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Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Tatton Highlights Future Farming Possibilities at RHS Show 2018

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Celebrating its 20th year at Tatton Park, the RHS Flower Show is one of the most anticipated horticultural events of the year and opens from 18 to 22 July 2018.

For its own show feature this year, Tatton Park gives you a glimpse into the possibilities of future small scale market gardening.

We explore how even a limited space can be used to generate plentiful food both horticulturally and through the rearing of livestock; ventures that can contribute to a more sustainable approach to food production.

Our upcycled shipping container demonstrates how a ‘Farm in a Box’ is already being used to help people in developing countries to be more self sufficient. Peep through the holes in the container to:

· See how hydroponics the size of this container can produce food equivalent to half an acre of land

· How farming looked in the past

· How farming looks in the present

· Experience the sounds and smells of farming

Head Gardener Simon Tetlow said:

“This garden demonstrates how even a small garden environment can grow bountiful crops and sustain livestock, from chickens to sheep. We’re providing an insight into the possibilities of small scale market gardening which has great implications for sustainable food production worldwide. We hope that the garden will inspire people to think about their own garden spaces, no matter how small, and how food production is a possibility for all. ”

Visitors will also have the opportunity to find out more about our Field to Fork project at Tatton. Take a tour through the marquee to see demonstrations including an original corn grinding machine in action and take the corn to feed the sheep and goats within the garden, or speak to characters from Tatton Farm’s past and present.

The Field to Fork campaign is taking place at Tatton Park throughout the year with various events and attractions.

For further information, visit tattonpark.org.uk

Road closures and surfacing work at Sydney Road and Crewe Green


Critical safety work at Sydney Road Bridge in Crewe will require the closure of the road on Sunday 22 July from 1am to 8am.

The work involves lifting out rail electrification gantries by a crane positioned on the bridge above. Normally, this would be done from the railway tracks. However, closing the road and using the crane from the bridge will reduce noise disruption for residents by enabling the noisiest tasks to be completed in one weekend, rather than over two weekends.

Further overnight closures may be required in advance of the main bridge replacement scheduled to start in October. Details of this work will be publicised nearer the time.

Meanwhile, surfacing work at the Crewe Green Roundabout will take place on Saturday 21 July, between 8am and 11pm. During this time, the link between Hungerford Road and Sydney Road will be closed.

This will then be followed by the closure of the A534 at the roundabout on Sunday 22 July, between 8am and 6pm, for further surfacing work to be carried out.

NANTWICH SCHOOLS FACE THE DRAGONS & RAISE FUNDS FOR LOCAL HOSPITAL CHARITY

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Primary schools across Nantwich have been involved in a project which raised over £800 for a hospital dementia appeal.

10 primary schools were involved in a Business Enterprise project organised by the Nantwich Education Partnership. The aims of the project were to develop an understanding of how businesses work the importance of teamwork, and through this to raise money for local charities.

Children were put into teams of five and each team was given £5 to set up a business. There is also a competitive element to the project, where local business men and women (known as the Dragons) questioned the finalists to see who will be crowned Business Enterprise Champions for the year.

The organisers of the project, Simon Dyson, Head of Highfields and Hazel Brown, Head of St Anne’s said, ‘We would like to thank everyone involved with the project for making it a huge success, particularly Peter Mascarenhas for organising all of the ‘dragons’ and Brine Leas and Malbank Schools for hosting the finals.’

Carole Salmon, Community Fundraiser for Mid Cheshire Hospitals Charity added ‘This was a brilliant way for us to engage with local school children. I sat in on the judging panels and the children’s answers showed great imagination and enthusiasm. The donated money will benefit our Dementia Appeal so massive thanks to all involved’

The six schools in the town (Highfields, Audlem, Weaver, Nantwich Primary Academy, St Anne’s and Millfields) decided to collectively donate the proceeds from the project which totalled £820.20 to the Mid Cheshire Hospitals Charity Dementia Appeal.

This year’s winners were Millfields and Weaver Primary Schools.

Council to host its first LGBT+ Pride event this September


Cheshire East Council is proudly hosting its first ever Pride in the Park Picnic event at Tatton Park – to celebrate and support the LGBT+ community.

The event takes place on Sunday 16 September, in the spectacular gardens of Tatton Park, in Knutsford, and will be open to visitors of all ages, offering lots of family-friendly activities and entertainment on the day.

