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Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Cheshire Emergency Services Day’

Reporter Jonathan White, Wistaston

The inaugural ‘Cheshire Emergency Services Day’ in Nantwich took place at The Weaver Stadium on Sunday 8th July 2018 in aid of The Donna Louise.

The emergency services were represented including firefighters, police, ambulance and blood bikes with many of the 999 related exhibitors based in Nantwich.

Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service had several appliances on display, a Dunk the Firefighter game, and Be safe near water awareness campaign. There was also a restored City of Chester Fire Service Dennis F7 Fire Appliance from 1949.

Cheshire Constabulary displayed two police cars, a van, and two bicycles with the opportunity to sit inside the vehicles and try out a riot shield.

North West Ambulance Service - Ambulance First Responder gave CPR and defibrillator familiarisation sessions. North Staffordshire Voluntary First Aid Service displayed an ambulance.

Shropshire, Staffordshire & Cheshire Blood Bikes had a display of their bikes that people could sit on and gave information about how they provide free urgent transportation of medical items.

Blue Light Vehicle Preservation Group had three vehicles on display - Jaguar 1993 XJ 40 PS motorway patrol car, 2012 Ford Focus neighbourhood response team police car, and a Range Rover P38a control vehicle. The Range Rover was used on 6th September 1997 to escort Diana, Princess of Wales’ hearse from Hyde Park Corner to Althorp. The vehicle was restored to its original special escort group condition by owner Richard Hopkins.

There was also an artisan market, beat the goalie competition, face painting and a children’s funfair. Refreshments were available from the Dabbers Diner and other outlets.

Nantwich Town FC stewards supervised the event.

Local radio station The Cat 107.9 FM kept visitors entertained throughout the event with a range of upbeat music and there was appearance by Twitchy the cat who was later ‘arrested’!

Proceeds from the event will go to The Donna Louise - https://www.thedonnalouise.org/ - which provides support and care for children and young adults with life-limiting conditions, and their families in Staffordshire and Cheshire.

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service – display of vehicles.

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service – display of vehicles

Borough’s breathtaking settings generate weddings bonanza for Cheshire East


With some of the most breathtaking settings imaginable, Cheshire East is among the most popular places in the country for couple’s to say ‘I do.’

Cheshire East Council’s award-winning registration service is officially recognised as among the best for delivering every bride’s dream – a seamless ceremony founded on detailed planning and professionalism.

Whether it’s a castle, a historic hall or a hotel and spa, the service prides itself on making a couple’s wedding day a day to remember – for all the right reasons.

With more than 2,000 ceremonies a year at more than 70 approved venues throughout Cheshire East, the registration service was recently voted ‘best ceremony provider’ at the North West Wedding Awards, staged by County Brides Magazine.

It has also received the highest rating of all from the Registrar General for all the services delivered, including the registration of births and deaths.

A staggering 70 per cent of couples are from outside the borough yet choose Cheshire East for their nuptials because of its wide choice in outstanding venues. The service helps to deliver £32m a year to the rural economy – the sum the wedding business brings into the borough, including hotels, cars, flowers and outfits.

Julie Hadfield, a superintendent registrar, said: “We take a great deal of pride in the service we offer to couples and we have a fantastic team, who go that extra mile to ensure no detail is overlooked.

“The professionalism of our team is key to making sure our couples enjoy a day to remember. The award of ‘best ceremony provider’ was a real thrill and we are delighted to be the inaugural winners of this new award.

“We are lucky to have some amazing venues to offer, which was also recognised on the night, with Wrenbury Hall scooping the award for ‘best venue’ (second year running) and Crewe Hall, which received the ‘business of the year’ award.”

Cheshire East Council Leader Rachel Bailey said: “I am proud of all the customer-facing services this council delivers and this one in particular stands out as an example of the quality and professionalism we seek to achieve across the whole of Cheshire East Council.

“It is pleasing to learn that it is not only contributing to the borough’s economy but also making many hundreds of couples happy into the bargain.”

The service is currently recruiting for two deputy registrars of births, marriages and deaths. So, if you fancy a new challenge in life, why not apply? To do so visit: https://cheshireeast.gov.uk/jobs_and_careers/jobs_and_careers.aspx

Homeless and armed forces personnel to get priority in new housing policy


Homeless people and armed forces personnel are to have a greater chance of being rehoused under Cheshire East Council’s new housing allocations policy, approved today (Tuesday).

Proposed changes, including priorities for the homeless and armed forces personnel, have been approved by the council’s cabinet.

Cheshire East is committed to putting its residents at the heart of council policy and continues to develop better outcomes for residents facing challenging circumstances.

The council’s revised ‘Common Allocations Policy’ aims to make the best use of social housing stock in the borough and give residents a place to live that supports their health and wellbeing and contributes to their quality of life.

While the council is not a housing stock holder authority it is responsible for the policy that determines eligibility.

In future, people assessed as not having security of tenure, who are living in over-crowded conditions, or whose current accommodation is affecting a diagnosed medical condition, will be placed in a higher category, including the homeless.

The revised policy will also give serving and former armed forces personnel, who are in housing need, placed in a higher category. 

Changes to local connection – where an applicant from outside the borough must prove a local connection with Cheshire East – have been approved meaning people seeking social housing will need to be resident in the borough for two years or have a local connection such as employment in the borough.

People allocated social housing will have to wait 12 months before applying for a move to different accommodation, unless there is a change in their circumstances.

Social housing providers will be expected to allocate an equal number of units in multiple-unit blocks of flats to tenants in employment.

All social housing tenants and residents awaiting allocation are advised to check as to how the changes may affect them.

Cheshire East Council believes that all its residents should have the opportunity to live in decent accommodation in a pleasant environment.  Last December the council adopted its strategy for tackling homelessness and also the council’s housing strategy, which outlined the long-term vision for increasing the number of new affordable homes.

Consultation on 30 year plan


Cheshire East Council has approved a strategy for consultation which shows there will be room for burials for the next 30 years.

The council is keen to ensure it has continuing provision within the borough and commissioned a study to assess capacity and potential future demand for burial space.

Consultants and landscape design company Harrison Design Development, based in Mold, North Wales, devised the planned strategy which will see Crewe Meadow Brook and Macclesfield as the two principal cemeteries in Cheshire East.

The council is also taking the opportunity to refresh its cemetery regulations and to make sure they are in line with new national standards.

They will be holding a consultation for an eight week period between 20 July and 14 September and encouraging residents to give their views.

Councillor Don Stockton, who has responsibility for the environment at Cheshire East Council, said: “This is a sensitive issue but an extremely important one to get right. While more people are choosing to be cremated these days, we wish to maintain the choice of burial for the public and welcome the results of this assessment.

“It’s vitally important people are given their last wishes and this approved plan will ensure we are adequately prepared for the next 30 years.”

For further information or to get involved please go to this website:

Borough’s schools urged to engage with healthy travel plans


Cheshire East Council is introducing a campaign to promote healthier ways of travelling to school.

The council wants to encourage more children to walk or cycle to school rather than travel by car.

Known as Smots (sustainable modes of transport to school), the strategy also considers safer parking for communities around schools, other modes of transport – such as buses and trains – and a policy to encourage schools to have their own travel plans.

The strategy seeks to make other forms of travel more appealing and reduce the automatic choice of family car to drive children to school.

The council acknowledges that where families live in remote rural areas, or where special circumstances apply, car travel may be the only option but it does want to encourage parents to think more carefully about choosing healthier, active forms of travel for their children.

Walking routes and cycle ways could be improved and increased in number and schools will be encouraged to continue road safety training and ‘Bikeability’ schemes to teach young people safe riding.

The travel plans will help schools to identify and flag up the issues and obstacles that deter or prevent pupils using more sustainable forms of travel. The council can look at ways to address the problems.

Solutions could take a number of forms:

· Improvements to walking and cycling routes

· New access points to school sites giving more convenient and safer access for pedestrians and cyclists

· Improved or new safe crossing points on routes to schools

· Small-scale traffic management schemes such as lining, signing and traffic calming

· Improvements to parking 

The council has set aside £150,000 to fund schemes that would help to deliver solutions. 

The Smots strategy sets out the framework for how the council, in collaboration with key delivery partners, will support schools to enable and encourage sustainable travel to and from schools.

By achieving greater use of sustainable modes of transport, coupled with physical activity, the council wants to create safer and more vibrant communities leading to quality of place and improved educational outcomes.

