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Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Who is the hypocrite now Cllr. Jones?

The Leader of Cheshire East Council, Cllr Jones, is quick to accuse others of hypocracy but he should examine his own record. He has gone around the Borough telling public meetings that he would protect their green belt and green gaps from development. Lo and behold what happened then was that Cllr.Jone's own planning officers were recommending that housing development should take place in the very same green belt and green gaps. In my own ward, in Willaston, two housing applications in the green gap and open countryside were recommended for approval and were duly granted permission by the Strategic Planning Board of the Council, despite the assurances of Cllr. Jones that that would not happen.

The good people of Cheshire East feel totally let down and betrayed by Cllr. Jones and his endless broken promises. Who is the hypocrite now Cllr. Jones?

Yours sincerely,

Brian Silvester
Cllr Brian Silvester BA (Hons) (Photo attached)

Willaston and Rope Ward UKIP Councillor

Cheshire East Council

11 Rimsdale Close

Rope,Crewe

CW2 6RS

Tel/fax 01270 567757

Twitter @CllrBSilvester

Facebook Cllr Brian Silvester

Council recommends refusal of appeal for 880 houses at Gresty Oaks

 

Willaston and Rope Ward UKIP Councillor Brian Silvester has welcomed the news that Cheshire East Council (CEC) recommends refusal of the appeal for 880 houses at Gresty Oaks, Rope in his ward. (See link below)

He said," I opposed the proposed Gresty Oaks development of 880 houses on land bounded by Crewe Road, Rope Lane, Gresty Lane and the A500, mainly in the Parish of Rope in my Ward, which will now be decided by appeal because Cheshire East Council failed to determine it in the required time.

This is an application for a very large number of houses indeed. If it was passed it would go some way towards doubling the population of  the Rope Parish which is simply unacceptable. It would virtually destroy the Green Gap and the beautiful open countryside between Rope and Shavington and would be the latest step towards  joining Crewe up with its surrounding villages. Most  people are aware of the ugly urban sprawl in places like Stoke on Trent and we do not want that on our doorstep.

Rope Lane is the main route to Shavington High School and Crewe Road is the main route into Crewe. Both roads are congested and dangerous now at peak times. To have an additional 1600  cars  a day added to the traffic movements can only lead to horrendous highway congestion and add to the accident and pollution problems. The water courses in the area already flood when there is substantial rain  and a development of this size will only make that problem worse. The farmland involved is of high quality and should not be used for housing.  The developers are promising infrastructure investment to serve the proposed huge increase in the population of  Rope. Unfortunately, we know from experience in Crewe and Nantwich, that community facilities promised often don't materialise until years after the houses have been occupied, if at all.

In summary there are good planning reasons to refuse this appeaI. I strongly feel that applications like this should be refused. It is huge in size, it would overpower the existing village, it is detrimental to the open countryside, it impinges massively on the green gap between our towns and is unsustainable.

Cllr Brian Silvester BA (Hons)  (Photo attached)

Willaston and Rope Ward UKIP Councillor

Cheshire East Council

11 Rimsdale Close

Rope,Crewe

CW2 6RS

Tel/fax 01270 567757

Twitter @CllrBSilvester

The Cat Community Radio Station

The Cat Community Radio Station are proud and excited to announce that we have been successful in our application for an FM license. Ofcom have today confirmed The Cat’s bid a success, allowing the station to broadcast on FM for a length of five years.


The Crewe and Nantwich Community Radio Station have broadcast via various media for 20 years, forming as ‘The Cat’ in January 2008. During this time, The Cat has built strong links with the local community through training opportunities, offering cost effective advertising and providing a large selection of music and speech broadcasting. The Cat is looking forward to strengthening links with the local community, as the FM broadcast takes shape.
Chairman Chris Radford said: “I am absolutely delighted with OfCom's announcement today. Our FM licence will allow The Cat to reach a far wider audience, whilst continuing to serve and entertain our local community and beyond”


Paul Simpson, member of the station for 20 years, said: “This has been a long wait, not just for the community of Crewe and Nantwich, but for all of the dedicated volunteers that have worked on community radio in the area over the last 21 years. We have an amazing history in our area from Youth FM, YFM Witch Fm to The Cat. It has been a long wait so a big Thank You to all of the volunteers and the community that have, and continue to support us. After all, it’s Your Station for Your Community!”
Further details regarding a launch date will be issued shortly. If you want to get involved as a volunteer for The Cat Community Radio Station, we welcome your support by contacting office@thisisthecat.com

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

New junior reporter Robbie


A junior reported Robbie has found some sites about safety on the internet 
should be of interest to parents and children 

Here are some of the sites Robbie be using in his paper that he asked 
me to pass along to you:
FBI: Internet Safety Tips for Kids
http://www.fbi.gov/fun-games/kids/kids-safety

An Interactive Guide to Staying Safe on the Internet
http://www.opencolleges.edu.au/informed/cyber-safety/#cyber
Cyber Safety: Top 10 Tips for Youth

Internet Safety for Kids: 17 Tips from Cyber Safety Experts
http://safesoundfamily.com/blog/internet-safety-tips-for-kids/

Parent Guide: Talk With Your Kids about Internet Safety
http://www.onguardonline.gov/articles/0006-talk-your-kids 
Parent's Guide to Finding Safe Online Communities for Kids

Cheshire set to save a big slice of up to £1m a year with new communications network deal

 

Public services across Cheshire and Merseyside are set to benefit from big cost savings following the award of the contract for a new regional communications infrastructure ‘backbone’.

The savings are expected to reach up to £1m each year, split between 13 public service bodies.

In Cheshire, the two Councils have a combined annual spend of around £2m on shared communication networks.

The new Public Services Network for Cheshire and Merseyside involves 13 core partners, including councils, police, health and fire and rescue services, providing a major opportunity for the region to develop innovative new ways of working within and between public service organisations. 

It will also allow much greater collaborative working, service transformation and shared use of buildings. The new network will provide a welcome financial boost for Council Tax payers, which will ensure more resources are available to invest in frontline services.

The new network will be the catalyst for greater collaboration and reduced wasteful duplication of resources. By pooling information and communications infrastructure –– significant savings will be made, while ensuring appropriate levels of security, resilience and flexibility are maintained.

Following a comprehensive procurement process, Updata Infrastructure UK has been chosen to provide the necessary ‘root and branch’ network deployment, which will include high-speed fibre-optic broadband and link hundreds of public sector buildings across the region.

Speaking on behalf of Cheshire and Merseyside Public Services Network project partners, Councillor David Brown, Deputy Leader of Cheshire East Council said: “The award of the contract for our regional public services network marks a significant step towards the continued transformation of public services in Cheshire and Merseyside.

“This will enable us all to reduce costs and wasteful duplication while, at the same time, open up new ways of working more efficiently and collaboratively.” 

Councillor Mike Jones, Leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council, said “CWaC sees PSN as a key building block in the next phase of public sector transformation and the closer working ties between the Council and its partners.”

Vic Baldorino, co-founder and sales director of Updata, said of the contract award: “The project partners placed a significant value on collaboration and innovation during the process, values which we share, and which are reflected in the solution. We look forward to working with them to realise their ambitions for the network and wider Council initiatives throughout the coming years.”

Sarah Hurrell, PSN senior responsible officer at the Cabinet Office, said: “The PSN frameworks are delivering on their promise to drive savings and efficiencies. For CMPSN and its partners this is about getting more for less: providing better services at a significantly reduced cost and we look forward to supporting them as they transition to PSN.”  

Other public sector, voluntary and social housing providers will also have the opportunity to make use of the network and share the benefits once operational by April, 2015.

