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Friday, 27 August 2010

Queens Park New Children's Play Area Opens

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The new children's play area will be open by Friday 27th August ready for the Carnival which this year has no procession. Its the first time in my life time that there hasnt been one and I bet thousands will line the streets no knowing there isnt one.

A full report on the new play are is on the main Queens Park Website here

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A Swing type of thing and a climbing frame are just some of the new equipment in the new area

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There is a large climbing type frame to come yet that needs planning permission which is for older children

Move to clamp down on litter lout motorists

 

Cheshire East Council is backing moves to clamp down on litter lout motorists.

Millions of pounds of council taxpayers’ money is being wasted dealing with the problem nationwide because of a loophole in the law, council leaders warn.
Town halls across Britain want to be able to take action against the registered owner of a vehicle from which rubbish is thrown – even if no one will admit to it – as they can with offences of speeding and fly-tipping.
Currently, if a council officer reports litter being dumped from a moving vehicle, a fine can be posted to the owner but, if they deny the offence and no one else comes forward, the authority must prove in court who littered.

This difficult and expensive process means most councils cannot pursue the case, especially as past court penalties have been less than the original fine and defendants not ordered to pay costs.
Cheshire East Council is backing the Local Government Association’s call for the Government to change the law to redress the balance.
Councillor Rod Menlove, Cabinet member with responsibility for environmental services, said: “We see no reason why council taxpayers money should end up footing the bill for clearing up after these lazy and anti-social litter louts.

“Our roads are blighted with takeaway wrappers, empty bottles and cigarette ends but councils are hamstrung when it comes to taking action against thoughtless motorists who drop rubbish. As well as being unsightly, road litter is costly and difficult and dangerous to remove, as it puts our clean-up staff at risk from oncoming traffic.
“At a time when the council has to provide vital services to residents on increasingly tight budgets, this is an expense we can ill afford. Being able to crack down on this problem will mean more money will be available to plough into vital frontline services, like care for the elderly, protecting vulnerable children, repairing roads and keeping our streets safe.
“Littering is environmental vandalism – it’s unpleasant and unacceptable and undermines the fantastic work of our cleansing teams and community groups. When you get a speeding ticket or fly-tipping fine, the owner of the vehicle can be prosecuted if they don’t hand over details of the offender – so why not for littering too?”
Cheshire East Council spent £2.8m on street cleaning in its first financial year. This figure includes mechanical sweeping, manual litter picking, emptying bins, removal of fly-tipping, fly-posters and graffiti and the removal of glass, needles and hazardous products.

A Keep Britain Tidy study found roads and verges are some of the most littered parts of the country. The research showed 22 per cent of lorry drivers and 20 per cent of all motorists admitted to throwing rubbish from their vehicles in the previous six months.
Offenders are generally only fined if the vehicle is stationary and the littering is seen by a council officer who immediately issues a fine, or if they admit to it on receiving a fixed penalty notice by post.
More than 100 councils have told the LGA, which represents more than 350 councils in England and Wales, they want a change in the law.

The most appropriate legislation would be to make the owner or keeper of the vehicle responsible for littering offences, unless they can prove it was someone else.

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Mp’s News letter

Welcome ...

Welcome to this my 59th electronic news bulletin.

With Parliament in recess, it gives me a welcomed opportunity to spend extra time in the constituency.  I have been able to catch up with many constituents and meet with local businesses, as well as attending lots of events in Crewe and Nantwich.

Remember, you can always contact me directly if you have any questions for me.

You can forward the bulletin on to your friends and family, who can sign up themselves by clicking here for my website.

Best wishes,

Edward Timpson
Member of Parliament for Crewe & Nantwich

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I have recently ...

  • Visited Crewe Heritage Centre, meeting with staff & volunteers
  • Been given a bowling lesson at the Hop Pole Bowling Club, on Wistaston Road in Crewe 
  • Visited local business, Travel Visa Company, in Crewe
  • Attended Wulvern Housing Big Summer Fun Day, in Crewe
  • Met with representatives of the Academy of Hospitality, in Crewe
  • Attended the launch of Nantwich Beer at the Nantwich Food & Drink Festival
  • Met with respresentatives of local Connexions, in Crewe
  • Attended the topping-out ceremony & laid the final tile of Belong's new village at Brookhouse Drive, in Crewe
  • Met with Indoor Market Traders in Crewe to be updated on their situation
  • Met with Alternative Hotel Group to  learn more about their Academy of Hospitality opening at Wychwood Park Next month 

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You can view all my photos and video at edwardtimpsonmp.com

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Update from local MP Edward Timpson

Crewe Blog

Local Crewe and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson has this week highlighted a number of new Government measures that have been raised with him by constituents. An increase in the amount of parliamentary time since the General Election has allowed the Coalition Government to pass a large number of new measures in the the first 100 days in power.

As well as the Academies Bill, which has already proved of benefit to Brine Leas High School in Nantwich, Mr Timpson said he was pleased to see the Government getting tough on travellers’ sites. He said: “I saw first hand how the previous set of rules was being abused when 400 of my constituents opposed a site on Wybunbury Lane in 2008.” Under current rules trespass is treated as a civil rather than criminal offence, which means landowners are forced to go to court to remove travellers from their land. But Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles has written to all local authorities encouraging them to use all their available powers to deal with breaches of planning control. And he pledged to give councils greater powers to ensure fair play in the planning system. Mr Timpson went on to emphasise the action being taken to combat the problem of rogue wheel clampers: “In my first two years as Crewe and Nantwich MP, I was contacted a number of times by people who had been hit by large fines for parking in areas patrolled by some of these unscrupulous companies,” he said. "The Chronicle even made it a campaign of theirs," he continued. The measures were announced earlier this month by the Home Office, and will ban wheel clamping on private land.

The MP also welcomed the commitment on the Conservative election promise to scrap the jobs tax. George Osborne’s emergency budget contained a number of measures aimed at providing relief for small and medium sized businesses, which the Treasury has described as the "backbone of our economy". The Chancellor slashed corporation tax to make the country one of the most attractive in the world for businesses. Mr Timpson said: “I have visited a number of firms in Crewe and Nantwich who will genuinely benefit from the measures announced in the budget. It should provide a real kickstart to our economy both locally and nationally. I think the first 100 days of the Coalition Government have demonstrated our commitment to roll up our sleeves and get stuck into the problems that really affect people here in Crewe and Nantwich and across the country. If anything the critics now say that the Government is being too radical, but we ran on a platform for change, and we’ve proved that we’re going to deliver it.”

© 2010 Crewe Blog

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New village is opened by MP

The Sentinel

AN MP has performed a topping-out ceremony at a £7.9 million community village.

Crewe and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson placed the last tile on the roof of Belong Crewe in Brookhouse Drive.

Helping him lay the tile was Melanie Saywell, the village's general manager.

Known as 'topping out', the ceremony marks the end of building work at the village, which has a bistro, gym, an internet café and hair-and-beauty salon.

There is also a venue that can be used for cinema screenings or dancing, complete with licensed bar.

The village has 12 stylish apartments and six family-sized, open-plan households with large en-suite bedrooms.

These will provide accommodation for up to 66 people, including specialist residential, dementia and nursing support.

Mr Timpson said: "This village will be an important addition to Crewe, which is in an area with a proportionately higher ageing population than the national average.

"I was asked if I was going to sign up for a room."

© 2010 The Sentinel

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MP marks end of construction on community village in Crewe

Crewe and Nantwich Chronicle

CONSTRUCTION of a new £7.9m community village in Crewe has been formally completed.

Crewe and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson laid the final tile on the roof of the groundbreaking facility, Belong Crewe, at a special topping out ceremony at the Brookhouse Drive site.

Work began on the project in October. The laying of the roof tile marks the end of a busy 10 months for building firm Cruden Construction and Nant- wich charity Belong, which is overseeing the facility.

Mr Timpson was given a tour of the community village by general manager Melanie Saywell.

He said: “This village will be an important addition to Crewe, an area with a proportionately higher ageing population than the national average.

“The apartments are absolutely delightful, and I will come back when it is complete to sample a panini and have a cup of coffee in the bistro.”

It is anticipated the village will make a key contribution to the National Dementia Strategy and put Crewe at the forefront of dementia care in the UK.

At its heart will be a bistro, gym, an internet café, hair and beauty salon and a venue that can be used for cinema screenings or dancing, complete with licensed bar.

The advanced design includes 12 apartments and six family-sized, open plan households with large en-suite bedrooms. These will provide accommodation for up to 66 people, including nursing support.

Belong will hold open days at the village in mid-November. For more details visit www.belong. org.uk.

© 2010 Trinity Mirror North West and North Wales Ltd

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Great Fire of Nantwich beer launched

Crewe and Nantwich Chronicle

A NEW beer marking one of Nantwich’s key historical dates has been launched.

The exclusive beer, brewed locally in Stapeley, has been named Great Fire after the blaze which devastated Nant- wich in 1583.

And it will be on tap throughout the Nantwich Food & Drink Festival weekend, September 24-26, as part of a CAMRA Beer Festival event at Nantwich Cricket Club.

It is made to a secret family recipe by the Woodlands Brewing Company. Owner John Skeaping, said: “What makes the taste of our beers so special is the mineral spring water we use. For the festival we wanted a brew that would appeal to the ladies as much as the men, and we think this one will. It’s sweet, yet with a real fire in its belly.”

One of the first to try it was Crewe and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson when John, and directors from Nantwich Food and Drink Ltd, staged a launch in the town centre on Friday.

The MP said: “The food festival volunteers are doing a great job to keep this important event alive in Nantwich. As for the beer, it certainly has a kick that real ale fans will enjoy.”

The CAMRA event will run alongside a packed programme of activities that will turn Nantwich town centre into a paradise for foodies over festival weekend.

Nantwich Food and Drink Ltd, the not-for-profit company set up to stage this year’s new-look festival, is laying on feast of free family entertainment over the three days.

Every spare nook and cranny of Nantwich, including the town square, will be filled with food and drink stands offering lots to sample, or entertainment geared towards families.

Most shops across town are also joining by staging tastings and demonstrations such as sausage-making at Clewlow’s butchers, children’s cup cake decorating at The Aga Shop, whisky sampling at Edencroft and wine tasting at Rodney Densem.

Visit www.nantwichfoodfestival.co.uk

© 2010 Trinity Mirror North West and North Wales Ltd

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Crewe visa company gets visit from MP Edward Timpson

Crewe and Nantwich Chronicle

STAFF at a Crewe visa application business were visited by MP Edward Timpson, to discuss changes to the travel market.