Councillor Jos Saunders, cabinet member for children and families, said: “Recent Public Health England figures showed that in Cheshire East we have one of the lowest rates of childhood obesity and we want to maintain that and continue to improve upon it.

“But this is not just about obesity in the young.  It is about improving quality of life for everyone, by reducing car dependency and promoting healthy lifestyles.”

Councillor Don Stockton, cabinet member for environment, said: “From a highways perspective, it is about improving road safety around schools, relieving congestion and reducing the number of parked cars outside or near schools.

“We are working with schools and other delivery partners to introduce measures that can provide opportunities for sustainable and community-friendly travel to our schools.”

Cheshire East backs £1m special school expansion to boost provision


Cheshire East Council has backed a £1m expansion of a school for children with special educational needs to better meet local needs.

Springfield Special School, in Crewe, is to increase from 132 pupils places to 156 under proposals backed today by the council’s cabinet.

This decision follows a local authority report that identified a significant need for the council to increase its specialist educational provision in the borough.

Councillor Jos Saunders, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for children and families, said: “This is excellent news for residents of Cheshire East – and particularly for pupils with special educational needs (SEN) and their families.

“By increasing SEN places within Cheshire East, the council can reduce more-costly placements outside of the borough, reduce journey times and travel costs, make better use of resources and provide more choice for parents.

“Most crucially, it enables us to support our pupils to be able to stay in their local community – allowing them to build friendships with people who live close to them and spend less time travelling. In short, it helps us bring our children back home.”    

Currently one in five pupils attending specialist provision currently has a journey of more than 45 minutes each way and half attend outside Cheshire East.

Springfield Special School is an ‘outstanding school’, as judged by Ofsted, which provides high-quality specialist provision for children and young people, aged four to 19, with severe learning difficulties and profound multiple learning difficulties.

It is the only such school in the south of the borough and the next nearest school, which provides similar provision in Cheshire East, is Park Lane in Macclesfield.

Funding for the expansion of places at Springfield Special School will come from developer (section 106) contributions, the school and Cheshire East Council. The scheme is part of the council’s three-year plan to develop SEN provision in the borough.

The additional 24 places at Springfield will potentially save the council around £440,000 a year by reducing the need for more expensive out-of-borough placements for pupils.

Planning permission for the scheme, which received no submitted objections, was granted in February 2018.

Health and well-being improvements… a year on


Integrating health and social care across Cheshire East has led to a string of health care improvements for patients during the last year.

The ‘Delivering the Better Care Fund in Cheshire East 2017-19’ was fully assured by NHS England in December 2017. Health and social care services for patients across Cheshire East are set to further improve according to Councillor Janet Clowes.

The Spring Budget 2017 announced £2 billion to support adult social care across England – this equated to Cheshire East receiving their slice of almost £25m during 2017/18.

Initiatives over the last year have included:

- Reducing the number of falls for older people

- Tackling delays in discharge from hospital

- Implementing almost 1,000 packages of care through a pilot scheme

- Telecare usage – on average, more than 2,500 patients use it each month

- New systems led to 3,175 safeguarding concerns were raised

- 318 disabled people were able to live independently through extra funding

- 194 people were able to return to their home earlier as provisions were quickly put in place

- Additional carers were able to care for an extra 872 people.

Councillor Janet Clowes, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for adult social care and integration, said: “The improved better care fund has been created to support some of our most vulnerable residents to provide better integrated health and social care services.

“Proof of the pudding is in the results. After a year, we are already seeing dramatic improvements for patients across Cheshire East – these have resulted in better and faster access to the right health and social care services, near to or at their home.

“It is another example of our commitment to providing the right care in the right place at the right time. I would like to thank all our health partners for their continued support – these initiatives are continuing to make a significant difference.” 

Saturday, 7 July 2018

Replacement 78 bus service between Nantwich and Leighton Hospital announced


A company has stepped in to provide a bus service between Nantwich and Leighton Hospital which faced the axe by an operator next month.

Following our recent information bulletin about changes to bus services in the borough, Mikro Coaches has come forward to register a replacement 78 service between Nantwich and Leighton Hospital/Coppenhall.

The current 78 service is not subsidised by the council and current operator D&G Buses has decided there were too few passengers to make the 78 service economically viable. The replacement 78 is also a commercial bus service, not subsidised by the council, and the continuation of the route will depend on passengers using the service.

The new 78 service will start on Monday 23 July 2018, with the D&G service ending the previous Friday (20 July). The new 78 service will have a different timetable (see inset) but the route will remain the same as the current 78.

Further details of the new 78 service and upcoming changes can be viewed on the council’s website at: www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/bustimetables

Improved household recycling rates set to rise across Cheshire East


A recycling company has been given the green light by planning chiefs to build a food composting plant in Crewe which will create eight full time jobs.

The Hull-based recycling company, Biowise, has secured a 15-year deal with Cheshire East Council to provide a composting plant to process food and garden waste from Cheshire East’s 370,000 residents.

The composting plant will make it possible for food across the whole of Cheshire East to be recycled for the first time from late summer 2019.

Latest figures have revealed Cheshire East Council is recycling more than 55 per cent of waste compared with less than 17 per cent almost a decade ago.

Councillor Don Stockton, Cheshire East Council’s cabinet member for environment, said: “We are delighted that Biowise has come up with an efficient, sustainable and low-cost solution to recycle food waste. They have done a great job in successfully satisfying the strict planning application requirements.

“This new composting plant will process food and garden waste together and will help us to further improve our recycling rates, which are currently better than the majority of councils across England. We are determined to further improve these rates so that we are among the very best in the country. We look forward to working with Biowise and building a strong partnership into the future.”

Cheshire East is keeping its three bin system with the waste being collected fortnightly within the garden waste bin, so there will be no need for an extra container. Once completed next year, the food and garden waste will be processed at the new six-acre composting plant in Crewe.

Each year, from 2019, Biowise will have a licence to manage 75,000 tonnes of food waste across Cheshire East. The company will design, build, finance and operate a £7m state-of-the-art gicom in-vessel composting facility along with associated aerated static pile composting, screening and blending operations at the council-owned site in Leighton Grange, near Crewe.

Bob Wilkes, operations and development director for Biowise, said: “The development of this advanced composting facility represents the culmination of a two-year process of careful design and negotiation with Cheshire East Council officers and their advisors.

“Through this forward thinking and collaborative process, Cheshire East Council is providing a long-term, environmentally-friendly solution to their residents, utilising state-of the-art technology to produce a fantastic quality assured PAS 100 compost product from mixed garden and food waste.  We are delighted to be a part of that process and excited about the prospect of working together in the future.”

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A fund-raising charity event

reporter Jonathan White, Wistaston 

A fund-raising charity event takes place on Sunday 15th July 2018 (1pm to 4pm) at 1 Minshull Hill Cottage, Cross Lane, Minshull Vernon, CW1 4RF (opposite Minshull United Reformed Church). There will be stalls including a tombola, bric-a-brac, books, home bake and a grand raffle. There will also be an ice cream machine and tea & coffee. Proceeds will go to Claire House Children’s Hospice in memory of Millie.

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Cheshire East issues advice on how to keep cool and safe in the heatwave


Cheshire East Council is urging people to stay safe and well in the hot summer sun.

It follows a forecast of temperatures set to soar again and the Met Office heatwave warning being raised to ‘level three’.

The latest advice issued on how to look after yourself and others during hot weather is as follows:

● Stay out of the heat;

● Keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm;

● If you have to go out in the heat, walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat and light scarf;

● Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours, who may be less able to look after themselves;

● Avoid extreme physical exertion. If you can’t avoid strenuous outdoor activity, like sport, DIY or gardening, keep it for cooler parts of the day, like early morning or evening;

● Wear light, loose-fitting cotton clothes;

● Cool yourself down. Have plenty of cold drinks and avoid excess alcohol, caffeine and hot drinks;

● Eat cold foods, particularly salads and fruit with a high water content;

● Take a short cool shower, shallow bath or body wash;

● Sprinkle water over the skin or clothing or keep a damp cloth on the back of your neck;

● Keep your environment cool. Keeping your living space cool is especially important for infants, the elderly or those with chronic health conditions or those who can’t look after themselves;

● Keep windows that are exposed to the sun closed during the day and open windows at night, when the temperature has dropped;

● Close curtains that receive morning or afternoon sun. However, care should be taken with metal blinds and dark curtains, as these can absorb heat – consider replacing or putting reflective material in-between them and the window space;

● Place a thermometer in your main living room and bedroom to keep a check on the temperature;

● Turn off non-essential lights and electrical equipment – they generate heat;

● Keep indoor plants and bowls of water in the house as evaporation helps cool the air;

● If possible, move into a cooler room, especially for sleeping; and

● Electric fans may provide some relief, if temperatures are below 35C. At temperatures above 35C fans may not prevent heat-related illness and may cause dehydration. The advice is not to aim the fan directly on the body and to have regular drinks.

