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Sunday, 30 October 2011

Protest

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A protest was held outside the MP,s office on Saturday about the new houses proposed were the Cross keys is at present. The development which includes new houses pub and play area got the go ahead from the planning committee but protest claim they weren't listened to at the meeting. They were offered  the opportunity to present there case here but they haven't bother to do so

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Cheshire East launches SwimShare scheme for people with dementia

 

A pioneering programme which offers exclusive swimming sessions for people with dementia and their carers is being launched.

SwimShare, funded by the Council’s health improvement team and the Alzheimer’s Society, is designed to improve access to swimming for people with dementia in Cheshire East.

Sessions will run weekly over six weeks, which is hoped will help to reduce anxieties and fears and to increase confidence – making swimming more enjoyable.

The Council has begun accepting customers onto the programme, but is keen to see more people sign up.

Councillor Roland Domleo, Cabinet member with responsibility for adult services, said: “I am delighted that this initiative has come to fruition and I believe it will prove beneficial to all those who take part in it.

“Swimming can have a calming effect on a person with dementia and can help the person feel good about themselves. Taking part in regular exercise like swimming helps increase the blood flow to the brain.

“This is just one way in which the Council helps to improve life opportunities and health.”

SwimShare acts as an introduction to swimming, providing the platform for customers to continue attending mainstream adult swimming sessions once the programme has finished.

A dedicated tutor, with the knowledge and understanding of dementia and skills to engage and work with people with dementia, will be on hand at each session.

The programme will be available at four swimming pools across Cheshire East during the next 12 months, starting Crewe pool, in Flag Lane, starting on Thursday, November 3 from 3-4pm.

SwimShare begins at Macclesfield Leisure Centre’s pool on Friday, November 4 between 9.30am and 10am. Sessions in Wilmslow and Congleton will begin next February.

To be eligible to attend the programme a person must be diagnosed with dementia and be able to swim. The programme is free of charge and people can attend all six sessions, pre-registration is required due to limited places.

To register, please contact Donna Williamson on 01270 685794 or donna.williamson@cheshireeast.gov.uk

MP’s news

 

Edward Timpson MP

Friday 28, October 2011

Welcome ...

Welcome to this my 100th electronic news bulletin.

It is timely that the centenary of my ebulletin comes at the end of a momentus week for me and for the Crewe and Nantwich constituency in Parliament.

During Wednesday's Prime Minister's Questions I asked David Cameron to join me "in praising all the adopters and foster carers in Crewe and Nantwich and elsewhere for the fantastic work they do and encourage others to come forward to foster and adopt and to recognise during national care leavers week that we can do much more to provide care leavers with the sustained and enduring support that they often need and always deserve?”

The Prime Minister responded “I completely agree with my hon. Friend. He speaks from great experience, as his parents have helped to foster around 90 children over the past few decades, which I think is a magnificent example. As I said in my party conference speech, we really need to attack every aspect of this issue. It is a national scandal that there are 3,660 children under the age of one in the care system, but last year only 60 were adopted. We have got to do a lot better. Part of it is about bureaucracy and part of it is about culture, but a lot of it is about encouraging good foster parents and adoptive parents to come forward and giving them security in the knowledge that the process will not be as bad as it is now. Thorough-going reform is required. My hon. Friend the Minister with responsibility for children is leading this work and I am confident that we can make some real breakthroughs in this area.”

This came on the day of the 2011 launch of National Care Leavers' Week 'A Day in My Shoes' which invites all professionals and services who come into contact with care leavers to take time to reflect on the lives that care leavers live and the barriers they have to overcome.  Events are taking place throughout the UK between 26th October and 1st November 2011 and young care leavers will be giving unique insights into their experiences through different media. The first event in the series, a meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Looked-After Children and Care Leavers, was hosted and chaired by myself in Parliament where a panel of expert practioners and beneficiaries of care answered questions from over one hundred and fifty guests.

The second APPG which I Chair, that for Adoption and Fostering, is equally relevant to my question to the Prime Minister as next week is National Adoption Week which runs from 31st October to 6th November. It is with great pleasure that I can combine two issues that are so close to my heart and help them by bringing them to the attention of so many more people.

This week, aside from questioning the Prime Minister, I also put questions to the Minister of State for Pensions, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, where I raised the bravery of our local 1st Battalion the Merican Regiment, and participated in a debate on the effect of the BBC's service review on local radio in Cheshire. More on these can be read here.

The number of subscribers to my ebulletin has grown exponentially since it began and I look forward to bringing you more news of my involvements in Westminster as well as Crewe and Nantwich over the ebulletins to come.

Please 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 ...

  • Asked the Prime Minister to join me in praising all the adopters and foster carers in Crewe and Nantwich and elsewhere for the fantastic work they do and encourage others to come forward to foster and adopt and to recognise during national care leavers week that we can do much more to provide care leavers with the sustained and enduring support that they often need and always deserve. More here
  • Asked the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, the Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP, what provisions are being made for foster carers under the new housing benefit rules. More here
  • Asked the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Alistair Burt MP, about increasing co-operation and building peace in the Middle East and raised the bravery of our local 1st Battalion the Merican Regiment. More here
  • Participated in the debate on BBC Local Radio raising my concerns about the impact of the recent BBC service review on radio in Cheshire. More here
  • Hosted the group on Looked-After Children and Care Leavers in Parliament at the beginning of National Care Leavers Week

This weekend I will be...

  • Attending a perfomance by the Nantwich Players of 'Don't Dress for Dinner' at the Nantwich Players Theatre
  • Attending a local ABF Soldiers Charity Dinner in Nantwich

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Edward supporting the Seahorse Swimming Club sponsored swim raising funds for a wheelchair for Nathan Hill

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Support the Looking After the Homeless Group

With a really harsh winter being predicted The LATH Group (Looking After The Homeless) are in dire need of donations, to help ease the lives of those that are homeless & many of whom sleeping rough this Christmas.
Many of us are going to be spending a wonderful Christmas with our loved ones with plenty to eat and drink near a cosy fireplace or in the warmth of the sunshine. In the spirit of goodwill and kindness I urge you to spare a thought for the many people that won't have this luxury and many who will be alone on Christmas Day.
To make a donation please click here - Please forward this link to your friends, your families & your colleagues, add the link to your Facebook & Twitter pages to help our cause and spread the word.
Your money will be used to feed, create warmth, clothe, and help shelter those who need it this winter.
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Edward Timpson MP fights for Crewe rail jobs

Crewe & Nantwich Guardian

LOCAL MP Edward Timpson met with representatives of Bombardier in Crewe in Parliament last week to discuss the current situation facing the company.

Mr Timpson accepted and then delivered almost 900 signed postcards to the Secretary of State for Transport calling for the decision toward the Thameslink contract to Siemens be reversed.

In supporting the work of Bombardier in Crewe Mr Timpson said: "I have made my views very clear both in the House of Commons and elsewhere that this is the wrong decision for the UK rail manufacturing sector and have questioned the Secretary of State personally on the possibility of revisiting the matter.

"I have also called for a change in the way the UK interprets EU procurement rules so that in this country, as happens in France, Italy, Germany and many other parts of Europe, UK based businesses such as Bombardier can bid on a genuinely even playing field.

“It is no coincidence that the Italian police drive around in Fiats.

"I will continue to work closely with Bombardier at all levels to help raise awareness of their well established and much needed engineering experience and expertise in the UK and to help bring other opportunities to their Crewe site."

