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Sunday, 30 August 2015

Has Cheshire East been hijacked by the Bolsheviks?

 

On the Cheshire East notice board on Crewe Square next to M&S there is a poster from the Communist Party of GB, behind the locked glass cover, calling for capitalism to go.

See attached photo.

CommunistPosterCrewe

Has Cheshire East been hijacked by the Bolsheviks? 
Is Cheshire East sucking up to Comrade Corbyn even before he has been elected?

Cheshire East has just paid £6million of Council tax payers money to buy a chunk of the Crewe Town Centre shops. The Council will need the support of capitalists to make the i investment a success so it is really odd that the Council should allow the Communist Party of Great Britain to put up a poster, in the very same town centre, calling for the end of capitalism.

I have written to the Council about this strange event.

I have asked them to let me know who authorised this notice to be displayed?

When will it be taken down?

Or do Cheshire East agree with the Communists that capitalism should be smashed?

Statement: ‘Devo Cheshire’

 

In response to media and public interest in the Council’s policy on a devolved Cheshire, Cheshire East Council leader Michael Jones says the Council looks forward to working with its partners in Cheshire West and Warrington.

With the deadline for the submission of expressions of interest set for September 4, Cllr Jones said the Council fully endorses greater control over resources for the people of Cheshire.

The Chancellor George Osborne is inviting bids from authorities who may wish to go down the devo-max route and authorities in Cheshire have started to draw up plans.

Cllr Jones said: “The Council looks forward to working with its partners in Cheshire West and Warrington to enhance the quality of life for the people of Cheshire.

Cllr Jones added:  “This is about wholesale public sector reform to better meet the needs of the local residents.

“We in Cheshire East are continuing to secure economic growth and prosperity for the health and wellbeing of all our residents.

“On health reforms we must work with our health partners to get it right but I am disappointed that given the deadline of September 4 for authorities to submit their expression of interest, there has been no dialogue and invitations have not been taken up.

“On devolution, greater local control and influence over resources and powers to Cheshire is something we are looking at and we are open to dialogue with the Government.

“A mayoral model has not been specifically discussed but we fully endorse the move for elected metro mayors.”

Cheshire East scoops award for its free training to boost local businesses

 

Cheshire East Council has scooped a prestigious award for its innovative work to help boost local businesses.

The Federation of Small Businesses presented Council Leader Councillor Michael Jones with a Business Buddy Award in recognition of the authority’s 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.  

The events have been hailed a great success – and more of the popular free workshops are due to be held next month.

Councillor Jones said: “I am delighted that our team has won deserved recognition for its work supporting our local businesses.

“Tendering for a public sector contract can be a daunting prospect and these free 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. It is vitally important, as more than £300bn of services are procured by the public sector each year.

“We put a lot of emphasis on supporting local firms and businesses and ensuring as many services as possible are provided locally – while ensuring quality services and value for money for the people of Cheshire East.”

The latest round of procurement workshops, held in Congleton, which aim to cover the whole process from start to finish, are:

Let’s Get Started – on Tuesday, September 22;

The Invitation To Tender Process – on Tuesday, September 29.

The first workshop is an introduction to the tendering process, which will show how the framework for public sector tendering operates, how to navigate it and how to prepare for tendering opportunities.

The second workshop will explain the best-practice procedures and structures that you should put in place in your organisation to make sure your bids are as professional as possible – and also how working in consortia can provide further opportunities.

The free workshops are conducted by award-winning Melanie Bryan, from WhyNotChange – an organisation which helps businesses tender for public sector contracts. Melanie won the best social enterprise partnership award in the Prime Minister’s Big Society Awards 2011.

Both workshops will take place at Riverside, Mountbatten Way, Congleton, CW12 1DY. 

Each event starts with refreshments and bacon rolls at 7.45am for a prompt 8am start. The sessions finish at 11am.

Places are strictly limited and businesses are advised to attend both events in order to get the most benefit and understand the whole process.

To book a place on the latest workshops, contact Cheshire East Council on 0300 123 5001 or email Danielle.Stanway@cheshireeast.gov.uk

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Rope residents have been badly let down by Cheshire East Council.

Rope residents have been badly let down by Cheshire East Council.Their views have been ignored.
An application to extend Berkeley Primary School has been approved.
It was requested that as part of the planning permission a condition should be incorporated  to require the school to provide a safe,off-road, drop off area on the school site for parents to use. This was requested because one of the biggest concerns in Rope is the way a minority of parents park inconsiderately outside the school and block the flow of traffic and driveways.
The parking is disgraceful in the small closes near to the school. Parents abandon their cars on pavements,by  corners, across drives etc. Also, they have no consideration that their children access their cars by trampling over private gardens where there is no pavement. The random parking also puts their children at risk from motorists who can't see them emerging from between parked cars - an accident waiting to happen. It's no joke being unable to access or leave your home between certain times Many residents feel like prisoners in their own homes.
The matter was not helped when the Rope Borough Councillor, Sarah Pochin turned up late for the meeting so she was unable to make the case for the residents prior to the decision being made.
I was successful in getting the yellow lines and a 20mph limit outside the school some years ago but the truth of the matter is that although Rope Parish Council taxpayers pay annually towards the cost of a PCSO very little is done to stop this inconsiderate and dangerous parking.
Residents have had enough of the waffle, they want action from the Police and from the Council.
This was a golden opportunity to tackle the school parking problem. It is a great shame that the Councillors have decided to do nothing.
Cllr Brian Silvester
UKIP Rope Parish Councillor

Cheshire East now best place to make movies

 

Cheshire East has moved centre stage in the world of TV and film making.