Sunday, 23 February 2014

The Spring League of the Slazenger South & Mid Cheshire Tennis League

The attached photo shows members of the League: l-r - John White (Wistaston) - Marion Doe (Congleton) - Dave Clarke (League Chairman) - Shirley Rogers (Vice Chairman).

l-r - John White - Marion Doe - Dave Clarke - Shirley Rogers

Reporter  Jonathan White, Wistaston

The Spring League of the Slazenger South & Mid Cheshire Tennis League, organised by Chris Raiswell from Wistaston Jubilee Tennis Club, is well underway with each team having played at least one match. Local teams participating include Audlem, Hightown, Nantwich, Wistaston and Wrenbury. The top team and bottom team in each division will be promoted or relegated respectively, which will form the Winter League later in 2014. Fixtures, results and tables are updated during the year via the League website: http://www.smctennis.co.uk

The 68th Annual General Meeting of the Slazenger South & Mid Cheshire Tennis League took place on Thursday 13th February 2014 at the Holmes Chapel Victoria Club. Twenty-seven people attended, representing thirteen clubs participating in the League. The meeting recognised the work of John White, from Wistaston Jubilee Tennis Club, who retired as League Secretary after forty years as an officer. He was made a Vice President of the League as a token of the League's esteem.

The Summer League of the Slazenger South & Mid Cheshire Tennis League will start on Tuesday 22nd April 2014.

The presentation of trophies will take place at Cuddington Tennis Club on Sunday 14th September 2014.

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Firearm discharged in Crewe

At 10.30pm on Thursday 20th February police received reports of a man discharging a firearm at an address in Smith Grove in Crewe.
The man discharged a firearm towards the address and fled from the scene on foot. No-one was injured as a result of the incident.
Firearms officers attended and made an extensive search of the area. A 35-year-old man was arrested nearby in connection with the incident – he remains in custody at this time.
Chief Inspector Paul Carroll said: “An investigation is underway to establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident and enquiries are continuing.
“We take any incidents of this nature extremely seriously and are doing all we can to trace those responsible. Officers have been out and about in the area today carrying out house-to-house enquiries and speaking to local people offering reassurance.
“Anyone with any concerns − or any information, which could assist with our enquiries − is urged to speak to a local officer."
Anyone with any information is urged to call Cheshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 990 of 20th February or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Cheshire Walking’ is looking for new members

 

ReporterJonathan White, Wistaston

Cheshire Walking group – recent Sandstone Trail section walk

‘Cheshire Walking’ is looking for new members. The group aims to cater for all fitness levels with some of the walks short and based in Nantwich, whilst other walks are longer and further afield. A recent walk took the group along a section of the Sandstone Trail at Bulkeley Hill and Rawhead. To join please sign up at their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/121291244651866/

Council tax may be waived for foster carers

 

Foster carers may be exempted from paying council tax, in a bold new initiative being considered by Cheshire East Council.

The proposal is part of a concerted move to help incentivise the recruitment of new foster carers and offer practical support for the 150 households already providing foster care across the borough.

The children’s services team is looking to recruit an additional 25 households over the next year, helping ensure that local children in the borough who need foster care can remain at their local school.

The idea of a council tax exemption builds on a number of successful initiatives the council has taken in recent years, including a ‘capacity scheme’ which enables carers to apply for grants and loans to adapt/extend their properties if they wish to foster more children.

In addition, Cheshire East is close to agreeing a new collaborative approach to foster care with four neighbouring councils (Stockport, Tameside and Trafford) which will build upon the successful Four4Adoption model which has resulted in a successful increase in the number of adoptions in the borough.

Councillor Rachel Bailey, Cheshire East Council’s cabinet member for children and families, explained: “Providing a foster home for a child or young person is a wonderfully fulfilling thing to do.

“Foster carers make a massive contribution to society and we are keen to provide all the support and incentives we can to ensure that we have enough to cater for the children who need them.

“We have been listening to foster carers to see what else we can do to support them in their vital work. The idea of a council tax exemption is being looked at by a number of other councils and is just one of the common sense ways to offer practical support that we’re currently exploring.”

Looking after someone else’s child?

 

A major campaign is being launched in Cheshire East to increase awareness of ‘private fostering’.

Carers, parents and workers in the health and education sectors in Cheshire are being urged to help Cheshire East Council ensure the safety and well-being of children and young people by letting the council know about any children who are being cared for by someone who is not a close relative.

The promotion is linked to a national campaign called ‘Somebody Else's Child’, which is run by the British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF), and aims to raise awareness of private fostering. The campaign runs from February 24 to the 28th, 2014.

Private fostering occurs when a child under 16 (if disabled, under 18) is looked after for 28 days or more by an adult who is not a close relative, by private arrangement between parent and carer. Close relatives are parents, step-parents, aunts, uncles and grandparents.

It is estimated there are 10,000 children in England and Wales who are not living with a direct relative. Children and Families Services have a legal requirement to ensure these children’s welfare is being safeguarded and to check on the suitability of the adults looking after them.

Cheshire East Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Families, Councillor Rachel Bailey said: “The campaign is about making parents and private foster carers aware of the support and specialist services the council can offer them.

“The problem is that by definition, the council doesn’t necessarily know about private arrangements, which means we can’t do our job properly in terms of safeguarding children. We want to work with families in private fostering arrangements and those considering doing so, to let them know how we can help and also make sure they understand what their obligations are.”

If you are privately fostering or your child is privately fostered for 28 days or more, you should let the Children and Families Service know immediately by contacting 0300 123 50112. Failure to do so is not only an offence but could put the child’s safety at risk. People who are private fostering can receive advice and support, and if you have not notified your local authority, you could be missing out.

More information can be found on the Cheshire East Council website at www.cheshireeast.gov.uk

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Waste Volunteers Needed

 

Cheshire East Council is hoping to recruit a team of waste volunteers to help create a cleaner and greener environment.

The Waste Reduction Volunteer Project is holding a training session on Saturday, March 22 at Tatton Park and everyone is welcome to attend.

The training is free, lunch will be provided and there will also be a tour of Tatton gardens with the estate’s very own gardener.

Cheshire East Council has an ever-growing team of Waste Reduction Volunteers (WRVs), who educate the public about how they can reduce their food waste and create compost for the garden.

The type of events the team get involved in range from family fun days, festivals and community fairs, to delivering workshops in schools and youth groups.

No previous experience is necessary, full training is provided and travel expenses will be reimbursed.

The WRV scheme is a project run by Cheshire West and Chester and Cheshire East Councils and Keep Britain Tidy.

For more information please contact Holly Jaskolka at: holly.jaskolka@keepbritaintidy.org or call 01270 686094/ 07739598396.

Or sign up by visiting: www.cheshireast.gov.uk/recycling. Register your interest by Friday, March 7.

The abandonment of dredging raises concerns about flooding in Cheshire East

 

Willaston and Rope Ward UKIP Councillor Brian Silvester has found out that none of the rivers in Cheshire East (CE) have ever been dredged by the Environment Agency or the Council and only one, Valley Brook in Crewe,has been de-silted.(See below)

He said," I was shocked  to receive this news.Parts of the Borough, like Nantwich, has flooded in the past and far more needs to be done if we are to properly protect our  residents and businesses from the horror of being flooded. The  current floods in the south of England are the direct result of a deliberate policy created by environmental activists within the EU who put wildlife before humans. These EU green diktats - such as the Water Framework Directive and the Habitats Directive - are the reason why, for example, the Environment Agency decided to abandon the longstanding practice of dredging  and thus allowing areas to flood.

At least as damaging as the EU's environmental directives are its policies regarding waste disposal, as introduced to UK law under the Waste Management Regulation of 1994. Where before, the silt dredged from our rivers could be freely dispersed on farmland as fertiliser, it must now be disposed of at great expense in licensed waste dumps.

We have got to stop being dictated to by the EU and we have got to stop always putting the interests of wildlife before the interest of the residents who live and work in the area. Most people agree that it is sensible to dredge rivers to prevent flooding and the Government should be ordering the Environment Agency and principal Councils like CE to get on and do it  before Cheshire East is hit by a flooding nightmare  like the Somerset Levels and the Thames Valley."

