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Thursday 31 May 2012

Crewe Live


A music event in Crewe on Saturday kicks off a summer of live entertainment in the town – lasting until the end of August.

Cheshire East Council has sponsored the street entertainment programme as part of the wider Crewe Live festival that is taking place over the Jubilee weekend (June 1-4).

A stage will be set up in Lyceum Square and between 11am and 2pm on Saturday there  will be a variety of music acts, including some local groups, entertaining the crowds.

Saturday’s free concert will be followed up by a programme of events over the summer that sees performances every weekend on the Lyceum Square from 11 to 2pm each Saturday.

It is expected that more than 1,000 music fans will visit the town’s pubs and club’s this weekend to see a variety of music acts as part of Crewe Live.

The festival will be headlined by the group Ash, who will be performing at The Box.

Councillor Jamie Macrae, Cabinet member in charge of prosperity and economic regeneration, said: “I hope that people will visit Crewe this weekend and enjoy the free concert that is being held in Lyceum Square.

“Through our All Change for Crewe programme we have high hopes for the regeneration of the town. Cultural events like this help attract both local residents and visitors to the town centre.”

New football centre officially opened


Hundreds of people turned out in the sun on Saturday (May 26) for the official opening of the new multi-million-pound Sandbach Community Football Centre and community fun day.

The £2.2m centre is the culmination of a partnership project between Cheshire East Council, Sandbach United Football Club (SUFC) and the Football Foundation.

The ribbon was cut by Cheshire East Mayor Councillor George Walton, chairman of Sandbach United Football Club Andrew Timms and chairman of Cheshire County FA Dave Edmunds. A special commemorative plaque was also unveiled.

On hand to add a touch of Premier League glamour was Chelsea’s assistant manager, and former Crewe Alexandra manager, Steve Holland. He brought his Champions League winners medal with him – the London side recently won the tournament by beating Bayern Munich in the final.

Councillor Walton said: “It was a tremendous privilege to be involved in the opening of this centre. It is something that I have been involved with during the planning process so it was good to see the project come to fruition.

“It was a great day and the local community really came out to support this excellent new football centre. 

“It has state-of-the-art facilities that will not only benefit people in Sandbach but also residents from across the south of Cheshire East.”

Andrew Timms said: “The official opening was everything we hoped for – a tremendous community event bathed in sunshine, with fun and entertainment for all ages. 

“It was certainly a fitting celebration to many years of hard work by Sandbach United Football Club, Cheshire East Council and the Football Foundation. 

“We can now look forward to providing health and wellbeing through participation in sporting activities to the community of Sandbach for many years to come in these superb surroundings with state-of-the-art facilities.”

Paul Thorogood, chief executive of the Football Foundation, said: “I am delighted to see this tremendous new facility complete and ready for use by the local community.

“The dedication and hard work of Cheshire East Council, Sandbach United FC and Cheshire County FA over a number of years has resulted in the successful completion of this project.

“Now the important work begins to ensure the facility remains sustainable and benefits as many people as possible.

“None of this would be possible without the crucial cash provided by our funding partners The FA, the Premier League and the Government.” 

Past Poet Laureate Pens Royal Rhyme


A former Cheshire poet laureate has penned a poem in honour of the sixty-year reign of HRH Queen Elizabeth II.

Joy Winkler, of Macclesfield, was asked to create the sonnet by Cheshire East Council to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Joy, who earned herself the title of Cheshire Poet Laureate in 2005, said: “I was delighted to be approached by the Council.

“My aim in writing the poem was to capture the anticipation and thrill of this once-in-a-lifetime event.

“I do remember the day the Queen’s father died; it was dramatic as we listened on the radio. Writing the poem made me realise that I’ve been around for a very long time.

“Poetry is such a wonderful touchstone to the past, present and future and is a great way to express feelings and emotions which aren’t talked about in our day to day life.”

Joy says she hopes the poem will be interpreted as a ‘mental tapestry’ of what the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee means to people.

When Joy is not writing her own work, she facilitates creative writing workshops across the North West including working as writer in residence at Styal Women’s Prison for seven years.

Councillor Rachel Bailey, Cabinet member for communities and regulatory services, said: “It’s great that we have such a talented person who can write like this living in Cheshire East.

“We are so proud of Joy and we are delighted to have this wonderful contribution to mark this historic occasion in our Borough. It perfectly captures the last sixty years of the Queen’s reign.”

Police seek witnesses to fatal collision in Church Minshull


Police are appealing for witnesses following a fatal collision in Church Minshull yesterday afternoon.

At 4.27pm on Monday 28 May 2012 a blue Suzuki Baleno was travelling along the B5074 Main Road from Church Minshull toward Nantwich. While overtaking two vehicles the car was in collision with a silver Mitsubishi Shogun travelling in the opposite direction.

The driver of the Suzuki, a 33-year-old man from Sandbach, was taken to Leighton but sadly was pronounced dead on arrival.

The driver of the Mitsubishi, a 58-year-old woman from Winsford, was treated for minor chest injuries and released from hospital the same day.

Police are keen to speak to anyone with information, particularly the drivers of a black car and a silver car who were overtaken prior to the collision.

Anyone with information should contact PC Leah Leonard on 101 quoting incident number 728 of 28 May 2012.

The family of a 33-year-old man who died in a collision in Church Minshull have paid tribute to him.

At 4.27pm on Monday 28 May 2012 a blue Suzuki Baleno was travelling along the B5074 Main Road from Church Minshull toward Nantwich. While overtaking two vehicles the car was in collision with a silver Mitsubishi Shogun travelling in the opposite direction.
The driver of the Suzuki, Mark Stolworthy from Sandbach, was taken to Leighton but sadly was pronounced dead on arrival.
His parents, Norma and Andrew Stolwothy said: "Mark was a kind and thoughtful son, and although he was often shy on first meeting people, once he came to know you he was always ready to help anyone in need.

"Mark was one of the last pupils at Hassall Green Primary School which closed a year after he moved on to Sandbach Boys School. From there he went on to the South Cheshire College, Crewe where he trained as a chef and waiter.

"He very much enjoyed serving people in his work as a waiter in several of the best hotels throughout the country. We were always proud to have people tell us just how pleasantly he did his job when he had served them a meal.

"He was a loving son and will be greatly missed by us, as well as his younger brother Stephen (and his partner Rachael and their daughter Poppy), his elder sister Elaine and his girl friend Lauren (and her children Keira and Harry)."

Tuesday 29 May 2012

Nantwich Police will be at Morrisons and Sainsburys

Nantwich Police will be at Morrisons and Sainsburys 10am until 2pm on 29 May giving chip and pin crime prevention tips

Nantwich Police will be at Morrisons and Sainsburys between 10am and 2pm on Tuesday 29 May 2012 giving tips on chip and pin distraction theft prevention.

PC Chris Wynn-Jones said: "We will have officers at the two supermarkets giving out advice and handouts ensuring shoppers stay vigilant following distraction thefts at supermarket car parks in Nantwich."

During an incident back in March the elderly victim had been shopping in the supermarket and had got to her car when she was stopped by a woman who insisted she give her directions.

She left her bag in her unlocked car while she gave directions. When she got home she discovered her card had gone and then discovered money had been taken from her account.

PC Wynn-Jones said: "As in all the incidents someone will have been watching over the woman′s shoulder as she typed in her pin number at the till.

"Then a second offender will have been rooting through the handbag to get her card while the first offender distracted her with requests for directions."

To make life difficult for these distraction thieves, shoppers are urged to check no one is watching when they punch their pin into the chip and pin device and always attempt to conceal the number.

PC Wynn-Jones added: "Also be aware in the car park. Ensure your bag is secure and keep it with you at all times. Don′t leave it on the car seat or in the trolley while you load your shopping into the boot.

"Anyone who sees someone acting suspiciously in a supermarket and its car park should contact police on 101.

"While we make every effort to hunt down the offenders and bring them to justice, we would urge people to be vigilant."

Well done Crewe Alexandra


Cheshire East Council is congratulating Crewe Alexandra FC after they secured promotion to League One at Wembley Stadium yesterday (Sunday).

The Alex saw off Cheltenham Town 2-0 in the League Two play-off final thanks to a dream goal by Haslington-based youngster Nick Powell and a further strike from Byron Moore.

More than 13,500 Crewe fans made the trip to the home of English football to roar the Alex on to glory.

Councillor Michael Jones, Leader of Cheshire East Council, said: “What a boost this is for the town and for sport in Cheshire East. We are committed to developing civic pride and I am delighted for all those who are associated with Crewe Alex, who have made us all very proud.

“The Alex scored two great goals which have capped a tremendous season for the club. It was thoroughly deserved for all the dedication shown by the players and staff in providing an exciting and fantastic end to a great season.

“A number of the team were born and raised in the Crewe area, this makes us even more proud. I’d like to wish the club the best of luck for their League One campaign next season.”