The Travel Visa Company, which is based at Crewe Hall, supplies visas to individuals and independent and corporate agents and has cultivated partnerships with companies including Kanoo, Amex, and Thomas Cook.

Company directors and the Crewe and Nantwich MP discussed issues including the impact of government regulations upon the company, global economic concerns, and how the company supports the local community.

A spokesman for the company said: “We’re extremely pleased that Edward has chosen to recognise the recent growth and success of our company.”

© 2010 Trinity Mirror North West and North Wales Ltd

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Words from Westminster

Edward Timpson, Crewe and Nantwich Chronicle

The Conservatives at the election set out an ambitious agenda to build a society based around social responsibility and community action at the General Election.

We have seen recently in Nantwich the results that volunteer movements can bring about with the success of our First Responder campaign.

Across Crewe and Nantwich I have seen for myself the positive impact charities and community groups like Christian Concern, Ray of Hope and Marshfield Bank Community Centre can have.

Under the Coalition government, charities, voluntary groups and a new generation of community organisers will help tackle some of the most stubborn social problems.

We committed to introducing National Citizen Service: a new volunteering programme to help 16 year olds develop their skills, mix with people from different backgrounds and get involved in improving their communities.

We also want to ensure a fair deal on grants so charities and voluntary organisations can make a competitive return when providing public services, just as private businesses already do.

I know from discussions with enterprising people in Crewe and Nantwich that there is a real appetite for this locally.

But most importantly, as a Government, we want to lead by example, and transform the civil service into a ‘civic service’ by encouraging civil servants to volunteer and participate in charitable projects.

I’ll be doing that too, setting aside time in the constituency to volunteer with the charities I’m involved in, such as Home Start Central Cheshire and Supported Community Business.

But I also want to participate in new charities and broaden my understanding of the hugely important voluntary sector in Crewe and Nantwich.

So, if you’re involved in a charity or local group that I haven’t yet visited, and would like me to come and get stuck in, why not write to me with a suggestion for me to bear in mind over the coming year?

Edward Timpson can be contacted at 30 Victoria St, Crewe CW1 2JE, on 01270 501 725, or through www.edwardtimpson.com.

© 2010 Trinity Mirror North West and North Wales Ltd

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Woodlands launch Food and Drink Festival beer

Nantwichnews

Organisers of the Nantwich Food and Drink Festival are catering for all tastes this year – including those with a thirst for real ale.
An exclusive beer, brewed locally in Stapeley, will be on tap throughout the festival weekend, September 24-26, as part of a CAMRA event at Nantwich Cricket Club.

Made to a secret family recipe by the Woodlands Brewing Company, the bottled beer has been named Great Fire after the blaze which devastated Nantwich in 1583.

Brewery owner John Skeaping, said: “For the festival we wanted a brew that would appeal to the ladies as much as the men, and we think this one will.

“It’s sweet, yet with a real fire in its belly.”

One of the first to try it was Crewe and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson when Nantwich Food and Drink Ltd staged a launch in the town centre on Friday.

Mr Timpson said: “The food festival volunteers are doing a great job to keep this important event alive in Nantwich. As for the beer, it certainly has a kick that real ale fans will enjoy.”

The CAMRA event will run alongside a packed programme of activities over festival weekend.

Festival chairman, Graham Fenton, said: “The Nantwich Show saw the launch of Nantwich blue cheese so we asked the Woodlands Brewing Company if they could come up with a new beer especially for the weekend. John and his team did us proud.”

Every spare nook and cranny of Nantwich, including the town square, will be filled with food and drink stands during the festival.

Most shops are joining in by staging tastings and demonstrations such as sausage-making at Clewlow’s butchers, children’s cup cake decorating at The Aga Shop, whisky sampling at Edencroft and wine tasting at Rodney Densem.

The NFU is bringing a mini farm to Volunteer Fields, off Barony Road, and the venue will also be used for displays by the RSPB and National Trust.

Children can enjoy free miniature train rides at Nantwich Methodist Church on Hospital Street while St Mary’s Church will be staging its harvest festival.

Cllr Andrew Knowles, Portfolio Holder for health and well being, said: “Everything is shaping up into a fabulous festival.

“New attractions are being added daily so we advise anyone who is interested in coming along to check out the website which is being constantly updated.”

Visit www.nantwichfoodfestival.co.uk

© 2010 Nantwichnews

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Topping occasion as building work comes to an end at Belong Crewe

Belong

It was a topping occasion when MP Edward Timpson placed the last tile on the roof of Belong Crewe, the town’s new £7.9 million community village in Brookhouse Drive.

Helping Mr Timpson to lay the tile was Melanie Saywell, the village’s General Manager.

Known as ‘topping out’, the ceremony marks the end of building work at the village.

After Edward Timpson had topped out the village, he was given a preview of one of the modern apartments and had a brief tour of the site.

Later, addressing an audience of Belong directors and staff, construction workers, architects and other guests, he said: "This village will be an important addition to Crewe which is in an area with a proportionately higher ageing population than the national average.

"I was asked if I was going to sign up for a room. The apartments are absolutely delightful, but I am going to hang fire on that decision for a few years yet!

"But I will come back when it is complete to sample one of your paninis and have a cup of coffee in the bistro".

© Belong

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Work at Royal Mail sorting office in Crewe to finish for good

Crewe and Nantwich Chronicle

WORK at Crewe’s famous Royal Mail sorting office will cease on Monday.

For two years, uncertainty has surrounded the hundreds of workers at the Weston Road site, sparking on-street protests and rows between union officials and Royal Mail bosses.

Royal Mail wants to shift all operations to its Warrington base. The company has said the take-up in voluntary redundancies means no compulsory action will be taken.

Royal Mail will run a shuttle bus from Crewe to Warrington, but many of the workers who have now volunteered for voluntary redundancy are refusing to budge.

One of them, who preferred not to be named, said: “It’s terrible. They are going to do us out of 90 days’ redundancy money unless we go to Warrington.

“But we’ve told the bosses in no uncertain terms we won’t go there.

“There’s an awful atmosphere here – people are ready to tear heads off. I hate to think there would be industrial action - but there could be.”

The move has been on the cards for two years. Hopes had been raised that the decision would be reversed under the new Government.

Crewe and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson has campaigned against the sorting office closure since he was elected in 2008.

He told the Chronicle: “This will obviously be a very sad day for the workers at the Crewe Mail Centre.

“The supposed policy of the previous government was to move public sector jobs to the north of England, but under their tenure Crewe only saw decisions that pulled these jobs away.

“Lord Mandelson has a lot to answer for, as does the management of Royal Mail who have been less than understanding throughout the process.”

A Royal Mail spokesman said the move should come as no shock to workers.

He added: “It was always our intention to transfer the processing work from Crewe to Warrington Mail Centre on a phased basis, with the last of the work moving during July and August.

“We first communicated this to all our people at Crewe Mail Centre in November 2008. Since then, we have provided regular updates to staff and we have worked with them individually to find them new roles at Warrington.”

© 2010 Trinity Mirror North West and North Wales Ltd

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Village festival on song

Crewe and Nantwich Chronicle

Residents celebrated the 10th anniversary of Richmond Village’s music festival.

The events started with a birthday tea which Crewe and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson opened. A performance by Willey’s Weepers jazz band, together with clarinet player Eric Newton wowed the audience.

A large audience was serenaded by the concert orchestra and Crewe Male Voice Choir spokeswoman Nicola Tooke said: “The music has been absolutely wonderful. The festival has been organised by the Friends of Richmond Village and we are all very grateful for the hard work that has gone in to making it the success that it is.”

© 2010 Trinity Mirror North West and North Wales Ltd

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MP watches Crewe & Nantwich girls beat US side

Nantwichnews

Crewe & Nantwich Girls Under 14s won 1-0 against the USA side Capital American Soccer League (CASL) in a friendly game at Reaseheath College.

CASL, based in North Carolina, are touring the UK and had been unbeaten before the game at the Nantwich college.

Among the spectators at Reaseheath was Crewe and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson.

He said: “I’m a big football fan so I know that getting these close victories against competitive opposition is vital.

“Huge congratulations to the girls, and let’s hope it sets them up for a great season.

“I welcome the Government’s plans to revive competitive games in schools and reverse the decline in competitive sport.

“In Crewe and Nantwich I have seen for myself the huge importance of, and appetite for, competitive sport, and its huge impact on many young people’s lives.”

© 2010 Nantwichnews

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Recruitment firm joins Edward Timpson in tackling exploitation of temporary workers

Crewe Blog

A Crewe firm which took its fight to the government is celebrating news that the National Minimum Wage regulations will be changing to reduce the exploitation of vulnerable temporary workers in the region. Absolute Recruitment has been very vocal in its opposition to a tax loophole which meant that some of the region’s temporary workers on, or close to, minimum wage were actually agreeing to be paid a lower hourly rate. In return for their consent, workers' wages would be topped up with dubious travel expenses. This practice enabled both the workers and the recruitment firms who employ them to legitimately pay lower tax and National Insurance (NI) contributions. But the company which has offices on High Street had campaigned to get the regulations amended, because it felt some workers were unaware that they were losing out on vital benefits such as full holiday or maternity pay. And Absolute Recruitment feared that, in a worst-case scenario, HMRC could have tried to recover tax underpayments from individual workers.

The company’s managing director Jessica Marshall said she was delighted with the government’s announcement. She said: “Although it’s a perfectly legitimate practice, we felt it was wrong on a number of levels most notably because there was not enough information available for temporary workers who were paid through these so-called umbrella payment schemes. We were delighted earlier this year when HMRC announced that it was looking at closing the loophole, but then it seemed to stall which we found very frustrating. We knew that our industry body the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) was campaigning to close the loophole, but we decided to add our own voice and do our bit to try and get HMRC to take decisive action. Today’s announcement is great news for the temporary labour market in our area and the amendments to National Minimum Wage regulations come into force on the 1st January, 2011.”

Absolute Recruitment pledged to raise awareness of the issue in Crewe and the surrounding areas and part of its campaign involved taking the matter up with the local MP Edward Timpson and business leaders in the town. Fellow director Dan said: “I’m hoping our persistence and faith in local democracy played its part in the decision which we believe is good news for workers in the region.”

© 2010 Crewe Blog

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International match starts new season.