The economic value of film making in the Borough has shot up to £2.5m – making the Borough one of the most popular locations in the country for film and television productions.

Already recognised as the best place to live in the North West,* Cheshire East is now officially one of  the best places to make drama, films and commercials in the region.

Production companies spent more than 182 days working in Cheshire East last year, spending more than £2.5m in hotels, restaurants and shops.

Filming is expected to begin again soon in Bunbury, where the popular ITV wartime drama Home Fires is set.

Bunbury now joins the growing list of popular filming locations including Tatton Park and Styal Mill.

According to figures from Creative England, there have been 41 titles which have utilised the characteristic settings of Cheshire East, including Foyle’s War, Peaky Blinders, The Village, Real Housewives of Cheshire and Scott and Bailey.

Others include the £100m feature film Tarzan, The Driver and Last Tango in Halifax.

Children’s programmes, factual documentaries, commercials and modelling shoots have also combined to give the Borough’s hotels, B&Bs, restaurants and cafes a huge income boost.

Leader of Cheshire East Council Michael Jones said: “This is astonishing.  Three years ago the economic value from productions was just £600,000. Now we are at £2.5m.

“While some of the production companies involved are based at Mediacity in Manchester, many are from other parts of the country, including London.

“And they often hire local people and local crews to make it happen, so there is a real jobs benefit from all this. This must mean that our reputation as a good place to film precedes us.”

Catherine Oldfield, executive producer of Home Fires, said: “We looked all over Britain and Bunbury was the only place we found where we could build a composite village out of certain elements of the landscape.

“Everyone was very welcoming. You are really spoilt for choice in Cheshire for places to eat, places to go out.  It’s a real gastro part of the world.

“I would definitely recommend this part of Cheshire as a place to shoot a film.”

ITV has confirmed that a second series of Home Fires will go ahead and it is expected that filming will begin in and around Bunbury in the autumn.

Series one pulled in an audience of 6.1million, a 24 per cent audience share.

Home Fires follows a group of inspirational women, during the dark days of the Second World War who pull together for the war effort as they see their menfolk sent off to fight.

It is based on the book Jambusters, written by well-known author Julie Summers.

To access  an interview with executive producer Catherine Oldfield go to https://vimeo.com/133139655

Woman is punished for falsely claiming benefits from Council

 

A 32-year-old woman from Nantwich has been ordered to complete 100 hours of unpaid work after fraudulently claiming benefits.

Elaine Dawson, of Cronkinson Oak, appeared before South and East Cheshire Magistrates Court for sentencing on Wednesday (August 19). She had earlier entered guilty pleas to two charges of failing to report a change in her circumstances in relation to her claims for Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit and Council Tax Support.

Magistrates sitting at Crewe had heard that Dawson claimed the above benefits since November 2012 on the basis that she was on a low income and needed financial support to help pay her rent and Council Tax.

Her claim continued on this basis until Cheshire East Council discovered that Dawson’s hours had increased. A subsequent investigation into her claim found that Dawson’s earnings had increased significantly from January 2013.

In failing to report the increase in her earnings, Dawson received £4,099.10 in benefits from Cheshire East Council over a period of two years that she was not entitlement to.

Magistrates ordered Dawson to complete a 12-month community order with a requirement to complete 100 hours unpaid work and imposed costs of £300 and a victim surcharge of £60.

Additionally, she will have to repay in full all the benefits she fraudulently received.

Councillor Les Gilbert, Cabinet member in charge of communities, said: “The benefits system exists to help people who really need it – it is unacceptable for others to attempt to fraudulently take advantage of it.

“If people think the can claim benefits they are not entitled to and get away with it, they are making a big mistake and our zero-tolerance approach will result in prosecutions like this.

“They risk being prosecuted and ending up with a criminal conviction for a serious offence of dishonesty.”

So far this year, the Council’s benefit investigations team has identified more than £770,000 in fraudulently claimed Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit, Jobseekers’ Allowance, Income Support and Employment Support Allowance paid by Cheshire East Council and the Department for Work and Pensions.

During this year, 43 people have been prosecuted, 31 issued with administrative penalties or fines and 35 more cautioned for benefits offences and Blue Badge misuse.

