Friday 30, September 2011
Welcome to this my 96th electronic news bulletin.
Thursday night's explosion in Crewe was very concerning, I understand investigators have been on the scene trying to figure out what went wrong. My sympathy goes to the two people injured in the incident. I am sure the emergency services did an excellent job in managing the situation. My office is in touch with Cheshire Police. Please feel free to contact me regarding this incident using the details below.
The world is recovering from a once in 70 years financial crisis and is suffering from debts not seen in decades.
Recovery from a debt crisis is both different and more difficult, than recovering from a traditional recession. The solution for most countries cannot be simply to borrow more. If the government doesn't have the room to borrow more to cut taxes or increase spending, then people and markets start worrying about whether a government can actually pay back its debt. And when this happens confidence ebbs away and interest rates will rise, hitting people with mortgages, and hitting companies that want to borrow to invest. We can see this happening right now in some European countries.
So a long term solution must tackle the fundamental problem - the problem of excessive debt. We need to do three things.
First, we must get to grips with the debt and restore credibility and confidence. Eurozone countries must act swiftly to resolve the debt crisis. They must implement what they have agreed and they must demonstrate they have the political will to do what is necessary to ensure the stability of the system.
Second, we must make it easier to do business and create jobs by freeing up our economies. We are creating the most competitive corporate tax regime in the G20; cutting the time it takes to set up a business; reducing tax costs and regulatory burdens for new businesses; and prioritising science and infrastructure. We're also reforming our education system and introducing new apprenticeships to help improve the skills of our young people.
And, in a global crisis, we must work together across the world by co-ordinating our action - including boosting world trade, starting with the Doha Round. At the G20 in Cannes we need to agree a credible plan to take to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in December. If we can't get a deal involving everyone then we need a coalition of the willing, where countries like Britain who want to, can forge ahead with more ambitious deals and others can join later if they choose. The truth is that trade is the biggest wealth creator we've ever known and it's the biggest stimulus we can give our economies right now.
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Member of Parliament for Crewe & Nantwich
- Held a surgery in my Crewe office
- Accopanied Peter Luff MP, Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology, on a visit to BAE Radway Green
- Supported World School Milk Day at Beechwood School
- Attended a performance by the Acton Operatic Society of The King and I at the Crewe Lyceum Theatre
- Officially opened the new cafe at the Haslington Bakery
...This weekend I will be
- Visiting the All Saints Church Arts Festival
- Visiting the Model Train Show at the Crewe Heritage Centre
- Playing in a Charity Football Match v AC Milan at the Weaver Stadium, Nantwich
- Visiting Beatty Court
Edward supporting World School Milk Day at Beechwood School
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Dog Walkers Facility at the Georges Community Centre
On Saturday 3rd September I attended the re-opening of the Marshfield Bank Community Centre, now named the Georges Community Centre. The Georges is now run by Big Society Works Ltd, a local steering group and the wider Crewe community. The re-launch has already been a great success raising over £1500 for the Centre, securing many more volunteers and further engaging the local community. Email the Centre here
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UP TO 350 jobs will be coming to Crewe when home delivery firm Expert Logisitics relocates to the town.
The company, which is owned by DRL, specialises in white goods distribution and handles deliveries for DRL online brands – Appliances Online and Appliance Deals – as well as high street giants such as Marks & Spencer, Debenhams and Argos.
It will be based at the 360,000 sq ft Prologis warehouse development on Weston Road.
Expert Logisitics managing director Dave Ashwell said: “The company is currently operating from a number of smaller buildings, so the move to Crewe 360 will allow us to consolidate our distribution operations under one roof. This building is ideally suited to our business, since it gives us immediate access to the motorway network and its environmental credentials mean that it will be cost effective to run.”
The news has been welcomed by Cheshire East Council leader Wesley Fitzgerald.
“There is immense satisfaction in playing a role to help businesses to thrive and expand and Cheshire East’s role in facilitating this move is no exception,” said Cllr Fitzgerald.
“I would also like to thank Jobcentre Plus, which has provided significant support to facilitate the relocation. Expert Logistics will bring vibrancy to the area and will undoubtedly add to the rich tapestry of businesses in the area. The significant boost that this move has brought for All Change for Crewe is momentous and gives us fantastic momentum to market the area with growing confidence.”
Cllr Jamie Macrae, cabinet member for responsibility for economic development, said: “Expert Logistics relocation is a major step in realising the extensive development opportunities that exist in Crewe, including such sites as Basford. ”
He added the short-term lease negotiated with the company for the former Royal Mail site to support the transition process was a factor in its decision to relocate.
Crewe and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson said: “This is an exciting development for Crewe and a landmark event in bringing the All Change for Crewe vision to life.