Don't Join Us for the Jubilee- say Police


Police Officers in Cheshire say they hope everyone will have a great time celebrating the Queen′s Jubilee − but not with them.

"For many people the two day holiday, preceded by a weekend, is likely to involve having a few drinks, especially if the weather is good, says Assistant Chief Constable Janette McCormick.

"Drinking excessively could put you on our radar, as statistics show you are more likely to be involved in a road traffic collision, or an argument that can lead to violence on the streets or in the home. You also increase your chances of becoming a target for street crime and sexual assault.

"We want people to be aware of the impact alcohol can have on their judgement. We are asking everyone, this bank holiday, to enjoy the celebrations but to be sensible. Too much alcohol makes you vulnerable"

The Jubilee will mark the start of a Cheshire Police campaign to highlight the dangers of drinking too much, including the consequences of drinking and driving; the possible annoyance caused to neighbours by summer parties and barbecues which get out of hand because people are drunk; the potential for disorder among some football fans who gather in pubs to watch European Cup matches; the nuisance caused by people urinating in the street after drinking, and the way alcohol can affect your judgement so that you put yourself in situations you would get into when sober, making you vulnerable to crime.

Assistant Chief Constable McCormick said, "When you are out with friends in the summer, it is easy to loose track of just how much you are drinking. We want people to realise that by keeping a clear head and controlling the amount you drink you can get maximum enjoyment, stay safe and not have to worry about any bad news later.

"Most people behave well. During the summer months of 2011, when we ran a similar campaign, the number of alcohol-related incidents reported in Cheshire was well down on the previous year and we want that trend to continue.

"The summer of 2012 can be even better, and the Queen′s Jubilee celebrations will be the ideal starting point for that."

Golden Days - But Not for Thieves


Cheshire Police are asking people to make sure the Olympic Torch relay is not a ‘golden′ opportunity for criminals.

Assistant Chief Constable Janette McCormick said, "The Olympic Torch passing through Cheshire is probably a ‘once in a lifetime′ event. It is a great opportunity for people to share in something very special and it should be a fun occasion for everyone. We don′t want to see people′s pleasure spoiled by having cash or property stolen.

"We will pull out all the stops to make sure the event passes without trouble but if everyone takes a few simple precautions they can prevent any possible distress."

Crowds are expected to turn out to see the torch carried through Chester, Crewe, Congleton, Macclesfield, Knutsford, Runcorn, Widnes, and Warrington, between May 29th and May 31st. Thousands more will turn out for a special celebration event at Chester Racecourse on the evening of May 29th.

A.C.C McCormick said, "Criminals see a crowd as an opportunity. That is especially true when something exciting is attracting people′s attention and they are likely to be a bit more careless than usual. We are asking everyone to spend a few seconds thinking about the possibilities. A few very basic precautions will deter most thieves."

To achieve a ‘personal best′ in crime prevention, start at the beginning.

· When you leave home:

Make sure you lock up. Close all windows and set security alarms.

· When you park:

Remove valuables from your vehicle, including any detachable satnav and CD

player; smart phone ipod or laptop.

Do not leave any valuables on show.

Take cash and cards with you.

If you lock anything in the boot, check that no-one is watching you.

Lock your car and make sure the sunroof is shut.

· Watching the Torch:

Make sure your wallet or purse is safe in a pocket where it is not easily accessible.

If you have a bag, keep it zipped up and carry it where you can see it. Avoid putting it


Keep your mobile phone safe and use it discreetly. Phones are a target for thieves.

Do not text and walk. Your attention will be diverted and the phone will be easy to


If you are taking pictures with an expensive camera keep a firm hold on it and use it

discreetly. They are also targeted by criminals.

Stay Aware! You may become aware that you are being watched and the fact that

you look alert and confident will deter thieves.

As well as protecting yourself from crime, precautions against the weather are a

good idea. If the recent hot weather persists, make sure you have the right clothes to

prevent sunburn and wear a hat. Use a sun block and drink plenty of water.

The Olympic Torch moves into Chester city centre in the late afternoon of Tuesday May 29th and the event at Chester Racecourse continues through the evening.

For details of the times the torch will be in an area near you, see your local council website.

Monday 28 May 2012

The End for the LMR


The LMR club is being demolished this week and there is very little left. Its sad to see the historic building being knocked down as it used to be a temperance building in the old days.

Car boot counterfeiters prosecuted successfully


Two market traders from Manchester who sold counterfeit goods at a car boot sale near Mere have been ordered to pay combined costs of over a thousand pounds and given a total of 400 hours of unpaid work.

Ian Geddes and Phillip Pinfield, both from Openshaw, were working on a stall at the Cheshire Lounge car boot sale in 2010 when they sold a number of counterfeit CDs and DVDs to an investigator form the British Phonographic Industry over a three-month period.

Officers from Cheshire East Council’s consumer protection and investigation team then stepped in and were sold counterfeit clothing by the pair on two separate occasions. 

Both were arrested under the Trade Marks Act 1994 and further counterfeit goods were seized from their home addresses.

The total retail value of the items seized from the stall and home addresses totalled £13,000.

Mr Geddes, who is 38 and lives on Buckly Street, and 48 year old Mr Pinfield, who lives on Salcombe Road, appeared before Macclesfield Magistrates on Friday, May 11.

They both pleaded guilty to charges of selling counterfeit goods and having counterfeit goods in their possession during the course of a business.

Each man was ordered to pay £660.50 in costs and required to do 200 hours of unpaid work.

Councillor Rachel Bailey, Cabinet member with responsibility for communities and regulatory services, said: “Selling counterfeit goods not only misleads consumers, it also harms our local economy by taking sales away from legitimate traders.

“Cheshire East Council is committed to creating an open and honest trading environment for residents and businesses, ensuring people shopping in the Borough have confidence in what they are buying.

“Officers will be visiting markets over the summer looking for those who are selling counterfeit goods.”

Wednesday 23 May 2012

Crewe man behind bars for downloading indecent images

Geoffrey Baker

A man who defied a court order by continuing to download thousands of indecent images is back behind bars.
On Tuesday 22 May 2012, Geoffrey Baker (49) formally from Crewe was sentenced to two years at Chester Crown Court for breaching his Sexual Offences Prevention Order and making, possessing and distributing indecent images.
He pleaded guilty to the offences at an earlier hearing.
Officers were alerted by West Midland′s Police to the fact Baker was using an online file sharing site to access indecent images.
On 16 January 2012 officers executed a warrant at an address in Winsford which Baker had been visiting at and seized a mobile internet dongle, CDs, a USB stick and laptop. They then arrested Baker for breaching his order. He was later charged with the further offences connected to indecent images and was remanded in custody.
As they examined the items seized they discovered 3,412 images, 785 of them had been made available for distribution via the site.
DC Rick Deakin from Cheshire Police′s Paedophile Unit said: "Baker had been convicted of having and making indecent images in 2010 and had been subject to an order which prevented him from doing this again or having any contact with children.
"He ignored the order and is now paying the consequences.
"We will continue to work with other forces to ensure that Sexual Prevention Orders are upheld in order to protect children and young people.
"Anyone who takes part in this deviant and depraved behaviour should think again. We will come knocking at your door."

Cheshire Police ready to welcome Olympic Torch to Cheshire


The Olympic Torch Relay is a celebration of sport, culture and local heroes and staff and officers from Cheshire Constabulary will be playing their part to ensure the safety and security of the Relay and everyone who turns out to support the Torch as it passes through the Force area

For three days the national spotlight will be on Cheshire, Halton and Warrington as the Torch Relay travels form North Wales into Chester on Tuesday May 29th, leaving Chester early the following morning travelling back into North Wales and finally comes back into Cheshire on Thursday the 31st.

During the final leg in Cheshire the Torch Relay will travel through Crewe onto Congleton and Jodrell Bank. It will then carry on to Tatton Park in Knutsford and then head over the Runcorn-Widnes bridge. Finally the last destination in the area will be at Orford Park in Warrington before crossing the border into Manchester.

Cheshire Police are committed to delivering a safe and secure Olympic Torch Relay, working with all our partners to ensure a fantastic event ahead of the main Games.

Many local people will be involved in the Relay in recognition of their contribution to society and their achievements. For our local communities and every Torchbearer the Relay represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity; it is Cheshire Police′s job to ensure they enjoy their moment feeling safe and secure.

The first part of the convoy will be led by a Cheshire police escort, which will be followed shortly after by the main part of the Olympic Relay convoy which will involve the actual Torchbearer running with the Torch.

Assistant Chief Constable Janette McCormick leading on the Olympics planning in Cheshire said:

"Policing the Olympic Torch Relay will present us with many challenges but Cheshire Officers have a great deal of experience in delivering public events and of working with our partners to ensure events such as Chester races that brings thousands of people to Chester on a regular basis are policed robustly whilst allowing people to enjoy and celebrate their day at the races.

"We are working with other police Forces in the North West region in addition to those that border Cheshire to minimise disruption and ensure the Torch can move seamlessly across Force areas and borders.