If people believe someone is committing benefit fraud, they can call the confidential free phone fraud hotline on 0800 389 2787. Callers do not have to give their name and the call will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Alternatively, suspected fraud can be reported on the Council’s website at www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/benefits.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Cheshire Fire And Rescue Service August 2015 E-Newsletter

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Alarms4life - Smoke alarms for rented properties


Landlords across Cheshire are being urged to act now to ensure they are ready for new safety laws aimed at saving dozens of lives a year.
New regulations are expected to come into effect from October 2015, subject to parliamentary approval.
Find out more - Smoke alarms for rented properties

Creamfields 2015


Roads will be busy in South Warrington over the August Bank holiday weekend (28th, 29th and 30th August) with over 50,000 people expected to attend the Creamfields 2015 event in Daresbury.
The majority of festival goers are likely to be heading for the site on Friday and Saturday morning and leaving on Monday morning. These are the times when residents can expect some congestion on local roads.
Drivers in the area are being advised to allow extra time for their journeys and to be alert as the roads will be busier than normal.
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Bank Holiday safety advice


Please put safety first over the Bank Holiday weekend - use the links below to access tips and advice on road safety, barbecue safety DIY safety, caravan safety and camping safety. Have a safe and enjoyable Bank Holiday weekend.
Read our Bank Holiday safety advice

New safety videos


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Fire Station open days


Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service fire stations will be holding free fire station open days over the next couple of months.
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Find out about your local fire station - where it is, what open days or special events they are holding and how to get in contact with them.

Pets (Puppies) For Sale Alert

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Action Fraud has noticed a rise in reports concerning the purchase of pets, in particular puppies, advertised for sale via popular online auction websites.
The fraudsters will place an advert of the pet for sale, claiming to have recently moved abroad and the need to re-home the puppies.
Once a sale is agreed and payment is made, usually by money transfer or bank transfer, the pet does not materialise. The fraudster will usually ask for further advanced payments for courier charges, shipping fees or vet bills.
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Gruelling cycle event

Reporter Jonathan White, Wistaston

Two local men are training hard for a gruelling cycle event.

l-r Ben Reinhardt - Jim Forkin

Ben Reinhardt and Jim Forkin, from Crewe and Willaston respectively, are spending September this year cycling the length of the River Rhine - a total journey of 860 miles.

They plan to start their journey at the source of the Rhine as it rises in the Swiss Alps at Lake Toma, and over three weeks will follow the river as it flows through Switzerland, Germany, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, France to its mouth into the North Sea at the Hoek van Holland in the Netherlands.

All proceeds will go to the charity Bloodwise (formerly known as Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research).

Ben is a committee member of Bloodwise (South Cheshire Branch), and Jim is a fund-raiser. They have been friends for nearly 50 years.

To sponsor them please visit: https://leukaemialymphomaresearch.org.uk/people/riding-river-rhine

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

How to avoid being a victim of bogus websites

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Fraudsters have created a high specification website template advertising flat screen televisions for sale which are below market value and do not exist. Payment is being requested via bank transfer and will offer no protection to the consumer when the television does not arrive.
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  • Payments made via bank transfer are not protected should you not receive the item.
  • Always make payment via a credit card or PayPal where you have some avenue of recompense should you not receive your product.
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  • Check the authenticity of websites before making any purchases. A ”whois” search on the website will identify when the website has been created, so be wary of newly formed domains. This search can be conducted using the following website - https://who.is/
  • If the item advertised seems too good to be true, it probably is
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Cheshire East ignores the views of local residents and Rope Parish Council.

 

Rope residents have been badly let down by Cheshire East Council.(See below)

Cllr. Brian Silvester said,

”An application to extend Berkeley Primary School has been approved. Rope Parish Council objected to this planning application because it would be visually obtrusive and threaten a valued mature oak tree. The parish council also said there should be a condition that the school will work with Cheshire East to provide a safe, off-road drop off area for parents to use. This was requested because one of the biggest concerns in Rope is the way a minority of parents park inconsiderately outside the school and block the flow of traffic and driveways.

Prior to the meeting a tree preservation order was put on the tree so the Councillors on the planning committee had no choice but to ensure that that was protected. Otherwise the concerns of local residents and the parish council  about the parking problems were totally ignored. The matter was not helped when the Rope Borough Councillor, Sarah Pochin turned up late for the meeting so she was unable to make the case for the residents prior to the decision being made.

This was a golden opportunity to tackle the school parking problem. It is a great shame that the Councillors have decided to do nothing.”