People are also being urged to avoid swimming in open water, including reservoirs, rivers or canal locks, because of the risk of drowning due to unseen hazards and the shock caused by entering very cold, deep water.

Residents and visitors are also being urged to dispose of cigarette and cigar ends safely, given the current high risk of moorland or grass fires and to not discard glass on open ground, as this could magnify sunlight and start a blaze.

For further information about coping during hot weather, visit the NHS webpage:

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/heatwave-how-to-cope-in-hot-weather/

ADOPTION COUNTS UNVEILS SUPER-SIZED BEE TO CELEBRATE FIRST ANNIVERSARY


To celebrate its one-year anniversary, Adoption Counts unveiled its very own super-sized Bee sculpture today, as part of Bee in the City’s Hive of Creativity Festival at the National Football Museum.

The giant Bee is a symbol of the difference a year can make in the life of an adopted child and parent. It forms part of Adoption Counts’ anniversary campaign which shares stories from adoptive parents about the life changing family moments they’ll never forget.

Working closely with talented artist Lois Cordelia, adoptive parents submitted words and phrases about their adoption experiences to help create the Bee design, while enchanting illustrations of family and children cover the Bee in playful scenes.

The five local authorities in Greater Manchester and Cheshire that make up the adoption agency, were joined by adoptive parents and primary school children to unveil the Bee.

Councillor Jos Saunders , Cheshire East Council cabinet member for children and families, said: “We are so proud to be supporting this exciting festival, celebrating young people’s involvement in ‘Bee in the City’. Lois Cordelia’s design captures our message perfectly, that adoption can transform a child’s life into a world of love, creativity and imagination.

“We recognise that by joining together with our partners across Manchester makes it easier to find the best family for each child. Our key aim remains to provide the right adopters at the right time, reduce the delay in finding forever homes for these children and working hard for those who have waited the longest to be placed.

“We are committed to not just to finding new families but supporting these families into the future, helping them to give children the security they need.”

The Bee, named ‘Bee-YOU-ti-ful’, will now form part of the Bee in the City art trail, opening on July 23rd, before it is auctioned off to raise funds for The Lord Mayor of Manchester’s, We Love MCR Charity, in October.

Adoptive parent, Paul, said: “The process of adoption can be challenging, but Adoption Counts were with us every step of the way and, a year on, we’re thriving as a family. It’s lovely to be part of the anniversary and to see the Bee with words which resonate with us as adoptive parents. I hope it will open people’s eyes to adoption and how truly life changing it can be.”

There are currently a high number of children, some of them with their siblings, in desperate need of a loving home in Greater Manchester and Cheshire. Adoption Counts hopes this campaign will encourage people to think about adopting and contact them for support.

Adoption is life changing. Visit www.adoptioncounts.org.uk to find out more.

Wheel barrow walk

Reporter Jonathan White, Wistaston

Roy Price, aged 50, successfully pushed a 100kg wheelbarrow fourteen miles on Saturday 30th June 2018 to raise money for charity. Roy was joined by friend Ian Jones, aged 46, from Crewe, who was dressed as a bear and carried a donation bucket.

They both raised several hundred pounds for the Mid Cheshire Hospitals Charity during ‘The Crazy Wheelbarrow walk’ and nominated the Macmillan Chemotherapy Suite at Leighton Hospital in Crewe to benefit from the money raised. Roy trained for the event by walking up Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales, and by walking the 34-mile-long Sandstone Trail path in a day.

Roy and Ian started their gruelling physical challenge from The Raven pub on Brookhouse Drive in Crewe, then followed a route that included Fuller Drive, Laidon Avenue, Broughton Lane, The Woodside pub on Valley Road, Wistaston Green Road, Crewe to Nantwich Greenway, Barony Park, Nantwich town centre, and back to The Raven pub via Crewe Road, Church Lane, The Woodside pub (again), and Dane Bank Avenue. Refreshments were provided by Cafe 27 on Beam Street in Nantwich at the half-way point. Roy’s printed shirt was provided by Cheshire Work & Leisure Wear Ltd. Despite blisteringly hot conditions, during a UK heatwave, they completed their journey in an impressive nine hours.

Roy accomplished the feat in memory of his wife - Ruth Price - who passed away in February this year from secondary breast cancer. Ruth was treated at the Macmillan Cancer Unit at Leighton Hospital. Ian took part in memory of his mother - Janet Jones - who also passed away from cancer.

Ian collected £300 in his charity bucket and several hundred pounds has also been pledged via Roy’s online Virgin Money Giving page.

Roy will also match the total raised and make a personal donation to a local charity - The Shine Bright Foundation - who raise money to help fund trials for to aid the research into Triple Negative Breast Cancer and support anyone receiving breast cancer treatment.

Roy Price said: “Despite the hot weather myself and Ian were determined to finish the walk. Ian went above and beyond as it was hot pushing the wheelbarrow but must have been very uncomfortable dressed as a bear - his wife Sarah followed our progress and brought cold water to us at various locations throughout the walk. Ian’s mum was the most fantastic caring lovely person you could wish to meet, and she was also one of Ruth’s best friends - it was an absolute honour to have Janet as a friend. We thank everyone for their fantastic support. I now look forward to my next challenge which is scaling Mount Kilimanjaro. I had never walked up a mountain in my life until I did Snowdon a few weeks ago. After spending 30 years with Ruth I had become lost in a whole lot of emotion and I’ve used the challenge of climbing Kilimanjaro to pull me out of the four walls I became trapped in. Even now accepting things is difficult but I put on a brave face.”

Carole Salmon, Community Fundraiser - ‎Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Thank you to Roy and Ian for choosing to the donate the money raised to the Macmillan Unit – they are truly inspirational fundraisers. It is a pleasure to support them in the fundraising.”

Roy’s target is to raise £5,000 and his next fund-raising challenge is later this year in September when he aims to climb the Mount Kilimanjaro volcano in Tanzania, Africa. On Saturday 21st July (12pm onwards) there is a Garden Party at The Woodside on Valley Road in Wistaston to raise funds for Roy’s climb. The event will include a BBQ, bouncy castle, face painting & glitter, tombola & raffle, candy floss, popcorn, slush puppies, ice cream van, football challenge, owls and hedgehogs and a dog fancy dress competition.

To add to Roy’s fundraising total please visit: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/RoyPrice2

l-r - Roy Price - Ian Jones during the walk

Council launches consultation on delivery of highways services


Cheshire East Council has launched a public consultation on proposed changes to its highways safety inspections and winter service activities.

The council currently carries out highways safety inspections in accordance with its current Code of Practice for Highway Safety Inspections 2013. This document was developed using the guidance provided in Well Maintained Highways, published in 2005 by the UK Roads Liaison Group (UKRLG).

Under the current code of practice the council has developed robust procedures, which have proved reliable in demonstrating compliance with legal obligations and as a defence against third-party claims.

The Department for Transport commissioned the UKRLG to develop replacement guidance for Well Maintained Highways and, in October 2016, Well Managed Highway Infrastructure (WMHI) was published. This document promotes the adoption of an integrated asset management approach to the management of highway infrastructure based on prioritising local levels of service through risk-based assessment.

This provides a number of key recommendations, particularly relating to the development of a network priority hierarchy, as well as embedding a ‘risk-based’ approach.

In order to comply with the new national guidance and adopt its recommendations, the council needs to revise its codes of practice for highway safety inspections and winter and adverse weather service. The proposed new approach – which will now be subject to public consultation – is to consider additional local risk factors, such as use, the proximity of schools, shops, transport hubs and health services.

Also, following the severe winter weather of 2013/14, the government commissioned the Transport Resilience Review, which was published in July 2014. A key finding was the need for local councils to identify a resilient network to which to give priority – in order to maintain economic activity in times of extreme weather or disruptive events.

As part of this consultation exercise, the council is looking to align its ‘resilient network’ with the recommendations of WMHI and will be liaising with relevant stakeholders to identify strategic infrastructure in the borough that may need inclusion in the ‘resilient network’.

Councillor Don Stockton, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for environment, said: “This is an important consultation, which will help us better align our management of the highways network with the levels of road usage and risk.”