"I would like to reassure Cheshire residents that we are doing everything within our powers to reduce the impact of the event on day to day business by working with our partners to minimise the disruption road closures may cause to local people and businesses.

"In addition to policing the Torch Relay and ensuring the safety of spectators, officers and staff will be dealing with day to day demand for services and responding to emergency 999 calls."

During the three days that the Olympic Torch Relay is in the Force area Cheshire Police are asking local people to assist them by being patient where road closures are in place, to understand the demand on all the agencies during the three days and to allocate additional travelling time for journeys during this period.

Cheshire Police are expecting large numbers of people to gather throughout Cheshire to watch the Olympic Torch travel through the area and would advise those wishing to travel to see the Torch to check on local authority websites for car parking information as there may be changes to opening and closing times.

Cars parked causing an obstruction along the designated Torch Relay route will be removed for safety purposes and owners would need to follow the normal procedure to get them recovered.

Cheshire Police are asking anyone who is attending the event to follow some basic crime prevention advice to ensure they can enjoy a once in a lifetime opportunity to be a part of the Olympic Games.

Be aware and keep your possessions safe

Do not leave any bags or other valuables unattended in public places as they may be removed as part of the security operation.

Be discreet with your belongings; displaying expensive mobile phones or cameras, could attract unwanted attention.

Don′t tempt mobile phone thieves, be aware when making a call

Don′t walk and text at the same time, you will be less aware of what is happening around you.

Keep calls in public places as brief as possible, the longer you talk, the more likely you are to be spotted by a potential thief.

When parking your car make sure you close the windows and sunroof; lock the doors and activate any security devices.

Never leave cash, credit cards, chequebook, mobile phones, vehicle documents or other valuables in the car.

Road improvements lead the way to Crewe’s growth


A new road layout off the M6 motorway at junction 16 near Crewe, would unlock the potential for new jobs and improved wealth in the area. The works are intended to improve access to the Basford West site to the south of Crewe, which is owned by the developer Goodman.

The Council have pledged to support Goodman in bringing forward this important investment for Crewe.

Councillor Jamie Macrae, Cabinet member in charge of prosperity and economic regeneration, said: “Basford West is a key investment site in Crewe that will eventually deliver jobs for the town as a key part of the Council’s ‘All Change for Crewe’ programme.

“Cheshire East Council and Goodman, are working hard to put in place the necessary highway agreements, which would then allow Goodman to fund and deliver the road works.”

The proposals for the new road layout, costing several million pounds, are now being considered by the Highways Agency in Birmingham and work could start as early as this autumn and could last for nine months.

Councillor Rod Menlove, Cabinet member in charge of the environment, added: “Our highways team has worked hard to achieve an approved design.

“I will now be writing to the local MP, Edward Timpson, for his support in making the design approval at junction 16 a priority.

“With the Highways Agency approval in place, the Council will do everything it can to assist Goodman to begin the works as soon as possible. Every effort will be made to minimise disruption.

“But, inevitably with work of this scope, there would be periods of disruption and so there would be measures taken, such as night-time working, diversions and local traffic management arrangements.”

Goodman secured planning permission to develop the site as a logistics and employment hub back in 2008.

The planning permission requires Goodman to upgrade the motorway slip roads and roundabout at junction 16 and widen the A500 approach from Crewe to deal with increased traffic from the development site.

The design proposals include:

  • Improved and widened slip roads off the M6 at junction 16;
  • Traffic lights to better manage traffic flow around the junction 16 roundabout, with the roundabout widened to three lanes;
  • Provision of additional lanes on the A500 approach to junction 16 over a length of approximately 600 metres;
  • There would also be a new built road from the A500 dual carriageway at its Shavington junction, through the Basford West site and linking into the B5071, Gresty Road.

Jenny Moten, the Highways Agency asset development manager for the midlands region, said: “Facilitating growth is a key priority for the Highways Agency and we are therefore looking forward to working with the Council and Goodman to enable the project to start.”

Ian Pritchard, development director for Goodman, said: “We welcome the commitment from the Council and the Highways Agency to assist us in moving our development plans forward.

“Market conditions continue to be challenging over the period since we received our planning approval back in 2008.

“But, with a planning framework and highways approvals in place, we believe we will be in a position to commit to the highway works over the coming months.”

Tuesday 22 May 2012

Police seek witnesses to spate of arson in Crewe


Police in Crewe are investigating a spate of car fires reported in the early hours of Saturday 19 May.
Seven cars were targeted between 3.15am and 3.45am. The offenders struck in Coronation Street, Lime Tree Avenue, Hillside Drive, Queen Street and Newfield Drive.
There were no reported injuries.
Police are linking the incidents and the fires are being treated as suspicious.
Crewe Neighbourhood Policing Inspector Andy Smith said: "This type of incident is rare in Crewe and we are providing reassurance patrols in the area affected.
"The cost of this mindless vandalism may run into thousands because in some cases their vehicles have been completely destroyed. Those who needed their vehicles for their business have been significantly affected.
"We would urge anyone with information to contact police so that we can bring to justice the people responsible for this mindless act."
Anyone with any information should contact Cheshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 183 of 19 May 2012.
Alternatively information can be given anonymously by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Crewe pensioner behind bars for attack on teenager

Jack Heath

A pensioner who carried out a bizarre and frightening attack on a teenage girl as she walked her dog is behind bars.

Jack Heath (61) from Sycamore Avenue in Crewe pleaded guilty to section 18 wounding and sexual assault at an earlier hearing.

On 18 May 2012 he was sentenced to 10 years and four months for the section 18 assault and three years for sexual assault which are to run concurrently.He is subject to a Sex Offender Prevention Order (SOPO) for life and is to be on the Sex Offenders register for life.

On the afternoon of Tuesday 27 December 2011, Heath subjected his 13-year-old victim to a sexual assault and a potentially life threatening knife attack while trying to take an indecent photograph of her.

He had over time befriended her and earlier that day had promised a treat for her dog. On her way past his home again she went onto his drive expecting the treat when, without warning, she was attacked by Heath.

He grabbed hold of her and tried to get her in the house. He put his hand inside her top and touched her breast with one hand whilst trying to take a photo with a camera he was holding in the other.

He then grabbed a knife from of the top of a dustbin as she struggled.

She tried to escape but he grabbed her by the wrist and slashed her arm with the knife. He then did this again on her other wrist and tried to stab her in the chest.

DC Rob Lees from the Eastern Public Protection Unit said: "This was a terrifying attack on a young girl. She really thought he was trying to kill her. She bravely fought back and when her dog bit him she managed to escape.

"She was treated for lacerations to her arms, fingers, shoulder and head.

"Fortunately she did not require serious medical intervention."

DC Lees added: "What Heath did was shocking and beyond reproach. We have been supporting the young victim and her family through this difficult time and hope the sentence will help them in their recovery from this horrifying ordeal.

"I would like to reassure the community that this type of incident is rare and that Heath will be under strict conditions to prevent him from re-offending.

The final countdown to the Olympic torch relay


The Olympic flame has now arrived on British shores – and here in Cheshire East, final preparations are being made ahead of the torch relay arriving in the Borough.

On the morning of May 31, the streets of Crewe, Congleton, Macclesfield and Knutsford will be thronged with people as the Olympic flame passes through Cheshire East and excitement builds ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

People will get the best opportunity to see the flame as it is carried through these towns by the local torchbearers.

The torch will also visit Tatton Park, although the torch won’t be widely visible to members of the public. However, some celebrations will continue after the torch has left the park.

The Council has been working closely with schools and community groups over the last few months to ensure that spectators are treated to a whole host of live entertainment along the route.

A project of this size and importance will inevitably mean there will be some road closures – although they will be kept to a minimum.

The road closures are necessary to protect the public and make this exciting opportunity safe and enjoyable for all Cheshire East residents and participants.

However, the road closures are likely to cause significant disruption to traffic and public transport. Residents are being advised to allow plenty of time for their journeys during the morning.

Anyone planning to go and watch the relay is being asked to walk or cycle to the route where possible. Those travelling in their own vehicles are being encouraged to set off early and park in off-street car parks.

Councillor Rod Menlove, Cabinet member with responsibility for environmental services, said: “With just a matter of days to go until the Olympic torch reaches Cheshire East, excitement is really building. The flame has now arrived in Britain and it has really captured the public’s imagination.

“We are fortunate that it will be passing through four of our major towns, offering people from across the Borough the opportunity to come out and see the flame for themselves.

“I would encourage as many people as possible to come down on the day and take part in this once-in-a-lifetime event.”

For full details of the torch relay in Cheshire East, including the route, timings and road closures, as well as information on the London 2012 Olympic Games, go to

If you have photos from the torch relay that you would like to share, why not upload them to Cheshire East Council's official 2012 photographic archive on Flickr.

The site has been set up to bring together photographs of the various national events that being celebrated in 2012.