Mick Roberts, the Crewe site's union representative, said: "We highlighted the government's decision to export the Thameslink order was wrong and that as a result the future of UK train building industry is now under threat.

"Mr Timpson advised us he has been critical of the decision not to build the Thameslink trains in the UK and has worked with Bombardier to this end.

"We urged Mr Timpson to step up his protest for Thameslink trains to be built in the UK.

"We also discussed the failings in the procurement process for rail and the need to ensure that changes are made that ensure the fullest support for the domestic based bid is provided."

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Edward Timpson MP helps Crewe charity

Crewe & Nantwich Guardian

CREWE and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson met with representatives of the Crewe Parkinson’s charity last week to deliver a cheque for the money he raised by running the London Marathon.

Mr Timpson raised £1,111 for the charity through sponsorship for running the marathon in April.

The Crewe branch of Parkinson’s UK offers information, friendship and support to local people with Parkinson's, their families and carers.

They also organise regular events and social activities from St Michael's Church Hall on Ford Lane in Crewe, as well as holding a support group in Winsford.

Mr Timpson said: “Running marathons is a great way of raising money for local charities, not only are they a good way of getting fit but they also help people and draw people’s attention to a cause.

"The challenge of running 26.2 miles seems slightly easier knowing that every step goes towards a good cause.

“It was a pleasure to pound the streets of London for Crewe Parkinson’s knowing that the money I raised is going towards helping those suffering from Parkinson’s in Crewe and Nantwich.”

Michael Kinsey, chairman of the charity’s local branch, said: “Our work is totally dependent on donations, and we have been thrilled that Edward Timpson chose our branch to benefit from his amazing efforts in the London Marathon.

“Vital funds raised for research by Parkinson’s UK means we can continue work to find a cure and improve the quality of life for people affected by Parkinson’s.

“Being involved with the branch has really helped a number of people in the area, not least by providing the opportunity to speak to people in a similar situation.”

For more details on the charity visit www.crewe-parkinsons.org or call 01270 560680.

Mr Timpson will be running next year’s marathon for local charity CLIMB (Children Living with Inherited Metabolic Diseases), of which his wife Julia is a patron.

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MP Edward Timpson challenges Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg over residents rights regarding planned Gypsy site in Crewe

Crewe Chronicle
CREWE and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson has quizzed Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg over the rights of residents as the fight against the proposed Coppenhall Gypsy site moved to Westminster.

The Conservative MP demanded to know how the Government will ensure “the views of residents are heard loud and clear when local authorities seek planning permission for Gypsy and Traveller sites”.

Mr Clegg said the Localism Bill gives ‘a raft of new rights’ for communities to make their views known on planning matters.

Mr Timpson challenged the Deputy PM just days before attending Saturday’s public meeting organised by the action group Crewe Against Traveller sites.

Cllrs Derek Bebbington and Peggy Martin also addressed the meeting in a field at the White Lion near Warmingham and attended by more than 250 people.

They heard from group chairman Glen Perris that more than £2,000 has been raised to start a fighting fund to stop the proposals for a 12-pitch permanent site.

Cheshire East Council is seeking planning consent for the site to house 24 trailers and vehicles together with an amenity block with washrooms and kitchen.

Mr Perris said he’d been in touch with a solicitor in Kent who had persuaded a council to abandon proposals to build a permanent site near people’s homes.

Mr Timpson has already met Cheshire East leader Wesley Fitzgerald to express the strong concerns of residents.

Mr Timpson said: “The sheer numbers of people who gave up their Saturday afternoon to attend demonstrates the strength of feeling on this issue.

“I felt it was important that I attend to explain how I can support them and to answer any questions they had at a time of great uncertainty and concern.”

See pages 8 & 9 for more on the controversy and pages 16 & 17 for views.

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Foster film makes Crewe debut

Crewe & Nantwich Guardian
A FILM designed to inspire future foster carers and adoptive parents to step forward is making its debut in Crewe this week.

The 20 minute film, commissioned by Cheshire East Council, recounts the moving experiences of individuals and couples who have opened up their homes to young people in need.

MP for Crewe and Nantwich Edward Timpson will be a special guest at the event next month, when he will talk candidly about how his own parents became foster carers when he was just a child.

Other VIP guests will include chief executive of Cheshire East Council Erika Wenzel, Mayor of Cheshire East Councillor Roger West, Councillor Hilda Gaddum, regional director of British Association for Adoption and Fostering Erika Amende and regional director of Fostering Network Helen Clarke.

Councillor Gaddum said: “Many young people in local authority care are in desperate need of a good home.

“Adults who can provide either a foster carer home or a permanent adoptive home are in short supply.

“If you think you can offer stability, love and fun to a young person, I would urge you to get in touch with us.

“Fostering is often a temporary arrangement and many children and young people return to their own families.

“It can be done on a full or part-time basis and ranges from short-break care to a few months or even a long-term basis.

“Adoption is a permanent arrangement, whereby a court transfers all powers of parental responsibility to the individual or couple.

“Becoming an adoptive parent or a foster carer is not a decision to be taken lightly - but the rewards can be immense.”

Latest figures for Cheshire East show there are 456 foster children. Of those, 231 are with foster carers and the remainder are under local authority care in a range of settings.

The film will be screened at the Reel Cinema, Phoenix Leisure Park, Crewe on Wednesday October 5 at 11am.

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Cash pledged to block plans for gypsy camp

The Sentinel

THOUSANDS of pounds have been pledged in only a week for a community to pay for professional help to block plans to open a gypsy camp.

More than £2,000 has been collected to start off a fighting fund to stop the proposals for a 12-pitch permanent site in picturesque countryside on the outskirts of Crewe.

And a protest meeting attended by nearly 400 people at the weekend heard how a legal expert with a track record of defeating similar schemes in the south of England had already been approached.

Cash will also be raised by collecting old clothing for recycling and through personal donations.

The row is over a Cheshire East Council planning application for the plot off Parkers Road and Kent Lane in Coppenhall to house 24 trailers, 24 vehicles and an amenity block with washrooms, a kitchen, dayroom and laundry.

But the protesters, who met in a field at the White Lion pub yards from the site on Saturday, were warned by campaign leaders to dig in for a long struggle.

Describing how any approval could be contested by a judicial review even before the council went out to public consultation, Crewe MP Edward Timpson said: "You need to be in this for the long game.

"This is the biggest public meeting I have seen in my constituency and the strength of feeling is such that we must get as much support at every level.

"Travellers have rights, but so do residents and we have to keep pressure up to make sure we have the best chance of succeeding."

He revealed a formal planning application was likely to be submitted next month with objections allowed until February when a decision is expected.

An approval could be then reviewed by a high court judge under a procedure which would be costly for the fighting fund.

Glen Paris, chairman of the week-old Campaign Against Traveller Sites, said he had been in contact with a solicitor in Kent who had already persuaded a council to scrap proposals to build a permanent site near people's homes.

He said: "It is vital we stick together as we fight this on a number of grounds such as location, lack of infrastructure, the creation of an accident blackspot on the main road and not enough capacity in local schools."

Hearing that 11 alternative sites in East Cheshire had been turned down by the council as a possible location in favour of Coppenhall, audience member Kenneth Powell said to applause: "Every reason they have given for not taking it to those places applies here too – right down to the newts we have in the field."