Cllr Brian Silvester BA (Hons)

UWillaston and Rope Ward UKIP Councillor

Cheshire East Council

11 Rimsdale Close

Rope,Crewe

CW2 6RS

Tel/fax 01270 567757

Twitter @CllrBSilvester

Facebook Cllr Brian Silvester

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

A Ukulele Concert in aid of Wistaston Rose Queen

A Ukulele Concert in aid of Wistaston Rose Queen Naomi Barker’s chosen charity - Alder Hey Children's Charity - takes place on Saturday 8th March 2014 at St Mary's Church Hall, Church Lane, Wistaston. Doors open at 6.30pm and the band start at 7pm. Popular Liverpool band ‘Ukebox’ are the main attraction and will be playing an eclectic range of music for all tastes. The Concert will be followed by a short disco. There will be a Licensed Bar. Tickets = £5 for all ages. Tickets are available from St Mary’s Church Office or Frances and Howard Barker. 01270 627244.

Ukebox

Monday, 17 February 2014

PUBLIC SUPPORT GROWS FOR SAFETY REVIEW OF THE BUSY A534 CREWE/NANTWICH ROAD

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Cheshire East’s Wistaston Ward Councillors Margaret Simon and Jacquie Weatherill are delighted that Crewe and Nantwich residents are getting behind their call for a safety review of the section of the A534 Crewe/Nantwich Road which runs through their Ward.  Since the Chronicle article a couple of weeks ago even more local residents have been contacting them expressing their support and adding to the list of concerns.

Cllr Simon says;

“We have obviously struck a chord with Crewe Road residents and also with people who use it each day.  More of them have been in touch including parents who walk along it taking their children to the local schools.  One parent sent me photographs of damage that had taken place at the junction of Holly Place with Crewe Road.  Barriers had been erected by the damage and they were subsequently hit and moved by another vehicle.

Crewe and District Sustainable Transport group ACT have also contacted me and have given this statement;

It’s time that the speed limit was reduced, safe crossings installed at the Peacock roundabout and other junctions, and a restriction put on through traffic.  Part of the

rationale for spending £millions on building the Shavington by-pass was to reduce

traffic through the area.  Yet, like many other schemes, a purpose-built highway was constructed, but the old road (A534) was not downgraded.  It remains a wide and fast road running through a major residential area.

At a time when Cheshire East Council are calling for more people to walk/cycle short distances, we believe it’s time for them to move from car centric solutions to making residential areas safer and healthier for the community.  Let’s give the roads back to the people.

Jacquie and I are grateful to everyone for their support, we will endeavour to keep them informed as the review progresses.”

Cllr Jacquie Weatherill says;

“It’s very encouraging that people have been in touch with us, the information that they give to us all helps to build up a picture of what has been happening along Crewe Road, Wistaston and Willaston over the last few years.  I would ask that other residents also get in touch to keep us informed.  If they have information, dates of incidents and photographs of damage to their property it would be very useful if they could share it all with us.

A Cheshire East Highways officer has recently confirmed to Cllrs Simon and Weatherill that the Route Management Study will be carried out in the 2014/15 programme, as a priority,  including an open engagement event and then progression of the review.

Best regards

Margaret

Margaret Simon

Cheshire East Councillor for Wistaston Ward

Telephone: 01270 651582

Mobile: 07894 478768

email: margaret.simon@cheshireeast.gov.uk

Residents asked to make their views known about planning appeal for 170 houses

 

I refer to the planning application for 170 houses  on land bounded by Moorfields and Wistaston Road, Willaston. I am very disappointed that the Cheshire East Council (CEC) have not decided this application in the required time. This has happened several time recently and is not acceptable. It is now going to be decided by appeal in Bristol. The application will still come to the Strategic Planning Board, for them to decide if they are to oppose the appeal. Assuming the Council  eventually opposes the application, the public inquiry into it would probably be in the late summer or the autumn. It would  have been far better if the decision had been made by CEC Councillors who know the area rather than a  distant and remote Inspector who do not know the area.

Residents who  want to make representations on the appeal  need to write, by the deadline of March 17th, to :-

Nicholas Patch
Planning Inspectorate
Appeals Administration
3/06 Temple Quay House
2 The Square, Temple Quay
Bristol, BS1 6PN
Tel. 030 344 45479
Email: teamp7@pins.gsi.gov.uk Ref no APP/R0660/A/14/2211721

The application,if passed, would have a significant detrimental impact on the open countryside and the Green Gap. Also the  application is unsustainable for a variety of reasons. Roads in Willaston are congested and dangerous now at peak times. Parking is already a nightmare for many Willaston residents, particularly in the Wistaston Road area. Recently some buses to divert from the centre of the village because the congestion is so bad they cannot get through with the bus. To have over 340 more cars a day added to the traffic movements can only lead to further highway congestion, more parking problems,add to the accident numbers and the pollution concerns. The local Primary School is already over subscribed and can’t take any more children. There is already a flooding problem across the village after heavy rain and this further development will add to the pressure on the capacity of the sewers. The nearest Secondary School and Health Centre are not within a safe walking distance because the road leading to them, is a narrow country lane which is unlit and there are no public footpaths.

In summary there are good planning reasons to reject this application even though there is not  an Adopted Local Plan in place. I strongly feel that the application should be refused because it is detrimental to the open countryside, impinges on the green gaps between our towns and is unsustainable.

Yours sincerely

Brian Silvester  (Photo attached)
Cllr Brian Silvester BA (Hons)

Willaston and Rope Ward UKIP Councillor

Cheshire East Council

Tel/fax 01270 567757

Twitter @CllrBSilvester

Roadwork permit scheme aims to reduce congestion

 

Utility companies will have to apply for permission before carrying out work on Cheshire East’s roads, under plans being proposed by the council. 

Formal consultation is now taking place on a permit scheme, which will mean any utility company planning to undertake repairs will need to apply for a permit before work can start. 

The aim of the new scheme is to ensure that any repairs made to Cheshire East’s roads are to the highest possible standard, as well as giving residents and Cheshire East Council more control over when potentially disruptive road works will take place. 

At the moment if a utility company wants to carry out work on a road in Cheshire East, it just has to notify Cheshire East Council of the work rather than asking for permission.  Under the new scheme, a company will have to apply for permission to access the road before it starts the work. 

Other than emergency work, where a company would have to apply for a permit within two hours of the work starting, Cheshire East Council will then grant, refuse or tailor the application. 

Attached to the permit will also be a list of specific conditions, which would be jointly agreed with the utility companies and used to amend the works to cause less disruption to road users. 

A public notice has been published and the consultation runs from February 3,  2014 to March 14, 2014. 

More information about the proposal can be found at www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/streetworkspermit where your comments can be made.

Councillor David Topping, Cheshire East’s cabinet member for environment, said: “While we appreciate that utility companies have to make repairs from time to time, it’s important that the work is done at a consistently high quality and that any disruption is kept to a minimum.  This permit scheme will give us more control over when road works take place, which should help to keep traffic moving as much as possible.”

Friday, 14 February 2014

Residents praised after hurricane winds cause mayhem

 

A night of hurricane winds caused mayhem across Cheshire East – pulling down power lines and leaving thousands of households in darkness.

Wind speeds reaching almost 100mph battered both south and north of the Borough, meaning the Council received an unprecedented number of calls, including reports of more than 200 trees torn down and several buildings damaged – including Crewe Railway Station.

Leader of the Council Michael Jones, who had a power cut in his own ward of Bunbury, praised the spirit of residents.

He said: “We’ve had unprecedented calls and I can only praise staff who worked through the night to make sure that power was reconnected and the vulnerable were cared for – and we are confident that we can make a quick recovery now.

“I’ve been hearing stories of how well people in the Borough have dealt with this in true British spirit, and they should be praised.”