Visit to upload your photographs and view our gallery.

New Mayor for Cheshire East Council


The new Mayor of Cheshire East is Councillor George Walton. He was invested with his chain of office at last week’s Mayor Making Ceremony in the Tenants’ Hall, Tatton Park.

Councillor Walton, took over as Mayor, following a year as Deputy with his consort and wife, Veronica.

Brought up on the outskirts of Burnley, in Lancashire, Councillor Walton was educated at the Clitheroe Royal Grammar School, followed by Loughborough University, where he read Civil Engineering.

His early interest lay in farming at a time when mechanisation transformed the rural scene and his fascination with farm machinery, tractors and earth-moving equipment encouraged his interest in civil engineering. His other life-long interest is Burnley Football Club.

Councillor Walton started work in 1963, when he started employment with Sir Robert Mcalpine. His first task involved the construction of a 13-mile stretch of the M1 motorway in Leicestershire.

He took early retirement in 1996 and was elected to Knutsford Town Council, representing the Bexton ward in 1999. In 2001, he became the Mayor of Knutsford and in 2003 was elected on to Macclesfield Borough Council, again representing the Bexton ward.

He was elected to the newly-formed Cheshire East Council in 2008, representing the Bucklow ward. In May 2011, he was re-elected following the Boundary Commission review to the new Chelford ward.

Councillor Jamie Macrae, Cheshire East’s Cabinet member in charge of prosperity and economic regeneration, proposed Councillor Walton for the office of Mayor. He was seconded by Councillor Steve Wilkinson.

Councillor Macrae said: “Councillor Walton’s commitment to his roles as Chairman of the Environment and Prosperity Scrutiny Committee, Strategic Planning Board, the many task groups together with appointments to many external bodies representing the Council, have relied upon George’s ability to schedule, organise and manage a very busy diary, whilst keeping that all-important family-life balance.”

He continued: “It is fitting for George and Veronica that the ceremony takes place here in the Tenants’ Hall at Tatton Park. His association with Tatton goes back over many years, as a volunteer, an accredited guide to the Japanese garden and most recently, chairing the Tatton Board. Tatton is an historic asset, which benefits and is enjoyed by so many.”

Councillor Dorothy Flude was elected as Deputy Mayor. In proposing her for the office, Councillor Chris Thorley spoke of her achievements. “It is a position that she will hold with enthusiasm, commitment and good humour; I know that she will work hard to further the interests of the whole borough.

“Dorothy has been a member of this Council since its creation; before Local Government Reorganisation three years ago, she was a member of the former County Council.  In those roles she has worked tirelessly to serve the community and her appointment as Deputy Mayor will be a very appropriate recognition of that service.”

Councillor Flude’s appointment to Deputy Mayor was seconded by Councillor Janet Jackson.

Councillor Walton has chosen East Cheshire Hospice in Macclesfield and the Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen’s Families Association (SSAFA),  in particular the Crewe, Nantwich and Congleton branches.

Delivering resources for largest ever pre-planned operation; the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games


With just 67 days until the start of the London 2012 Games, Cheshire Police has been working with national colleagues to help resource what will be the largest ever pre-planned policing operation, while also ensuring that core policing for our communities continues.

Overseen by AC Chris Allison, the National Olympic Security Coordinator, 51 forces have worked together to resource the 105-day long national policing, which begins on 4 June and runs until 16 September.

Cheshire Constabulary will support the operation by providing officers to assist for a total of 101 days. Final planning for their deployments is underway, but the majority of officers will assist the Metropolitan Police and Dorset Police, which have the largest Games operations.

The commitment of the force varies each day, ranging from a maximum of around 119 officers to as low as just one officer on other days. In total, but not on one day, around 232 individual officers from Cheshire Constabulary will contribute to keeping the Games safe and secure.*

While the majority of officers travelling to police the Games are general beat officers, providing their usual professional service and working alongside the public, there is also a requirement for some specialist skilled officers to assist.

Cheshire Police has adopted a range of measures to maximise the number of officers available to assist with the Games but also to continue policing across the force area. Annual leave has been cancelled, non-essential training has been postponed and the Special Constabulary will be contributing additional hours to support their colleagues.

ACC Janette McCormick who has overall responsibility for Cheshire Police′s contribution to the Olympics said:

"I want to reassure Cheshire residents and businesses that during this time of unprecedented demand on policing services that we will continue to deliver a robust response to incidents of crime and disorder, whilst providing staff who will play their part in the national policing effort for the Olympics.

"I want to send a clear message to anyone who believes that our response to criminal activity will be diminished that this is not the case and anyone who commits a crime will be dealt with robustly.

"We will continue to response effectively and deal with issues that arise in our communities efficiently. Local people may see fewer officers attending community meetings, going into schools or attending community events, but residents can rest assured that our response will be equal to our response at any other time of the year.

"I want to take this opportunity to thank local businesses for allowing their staff, who are Special Constables the time to support their regular colleagues on the streets.

"Finally, I would ask every Cheshire resident to play their part by taking simple precautions to ensure their homes and property are kept safe. We need to remain vigilant during the forthcoming celebrations, denying criminals the opportunity to commit crime can make a real difference in ensuring Cheshire remains a safe place in which to live and work."

AC Chris Allison, the National Olympic Security Coordinator, said:

"Chief Constables and forces have worked together, contributing fairly to meet the incredible demand of the Games. I′m happy to say that every force has played its part. It′s down to the continued cooperation and assistance of forces and the enthusiasm of officers, that we have been able to meet this extraordinary resourcing demand.

"All 51 forces are playing a role to deliver a fantastic summer of celebration, yet our planning has also ensured that our core policing continues, keeping our communities safe. In addition, we maintain our regional resilience, able to manage major incidents or investigations and respond to contingencies outside of the Games wherever necessary.

"The summer of 2012 will be a busy and challenging time for the British police service, but with confidence and pride I can say that we have the officers we need to keep the Games and our wider communities safe and secure."

Saturday 19 May 2012

Get behind Crewe Alexandra at Wembley!


Cheshire East Council is getting right behind Crewe Alexandra as they bid for promotion at Wembley Stadium next week.

The Alex face Cheltenham Town in the League Two play-off final on Sunday, May 27 after a dramatic semi-final victory over Southend United.

Goals from Crewe-born strikers Ajay Leitch-Smith and Max Clayton secured a 2-2 draw in the second leg of the play-off semi final on Wednesday. With the Railwaymen already being a goal up from the first leg, it was enough to send them through 3-2 on aggregate.

And the Council’s new leader, Councillor Michael Jones, is urging football fans in Cheshire East to make the trip to the home of English football and roar the Alex on to glory.

Councillor Jones said: “This Council is committed to developing civic pride and we are very proud of the efforts of our sportsmen and women in Cheshire East. This includes the players at Crewe Alexandra, who now have the chance to win promotion to League One.

“The team has not lost a game for 18 matches, which is a phenomenal achievement in itself and I hope they can finish what they started by beating Cheltenham at Wembley.

“The club has made a real name for itself over the last few decades for playing football the right way and also giving many people, some who hail from the Cheshire East area, a chance to play in its first team from a very young age.

“We are rightly proud of Crewe Alexandra and I hope they can bring back the glory years for the supporters by moving up the leagues once again.”

Tickets for the final are available from the Alexandra Stadium, Gresty Road, Crewe, Cheshire, CW2 6EB. Visit for more details.

You can foster


Cheshire East Council is teaming up with local authorities from across the region to boost the number of people becoming foster carers in 2012.

Twenty three councils from across the north west are working together again for the You Can Foster campaign. The programme, which was first launched in 2010, aims to show there is no such thing as a ‘typical’ foster carer.

Over the course of Foster Care Fortnight (May 14 – 27) there will be television and radio adverts encouraging people of all ages to come forward and look into how they too can change a person’s life for the better.

One of the main messages of the You Can Foster campaign is to show the diversity of foster carers and to encourage applications from people regardless of ethnicity, gender, age, sexuality, marital or employment status.

Cheshire East Council provides foster carers with full training and continuing practical, emotional and financial support.

A range of activities and recruitment events are planned in Cheshire East around Foster Care Fortnight. They are:

  • May 25 and 26 – a stand at Handforth Dean with Stockport Council;
  • June 11 – adoption information evening, Brine Leas School, Nantwich at 6.30pm;
  • June 19 and 20 – Cheshire County Show;
  • July 2 – fostering information evening at Middlewich Community Church at 6.30pm; and
  • July 25 – Nantwich Show.

Councillor Hilda Gaddum, Cabinet member with responsibility for children and family services, said: “I hope this campaign persuades people who have never thought about becoming a foster carer, to explore the subject more thoroughly. Fostering can be an immensely rewarding experience and we are always looking for more people.

“Fostering doesn’t have to be on a long-term basis, it can involve looking after a child for a shorter period, such as a weekend.

“There is no such thing as a typical foster carer and applications from all backgrounds are welcome.”