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Trick or treat

It is drawing closer to the time of your for to start receiving "trick or treaters" at your homes. Cheshire Police are dedicated to tackling calls on anti-social behaviour, we are receiving fewer calls in relation to these types of incidents.
Our assistant Chief Constable Janette McCormick has said:

"Anti-social behaviour is unacceptable whatever the time of year however the Halloween period does historically produce an increase in the number of calls we take relating to anti-social behaviour. Therefore our message is clear - parents be aware of what your children are up to on Halloween. Accompany children trick or treating rather than letting them go on their own to make sure they are safe and not being a nuisance to others.

Additionally we want to remind shop owners about selling large quantities of eggs and flour to youngsters, as they may be used in appropriately to cause mischief.

We don’t want to stop people having a good time - enjoy yourself be responsible and remember not everyone wants to participate."

To help you deal with unwanted trick or treaters Cheshire police have produced flyers displaying on each side yes or no to trick or treaters. If someone has displayed no in their window we are asking that there wishes are respected. The flyers are available from the Cheshire Police website for you to download and print or they are being distributed across the Police Stations for you to collect from the helpdesks.

Cheshire East to discuss taxi and bus tendering programme

 

A trio of consultation events is taking place in Knutsford and Crewe to discuss Cheshire East Council’s tendering of contracts with bus and taxi providers.

The authority has been re-examining its tendering programme, how it manages relationships with transport contractors and how it can improve the quality of service to customers.

Now, Cheshire East and passenger transport specialists TAS Partnership are offering companies the chance to contribute to the review.

Providers will get the opportunity to discuss the Council’s terms and conditions of contract; quality standards; and the procurement of home-to-school transport.

Councillor Rod Menlove, Cabinet member with responsibility for environmental services, said: “Managing directors or commercial directors or those responsible for tendering for council contracts are invited to attend these important one day events.

“The Council and TAS Partnership will make short presentations but we also want to hear the views of visitors on what we can expect from each other.

“For example, on the procurement of home-to-school transport, should we bundle routes and contracts and commission one operator for one school? These are just some themes we are interested to hear views on.”

The events take place between 10am and 2.30pm at the following venues:

· Monday, November 7 – Bus operators – Tatton Park, Knutsford

· Wednesday, November 9 – Taxi/minibuses – Alexandra Stadium, Crewe

· Friday, November 11 – Taxi/minibuses – Tatton Park, Knutsford

Free lunch and refreshments will be provided. Up to two delegates per company will be permitted although places may be restricted to one per company.

Any providers interested in attending should contact the Council on 01270 371479.

Nantwich is best town in the North West – official!

 

Cheshire East Council its congratulating Nantwich in Bloom on its victory in the North West in Bloom awards.

Nantwich won gold in the best town category and scooped the Preston Silver Dish, making it officially the prettiest and most well-kept town in the North West.

Nantwich will go through to the Britain in Bloom finals in 2012, where it will be in the running for best town in the country. Judges are expected to arrive in the town unannounced in April.

The Council is also praising the various towns and villages for their efforts in the competition, which are helping to put Cheshire East on the map.

Congleton also impressively won gold in the best large town section, whilst Alsager managed a bronze in the same category.

Meanwhile, Knutsford and Middlewich managed a silver gilt and Wistaston won a silver medal in the best town category. Haslington and Willaston both got silver medals in the best small town category and Audlem won a silver gilt and Winterley a silver medal in the best large village section.

Councillor Rod Menlove, Cabinet member with responsibility for environmental services, said: “I would like to take this opportunity to say ‘well done’ to the people of Cheshire East, who have worked extremely hard to keep their towns and villages looking so attractive.

“I would also like to thank the work of our Streetscape team which has played its part in these successes.

“When our towns and villages win awards like this, it just goes to prove furthermore that Cheshire East has much to be proud of and I wish Nantwich in Bloom every success in the Britain in Bloom finals.”

Streetscape plays a major role in keeping Cheshire East clean and tidy and works closely with the various In Bloom and Friends Of groups and town and parish councils.

Together these organisations focus on horticultural excellence, community involvement, environmental friendliness and sustainability to keep their areas attractive.

Doug Butterill, chairman of Nantwich in Bloom, said: “We are extremely pleased to have been crowned the best in the North West. It shows that we are back at the top where we belong, as we did not make it this far last year.

“We pulled out all the stops this time and it was a real combined effort from schools, guides, traders, cadets, Rotary and Cheshire East, to name a few.”

For more information visit www.northwestinbloom.co.uk

Saturday, 22 October 2011

MP’s Report

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Edward Timpson MP

Friday 21, October 2011

Welcome ...

Welcome to this my 99th electronic news bulletin.

Broadband in Cheshire East

How fast is your broadband connection?

The answer is probably not as fast as it should be or needs to be. A recent study by Ofcom revealed that less than 1% of UK homes have a super-fast broadband connection, considered to be at least 24Mbps.

Whether it's for domestic, business or educational use, a super-fast  broadband connection has become an essential requirement for local residents and businesses here in Crewe & Nantwich. Yet there are still too many gaps in coverage across our area. For businesses, particularly small or medium sized and those increasingly run from home, a super-fast broadband connection is crucial if they are to compete, develop and expand. If we want to attract more knowledge-based, digital and creative industries to Crewe & Nantwich, we need a strong and reliable telecommunications infrastructure. But contact I have had with a number of local businesses suggests this has been seriously lacking.

For domestic users this high speed technology can have enormous social and educational benefits. For example, Cheshire East Council have developed a hugely successful web-based scheme called DemenShare that allows dementia sufferers and their carers to access and share support. Similarly research has shown that children with digital inclusion see an increase of 25% in GCSE grades per subject. There are environmental benefits too, not least the impact it would have on the easing of traffic congestion. That is why I, along with other MPs in Cheshire, called and took part in a debate in Parliament recently to push the case for achieving 100% super-fast broadband coverage across Cheshire by 2015 so we can help drive economic growth and improve the quality of life for local people.

The Council were awarded a £3.24 million grant in August to help roll out super-fast broadband, but we are still some way from the total £40 million investment needed to deliver full coverage across the county. The reward for doing so is huge: the creation of around 5 1/2 thousand jobs and almost £200 million in growth to our local economy year on year. The faster we can get there, the better.

Muammar Gaddafi's Death

Speaking in Downing Street moments after the official confirmation of the dictator's death, the Prime Minister said he was "proud" of the role Britain played in Nato airstrikes to protect Libyan civilians after the uprising against Gaddafi's rule began in February.

He said it was a time to remember Gaddafi's victims, including those who died when Pan-Am flight 103 was bombed over Lockerbie, Wpc Yvonne Fletcher who was gunned down in a London street and all those killed by the IRA using Semtex explosives supplied by Libya.

David Cameron also said the "many, many people" who had died at the hands of "this brutal dictator and his regime" should be remembered and he paid tribute to the bravery of the Libyan people who helped to liberate their country. Furthermore that the people in Libya today have an even greater chance after this news of building themselves a strong and democratic future.

Please 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 ...

  • Held a drop-in surgery in Nantwich Library
  • Participated in the House of Commons Debate on Broadband in Cheshire East. Read more here
  • Attended a meeting of the All Party Group on the West Coast Main Line to hear from the four companies bidding for the West Coast Mainline franchise how they would seek to significantly improve Crewe Station as part of any franchise they deliver
  • Went to a drop in to find out how speech and language therapy can transform lives hosted by the Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists
  • Supported the Seahorse Swimming Club sponsored swim raising funds local child, Nathan Hill's new wheelchair at Crewe Swimming Baths

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Edward hosting a reception in Parliament with Tim Loughton MP, Minister for Children and Families to mark the 40th Anniversary of Adoption UK

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Vote for your favourite community project and they could win funding from NatWest Community Force

By applying to CommunityForce hundreds of local charities and projects stand to win an award of £6,000 each, with the winners decided by public vote in the autumn. Vote: From 26 September – midday 24 October everyone will be able to vote for their favourite projects. The three projects with the most votes in each CommunityForce area will win the awards.