The gusty winds first moved into the Borough yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon and reports of damage started coming through soon after 4pm, the time that the Met Office predicted the severe winds would start.

Cheshire police reported a total of 1,457 calls, 685 of which were 999 calls and 772 non-emergency calls – a 60 per cent increase.

There were 752 weather-related incidents, the majority being trees and cables down causing disruption on the roads and hazards to the public.

Residents were warned to only make essential journeys while the gales were in full force. Cheshire East winter crews were also out gritting the network after freezing conditions began moving in.

Transport:

Teams of highways engineers remained in force to ensure that the road network was kept as clear as possible after the Thelwall viaduct on the M6 was closed during rush hour and beyond, causing major traffic disruption.

Although today the majority of the road network is now open, including the Thelwall viaduct,  the principal road network remains clear and passable care.

In total, Cheshire East Council’s emergency teams have received a total of 300 plus calls from concerned members of the public reporting blocked roads with fallen trees.

Four further roads remain closed: Cliff Road, Wilmslow Marton Lane, Gawsworth Foden Lane, Warford, Sandy Lane/Whirley Lane, Whirley.

Early on there was a joint tactical coordination centre set up with Police HQ in Winsford to ensure an integrated public safety strategy.

Although en-route to clear up fallen trees, crews were coming across unreported trees down, making the situation even harder to cope as congestion was also a problem.

Gritting across the network began around 7pm in readiness for predicted icy conditions and continued into the early hours of this morning.

Crewe Railway Station was evacuated after damage to the roof and 500 people were evacuated to a nearby hotel. Rail networks are now normal after the disruption.

Buildings :

There were reports of structural damage to chimneys, roof tiles and the gable end of house in West Street, Crewe. Cheshire East Council is currently assessing its safety.

A block of 16 flats on Percyvale Street, in Macclesfield, had damage to the roof causing the evacuation of all residents to a local public house.  Cheshire East Council’s building control teams are currently assessing.

The registered landlord, Equity Housing, put up three families in a bed and breakfast last night.  All other residents were allowed to return to their homes.

Power:

Pockets of power blackouts were reported with 12,000 Scottish Power customers across the Cheshire area without power (Summerford and Knutsford impacted).

There were also 500 Electricity North West customers in Macclesfield without power. Power companies will continue to restore supplies as quickly as possible and are prioritising the most vulnerable people.

A power failure in Knutsford has meant Tatton Park will remain closed today (February 13) due to yesterday’s severe weather. A tree within the park brought down power lines. Scottish Power has assessed the damage and hopes to have power restored by this afternoon.

Traffic lights out:

We currently have nine traffic signal junctions out of action due to power failures. Cheshire East signals teams are out trying to restore services with the help of power companies. We have a couple of junctions with temporary lights in operation until the power is restored. These are:

A537 Chelford Road/Bollington Lane, Monks Heath

A34 Congleton Road/ Astrazeneca Southern Entrance, Months Heath

A34 Congleton Road/Bollington Lane, Monks Heath

A34 Congleton Road/A537 Chelford Road, Monks Heath – temporary lights

A51 Burford Cross Roads, Acton – Temporary lights in operation

A530 Baddington Lane Bridge, Whitchurch Road, Nantwich – temporary lights in operation

Flag Lane/Wistaston Road, Crewe

Crewe Green Link Road Roundabout

Sydney Road/Hungerford Road, Crewe

Today the clean-up operation continues and Cheshire East Highways safety inspectors will be out in force reviewing the network.

Meanwhile, the Met Office is predicting calmer conditions across the North West today, although winds will increase along coastal fringes by early evening.  A yellow warning is likely to be issued in relation to snowfall at higher ground levels.

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Scam warning

 

Police are warning Cheshire residents not to fall victim to phone fraudsters claiming to be from a bank or posing as police officers.

Cheshire Police are aware of several incidents in Lymm, Knutsford and Warrington relating offenders phoning elderly people and telling them their bank cards had been compromised and needed to be cancelled.

They advised the victim to hang up and ring the bank or police back to ensure the call is genuine. The offender stays on the line, sometimes passing the call to another person so the caller thinks they are genuine.

They then tell the victim that a courier will pick up the cards and that there will be a charge for this. The cards are then picked up from the victim′s address and used by the offenders to steal money from their account.

PC James Read said:

Not only do they take money from your account; they charge you a fee for the privilege.

Don′t be afraid to put the phone down on someone if you are unsure about handing over details.

Banks never call and ask for your four-digit card Pin or ask you to withdraw money to hand over to them or transfer money to another account.

Never assume a caller is genuine just because they hold some information about you. Criminals may already have some basic information, such as a name, address and account details to try to make the call appear legitimate.

Always be wary of cold callers who suggest you hang up the phone and call them back.

Remember that it takes two people to terminate a call so try and use a different phone line if you are asked to ring back. If you think you′ve already been a victim of this scam, contact your bank or card company immediately.

Message from Inspector Christian Watkins

I am pleased to report that as we have entered 2014, crime continues to fall in the Crewe area, particularly in respect of burglary and car crime offences.

The busy New Year period passed without serious incident, and it is pleasing to see that more and more drivers are understanding the dangers and repercussions of drink driving, meaning fewer casualties on our roads. Our officers were out in force, targeting those suspected of drink driving to ensure the safety of other drivers and road users was not compromised.

The high visibility policing presence around our retail centres over Christmas and the January sales proved to be a huge success, with shoplifting offences reduced by 40% on previous years' figures. It also presented local people and visitors to Crewe with a ready opportunity to speak to the 'bobby on the beat' who were providing a reassuring presence around the town centre and Grand Junction areas.

Reducing burglary continues to be a key priority for us, and I continue to urge homeowners to protect their property by adopting basic crime prevention measures, and to report any suspicious activity to police so we can act on the information you provide us with.

Inspector Christian Watkins

Prolific Burglar Arrested

A prolific burglar was snared by Crewe detectives following a crime spree that stretched across the east of Cheshire as far as Crewe, Nantwich, Alsager, Macclesfield and Disley . Peter Clarke, 26 and from Oldham, appeared before Magistrates in Crewe charged with 2 counts of burglary and driving offences. He admitted a further 21 offences of burglary whilst being interviewed by detectives. Clarke has been remanded in custody to await trial later this year.

Car crime warning

As the cold winter nights create problems on our road networks, police are reminding car owners to not only drive safely on icy and frosty roads, but to take extra care when defrosting their cars before leaving home on icy mornings. Opportunist thieves will seize the chance to drive away in a car left ‘defrosting’ with the keys in the ignition. Never leave your car unattended in this way, simply allow a few extra minutes each morning to defrost your car and protect your property from thieves.

Thousands of pounds worth of stolen goods returned

Thousands of pounds worth of cycles have since been returned to their rightful owners following a drugs warrant carried out on Maxwell Street in late November. A number of expensive, custom made cycles worth thousands of pounds were recovered in the raid, and following careful examination and investigation by officers, the owners were traced and the bikes returned, some many months after they were initially reported stolen.

MP’s 147th news bulletin.

Edward Timpson MP

Friday, 7 February 2014

Welcome

Welcome to this, my 147th news bulletin.

I am committed to lowering unemployment and helping people back to work, and I am proud that there are now 1.2 million more people in jobs since the last election.

In Crewe and Nantwich, we’ve seen unemployment fall by a huge 22.5 per cent in the last year, and youth unemployment fall by an even greater 24.1 per cent.

The Work Programme is just one of the Government’s initiatives to achieve this. Unlike the short term focus of previous schemes, the Work Programme is geared towards finding individuals stable work, with extra incentives to support the hardest to help.

I am proud that the Work Programme has so far helped 208,000 jobseekers find lasting work, including 17,560 young people. However, I can assure you that the Government is not complacent, and continues to make improvements to the scheme.