Cllr Brian Silvester

UKIP Rope Parish Councillor

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To: CE - PLANNING APP COMMENTS[Planappcomments@cheshireeast.gov.uk]; Subject: Comment on a Planning Application Sent: Tue 4/21/2015 2:12:41 PM From: Centre, Call Timestamp 21/04/2015 15:12:41 Source 10.33.243.130 FORMID Comment On a Planning Application EmailTo planappcomments@cheshireeast.gov.uk EmailFrom noreply@cheshireeast.gov.uk EmailSubject Comment on a Planning Application Application_details - Application_reference 15/0535N Application_site_address WISTASTON BERKELEY COUNTY PRIMARY SCHOOL LAIDON AVENUE WISTASTON CHESHIRE CW2 6RU Purpose No Selection Interest Other Interest_if_other Rope Parish Council Comments Rope Parish Council objects to this planning application because it would be visually obtrusive and threaten a valued mature oak tree. The Parish Council accepts that the school needs new classrooms and the studio could benefit the community as well as the school. It is the proposed position of the buildings which leads to both objections. The school has a considerable amount of space and there is no need for it to expand towards Laidon Avenue. The same facilities could be built elsewhere and still leave plenty of space for sport and play. The studio would be very close to the road, closer than the neighbouring houses. This would be very obtrusive and reduce the sense of space. The building itself would not be attractive to look at. The residents who live opposite the school suffer considerable inconvenience due to parking problems at the beginning and end of the school day. This loss of visual amenity would take away a compensating factor. The proximity of the footpath to the studio would also reduce the privacy of the pupils using it. The studio would also be very close to a large and attractive oak tree. It seems likely that the roots would be damaged during construction. Even if the tree were not damaged then, there would be a possibility that at some later point a branch would fall onto the building. This would result in calls for it to be cut down on safety grounds. The Council has requested a tree protection order for this tree. Interested_partys_details - Title Ms Forename Susan Surname Togay

From: sue.togay On Behalf Of Clerk - Rope Parish Council Sent: 05 July 2015 17:15 To: Cheshire East Planning Subject: URGENT Comment on 15/0535N Berkeley Primary School. Dear Sir/Madam, I have had problems with submitting comment on this application via the Cheshire East website. Could I kindly request as a matter of urgency that the following comment be included from Rope Parish Council: Since we made our previous comments we have become aware that funding is now available to help schools provide drop off parking zones. We have also had the opportunity to read the other comments. We have noted the comment that increased school numbers caused by this proposed expansion will still be lower than they were in 2006. There are other factors that affect parking around the school which should also be considered. 1. Berkeley now shares its campus with the Willows Pre-School. Staff from the Willows park on the roads. Parents of children at the Willows also bring and collect them by car. 2. It is likely that since 2006 a higher proportion of pupils come from outside the catchment area. This could be either through parental choice or because other schools are now full. These parents will probably bring their children by car. 3. There is an increased number of working parents. Those who live in walking distance may still bring their cars as they can then drive on to work. 4. Car ownership is increasing so there is more on road parking by local residents leaving less space for parents. If this planning application is allowed then school numbers are likely to increase and parking problems will get worse. There is already a big issue with parking around the school at the beginning and end of the school day. It is discussed at every Parish Council meeting. The school has tried to help by writing to parents and organising a walking bus. However there is still a large number of parents who bring cars and they have to park them somewhere. As the spaces fill up then there is more chance that cars will be parked inconsiderately or illegally. If the application is to be approved then there should be a condition that the school will work with Cheshire East to provide a safe, off-road drop off area for parents to use. Yours sincerely, Sue Togay Clerk to Rope PC

12 hour fundraising 'Tennisathon'

 

l-r - George Raiswell - Ben Reinhardt - Tony Mason –  Ollie Cox

Photo label: l-r - George Raiswell - Ben Reinhardt - Tony Mason – Ollie Cox

A 12 hour fundraising 'Tennisathon' took place on Saturday 8th August from 7.30am until 7.30pm at Wistaston Tennis Club on Church Lane, Wistaston.

Numerous members of Wistaston Tennis Club took part and 24 sets (201 games) were played during the event. Ruth Reinhardt provided the refreshments.

£100 was raised for the charities Marie Curie Cancer Care and Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.

Organisers Tony Mason and Ben Reinhardt said, “We would like to thank members of Wistaston Tennis Club for their support throughout the 12 hours and to friends and family who made such generous donations to the two charities.”

Crewe Youngsters Celebrate International Youth Day with Unique Live Performance

Life on Shuffle

Young people from across Crewe celebrated International Youth Day in style last week with a live performance of their original music. ‘Life on Shuffle Live’ took place on International Youth Day, 12th August, at Crewe’s West Street Christian Fellowship Church and showcased various pieces of new music, which the young people have been busy creating since January.

From singing and DJing through to MCing, the unique show included a number of group pieces as well as solo performances. Watched by family and friends, members of local youth groups and industry professionals, the celebration was the first performance as part of an ongoing music project, ’Life on Shuffle’, which to-date has involved over 20 children and young people from the local area who are living in challenging circumstances.

Supported by Youth Music and using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, the ‘Life on Shuffle’ project has been backed by Cheshire East Youth Support Service as well as leading music organisations The Love Music Trust and Brighter Sound. The project provides young people living in challenging circumstances access to a creative environment and industry professionals that they wouldn’t usually have, and is aimed not only at developing their creative, expressive and musical ability but also improving their health, wellbeing and employability.

“Music making can have a significant positive effect on both short and long term outcomes for children living in challenging circumstances, by helping them to build skills and develop resilience to the challenges they face, and Life on Shuffle aims to support this,” commented Paul Hine, Life on Shuffle project manager. “This first performance was a fantastic celebration and really demonstrated how much the young people involved have positively engaged with music over the past few months, and showcased their impressive creative ability.”