You have three votes so vote for groups such as 35th South West Cheshire Scout Group (here), The LATH (Looking After The Homeless) Group (here) and The Georges Community Centre (here).

Do you have community news to share? Email me and it could be here too!

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Edward Timpson MP fights for Crewe rail jobs

Crewe & Nantwich Guardian

LOCAL MP Edward Timpson met with representatives of Bombardier in Crewe in Parliament last week to discuss the current situation facing the company.

Mr Timpson accepted and then delivered almost 900 signed postcards to the Secretary of State for Transport calling for the decision toward the Thameslink contract to Siemens be reversed.

In supporting the work of Bombardier in Crewe Mr Timpson said: "I have made my views very clear both in the House of Commons and elsewhere that this is the wrong decision for the UK rail manufacturing sector and have questioned the Secretary of State personally on the possibility of revisiting the matter.

"I have also called for a change in the way the UK interprets EU procurement rules so that in this country, as happens in France, Italy, Germany and many other parts of Europe, UK based businesses such as Bombardier can bid on a genuinely even playing field.

“It is no coincidence that the Italian police drive around in Fiats.

"I will continue to work closely with Bombardier at all levels to help raise awareness of their well established and much needed engineering experience and expertise in the UK and to help bring other opportunities to their Crewe site."

Mick Roberts, the Crewe site's union representative, said: "We highlighted the government's decision to export the Thameslink order was wrong and that as a result the future of UK train building industry is now under threat.

"Mr Timpson advised us he has been critical of the decision not to build the Thameslink trains in the UK and has worked with Bombardier to this end.

"We urged Mr Timpson to step up his protest for Thameslink trains to be built in the UK.

"We also discussed the failings in the procurement process for rail and the need to ensure that changes are made that ensure the fullest support for the domestic based bid is provided."

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Edward Timpson MP helps Crewe charity

Crewe & Nantwich Guardian

CREWE and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson met with representatives of the Crewe Parkinson’s charity last week to deliver a cheque for the money he raised by running the London Marathon.

Mr Timpson raised £1,111 for the charity through sponsorship for running the marathon in April.

The Crewe branch of Parkinson’s UK offers information, friendship and support to local people with Parkinson's, their families and carers.

They also organise regular events and social activities from St Michael's Church Hall on Ford Lane in Crewe, as well as holding a support group in Winsford.

Mr Timpson said: “Running marathons is a great way of raising money for local charities, not only are they a good way of getting fit but they also help people and draw people’s attention to a cause.

"The challenge of running 26.2 miles seems slightly easier knowing that every step goes towards a good cause.

“It was a pleasure to pound the streets of London for Crewe Parkinson’s knowing that the money I raised is going towards helping those suffering from Parkinson’s in Crewe and Nantwich.”

Michael Kinsey, chairman of the charity’s local branch, said: “Our work is totally dependent on donations, and we have been thrilled that Edward Timpson chose our branch to benefit from his amazing efforts in the London Marathon.

“Vital funds raised for research by Parkinson’s UK means we can continue work to find a cure and improve the quality of life for people affected by Parkinson’s.

“Being involved with the branch has really helped a number of people in the area, not least by providing the opportunity to speak to people in a similar situation.”

For more details on the charity visit www.crewe-parkinsons.org or call 01270 560680.

Mr Timpson will be running next year’s marathon for local charity CLIMB (Children Living with Inherited Metabolic Diseases), of which his wife Julia is a patron.

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MP Edward Timpson challenges Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg over residents rights regarding planned Gypsy site in Crewe

Crewe Chronicle
CREWE and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson has quizzed Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg over the rights of residents as the fight against the proposed Coppenhall Gypsy site moved to Westminster.

The Conservative MP demanded to know how the Government will ensure “the views of residents are heard loud and clear when local authorities seek planning permission for Gypsy and Traveller sites”.

Mr Clegg said the Localism Bill gives ‘a raft of new rights’ for communities to make their views known on planning matters.

Mr Timpson challenged the Deputy PM just days before attending Saturday’s public meeting organised by the action group Crewe Against Traveller sites.

Cllrs Derek Bebbington and Peggy Martin also addressed the meeting in a field at the White Lion near Warmingham and attended by more than 250 people.

They heard from group chairman Glen Perris that more than £2,000 has been raised to start a fighting fund to stop the proposals for a 12-pitch permanent site.

Cheshire East Council is seeking planning consent for the site to house 24 trailers and vehicles together with an amenity block with washrooms and kitchen.

Mr Perris said he’d been in touch with a solicitor in Kent who had persuaded a council to abandon proposals to build a permanent site near people’s homes.

Mr Timpson has already met Cheshire East leader Wesley Fitzgerald to express the strong concerns of residents.

Mr Timpson said: “The sheer numbers of people who gave up their Saturday afternoon to attend demonstrates the strength of feeling on this issue.

“I felt it was important that I attend to explain how I can support them and to answer any questions they had at a time of great uncertainty and concern.”

See pages 8 & 9 for more on the controversy and pages 16 & 17 for views.

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Foster film makes Crewe debut

Crewe & Nantwich Guardian
A FILM designed to inspire future foster carers and adoptive parents to step forward is making its debut in Crewe this week.

The 20 minute film, commissioned by Cheshire East Council, recounts the moving experiences of individuals and couples who have opened up their homes to young people in need.

MP for Crewe and Nantwich Edward Timpson will be a special guest at the event next month, when he will talk candidly about how his own parents became foster carers when he was just a child.

Other VIP guests will include chief executive of Cheshire East Council Erika Wenzel, Mayor of Cheshire East Councillor Roger West, Councillor Hilda Gaddum, regional director of British Association for Adoption and Fostering Erika Amende and regional director of Fostering Network Helen Clarke.

Councillor Gaddum said: “Many young people in local authority care are in desperate need of a good home.

“Adults who can provide either a foster carer home or a permanent adoptive home are in short supply.

“If you think you can offer stability, love and fun to a young person, I would urge you to get in touch with us.

“Fostering is often a temporary arrangement and many children and young people return to their own families.

“It can be done on a full or part-time basis and ranges from short-break care to a few months or even a long-term basis.

“Adoption is a permanent arrangement, whereby a court transfers all powers of parental responsibility to the individual or couple.

“Becoming an adoptive parent or a foster carer is not a decision to be taken lightly - but the rewards can be immense.”

Latest figures for Cheshire East show there are 456 foster children. Of those, 231 are with foster carers and the remainder are under local authority care in a range of settings.

The film will be screened at the Reel Cinema, Phoenix Leisure Park, Crewe on Wednesday October 5 at 11am.

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Cash pledged to block plans for gypsy camp

The Sentinel

THOUSANDS of pounds have been pledged in only a week for a community to pay for professional help to block plans to open a gypsy camp.

More than £2,000 has been collected to start off a fighting fund to stop the proposals for a 12-pitch permanent site in picturesque countryside on the outskirts of Crewe.

And a protest meeting attended by nearly 400 people at the weekend heard how a legal expert with a track record of defeating similar schemes in the south of England had already been approached.

Cash will also be raised by collecting old clothing for recycling and through personal donations.