Work Programme providers have improved significantly, but the Government has always been clear that some are lagging behind. That is why the Government began referring more claimants to the better performing providers from August last year.

The Work Programme is having a real impact in helping people back to work, and I am confident that this will increase as the scheme develops, both here in Crewe and Nantwich and across the country.

Edward Timpson

Edward Timpson MP
Member of Parliament for Crewe and Nantwich and Minister of the Year

Please remember, you can always contact me directly if you have any questions for me, or if there is anything I can do to assist you.

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Locally, I have...

On Your Street in Haslington
  • Held one of my popular open 'On Your Street' surgeries, in Haslington (see photo, right), where I spoke to many local residents and local Borough Councillor John Hammond, about lots of issues, including welfare, immigration and local planning concerns.
  • Attended this year's Holly Holy Day re-enactment, 370 years to the day of the Battle of Nantwich, and laid a wreath at the act of commemoration.
  • Met with other Cheshire MPs and the Cabinet of Cheshire East Council, to share with the Council the concerns of Crewe and Nantwich residents and hear more about what the Council is doing to help local people.
  • Attended the launch of "Nantwich Family Films @ 4", the new community cinema project run on Sundays at Nantwich Methodist Church. The next screening is Despicable Me 2, which will be on Sunday February 16 at 4pm.
  • Hosted two of my regular constituency advice surgeries at my office in Crewe. Please get in touch if you need to speak with me about any issue or concern.

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Photo News

Photo - Edward Timpson MP

Edward Timpson voted Minister of the Year

I was humbled to be named "Minister of the Year" at the Dods Parliamentary Awards, last month.  The annual prizegiving is voted on by MPs of all parties, and I received my award from Labour MP Gisela Stuart, for my work on adoption and fostering, inspired by the child protection cases I have worked on in Cheshire.

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Nantwich MP Timpson calls for Muller public inquiry to be switched

Stapeley

Nantwich News: Council chiefs are being urged to move an inquiry into a Nantwich housing plan, which is set to be held 30 miles away in Macclesfield.

Crewe & Nantwich MP Edward Timpson has stepped in to request the inquiry into the Muller Homes application be held in the Nantwich area.

It has emerged that Mr Timpson has written to Cheshire East Council leader Cllr Michael Jones and chief executive Mike Suarez asking for an explanation on the location of the public inquiry. And he has joined residents in calling for it to be switched to a more appropriate location near to the Stapeley site, so residents have a chance to attend.

Muller Homes wants to build a 1,100-home "Nantwich South" village on land between Peter de Stapleigh Way, London Road, has caused uproar among many residents. The company appealed against Cheshire East Council's move to reject the first phase application of 189 homes, business units and an access road. The Planning Inspectorate has ruled an inquiry is to be held on February 18 at Macclesfield Town Hall.

In his letter, Mr Timpson said: "Whilst I do not have a direct role in the town planning process, I have seen a significant and consistent view among my constituents that this development is not sustainable or wanted.

"I have therefore championed that view and you will see correspondence on file from me supporting my constituents' objections.

"Whilst I welcome a public enquiry I am extremely concerned that an event that affects my constituents, and in particular the residents of Stapeley, is being held in Macclesfield.

"In the interest of affording my constituents access to the democratic process, I would be grateful if you would consider relocating the inquiry to this area."

Stapeley campaigner Pat Cullen, who was informed of Mr Timpson's letter to the council, said: "Previous appeals have been held at Macclesfield. Assuming that it's Cheshire East that sets the venue, I think that probably someone who doesn't know the geography of the county thought that because appeals have been held there before, then this one will be there too."

Stapeley Parish Council is holding a public meeting on February 4 at the new community hall from 7.30pm in advance of the public inquiry.

Meanwhile, Cheshire East Leader Cllr Jones claims the authority now has a "robust" 5-year housing land supply plan. Cllr Jones said it signals the council's determination to fight off unplanned, unsustainable and unwanted development. It comes after a number of appeal decisions last year which ruled the council did not demonstrate a five-year supply of housing.

Cllr Jones said: "There are many variables in the calculation of housing land supply but we have been careful to take on board many of the outcomes of the recent planning appeals.

"We have included a five per cent buffer for choice and competition because, historically, Cheshire East has always been a healthy housing market area.

"We hope the current rash of speculative planning applications for housing will now start to ebb away and the development industry will work constructively with us to secure the effective implementation of new Local Plan."

The five-year-housing supply report will go before the council's strategic planning board on February 5. The five-year housing requirement is 8,311 homes (inclusive of a five per cent buffer) and the identified supply is 9,757 homes – equivalent to 5.87 years.

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Cheshire East Council to move Muller Homes Nantwich inquiry to Crewe

Nantwich News: Cheshire East Council chiefs have bowed to pressure and switched a public inquiry into the Muller Homes Stapeley plan from Macclesfield to Crewe. The four-day inquiry, originally scheduled for Macclesfield town hall on February 18, will now take place in Crewe Municipal Buildings.

Cllrs Peter Groves and Andrew Martin, of Nantwich South and Stapeley ward, hailed the decision as a victory for common sense.

Many residents were furious at the idea if staging an inquiry into the controversial “Nantwich South” Muller plans some 30 miles away. It was feared it would deter many residents from attending.

Cllr Groves told Nantwichnews: “We have managed to move original bookings that were in the Municipal Buildings to other venues so we can now use for the public inquiry. There was no where else we could have gone.

“So this is wonderful news. We have been very concerned as Macclesfield is a 50-mile round trip and the travel and cost would have been too much for residents who want to attend this. Now hopefully a lot more people will be able to attend this important inquiry.”

MP Edward Timpson waded into the row last week and called for Council Leader Michael Jones and chief executive Mike Suarez to find an alternative venue nearer to the site.

The appeal is over Muller’s original outline applications for phase one of their planned “Nantwich South” 1,100-home village on land between Peter de Stapleigh Way, Broad Lane and London Road. The applications are for the first 189 homes and an access road off Peter de Stapleigh Way. Muller representative Carl Davey was keen to point out at a public meeting in Stapeley earlier this week that they had nothing to do with where the inquiry was originally scheduled for.

Stapeley Parish Council has earmarked £20,000 to pay for a legal team to fight Muller Homes at the appeal.

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Minister's taste of cafe society on visit: MP invites Iain Duncan Smith to see YMCA

Edward TImpson MP and Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP

Crewe Chronicle: Edward Timpson invited Iain Duncan Smith, Secretary of State for work and Pensions, to visit Crewe's YMCA on Gresty Road. The minister had a tour of the YMCA, including bedrooms, community spaces, and the new cafe that is a social enterprise.

He sat down with current and past residents to discuss how the YMCA has supported them in gaining resilience, stability, confidence, employment, qualifications and, ultimately, transition to independent living.

The minister asked the residents searching questions about what they felt was most effective in helping them turn their lives around, and explained how universal credit will help tailor that individual support needed so they are always better off earning a living.

He said: "It was a pleasure to meet the young people at Crewe YMCA with Edward Timpson, and hear first hand how the support available is helping them turn their lives around. I was extremely encouraged to hear about the excellent work the local staff and volunteers do to support the young people in times of crisis as well as the work to equip them with the right skills to move into the world of work."

Dan R, one of the residents, said of the visit: "It was really good to see that someone from central Government was interested enough to see what the YMCA is doing to improve the lives of young people. Everybody who spoke to him had a different experience of how YMCA Crewe had helped them."

Richard Holmes, development manager of the Crewe YMCA added: "We were delighted to welcome the minister who heard first hand how the activities, programme and positive approach of the Foyer had impacted on their lives. Young people with an experience of homelessness need services that really engage them and bring out their potential. We try to do that at YMCA Crewe in lots of different ways."

Edward Timpson praised the YMCA, saying: "The importance of work underpins all of the government's welfare reforms, especially Universal Credit which will make work pay and change lives as a result.