The consultation will run from now until 27 August and can be accessed via the link:

https://surveys.cheshireeast.gov.uk/s/WMHIConsultation/

Mystery of Crewe’s ‘missing’ jigsaw now revealed – and it’s back on show


Crewe’s ‘missing’ giant jigsaw, which once greeted arriving travellers at Crewe railway station, is to get a new lease of life.

The amazing piece of local artwork, produced by people in Crewe, has been reinvented and will be back on display soon, telling the story through images of what life in Crewe means to them.

Cheshire East Council’s communities team took on the challenge of reinvigorating local interest in the jigsaw artwork, which had been mothballed since a revamp of the railway station in 2012. The council had taken care to store all the pieces in the knowledge that the children who created it deserved to see it get a new lease of life.

Today’s schools, businesses and community groups responded to the idea of renovating and taking ownership of the project – and it will make its debut at the annual TrAction event in Crewe on Saturday (7 July).

Recycling and community cohesion are two themes running through the project, as well as celebrating diversity and skills.

Rail engineering company Bombardier has supported the art project, adopting a piece of the jigsaw to portray faces of some of the young people employed by the firm. 

Councillor Janet Clowes, Cheshire East Council cabinet member responsible for connected communities, said: “This is a fantastic example of people in Crewe coming together to celebrate their proud heritage in a unique piece of artwork.

“It is fitting that local schools, businesses and community groups are able to adopt their own piece of the jigsaw and ensure that the spirit, in which it was designed, lives on for many years to come.

“It is also testimony to our communities team that the original jigsaw has been safely stored and reimagined in this creative way.” 

Local artist David Jewkes, supported by teams of Crewe children, schools and businesses, designed and funded the original 75-piece jigsaw mural, which for many years greeted arriving passengers at Crewe Railway Station.

It extended about 20 metres of wall by the enclosed pedestrian bridge linking the station entrance with its many platforms and reflected life in Crewe and its heritage.

The jigsaw was taken down and put in safe storage when the station underwent a facelift.  Many people have asked about its future and were reassured that the jigsaw would resurface. Now it has.

More photos and information can be found at the Remade Jigsaw Facebook page -https://www.facebook.com/remadejigsaw2018/.

The TrAction event is a free day of activities celebrating transport, travel and motion. For more information visit: http://www.crewelife.net/traction-crewe/

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

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Follow Up Calls Computer Software Service Fraud


There is concern that victims of previous Computer Software Service Fraud (CSSF) are being re-targeted for “owed money”. The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) reports that CSSF scammers are returning to contact previous victims, requesting that they pay money owed for a fake malware protection service they had provided. Alternatively, the fraudster will ask for a new subscription fee in return for protection from a new threat. The victims that have made payments to the fraudsters have done so via credit/debit card payments. In some instances threatening and aggressive language has been used against victims, as part of the attempt to coerce them into sending money.

Computer Software Service Fraud involves the victim being contacted, told that there is a problem with their computer, and that for a fee this issue can be resolved. The aim of the fraudster at this point is usually to gain remote access to the victim’s computer and, subsequently, access to their online banking account. No fix actually occurs. The victims will often be cold-called or will receive a pop-up on their computer, prompting them to phone the suspect.

Since the beginning of this year (2018), the total loss for repeat victims of CSSF has been reported as £16,712.85. The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has noticed an increase in such reports since the beginning of May.

Protect Yourself

• If you receive such an unsolicited call or pop-up, do not make a payment. Always ensure you know who you are talking to. If in doubt, hang up immediately.

Do not allow remote access to your computer.

Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision. Under no circumstances would a genuine bank, or another trusted organisation, force you to make a financial transaction on the spot; they would never ask you to transfer money into another account for fraud reasons. Remember to stop and take time to carefully consider your actions.

Listen to your instincts. If something feels wrong then it is usually right to question it. Criminals may lull you into a false sense of security when you are out and about or rely on your defences being down when you’re in the comfort of your own home. They may appear trustworthy, but they may not be who they claim to be.

For more information about how to protect yourself online, visit www.cyberaware.gov.uk and takefive-stopfraud.org.uk

If you have been a victim of fraud or cybercrime, report it to us at Actionfraud.police.uk, or by calling 0300 123 2040.

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Watch Out For These Fake Texts About Your Ee Bill

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Watch Out For These Fake Texts About Your Ee Bill



These fake text messages purport to be from EE and claim that you haven’t paid a bill. The link in the message leads to a phishing website designed to steal your EE account login details, as well as personal & financial information.
Don’t be tricked into giving a fraudster access to your personal or financial details. Never automatically click on a link or attachment in an unexpected email or text.
For more information on how to stay secure online, visit www.cyberaware.gov.uk

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Could You Knit Or Crochet A Buddy Bear For A Child In Need?

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Could You Knit Or Crochet A Buddy Bear For A Child In Need?


Good afternoon,
I am emailing to request if anyone receiving this email would like to knit or crochet a Buddy Bear for a child in need who may have been involved in an incident, or may been have victim of crime.
There is knitting pattern available or you can follow a pattern of your choice! You could be the one to change how a child remembers a difficult situation. The bear can be designed to look like a Police Bear!
If you would like to part of this movement, please knit or crochet a small bear and bring it to Crewe Police Station or reply on here for a request for someone to collect it from you!
Thank you for taking the time to read this and to those who act on this email thank you in advance for sending comfort to a child in need.
Kind regards,
PCSO Lizzie Jolley
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PCSO of Haslington and Rural Villages in Crewe East
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Cigarettes and tobacco seized in crackdown on illegal trade


Cheshire East Council officers seized cigarettes and tobacco worth more than £12,000 during a swoop against suspected fraudsters.

More than 50,000 cigarettes were uncovered during raids by council trading standards officers on a number of properties in Crewe and Macclesfield.

Officers and sniffer dogs discovered concealed stashes of tobacco at the premises, with products hidden in various areas, including a false wall, light fittings and under floorboards. The ‘Operation Max’ swoop followed a tip-off that cigarettes were secretly being stored in a number of residential and business locations.

The cigarettes were mainly ‘cheap whites’ – foreign imports brought into the UK, which are illegal due to the non-payment of duty.

Councillor Janet Clowes, Cheshire East Council cabinet member with responsibility for safer communities, said: “As an enforcing council, we work hard to keep harmful products off the streets and will crack down on businesses, criminal gangs or individuals who flout the law.

“All tobacco is harmful but the illegal black market in tobacco, and in particular the availability of cheap cigarettes, makes it harder for smokers to quit and remain smoke free. Detection dogs can find tobacco and cigarettes in the most unlikely places and, in addition to having their stock confiscated, offenders could face unlimited fines and up to 10 years in prison.

“This operation was intelligence led and local information really helps to get successful results. I would like to thank anyone who has provided information to the council, Cheshire police, or who has reported to the national ‘keep it out’ website – which allows people to report anonymously.

“Our communities do not want illegal products on their streets which can be harmful to health and linked to more serious criminal activity – and we will act to ensure offenders are brought to account.”

Further investigations will now take place with a view to prosecutions through the courts.

You can report any information on smuggling or illicit trading, anonymously, via the government’s keep it out website or by calling 0300 999 0000.

Council helps pioneering US tech company expand into Cheshire East


A pioneering US hi-tech company has expanded into the UK – following support from the Cheshire East Council’s arms-length Skills and Growth company.

Los Angeles-based Eyenuk, which has developed advanced retina screening technology, has opened its first office outside America thanks to help to source premises in Crewe and identify new markets.

Since recently opening its office at Crewe Hall, the business now employs seven UK-based staff.

Eyenuk is developing a range of artificial intelligence (AI) diagnostic products, which quickly and accurately identify patients suffering from potentially blinding eye diseases – such as diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration – using computer vision and image analysis expertise.

The company is looking to expand its operations and gain further international health approvals for its products. One of Eyenuk’s latest innovations has been to develop AI diabetic retinopathy screening software, which is multi-platform – allowing the use of smartphone technology to provide cost-effective and easily portable equipment for mass eye screening programmes.

Alan Hill, Eyenuk’s general manager of UK and Europe operations, said: “Cheshire East has been an ideal location for our first office outside the US. The support we received from the Skills and Growth Company enabled us to view and select a number of sites before settling on Crewe Hall and also introduced us to the University of Manchester’s ‘International Talent’ programme, to help us explore target markets in Europe.”

Councillor George Hayes, chairman of the Skills and Growth Company, said: “Our Inward Investment team has an enviable track record of supporting hi-tech businesses to move into Cheshire East and I am delighted to welcome Eyenuk to Crewe and hope they will continue to thrive.”