For more information on fostering in Cheshire East visit or telephone 0800 634 7052.

New research shows cost of alcohol harm totals £3 billion per year in the North West


Chief Executives today (May 18) called on David Cameron to take tough action to prevent cheap alcohol from wreaking havoc on North West communities.

Speaking at a major national alcohol conference, leading local authority Chief Executives and representatives called for a 50p minimum unit price to prevent alcohol being sold at pocket-money prices.

The call came as they unveiled new research which shows that the negative impacts of alcohol are costing the North West at least £3 billion per year.

Cheshire East Councillor Janet Clowes, the Cheshire and Warrington sub-regional health and wellbeing commission chairperson, said: “Someone is admitted to hospital every four minutes in the North West because of alcohol. We know that our local communities are fed up with having to cope with alcohol-related crime and anti-social behaviour.

“Alcohol has become 44% more affordable than it was in 1980 and alcohol-related harm is costing the public sector billions to address, to say nothing of its social impact.

“The Government has said that it wants to curb the negative impact of cheap alcohol in our communities. We want to see a minimum unit price set at 50p per unit, because research shows that this will save lives, cut crime and save the public sector millions.”

Friday 18 May 2012



St Luke's (Cheshire) Hospice need stewards for their fundraising Midnight Walk on 9 June. 

You will need to be free from about 11pm until 6am. 

Please contact Diane Eeley if you are interested on 01606 555697 or

Children Go Free’ Concert for St Luke’s Hospice!


The Co-operative Funeralcare Band North West are to perform in a TV, Film and West-End Musical-inspired ‘Circle of Life’ Concert, starting at 7pm on Sunday May 20th, at Centre Stage Theatre in South Cheshire College, Crewe. 

The band’s Musical Director, Jef Sparkes, said “The concert, described as a ‘Family Musical Extravaganza’ is being arranged with the Cheshire Living Well Dying Well Partnership and the programme of music is absolutely suitable for all ages and musical tastes.  No matter what age, from 5-105, there will be plenty to entertain the whole family, and it’s all in a great cause”. 

Jef continued “ Elton John’s classic ‘Circle of Life’ from The Lion King will feature the band’s Bass Trombonist, Anthony Longden, in a rendition that has so-far been described in rehearsal as ‘fantastic’ and ‘hilarious’.  It’s certainly unmissable!”

Band Manager, Alan Smart, said “It’s great to be back at South Cheshire College with the Band.  The concert has been timed to start at 7pm, so it should still be light by the time people are heading home, just after 9pm.  We hope this will encourage parents and grandparents to bring children to hear a Championship standard brass band in a relaxed and comfortable environment.  A family ticket (2 adults + 2 children) is just £10, so effectively children are attending free of charge”.

Jane Smart, Events and Marketing Manager for the band said, said “The Public Health Team at St Luke’s Hospice, who are supported by Macmillan Cancer Support, are developing an innovative ‘Living Well, Dying Well’ approach to help break down taboos and support a change in knowledge, attitudes and behaviour towards death, dying and bereavement, so that Living Well and Dying Well becomes the norm.  The concert is a celebration of this initiative, to help raise funds for St Luke’s, and it seems only appropriate that The Co-operative Funeralcare Band North West should feature in a Family Musical Extravaganza.”

The concert will start at 7.00pm on Sunday 20th May, at Centre Stage, South Cheshire College, off Somerville Street, Crewe CW2 7NL. Tickets are £5 for adults, £4 for concessions, or £10 for a family ticket (2+2) and can be booked in advance by calling Ceri Edwards at St Lukes Hospice on 01606 551246 Ext 2215, or via the band’s website at

Ticket requests and other enquiries can also be emailed to 

Councillor Michael Jones elected Leader of Cheshire East Council


Councillor Michael Jones has been elected as the new Leader of Cheshire East Council.

The Conservative, who represents Bunbury Ward, headed the poll with a large majority at a meeting of Full Council yesterday (Wednesday, May 16). He received 48 of the 73 votes cast.

Councillor Jones will now chair the Cabinet. He is also the leader of the Conservative Group and was elected as a Councillor to the unitary authority in May 2011.

Upon election as Leader, Cllr Jones offered the Borough’s rival political parties the opportunity for a new era of working in partnership – for the benefit of all the people of  Cheshire East.

He said: “This is a time for us to put Cheshire East first. We want to be inclusive – include more people and work together to drive Cheshire East forward into a new dawn.

He added today: “I would like to thank Cllr Fitzgerald for the excellent legacy he has left for me to take forward. It has been a pleasure working with him and I am thoroughly looking forward to building on his good work.

“I am honoured and proud to have the confidence of my party group and Council members and be elected to lead Cheshire East.

“My Cabinet has a core of the same strong, experienced and committed team – but with the addition of some new energy and talents.

“This Council is committed to listening to the people of Cheshire East and seeking to work in partnership – across the political divide –for the benefit of all our customers.

“Under my leadership, the Council will be committed to nurturing strong communities, promoting business growth and job creation, modernising Cheshire East, ensuring value for money for taxpayers, getting things right first time, and developing civic pride and respect for our local environment.

“This Council will work tirelessly and move forward to deliver for the people of Cheshire East – and make Cheshire East the best it can be.”

He unveiled his 10-strong Cabinet team, which includes three new members – Cllr Les Gilbert, Cllr Barry Moran and Cllr Peter Raynes.

The Cabinet members are:

Cllr Michael Jones, Council Leader and Chairman of the Cabinet;

Cllr David Brown, (Deputy Leader) responsibilities for strategic communities;

Cllr Peter Raynes, responsibilities for finance;

Cllr Rachel Bailey, responsibilities for communities and regulatory services;

Cllr Hilda Gaddum, responsibilities for children and family services;

Cllr Janet Clowes, responsibilities for health and adult social care;

Cllr Rod Menlove, responsibilities for environment;

Cllr Jamie Macrae, responsibilities for prosperity and economic regeneration.

Cllr Barry Moran, responsibilities for performance;

Cllr Les Gilbert, responsibilities for corporate policy;

Tuesday 15 May 2012



With only weeks to go until the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, Blue Bell MINI Crewe is inviting customers to get in the party spirit and celebrate with Olympic swimmer Fran Halsall on Saturday 26 May.

To celebrate BMW’s involvement in the much-anticipated London 2012 Games, the Blue Bell MINI dealership is hosting an Olympic event to count down to the Games in style. Customers will enjoy refreshments, and have the opportunity to meet Olympic qualifier and local swimming star Fran Halsall.

Blue Bell Crewe last year announced its sponsorship of Fran as she gears up for the London 2012 Olympic Games. The dealership has recently presented the gold-medal hopeful with a much coveted BMW Z4, to provide support with her transportation needs for Team GB training, competitions and events in the run-up to this Summer. Cheshire-born Fran has successfully qualified for the Women’s 50m and 100m Olympic Freestyle and the 100m Butterfly events at the London 2012 Olympic Games, and she will also be part of the freestyle and medley relay team.

Fran will be attending Blue Bell MINI Crewe’s Olympic event from 11:30am on Saturday 26 May, and visitors on the day will be in with a chance to win much-coveted tickets to the London 2012 Olympic Games in an exclusive free prize draw.

Barry Holt, Dealer Principal at Blue Bell Crewe, comments: “Everyone at Blue Bell is very excited about our involvement in the Olympic Games, and the London 2012 Celebration is a great way to continue our countdown to the big event. We are looking forward to welcoming Fran and our customers to the dealership.”

The dealership’s sponsorship follows the appointment in 2009 of BMW Group as the Official Automotive Partner of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. As well as supplying over 4,000 fuel-efficient vehicles throughout the Games, BMW is also actively supporting British athletes, such as Ellie Simmonds and Louis Smith, via the BMW London 2012 Performance Team. Meanwhile, in line with the Performance Team initiative, BMW dealers such as Blue Bell Crewe are working with local athletes, supporting their endeavours to qualify for Team GB or Paralympics GB.

To join in the London 2012 Celebration Weekend visit Blue Bell MINI Crewe between 11:00 – 12:30pm on 26 May at Gateway, Crewe, Cheshire, CW1 6YY, or for more information call the dealership on 01270 214 800.

