Environment

Cheshire councils rake in millions from land sales, figures show

Cheshire councils rake in millions from land sales, figures show

By Stephen Topping, local democracy reporter
Cheshire East and Cheshire West and Chester Councils have raked in millions of pounds in land sales in the past five years, latest figures show.

Between them, they raised more than £73 million, according to data produced by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

March 23, 2019
More than 100 attend launch of Plastic Free Nantwich event

More than 100 attend launch of Plastic Free Nantwich event

By Jonathan White
More than 100 people attended a “Plastic Free Nantwich” campaign group launch at The Leopard pub in Nantwich.

The group was set up by local environmental campaigner Jeremy Herbert and young mother/RSPCA Stapeley Grange Education Officer Emilie Janman, who both spoke at the event.

March 22, 2019
Policing Cheshire’s badger cull costs more than £1.3 million, figures show

Policing Cheshire’s badger cull costs more than £1.3 million, figures show

By Stephen Topping, local democracy reporter
The policing of Cheshire’s badger cull has cost taxpayers more than £1.3 million in the past two years.

Figures released by Cheshire Police show the force’s cull operation cost £484,892.16 last year – following the £831,093.07 cost in 2017.

March 20, 2019
Citizens Advice office in Crewe moves to new home

Citizens Advice office in Crewe moves to new home

Citizens Advice Cheshire East’s office in Crewe has moved to its new home with the demolition of its old building signalling the first stage of the Royal Arcade redevelopment works.

After more than 40 years in Victoria Street, the service has relocated to the ground floor of the council’s Delamere House building.

March 18, 2019
Nantwich photographers urged to enter Cheshire Wildlife Trust calendar contest

Nantwich photographers urged to enter Cheshire Wildlife Trust calendar contest

Cheshire Wildlife Trust is calling on budding photographers to enter wildlife photographs for its charity calendar competition.

Snappers can have their top pictures featured in the 2020 calendar which will go on sale later this year.

March 17, 2019
Nantwich Town Council misses out on New Homes Bonus funding

Nantwich Town Council misses out on New Homes Bonus funding

Nantwich Town Council has missed out on funds to pay for community projects under the New Homes Bonus scheme, councillors were told.

The council had submitted a number of bids for a share of the £162,000 pot made available under the New Homes Bonus fund by Cheshire East Council.

March 8, 2019
£11 million Sydney Road bridge scheme reaches milestone

£11 million Sydney Road bridge scheme reaches milestone

The £11 million scheme to replace Sydney Road Bridge in Crewe with a structure capable of taking two-way traffic, has reached a major milestone.

Over the past four weekends, a 1,000-tonne crane has lifted out the old concrete arched bridge on Sydney Road and installed a new wider bridge, supported by nine steel beams

March 7, 2019
Nantwich students star in Cheshire Wildlife Trust community project

Nantwich students star in Cheshire Wildlife Trust community project

Nantwich students at Reaseheath College have been taking part in Cheshire Wildlife Trust’s “Go Wild – Get Fit” project.

The Foundation students have been developing their employability skills by volunteering on the project as part of their Career Development Pathway.

March 6, 2019
Pro-hunt campaigners blast Cheshire Police Crime Commissioner

Pro-hunt campaigners blast Cheshire Police Crime Commissioner

By Stephen Topping, local democracy reporter
Attempts to make sure hunts in Cheshire are planned and conducted lawfully have been labelled a “ridiculous waste of money” by pro-hunting campaigners.

The Countryside Alliance has accused David Keane, Cheshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), of having an ‘obsession with hunting’ and called on him to spend his force’s resources on tackling “real crime” instead.

March 5, 2019
Hundreds flock to lambing weekend at Reaseheath College in Nantwich

Hundreds flock to lambing weekend at Reaseheath College in Nantwich

Hundreds of local families flocked to Reaseheath College in Nantwich this weekend to welcome the first lambs of the season.

The lambing weekends have been a major draw to the college over the past 23 years.

March 3, 2019
“Plastic Free Nantwich” campaign to launch at pub talk

“Plastic Free Nantwich” campaign to launch at pub talk

A national plastic pollution expert is to give a talk in Nantwich to start a campaign for the town to become ‘plastic free’.

Dr Sharon George, from Keele University, will be joining local people to launch the Plastic Free Nantwich at the Leopard pub on Wednesday March 20.

March 1, 2019
Nantwich has second lowest vacant shops rate in Cheshire East

Nantwich has second lowest vacant shops rate in Cheshire East

By Stephen Topping, local democracy reporter
Nantwich has the second lowest rate of vacant shops in Cheshire East.

But neighbouring Crewe along with Congleton have the highest rates of empty retail units, new figures have revealed.

February 28, 2019
Police pledge to improve monitoring of hunts in Cheshire

Police pledge to improve monitoring of hunts in Cheshire

By Stephen Topping
Police chiefs are hoping to improve public safety and build up trust by improving the way they monitor hunts in Cheshire.

Huntsmen and saboteurs sat row-by-row at Cheshire Police’s Clemonds Hey headquarters in Winsford to hear David Keane, the county’s police and crime commissioner, grill newly-appointed Chief Constable Darren Martland on how the force deals with hunt-related incidents.

February 27, 2019