"Helping people make the right life choices is what we saw in action at Crewe YMCA, and we owe a huge amount of gratitude for all their hard work which helps support some of the most vulnerable in our society."

As a result of this visit and a visit by YMCA residents to Parliament, Mr Timpson will be using the YMCA as a venue for some of his advice surgeries.

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5 ways to contact Edward Timpson

Crewe & Nantwich

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Friday, 7 February 2014

Communities urged to apply for slice of £100,000 pot to refurbish Cheshire East’s war memorials

 

Communities and voluntary organisations are being urged to apply for a slice of £100,000 being provided by Cheshire East to fund the repair and refurbishment of First World War memorials across the Borough.

Council Leader Michael Jones announced the creation of the new £100,000 fund at a meeting of full Council in December.

This year sees the 100th anniversary of the start of the Great War, which shattered Europe and much of the wider world from 1914 to 1918.

Application forms and details of how to apply for a slice of the new funding are now available on Cheshire East Council’s website.

The deadline for the return of application forms is March 28, 2014, and funding is available for the financial year 2014/15 only.  

Individual grants up to £2,500 are available. However, applications for sums over £2,500 but up to a maximum of £10,000 will be considered in exceptional circumstances.

Funding is available for:

● Cleaning (under certain circumstances);

● Improving legibility of inscriptions;

● Like-for-like repairs;

● Professional condition surveys or structural reports by conservation professionals to

inform future repair work;

● Replacement of lost elements integral to the design of the memorial (supported by

historical evidence);

● Addition of names, where they can be sympathetically placed on existing memorials.

Organisations such as town and parish councils, the Royal British Legion, voluntary and community groups and charities will be able to apply directly to the Council for funding.

Councillor Jones said: “I have an immense amount of respect for those who gave their lives for their country in the Great War – as I have for those who erected and maintain memorials to their sacrifice.

“I am delighted that this Council has been able to put forward £100,000 to fund repairs and refurbishment of these important local community monuments – and I would urge local communities and local organisations to get their applications in soon.

“These memorials are important, as we must never be allowed to forget the depth of loss sustained across our Borough – or our debt to previous generations’ self sacrifice to duty and the country and communities they loved.”

The First World War saw the deaths of an estimated 17 million combatants and civilians with around a further 20 million wounded.

War memorials sprang up in towns and villages across Cheshire East and the whole of Britain and beyond as a way to commemorate the sacrifice of combatants for their communities and country.

For more information about applying for this funding for war memorial repairs, visit the Council’s website at www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/warmemorials or contact the Council’s partnership support manager, Tina Jones, on 01270 685811.

Grab your chance to find out more about the benefits of fibre broadband

 

Now is your chance to find out more about the benefits of high-speed fibre broadband coming to Cheshire

Connecting Cheshire will be rolling out high-speed fibre broadband to more than 80,000 premises over the next 18 months.

To help explain how the much anticipated roll-out will be delivered a drop-in briefing event is being held on:

February 19, at Wrenbury Village Hall, Cholmondley Road, Wrenbury CW5 8HG,

any time between 4pm and 8pm.

People can find out how more about the arrival of fibre broadband and see how everyone can benefit from switching to high-speed broadband for home or business use.

Experts from BT Openreach will be on hand to explain the technical and logistical challenges, plus there will be information and maps showing where and when the new services will be arriving. Information on the free superfast business support programme will also be available.

Councillor David Brown, Deputy Leader of Cheshire East Council, on behalf of the Connecting Cheshire Partnership said: “I urge everyone to attend this event to learn more about the benefits of faster broadband, which will transform how we work, how we learn, how we communicate with friends or family and how we entertain ourselves.

“The digital age is with us – so let’s exploit it.”

The telephone exchange covering Aston, Wrenbury, Newhall, and Sound will be among the first to benefit from upgrades to fibre from the end of March onwards. This will be followed by exchanges covering parts of Audlem, Wychwood Park, Hough, Stapeley, Crewe Green, Barthomley, Wistaston, Acton and Wybunbury later in the year.

For more information on Connecting Cheshire and proposed fibre coverage visit:

www.connectingcheshire.org.uk

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Fire and Rescue News

 

Welcome to the February edition of the Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service e-Newsletter

Date: Tuesday, February 04, 2014                                             


National Sprinkler Week

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service is supporting the very first National Sprinkler Week from 3rd - 9th February. The aim of Fire Sprinkler Week is to widen awareness of the safety benefits of sprinklers in preventing loss and improving fire safety in businesses and homes across the UK.
Did you know that sprinklers are the equivalent to having a firefighter ready and waiting in every room of your home or business?
Smoke alarms can warn of a fire, while sprinklers control the fire or even extinguish it completely.

Find out more information about National Sprinkler Week

Press release - Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service supports National Sprinkler Week campaign


Recruitment of on-call firefighters in Stockton Heath

We are looking for enthusiastic and willing people to work as on-call firefighters at Stockton Heath Fire Station in Warrington. We want to meet people who are enthusiastic and willing to work in a team environment and who would like to earn an additional income of around £5000 each year.

Anyone who is interested in finding out more about the on-call firefighter roles is welcome to attend an open day that is being held on Stockton Heath Fire Station on Wednesday 12 February from 1400 to 1600 to find out what being an on-call firefighter is all about.

Find out more about becoming an on-call firefighter in Stockton Heath

Find out about the role of an on-call firefighter


Stonewall Top 100

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service has been honoured twice by Stonewall this year. The Service made it into the top quarter of Stonewall’s annual top 100 list of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual (LBGT) friendly employers and Chief Fire Officer Paul Hancock was presented with Stonewall’s North West Senior Champion award.

You can read more about how we are championing inclusive workplace culture on our website:

Read our press release - The star-performing organisation changing perceptions of fire service

Read our press release - Star performing Service has star performing Chief


Valentine's Day safety advice

We are urging members of the public to stay safe in the home on Valentine's Day by following a few simple fire safety tips.

If you are planning a romantic candle-lit meal on Valentine’s Day be aware of the dangers of naked flames.

Read our Valentine's Day safety advice


National Chip Week

Reduce the chance of having a fire in your home, by throwing away your chip pan during National Chip Week (17th Feb - 23rd Feb).

Please do not use traditional chip pans, because they can cause fatal fires. There are other options for cooking chips which will keep you and your family safer. Please opt for an alternative to chip pans.

Find out more about National Chip Week


Two households saved by the bell after kitchen fires

Smoke alarms have helped to protect lives and property in two separate incidents, both involving fires in kitchens overnight between 23rd and 24th January.

One incident happened in Norley, with the second in Warrington.

Find out more about the two households that were saved by the bell after kitchen fires


Crewe Fire Cadets looking for new recruits

Crewe Fire Station is looking for young people to become Fire Cadets and is inviting anyone between the ages of 12 and 16 years of age to join.

We are keen to recruit young people to take part in this rewarding training scheme, which will not only be fun and enjoyable but will also give them the chance to learn new personal and social skills and potentially obtain a professional qualification.

Find out more about the fire cadet scheme in Crewe

Cheshire East is ‘putting youth first’

 

The number of young people across Cheshire East classed as ‘Not in Education, Employment or Training’ fell by 34% last year – the largest fall of any borough across the North West.

Data from the Department for Education show that just 3.7% of 16-18 year-olds in the borough are ‘NEETs’  compared to 5.6% across the region as a whole.

Welcoming the figures, Cheshire East Council Leader, Michael Jones, said: “I’m extremely proud that the number of NEETs across Cheshire East has fallen by such a large margin. This shows that the national economic recovery is on the right track, with businesses growing in confidence and creating jobs and opportunities for our young people.”

He added: “What is also clear is that the council’s focus on jobs, investment and skills is helping to set the right framework locally. We are committed to driving growth, encouraging investment and supporting innovation. From the hi-tech bio-sciences jobs that are coming into Alderley Park, right the way through to our exciting plans for a new hub rail station at Crewe, the council is working flat out to support jobs and prosperity in Cheshire East.”