Bicycle Security


Warmer weather provides many of us with the opportunity to dust our bikes off, don our helmets and hit the open road.  However, cycling season also affords bicycle thieves with greater opportunities to engage in this type of crime.  Make sure you steer clear of cycle theft by following our top ten security tips.
Protecting Your Bike
1.        Take out insurance
Extend your home contents insurance or take out a separate policy.  Do this at the time of purchasing the bike, or you may never get round to following it up.
2.        Mark your bicycle
There are several bike security marking systems available to choose from.
3.        Make a Record
Record your bicycles model, make and frame number.  This assists the police in returning recovered bikes to their rightful owners.  Consider taking a photograph of the bike and record a detailed description of it, including any unique features for reporting if stolen and also for insurance purposes.
At Home
4.        Keep it out of sight
Amazingly more than half of bicycle thefts occur from the owner’s property.  A bike is obviously going to be seen whilst out and about but if you nip in the house don’t leave it at the front or propped up against a wall where it can be easily taken.
5.        Home security
When not in use secure your bike in the shed or garage and ensure the door is locked.  This is particularly important in the summer as people are often in and out of the shed throughout the day and it is easy to presume it is locked – make a special effort to check each evening.
6.        Add extra security
Consider installing extra security in sheds and garages such as a floor or wall mounted anchor to make your bike doubly difficult to steal. 
Out & About
7.        Location, location, location
Ensure your bike is left in an area with lots of people around so if someone wants to steal it they will have to do so in a crowded area.
8.        Lock it or lose it!
Always lock your bike up even if only left unattended for a couple of minutes.  It only takes seconds for someone to ride off on an unlocked bike.
Take advantage of proper bike racks and ground anchors.  If they aren’t any specific areas to secure your bicycle, lock it to robust street furniture such as lampposts or railings ensuring that your bike can’t simply be lifted off the item.  Remember if you can think of a way to remove your bike so can a thief!
10.        Position your lock smartly
Lock your bike through the frame as it is the strongest part of the bike.  Locks can be picked so face the lock towards the ground when securing your bike so the lock can not be easily turned and picked. 

Police seek witnesses to two burglaries in Nantwich area


Police are appealing for witnesses to two burglaries which could be connected.

On 9 May 2012 sometime between 6pm and 7pm a burglary took place at a house in Lodmore Lane in Burleydam.

The offenders gained entry through a back door which was unlocked and they escaped with jewellery.

A house in Coole Lane, Newhall was also targeted by thieves between 6pm and 7pm.

They smashed through a conservatory window and escaped with a large amount of jewellery and credit card which was used to withdraw cash.

At the second address, a man was spotted in the front garden. He was described as white, with a young face. He was wearing a navy blue zip-up jacket.

An old navy blue Landrover Discovery was parked nearby.

Anyone with information should contact DC Simon Gidman 101 quoting incident number 973 of 9 May 2012.

Information can also be given anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Cheshire East’s Olympic ‘moment to shine’


Excitement is building with just weeks to go before the Olympic torch relay lights up Cheshire East – and the wide variety of activities and entertainment taking place along the route can now be revealed.

On the morning of Thursday, May 31, Crewe, Congleton, Macclesfield and Knutsford will come alive as groups lining the torch relay route treat the crowds to live music, singing and dancing.

There will also be various displays of public artwork for people to enjoy .

The torch will also visit Tatton Park, although the torch won’t be widely visible to members of the public. However, some celebrations will continue after the torch has left the park.

Council officers have been working hard with various organisations over the past few months to try and make the event a morning of celebration, and a spectacle that will live long in the memory of local residents.

Organisers are using the torch relay as an opportunity to highlight the best Cheshire East has to offer, showcasing local history, architecture, creativity and talent.

The activities incorporate community, youth and school groups from across the Borough, who have all taken part in themed projects around.

A number of children’s centres and community groups have taken part in ‘A moment to shine’ project, which is funded by the arts, heritage and cultural services department.

The initiative looks to give members of the local community the chance to express what the Olympic and Paralympics means to them, and have their moment to shine as the torch passes through their town.

Councillor Rod Menlove, Cabinet member with responsibility for environmental services, said: “The countdown to the Olympic torch relay is really on now and final preparations are well underway to ensure the Cheshire East leg of the torch relay is one to remember.

“I am certain that the variety of community activities that are taking place along the route will be a real highlight for many of the people that come to watch. They will bring a sense of fun and vibrancy to the event and create a real carnival atmosphere.”

More information about torchbearers is now available. Simply go to the following web page and enter North West and then your town to find out who is running in your area:

Ground breaking partnership launched

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ON FRIDAY, May 11, Cheshire Constabulary celebrated the official launch of a ground breaking approach to dealing with the vital "back office" end of their business.

When talking about police work, it′s usually the front line people think of − the uniformed bobbies and PCSOs on the beat, the detectives investigating incidents, or the crime scene investigators checking the scene of a crime (among many others).

However, without the back office resources, such as finance, estates and logistics, all this would grind to a halt.

But all police forces face making cuts to all levels of their work, and realising this, Cheshire joined with their colleagues in Northamptonshire to pool their resources.

The result was Multi Force Shared Service, a completely new way of working, which links the two police Forces through a new computer system, despite being hundreds of miles apart.

The Shared Service was made possible by a new integrated technology system supplied and configured by external contractors CapGemini.

The launch on Friday saw the full integration of phase one of the process, which sees finance and purchasing services shared between the two forces, the introduction of new technology to support finance and purchasing, and estates and logistics functions.

Phase two will arrive in the autumn, and covers Human Resources services shared between the two forces, with new technology to support HR and a duty management that is linked to HR, payroll and command and control systems.

Due to the huge amount of work that went into planning for the new system, its launch went without a hitch and the system is already a part of the way Cheshire and Northants work.

Chief Constable of Cheshire, Dave Whatton said: "When this idea was first talked about back in 2007, it wasn′t just about saving money, in fact it has always been about improving the quality of service provided to the front line, reducing time officers spend on admin and delivering business services at reduced cost.

"The Multi-Force Shared Service is innovative in its approach and we have worked hard with our colleagues in Northamptonshire to develop a system and a service to our officers and staff which is easy to use, accessible and yet significantly more efficient."

Chairman of Cheshire Police Authority Margaret Ollerenshaw said: "Multi-Force Shared Service is part of our strategy to achieve the savings required by the government in the coming year, but importantly we have taken this decision, as we have other decisions regarding our internal structures and regional collaboration, knowing that this is the right thing to do in running an efficient and effective Force which delivers value for money to local people."

Crewe town council elections poised for April 4


Elections for a town council in Crewe look set to be held next April.

The authority’s constitution committee is recommending the new council should be made up of 16 councillors and the seats should be contested on April 4, 2013.

Residents gave a resounding ‘yes’ to the formation of a town council during a ballot, which took place in February.

A total of 10,810 people felt the formation of a single town council was the right thing for Crewe, meaning almost nine out of 10 who voted (88.5 per cent) were in favour. The number of people who voted ‘no’ came to 1,390.

Now, all 82 Cheshire East councillors are being asked to vote on the matter at a meeting of Full Council tomorrow (May 16).

A second wave of consultation is poised to begin on June 11 for three weeks, which will allow residents and stakeholders a chance to give their views on matters such as the warding arrangements.

Proposals currently show there would be the following six wards:

· St Barnabas (represented by two town councillors)

· Crewe Central (two town councillors)

· Crewe North (two town councillors)

· Crewe South (three town councillors)

· Crewe East (four town councillors)

· Crewe West (three town councillors)

A final decision is expected in October.

Councillor Michael Jones, Cabinet member with responsibility for resources, said: “The electorate told us very clearly that they want a town council in Crewe and Cheshire East is now paving the way for this to become a reality.

“Such a body would be better placed to take control of certain services and assets such as Crewe Market Hall and give the town a more ‘local’ voice.

“The views of the people have been listened to and will continue to be heard as we move forward with the next stage of consultation and a potential new and exciting era for Crewe.”

Electors in the unparished portion of the Cheshire East ward of Leighton will also be asked if they would prefer to be included in a new Crewe council ward of St Barnabas or stay within the existing Leighton parish.

Further information on the Crewe governance review can be found at:

Motorists under spotlight along Moss Lane, Crewe


Motorists travelling along Moss Lane in Crewe are under the spotlight as Cheshire East Council collects evidence to monitor speeds in the area.

Councillor Michael Jones, ward member for Bunbury, said: “There have been on-going discussions with Minshull Vernon and District Parish Council since January and together we are assessing this matter very seriously.

“There are never any quick fixes for issues such as this, especially where there is an increased risk of accidents and we must be sure what the causes are.

“But I want to be very clear about this – should the evidence show that measures to slow down traffic will provide a solution then these will be considered along with other options.

“These could include changes to the speed limit, improved signs and localised traffic and calming features as well as a part one-way system. Speeding is not acceptable.”

Ward member for Leighton, Councillor Derek Bebbington, added: “Through listening to our residents in the area, we are aware of this problem and we take these matters very seriously.

“The highways team is currently monitoring the situation and will be installing traffic counters that will collect speeds and the number of vehicles travelling along the road. 

“This will allow us to review the information collected and take steps to slow down traffic should that be identified as the problem.”

Councillor Rod Menlove, Cabinet member with responsibility for environmental services, said: “I would urge motorists to think twice before putting their foot down in the Moss Lane area as this is clearly causing a great deal of concern for residents.

“If speeding is the problem then we will be robust in our response and we will take the necessary action to promote a safer stretch of road.”

Police seek witnesses to weekend assault in Nantwich town centre


Police are appealing for witnesses following a serious assault in Nantwich over the weekend.