The row is over a Cheshire East Council planning application for the plot off Parkers Road and Kent Lane in Coppenhall to house 24 trailers, 24 vehicles and an amenity block with washrooms, a kitchen, dayroom and laundry.

But the protesters, who met in a field at the White Lion pub yards from the site on Saturday, were warned by campaign leaders to dig in for a long struggle.

Describing how any approval could be contested by a judicial review even before the council went out to public consultation, Crewe MP Edward Timpson said: "You need to be in this for the long game.

"This is the biggest public meeting I have seen in my constituency and the strength of feeling is such that we must get as much support at every level.

"Travellers have rights, but so do residents and we have to keep pressure up to make sure we have the best chance of succeeding."

He revealed a formal planning application was likely to be submitted next month with objections allowed until February when a decision is expected.

An approval could be then reviewed by a high court judge under a procedure which would be costly for the fighting fund.

Glen Paris, chairman of the week-old Campaign Against Traveller Sites, said he had been in contact with a solicitor in Kent who had already persuaded a council to scrap proposals to build a permanent site near people's homes.

He said: "It is vital we stick together as we fight this on a number of grounds such as location, lack of infrastructure, the creation of an accident blackspot on the main road and not enough capacity in local schools."

Hearing that 11 alternative sites in East Cheshire had been turned down by the council as a possible location in favour of Coppenhall, audience member Kenneth Powell said to applause: "Every reason they have given for not taking it to those places applies here too – right down to the newts we have in the field."

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‘Bright lights’ beckon for a new range of youngsters – as Cheshire East Youth Theatre proves a popular hit

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Cheshire East Youth Theatre is proving such a hit with budding actors and audiences that it is launching a new group to nurture young talent. 

Cheshire East Youth Theatre (CEYT), which is organised by Cheshire East Council and based at the Lyceum Theatre, was created through the amalgamation of Crewe, Sandbach and Alsager youth theatres and caters for young people aged from five to 18.

It has proved such a success that its Alsager branch is to add a new age group, for youngsters aged 12 and above, following the popularity of its classes for children aged seven to 11. The new group will be launched on Wednesday, November 2.

CEYT recently showcased its youngsters’ talents at a vibrant event to celebrate the 100th birthday of Crewe’s Lyceum Theatre.

Over the years, hundreds of young people have benefited from the confidence and communication skills that youth theatre can offer.

The youth theatres are run by professional drama workers and help people build a range of skills including improvisation, voice and speech, characterisation and movement as well as team working. It also helps develop communication and confidence skills.

Councillor Jamie Macrae, Cabinet member with responsibility for prosperity, said: “Youth theatre is a wonderful way for young people to learn a multitude of skills that will stand them in good stead for their entire adult lives.

“It is also a wonderful place for youngsters to meet other people and develop the confidence they need to branch out from family life and school and thrive.

“Joining youth theatre also opens up opportunities for youngsters to take part in organised trips to festivals, professional productions and summer workshops to learn more about the theatre industry and possible future careers within this field.”

CEYT is now made up of seven groups. Lyceum Youth Theatre has four age groups: five to seven; eight to 10; 11 to 13; and 14 to 18, based in the theatre’s rehearsal room. Alsager Youth Theatre, based in Alsager Community Church Hall, has two groups: seven to 11; and 12+. Sandbach Youth Theatre, based in Sandbach Town Hall, has one group for youngsters aged seven to 11.

Members get the chance to attend workshops and tread the boards of the Lyceum Theatre stage, as well as perform at other local venues and regional festivals. No previous experience is necessary and there are no auditions needed. 

Anyone interested in joining Cheshire East Youth Theatre should ring co-ordinator Hayley Lindley on 07709 180296 or email her at: ceyt@cheshireeast.gov.uk

Free training aims to boost business people’s bids to win deals

 

Cheshire East Council is to hold a series of free workshops to help business people learn how to win public sector contracts.

The Council-organised procurement training events are targeted at local businesses, charities and social enterprises.

The aim is to show them how to ‘get started’ in the bid process, how to produce a tender and how to collaborate with other organisations – to increase scale and expertise – to form ‘consortia’ to tender for local and central government work.  

An introductory workshop on tendering for public sector contracts and others about creating consortia, held earlier this year, were oversubscribed and hailed as successes – which encouraged Cheshire East Council to arrange similar events.

The latest free workshops are being conducted by award-winning Melanie Bryan, from WhyNotChange (www.whynotchange.co.uk) – an organisation which helps businesses tender for public sector contracts.

Melanie recently won the best social enterprise partnership award in the Prime Minister’s Big Society Awards 2011.

The procurement workshops, which aim to cover the whole process from start to finish, are:

Let’s Get Started, on Tuesday, November 8;

Invitation To Tender and onwards, on Tuesday, November 22; and

Building A Consortia, on Thursday, November 24.

All three will take place between 7.30am and 11am each day, at Ramada Encore hotel, Crewe Business Park, Electra Way, Crewe, CW1 6XB.

Each event starts with refreshments and bacon rolls at 7.30am for a prompt 7.45am start.

Cheshire East Councillor Jamie Macrae, Cabinet member with responsibility for prosperity, said: “Tendering for a public sector contract can be a daunting prospect and these workshops provide excellent guidance to help businesses develop a bid.

“We want traders and charities to know that we are always interested in receiving tenders from local businesses and organisations.

“These workshops can significantly help to simplify and demystify the process. We want to encourage even more local businesses to get involved in working with not only Cheshire East Council but also other public sector bodies.”

Councillor Peter Mason, Cabinet member with responsibility for procurement and shared services, added: “It really is vitally important that we do all we can to ensure the procurement process is fully competitive and accessible to all businesses.

“We put a lot of emphasis on supporting local firms and businesses and ensuring as many services as possible are provided locally. As a local authority, we are committed to working with others to deliver quality services and value for money for the people of Cheshire East.”

To book a place on the workshops, contact Jacqueline Wilson, business engagement officer at Cheshire East Council, on 01270 685911 or email: Jacqueline.wilson@cheshireeast.gov.uk

Cheshire East roadshows raise awareness of disability hate crime

 

Cheshire East Council and its partners have held a series of roadshow events to help raise awareness about disability hate crime.

And the message to the public is ‘See It, Hear It, Report It!’

Disability hate crime is the targeting of individuals and communities because of their disabilities. Hate crime can range from daily torments to serious violence. 

Sadly, hate incidents and hate crimes are an everyday feature of the lives of many people and occur in ordinary, everyday circumstances. 

Persistent harassment and abuse may be an ongoing aspect of day-to-day existence.  It significantly impacts on the quality of people’s lives and can lead people to change their habits and lifestyles in a bid to avoid victimisation.

Councillor Roland Domleo, Cabinet member with responsibility for adult services, said: “We have a particular challenge to increase the reporting of hate crimes that target disabled people as we know that these crimes have been significantly under-reported in the past.

“It is vital that these vulnerable people and their families and friends are aware of the help and support that is available to victims of disability hate crime. If anyone hears or sees abuse of disabled people they should report it to the authorities immediately.

“Hate crimes and the victimisation of people because of their disabilities, or because they are ‘different’, are utterly abhorrent and unacceptable in a civilised society.”

A series of roadshow information events about disability hate crime were held in Macclesfield and Crewe town centres recently.

Cheshire East Council works with a range of partners, including the police, local NHS Primary Care Trust, Probation Service, housing and voluntary groups to help keep people safe across the Borough.