Special guests include Brazilian carnival drum and dance act Juba do Leão, an Abba tribute performance from ‘The Twins’, and  performances from Proud Mary’s Choir, Cheshire Rock Choir and Sandbach High School Jazz band and Choir.

Visitors are invited to bring their own picnic from 10am and will also be able to explore the picturesque gardens of Tatton Park free of charge.

This colourful, fun-filled, celebratory event will feature a health and wellbeing marketplace for guests to receive key help and support from organisations such as Body Positive, Transforum Manchester and Diversity Role Models. Cheshire East partner agencies, including Cheshire police and Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service will also attend.

David Keane, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire and key sponsor for all entertainment on the day, said: “I am very proud to support this event, which reunites the diversity of communities in Cheshire East.

“This event is a huge celebration in the LGBT+ calendar and I am personally committed to ensuring that Cheshire Constabulary works with its partners to eradicate homophobia, biphobia and transphobia across Cheshire.”

Councillor Stewart Gardiner, Cheshire East Council lead member for equality and diversity, said: “Pride in the Park Picnic will be a fantastic event for all visitors from Cheshire East and beyond and will be an excellent opportunity to celebrate the LGBT+ community by giving something back.

“This is just the first of many Pride events we are hoping to host in the future and it’s great that, this year, our Pride in the Park celebration will take place in the beautiful gardens of Tatton Park.”

Councillor Liz Wardlaw, Cheshire East Council cabinet member with responsibility for equality and diversity, said: “Pride events are such vibrant occasions and I know this will be no different. You can expect lots of colour, great celebrations and a day to remember. I’m sure it will be a tremendous success.” 

The Pride in the Park Picnic will be a free event to all visitors, although standard entry fees to the park will apply for vehicle parking. A shuttle bus, supplied by Cheshire East Council’s wholly-owned company Transport Service Solutions, will be available on the day to transport people from Knutsford town centre into the park free of charge.

To find out more about this event visit www.prideinthepark.com.

HMO licensing fees reviewed in preparation for changes in government legislation


Licensing fees paid by landlords who operate houses in multiple occupation in Cheshire East have been revised, to help ensure better living conditions and management standards.

Previously, the fee for a house in multiple occupation (HMO) licence in Cheshire East was set at £575 for a period of up to five years – regardless of how big the HMO was.

That charge has now been replaced by a scale of fees and charges, ranging from £430 for an initial licence for the smaller HMOs, through to £760 for a renewal licence for up to five years for the largest.

The revised fees are in preparation for changes in government legislation, which will come into effect in October 2018 and allow councils to bring HMOs under closer scrutiny.

At the moment, a HMO must be licensed if there are five or more occupants – living in two or more separate households – who are sharing amenities including a kitchen, bathroom or toilet and the property is set out over three or more storeys.

But from 1 October, the three-storey part of the criteria will be removed.

From the same date, councils will also be able to enforce mandatory conditions regulating the size and use of rooms as sleeping accommodation, as well as rules around waste management.

Operating without a licence is a criminal offence and the penalties include an unlimited fine. Other enforcement action for licensing offences includes banning landlords from operating and issuing civil penalties of up to £30,000.

Councillor Ainsley Arnold, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for housing, planning and regeneration, said: “Poor housing can impact on a person’s mental and physical health and mandatory licensing will be key in ensuring that landlords provide good quality, safe accommodation that is well managed.

“In Cheshire East, there are an estimated 600-650 HMOs and 51 meet the current definition for a mandatory licence. However, from October, it’s estimated that around 500 will require one.

“To make sure we can respond to the significant increase in HMOs needing a licence and safeguard those living in them, we have strengthened our resources and created additional posts.

“The licence fees and charges have also been reviewed to ensure that the full cost of processing an application, which varies according to the size of the HMO, is passed to the landlord as a valid cost of operating their business.”

As part of the changes, an initial one-year licence period has been put in place where a licence is required for a property or proposed landlord for the first time. 

However, as an incentive to landlords and to support the council in managing the transition to the new regulations smoothly, those who submit a complete application by 15 August can receive an initial two-year licence.

Cllr Arnold said: “Unfortunately there are a minority of irresponsible landlords who are providing unsafe and poorly managed accommodation that falls well short of the standards we expect in Cheshire East.

“By putting in place a shorter initial licence period, it will give the council greater control and improved engagement with landlords to help ensure residents are safeguarded and that other issues such as waste management can be correctly addressed.”

For more information about HMO licence fees and charges, or if you are a landlord and wish to make an application, visit: www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/hmo

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