Cllr Jones added: “However, one child is too much and we are not complacent and we will work to help all young adults to succeed.”

The dramatic fall in the number of NEETs reflects the innovative ways in which the Youth Support Service has been reorganised into small, focused, agile, geographical teams, with the focus on understanding the individual needs of young people. 

The approach includes developing new flexible working practices in order to better support young people, including detached teams out on the streets at night, offering targeted provision to engage and motivate our young people.

The approach is a move away from them being seen as ‘numbers’ to individuals with clear actions for each young person.

Councillor Rachel Bailey, Cabinet Member for Children and families, explained:  “We know that it can sometimes be hard for young people to find the right direction when they leave school which can lead them to end up feeling lost and frustrated, hence they end up not in education, employment or training.

“Our approach has been to identify the barriers that stand in the way of young people and find practical ways of overcoming them.

“Our teams assess young people’s individual needs, which might include help with mock job interviews or assisting with accommodation issues. In the hardest cases, the focus has been in voluntary projects, helping young people understand the value of attendance and motivation.” 

She added: “While these figures are extremely encouraging and reflect the hard work and innovation of our teams, the council, schools, employers and careers services will continue to work together to make sure this encouraging fall in the number of those not in education, employment education or training is improved further still.”

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Wistaston Jubilee Tennis Club and its recent Annual General Meeting.

reporter Jonathan White, Wistaston

Aerial photo of Wistaston Jubilee Tennis Club

Wistaston Jubilee Tennis Club (WJTC) held their Annual General Meeting in the tennis pavilion on Wednesday 29th January 2014.

The Chairman Alastair Bain welcomed the fifteen present and announced that he was standing down as Chairman at this meeting.

The Membership Secretary Bill Heath reported that there had been 114 members compared with 93 in the previous year. He was pleased to announce that there were now 29 junior members.

The Club Captain Tony Mason reported on the teams in the Slazenger South & Mid Cheshire Tennis League. The 'A' team finished as Champions of Division 3 of the Summer league. The 'B' team finished fourth in Division 4 and the 'C' team finished third in Division 5.

Club sessions continue to be well attended on Monday and Wednesday evenings and Sunday afternoons. The senior morning sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays are most successful.

The Treasurer Bill Heath reported that the Club was in a strong financial position. The courts will be repainted during the Spring.

The Election of Officers and Committee for 2014 resulted:

-President - Alice Chalwin

-Vice President - Diane Mayman

-Acting Chairman - Bill Heath

-Vice Chairman - Margaret Maddock

-Secretary - Chris Raiswell

-Treasurer and Membership Secretary - Bill Heath

-Club Captain - Tony Mason

-Grounds Coordinators - Tony Mason and Bill Heath

-Memorial Hall Delegate - John White

-Press Officer - Alice Chalwin

-Junior representative - George Raiswell

-Co-opted members - Carole Kearns, Ben Reinhardt and Adrian Dunning.

It was agreed to increase the membership fees by a small amount.

Two men's teams will be entered into the Summer league.

Benefits cheat ordered to do 200 hours’ unpaid community work

 

A woman who fraudulently claimed nearly £6,000 in benefits has been given a 12-month community order and told to do 200 hours’ of unpaid work.

Hazel Tinsley, 59, of Tailors View, Nantwich, pleaded guilty at South Cheshire Magistrates’ Court to two offences each of fraudulently claiming both Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit.

The offences related to her failure to declare a change in her financial circumstances.

Magistrates’ sitting in Crewe heard (Monday, January 27) that Tinsley claimed the above benefits from December 2007 on the basis that she was on a low income and that her daughter was in receipt of income support.

However, during an investigation by Cheshire East Council’s benefit fraud investigation team, it was found that Tinsley’s earnings had increased significantly on or around April 1, 2010, and also that her daughter’s income support had ended on October 31, 2011.

Failure to report both these changes led to Tinsley being overpaid Housing Benefit of £5252.11 and Council Tax Benefit of £737.67.

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

Magistrates imposed a 12-month community order on Tinsley and ordered her to do 200 hours’ unpaid work. Tinsley was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £60 and to make a contribution of £150 towards prosecution costs.

Councillor Peter Raynes, Cheshire East Council Cabinet member in charge of finance, said: “This prosecution, and others like it, send out a clear message that we are an enforcing Council and will take firm action to protect our communities from those who abuse the rules at the expense of taxpayers.

“Benefit fraud will not be tolerated. In the last financial year we successfully prosecuted more than 30 benefits offenders and we are committed to ensuring these people are brought to justice.”

If you think someone is committing benefit fraud, you can ring the confidential freephone fraud hotline on 0800 389 2787. You don’t have to give your name and your call will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Alternatively, you can report suspected fraud via the Council’s website at www.cheshireeast.gov.uk

Cheshire East to work with villages on details of Local Plan

 

Cheshire East Council is set to engage with villages and rural areas over the detailed stages of the Local Plan.
The Local Plan has focussed, thus far, on larger towns and the main strategic development sites. As this stage nears completion, the Council will start to focus at a more detailed level.
Cheshire East Council Deputy Leader Councillor David Brown, Cabinet member in charge of strategic communities, said:  “We want to work closely with villages and rural parishes to ensure we get a detailed planning framework in place.

“We want to hear from villages about their future development needs – for businesses, recreation or community facilities.

“The recent assessment showing Cheshire East has a five-year supply of housing land should also provide the opportunity for a more measured approach to housing, giving time for local communities to consider their future requirements.”
Cheshire East Council last week published its latest assessment of housing land supply in the Borough – which shows that the authority now has more than a five-year supply of housing land, inclusive of a crucial five-per cent buffer for choice and competition.

It means Cheshire East’s countryside should now be better protected against unsustainable development.

Cheshire East Council Leader Councillor Michael Jones said it signalled the Council’s determination to continue its fight to fend off unplanned, unsustainable and unwanted development in the Borough and protect the best of our countryside.

The latest assessment takes account of all the latest information and available data – and includes all evidence on housing completions and planning permissions up to December 31, 2013.

The assessment recognises the results of appeal decisions in the autumn, which concluded that the Council could not demonstrate a five-year supply of housing at that point and takes on board many of the comments made by the Planning Inspectors. It also follows consultation with the Housing Market Partnership, in December, on methodology and sources of supply.

The five-year-housing supply report will go before a meeting of the Council’s Strategic Planning Board on Wednesday (February 5).

The five-year housing requirement is 8,311 homes (inclusive of a five per cent buffer) and the identified supply is 9,757 homes – equivalent to 5.87 years. The Housing requirement is based on the figures in the former North West Regional Spatial Strategy.

The Council’s Local Plan document is due to be ratified by the Government later this year. The Local Plan will then provide a blueprint for necessary sustainable growth in terms of housing and infrastructure.

For more information about the Local Plan, visit the Council’s website at: www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/planning and click on the ‘Cheshire East Local Plan’ link.

Cheshire East receives funding for geothermal exploration

 

Cheshire East Council has been awarded the biggest grant for geothermal exploration in the country.

The £200,000 granted by the Department for Energy and Climate Change will be used to carry out further feasibility studies into the exploration of deep geothermal in the Leighton area of Crewe.

Council leader Councillor Michael Jones said: “This is fantastic news and we can now begin to undertake further research and understand this incredible energy resource deep beneath the ground here in Cheshire East.

“This council is committed to tackling energy poverty as well as reducing our carbon emissions, so this may be the right solution for the Borough.

“Low-carbon technologies, such as geothermal, are the way forward and will enable local energy solutions and self-sufficiency.

“The grant will be used to verify the benefits of drilling down as far as 5km to extract water at temperatures in excess of 100 degrees centigrade.