Through the Adult Safeguarding Board they have made a commitment to work co-operatively to identify, prevent and investigate the abuse of vulnerable adults – including the disabled.

Who do I call? You can ring Cheshire police or you can report your concerns to Cheshire East Council on: 0300 1235010. Or use the Council’s emergency out-of-hours number: 0300 1235022.

For more information click on the ‘No Secrets’ link on the Council’s homepage at: www.cheshireeast.gov.uk

If you would like to participate in raising awareness of disability hate crime, please contact AdultSafeguardingUnit@cheshireeast.gov.uk

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Family of bomb disposal team member killed in Cheshire East comes forward

 

A descendant of one of six brave men who were killed attempting to defuse an unexploded bomb during the Second World War has come forward.

Cheshire East Council is searching for family members of Royal Engineers Sergeant Edward Greengrass, Sapper Harold Thompson, Sapper Michael Lambert, Sapper George Lucas and Sapper John Perrins, who died when a German bomb exploded in a field between Crewe and Nantwich in August 1940.

Sapper Albert Edward Fearon, from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, was also killed in the incident and his nephew, George Horton, has now contacted the Council and will be invited to the unveiling of a memorial, which Cheshire East will host next year.

Mr Horton, 76, now of Sutton-on-Sea, Lincolnshire, himself served in the army for 26 years, nine of those as a bomb disposal engineer.

He said: “I am delighted that Cheshire East Council is going to remember my uncle Albert. We were never entirely sure where he had died, so it is nice to see that he is going to be recognised in the area in which the incident took place.

“Unfortunately, my uncle and his colleagues were not capable of carrying out the work required because they and other bomb disposal teams of the time were only given very basic training.

“There was very little knowledge of how to perform the work as the responsibility was passed to the Royal Engineers from the Civil Defence Force.”

Despite their limited training, Sapper Fearon and the rest of the team successfully defused three bombs which had fallen in the field, near Alvaston Hall. But, as they worked on the final bomb, it exploded, killing all six men.

According to the War Graves Commission, Thompson, Lambert, Fearon and Lucas were killed instantly and Sergeant Greengrass died two days later in hospital.

In September, the Council’s Cabinet accepted a motion, put forward by councillors Dorothy Flude and Chris Thorley, to erect a small memorial near Alvaston Hall.

Meanwhile, the search for descendants of Sapper Perrins, whose details could not be traced initially, has also taken a step forward.

The Council was originally given the name John Percival but a member of the public has come forward with the correct name of John Perrins. This has been confirmed by Commonwealth War Graves Commission records.

He is buried at Stand (All Saints) Churchyard, in Whitefield, Manchester and died on August 18, suggesting he also died later in hospital.

Councillor Wesley Fitzgerald, Leader of Cheshire East Council, said: “We are making progress in our search to trace family members of these heroic men, who died in the name of their country.

“It is of the utmost importance that we recognise the six men who sacrificed themselves for the local population. I would urge anyone with any knowledge of these people to keep coming forward so that we can provide a fitting memorial to them.”

Sgt Greengrass is buried at Wandsworth, London; Sapper Thompson at Hornchurch, London; Sapper Lambert at Kensal Green, London; Sapper Fearon at Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Sapper Lucas in Manchester.

An unveiling ceremony, involving families, the Royal Engineers Association and Army and Council representatives will be held some time in 2012 – the 100th anniversary of the association.

Cheshire East would like anyone who may have information regarding these men to contact the Council on 01270 686012.

Get your tickets for North West Women’s Enterprise Day

 

Time is running out fast for your chance to grab tickets to the region’s biggest business event for women.

Women from across the North West will be heading to Cheshire East for

North West Women’s Enterprise Day on October 28 – which includes a full programme of activities planned for the gathering at Cranage Hall.

Tickets are still on sale but entrepreneurs are urged to get theirs quickly as the 250 places are selling out fast.

Those attending will get the opportunity to share best practice, explore new ways of doing business, access specialist support and advice and make new contacts.

Cheshire East Council is the main sponsor for the event, which last year received an Outstanding Impact Award from Enterprise UK.

Social entrepreneur Melanie Bryan, founder of WhyNotChange, is organising the enterprise day. Melanie and Cheshire East Council worked with a cross-section of business people to help shape the itinerary and select speakers and workshop topics.

The keynote speaker this year is Ruth Clemens, who is based in Poynton and runs The Pink Whisk. Ruth started her business after coming second in last year’s BBC television series The Great British Bake Off. 

Activities on offer this year include:

●          Speaker corner – talks from a range of high-profile speakers;

●          Workshop zone – 30-minute practical interactive taster sessions;

●          Living library – borrow a person for 15 minutes to benefit from their expertise;

●          Business surgeries – facilitated by a range of experts working in small groups to 

           address issues raised by delegates;

●          Hands on zone – practical demonstrations, tools, techniques and tips;

●          Artisans zone – enabling local artisans to showcase and sell their products;

●          Networking; and

●          All-day refreshments and lunch.

Councillor Jamie Macrae, Cabinet member with responsibility for prosperity, said: “This networking event is the perfect opportunity for women to come together to share their experiences, inspire others and develop new business relationships.

“Cheshire East Council is fully committed to supporting both new and established businesses as much as we can – something which takes on even more importance in the current economic climate.”

To book tickets to the event visit:

http://nwwomensenterpriseday2011.eventbrite.com

Alternatively, people can contact Cheshire East Council’s business engagement co-ordinator Jacqueline Wilson on 01270 685911.

For more information on the event, including updates on speakers and workshops people are advised to join the group set up on the LinkedIn website (www.linkedin.com). This can be done by searching for ‘NW Womens Enterprise Day’.

Saturday, 8 October 2011

Sign the Petition

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The town today was alive with councillors  want you to sign their petitions. Above is the one to stop the gypsies site in Crewe which could cost up to  1 million pounds. We seem to be the dumping area for the council who dont want these things in Macclesfield. Every time gypsies stay in Crewe we are left with damage rubbish and the crime rate goes through the roof. People were coming forward without being asked to sign this one.

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Round the corner they were trying to save our town from ruin and safe  guard jobs at Bombardier which to me is still Crewe Works. People in Crewe left school and started work in Crewe works and 50 years later they retired but now the jobs are few and far between and going down hill rapidly we have the greatest expertise in loco’s  so we need to save the jobs instead of the work going abroad

ACTION TAKEN TO STOP ANTI SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR IN WILLASTON


Local Police have taken action to nip a spate of anti social behaviour in the bud in Willaston. Willaston and Rope Borough Councillor Brian Silvester said,"On the weekend of the 24/25 September there was late night noise and nuisance and a 'for sale' sign on a bungalow in Cheerbrook Road, by The Paddock, was broken up and stuck in a grid, actually in the road. There was a lot of problems like this down Cheerbrook Road last year when trees and other property was damaged so I contacted the local Police to ask them to take immediate action.Fortunately last weekend was quiet so I am hopeful that the action taken has been successful. The Police will monitor next weekend, sending patrols as deemed appropriate dependant on operational requirements."


Green Gap policy should be retained in its entirety.

Willaston and Rope Ward Councillor Brian Silvester has responded to the latest consultation on the Cheshire East Local Plan ( Local Development Framework LDF) He said, "The Green Gap policy is very popular with the residents I represent and I strongly believe that it should be retained in its entirety, without any changes, in the new plan when that emerges. I believe that new development should be directed in the first instance to brown field sites so that  the green spaces between Crewe and Nantwich can be retained to prevent the urban sprawl that  is so unattractive in areas like  the Potteries in Staffordshire. I firmly believe that the new development that is required over the new plan period can be allocated without the need to touch an inch of the Green Gap."