Crewe Blog

There was an unusal addition to Crewe & Nantwich Girls FC U14s pre-season preparations this summer as they took part in the club's first ever international match. CASL, from Raleigh North Carolina USA, were the opponents, as the American side were taking part in a tournament at Keele University and were keen to play the successful C&N girls in an additional friendly match. Paul Antrobus at Crewe Alex soccer academy was delighted to offer the girls use of their fantastic facilities at Reaseheath. Edward Timpson MP, who follows the progress of C&N GFC and is a great supporter of the development of girls football locally, was also in attendance, and showed off some silky skills himself.

Despite not having played any competitive football for several weeks the C&N girls were up for the occasion, and Megan Naylor put the hosts into a deserved lead. There were two distinct styles of play, and the passing game and strong defending of the English was always too much for the individual flare that the USA girls demonstrated. The C&N girls won their first ever international result and at the same time denied the visiting girls a 100% record on tour. The occasion was always bigger than the result and the game was played with great spirit and endeavour throughout. Aterwards, all girls enjoyed ice cream at Snugbury’s farm, when they kindly opened up their doors in the evening to show good British hospitality where plenty of new cross-Atlantic Facebook friendships were made.

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Crewe and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson voices concerns over radio switchover

Crewe and Nantwich Chronicle

CREWE and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson used the debate in Parliament before the summer recess to signal his displeasure about the switchover to digital radio.

He said he had been contacted on a number of occasions by older people concerned about the switchover to digital radio.

He told the House: “A hundred million analogue radios are still being used in the UK and 20 million car radios can receive only AM and FM radio. The previous Government was going to press ahead with the fairly arbitrary date of 2015 for the switchover, yet only 24% of radio listening is through digital channels.”

He added later: “If the switchover is rushed, the impact on the commercial radio sector could be damaging.”

“I’m pleased the Government says the FM service will continue, even if DAB is brought in as the preference for radio stations.”

© 2010 Trinity Mirror North West and North Wales Ltd

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Words from Westminster

Edward Timpson, Crewe and Nantwich Chronicle

Parliament has risen, summer is here and this coalition government is nearly at the three month mark. It's a good time to take stock of what it has done so far and where we're going. Eleven weeks in and I believe the Coalition has made a good start for Crewe and Nantwich.

For my own part, I have spoken in the House of Commons about a whole range of issues affecting Crewe and Nantwich people.

These include the digital radio switchover for older people, local sports clubs, littering in our streets, government attention for our local sorting office, local health inequalities, ambulance response times, local transport infrastructure, deregulation for local small businesses, reduced fuel duty for dairy farmers, school bullying, and the pension credit system.

On a national level, the Coalition has scrapped Labour's jobs tax, scrapped ID cards, completed an in-year spending review to save £6 billion of waste and presented an emergency Budget that will balance the books within five years.

The Coalition promised radical reform of our public services and it is delivering, with a big expansion of the academy programme in schools and unprecedented reform of the NHS – £1 billion of bureaucracy cut, pointless targets scrapped, whole tiers of bureaucracy abolished and real power for GPs and patients.

We campaigned relentlessly on pushing power out from London and we're making it happen. We’ve been busy scrapping the top down control in local government, including the regional assemblies and strategies, and giving that control back to local people.

I said we'd do the right thing by our troops, and we've been doing that too. We have established a National Security Council, made sure we have a clear strategy on Afghanistan and doubled the Operational Allowance pay for our Forces.

This isn't an exhaustive list, but it does show that despite the tough decision to bring responsibility back into managing the economy and reduce our unaffordable debt, this Coalition government has been quick to act in the interests of the people both in Crewe and Nantwich and nationwide.

I’ll be around as ever over the summer, catching up in my Victoria Street office and visiting all sorts of different places around the constituency.

© 2010 Trinity Mirror North West and North Wales Ltd

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Girls' international win

Crewe and Nantwich Chronicle

Crewe and Nantwich Girls FC U14’s welcomed a special guest to their first international match on Thursday.

The team, which played at the Crewe Alex training ground at Reaseheath College, welcomed US side CASL (Capital American Soccer League, North Carolina) and were watched by MP Edward Timpson.

The South Cheshire team endured a very close game, but held on for a 1-0 victory against their North American rivals.

CASL are in the country in a tour; and are currently unbeaten in the tournament they came to play in.

Mr Timpson said: “They’ve clearly played their hearts out this evening. I’m a big football fan so I know that getting these close victories against competitive opposition is vital.”

Earlier in the week the MP had spoken in the House of Commons about the importance of competitive sport for young people.

He said: “I welcome the Government’s plans to revive competitive games in schools and reverse the decline in competitive sport. In Crewe and Nantwich I’ve seen the huge importance of, and appetite for, competitive sport, and its huge impact on many young people’s lives.”

© 2010 Trinity Mirror North West and North Wales Ltd

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5 ways to contact Edward Timpson

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Journey even further with the Cheshire Travelcard

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There’s good news this week for commuters using a Cheshire Travelcard.

Three more bus depots have signed up to the scheme which allows commuters to use a ‘pay-as-you-go’ card to purchase bus tickets rather than needing to find loose change.

Arriva – Macclesfield, Arriva - Winsford and Helms depots are now accepting the card on their routes. The new additions mean that 60 per cent of journeys made, by bus, across Cheshire East, are covered by the Travelcard.

Depots already accepting Travelcards are:

· Arriva Chester

· Arriva Wrexham (on routes into Cheshire)

· Arriva Rhyl (on routes into Cheshire)

· D&G

· GHA

Travelcards are free and available to everyone. The majority of bus companies offer a 10 per cent discount to travellers who use the Travelcard. Application forms can be found at any local bus station or by ringing the dedicated helpline 01244 973353.

Cheshire East Councillor Jamie Macrae, Cabinet member with responsibility for prosperity, said:

“Travelcard is an excellent example of how Cheshire is leading the way in implementing new technology. This scheme makes commuting easier for people who live and work in Cheshire.”

Cheshire East Councillor Peter Mason, Cabinet member for procurement, shared services, assets and HR, said: “This is good news for anyone who travels by bus in Cheshire East. Hopefully, the card will be accepted on all journeys in the area in the very near future. Travelcards are easy to use, convenient and free.

“We all know how frustrating it can be to have to look for change for a bus ticket. The Travelcard solves this problem in a very simple way. It’s ideal for children who use buses on a regular basis.”

Frequently asked questions

How do I put money on a Travelcard?

Simply get on the bus and hand the driver the amount you would like to put on the card i.e. £10. Your card will be placed under a card-reader. You will then get a ticket for your journey which will include information about the money you have put on the card.

How do I use the Travelcard?

The Travelcard is placed under a special card-reader on top of the ticket machine as you get onto the bus. Tell the driver your destination. Your ticket will show the fare along with an updated balance.

Can anyone have a Travelcard?

Yes. People of all ages can apply for a free Travelcard. Just fill in an application form. Postage is free.

Anyone who would like a Travelcard can contact the Travelcard Helpline on 01244 973353 or go to travelcard@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk

Dog Fouling Prosecution is a warning to others

 

Community Wardens from Cheshire East have brought a successful prosecution as an irresponsible dog owner failed to clean up after her dog,

The incident occurred on the play area off Chapel Street, in Macclesfield. A local woman was fined £175 and ordered to pay £180 costs after failing to pay a dog fouling fixed penalty.

Cheshire East Council work continually to keep public areas clean and safe. National Poop Scoop week, last month saw dog wardens visiting local parks, meeting dog walkers and educating owners about caring for their pets.

John Nicholson, Strategic Director for Places with responsibility for safer and stronger communities said: “This successful prosecution sends a clear message to those that receive fixed penalties that failure to pay is likely to result further action.

“Targeting areas where dog owners don’t clear up after their pets, sends a clear message to individuals that their inconsiderate actions will not be tolerated.

“We have a network of dog waste bins throughout Council areas and we'd encourage people to use these facilities and help us keep public spaces clear of dog mess.”

The wardens will continue to discreetly patrol dog-fouling hotspots to catch offending dog walkers who do not clean up after their dogs.

Since Christmas, the wardens have issued 76 fixed penalty notices.

Revival of the Willaston Fete a Great Success

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The revival of the Willaston Fete last Sunday was a great success.Cllr. Silvester said, " It was a lovely day, enjoyed by all those who attended. I would like to congratulate the Parish Council and Chairman Mike Heywood for reviving  the fete after a gap of over 30 years. I am sure that it will now become an annual event that will grow in size and popularity. I would like to thank all those groups who made the day possible including the Cheshire East Council's Recreation Team."

Cllr Margaret Simon said;

"I'm so pleased that the Willaston Villagers turned out in force to support the Fete as Chairman Mike Heywood and other Members of the Parish Council  worked so hard to make the day a success.  It was lovely to see Stella Osborne, who was Rose Queen at the last Fete held over 30 years ago, helping to choose the prize winners of the Fun Dog Show and of the Childrens' Fancy Dress Competition.  I hope that the event is repeated next year and that its popularity in the village goes from strength to strength."

Pictures attached. The first one is of Cllrs Margaret Simon and Brian Silvester opening the fete with the Chairman and Deputy Chairman of the Parish Council, Cllr. Mike Heywood and Cllr. Colin Todd. The other photos are of the Rose Queen, Emily Bennett and her attendants.

Friday, 20 August 2010

Cllr Brian Silvester Kicks Butt

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You will remember a few days ago we reported the killer fence to the council. It was reported on the 7th August 13 days ago. The fence in Oxford St fell across a public right of way and a pavement used by children to go to school and pensioners to get the bus. With deadly spikes invisible at night it was a killer fence waiting to happen. We got Brian on the case with no results as the council claimed it was the H&S Exec and they claimed it was down to the council.

Once again Brian stepped in and kicked some butts before someone got hurt. The fence was made safer early today  and later on the builders came and tied it up. This makes it a lot safer however its not the real answer all they have done is tied it with string which makes it safe for today. The ultimate problem is the fence is not fit for the purpose as it has spikes on the top were its broke and sharp bits all around the site as the fence is in very poor condition and shouldn't be used next to a public pavement.

We can see in a week or so a few high winds and the problem will be back again but a least now if someone has been hurt they can sue and show the blog as evidence that it was a known hazard and that would show liability

The question remains what would have happen if we didnt have councillors like Brian Silvester  its taken 13 days with his help without him it may never have got done three cheers for Brian hip hip

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Dobin Returns

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A long last an old friend Dobin has returned to the Queens Park play area It an old favourite of many children and was condemned this year and removed. But now its back having been restored back to its former glory and to bring pleasure to the next generation of young children in the new play area 

Are you game to help our wounded heroes?