“If this is indeed successful, we could be looking at an opportunity to heat new homes in the area with this new technology as well as using heat exchange technology to create electricity.

“The Council is also looking at the possibility of geothermal for other parts of the Borough.”

WISTASTON COUNCILLORS CALL FOR ACTION ON THE BUSY A534 CREWE/NANTWICH ROAD

Crewe road damage photo 2

Cheshire East’s  Wistaston Ward Councillors Margaret Simon and Jacquie Weatherill have met with the Council Leader, Cllr Michael Jones and Kevin Melling the Council’s Head of Highways and Transport to discuss their ongoing and increasing concerns about the number of accidents and incidents on the busy A534 Crewe/Nantwich Road which runs through the middle of their patch.  In the past few weeks there have been several more accidents some of which have resulted in damage to property.  They have been promised a safety review of this road, which will include local public consultation, and it is due to be undertaken shortly.

Cllr Margaret Simon says;

“Jacquie and I are very concerned about the number of accidents, not only reported and recorded but also unreported, which have taken place on Crewe Road Wistaston and Willaston.  It is a very busy road, running through a built up residential area.  It has a speed limit of 40mph and the perception of many residents is that this is often exceeded, in particular, during the hours of darkness when many of the incidents occur.  This review is  urgently needed in our Ward.   Many Crewe Road residents have been in touch with us recently saying that they have had enough and that their quality of life is being badly affected.”

Cllr Jacquie Weatherill says;

“Margaret and I have always had great concerns for the traffic problems along Crewe Road and, I am at last delighted that, after our meeting with the officers, they were listened to and will be acted upon.  I urge our residents to take a very active part in the public consultation that we have been promised.”

Crewe Road, Wistaston resident Rob Knight says;

“I have been in close contact with Cllr Simon about road safety on Crewe Road and I am delighted that she has been able to take it up with the Council Leader.   My wife and I have been involved in helping with traumatic incidents very close to our home.  A review of road safety is much needed, there must be ways of making this road less dangerous.”

Helen Daniels who also lives in Crewe Road says;

“We do need the Council to listen to Crewe Road residents, we are very worried about the number of incidents that take place along here.  I suspect that we have had many more accidents than either the Council or Police know about.  I do hope that our local community will take an active part in any consultation that the Council carry out.  That is the only way for the Council to get to understand our fears and concerns.”

Police warn Cheshire residents to be vigilant following several phone scam incidents

 

Police are warning Cheshire residents not to fall victim to phone fraudsters claiming to be from a bank or posing as police officers.

Cheshire Police are aware of several incidents in Lymm, Knutsford and Warrington relating offenders phoning elderly people and telling them their bank cards had been compromised and needed to be cancelled.

They advised the victim to hang up and ring the bank or police back to ensure the call is genuine. The offender stays on the line, sometimes passing the call to another person so the caller thinks they are genuine.

They then tell the victim that a courier will pick up the cards and that there will be a charge for this.

The cards are then picked up from the victim′s address and used by the offenders to steal money from their account.

PC James Read said: "Not only do they take money from your account; they charge you a fee for the privilege.

"Don′t be afraid to put the phone down on someone if you are unsure about handing over details.

"Banks never call and ask for your four-digit card Pin or ask you to withdraw money to hand over to them or transfer money to another account.

"Never assume a caller is genuine just because they hold some information about you. Criminals may already have some basic information, such as a name, address and account details to try to make the call appear legitimate.

"Always be wary of cold callers who suggest you hang up the phone and call them back.

"Remember that it takes two people to terminate a call so try and use a different phone line if you are asked to ring back. If you think you′ve already been a victim of this scam, contact your bank or card company immediately."

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Fans flock to fight night

South Cheshire ABC boxing night (1)

South Cheshire ABC hosted their first boxing night which saw hundreds of fight fans flock to Nantwich Civic Hall on Saturday 1st February 2014. The show saw local boxers taking on fighters from across the north-west at different weight classes over several bouts of amateur boxing. There was also a charity raffle and auction of boxing memorabilia.

South Cheshire ABC opened 5 months ago and is supported by Wulvern Housing, Cheshire East Council and the Cheshire Constabulary. The show was sponsored by CAR CARE, TSC Store, Enzo Nantwich, Mid Cheshire Radio and Gedsystems Media LLP.

South Cheshire ABC is located at Unit 7, Wistaston Road Business Centre in Crewe. It has fully qualified ABA coaching staff and runs classes for children and adults. For further information relating to South Cheshire ABC please phone Nathan Clarke on 07720381977 or Robert Taylor on 07583693395.

I’ve uploaded all my photos from the event to Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jonathanawhite/sets/72157640416413914/

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Cheshire East Council is proposing to dispose of the land at Crewe Swimming

Cheshire East Council is proposing to dispose of the land at Crewe Swimming Pool, Shavington Leisure Centre, Victoria Community Centre (Oakley Centre and Cumberland Sports Track), including any public open space.

As the freehold owner of the premises, the Council is proposing to grant a lease for the site for up to 125 years to Everybody Sport and Recreation, the charitable trust set up by the Council to take over the running of leisure services across the Borough.

Cheshire East Council is also proposing to dispose of the land at several other leisure centres and swimming pools across the borough.

The Council's leisure facilities were managed in-house but in order to save money the running of the leisure centres has transferred to the trust, which is expected to save the Council at least £700,000 a year through VAT and NNDR (business rates).

Cheshire East Council had been spending over £9 million a year on leisure services and employing 400 full time staff, who will be transferred to the trust.

Any representations or objections with respect to the proposals must be made in writing to Suki Binjal, Interim Head of Legal Services and Monitoring Officer, Cheshire East Borough Council, Westfields, Middlewich Road, Sandbach, Cheshire CW11 1HZ, quoting reference TL.10509 and should be received no later than 5pm on 12th February 2014. Please state the grounds upon which any representation or objection is made.

Full details are available from: http://www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/council_and_democracy/council_information/public_notices/open_space_disposal.aspx

Please be aware

Please be aware that I have been advised of the below and asked to make you aware of an emerging trend occurring in the South of GMP. As of yet there has been no recent reports of this happening in Cheshire, however as this trend is emerging it may not take long for a similar incident to occur in Cheshire:
There have been a number of reports of distraction burglaries occurring in the south of Greater Manchester within recent weeks. The MO used by the offender/s is that they are from the water board. The offender/s will gain entry to a property with the resident and will either distract the resident while a further offender enters the property without the residents knowledge, or, the offender will ask the resident to carry out a task, for example, switch on the taps upstairs while they do a quick search of the property.
Please can residents be vigilant and keep an eye out for cold callers. Elderly and vulnerable residents should also be made aware and advised not to let anyone in who is not expected.

Crewe Station to become a Museum !!!

 

Willaston and Rope Ward UKIP Councillor Brian Silvester is shocked by yet another U-turn by Cheshire East Council Leader Cllr. Jones on local radio today.

Brian said," I was amazed to hear him say that Crewe rail station was to become a museum. This comes only weeks after he assured Councillors that the station would remain open. Currently the new entrance to Crewe Railway Station is being transformed following £6.5m cash injection that will pave the way for Crewe to become a gateway to the North.Cheshire East Council bought the former Royal Mail depot in 2011 for £2.75 million to help deliver this new station project.

If Crewe Station is to become a museum why is all this public money being spent on it now?

Cllr Jones moves from one self inflicted calamity to another at a baffling pace. He is making CEC look increasingly ridiculous. The current multi million investment in Crewe Station is marvelous for the town and the Borough. He should not undermine the good work of his own Council by making wild statements about Crewe Station becoming a museum."

Best wishes

Brian Silvester
Cllr Brian Silvester BA (Hons) (Photo attached)

UK Independence Party Councillor

Willaston and Rope Ward UKIP Councillor

Cheshire East Council

11 Rimsdale Close

Rope,Crewe

CW2 6RS

Tel/fax 01270 567757