At approximately 12.20am on Saturday 12 May 2012, a 29-year-old man and a 30-year-old man left the Nakatcha Bar in Welsh Row and were walking up Weaver Bank.

They were approached from behind by two other men who had also left the bar.

The two men attacked them and then ran off onto Welsh Row and up the Waterlode extension.

The 29-year-old was knocked unconscious and suffered a fractured eye socket. He is currently in Aintree Hospital being treated for the fracture.

The second man received cuts and bruising to his face but did not require hospital treatment.

One of the offenders is described as white, 6ft 1ins and of muscular build with tattooed arms. He is in his 30s and has dark hair which is spiky at the front and on top, shaven close at the sides which then goes into a "V" at the back of the head.

He was wearing a white shirt with print on the front.

The second offender is also white, scruffy looking and of muscular build. He is in his 30s, 6ft 1ins with a chubby face and messy hair.

Anyone with information should contact PC Matt Dutton at Congleton CID on 101 quoting incident number 63 of 12 May 2012.

Alternatively information can be given anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Mp’s 121st news bulletin

Edward Timpson MP

Tuesday 15, May 2012

Welcome ...

Welcome to this my 121st news bulletin.

Last week was about as varied you can get in the life of an MP.

Parliament went back to business, kicked off by all the pomp and ceremony of the Queen's visit for the State Opening. It still feels a bit odd to be summoned to see the Queen by a man wearing tights and carrying a black stick, but as you learn in Parliament, everything happens for an important historical reason.

Then it was on to learning more about important male health issues with the Blue Ribbon Foundation, before heading back to Crewe to write back to constituents and visit Shavington Primary School to hear about their involvement in the Comenius Project, which helps pupils to understand different European cultures.

The week ended on a high note, albeit an unusual one. I had the pleasure of playing at the Wistaston Cricket Club President's Day, which actually made a very nice change from my usual charity football matches and marathons, helped by being asked to officially one their newly licensed bar!

I also learnt that the club have three palyers from their girls team currently playing for Cheshire, a testament to the progress they have made in developing the club in the community. Can I express my thanks to Rod, Mike and all at Wistaston Cricket Club who made the day so enjoyable.

Please remember, you can always contact me directly if you have any questions for me.

You can forward the bulletin on to your friends and family, who can sign up themselves by clicking here for my website.

Best wishes, 

Edward Timpson
Member of Parliament for Crewe & Nantwich

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I have recently...

  • Met with the Vice Chancellor University of Chester to discuss ways we can promote Cheshire as a place to come to study and work.
  • Attended the launch of The Blue Ribbon Foundation helping to raise awareness of male health issues – particularly cancer.
  • Visited the Comenius Project at the Shavington Primary School.
  • Contributed to the debate on the Queen's Speech in the House of Commons.
  • Played in the President's Day at Wistaston Cricket Club.

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One in Eleven Appeal

Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust launched their 'One in Eleven' appeal to raise funds for a new neonatal unit at Leighton Hospital, Crewe.

Patrons of the appeal include Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire David Briggs & Edward Timpson MP.

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Crewe Campaigner Praised in Parliament

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A CAMPAIGNER who fought to stop Cheshire East Council setting up a Gypsy site in Crewe has been commended in Parliament.

Crewe and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson commended local campaigner Glenn Perris on his success in defeating the proposed Gypsy and Traveller site earmarked for Parkers Road.

Mr Timpson told the House of Commons: “In Crewe, a local action group led by Glenn Perris has campaigned successfully, with my support, against the imposition of a council Traveller site, assisted by the new Government policy of working with the private sector to meet any unmet Traveller need. Can we find time for a debate on this important common-sense policy and congratulate Mr Perris and his team on their sterling work?”

Sir George Young MP, leader of the House of Commons, replied: “I endorse what my hon. Friend says about what is happening in his constituency.
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“He will know that on March 23 we introduced a new light-touch policy on sites for Travellers, and I hope that that will be developed in his constituency in consultation with local communities.”

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COMMUNITIES Secretary Eric Pickles is urging housing associations to treat the elderly with 'enormous dignity' after the controversy surrounding Wulvern Housing

Crewe Chronicle

COMMUNITIES Secretary Eric Pickles is urging housing associations to treat the elderly with ‘enormous dignity’ after the controversy surrounding Wulvern Housing’s proposals to close Linden Court in Crewe.

Mr Pickles, who visited the sheltered accommodation complex a few years ago with Edward Timpson, was responding in the House of Commons to a question from the Crewe and Nantwich MP.

Mr Timpson told Mr Pickles how he had been helping the Linden Court residents after Wulvern Housing attempted to move them out “on just a few months’ notice in order to redevelop the site’.

“Will my right honourable friend the Secretary of State use his good offices to encourage housing associations to treat the elderly with the care, courtesy and respect that they deserve, particularly those whom they are considering moving out of their homes?” he asked.

Mr Pickles (Con) replied: “I am not sure that I need to use those powers, because my honourable friend has used his considerable influence and I now understand that the housing association is having a rethink and looking into other ways of dealing with Linden Court which I visited with him a few years ago.”

Mr Pickles added: “It is important that, when elderly persons are being moved out of their homes, they should be treated with enormous dignity, and local authorities and housing associations need to go about that task at a leisurely pace.”

Two weeks ago Wulvern Housing announced it had paused plans to bulldoze Linden Court and was going to explore further options.

Last week an independent survey was carried out.

Wulvern has promised to meet with residents within a month for a full update.

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2,000 People Turn out to Jobs Fair at Crewe Alex stadium

Crewe Chronicle

MORE than 2,000 people from all walks of life turned out in force to get a leg-up on to the employment ladder at the Alexandra Stadium in Crewe on Thursday.

Students, job-hunters and young apprentices flocked to the all-day fair – organised by Crewe and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson – where more than 45 of the area’s leading companies were on hand to showcase their job opportunities and offer advice.

Mr Timpson hailed the jobs expo – backed by the Chronicle and The South Cheshire Chamber of Commerce – as a huge success and added that it emphasised the many opportunities available in South Cheshire’s vibrant economy.

Edward Timpson explained: “I am thrilled to see my initial idea to help boost employment and business confidence in Crewe & Nantwich become a reality.

“With more than 45 local businesses and around 2,000 job seekers attending on the day, the success of the jobs fair went way beyond expectations.

“The feedback we have had has been extremely positive and already people are asking when the next one will be held.

“There were some unexpected bonuses from the day too, including one business that created new local jobs exclusively on the back of the fair.

“Although the vast majority of job seekers were from the local Crewe &Nantwich area, we also saw people from as far afield as Stockport, Telford and North Wales, showing how the fair helped put Crewe on the map as a place that is definitely open for business.”

The fair featured a distinguished cast of the area’s biggest employers including Bentley Motors, BAE Systems and Mornflake whose staff were on hand to share their experiences and offer advice.

Bentley’s senior recruitment officer Nikki Elliot said: “I’ve been thrilled with the response. We have received some extremely well-prepared CVs from people with a vast variety of skill sets and our apprentices have also been very busy sharing their experiences.”

Alsager’s BAE System’s human resources manager John Stoodley said: “We have a massive commitment to the local economy and our four-year apprenticeship scheme is a big part of that.

“I think the turnout has been fantastic and it has been a fantastic opportunity for us, and many other firms, to meet people face to face and talk about the wide variety of roles we offer.”

Meanwhile, a number of firms were actively recruiting at the fair and by 11am Vicky Sugden, creative director of At One Communications in Crewe, already had an armful of CVs.

She said: “I have an admin position available and I’ve been delighted with the response. We were a late entry into the fair and I didn’t really have any expectations but it’s been really positive.

“There have been a number of people who fit the description of the employee I’m looking for perfectly.”

Meanwhile, one local firm had even created a number of posts and apprenticeships in anticipation of the fair.

Steve Floodgate, communications director of people and site management and health and safety specialist SG World in Crewe, said: “Apprenticeship really seems to be the buzz-word at the moment and it’s a great route for people to get experience and for businesses to find and even mould great employees.

“We already had one vacancy available but we thought with this in mind that we could create a few more in a variety of roles and hopefully find the right candidates.”

Cheshire East A-Team marketing apprentice Amy Rowe, 21, was on hand to tell other young job-seekers about the considerable benefits of learning on the job.

The former Sandbach High School and Sixth Form College student from Warmingham, said: “We all know young people often get knocked back for jobs because they don’t have enough experience or qualifications.

“Apprenticeships are an amazing way of achieving them both and getting a foot on the career ladder. I’ve loved every minute of it and it’s been a fantastic experience.

“There are 30 places available every year and above all, the council is looking for people who are determined to work hard and achieve.”

Job-seeker and college student David Baggaley, 17, said the fair had opened his eyes to a number of potential career paths.

He said: “I’m currently in my first year of college but I’m weighing up my options and, if I could, I’d get on the career ladder this year.