Sunday, 17 June 2018

New Ways To Protect You This National Neighbourhood Watch Week 2018


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New Ways To Protect You This National Neighbourhood Watch Week 2018


It’s National Neighbourhood Watch Week 2018 (NNWW18) and we’ve got some exciting news to share with you!

This year to mark NNWW18 we’ve created a fantastic, brand new section of our popular website to share new and important information on keeping you and your neighbours safe. Because crime is changing and we want to do our bit to make all communities safer and stronger across England and Wales .

Click here to look at all the new information we’re sharing about crimes and modern issues that cause such significant harm in our communities.

NNWW18 runs until next Sunday, June 24– it’s our annual week of social action across our network of 2.3 million member households - so it’s a perfect time to take a look and share the knowledge!

On our website you’ll find new information, statistics and practical Toolkits that you can share on:

•             Domestic Abuse – which we know affects all communities

•             Serious Violence – particularly knife crime

•             Vulnerability and loneliness – affecting more people as families become more mobile

•             Fraud and scams – electronic and traditional

•             High harm crimes – Modern Slavery, Child Sexual Exploitation etc.

Please do tell us what you’re doing to mark NNWW18 – email Lisa Parker lisa.parker@ourwatch.org.uk so we can showcase your good work across our media channels!

The Twitter hashtag for the week is #NNWW18 and you can follow us at @N_Watch

Have a great week!
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Courier Fraud

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Courier Fraud


The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has identified an increasing number of reports submitted to Action Fraud from the public concerning courier fraud.

Fraudsters are contacting victims by telephone and purporting to be a police officer or bank official. To substantiate this claim, the caller might be able to confirm some easily obtainable basic details about the victim such as their full name and address. They may also offer a telephone number for the victim to call to check that they are genuine; this number is not genuine and simply redirects to the fraudster who pretends to be a different person. After some trust has been established, the fraudster will then, for example, suggest;

- Some money has been removed from a victim’s bank account and staff at their local bank branch are responsible.

- Suspects have already been arrested but the “police” need money for evidence.

- A business such as a jewellers or currency exchange is operating fraudulently and they require assistance to help secure evidence.

Victims are then asked to cooperate in an investigation by attending their bank and withdrawing money, withdrawing foreign currency from an exchange or purchasing an expensive item to hand over to a courier for examination who will also be a fraudster. Again, to reassure the victim, a safe word might be communicated to the victim so the courier appears genuine.

At the time of handover, unsuspecting victims are promised the money they’ve handed over or spent will be reimbursed but in reality there is no further contact and the money is never seen again.
Protect Yourself

Your bank or the police will never:

- Phone and ask you for your PIN or full banking password.

- Ask you to withdraw money to hand over to them for safe-keeping, or send someone to your home to collect cash, PIN, cards or cheque books if you are a victim of fraud.

Don’t assume an email or phone call is authentic
Just because someone knows your basic details (such as your name and address or even your mother’s maiden name), it doesn’t mean they are genuine. Be mindful of who you trust – criminals may try and trick you into their confidence by telling you that you’ve been a victim of fraud

Stay in control

If something feels wrong then it is usually right to question it. Have the confidence to refuse unusual requests for personal or financial information.

For more information about how to protect yourself online visit

www.cyberaware.gov.uk  and www.takefive.stopfraud.org.uk

Supporting rural life across Cheshire East


Cheshire East Council will again be supporting rural life across the borough at two of the largest agricultural events and urging residents and visitors to attend.

The Royal Cheshire County Show is a two-day event, which this year is also celebrating 180 years of the Cheshire Agricultural Society, held on Tuesday and Wednesday (19 and 20 June). This is to be followed by the Nantwich Show and International Cheese Awards on 25 July.

The Royal Cheshire County Show will see and hear pupils from 15 primary and secondary schools from across Cheshire East perform at the music bowl to thousands of visitors on the Wednesday.

As a principal partner of the show, this year’s event will include a range of branded Cheshire East Council banners spread across the Cheshire East Rural Life Area to highlight its ongoing commitment to supporting rural life and associated local economy across the borough.

During the last 12 months, the council has implemented an improvements initiative which has included a £2.4m leadership programme. This has supported more than 60 rural businesses and colleges, including Nantwich’s Reaseheath College, through the closely linked Local Development Order programme.

In Cheshire East the rural economy represents 32 per cent of the borough’s £3.6 billion economy and provides work for more than 65,000 people.

Councillor Liz Wardlaw, Cheshire East Council deputy leader, said: “It’s important we are backing these magnificent rural events. During the year, we have been working closely with local businesses to support them in a variety of ways. We are very fortunate in Cheshire East to cover 450 square miles of beautiful countryside across the borough –   this is a fantastic opportunity to showcase what we have to offer.

“We are keen to promote Cheshire East as a visitor destination hotspot so that people can see the area in its full glory, as well as the good ongoing work. Our villages have been highlighted and recognised for Britain in Bloom awards as well as best kept villages. These events really help to encourage local people and visitors to spend more time and money in our beautiful borough.”

Each year, 16 million people visit Cheshire East, which last year generated an income of more than £895m.

Visitors planning a journey to The Royal Cheshire County Show will benefit from a free shuttle bus service to and from the showground, which has been kindly organised by the council. The service will run to and from Knutsford and Hartford railway stations.

The events will be held in Tabley, near Knutsford, and the Nantwich Show and International Cheese Awards, held at Dorfold Park.

In addition, the Nantwich Show and International Cheese Awards will be open to the public on Wednesday, 25 July, where they will be able to see winning cheeses from more than 130 countries. Councillor Janet Clowes, portfolio holder for rural affairs will also be awarding the trophy for Champion Farmhouse Cheshire Cheese.

For further details about the shows please go to: royalcheshireshow.org or nantwichshow.co.uk

Wistaston Village Fete

Reporter Jonathan White, Wistaston

The Wistaston Village Fete took place on the afternoon of Saturday 16th June 2018. This annual event is organised by the Wistaston Community Council and took place at Wistaston Church Lane Academy, Church Lane, Wistaston, by kind permission of the Academy.

The event began with a procession from Wistaston Memorial Hall led by Scottish Piper Reg Flower, followed by Wistaston Scout group’s Beavers, Cubs and Scouts carrying the Union Flag, and St Mary’s Rainbows, Brownies and Guides. The procession also included the retiring Wistaston Rose Queen (Jessica Doano) and retiring Attendant (Elise Kennerley) in a vintage car and this year’s Wistaston Rose Queen (Poppy Bellingham) and Attendant (Lyla Manfredi) in a Bentley Continental GT Convertible car. The procession was supported by Pochin Construction and Dutton Contractors for the third year running.

Procession led by Scottish Piper  Reg Flower

Once the procession had arrived within the Arena at the Academy the retiring Rose Queen (Jessica Doano) thanked Wistonians for their support and stated that the magnificent sum of £1,500 had been raised for WaterAid during her year of office. The money will go towards providing clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene in poor communities around the world.

St. Mary's Wistaston Rector Mike Turnbull then passed the crown from Jessica to this year's Rose Queen, Poppy Bellingham, aged 13 from Willaston and a pupil at Malbank High School. Poppy stated that her chosen charity this year is Save the Children. This year’s Wistonian of the year, Ray Westwood, then officially opened the Fete. The Fete's theme this year was Suffragettes as this year is the 100th anniversary since Parliament passed a law which allowed the first women, and all men, to vote for the first time.

Aerial view of Fete and surrounding land

Ken Sambrook was the Master of Ceremonies and introduced each event in the Arena. Bob Squirrell setup and monitored the sound system.

Several children took part in the fancy dress competition which was judged by Her Worshipful The Mayor of Cheshire East Councillor Mrs Lesley Smetham and her Consort Mr David Smetham. Entries included a Suffragette, a Queen of Hearts, a Votes for Women campaigner, and a unicorn. The competition was won by Perdita Jones with her Suffragette costume.

The Arena hosted a performance by Dope Male Performance Company with their hip-hop dance, Dee-Sign British Sign Language choir, and Alison Gallacher School of Dance. The wind was too gusty for a flying demonstration by Eskdale Hawks Falconry so they gave an informative talk about falconry.

Eskdale Hawks Falconry - Rod Van Daalen (peregrine) and Jane Banks (barn owl)

In the school hall there was entertainment from Wistaston Church Lane Academy choir and Laura Cunliffe who sang and played the guitar. On the front playground there was a Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service appliance.