Further action on parking problems at Berkeley Primary School,Rope

Willaston and Rope Ward Councillor Brian Silvester has persuaded the local Police to take further action about the small minority of parents who park inconsideratly around the Berlekely Primary School in Rope. to park more sensibly. He said," The Police have informed me that they have arranged for there to be a police presence around the school at the key times to monitor and advise persons dropping off and picking up.  A Police Community Support officer is going to distribute leaflets to the residents living within the vicinity of the school asking for them to contact the police at the time a vehicle obstruction is occurring so the details of the vehicles can be logged and if not dealt whilst at the location, followed up by an officer at a later time.

There are serious parking problems at the beginning and the end of the school day in Lochleven Road and Rope Bank Avenue at the junction with Laidon Avenue and at the junction of Beechcroft Avenue and Whirlow Road. Parents dropping off and picking up at the school  park at the junctions which makes it very difficult for vehicles to pull out safely and makes it difficult for emergency vehicles to get through. Also some parents park in front of drives and this makes it impossible for residents to get their cars out. Local residents are rightly angry at the careless parking of a small minority of parents and I hope the action that is being taken will solve the problem to a large degree."

 
Cllr. Brian Silvester 
Willaston and Rope Borough Councillor.
Tel/fax 01270 567757

Libraries offer a helping hand with homework

HomeworkHelp

Youngsters will get a helping hand with their homework – thanks to Cheshire East Council’s library staff.

Students who need support with researching an essay or project, or are looking for books and online resources to aid their studies, can pop into their local Cheshire East library during Help With Homework Week, which runs from October 17 to 21.

Between 3pm and 4.30pm (on these days), staff will be on hand to help show students where to look for books and how to use online reference resources. Specialist librarians will also be available to answer questions via the live online ‘Ask a Librarian’ service.

And there is even the chance for under-16s to enter a quiz and win a prize.

Councillor David Brown, Cabinet member with responsibility for performance and capacity, said: “Our libraries are a fantastic resource and this is an excellent opportunity for youngsters to learn how to get the most out of their local library – and get help with their homework into the bargain.

“It follows on from our libraries’ excellent work during National Bookstart Week, in June, to promote reading and the use of libraries’ extensive book and online facilities, and also the Summer Reading Challenge, which encouraged children to develop a passion for reading.

“We at Cheshire East Council understand that libraries, with their superb resources and their marvellous staff, play a vital role in improving life opportunities for our residents. Our libraries continue to offer a top-quality service to the people of Cheshire East.”

Even if you cannot get to a library our staff can still help. People can ‘talk’ to a specialist librarian using the live Online Enquiry Service – just look for the chat box at the foot of the libraries’ homepage at:

http://www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/leisure,_culture_and_tourism/libraries.aspx

You can also use the Virtual Reference Library to search the Encyclopaedia Britannica and many other superb reference works from any computer with internet access. All you need is your library membership number.

All libraries are happy to offer class visits throughout the year to introduce pupils to the library service and all it can offer.

To enter the under-16s prize quiz, download the questions on Cheshire East Council’s libraries homepage and hand your completed entry in to any Cheshire East library by Saturday, October 29, 2011.

Thursday, 6 October 2011

MP’s 96th electronic news bulletin

Edward Timpson MP

Friday 30, September 2011

Welcome ...

Welcome to this my 96th electronic news bulletin.

Thursday night's explosion in Crewe was very concerning, I understand investigators have been on the scene trying to figure out what went wrong. My sympathy goes to the two people injured in the incident. I am sure the emergency services did an excellent job in managing the situation. My office is in touch with Cheshire Police. Please feel free to contact me regarding this incident  using the details below.

The world is recovering from a once in 70 years financial crisis and is suffering from debts not seen in decades.

Recovery from a debt crisis is both different and more difficult, than recovering from a traditional recession. The solution for most countries cannot be simply to borrow more. If the government doesn't have the room to borrow more to cut taxes or increase spending, then people and markets start worrying about whether a government can actually pay back its debt. And when this happens confidence ebbs away and interest rates will rise, hitting people with mortgages, and hitting companies that want to borrow to invest. We can see this happening right now in some European countries.

So a long term solution must tackle the fundamental problem - the problem of excessive debt. We need to do three things.
First, we must get to grips with the debt and restore credibility and confidence. Eurozone countries must act swiftly to resolve the debt crisis. They must implement what they have agreed and they must demonstrate they have the political will to do what is necessary to ensure the stability of the system.

Second, we must make it easier to do business and create jobs by freeing up our economies. We are creating the most competitive corporate tax regime in the G20; cutting the time it takes to set up a business; reducing tax costs and regulatory burdens for new businesses; and prioritising science and infrastructure. We're also reforming our education system and introducing new apprenticeships to help improve the skills of our young people.

And, in a global crisis, we must work together across the world by co-ordinating our action - including boosting world trade, starting with the Doha Round. At the G20 in Cannes we need to agree a credible plan to take to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in December. If we can't get a deal involving everyone then we need a coalition of the willing, where countries like Britain who want to, can forge ahead with more ambitious deals and others can join later if they choose. The truth is that trade is the biggest wealth creator we've ever known and it's the biggest stimulus we can give our economies right now.

Please 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 ...

  • Held a surgery in my Crewe office
  • Accopanied Peter Luff MP, Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology, on a visit to BAE Radway Green
  • Supported World School Milk Day at Beechwood School
  • Attended a performance by the Acton Operatic Society of The King and I at the Crewe Lyceum Theatre
  • Officially opened the new cafe at the Haslington Bakery

...This weekend I will be

  • Visiting the All Saints Church Arts Festival
  • Visiting the Model Train Show at the Crewe Heritage Centre
  • Playing in a Charity Football Match v AC Milan at the Weaver Stadium, Nantwich
  • Visiting Beatty Court

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Dog Walkers Facility at the Georges Community Centre

On Saturday 3rd September I attended the re-opening of the Marshfield Bank Community Centre, now named the Georges Community Centre. The Georges is now run by Big Society Works Ltd, a local steering group and the wider Crewe community. The re-launch has already been a great success raising over £1500 for the Centre, securing many more volunteers and further engaging the local community. Email the Centre here

Do you have community news to share? Email me and it could be here too!

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Expert Logistics announces plans to bring 350 jobs to Crewe

Crewe Chronicle

UP TO 350 jobs will be coming to Crewe when home delivery firm Expert Logisitics relocates to the town.

The company, which is owned by DRL, specialises in white goods distribution and handles deliveries for DRL online brands – Appliances Online and Appliance Deals – as well as high street giants such as Marks & Spencer, Debenhams and Argos.

It will be based at the 360,000 sq ft Prologis warehouse development on Weston Road.

Expert Logisitics managing director Dave Ashwell said: “The company is currently operating from a number of smaller buildings, so the move to Crewe 360 will allow us to consolidate our distribution operations under one roof. This building is ideally suited to our business, since it gives us immediate access to the motorway network and its environmental credentials mean that it will be cost effective to run.”

The news has been welcomed by Cheshire East Council leader Wesley Fitzgerald.

“There is immense satisfaction in playing a role to help businesses to thrive and expand and Cheshire East’s role in facilitating this move is no exception,” said Cllr Fitzgerald.