Deputy Mayor Gordon Baxendale

 

Cheshire East’s mayor is urging people to donate DVDs and computer games ­– to help give a boost to our wounded soldiers.

Mayor Gordon Baxendale says the gifts will help troops of 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Cheshire) cope better during the weeks and even months of hospital treatment and rehabilitation following serious injury in Afghanistan.

Donated computer consoles, games (especially PlayStation 3 games) and DVDs will be used by wounded soldiers of ‘The Cheshires’ recovering after their evacuation from the frontline in Helmand Province.

Councillor Baxendale said: “The Cheshires are on the frontline of the fight against the Taliban in Helmand and, regrettably, are taking frequent casualties.

“Our servicemen and women put their life on the line for us. So in return, we must help ensure that these brave soldiers are cared for and supported if they are wounded.

“It is important to remember that for every one of our soldiers killed, about seven others are wounded. Some of these injuries can be devastating and take many months of hospital treatment – so it is important that we help provide our wounded men and women with entertainments and distractions to help the hours and weeks pass more quickly and pleasantly.

“I really would encourage people to show their support for the fantastic bravery and stoicism of our wounded servicemen and women.”

Donated items can be handed in at all main Cheshire East Council’s offices, leisure centres and libraries. Please put items (genuine merchandise only, please – no counterfeit goods) in bags/envelopes and label them: Mercians DVDs/Games.

Alternatively, contact 1 Mercian support group volunteer Jill Dolman on 0782 7415686.

Wounded 1 Mercian soldiers are being treated in the UK at Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham, Southport Hospital and Headley Court Military Hospital in Surrey.

Cllr Baxendale has named ABF The Soldiers’ Charity as one of the organisations he is fundraising for during his tenure as mayor. He is also raising money for the 1 Mercian (Cheshire) families’ support group.

Crewe Drug Charges: Further Remands

Two people arrested as part of a Police drugs operation in Crewe and Liverpool on July 20th today (Aug 17th) admitted offences related to drug dealing.
Matthew Hill, aged 22, from Newhaven Court, Nantwich, appeared at Chester Crown Court and pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to supply heroin and conspiracy to supply crack cocaine. He was remanded in custody until October 12th.
Samantha Richards, aged 32, of Wheelman road, Crewe, admitted charges of supplying heroin, and being concerned in the supply of heroin and crack cocaine. She was remanded on bail to appear at court again on October 12th.
Tony Powell, aged 38, from Eleanor Close, Crewe, who faces charges of conspiracy to supply heroin and conspiracy to supply crack cocaine was also remanded in custody to October 12th. No plea was entered.
Andrew Cooper, aged 22, of Edleston Road, Crewe, who faces similar charges, was remanded in custody to October 5th. No plea was entered.
David McDonough, aged 48, of Sedgmoor Road, Norris Green, Liverpool, who is also charged with conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine was remanded in custody to October 5th. He did not enter a plea.
A 17 years old youth from Norris Green who admitted charges of conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine was remanded on bail to October 5th.

Police Seek Camera Owner
Police are trying to trace the owner of a camera they believe may have been taken in a burglary or stolen from a car.
The camera, a Panasonic Lumix DMC-T27 was found under a car in Lear Drive, in the Wistaston Area of Crewe on Tuesday August 10th.
Detective Constable Shamaila Ahmed said, “There are some family pictures on the memory card in the camera. For that reason alone, it is surprising no-one has reported it missing.
“We would very much like to trace the owner. We have checked the files and made inquiries in the streets around the spot where it was found but so far we have drawn a blank.
“The camera has a black body with steel trim and fittings. Anyone who believes it may be their camera, or who may know the owner can contact me through the Cheshire Police Information line 0845 458 0000.”

Back to School is simple with the Family Information Service

 

It’s that time of year again and the start of the new school year is fast approaching.

From childcare to tax credits, Cheshire East Council’s Family Information Service (FIS) is gearing up for all manner of queries, big or small.  

Cheshire East FIS is on hand to offer free impartial and confidential advice and guidance on all manner of issues for families with children and young people aged 0-19 years, including:

  • Childcare options including Out of School activities;
  • Tax Credits, Childcare Vouchers and Free Early Education Entitlement;
  • Support for children with additional needs and/or a disability;
  • Information about paternity leave and pay;
  • Flexible working

For more information, please go to www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/FIS or telephone 0800 408 2013.

Cheshire East Councillor Hilda Gaddum, Cabinet member with responsibility for children and families, said:

“Getting children back to school can be a busy time for every parent. The Family Information Service is in place to make this process as smooth as possible; guiding parents through any uncertainties they may have.

“I would urge parents across Cheshire East to get in touch if they have any concerns about the start of the new school year.  The FIS already receive calls from a wide range of people, including fathers and grandparents and so are ready to offer peace of mind to all parents and carers.”

Doreen-Ann Newsome, an Outreach Officer with Cheshire East Council, added: “The FIS is in place to take away any worries parents may have. The message is ‘don’t panic’; we have lots of information to help solve all manner of queries”

DRAMA GROUP GRANT WELCOMED

 

Conservative Councillors for the Rope Ward, Margaret Simon, Ray Westwood and Brian Silvester

have welcomed a grant  from the Cheshire East Council to the Shavington Drama Group

The £200 grant will be used to purchase materials for re-usable stage sets and to cover the costs of  performances. Cllr Silvester

said, “ I welcome this grant decision. The Shavington Drama Group put on excellent productions which are well supported

by local residents. I am pleased that the Cheshire East Council  is able to support grassroots drama groups in this way.”

Margaret Simon said;

"This is good news for the Shavington Drama Group.

Many of our local groups and clubs have been successful with their bids and requests for Council funding over the years. 

I would encourage other Community Groups and Clubs to apply now to Cheshire East for grants of funding towards items they need to keep them going."

Contact – Cllr Brian Silvester  Tel 01270 567757

Top Marks for Cheshire East Students

 

Sixth formers in Cheshire East have yet again recorded an outstanding set of A-level results.

With all schools’ results but one now confirmed, projections are that Cheshire East’s 1,600 students have recorded a 97.6 per cent pass rate – identical to the national figure – which is one per cent higher than the previous year.

Provisional figures show that sixth formers achieved an average points score of 817, compared with 751 recorded on results day last year.

More than a quarter of students achieved grades of A* – introduced this year – and A.

Councillor Hilda Gaddum, Cabinet member with responsibility for children and families, said: “Each year it becomes harder to improve on previous levels of achievement, yet I am delighted to report that Cheshire East students appear to have done just that.

“This exceptional performance is a just reward for the hard work, dedication and enthusiasm shown by students and staff. My congratulations go to them all.

“Education continues to be a priority in Cheshire East and we are proud that our results remain among the best in the country.

“I wish all our A-level students every success in the path they intend to follow, whether that is further education, training or employment.

“For those whose results are not all they had hoped for, our sixth form staff are there to provide support, encouragement and guidance on the options open to them.”

Million Pound Boost for Dementia Care

l-r Cllr. Roland Domleo, Erika Wenzel CEO of CEC, Deputy Mayor of CE Roger West and Sandra Shorter Head of Care4CE

 

Older people and their carers in Crewe are benefiting from a £1m investment in specialist dementia care services.

Cheshire East Council has ploughed the funding into Lincoln House Community Support Centre to build on its reputation as a centre of excellence for short-stay and day-care services.

The centrepiece of the project – a purpose-built dementia wing – was officially opened by Cheshire East Deputy Mayor Roger West.

Service users, carers and staff looked on as Councillor West unveiled a commemorative plaque and enjoyed a tour of the state-of-the-art facilities.

The wing features 12 assessment and respite units with en-suite facilities and assistive technology as well as communal areas and a day care facility for 12 people.

Meanwhile, the rest of the centre has benefited from a remodelling and refurbishment of its 32 bedrooms.

Cllr West said: “This modernisation project has created a centre of excellence where people can benefit from comfortable, private accommodation and the latest technology in bright, modern surroundings.

“I would like to thank service users, their carers and staff for their patience during the building works.

“I am sure they will agree that these wonderful new facilities have been worth the wait.”

The plans were developed following consultation with carers and services users in line with the National Dementia Strategy, which outlines the Government’s response to the growing numbers of people affected by the condition.

Cllr Roland Domleo, Cabinet member with responsibilty for adult services, said: “The services provided by our community support centres are vital in helping older people to stay in their own homes for as long as possible and supporting their carers.

“This investment will ensure that Lincoln House can meet the demands and changing expectations of service users in the future, while maintaining the highest standards of care.”

Lincoln House was awarded the maximum grading of three stars – known as excellent status – in a recent report by the Commission for Social Care Inspection, now known as the Care Quality Commission.

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Action Plan Implemented to Balance Books

 

Service managers throughout Cheshire East Council are being asked to identify further savings.

Action is being taken across the council to correct the mounting budget pressures currently standing at a projected overspend of £13.6m by the end of the financial year.

The majority of this – £12.2m – is contained within adult social care and children’s services.

The possible overspend – which will only be realised if the Council takes no action – is offset by a £1.6m contingency fund for the effects of inflation.

Action plans are already being developed to address the remaining balance and the updated position will be reported in September.

At a meeting of the Cabinet yesterday (Monday), the Council’s financial position, outlined in the first quarterly performance report of 2010/11, was considered.

Members agreed to instruct service managers to determine corrective action to balance this year’s budget as a matter of urgency.

The situation has been exacerbated by the Coalition Government cutbacks announced in June. This represents £2.5m in revenue cuts for Cheshire East Council.

Adult care costs have risen, resulting in a projected overspend of £5.8m. This has been caused by a surge in the number of people turning to local authority care due to personal financial pressures. There has also been constant growth in the ageing population, which is well above average in Cheshire East.

In the children and families area, there is a £5.7m forecast overspend by the council. This is due mainly to the increased demand for care placement, safeguarding arrangements and a £1m overspend in school transport costs.

The overspend in our highways, planning and technical services is forecast to be £1.2m over budget. However, this will be overtaken and brought into line within budget before the year end.

Council Leader Wesley Fitzgerald said: “At this early point in the financial year, indicative overspends are normal due to billing and seasonal expenditures.

“The degree of overspend apparent this year is demanding early action to ensure that we recapture the situation of a balanced budget by year end next April.

“A projected overspend is obviously not desirable but is understandable given current government cuts and increased demand within children’s services and adult social care.