The Laurie Twiss Award for journalism was won this year by Maria Price. The Award is open to all young people in Wistaston aged under 16 years old who are asked to submit a short story or article of no more than 200 words. The submission date for next year’s competition is 31st May 2019.

There were thirty-three stalls representing local organisations and charities. Refreshments were available in the school hall and outside from the Wistaston Scout group.

Dee-Sign British Sign Language  choir stall - Suffragette costumes

The event took place in mainly dry weather and was enjoyed by several hundred people.

Dane Chaplow (Chairman, Wistaston Community Council) said, "The procession and the crowning ceremony were a success and there was excellent entertainment both outdoors and indoors with a splendid range of stalls. So many people attended to show their support. We are very grateful to the Academy for allowing us to use their premises. We are also indebted to all the volunteers, stall holders, parade car drivers and local businesses who have supported the event. We hope that lots of money was raised for local charities and the Wistaston Community Council.”

St Marys Wistaston Rector Mike Turnbull passes the crown to this years Rose Queen Poppy Bellingham

Admission to the Fete was by donation and proceeds from the gate receipts and Wistaston Community Council stalls will go towards other Wistaston village events, such as the Flower and Produce Show, Spring and Christmas Concerts, and the November Fireworks Display. The Wistaston Community Council always welcomes new members to help organise next year’s Fete, as well as the other Wistaston-based events. Please visit http://www.wistastoncommunity.co.uk/ for further information if you would like to join.

Summer Concert’

Reporter Jonathan White

St Andrew’s Church are hosting a joint ‘Summer Concert’ with the TCTC Group Band and Singing Sensations at St Andrew’s Church (Bedford Street, Crewe CW2 6LE) on Saturday 30th June 2018 (commencing at 7:30pm).

The TCTC Group Band are a Crewe-based championship section brass band, formerly known as the Co-op Funeralcare Band. Singing Sensations are a well-known and popular South Cheshire-based choir.

All profits will be divided between Bowel Cancer UK and the St Andrew’s Church community centre.

Tickets are £7 including refreshments.

Further information and tickets please contact Robin 07947 571564 or Charlotte 07891 912821.

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A local brass band is looking for new players

Crewe BrassReporter Jonathan White

Crewe Brass tune in for new members.

A local brass band is looking for new players to bolster its ranks.

Crewe Brass are a friendly first section band, based in Crewe near J16 of the M6, who cover the North West region of England. The band are looking for people who play Cornet, Baritone, EEb Bass and BBb Bass to perform music from their wide repertoire. They rehearse on a Monday and a Friday (7:45pm to 9:45pm) at Shavington Primary School.

Crewe Brass Musical Director Matt Pithers said: “I am delighted to have been appointed as the Musical Director of Crewe Brass. The opportunity of being a part of such a warm, friendly, driven group of musicians was too good to miss. The band is full of potential coupled with a willingness to learn and improve. Having just been promoted to the First Section at the beginning of the year, the future is looking bright. I look forward to achieving continued musical excellence with them in the years to come.”

For further information relating to Crewe Brass please visit http://crewebrass.co.uk or contact Musical Director Matt Pithers via telephone 07921062732 , email: crewebrass@yahoo.co.uk .

The next Crewe Brass performance is a Summer Concert on Saturday 14th July 2018 (7:30pm) at Longton Salvation Army, Heathcote Road, Longton ST3 2LY. Tickets = £5 and are available on the door.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

60th Anniversary Dinner’

Reporter Jonathan White

35th South West Cheshire Wistaston Scout Group are hosting a ‘60th Anniversary Dinner’ on Friday 29th June 2018 (7:30pm til late, carriages at 12am) at Crewe Alexandra Football Club. Price = £35 per head. Dress code – formal attire. Tickets must be bought in advance and are available from Alex Smith 07736326395 or smithybop@yahoo.co.uk . Proceeds will go to the 35th South West Cheshire Wistaston Scout Group.

Firelink Enewsletter - June 2018

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Firelink Enewsletter - June 2018


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


New Chief Fire Officer announced

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Cheshire Fire Authority has confirmed the appointment of a new head of Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Mark Cashin, currently Cheshire’s Deputy Chief Fire Officer, was selected to become the Service’s new Chief Fire Officer and Chief Executive after an interview panel and subsequent Member confirmation at a meeting of Cheshire Fire Authority (May 22).

Mr Cashin (49) will take up the post on 1 July 2018, succeeding Paul Hancock who recently announced his retirement.

Find out more - New Chief Fire Officer announced


IFE Centenary Conference

IFE conference

In September 2017 Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) opened the doors of a new state-of the-art lifeskills centre, Safety Central, aimed primarily at keeping young people safe. This prompted the Service’s decision to focus their forthcoming Institution of Fire Engineers centenary conference on and around young people.

The one day event, '100 Years Young - futureproofing Generation Alpha', hosted by North Western Branch and Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service and sponsored by Paragon Creative, is on Thursday 19 July at Safety Central, Lymm, Warrington, Cheshire and is open to both IFE and non-IFE members. The title celebrates the IFE Centenary as well as highlighting the focus on young people born after 2011, designated Generation Alpha and predicted to be the most transformative generation ever.

Find out more - IFE Centenary Conference


Drowning prevention - be water aware

Water rescue by firefighters

Around 400 people drown in the UK every year and thousands more suffer injury, some life changing, through near-drowning experiences.

Many people that drown just happen to be near water - such as runners, walkers and fisherman.

Find out more - Drowning prevention


Summer safety

Barbecue

Stay safe during the summer months, use the links below to access fire safety tips and advice:


The Royal Cheshire Show 2018
Children having a discussion about escape plans with a Cheshire firefighter

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service will once again be at The Royal Cheshire Show, engaging with members of the public delivering vital road and fire safety information, along with the famous children's yellow helmets.

Find out more - The Royal Cheshire Show 2018


Fire Station open days

Ellesmere Port Fire Station Open Day 2017

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service fire stations will be holding free fire station open days over the next few months.

Find out more - Fire Station open days

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.

Find out more - Your local fire station

Changes to bus services


Further changes to bus services in Cheshire East are to take place next month.

The changes are to commercial bus services which are not subsidised by the council. Operator D&G Buses has decided there are too few passengers to make services, or parts of some services, economically viable.

The main changes will affect the following bus services:

● 12 Shavington – Leighton Hospital (Sunday only change). The 12 service will be withdrawn on Sundays. The weekday and Saturday service is not affected. Services 3, 38 and 84 continue to provide services within Crewe on Sundays;

● 78 Nantwich – Leighton Hospital. This service will be withdrawn. Alternative services are available using services 8, 42, 84 and 85, which cover parts of the 78 route;

● 87 Knutsford – Lilac Avenue – Tabley Road. This service will be withdrawn. Passengers are advised to use the 47 (Knutsford to Warrington) or 89 (Knutsford to Northwich) services instead; and

● 88A Knutsford – Wilmslow Colshaw Farm. This service will be withdrawn. Passengers between Knutsford and Wilmslow are advised to use the 88 service instead, which will be diverted via Longridge along the present 88A route. Passengers between Wilmslow and Colshaw Farm are advised to use the Arriva 130 service.

In addition, smaller changes will also take place to the following services:

● 5, 6 Macclesfield – Upton Priory (Sunday only change). All Sunday services will now operate via the service 5 route with some minor changes. Weekday and Saturday services operated by Arriva are not affected;

● 38 Macclesfield – Crewe (Sunday only change). Small changes to the Sunday timetable. Weekday and Saturday services operated by Arriva are not affected; and

● 88 Altrincham – Wilmslow – Knutsford – Macclesfield. This council-subsidised service will now operate via Longridge to replace the 88A, with timing changes made to improve reliability.

All changes will take place from 22 July 2018

The full list of bus services and upcoming changes can be viewed on the council’s website at: www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/bustimetables

Borough’s road schemes reach a further milestone


Three major highways schemes planned for Cheshire East have taken a further step forward following decisions by Cheshire East Council’s cabinet.

The council is moving to the next stage in its preparations for Congleton Link Road, the Middlewich Eastern Bypass and the dualling of the A500 between Junction 16 of the M6 and the outskirts of Crewe.

All three projects are expected to be delivered over the next three to four years and are intended to eradicate serious congestion points on the borough’s highways network.

Cabinet has also chosen a preferred bidder for the £90m Congleton Bypass project – but details will remain confidential until all bidders have been informed. 