Sarah Marks, Youth Worker at Cheshire East Youth Support Services, said: “The music sessions over the past few months have proven invaluable for the young people involved. As well as producing fantastic original music, the group has bonded extremely well and as a result, we’ve seen a marked improvement in their team work and work ethic. To see them performing together and create such an impressive, original sound in such a short period of time, was really exciting and I’m looking forward to hearing what they come up with next.”

International Youth Day, now marked on 12th August each year, was created by the United Nations in 1998 and aims to celebrate the contribution youths make to society.

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Connecting Cheshire Fibre Broadband Programme reaches 80,000 properties across Cheshire

 

The Connecting Cheshire programme has reached another milestone by ensuring more than 80,000 homes and businesses have access to high-speed fibre broadband.

Six more Cheshire East parishes have recently gone live and the £6m phase two programme will see a further 10,000 properties connected by summer 2017.

Prestbury, Smallwood, Bunbury, Faddiley, Marton Heath and Wistaston have now joined the high-speed club as Connecting Cheshire passes its original 80,000 connections target, ending the frustration many customers experience with slow broadband speeds.

The news from Connecting Cheshire follows the Government announcement that is nationwide rollout of superfast broadband has now passed more than three million UK homes and businesses.

The rollout is on track to reach 95 per cent of the UK by 2017 and is now reaching around 5,000 additional properties each day.

Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey said: “We are transforming the digital landscape of the UK and our nationwide rollout of superfast broadband has now reached an additional three million UK homes and businesses.

“I congratulate Connecting Cheshire on reaching this milestone.  They are making incredible progress.”

The Leader of Cheshire East Council, Cllr Michael Jones said: “This additional broadband coverage we have brought to the region, is already making a big impact and helping to keep Cheshire businesses competitive.

“More coverage is coming soon in our phase two rollout so that we can reach event more premises, especially those in our outlying, rural areas.”

Mike Blackburn, BT regional director for the North West, said: “I am delighted that we have hit the original target of providing fibre broadband to 80,000 homes and business premises across Cheshire.

“We are continuing with the rollout so that many more users can access the benefits that high-speed broadband can deliver to homes, families and the business community.”  

“BT’s multi-billion pound investment in superfast broadband through its partnerships, including Connecting Cheshire and its own commercial programme, has already made fire broadband available to more than 23 million homes and businesses nationwide and the number is continuing to grow rapidly.

“Our engineers are rolling out the technology at a world class pace, reaching thousands more premises every week.”

Connecting Cheshire is one of many partnerships across the country rolling out high-speed broadband to those communities not included in the private sector’s commercial fibre broadband plans.

High-speed broadband users in Cheshire can achieve download speeds of up to 80 megabits and upload speeds of up to 20Mbps*.

One business reaping the benefits is Bongo’s Rock & Roll Pickles, based in Norley, founded by former Tears for Fears drummer Manny Elias.

Bongo and his wife, the actress Debs Elias, make chilli pickles and chilli condiments.

She said: “Slow broadband was holding the business back and turning us into internet monsters! With less than 1Mbps we were rarely able to update the website or make much use of social media.

“Since getting fibre, we have been able to establish an e-commerce shop on the website and develop a strong social media presence with blogs, videos and customer reviews.

“This is really helping us to grow the business.”

The £28.5m partnership between four Cheshire councils, BT, the Government and the European Regional Development Fund, was launched in April 2013.

It is anticipated that 96 per cent of the county will benefit from fibre by the end of 2015.

To check availability in your area visit the Connecting Cheshire website and enter a postcode or a telephone number: http://www.connectingcheshire.org.uk/check-availability

Cheshire East A-Level students above national average once again!

 

A-Level students in Cheshire East have once again achieved impressive results which are above the national average.

The Borough’s 1,660 students received their *provisional results this morning and they have again achieved a pass rate of 99%, which is above the national average of 98% (as reported by the BBC.)

Around one in 10 students (almost 10 per cent) gained an A* compared to eight per cent nationally.

The further breakdown of grades shows that over a quarter of all students achieved grades A* to A (28 per cent) and well over half (57 per cent) achieved an A* to B grade, again both of these figures are an improvement on last year. Both of these are above the national average.

Based on average point scores per A-Level entry, the average Cheshire East student now achieves a high B grade, up from a high C grade last year. Most students will have been entered for between three and four examinations.

Councillor Rachel Bailey, Cabinet member in charge of children and families, said: “This year’s exam results are extremely impressive once again and I congratulate all the sixth formers on their achievements.

“I’m sure it has been an anxious time for students and their families as they await the result of years of hard work. May I offer my thanks to the parents, teachers, school staff and governors for all their support and encouragement over the past few years.

“I am particularly pleased to celebrate the overall increase in the average grade for all learners which reflects the drive to achieve the highest grades possible and maximise potential.

“I wish our young people all the very best for the future, whether they are continuing their studies into further or higher education or putting their first foot on the ladder in the work place.”

*Validated data for A-Level results are expected in January 2016.

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Injunction

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Injunction order for anti-social resident

Date published: 7th August 2015 11.05am

A tenant whose anti-social behaviour caused misery for residents has been evicted and banned from an estate in Crewe.