“It must be understood that it only becomes an actual overspend if remedial action is not taken.

“Some of the reductions required may be challenging and could mean spending reductions in other areas.

“I would reassure our residents that any proposed reductions will undergo careful consideration before any final decisions are taken.”

Pedal Power Returns

 

Some of the top BMX riders in the country are heading to Crewe this weekend (August 21 and 22) to take part in a two-day race event.

It’s the second year that the Bob Field Memorial Grands have been held at the Shanaze Reade BMX Track in Tip Kinder Park.

Bob Field, who passed away in 2007, was a key figure in developing BMX cycling in Crewe and contributed to the success of many athletes.

He also helped inspire Crewe’s own world title holder, Shanaze Reade, who represented Great Britain at the Beijing Olympics and will do so again in London in two years time.

A special guest in attendance is USA-based UK athlete Stephen Murray.

Councillor Andrew Knowles, Cabinet member with responsibility for health and wellbeing said: “The event this weekend promises first-class competition at a premier track that Crewe should be proud of.

“Shanaze Reade has helped put Crewe on the sporting map and hopefully events such as this will encourage more people to take up cycling themselves.”

The track club, Cheshire Ghost Riders, meets on a Saturday afternoon at 2pm. Evening sessions are held on a Tuesday and a Thursday.

For more information please contact the BMX Project Coordinator by email sports@cheshireeast.gov.uk or telephone 07729 825147.

Crewe Carnival is ‘going to be great’ says Darius

 

Darius Campbell says he is looking forward to this year’s Crewe Carnival (Saturday, August 28).

The Popstar to Operastar winner is the headline act at this year’s much anticipated event.

Speaking to Cheshire East Council earlier this week, Darius said: “I’m really looking forward to coming to Crewe for this year’s Carnival. I’m sure it’s going to be a great event and can’t wait to see everyone there.”

Cheshire East Council’s outdoor events team are now hard at work, putting the final touches to what is set to be a memorable day.

Tickets are now available – they are free but anyone who wants to attend the evening concert will need to get a ticket from the Lyceum Theatre, Nantwich Customer Services office or The Box in Crewe. Five tickets are available per person.

Carnival-goers can also look forward to:

  • A performance by ‘Over the Rainbow’ finalist, Dani Rayner
  • Performances by local band Vavoom, The Retrospective and Tom Seals (pianist and singer) and band (all courtesy of Volume PR)
  • Stunt displays
  • The Kangaroos (gymnastic display scheme)
  • Performances from X Academy and Footloose dance groups
  • Matrix cheerleading squad
  • Mini car display
  • A display of Cheshire birds of prey and Wyche Dog Training Club
  • Display by Crewe and Nantwich Horticultural Society
  • A children’s fairground and refreshment stands
  • A huge firework display, courtesy of Crewe Carnival partner’s Nemesis.

The Carnival will be officially opened by Crewe Mayor, Councillor Jacquie Weatherill. Cheshire’s Silk 106.9 Breakfast Show presenter, Andy Bailey, will host this year’s show together with Paul Senior from CAT Radio.

Cheshire East Councillor Andrew Knowles, Cabinet member with responsibility for health and wellbeing, said: “There’s so much going on at this year’s Carnival – its set to be a fun-packed day for everyone. More than 500 tickets have already been handed out with plenty more available so don’t miss out.

“I would like to thank, in advance, all the acts and volunteers who are taking part. Such a large-scale event would not be possible without their help and enthusiasm.” 

Cheshire East Councillor and Mayor of Crewe, Jacquie Weatherill, added:

“I am very much looking forward to this year’s Carnival - its set to be an excellent day for people of all ages. I am proud to be officially opening the Carnival, it is sure to be a moment to remember.”

Fuel for thought – recycle household cooking oil

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It you’ve ever wondered how to best dispose of used cooking oil, Cheshire East Council may have found the answer.

The Authority has made a new addition to their Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC) in the form of cooking oil containers.

Local residents can now take their used cooking oil and dispose of it properly. The oil will then be recycled into Bio-Fuel. This can then be used as transport fuel and in heat and power systems.

Each container has a 150-litre capacity and is fitted with a special gauge to inform staff when they are full.

The containers will be placed away from engine oil containers to prevent contamination. In the first few weeks of introducing the containers, staff from HW Martin Waste Ltd, who run Cheshire East’s HWRCs, will be on hand to advise local residents.

The company in charge of processing the cooking oil and turning it into Bio-Fuel is Convert2Green Ltd, based in Middlewich.

If the scheme is successful, larger containers will be increased and additional containers placed in HWRCs across Cheshire East.

Cheshire East Councillor Rod Menlove, Cabinet member with responsibility for environmental services, said:

“This is a very interesting project with lots of potential. Disposing of used cooking oils can damage drainage systems if poured down the sink or create a lot of mess in bins. This alternative choice for disposal is both convenient and environmentally friendly.

“We all know the importance of finding new ways to generate energy and bio-fuels are one way this can be achieved. The fact that this is being done by a Cheshire East company puts this area at the forefront of ideas and innovation in recycling.”

Wayne Harold from H W Martin Waste Limited, added: “The new collection scheme has been introduced in direct response to customer requests.  We already have a well-established and well-used collection system for old engine oil but finding a reliable outlet for cooking oil has been difficult.

“Over the course of the last few months we have been working closely with a Convert 2 Green Ltd to develop a collection system which will provide customers with disposal points for cooking oil at each HWRC.”

Frank Harrington from Convert2Green, said: “We are very excited to be working with Cheshire East Council and HW Martin on this groundbreaking waste-to-energy initiative. The bio-fuel we make from used cooking oil will create heat and power for public buildings, such as hospitals.

“This demonstrates that local residents can not only help our public services, but they can make a real contribution to the recycling of waste and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.”

Cheshire East’s Household Waste Recycling Centres can be found at the following locations:

Hassell Road, Alsager

Davenport, Arclid

Albert Road, Bollington

Barn Road, Congleton

Pyms Lane, Crewe

Moberley Road, Knutsford

Off the A536 Macclesfield to Congleton Road (Gawsworth), Macclesfield

Croxton Lane, Middlewich

Anson Road, Poynton

Sunday, 15 August 2010

How long does it take the Council?

Deadly Fence

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Update the council replied saying its nothing to do with them as its a building site its the H&S at work act so its down the the H&S exec. I rang them and their response was its nothing to do with them as no work is being done on the site and the fence is on a public pavement and right of way its down to the council.

Lets hope that god forbid a child isnt hurt while these people argue who's job it is. This pavement and alley is used by a lot of pensioners and children and the whole fence is deadly with sharp edges on public rights of way

A deadly fence in Oxford St Crewe which you can see above at the building site. Its right across the path and at night there is very little lighting as the lights blink off and on the fence has a pole with sharp edges right at head height

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The same building site but the alley between Oxford St and Underwood Lane used by lots of people as a short cut and a public right of way. Now look at the spikes ready to impale you and there is no doubt they are deadly. This alley has no lights so at night so the first thing you will know is when your speared by the spikes. A lot of the fencing has these spikes normally these fences have a smooth rail so there is less danger. The site hasn't been worked on for weeks but the builder have a duty of care to keep the site safe.

This was reported to the council on the 11th August lets see how long it takes for them to do something about it 4 days and counting? They still cant beat their own record a organisation that blocks the foot path every day and has done for well over a year so mother are forced into the road with their babies and despite lots of complaints from the public and the PCO which have supplied photo evidence the council have done nothing we are waiting for a fatal accident to happen and then we can supply evidence to sue the council for failing in their duty of care for over 12 months

We will tell Brian Sylvester to get on the case and see if he can get things moving and answers why they are doing nothing

Saturday, 14 August 2010

Georges Playing Field caravan invasion

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Any one know anything about the large number of caravans that have set up camp on the Georges is it travellers or something else?

Council Tax Discount Review

 

Cheshire East Council is carrying out a review of people claiming a single person discount (SPD) on their Council Tax.

Every year it is estimated that 6% of people fraudulently claim SPD costing the Council an estimated £1.1m a year.

Letters are being sent to residents who claim SPD of 25% on their Council Tax bill.

The review letters will ask for confirmation of whether people still live alone and if not, to give the details of the additional people living at the address and the dates they moved in.

The audit is being carried out on behalf of Cheshire East Council by Northgate, a company specialising in this field, working closely with Experian (a credit information group).

If Northgate have been given incorrect details, these may be investigated further and anyone found to be making fraudulent claims could face a backdated bill.

People who are contacted by Northgate should be reassured that Northgate is a reputable company working on behalf of Cheshire East Council and comply with the Data Protection Act.

If anyone’s circumstances have changed they can register the details to Northgate in the first instance at cheshire.east@northgate-is.com or online on the council tax pages at www.cheshireeast.gov.uk or telephone 0844 8736140.

Councillor Peter Mason, Cabinet member with responsibility for human resources, procurement assets and shared services said: “For far too long people have been getting away with fraudulently claiming a discount on their council tax.

“This is not fair on the vast majority of people in Cheshire East who pay the correct amount of council tax.

“This audit will identify those people who are abusing the system and stop them in their tracks. This will result in more money for Cheshire East Council to carry out essential services.”

Cheshire & Merseyside endorse alcohol minimum pricing

 

Cheshire & Merseyside local authorities have endorsed recommendations to set a minimum price of 50p per unit of alcohol. 

Cheshire & Warrington Health and Wellbeing Commission and the Liverpool City Region Safer Healthier Communities Board, (who are working to reduce alcohol harm across the sub-region) has received approval from the sub-regional leadership Boards to progress the consultations and engagement with individual councils and members of the public regarding minimum pricing.

The local authorities are working with colleagues in Greater Manchester and “Our Life” to ensure a co-ordinated approach for minimum unit pricing is taken across the region and to explore further options of implementing a bylaw.

The consultations and engagement with members of the public will include proactive focus groups as well as a research project with young people, and the results will provide information to help inform future strategies for minimum pricing.

A recent study has shown that a nationwide minimum of 50p per unit of alcohol would prevent 98,000 hospital admissions and 46,000 crimes related to alcohol. It is also estimated that it will save 300,000 days of workplace absence which are currently linked to alcohol.

Erika Wenzel, Chief Executive of Cheshire East Council and Lead Officer of the Cheshire & Warrington Health & Wellbeing Commission said “45%* of all violent crime is alcohol related, we cannot continue with the high levels of alcohol harm in our communities and we are working with colleagues in the North West to take action to reduce it.”