“I came here looking at manufacturing apprenticeships but after talking to a lot of other companies, I’m really spoilt for choice.

“I’m really glad I came and it has been really inspiring to find out I have so many more options than I thought I did.”

Reaseheath College construction student Sean Smythe, 19, said: “I heard about the fair from friends who saw it in the Chronicle.

“I’m going into my last year and I didn’t think I would find much here but I’ve been really pleased and found out a lot about apprentice schemes.”

The armed forces were represented including the air cadets as well as the territorial and regular Army.

Sergeant Glen Gittins insisted the fair was a great opportunity to meet potential applicants who may be put off or intimidated by walking into an army recruitment office.

He said: “There are more than 140 careers in the army so obviously we need a diverse range of people.

“The fair’s been a great opportunity for us to meet people and let them know actually what to expect if they then decide to sign up.

“It’s all about commitment and fitness is a major aspect which a lot of young people underestimate.”

South Cheshire Chamber’s acting chief executive Paul Colman was ‘delighted’ with the event.

He said: “The turnout has been fantastic and it’s great news for the area that jobs are available.

“There is obviously a national picture which reflects the difficult times we face but locally this sort of event inspires confidence and shows the rest of the country that South Cheshire has great foundations for investment.”

Edward Timpson, added: “I want to put on record my sincere thanks to all at Crewe Alex for providing such a great venue, to the South Cheshire Chamber of Commerce for their full support of the event and to the Chronicle for making sure as many people as possible knew about the fair.

“Finally I want to thank all the local businesses and job seekers who embraced the fair and made the day so worthwhile.”

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Sunday 13 May 2012

The most craze thing ever?


Coming back from the shop on Friday I saw 4 people in florescent jackets I assume from the council and a Police officer on the Derby Docks. One ran onto the grass shout found some. I couldn't stop as I was in a hurry. What could it be are they after Bin Laden, drugs, machine guns, bombs?

No they have gone all over the Docks and surrounding streets spraying dog mess with purple paint as you can see in the picture. They covered the Docks field and the flats and paths at least. Can someone explain the point of this totally useless exercise? How much has it cost the tax payer for them to do this? We all agree dog owners should pick up their mess no argument but what is solved by spraying the mess purple? if they picked it up then there would be a point to it but to just leave it there sprayed purple  is the daftest thing ever. Some of what they did was under bushes and so small you need a magnifying glass to see it. Everyone in the area can not believe what they have done and why did they need a police officer with them?

Comments on this please

Dangerous Fence Again


Going Back to 2010 this site in Oxford St was reported to the council as being a danger to the public. Many times since then it has been reported and it get a temporary fix. Well surprise surprise its back again. You can see the deadly fence across a public right of way with razor like spikes on the top. The path isnt lit at night so you can soon have your eyes out or worse if you go down at night.

Not only that as you can see its a place were people dump rubbish of all sorts so its a health issue as well, add to that the fire risk as this was once a church that got burnt down.

The site hasnt been touched since 2010 and now just a dangerous dump. The fence is a temporary fence that needs constant adjustment to keep it safe. As there has been no work for years then the owners must be forced to put up a proper permanent fence that is safe for residents and school children going to school before a child is hurt or killed

Friday 11 May 2012



Willaston and Rope Ward Councillor Brian Silvester is putting this question to the Mayor at the Annual Council Meeting on the 16th. of May,


from Councillor Brian Silvester

Crewe Alexandra Football Club

"Would the Mayor pass on the good wishes of Cheshire East Council to Crewe Alexandra Football Club in the Division Two play-off semi final and hope they win through to Wembley, are successful in the final and achieve a much deserved promotion to Division One."

Councillor Silvester said, " The Council is meeting on the day of the semi final and I am sure that all members will want to wish Crewe Alex well in the Play Offs. The success of the team and their appearances in the  national sporting media helps to put Cheshire East on the map and will encourage many more people to support the Alex and visit the Borough. It will also will lead to more local people playing football and becoming involved in healthy activity."



Cheshire Police are collaborating with forces across the Northwest to introduce new measures in combatting the increasing problem of metal theft.
Operation Tornado, spearheaded by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) and the British Transport Police, will aim to make it easier to trace sellers of stolen metal through an identification scheme.

From 9th May, anyone selling scrap metal to participating dealers in the region will be required to provide proof of their identity − either a photo card driving licence including an address, or a passport or national ID card supported by a utility bill, which must be under three months old and show their address.

Chief Inspector Darren Hebden from Cheshire Police said "The ongoing policing operation to combat metal theft has already met with success in Cheshire and led to a significant number of prosecutions. By having the co-operation of scrap dealers as part of Operation Tornado we are effectively disrupting and deterring those criminals who approach dealers with stolen metal to make a quick profit. We hope the introduction of these measures will restrict the sale and movement of stolen metal. It has been designed not to inhibit those dealers that operate lawfully, but to remove unscrupulous dealers who operate outside the law."

Ian Hetherington, director general at the British Metals Recycling Association, said: "Metals theft is a real problem for the metals industry and BMRA continues to advise government on the issue.

"It′s important to note that many of the problems encountered by legitimate metal recyclers lie with the ineffective enforcement of existing regulations and the proliferation of the illegal, unregulated trade, and not with the majority who operate highly regulated, licensed and permitted sites.

"BMRA also fully supports a nationally coordinated approach from the police and the Environment Agency with stronger sentencing and appropriate penalties for those stealing metal and those setting out to dispose of it."
Metal thieves have caused misery for countless thousands of people across the country and the railway has experienced significant issues for some time, but throughout 2011 criminals have been diversifying and targeting metal from other areas, including power cables, utilities pipe work, telecommunications cabling, residential properties, businesses and catalytic converters from vehicles. All affected industries are working together to tackle the problem, which is now a significant threat to the UK infrastructure.
Ten people have also died in the past year as a result of metal theft.
Whatever the crime, the net result is the same − disruption to everyday life and severe cost to the local and national economy.
Operation Tornado will run in all five north west police force areas, Cumbria, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Cheshire, with the measures rolled out across the region on Wednesday, 9 May.

This day will also see a co-ordinated day of action across all forces as police and partners seek to drive home the message that metal theft in any form will not be tolerated.

Wednesday 9 May 2012

Police appeal following Sandbach collision


Police are appealing for witnesses following a road traffic collision reported in Sandbach at the weekend.
The collision was reported to police just after midnight on Saturday 5th May, on A534 Old Mill Road near Sandbach.
A pedestrian, who was part of a larger group, was struck by a car travelling in the direction of Sandbach. The driver and the passenger of the car were uninjured. No arrests were made.
The casualty, who is an 18 year old man from the Crewe area, sustained head injuries and is currently in hospital where his condition is described as critical.
Cheshire Police are appealing for information from anyone who was in the vicinity of Old Mill Road around midnight and who may have witnessed the collision, to call 101 quoting incident number 9 of the 5th May.




Cheshire East Council is pleased to announce that it will suspend all car parking charges in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

All Cheshire East Council’s car parks across the whole Borough will be free for users over the extended bank holiday, from 8am on Monday, June 4, to 8am on Wednesday, June 6, 2012.

Councillor Rod Menlove, Cabinet member with responsibility for environmental services, said: “Cheshire East Council has taken this decision to ensure that party-goers can concentrate on enjoying themselves for the whole celebration, rather than worrying about if their ticket has expired.

“We want people to enjoy themselves as much as possible during this once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

Could you become a foster carer?


Cheshire East Council is renewing its impassioned plea for adoptive parents to come forward to help children and young people.

Foster Care Fortnight begins on Monday (May 14) for two weeks to highlight the need to recruit more foster carers across the country. There is currently a shortage of 10,000 foster carers nationally.

There are 432 ‘cared for’ children and young people in Cheshire East – but during the next 12 months the Council is hoping to significantly increase the number of new foster carer households.

Councillor Hilda Gaddum, Cabinet member with responsibility for children and family services, said: “Adults who can provide either a foster care home or a permanent adoptive home are in short supply.

“We urgently need more people to come forward to foster sibling groups, for example, groups of brothers and sisters, children and young people over the age of 11 and children with disabilities.

“We would especially like to hear from those who can assist with placements of two years and longer.

“If people think they can offer stability, love and fun to a young person, I would urge them to get in touch with us. And what’s more, there is no strict upper-age limit on the ability to foster a child or young person.

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

Foster Care Fortnight is organised by the Fostering Network charity, which launched its ‘22 minutes’ campaign on Monday (May 7).

The campaign centres on the fact that a child goes into care and needs a foster family every 22 minutes across the country. Last year, more than 24,000 children went into care and needed fostering, an increase of 17 per cent compared to 2008.

More information can be obtained at fostering information evenings being held later this year. They are at Middlewich Community Church at 6pm on Monday, July 2 and at Disley Primary School at 6pm on Monday, October 29.

Further details on fostering can be found at or or call the Fostering and Adoption Hotline on 0300 123 3223.