Angelo Del Busso, of Cheney Walk was handed an Injunction Order banning him from entering the Brookhouse estate and from threatening or attempting to threaten anyone living in, visiting or working in the area.

Should the order be breached the 34 year-old faces arrest.

The eviction action was started following reports of drug use, abusive language, public indecency and general anti social behaviour in the community.

Over the past two years Wulvern’s Neighbourhood Worker Mark Hughes has worked tirelessly with PCSO Peter Dean to end the nuisance behaviour and disruption Mr Del Busso has caused to his neighbours.

Despite numerous warnings and support given by several agencies, Mr Del Busso continued with his unacceptable behaviour, at one point causing fire damage to his flat and the communal area.

PCSO Dean said:

"The removal of DelBruso from the Brookhouse Estate will have a postive effect on the community and those living on the Brookhouse estate. This will help local residents to feel safe in their homes and surrounding areas. This has been a result of partner agency work between Cheshire Constabulary, Wulvern Housing and the community of the Brookhouse estate"

Mark Hughes said:

“This is great news for everyone living on the Brookhouse estate. Eviction is a last resort but in this case it was necessary to protect the community from anti social behaviour.”

We're Here Web-chat

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Cheshire Police to host ‘We’re Here’ web-chat

Cheshire Police is inviting members of the public to join them in an online discussion centered on the Constabulary’s ‘We’re here’ public service commitments.

In March this year Chief Constable Simon Byrne and Commissioner John Dwyer, in consultation with staff and the public, drew up a set of commitments: We're Here Where You Need Us, When You Need Us; We’re Here For Justice; We’re Here For Victims and We’re Here For Communities.
Each commitment carries a number of specific promises that shape the way the Constabulary’s officers and staff work and conduct themselves.
On Thursday 13 August 2015, Simon Byrne and John Dwyer will be taking part in an online conversation asking members of the public for feedback on the promises so far. This is your chance to ask questions in live time direct to the Chief Constable and Police and Crime Commissioner.

The event will be taking place between 6.30pm and 8pm, for more information on how you can get involved visit the Cheshire Police website www.cheshire.police.uk.

Appeal

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Police appeal following burglary and theft of motor vehicle in Crewe

Police are appealing for information following a burglary and the theft of a car in Crewe.

The incident happened on Thursday 30 July between 12.45am and 4am in the morning on Lawton Heath Road, Church Lawton.

The offender has forced entry via a rear kitchen window, and stole a wallet, a silver Apple Macbook Pro and car keys for a black VW Golf R DSG, which was then stolen from the driveway.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Cheshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 135 of 30 July. Alternatively, information can be left anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Seven bands to ‘Rock The Box’ in Crewe for St Luke’s Hospice

 

Seven bands will ‘Rock The Box’ next week (Saturday, August 22) when a fundraising event is held to raise money for St Luke’s Cheshire Hospice.

Featuring bands from a wide range of musical genres, organisers say there will be something for everyone at the Pedley Street venue in Crewe.

Crewe metal band Skeletal Damage headline the gig, which starts at 7pm, with alt-rock six-piece Moving Moscow playing main support as they debut new material as part of a warm-up show.

Also on the bill are Baxter (the musical duo of Hayley Strangelove and Paul Senior), metalcore band Synapse, Dirk Diggler’s Blues Revue and Manchester death metal band The Threat. A special one-off appearance from Crewe’s Interception completes the line-up.

Organiser Helen Sladen said: “This is definitely not a night to be missed. Featuring a line up of fantastic local bands from a mix of musical genres joining together will make for an unbeatable night of live music.

“It will also help to raise as much money as possible for a wonderful charity very close to the hearts of many local people.”

Advance tickets are £3 or £5 on the door. For tickets, check out the event page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/487144938099416/, contact any of the bands or get them direct from The Box.

Those who are unable to attend can still donate to the cause at a JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/rockthebox.

Donation buckets for St Luke’s Cheshire Hospice will also be in the venue on the night. St Luke’s is an adult hospice that cares for people from mid and south Cheshire suffering from cancer and other life threatening illnesses.

Its main site is in Winsford and a further site is at Winterley Grange near Sandbach.

E is for ‘#Eveolution’ as Borough’s business women get Broadband boost

 

Women entrepreneurs in Cheshire East can benefit from a £90k windfall to support a series of free masterclasses around the power of fibre optic broadband for small and medium sized businesses.

The funding has been awarded  to the Connecting Cheshire Partnership and Greater Manchester Business Growth Hub by the Government’s equalities office and will underpin a second phase of a project to help female entrepreneurs to take advantage of superfast broadband and digital technology.

More than 300 female-led businesses benefited in phase one of the scheme.

The second phase will see Connecting Cheshire partner the Greater Manchester Business Growth Hub to deliver an inspirational programme known as ‘#Eveolution’ which will offer help to more than 500 businesses and entrepreneurs through a series of masterclasses offering e-learning and one to one support.

The programme is an element of government policy to encourage more women to become entrepreneurs and to play a greater roll in business.

Less than 20 per cent of small and medium-sized companies are owned or majority owned by women.