Cllr Andrew Knowles, Chair of the Cheshire & Warrington Health & Wellbeing Commission and Cheshire East’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, added: “We believe this co-ordinated approach towards minimum pricing could bring about real health and social benefits to our region as well as impact on the levels of violent crime.”

Charlie Barker, Lead Officer for the Liverpool City Region Safer Healthier Communities Board said “Evidence shows that we are taking the right approach to reducing alcohol harm through minimum pricing. Too many lives are blighted by alcohol harm whether it impacts on our health service, the police or local authorities. We are particularly concerned about the effect on young children who can buy alcohol at pocket money prices”. 

The impact of minimum pricing on moderate drinkers will be small, costing them around £1 extra per month and it is estimated that heavy drinkers would consume 10% less alcohol.**

Julie Webster, Lead Director of Public Health for Alcohol from Cheshire & Merseyside Public Health Network (ChaMPs) states ‘In Cheshire & Merseyside, applying a 50p per unit of alcohol would have a greater impact on heavy and younger drinkers as these are the groups who traditionally buy cheap alcohol.  A minimum price could reduce hospital admissions in Cheshire & Merseyside by 7,000 resulting in savings of around £2million.’ 

*Crime in England & Wales 2007/2008, findings from British Crime Survey and Police recorded crime, July 2008

**Sheffield University ScHARR study, 2008

Thursday, 12 August 2010

School Meals Price Freeze

 

Cheshire East Council has announced a price freeze on school meals.

Despite national increases in food and fuel costs, the authority’s School Meals Service has held prices at 2009/10 levels of £2 per meal in primary schools and £2.15 in secondary schools.

This price is intended as a guideline only so while it is likely to be adopted by the majority of schools, some may choose to implement a different charge.

Councillor Hilda Gaddum, Cabinet member with responsibility for children and families, said: “The economic downturn has impacted hard on many families and we hope that this price freeze will help them to keep everyday costs down.

“Like all local authorities, we are facing rising costs from our suppliers but our School Meals Service continues to work hard to minimise the impact by carefully managing staff and resources.

“School meals are a popular choice in Cheshire East. We serve up more than 17,000 lunches each day, all of which are freshly prepared on the premises using locally sourced ingredients as much as possible.

“They represent excellent value for money and follow strict nutritional standards which mean parents can be confident that their children are enjoying a healthy and tasty midday meal.”

Pupils can select from a two-course menu with a choice of two main course meals and a pudding.

Secondary school pupils also have the option of filling their plates in ‘cash cafeterias’ where they can buy sandwiches and select from a salad bar.

The School Meals Service has produced a leaflet for pupils titled ‘What’s for Lunch?’ outlining menu choices for the new term which also features tips for a healthy lifestyle.

Community Grants

 

Cheshire East Council has awarded more than £17,000 to community and voluntary organisations.

The latest round of Community Grants has seen 38 organisations receive awards ranging from £250 to the maximum of £1,500.

Grants are available to support community, environmental, sports, arts, heritage and play projects and only one can be granted to each organisation per financial year.

Applications are judged on a number of criteria and should be able to display that their project: enhances the quality of life for Cheshire East residents; increases involvement in the community; demonstrates the potential to be sustained in the future; and that it can attract more participants.

Some of the successful groups are:

Poynton Christian Fellowship - £500

The project is to purchase Nintendo Wii’s and associated equipment to engage youths in the area. It will also be used by senior citizens as there are few leisure activities for this age range. The total project cost is £1,200 and the remaining costs being secured from other funders.

Cheshire A Cappella - £500

The project is to run singing workshops to encourage more women to join the group, for

training the existing members and to purchase portable stage risers to enable

them to have the right equipment when performing concerts in various venues.

The total cost of the project is £3,462 and they have secured some of their own

funding.

Plumley Village Hall Committee - £500

The Committee requires a hearing loop system for the village hall to aid people with

hearing problems. The hall is regularly used and this would add to the accessibility

for all. The total project cost is £1,300.

Marriott House Veterans Association, Sandbach - £890

The project is to upgrade the existing boiler, which is old and expensive to run, with

a condensing boiler which is much more efficient. They do have some of their own

funds and based on the cheapest quote of £1,780 they were awarded match funding of £890.

Age Concern Cheshire - £1,500

Men In Sheds is a community project for older men who find themselves on their

own. It will provide opportunities to share and learn new skills, make friends and

improve self esteem. Age Concern have secured a large amount of funding

from The Big Lottery to carry out the project throughout Cheshire East and West

but require smaller amounts for topping up funding for individual “sheds”. The total

project cost is £29,470.

Councillor David Brown, Cabinet member with responsibility for performance and capacity said: “The Community Grant is a vital lifeline to many voluntary and community groups in Cheshire East and I am delighted that so many organisations have benefited from this latest funding round.”

“We have worked hard to make sure that the chosen projects cater for young and old as well as a range of interests, from music to sport.

“Applying for a Community Grant is very easy to do and I hope that other groups will be persuaded to put in an application ahead of the next deadline of October 1.”

For more information on Community Grants go to www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/community_and_living/community_grants/community_grant_scheme.aspx.

MEMO CAMS’ CUT COLD-CALLERS

bogus callers

Cold-callers are being caught on camera thanks to new technology being used by Cheshire East Council’s Trading Standards team.

12 residents across Cheshire East, who have been repeat victims of serious doorstep crime, have had hidden cameras, known as ‘Memo Cams’, installed in their property.

Many of those targeted by bogus callers, distraction burglars or cold-callers are the elderly, vulnerable and those who live alone. Some have even had a person forcibly enter their home.

The ‘Memo Cam’ camera is the size of a pinhole and is motion-activated – it only starts recording when someone approaches the door. The recorded material is then downloaded onto a hard drive within the filming unit.

The cameras have now been in place for one year. Trading Standards have spoken to nine of the 12 residents who have reported no further incidents of cold-callers.

Although they wished to remain anonymous for security reasons, residents were happy to give their reaction to having a ‘Memo Cam’ installed in their home:

“I’ve learnt not to deal with people at my door, I ask them to go away unless I am expecting them.” said one resident.

Another added: "The camera is a comfort, but I never open the door anymore and my neighbours check on me.”

A trader who had been told about the cameras, said:

"It is refreshing to see the police and Trading Standards are targeting the rogue traders who give the legitimate traders a bad name.”

Cheshire East Councillor, Rachel Bailey, Cabinet member with responsibility for safer and stronger communities said:

“This technology must be a great comfort to these residents, who have suffered at the hands of serious nuisance callers.

“No one should be made to feel frightened of being in their own home or answering the door; these cameras are about ensuring peace of mind while collecting vital evidence for the Trading Standards and the police.

“I would urge anyone with concerns over doorstep crime or cold-callers to contact Consumer Direct on 08454 040506.”

Cash boost for play area

 

Cheshire East Council has secured a £50,000 grant to build an innovative natural play area in Leighton Brook Park in Crewe.

The funding has come from the Landfill Communities Funds of Waste Recycling Group Ltd administered by Waste Recycling Environmental Ltd (WREN).

Leighton Brook Park is a 10-hectare open space located in the west end of Crewe. It is the only significant recreational facility in the wards of St Barnabas, Grosvenor and Coppenall.

The park already has a new play area (also funded by WREN) which has proved extremely popular with local children. The area also has CCTV and lighting.

However following consultation with local community groups and residents, a need has been identified in the area for more challenging play opportunities for older children and teenagers. The consultation was carried out by Cheshire East Council.

It was decided that the new play facility would be based on ‘natural play’. This is where materials such as climbing boulders, fallen logs and stepping stones are used to encourage physical exercise with an element of managed risk and creativity.

Local adults and children all had their say on the ‘natural play’ designs. It will take the format of an earthwork wrapping along the back of the multi-use games area, and grass bank seating.

From this embankment children can relax, climb and observe. At the base of the landform will be a group of totem poles, carved green oak trees and multiple tyre swings.

Work will start on September 6 and it is hoped to be finished by end of October.

Councillor Andrew Knowles, Cabinet member with responsibility for health and wellbeing said: “The new natural play area will encourage young people to socialise, play and exercise together.

“I hope that many council-led and community-based schemes use the improved park facilities for their activities.

Councillor Rod Menlove, Cabinet member with responsibility for environmental services said: “The work will drastically change the way Leighton Brook Park looks and the way people interact with that environment.

“This part of Crewe is a regeneration area and I am certain that this work will enhance many local residents’ quality of life.”

Mayor of Crewe, Jacquie Weatherill, said: “I cannot wait for work to start on this exciting project.

“It will make a real difference to children in the local community.”

 

The problem with this is they have had lots of play areas over the years and each time its wrecked I was there today and noted the nice new sign has already gone

Thursday, 5 August 2010

Crime News

£30,000 Car Seized in Drugs Op.
Police say the seizure of a £30,000 car during an operation against drug dealing in Crewe forms part of an on-going message to people involved in crime.
The three years old BMW X5 was one of three cars seized during the operation in the early hours of July 20th which resulted in the arrest of twenty people at addresses across Crewe.
Police Officers also took possession of £10,000 in cash. Heroin and crack cocaine valued at £6,000 was recovered.
Detective Inspector Nigel Groom said, “The seizure of cash which has resulted from crime and of property which we believe has been bought with the profits of crime is now standard procedure.
“Teams of specialist investigators prepare cases to have property confiscated under the Proceeds of Crime Act and they are extremely successful.
“When a court makes a confiscation order the property is sold, any outstanding finance is cleared, and the balance goes into public funds, to be used to fight crime.
“People involved in crime need to realize they may not only face prison sentences, but are likely to lose cash and assets which have resulted from it. This is taking the profit out of crime.”