“I would also like to thank Jobcentre Plus, which has provided significant support to facilitate the relocation. Expert Logistics will bring vibrancy to the area and will undoubtedly add to the rich tapestry of businesses in the area. The significant boost that this move has brought for All Change for Crewe is momentous and gives us fantastic momentum to market the area with growing confidence.”

Cllr Jamie Macrae, cabinet member for responsibility for economic development, said: “Expert Logistics relocation is a major step in realising the extensive development opportunities that exist in Crewe, including such sites as Basford. ”

He added the short-term lease negotiated with the company for the former Royal Mail site to support the transition process was a factor in its decision to relocate.

Crewe and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson said: “This is an exciting development for Crewe and a landmark event in bringing the All Change for Crewe vision to life.

“Crewe can offer massive potential for any expanding business and I am sure that Expert Logistics will go from strength to strength. By the very nature of its business, Crewe’s name will be showcased throughout the nation.

“I’m also delighted that Expert Logistics will be bringing some 350 jobs to our area.”

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Rural Transport For Nantwich

Crewe & Nantwich Guardian
A NEW community transport service has been launched for Nantwich and the surrounding rural areas.

Local MP Edward Timpson cut the ribbon on the project, which is funded by the Government’s Rural Sustainable Community Transport Initiative.

It means that dedicated vehicles are now available to the elderly, people with disabilities or those who are socially isolated.

The service is available Monday to Saturday and can be pre-booked.

It will provide transport links from rural areas surrounding Nantwich to essential services and mainline transport infrastructure.

To book a seat on the new service, residents should call 01270 211884 if they are from the Crewe and Nantwich area or 01270 505525 if they are from Sandbach or Congleton.

Cheshire East councillor Rod Menlove said: “This new service is about improving the lifestyles of those who find themselves isolated and unable to access public transport.

“The new vehicles can be pre-booked – allowing people the rural areas around Nantwich to make appointments, plan ahead and be part of their local community.

“I would like to thank East Cheshire Community Transport and for their hard work and enthusiasm in bringing this service to Nantwich and to Wulvern for their continued support.”

Graham Wood, joint co-ordinator for East Cheshire Community Transport, added: “The launch of this new service will provide transport for the users of day care centres in the area.

“This demonstrates the versatility of East Cheshire Community Transport and its importance to the people of Cheshire East.

“It also underlines our commitment to providing sustainable community transport for the future.”

Wulvern’s supporting housing and services manager, Carole Stynes, said: “I am delighted that we have been able to arrange for these transport links. They will be a central point for East Cheshire Community Transport.

“Many of our residents will benefit from this service, helping to further support their independence.”

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Call for more foster carers and adoptive parents in South Cheshire

Crewe Chronicle

A FILM designed to inspire future foster carers and adoptive parents to step forward is making its debut in Crewe next month.

The 20 minute film, commissioned by Cheshire East Council, recounts the moving experiences of individuals and couples who have opened up their homes to young people in need.

Crewe and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson will be a special guest at the event, when he will talk candidly about how his own parents became foster carers when he was just a child.

Other VIP guests will include Cheshire East Council’s chief executive Erika Wenzel, Cheshire East Mayor Roger West, Cabinet member with responsibility for children and family services Councillor Hilda Gaddum, regional director of British Association for Adoption and Fostering Erika Amende and regional director of Fostering Network Helen Clarke.

Cllr Gaddum said: “Many young people in local authority care are in desperate need of a good home. Adults who can provide either a foster carer home or a permanent adoptive home are in short supply. If you think you can offer stability, love and fun to a young person, I would urge you to get in touch with us.

“Fostering is often a temporary arrangement and many children and young people return to their own families.

“It can be done on a full or part-time basis and ranges from short-break care to a few months or even a long-term basis.

“Adoption is a permanent arrangement, whereby a court transfers all powers of parental responsibility to the individual or couple.”

She said becoming an adoptive parent or a foster carer is not a decision to be taken lightly – but the rewards can be immense.

Latest figures for Cheshire East show there are 456 foster children. Of those, 231 are with foster carers and the remainder are under local authority care in a range of settings.

Every year Cheshire East Council needs to recruit 20 foster carer households and up to 20 adoptive households. There are currently 39 children waiting to be adopted.

Anyone over the age of 21 can be considered either as a potential foster carer or adoptive parent and there is no upper age limit. There is a requirement, however, that potential carers or parents have the living space to give a child or young person their own bedroom.

For further information about becoming a foster carer or adoptive parent please fill in an enquiry form or, alternatively, call Cheshire East Council’s fostering and adoption hotline for more information on 0300 123 3223 or email fostering@cheshireeast.gov.uk

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Crewe Pupil Alice's Charity Mission

Crewe & Nantwich Guardian
KING’S Grove School in Crewe has staged a fundraising event for one its adopted charities.

Pupil Alice Everall Patterson organised a Pink Race to support Cancer Research and the whole school took part in the walk, raised sponsorship and wore something pink as part of the non-uniform day.

The school was supported by South Cheshire College, Cancer Research, Cheshire East Council and King’s Grove Enterprises – pupils who ran stalls to raise money.

Wulvern also supported the event with a team of runners and made a £200 donation to the charity.

Local MP Edward Timpson said: “It was great to see King’s Grove pupils and staff out in force once again.

“Congratulations to Alice for coming up with and driving forward this year’s charity run in aid of Cancer Research.”

Carol Jones, asistant head teacher at the school, said “We would like to thank all the supporters and parents for their generosity and help.

“The total amount raised was £1784.60 – a tremendous amount.”

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A fresh start for Cheshire East Council’s highways service

back l-r Cllr. Rod Menlove, David Lee Chairman of Ringway Jacobs,Cllr. Wesley Fitzgerald and Kevin Melling  of CEC. Front l-r John Nicholson and Erika Wenzel

Cheshire East Council has unveiled its new fully-integrated approach to servicing the area’s highways.

An improved fleet of gritting vehicles, roadwork updates via Twitter and savings of more than £1 million a year are just part of what can be expected.

This is thanks to a partnership with a new highways service provider.

Ringway Jacobs will take over the running of the highways service, which will see Cheshire East staff integrated with staff from the former provider BAM Nuttall Ltd, on October 6, 2011.

Cheshire East Council will oversee the running of the service.

The service will be expected to fulfil a number of priorities including pothole repairs, highways management, gritting, street lights and general highway maintenance.

In acquiring the contract, Ringway Jacobs had to demonstrate how they could provide an efficient, improved service at a local level, whilst making financial savings.

As part of the new, improved way of working, a greater proportion of the highways service budget will be concentrated on repairing roads.

In addition to this, the public will soon be able to access a new ‘Service Information Centre’ on the Cheshire East Council website (www.cheshireeast.gov.uk) where you will be able to access a range of services, including tracking gritting vehicles, live.

Social-networking site, Twitter, will also be used to update drivers on disruption to routes because of weather, roadworks and general highways information.

Cheshire East Councillor Rod Menlove, Cabinet member with responsibility for environmental services, said: “This is an exciting time for Cheshire East Council’s highways service. We have a brand new partnership with a forward-thinking provider who is going to improve the service and make much-needed savings.

“The new partnership was brought about via an extensive procurement period, undertaken openly and swiftly. Our focus is on providing an efficient service which meets the demands of our residents – I am pleased to say Ringway Jacobs shares this vision.”

Bill Taylor, Managing Director for Ringway Jacobs, said: “We have spent four months preparing to hit the ground running on day one, including building a new modern depot and offices in Congleton.

“It is our intention to work openly in partnership with the council to deliver quali