The Women’s Business Council predicts greater participation by women could bring about an increase in economic growth of 0.5 per cent, leading to 10 per cent by 2030.

Cheshire East Deputy Leader Cllr David Brown said: “I am delighted we are able to continue the excellent progress we have made in supporting female entrepreneurs.

“This will deliver practical and inspiring support to help new and established female-led businesses to exploit the benefits of superfast broadband and boost their competitiveness.”

Caroline Simpson, Cheshire East Council’s executive director of economic growth and prosperity said: “It is really important that women entrepreneurs take advantage of this initiative.

“There are many extremely talented women in the Borough who want a helping hand with technology, knowing that it would make a significant impact on the success of their business

“The #Eveolution’ programme provides an opportunity for women-led businesses and potential female entrepreneurs to take advantage of faster broadband to expand

or set up new businesses, including home-based enterprises.”

Caroline Dinenage, the Government’s Minister for women, equalities and family justice said: “If women set up business at the same rate as men, ther would be 1m more female entrepreneurs.

“I hope that this fund helps women in Cheshire East to take their first step into the business world.”

For more details on the programme go to www.eveolution.org.uk

Councils make progress on Neighbourhood Plans as consultation begins

 

Residents in two Cheshire East villages are being asked for their thoughts on plans that will shape how their communities develop in future.

Audlem and Brereton are the first of 23 parish councils to submit their Neighbourhood Plans to Cheshire East Council and the authority is now consulting with residents to get their thoughts.

Neighbourhood planning gives communities the ability to choose where they want new homes, shops and offices to be built, have their say on what those new buildings should look like and what infrastructure should be provided.

Councillor Ainsley Arnold, Cabinet member in charge of housing and planning, said: “The Council has made a big commitment to helping our residents prepare neighbourhood plans that shape how their communities will develop.

“The excellent work done by Audlem and Brereton is a great example of how we can work together across our communities to deliver the things that really matter when it comes to local plan making.

“Neighbourhood planning is really taking off in Cheshire East with 23 of our communities actively involved in the plan-making process and a lot more in the early stages of discussion.

“It’s an excellent way for residents to take ownership of those really important issues that we all grapple with in the planning system and we’ve expanded the neighbourhood planning team to make sure this happens. I look forward to seeing more of our communities submit plans to us and to steering them through the process.”

Once consultation on the two village’s proposed plans has been completed, an independent examination and local referendum will follow. Once these stages have been completed, Cheshire East can adopt them as part of its statutory Development Plan to help it decide planning applications.

Councillor Jane Deans, vice chair of Brereton Parish Council, said: “The parish council is fully supportive of the principles of neighbourhood planning and is very encouraged by the many positive comments received during the pre-submission consultation period in April earlier this year.

“We are very pleased to have reached this milestone of submitting Brereton’s Neighbourhood Plan to the local planning authority for wider publication and consideration after two years of hard work by the project team.

“We look forward to continuing our collaboration with Cheshire East Council over the remaining months of the neighbourhood planning stages, and to reach the final milestone of having our plan fully made.”

Councillor Heather Jones, from the Audlem Neighbourhood Plan steering group, said: “Audlem’s Neighbourhood Plan is the result of months of time and effort from members of the steering committee and other volunteers who have consulted extensively with residents to produce a detailed document outlining what our community wants for the parish over the next 15 years.

“Parish councillors are delighted that residents’ views are being formally taken into consideration in planning decision making and we look forward to seeing the plan made in the not too distant future.”

To view and comment on either plan, visit www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/neighbourhoodplanning

The current consultation on these plans will close on September 21 at 7pm.

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Scouts Callenge

This weekend the 17th South West Cheshire Scout Group embarked on a huge challenge walking a total of 34 miles from Frodsham to Whitchurch to complete the Sandstone Trail. The sponsored walk was completed by 7 of the leaders who were up at 4.30am on Saturday with blister plasters all packed and ready to go. The Cubs and Scouts joined the leaders for a total distance of 6 miles whilst the Beavers, age group 5-7 years, walked along the ridge and up to Rawhead, the highest point of the trail for a total of 3 miles.

This ambitious Scout group completed the walk to raise funds for their much needed stores. The stores have been on the group’s grounds for over 50 years and are now crumbling and leaking. To secure the group’s equipment and provide additional space for their expanding membership they need to raise a total of £33,000 of which they have already secured around £20,000. The group has broken records in Cheshire by growing year on year for the last 11 years and still have a waiting list. The additional storage and multi-use space will help considerably in reducing the waiting list and securing their vital outdoor equipment.

You can support the group by donating at https://mydonate.bt.com/events/sandstone/228412

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Beware of rogue publishers offering advertising space on behalf of Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service

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Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service is warning businesses to be aware of a scam in which rogue publishers are offering advertising space in a publication they claim they are producing on behalf of the Service.

The rogue publishers make unsolicited telephone calls to businesses, in particular small businesses, doctors’ surgeries and dental practices offering advertising space in publications such as diaries, wall planners and crime prevention booklets.