East Cheshire Staying Safe
Crime in East Cheshire is continuing to fall.
Police Officers say the success in reducing crime which was revealed in recently-released Home Office Crime Statistics is being maintained.
The Home Office Statistics covered the 12 months up to April 1st.
In the following three months a total of 5332 crimes have been reported in East Cheshire, compared with 5630 in the same period last year.
Serious acquisitive crimes, such as burglary and vehicle crime have shown some of the most marked decreases.
Superintendent Geraint Jones said, “This improvement is pleasing because they are the type of crimes which affect people’s everyday lives.  We are always aware of the fact that having your home broken into is a very distressing experience. Burglary is a high priority for us.
“One of the main reasons for the reduction is that many of the most prolific burglars in Cheshire Police Eastern Area are behind bars. We work hard to identify, arrest and gather evidence against them. Our Safer Homes assessments and other forms of crime prevention work  and the efforts made through Neighbourhood Watch also help to keep the criminals out.
“The figures would be even better, though, if everyone accepted some responsibility for safeguarding his or her home. We have a situation where one in three of all burglaries is carried out through a door which has been left open. That is ridiculous.
“In the same way we have a specialist team of detectives who have brought about a reduction in the numbers of thefts from cars and vans. Again, a large proportion of the thefts involve vehicles which have been left unlocked or where items such as laptops, satnavs , ipods and mobile phones have been left in open view on seats and dashboards. That is making life easy for the criminal.
“Cheshire Police Eastern Area really is a safe place to live and we hope that people feel safe as well.
“We are working with partner agencies to maintain this downward trend in crime and a parallel pattern in anti social behaviour, which has also shown a year-on-year improvement.
“Cheshire Police Eastern Area really is a place where you can be safe and feel safe. We intend to keep it that way.”

Please be aware that there were three instances of sneak in burglary

All three incidents happened within the Wellington ward of the town in The Blankney & Damson Drive areas of the ward.
In all three cases the incident occurred during the overnight period and were sneak in burglaries where offenders gained entry via insecure front doors.  Incidents were discovered by residents the next day.
Items taken appear to be small portable items such as money, cigarettes, music players and a coat.
Please make members aware of these incidents and ask that if anyone witnessed any unusual or suspicious behaviour in the town centre area during this period that they contact the police via 0845 458 0000 or crime stoppers via 0800 555 111 with any information.
An article earlier in the week drew attention to the fact that the number of sneak in burglaries has been reducing in recent month due to a combination of factors.  However, these incidents highlight that everyone must continue to remain vigilant in helping to stamp out sneak in burglaries further.  It is essential that everyone takes the time to double check that their property is secure overnight, when they are going out in the day and also if you are occupied elsewhere in the property for long periods out of sight of doors and windows when in.  By doing this it means that opportunist thieves will not be able to gain easy access to residential properties and helps to protect local residents from this type of crime.

MP’s News Letter

Welcome ...

Welcome to this my 58th electronic news bulletin.

Its been another busy week in Parliament & the constituency, with the 2010 Nantwich Show attracting record numbers to our fantastic corner of the world.

Remember, you can always contact me directly if you have any questions for me.

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Best wishes,

Edward Timpson
Member of Parliament for Crewe & Nantwich

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I have recently ...

  • Visited the Nantwich Show, with my wife, meeting with stall owners, local residents & many visitors
  • Given an interview to BBC Radio Stoke, at the Nantwich Show
  • Visited Crewe & Nantwich Girls' FC, playing in Nantwich against CASL from the United States of America
  • Met with Cheshire East Council regarding developement of South Cheshire College, in Crewe
  • Held a Constituency Surgery in Crewe
  • Spoke in the summer recess debate in Parliament; on topics from competitive sport & children in custody to radio digital switchover.  view here
  • Met with Chief Executive of Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation, in Crewe
  • Met with Cheshire Neighbours Credit Union, in Crewe
  • Visited 95 Squadron Air Training Corps, in Crewe

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Photos & Video ...

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Crewe and Nantwich MP visits foster care team

Crewe and Nantwich Chronicle

CREWE and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson visited the offices of Park Foster Care to meet the team and find out more about the organisation.

Mr Timpson grew up in a family which fostered more than 80 children and since becoming a Conservative MP has been active in promoting fostering issues in parliament. He is also the chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Adoption and Fostering.

Park Foster Care, based in Alvaston Business Park, is an OFSTED registered fostering agency set up in 2004. It aims to provide the best opportunities for children and young people to experience stability, security and a positive experience of family life and help foster carers fulfil their potential to become excellent carers.

Speaking after the meeting Mike Miltiadous, of Park Foster Care said: “We had a useful discussion about fostering and he was very interested in hearing about our practice experiences. ŠWe will watch with interest how the new coalition government will work with and support all fostering providers.”

Mr Timpson said:Š“ For a long time now I have had both a personal and national interest in fostering so it’s great to see what people are doing on the ground here in Crewe and Nantwich.”

© 2010 Trinity Mirror North West and North Wales Ltd

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Nantwich Museum opens exhibition of town's famous faces

Crewe and Nantwich Chronicle

Nantwich Museum opens exhibition of town’s famous faces

AN EXHIBITION detailing the lives and work of Nantwich people has been opened at Nantwich Museum.

MP Edward Timpson officially opened the new exhibition, titled Nantwich People: Past and Present, at the Pillory Street museum last week.

It features the fascinating stories of more than 50 local people, illustrated with their portraits and, where appropriate, an object associated with them.

Nantwich Museum Trust Ltd chairman Robert Stones introduced Mr Timpson, who said the museum was ‘a wonderful facility’.

He added: “I’ve learned many things, not only about the individuals and personalities of Nantwich but also some of its history.”

One of the people featured in the exhibition is Paul Adlington, a member of staff at the Nantwich branch of Timpson’s, and who is illustrated by a Maggie Izzard portrait.

Fifteen of the local artist’s portraits are on display.

The exhibition also includes a short video and a file with detailed stories of the people who have been featured, a ‘Who Am I?’ quiz and an opportunity to submit ‘My Portrait’ and ‘My Story’.

The exhibition is free, and will run until October 16.

© 2010 Trinity Mirror North West and North Wales Ltd

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MP on litter warpath

Crewe and Nantwich Chronicle

Crewe and Nantwich M Edward Timpson was in action again in the House of Commons last week.

Speaking to the Leader of the house, Sir George Young, Mr Timpson highlighted the problem of littering and the fact that it cost the country over £850m a year, including a shocking increase of over £100m in the last year alone.

Sir George agreed it needed tackling, saying “I hope all citizens will take their responsibilities seriously and avoid putting extra pressure on local authorities by increasing the sums they have to spend on clearing up litter.”

Mar Timpson raised the issue because many residents had expressed concern about the amount off litter on the streets.

“Littering may seem a trivial matter, but it’s something that affects people every day,” he said.

“Nothing infuriates me more than to see someone drop litter needlessly, whether it is on the street, in a park or out of a car window. There is no excuse.”

© 2010 Trinity Mirror North West and North Wales Ltd

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Cycling event wheely good

Crewe and Nantwich Chronicle

Crewe Library has set the wheels in motion with a special cycling event.

In a weekend of cycling awareness, author and cycling enthusiast Chris Smith spoke about his epic ride to Beijing.

Ghostriders also provided a number of BMX bikes for people to try out, while there were also interactive bikes and various unusual bikes loaned by Supreme Cycles, including two penny farthings.

Mayor of Crewe, Jacquie Weatherill, Cllr Roy Cartlidge and MP Edward Timpson were keen promoters of the event.

Mr Timpson is a regular bike user and places great value on encouraging responsible cycling from an early age, recalling the popular ‘cycling proficiency’ courses from his school days, the equivalent of which today is Bike It and Bikeability.

To conclude the cycle celebration, Cllr Cartlidge presented Amy Lewis with her Supreme Cycles prize bike for her winning entry in the colouring and caption competition.

Amy said: “I am so very excited and grateful to everyone who judged my picture to be the best.

“Thank you very much for my wonderful surprise.”

© 2010 Trinity Mirror North West and North Wales Ltd

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Pledge on children

Crewe and Nantwich Chronicle

Crewe and Nantwich Mp, Edward Timpson, recounted his childhood experiences at a meeting for looked-after children.

The MP chaired the first meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Looked After Children and Care Leavers since the election.

He talked of his parents fostering ove 80 children and said the group aimed to influence the Government to make sure that children get “the best opportunity, whatever their start in life.”

Mr Timpson said: “I’m determined that this group will be driven by the children in our care system and by those that have left but want the experience of those that follow to be better.

“I’m writing to all MPs to encourage them to contact their own constituents who have experience of the care system so they can learn first-hand what great work is done for children in care as well as where we must make more progress and improvements.”

Minister for Children from the Department for education Tim Loughton will attend the next meeting after the summer recess.

© 2010 Trinity Mirror North West and North Wales Ltd

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Nantwich MP Timpson continues fight over local postal jobs

Nantwichnews

Crewe and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson is keeping up the pressure to ensure workers at the local postal sorting office get a fair hearing.

The centre, on Weston Road, is due to close with services moved to Warrington, and some of the 600 workers are being bussed there already.

Mr Timpson, raising the matter during business questions in the House of Commons, said: “May we find time for a debate on the distribution of Royal Mail jobs, particularly when we have a melée of a debate about privatisation, so that the 600 workers for Crewe’s second largest employer get the attention that they deserve?”

The Communication Workers’ Union (CWU) has fought a long campaign to keep at least some jobs in Crewe.

Mr Timpson’s office secured a short-notice meeting with the Lib Dem Special Advisor at the Department of Business.

He added: “They have promised to go away and look again more closely at which of the two significant buildings is sold at the request of myself and the CWU.

“Let’s wait and see what they come back with.”

© 2010 Nantwichnews

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Local MP concerned about littering

Crewe Blog

Local MP Edward Timpson was criticised in his first couple of years for not asking many questions in "The House" down in London Town. Not necessary true, but he's certainly been making himself heard in recent weeks. Speaking to the Leader of the House, Sir George Young, Mr Timpson highlighted the problem of littering and the fact that it cost the country over £850 million a year, including a shocking increase of over £100 million in the last year alone. Sir George agreed that even small efforts could help during tough economic times. He said: "I hope that all citizens will take their responsibilities seriously and avoid putting extra pressure on local authorities by increasing the sums that they have to spend on clearing up litter."

Mr Timpson said he had raised the issue because of feedback he had received from a recent leaflet. Many Crewe and Nantwich residents had expressed concerns about the amount of litter on the streets. He said: "Littering may seem a trivial matter, but it's something that affects people every day. Councils spend hundreds of millions keeping the streets clean, but if we all were a bit more thoughtful I'm sure we could reduce that burden. Nothing infuriates me more than to see someone drop litter needlessly, whether it is on the street, in a park or out of a car window. There is no excuse."

© 2010 Crewe Blog

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Edward Timpson raises Crewe sorting office move in the House of Commons

Crewe Blog

Crewe and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson is keeping up the political pressure to make sure workers at Crewe sorting office get a fair hearing. Mr Timpson raised the matter again during business questions in the House of Commons last week when he said: “So that areas already hard hit by the Labour party's broken promises on moving public sector jobs to the north do not suffer any more, may we find time for a debate on the distribution of Royal Mail jobs, particularly when we have a melée of a debate about privatisation, so that the 600 workers for Crewe's second largest employer get the attention that they deserve?”

