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92% of Nantwich primary school applicants secure first preference, says Cheshire East

92% of Nantwich primary school applicants secure first preference, says Cheshire East

More than 92% of primary school applicants from Cheshire East have secured their first preference, says the authority.

Thousands of parents found out this week if they had secured their choice of primary school for youngsters starting in September.

Body cameras for Cheshire Police officers worth £787,000 costs, says councillor

Body cameras for Cheshire Police officers worth £787,000 costs, says councillor

By Stephen Topping
A former police officer who worked in the force’s complaints department believes the roll-out of body-worn cameras for Cheshire’s officers is money well spent.

The office of David Keane, Cheshire’s police and crime commissioner, has revealed that it will cost £787,000 to allow all front-line officers to have access to the equipment.

April 17, 2018 0 comments Crime, Human Interest, News, Politics
Cheshire East Council tops North West “rich list” league of staff earning more than £100,000

Cheshire East Council tops North West “rich list” league of staff earning more than £100,000

By Stephen Topping
Cheshire East Council has more employees earning more than £100,000 than any other local authority in the north west, new figures have shown.

The TaxPayers’ Alliance has published its Town Hall Rich List for 2018 – showing the number of employees that received more than £100,000 in 2016-17.

April 12, 2018 4 comments Human Interest, News, Politics
Cheshire East councillors keen to clampdown on cross-border taxi trade

Cheshire East councillors keen to clampdown on cross-border taxi trade

By Stephen Topping
Cheshire East councillors are urging the Government to close a loophole allowing cross-border taxi hiring in an effort to protect children.

New legislation in 2015 made cross-border taxi hiring easier, so vehicles licensed by other councils can lawfully work in Nantwich and Crewe without meeting Cheshire East Council’s requirements.

April 11, 2018 0 comments Environment, Human Interest, News, Politics
Councillor’s fears over Cheshire East ‘land-banking’ by housing firms

Councillor’s fears over Cheshire East ‘land-banking’ by housing firms

By Stephen Topping
More than 20,000 homes with planning permission are yet to be built in Cheshire East – with some dating back as far as 2010.

Cheshire East Council has granted planning permission for 20,441 homes that are currently unbuilt.

April 10, 2018 3 comments Environment, News, Politics
Nantwich to receive £324,000 community project New Homes Bonus

Nantwich to receive £324,000 community project New Homes Bonus

By Stephen Topping
Communities in Cheshire East will benefit from a share of a £2 million New Homes Bonus, with £324,000 allocated for Nantwich.

The cash is from a Government grant paid to councils as an incentive to build new homes.

Leighton Hospital struggles to close gender pay gap, say trust bosses

Leighton Hospital struggles to close gender pay gap, say trust bosses

By Stephen Topping
Leighton Hospital could struggle to close the gender pay gap due to the number of female nurses they employ, trust bosses have claimed.

Tracy Bullock, chief executive of Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, told board meeting directors there will be “disparity” between pay for men and women employed by the trust due to the number of women in lower-paid nursing roles.

April 4, 2018 0 comments Health, News, Politics
Children support staff face axe at Cheshire East Council in £1.2 million cuts

Children support staff face axe at Cheshire East Council in £1.2 million cuts

By Stephen Topping
Dozens of staff with “the utmost commitment” to Cheshire East’s youngsters are at risk of losing their jobs following a £1.2 million budget cut.

The future of around 140 employees is under pressure after Cheshire East Council announced it is set to redesign its children’s centres and prevention service at a scrutiny committee meeting on Monday.

March 29, 2018 5 comments Human Interest, News, Politics
Government pledges more pothole cash for Crewe and Nantwich’s crumbling roads

Government pledges more pothole cash for Crewe and Nantwich’s crumbling roads

The Government will pay more than £1 million towards repairing Crewe and Nantwich’s pothole-plagued highways, it has emerged.

Cheshire East Council will receive the extra funds from the national Pothole Action Fund to tackle the borough’s potholes and road defects.

March 28, 2018 8 comments Environment, Human Interest, News, Politics
Cheshire East pays consultancy firm £150,000 to tackle ‘bullying’ culture

Cheshire East pays consultancy firm £150,000 to tackle ‘bullying’ culture

Cheshire East Council is paying more than £150,000 to a consultancy firm to help the authority tackle its ‘bullying’ culture.

‘Sticky Change’, a company that has worked with clients such as Everton FC, is to be paid £152,460 for a 12-month contract.

March 27, 2018 7 comments Human Interest, News, Politics
Women at Cheshire East Council earn 14% less than men, pay gap report shows

Women at Cheshire East Council earn 14% less than men, pay gap report shows

Women at Cheshire East Council are earning 14.3% less than men on average, the authority’s gender pay gap report has revealed.

The report highlights the difference between the average earnings of its male and female employees.

March 26, 2018 1 comment Human Interest, News, Politics
Neuromuscular Centre bosses slam Cheshire East for scrapping funds

Neuromuscular Centre bosses slam Cheshire East for scrapping funds

By Lewis Warner
Bosses of a charity which provides carer breaks for South Cheshire families, has slammed Cheshire East Council for scrapping their funding.

The Neuromuscular Centre is to lose its annual grant of up to £25,000 – less than half the £58,000 claimed by Cheshire East councillors in travel expenses alone in 2016-17.

March 23, 2018 5 comments Health, Human Interest, News, Politics
Under-performing Cheshire East schools to receive extra Government funding

Under-performing Cheshire East schools to receive extra Government funding

Under-performing schools in Cheshire East could soon benefit from a share of more than £600,000 of Government funding.

Cheshire East Council has been awarded £638,452 to help boost primary and secondary schools in both the borough and neighbouring Cheshire West and Chester.

March 18, 2018 0 comments News, Politics, Schools & Colleges