The council’s final business case for this scheme will now go to the Department for Transport together with a request for confirmation of a £45m government grant. Cheshire East will contribute nearly £24m with the rest of the cost met from developer contributions.

The 3.5-mile highway will relieve Congleton town centre of congestion, release new housing and employment sites and create improved connectivity from Macclesfield to the M6 and from Congleton to the north and to the west.

The whole scheme is expected to be completed in the autumn of 2020. In March this year, the secretary of state gave the council the green light to proceed with compulsory purchase orders for the land acquisitions required.

Nearly 2,000 new homes and 6,500 new jobs are predicted to be created following construction of the Middlewich Eastern Bypass, which is also moving into its next phase following a consultation which showed 79 per cent of respondents complained of traffic congestion and said that a bypass would be the best solution.

Frank Jordan, the council’s executive director for place, will now prepare a planning application and commence the process for acquiring the land to build the road, prior to starting the procurement process for a contractor.  He will then obtain final confirmation of funding.

The Middlewich scheme will cost an estimated £58m, with nearly £12m coming from a combination of developer contributions and council funding.

The council has set aside an additional £400,000 on top of the present £4.1m budget for the preparatory work required to progress the A500 dualling scheme, which will improve links between Crewe and the M6 motorway at Junction 16.

A key objective of the £55m dualling scheme is to improve connectivity in preparation for HS2 construction traffic and to relieve a major pinch-point in the highways network of the borough.

A funding decision from the Department for Transport on the business case is anticipated by the end of 2018, hopefully giving the green light for the project to go ahead subject to the necessary planning approvals, which will be sought this year.

Widening the A500 between Meremoor Moss Roundabout and Junction 16 will also improve road safety and deliver potential employment and housing sites in the south of the borough.

Both the Middlewich Eastern Bypass and the A500 Dualling scheme are still subject to the necessary planning approvals.

Councillor Don Stockton, cabinet member for environment, said: “Subject to planning, we have three major highways schemes which are about to get off the ground and which will make an immense contribution to an enhanced road network in the borough.

“With other planned road schemes elsewhere in the borough we expect to enter the next decade with a highways network to be proud of and which will enable more business opportunities, new homes and economic growth.”

For further information on all these schemes visit: https://bit.ly/2t2ydnc

Annual accounts confirm council's sound financial performance


Cheshire East Council has released accounts for the 2017/18 financial year – and they confirm that the authority remains in a healthy financial position.

Despite a challenging year where, nationally, local authorities faced the combined effects of increased demand for services and a reduction in government funding, Cheshire East maintained general reserves at a balanced level for 2017/18.

This meant that the council was able to continue to deliver much-needed services within a challenging budgetary position and make some significant improvements.

The strength of the council’s financial position, which is currently being audited, has enabled the authority to deliver some key achievements, including;

● School exam results being second best in the North West and above the national average;

● Launching a new information and support service aimed at carers called the Cheshire East Carers and Young Carers’ Hub;

● The opening of the environmental hub in Middlewich;

● National ‘Green Flag’ awards for the borough’s parks, including Tatton Park and Queens Park in Crewe;

● Collaboratively working with central government and Network Rail to develop the HS2 hub station; and

● Winning and being shortlisted for more awards than ever before.

Cheshire East had a capital expenditure in the last financial year of £88.2m, which comprised key schemes such as a highways investment programme spend of £10m, an £8.5m spend on a schools improvement programme and £3.5m on a complete finance and HR business software solution called ‘Best4Business’ which will further improve council efficiencies.

The borough’s unemployment rate of 3.1 per cent of economically active people aged 16 and above, is considerably lower than the national and North West average of 4.4 per cent. It equates to approximately 5,600 of our 377,100 residents. 

Councillor Paul Bates, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for finance and communications, said: “The last year hasn’t been easy in terms of the economic climate but Cheshire East residents can be assured that the financial position of this authority is very sound.

“To be able to report an unchanged bank balance reserves of £10.3m, despite the national challenges we have faced, is a credit to the officers delivering this work daily.”

The draft accounts are available for public inspection up to 12 July. To see the full accounts, visit the Cheshire East Council website at: www.cheshireeast.gov.uk

£6m health and wellbeing boost approved


A £6m fund to help boost local health outcomes has been approved by Cheshire East Council.

Nine schemes will benefit from the fund that was approved by cabinet today (12 June), covering areas such as ensuring there is continued provision of care following a service user returning from hospital, better Bank Holiday and weekend support and increased capacity and an improved range of specialist beds.

The improved better care fund will directly support three key care areas:

● Meeting adult social care needs;

● Reducing pressures on the NHS, in particular focusing on the reduction of delayed transfers of care; and

● Ensuring that local social care providers are fully supported.

Councillor Janet Clowes, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for adult social care and integration, said: “The improved better care fund has been created to support some of our most vulnerable residents to provide better-integrated health and social care services.

“Getting this go-ahead today enables us to work with our partners to reduce the amount of time people need to spend in hospital and to provide the resources that will enable people to enjoy happier and more independent lifestyles within their own homes, which is a priority for Cheshire East and the NHS.

“It is another example of our commitment to providing the right care in the right place at the right time.”

£2m fund approved to improve local communities


Cheshire East Council’s cabinet has approved a scheme to provide funding that will assist communities where new housing developments have been built.

The new homes bonus community fund is an initiative that supports residents to improve their local communities through visible, sustainable projects.

The scheme is designed to achieve positive benefits based on locally-identified needs.  It empowers local communities to engage in delivering specific projects for local people, giving them a voice in determining schemes that can shape and characterise their environment. This could be almost anything from a youth scheme to a highways project or community hub.

The fund, which provides a total of £2m up to 2020, will give local communities an opportunity to present their ideas for projects to ward members and town and parish councils for consideration. The best ideas will go to Cheshire East Council for approval.

The minimum grant figure to be awarded for these projects is £10,000. The project cost has been pitched at that amount as it ensures that the programmes of work approved will be of sufficiently significant prominence and ensure sustainability.

The fund will be split across the borough based on the location of housing developments, allowing communities the opportunity to engage directly in how it should be spent.

Councillor Paul Bates, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for finance and communications, said: “The idea of the new homes bonus is to allow any groups and communities, that are affected by new housing developments, to come forward and tell the council what projects can make a positive difference to their local communities.

“These projects need to be ambitious and must be sustainable projects that will have a significant positive impact on people living immediately in the areas where the developments have been built.

“It’s a very positive scheme, as it allows those that understand the areas where the projects will be undertaken to tell us what support could be provided. I’m looking forward to seeing what plans are put forward that can benefit from this first round of funding.”

Funding released under this scheme will be subject to clear protocols to ensure outcomes are achieved. The council has undertaken a significant review of grant payments and a corporate grants policy will be considered by cabinet next month.

Details of how to apply for a new homes bonus will be published soon. 

Thursday, 7 June 2018

The annual Wistaston Village Fete

Reporter Jonathan White, Wistaston

The annual Wistaston Village Fete takes place on Saturday 16th June 2018 at Wistaston Church Lane Academy, Church Lane, Wistaston, CW2 8EZ.

The event will start with the Rose Queen parade from the Wistaston Memorial Hall at 1:30pm with a tour including Westfield Drive, White Hart Lane, Kings Drive, Princess Drive, Holyrood Drive, and Sandringham Drive, arriving at the school field for the official opening of the fete at 2pm.

Attractions include arena entertainment, falconry, bouncy castle, candy floss, tombola, stalls & games, lucky dip, plants, ice cream van, hot food and a tea room.

The theme this year is ‘Suffragettes’.

Admission to the fete is by donation and proceeds will go towards other Wistaston Community Council village events.

Wistaston Villege Fete 2018 -  publicity photo - aerial photo

Willaston resident completes 10in10 marathon fundraising challenge

Reporter Jonathan White, Wistaston


Paul Dean, 37, from Willaston, near Nantwich successfully ran 10 marathons in 10 days to raise money for charity. Paul started his gruelling coast-to-coast 262-mile challenge in Skegness by the North Sea on Friday 25th May 2018, then travelled across the country through Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Cheshire, Flintshire, Denbighshire and finished in Llandudno in north Wales by the Irish Sea on Sunday 3rd June.

Paul raised several thousand pounds for blood cancer charity Bloodwise https://bloodwise.org.uk . Paul ran in memory of his father, David, and two friends Mark and Will, who all succumbed to the illness. Bloodwise fund world-class research into all types of blood cancer and provide information and support to those affected.