The centre on Weston Road is due to close, with services moved to Warrington, and some workers are being bussed there already. But the Communication Workers’ Union, alongside Mr Timpson, have fought a long campaign to keep at least some jobs in Crewe. In response to Mr Timpson’s question the Leader of the House of Commons paid tribute the MP’s work saying: “I commend my hon. Friend's actions to protect local jobs and I have read his comment on ConservativeHome, which records his concern about the Crewe sorting office.”

Last Friday Mr Timpson’s office managed to secure a short-notice meeting with the Lid Dem Special Advisor at the Department of Business after Edward spoke to Vince Cable in person. Speaking afterwards Mr Timpson said: "They have promised to go away and look again more closely aat which of the two significant buildings is sold at the request of myself and the CWU. Let's wait and see what they come back with."

© 2010 Crewe Blog

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MP supporting Royal British Legion

Crewe Blog

Local Crewe and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson has continued his strong support for the Royal British Legion by attending the launch of the new Independent Inquest Advice (IIA) Service. The IIA, which is part funded by the Ministry of Defence, aims to provide high quality, timely and independent advice to bereaved families during the investigation into in-Service deaths. Two full-time lawyers, will guide families through the "complex and harrowing" investigation that follows a military death. The scheme was formed after consultation with bereaved families and the War Widows’ Association, and will now be trialed for two years.

Mr Timpson said he knew the grief and uncertainty that families faced and that he wanted to attend to learn how the new service could be of use to his constituents. This sentiment was echoed by Diana Barnes, widow of Corporal Jason Barnes, who died in Afghanistan in 2008, who said: "Military inquests are so complex, you don't really know what to expect. There's a lot of waiting around and not knowing.”

The MP joined members of bereaved families and senior service personnel at the launch in London last week. Chris Simpkins, director general of the Royal British Legion, said he wanted the scheme to help "bereaved armed forces families to understand, and feel better equipped to deal with, the whole investigation into their loved ones' deaths."

Speaking after the launch Mr Timpson said: “The whole country owes so much to our service men and women. But we must remember that every time a soldier dies in Iraq or Afghanistan that they leave behind a family who will spend years trying to come to terms with the loss. As an ex-barrister I know just how complicated the law can be, and I hope this scheme can help families understand and help them through the process.”

© 2010 Crewe Blog

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Looked after children must get 'best opportunity'

ePolitix

Parliamentary researcher Gemma Anslow reports from the parliamentary group for Care Leavers and Looked After Children.

Former member of the children, schools and families committee, Edward Timpson (Con, Crewe and Nantwich) chaired the first meeting of the parliamentary group for Care Leavers and Looked After Children of the new Parliament.

In its only meeting before the summer recess, the group gathered to discuss strategy for the coming months. Deciding its "message to government", Timpson underlined that the sole purpose of the group must be to make sure that children have the "best opportunity, whatever their start in life".

In a wide ranging debate, former family lawyer Timpson said that he wanted to focus on mental health provision for those in care and how the pupil premium may affect looked after children.

He also said that the group must focus on the promotion and retention of social workers. Vice chairman the Earl of Listowel agreed, proposing that the group should study the very successful Teach First strategy, with the aim of expanding it to social work, youth work and residential social care.

Another major area of potential discussion was the educational attainment of children who have been looked after. The current target for such children to gain just one GSCE was described as "risible". The group agreed to look at areas of good practice in the community such as the Horizons Centre in Ealing, where the number of care leavers who have progressed to university has risen dramatically.

The overwhelming message from the attendees was that the group must be "proactive rather than reactive", spreading a positive message across government, not simply debating the failures of the care system. It was decided that one of the major aims will be to provide the government with an evidence base of good examples of best practice within the sector.

The Crewe MP closed the meeting by promising that children and young families minister Tim Loughton would be answering questions at the next meeting.

Timpson also pledged to get more MPs to visit residential and foster homes within their constituencies, "that is a much more powerful message than receiving a booklet".

© Dods Ltd 2010

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Flower Power

Crewe and Nantwich Chronicle

A three-day flower festival in Barthomley came up smelling of roses when it attracted more than 1,500 visitors.

Portrait of a Village, held at St. Bertoline’s Church, was a celebration of village life and featured several magnificent floral displays.

Crewe and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson opened proceedings on Friday, and was joined by Cheshire East Mayor Gordon Baxendale and his wife Felicity.

The festival was held as part of a major fundraising drive to implement significant restoration works to the 900-year-old church.

A spokesman said: “It went very well, we had three very successful days.

“People came from all over the place and I remember looking at the visitors book and seeing someone had come from as far as Gloucestershire.

“The idea was to celebrate the completion of the windows on the south side but also start the fundraising for the windows on the north side, which will be carried out next year.”

Along with the colourful displays there will be homemade refreshments available in the adjoining Village Hall and organ recitals will take place throughout the festival.

There will also be a local art exhibition, tombola, maypole dancing and a children’s quiz.

The spokesman added: “We don’t know how much was raised. We’ve got a rough idea of door money and cash raised from the tombola but there’s things like flower costs to take out.

“It may be a week or so before we know the total.”

© 2010 Trinity Mirror North West and North Wales Ltd

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Crewe and Nantwich baking firm creates new jobs

Crewe and Nantwich Chronicle

CREWE and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson was a special guest at New Primebake’s site at Crewe Hall Enterprise Park.

The bread-making firm, which employs people in Crewe and Nantwich, had recently announced that it was expanding its operation in the area, creating some 50 new jobs.

It already employs 250 people in Nantwich and 150 in Crewe and has a factory in Barton, North Lincolnshire.

Mr Timpson said: “I’m delighted New Primebake is going from strength to strength and hope others in industry will, increasingly, sit up and take notice of what we have to offer them here in our part of Cheshire.”

© 2010 Trinity Mirror North West and North Wales Ltd

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Crewe life expectancy over 20 years lower than in parts of Knutsford - report reveals

Crewe and Nantwich Chronicle

LIFE expectancy for men in some areas of South Cheshire is over 20 years less than for those living in affluent parts of Knutsford.

A report released by Cheshire East Council and Central and Eastern Cheshire PCT has revealed that life expectancy for men in the Grosvenor ward in Crewe is just 60.4 years.

In parts of Knutsford men can expect to live to 81.

The report states: ‘Ward level estimates of healthy life expectancy at birth reveal huge inequalities across Cheshire East’.

It concludes ‘there is a clear link between a high healthy life expectancy and low deprivation’.

The matter has been highlighted in the House of Commons by Crewe and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson.

The Conservative MP told the House: “There are wards in Crewe and Nantwich where the life expectancy of men and women is still up to 10 years less than in neighbouring wards.”

He asked for a debate on the issue.

Sir George Young, leader of the House, thanked Mr Timpson for highlighting the ‘very wide discrepancies in life expectancy according to where people live and their socio-economic background, and which this Government want to reduce’.

He promised to raise the issue with the Secretary of State for Health.

Speaking afterwards Mr Timpson said:Š“The men and women working in our health service do a great job. But there’s little they can do when deprivation and poverty in one area means that people are living 20 years less than others just down the road.

“These inequalities are something we need to sort out.”

© 2010 Trinity Mirror North West and North Wales Ltd

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Crewe and Nantwich MP adds a new string to his bow

Crewe and Nantwich Chronicle

CREWE and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson has paid a visit to a local archery club to have a look around and practice his shooting skills.

The Greenbank Company of Archers, who shoot in a field near Sandbach, were formed in 1985 and have members with a wide range of abilities, from complete beginners to regional competitors.

Mr Timpson visited during one of the club’s regular courses for beginners, which include all equipment and insurance.

Members of the club showed him round the site before revealing they had set a bow up for him to try it out himself on the main range.

The politician proved he has more than one string to his bow! “He shoots quite well actually!” remarked one member.

Speaking after the visit Mr Timpson said: “I’ve had a fantastic time here today, and I don’t think I did too badly with the bow.

“I don’t expect many people know that Crewe and Nantwich has its own archery club, so if you want to try your hand at something new, and meet new people why not go along?”

For more information about the club visit www.greenbankarchers.co.uk.

© 2010 Trinity Mirror North West and North Wales Ltd

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MP Edward Timpson Highlights Gulf In Life Expectancy

Crewe and Nantwich Guardian

LOCAL MP Edward Timpson has highlighted the discrepancies in life expectancy across South Cheshire.

Speaking in the House of Commons, he said: “There are wards in Crewe and Nantwich where the life expectancy of men and women is still up to 10 years less than in neighbouring wards.”

A recent report, published by Cheshire East Council and the Central and Eastern Cheshire Primary Care Trust, found that life expectancy for men in the Grosvenor ward in Crewe was 60.4 years, in contrast to parts of Knutsford where men can expect to live to 81.

The report said: “Ward level estimates of healthy life expectancy at birth reveal huge inequalities across Cheshire East.

“There is a clear link between a high healthy life expectancy and low deprivation.”

In response to Mr Timpson’s question, the leader of the House of Commons, Sir George Young, said: “My honorable friend has brought to the attention of the House a very important issue, namely the very wide discrepancies in life expectancy according to where people live and their socio-economic background, and which this Government want to reduce.”

He also promised to raise the issue with the Secretary of State for Health.

Speaking afterwards Mr Timpson said: “The men and women working in our health service do a great job.

“But there’s little they can do when deprivation and poverty in one area means that people are living 20 years less than others just down the road.

“These inequalities are something we need to sort out.”

© 2010 Newsquest Media Group

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Primebake jobs boost

Crewe Blog

Crewe and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson was a special guest at New Primebake’s site at Crewe Hall Enterprise Park. The bread-making firm, which employs people in both Crewe and Nantwich, had recently announced that it was expanding its operation in the area, creating some 50 new jobs. It already employs 250 people in Nantwich and 150 in Crewe and has a factory in Barton, North Lincolnshire. Two years ago the business opened a new premises in Crewe, but found that even that was not enough to deal with demand, so has committed to creating 50 new locally sourced jobs.

Mr Timpson said: “I’m delighted New Primebake is going from strength to strength and hope that others in industry will, increasingly, sit up and take notice of what we have to offer them here in our part of Cheshire.”

© 2010 Crewe Blog

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