Politics

Ofsted finds ‘serious weaknesses’ in Cheshire East SEND services

Ofsted finds ‘serious weaknesses’ in Cheshire East SEND services

By Stephen Topping
Ofsted inspectors have criticised Cheshire East Council for “serious weaknesses” in its services for youngsters with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND).

Now the authority has to provide a ‘Written Statement’ to Ofsted to outline how it intends to improve.

May 14, 2018 5 comments Health, Human Interest, News, Politics
Churches Together in Nantwich to rehome Syrian refugee families

Churches Together in Nantwich to rehome Syrian refugee families

By Stephen Topping
Churches Together in Nantwich is one of the first community groups to secure funding to support and rehome Syrian refugee families.

Cheshire East Council this week agreed to let community sponsors apply to rehome refugee families in the borough.

Cheshire East Council will not change roads repair strategy despite criticism

Cheshire East Council will not change roads repair strategy despite criticism

By Stephen Topping
The councillor in charge of Cheshire East’s roads insists their approach to repairing potholes is “the right way forward”.

Cllr Don Stockton believes engineers should be sent out to conduct structural repairs in a preventative way, rather than repair potholes as and when they need filling.

Housing boss claims Cheshire East Council “misrepresents” new homes facts

Housing boss claims Cheshire East Council “misrepresents” new homes facts

A housing boss bidding to push through a 1,100-home ‘Nantwich South’ development in Stapeley, claims Cheshire East Council is ‘misrepresenting’ the facts about planning permissions for new homes.

Colin Muller says almost a quarter of the homes that the authority claims it has granted planning permission for were actually approved on appeal.

Nantwich road resurfacing work lasted just three weeks

Nantwich road resurfacing work lasted just three weeks

Council chiefs have admitted resurfacing work on a busy Nantwich road had to be repaired – just three weeks after it was completed!

Work to resurface Station Road and Prachitts Row near Aldi supermarket was carried out the week before Easter, with closures over several days.

April 29, 2018 1 comment Environment, Human Interest, News, Politics
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