Politics

Cheshire East Council failing to inspect food outlets in time, figures show

Cheshire East Council failing to inspect food outlets in time, figures show

By Stephen Topping, local democracy reporter
More than one in 10 Cheshire East pubs, restaurants, takeaways or grocery stores requiring inspection at least every two years is not being checked on time.

Cheshire East Council says staff vacancies are to blame for missing the target on food hygiene ratings in the first half of 2018-19.

January 21, 2019
Nantwich residents blast Cheshire East Council over late delivery of paid-for wheelie bins

Nantwich residents blast Cheshire East Council over late delivery of paid-for wheelie bins

Angry Nantwich residents have rubbished Cheshire East Council for delays to the delivery of new wheelie bins they’ve had to fork out for.

The new £30 wheelie bin charge was brought in late last year, which families moving in to new developments like Stapeley Gardens and Kingsbourne are paying.

January 19, 2019
House of Commons Speaker John Bercow takes Brexit break to visit Nantwich!

House of Commons Speaker John Bercow takes Brexit break to visit Nantwich!

All ‘ayes’ were on John Bercow today when the Speaker of the House of Commons took a break from the chaos of Brexit and Parliament – to visit Nantwich and Crewe.

Mr Bercow took time out after being invited to South Cheshire by Crewe & Nantwich Labour MP Laura Smith.

January 18, 2019
A500 dualling project in South Cheshire moves step closer

A500 dualling project in South Cheshire moves step closer

By Stephen Topping, local democracy reporter
Dualling of the A500 road between Crewe and the M6 motorway has moved a step closer to reality.

Cheshire East Council’s cabinet, at a meeting on Tuesday, gave its endorsement for work to progress on the scheme between junction 16 and the Meremoss roundabout.

January 17, 2019
Vision for Nantwich unveils hotel, shops and apartments plan for St Anne’s Lane

Vision for Nantwich unveils hotel, shops and apartments plan for St Anne’s Lane

Detailed plans have been submitted to turn the St Anne’s Lane former gasworks site in Nantwich into a riverside hotel, shops and apartments complex.

The proposal, put forward by Vision for Nantwich Ltd, would see two main four-storey blocks built either side of the extension to Wyche House Bank.

January 13, 2019
Cheshire East charges fifth highest fee for bulky waste collections in North West

Cheshire East charges fifth highest fee for bulky waste collections in North West

Cheshire East Council charges one of the highest amounts in the North West for bulky household waste collections, an investigation has shown.

The BBC Shared Data Unit report shows CEC charging an average of £13.30 per item – or £40 for 3 items – which makes it the fifth most costly authority of 39 in the North West.

January 10, 2019
Almost 300 respond to Cheshire East Council car parking fee rise proposals

Almost 300 respond to Cheshire East Council car parking fee rise proposals

Almost 300 responses were made to Cheshire East Council’s public consultation over plans to increase car parking charges in the borough.

Under the plans, hourly parking rates could be increased by 10p on council-owned car parks, and residential parking permits will also go up.

January 9, 2019
Nantwich Mayor joins campaign over fracking planning loophole

Nantwich Mayor joins campaign over fracking planning loophole

Nantwich Mayor and town councillor David Marren has joined 800 others across the UK to fight a Government bid to make easier planning regulations for fracking companies.

Under the proposals, fracking firms wishing to carry out exploratory drilling in areas of Cheshire will not have to obtain planning permission from local authorities.

January 8, 2019
Town and parish councils to earn Community Infrastructure Levy funds

Town and parish councils to earn Community Infrastructure Levy funds

Nantwich Town and parish councils could soon benefit from the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) charge on housing and retail developments in 2019.

Cheshire East Council’s draft framework for the scheme has been largely endorsed.

December 28, 2018
More HS2 trains through Crewe could be “major saving” on £56 billion project

More HS2 trains through Crewe could be “major saving” on £56 billion project

By Stephen Topping, local democracy reporter
“A major saving” could be found in the cost of HS2 if Crewe gets five to seven trains an hour, transport chiefs have been told.

The Government announced in March it is backing updated plans for the Crewe hub, which would support up to seven high-speed trains an hour.

December 23, 2018
A500 dualling project to start in 2020 after planning approval gained

A500 dualling project to start in 2020 after planning approval gained

By Stephen Topping, local democracy reporter
A major project to dual the A500 single carriageway between Crewe will start in 2020 after it was given planning approval.

The £55 million project has been unanimously approved by Cheshire East Council’s strategic planning board at a meeting yesterday (December 19).

December 20, 2018
Cheshire East organisations sign up to support ex-services civilians

Cheshire East organisations sign up to support ex-services civilians

Organisations across Cheshire East have signed an agreement to support ex-military personnel re-adjusting to life on “civvy street”.

More than 20 key organisations have signed the Cheshire Armed Forces Covenant Partnership.

December 19, 2018
Cheshire Police and Crime Commissioner blames Government for funding cost

Cheshire Police and Crime Commissioner blames Government for funding cost

By Stephen Topping, local democracy reporter
The Cheshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) says the Government is “passing the baton” for funding the force on to residents.

David Keane has told the Cheshire police and crime panel he will ask acting chief constable Janette McCormick how much money will be needed in 2019-20 before launching a public consultation in January about raising the council tax precept.

December 18, 2018