“Crewe can offer massive potential for any expanding business and I am sure that Expert Logistics will go from strength to strength. By the very nature of its business, Crewe’s name will be showcased throughout the nation.
“I’m also delighted that Expert Logistics will be bringing some 350 jobs to our area.”
Crewe & Nantwich Guardian
A NEW community transport service has been launched for Nantwich and the surrounding rural areas.
Local MP Edward Timpson cut the ribbon on the project, which is funded by the Government’s Rural Sustainable Community Transport Initiative.
It means that dedicated vehicles are now available to the elderly, people with disabilities or those who are socially isolated.
The service is available Monday to Saturday and can be pre-booked.
It will provide transport links from rural areas surrounding Nantwich to essential services and mainline transport infrastructure.
To book a seat on the new service, residents should call 01270 211884 if they are from the Crewe and Nantwich area or 01270 505525 if they are from Sandbach or Congleton.
Cheshire East councillor Rod Menlove said: “This new service is about improving the lifestyles of those who find themselves isolated and unable to access public transport.
“The new vehicles can be pre-booked – allowing people the rural areas around Nantwich to make appointments, plan ahead and be part of their local community.
“I would like to thank East Cheshire Community Transport and for their hard work and enthusiasm in bringing this service to Nantwich and to Wulvern for their continued support.”
Graham Wood, joint co-ordinator for East Cheshire Community Transport, added: “The launch of this new service will provide transport for the users of day care centres in the area.
“This demonstrates the versatility of East Cheshire Community Transport and its importance to the people of Cheshire East.
“It also underlines our commitment to providing sustainable community transport for the future.”
Wulvern’s supporting housing and services manager, Carole Stynes, said: “I am delighted that we have been able to arrange for these transport links. They will be a central point for East Cheshire Community Transport.
“Many of our residents will benefit from this service, helping to further support their independence.”
A FILM designed to inspire future foster carers and adoptive parents to step forward is making its debut in Crewe next month.
The 20 minute film, commissioned by Cheshire East Council, recounts the moving experiences of individuals and couples who have opened up their homes to young people in need.
Crewe and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson will be a special guest at the event, when he will talk candidly about how his own parents became foster carers when he was just a child.
Other VIP guests will include Cheshire East Council’s chief executive Erika Wenzel, Cheshire East Mayor Roger West, Cabinet member with responsibility for children and family services Councillor Hilda Gaddum, regional director of British Association for Adoption and Fostering Erika Amende and regional director of Fostering Network Helen Clarke.
Cllr Gaddum said: “Many young people in local authority care are in desperate need of a good home. Adults who can provide either a foster carer home or a permanent adoptive home are in short supply. If you think you can offer stability, love and fun to a young person, I would urge you to get in touch with us.
“Fostering is often a temporary arrangement and many children and young people return to their own families.
“It can be done on a full or part-time basis and ranges from short-break care to a few months or even a long-term basis.
“Adoption is a permanent arrangement, whereby a court transfers all powers of parental responsibility to the individual or couple.”
She said becoming an adoptive parent or a foster carer is not a decision to be taken lightly – but the rewards can be immense.
Latest figures for Cheshire East show there are 456 foster children. Of those, 231 are with foster carers and the remainder are under local authority care in a range of settings.
Every year Cheshire East Council needs to recruit 20 foster carer households and up to 20 adoptive households. There are currently 39 children waiting to be adopted.
Anyone over the age of 21 can be considered either as a potential foster carer or adoptive parent and there is no upper age limit. There is a requirement, however, that potential carers or parents have the living space to give a child or young person their own bedroom.
For further information about becoming a foster carer or adoptive parent please fill in an enquiry form or, alternatively, call Cheshire East Council’s fostering and adoption hotline for more information on 0300 123 3223 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Crewe & Nantwich Guardian
KING’S Grove School in Crewe has staged a fundraising event for one its adopted charities.
Pupil Alice Everall Patterson organised a Pink Race to support Cancer Research and the whole school took part in the walk, raised sponsorship and wore something pink as part of the non-uniform day.
The school was supported by South Cheshire College, Cancer Research, Cheshire East Council and King’s Grove Enterprises – pupils who ran stalls to raise money.
Wulvern also supported the event with a team of runners and made a £200 donation to the charity.
Local MP Edward Timpson said: “It was great to see King’s Grove pupils and staff out in force once again.
“Congratulations to Alice for coming up with and driving forward this year’s charity run in aid of Cancer Research.”
Carol Jones, asistant head teacher at the school, said “We would like to thank all the supporters and parents for their generosity and help.
“The total amount raised was £1784.60 – a tremendous amount.”
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