The cost of the ‘advert’ can range from £50 to anything up to £1000. However, once you have paid you’ll find the publication either doesn’t exist or only a handful of copies are printed. Generally, if the call is bogus, the caller will only provide a PO box address and the phone number will be blocked.

Tim Bevington, Head of Planning, Performance and Communications for the Service, says: "We do not, as a rule, engage third party publishing companies to create publications and sell advertising space on our behalf. When we heard about this current scam from a vigilant Macclesfield business owner we took advice from Trading Standards and Consumer Direct NW, who work closely on consumer issues, on what to do to prevent being caught out by these rogue publishers.”

If you receive an unsolicited call from a publishing company:

  • Don’t agree to anything until you are given full details of the publishing company and what you will get for your money

  • Ask to see terms and conditions before agreeing anything

  • Read all small print of any contract carefully

  • Establish how many copies are being published, where they will be distributed and how, and where can you get hold of a copy

  • If you are told that someone from your company has already verbally agreed to place an advert get full details of who and when, and check with the member of staff before agreeing anything further

  • Ask which other companies in your area have taken advertising space and contact them to see if the caller is genuine

  • If you receive a demand for payment, which could be over the phone or via an ‘invoice’ respond to the demand stating why you do not owe any money

  • REMEMBER, a contract can be verbal so stop and think before you agree to anything

Businesses which may have been targeted in this way are urged to be extremely cautious and not to pay for or agree to place an advertisement without being completely certain of the authenticity of the publishing company. If an invoice or a demand for payment for an advertisement that’s not been placed is received, please contact Consumer Direct NW on 03454 040506 as soon as possible.

Businesses which may have been targeted in this way are urged to be extremely cautious and not to pay for or agree to place an advertisement without being completely certain of the authenticity of the publishing company. If an invoice or a demand for payment for an advertisement that’s not been placed is received, please contact Consumer Direct NW on 03454 040506 as soon as possible.
For more information please visit www.cheshirefire.gov.uk or follow @CheshireFire on Twitter

Crewe Alex Vs Port Vale

 


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Crewe v Port Vale- Saturday 8th August 2015
Supporters are reminded that the away fixture at Crewe Alexandra on Saturday 8th August is a complete sell out for Vale fans and there will be no tickets available for sale on the day of the game.
Cheshire Police have asked that we advise supporters that the pubs in and around the ground and the Town Centre will close at 3pm and will not re-open until well after the game has ended.
A spokesperson for Cheshire Police said, “Port Vale were given the maximum allocation of tickets as possible and these sold out very quickly. We therefore ask any fans without tickets not to travel and warn that if any supporter is found in the opposing ends of the Stadium they could be ejected.”
Cheshire Police also advise that there may be some restrictions on supporter and vehicle movement immediately after the game to ensure that all fans can leave the area safely
Supporters can follow the Cheshire Police dedicated Twitter account (@CreweAlexPolice) for up to date information on the run up to, and on the day of the game

Rental Fraud in Student Accommodation Alert


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Seasonal rental fraud is an emerging trend with students looking for suitable accommodation around August, before the start of the new term.
Fraudsters use a variety of websites to advertise available properties to rent. often at attractive rates and convenient locations. Adverts will seem genuine, accompanied by a number of photos and contact information to discuss your interest.
Due to demand, students will often agree to pay upfront fees to secure the property quickly, without viewing the property, only to discover that the fraudster posing as the landlord does not have ownership of the property, or often there are already tenants living there.
Protect Yourself

  • Only use reputable letting companies.
  • Do some online research such as using Google maps to check the property does exist.
  • Make an appointment to view the property in person.
  • Always view the property prior to paying any advance fees.
  • Look out for warning signs, such as landlords requesting a ‘holding deposit’ due to the property being in high demand.
  • A landlord will usually conduct some due diligence on any successful applicant. Be wary of handing over cash without the landlord requesting employment or character references.

Rental Fraud: Targetting Empty Properties - Alert

 


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The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has received several reports of rental fraud whereby empty premises are being targeted and the locks are being changed for the purpose of adding legitimacy to a rental fraud.
The suspect(s) will find and enter an empty property for the purposes of changing the locks and then advertising it on online platforms, such as Gumtree, as a rental property. The suspect(s) then invite interested victims to visit the property for a viewing. Those victims which are interested in renting the property are then requested to pay a deposit and/or rent upfront in cash.
In some instances the victims have moved into the property only to be evicted by the real property owner, or have found that the locks have been changed, once they have received the keys. There are several instances where this fraud has left victims homeless.
Property Owners:

  • If you or someone you know currently has an empty property, encourage them to visit the property regularly to make sure that the locks have not been changed and no damage has occurred.

Prevention Advice:
  • Avoid communication with only email or mobile phone, request to see the property owner and ask for valid ID. You can also check ownership of the property using the Land Registry.
  • The landlord will carry out their own due diligence and should request all of your details, references and proof that you will be able to afford to rent the property. Make sure that these checks are completed prior to paying a deposit / rent.
  • Always view the property and the tenancy agreement before paying any upfront costs.
If you, or anyone you know, have been affected by this fraud or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk