to five, through positive play. We are pleased to have Sabrina Persiano, a certified play therapist working with us on this project.

“Each series will start with a session designed to tailor the workshops to the individual needs of those taking part, followed by 10 workshop sessions. The groups will be small – working with a maximum of six parents or carers and their children at a time. Our next course starts in April, and we would ask parents who feel they may benefit from the course to get in touch via the church office.”

One parent at the workshop said: “I just think this is fantastic. I heard about it and I thought: all it can do is improve my relationship with my daughter.

“Like many parents, my life can be very busy and I realise that I don’t spend enough time playing with her, so I want to be sure that we get the most out of the time we do have together.

“Nobody is suggesting that we’re not good at playing with our children but we can all learn something. I have learnt things that I didn’t think I would do, things that I can apply every day, plus it is just nice to meet up with other people and discuss ideas.

“The most important thing is that the end result will be a positive thing for me and my daughter. I really recommend it. I think it is really useful and hope more people get the opportunity to come along in future.”

For more information about the ‘positive play’ workshops contact the church office on: 01298 762 213.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Campaign to stop 880 house development at Gresty Oaks is successful

 

Willaston and Rope Ward Councillor Brian Silvester is pleased that the campaign to stop a 880 house development at Gresty Oaks has succeeded.(See appeal decision and map of site attached)

Brian said, “I am very happy that the campaign that I ran, that was supported by many residents, Rope and Shavington Parish Councils, Cheshire East Council and Shavington Borough Councillor David Brickhill, to have this huge development refused, has been successful. Along with residents,the Chairman of the Rope Parish Council and Cllr Brickhill I went along to the appeal in Crewe to speak against the application and to be cross examined.

If the application had been successful it would have destroyed the precious Green Gap between Crewe and Shavington, it would have caused traffic chaos and would have been unsubstainable.(See full reasons for objecting below) What this shows is that a determined campaign by local residents and their Councillors can win the day despite there being no Adopted Local Plan and no five year housing supply being in place.

Cheshire East Council now need to move far more quickly then they have in the past to get the Local Plan adopted and to ensure that they have a five year housing supply that is recognised as such by Planning Inspectors.”

Cllr Brian Silvester BA (Hons)

Willaston and Rope Ward Councillor

Cheshire East Council

11 Rimsdale Close

Rope,Crewe

CW2 6RS

Tel/fax 01270 567757

Text     07760147609

Next Government is urged to reverse GP funding cuts

 

Cuts in health funding that could see scores of GP surgeries close across England must be reversed, says Cheshire Community Action.

The charity is backing a call by its national body ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England), which says the changes to the Minimum Practice Income Guarantee (MPIG) will hit the most vulnerable rural residents.

ACRE – the national voice for England’s network of rural community councils – is calling on the next Government to reinstate the funding in its 2015 election manifesto.

The manifesto is based on the rural intelligence ACRE collects from its 38 members, including Cheshire Community Action who reach 52,000 grassroots organisations nationwide.

Cheshire Community Actions Chief Operating Officer Mark Reading said: “The loss of any surgery in an isolated rural area will cause hardship to elderly and vulnerable residents.

“Rural communities are home to 25% of all older people and with the percentage of over-85s set to double in the next 20 years, provision of local healthcare for our ageing population is crucial.

“The closure of surgeries will pose problems for older people who may face difficulties in getting to appointments further afield. In rural areas, 35% of pensioner households have no access to a car. With cuts in public transport, they are often forced to rely on friends, family and overstretched volunteers.”

MPIG is a top-up payment given to some general practices since 2004. In 2014/15, NHS England began a seven-year plan to phase out the payment in a review of how GP surgeries are paid for their services. The move led to widespread objections from GPs and the BMA (British Medical Association).

ACRE’s Head of Rural Insight Nick Chase said: “The ACRE Network is calling on the next Government to reinstate MPIG for rural surgeries.

“A survey of our Network in 2014 showed that the withdrawal of MPIG would hit rural GPs hard. For instance, our ACRE Network member in Devon reported that at least 10% of rural surgeries faced closure and in Cornwall, 20% would lose significant income if these changes went ahead.

“Whilst there are those who say that the MPIG is inequitable and requires a rethink, the entire withdrawal of the funding is not the way forward.

“The number of GP surgeries closing has increased significantly over the past 12 months. NHS England is aware of 98 surgeries that could face closure as a direct result of withdrawal of MPIG.”

The ACRE manifesto, which sets out 12 key rural challenges to the next Government, is available at www.acre.org.uk.

Council and partners make play more fun

 

Children at Hungerford Road Primary School are enjoying a newly refurbished playground which they helped to design.

The work was carried out thanks to a partnership between Cheshire East Council and WREN, a not-for-profit business that awards grants to benefit the lives of people living close to landfill sites. 

Additional funding came from a section 106 agreement with the developer of a former petrol station on Hungerford Road in Crewe.

Pupils were involved in designing the play area on Macon Meadows and in selecting equipment, which can be used by children of all abilities. 

There is a cantilever swing fitted with a basket seat that children can lie in, a slide wide enough for children to go down with a carer, two spring animals fitted with back supports, new traditional swings with cradle and flat seats, a rocking rockette, climbing frame and see-saw.

Councillor David Topping, Cheshire East Council’s Cabinet member for service commissioning, said: “Officers at Ansa, the Council’s operating company for grounds maintenance and streetscape services, have worked hard to put together funding to enable the facilities to be brought up to the latest European standards.

“The improvements will enable all children to get much more enjoyment from this play area, while affording the safety which will always be our priority for the residents of Cheshire East.”