Paul Dean said: “I’m pleased and very much relieved to have completed the challenge. Ever since my first attempt 3 years ago it's been bugging me that I wasn't able to finish last time. I've been quite worried that I might get injured again; as it happens I did suffer a couple of minor injuries but nothing too serious. With two days to go my ankle swelled up (exactly as it did last time), but as I was close to the end I was able to hobble the last few miles. I think if there had been an extra marathon to run after Sunday I wouldn’t have been able to do it.

I'm really grateful to everybody who has encouraged and helped throughout the build-up and during the event itself. Several people came to see me en route and a few ran with me - that certainly helped my morale; the miles seemed to pass quicker when I had company. Special mention must go to my wife Stephanie who was there every step of the way. The event would have been impossible without her.

The JustGiving page has now reached just under £4,000 which is great - many thanks to everybody who donated - it's a great cause, progress continues to be made in the fight against blood cancers.”

Liz Boffey, from Bloodwise (South Cheshire), said: “Bloodwise South Cheshire are indebted to Paul for this fantastic achievement and raising awareness for all blood cancers. It really has been an amazing challenge and every penny raised goes directly into research of all blood cancers. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all Bloodwise Branches for supporting Paul throughout. Well done Paul!”

To add to Paul’s fundraising total please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/runningpeeps3

Paul Dean at the finish at  Llandudno with supporters

Monday, 28 May 2018

Love on the Rocks

Reporter Jonathan White, Wistaston

Representatives from ‘Love on the Rocks Wistaston, Crewe & Nantwich’ and ‘Love on the Rocks Shavington, Wybunbury and Hough’ pebbleart groups joined other pebbleart groups from around the country in Manchester on Tuesday 22nd May 2018 to pay tribute on the first anniversary of the Manchester Arena terror attack.

#AHeart4Mcr decorated hearts in  Manchester - photo by Fenella Williams

The groups had all painted bee designs on rocks with over 2,500 rocks laid in the city centre. The worker bee symbolises Manchester’s industrial past and has now, in the present, come to represent the healing power of art and creativity after the attack. Twenty-two rocks were placed outside Manchester Arena along with a hand-made plaque remembering the twenty-two people killed in the atrocity. The suicide bombing also left more than 800 people with physical and deep psychological injuries. The remaining rocks were placed in St Anne’s Square around the monument, on seating and around the water fountain and in Exchange Square with visitors encouraged to take a bee rock home as a remembrance gift.

Fenella Williams, from ‘Love on the Rocks Wistaston, Crewe & Nantwich’, said: “I had painted some stones and crocheted some bees so thought it would be lovely to go and hand deliver them in Manchester. I hadn't really thought about what to expect but was not prepared for all the wonderful tokens of love that people had been leaving on the streets. Almost every available space or handrail was draped with hearts or flowers, the Trees of Hope were filled with beautiful notes, the painted stones in St Anne's Square were amazing, and so many of them.  It was wonderful to hear people asking the organisers about the stones and loving the idea so much they chose stones to take home with them. Whilst being a very emotional day, it was also very serene and peaceful, incredibly uplifting and full of love.”

Nikki Lunn, from ‘Stockport Rocks’, who organised the tribute, said: “The tributes were incredible - the feeling of pure love and solidarity for each other regardless of if you knew them or not. I was moved greatly by meeting many of the survivors of the Manchester attack and I feel very emotional with it all but feel that is was such a positive move. We were asked to do it yearly by many people and lots of people wanted to donate money to the rocks - however we refused finances as this was a gift and love ethos. The whole day was just incredible.”

Other creative commemorative events in the city centre included #AHeart4Mcr with decorated hearts tied to string, a Trees of Hope trail with people invited to write a message on a card and hang it from the tree, Spirit of Manchester Flower Festival with floral tribute displays, and a Manchester Together - With One Voice concert with thousands of singers from local choirs. The events aim to strengthen relationships and solidarity for all Mancunians, whatever their religion, their background or politics.

Digital programme to inspire young people during school holidays


Cheshire East Council has been awarded £15,000 to support young people to develop creative skills.

It is part of the council’s Shift programme, which promotes digital arts and creative technology across the borough.

‘Crewe: Beyond Ultimate Reality’ is a programme funded by the Arts Council to engage young people aged 12-17 in critical thinking and creativity, through exploring interactive activities and workshops.

Working with creative arts organisation Re-Dock, the group of young people will design creative arts activities for children, which will be rolled out in holiday programmes throughout the year, culminating in a high-profile event in October. The activities will take place at Crewe Library, in the lifestyle centre.

‘Beyond Ultimate Reality’ is the next level of engagement, building on the past year of Shift’s digital activities. This is aimed at older children to build interest in the creative industries and digital sector of Cheshire East. The programme of activities will focus on creative thinking, working together as a group and introducing digital technologies, using a creative and critical method.

As well as attracting young people interested in developing creative and digital skills, the council is also seeking artists across all disciplines, who would like to gain more experience in this area, to get involved.

Bursaries are available to support up to four artists living in the borough, – at any stage of their career –to develop skills in delivering this type of project and to learn more about digital arts and delivering workshops.

Councillor Don Stockton, Cheshire East Council cabinet member with responsibility for cultural services, said: “This project provides an important opportunity for young people in Crewe to engage with some fantastic creative practitioners.

“The council’s Shift programme has partnered positively with Re-Dock before and I have every confidence that it will have the same success with this latest project.” 

Re-Dock will work with a dedicated group of young people to co-produce a big public event in October. Some of the ideas explored will be: the future of Crewe, asking young people to imagine their future, their place in it and to explore it in an artistic way.

The programme was inspired by Cheshire author Alan Garner’s novel Red Shift, which states that Crewe is the ‘ultimate reality’.

The launch of the event is on Monday 4 June from 4pm-5.30pm and the regular programme of weekly events will continue from Monday 11 June 4pm - 5.30pm on Mondays every week until 22 October.

The events take place at the library in Crewe Lifestyle Centre, Moss Square, Crewe, CW1 2BB.

If you would like to get involved, either as a young person or an artist, please contact Tom Appleby on 01270 375295 or visit:

http://www.shift-digital.co.uk/crewe-beyond-ultimate-reality-calling-youth-crewe/

Tsb Port Out


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Tsb Port Out Alert


There has been an increase in reports made in May by TSB customers relating to “port-out” fraud. Fraudsters are number porting a victim’s telephone number to a SIM card under their control and then using the number to access the victim’s bank accounts.

The increase in the number of reports corresponds with the timing of TSB’s computer system update, which resulted in 1.9 million users being locked out of their accounts. Opportunistic fraudsters are using TSB’s system issue to target individuals, which follows the increase in phishing and smishing communications also targeting TSB customers this month. Victims’ bank account and personal details including their phone number are collected by the fraudster, providing them with the information to execute the fraud.

Number porting is a genuine service provided by telecommunication companies. It allows customers to keep their existing phone number and transfer it to a new SIM card. The existing network provider sends the customer a Port Authorisation Code (PAC), that when presented to the new provider allows the number to be transferred across. This service can, however, be abused by fraudsters.

To gain control of the victim’s phone number, fraudsters convince the victim’s mobile phone network provider to swap their number on to a SIM card in the fraudster’s control. Once the fraudster has control of the number they are able to intercept the victims’ text messages, allowing them to use services linked to the victim’s phone number. This can include requesting an online banking password reset or access to any two factor authentication services.

Victims have reported large losses as a result of this fraud. One victim initially dismissed text messages received from their network provider containing a PAC number. Two days later £6,000 was removed from the victim’s TSB current account. The victim subsequently contacted their phone provider and was informed that someone contacted the provider purporting to be the victim and had cancelled their contract and transferred their number to a new SIM. This action allowed the banking fraud to take place. 

Protect Yourself:

PAC Code notifications

If you receive an unsolicited notification about a PAC Code request, contact your network provider immediately to terminate the request. Also notify your bank about your phone number being compromised.

Clicking on links/files:

Don’t be tricked into giving a fraudster access to your personal or financial details. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text. Remember, criminals can spoof the phone numbers and email addresses of companies you know and trust, such as your bank.

Requests to move money:

A genuine bank or organisation will never contact you out of the blue to ask for your PIN, full password or to move money to another account.

Port-out Fraud versus SIM Swapping

Port-out fraud is often incorrectly referred to as SIM swap fraud. SIM swap fraud works in a similar fashion, however, instead of porting the victim’s number to a new network provider, the fraudster impersonates the victim and requests a new SIM card for their account. Once they have access to the new sim, they have access to the number.

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