Environment

Controversial Cheshire East gritting plan “called in” by councillors

Controversial Cheshire East gritting plan “called in” by councillors

Opposition Cheshire East councillors have “called in” a Cabinet decision to back plans to remove scores of rural roads off gritting routes.

More than 200 roads including many rural lanes in and around Nantwich will be taken off Cheshire East Council’s gritting routes from October under the revised Well-Managed Highway Infrastructure (WMHI) proposal.

February 19, 2020
Hoardings installed in Crewe ahead of Royal Arcade demolition work

Hoardings installed in Crewe ahead of Royal Arcade demolition work

Hoardings have been installed around parts of Crewe town centre set to be demolished in the Royal Arcade development.

The site will be developed and provide a multi-screen cinema, new bus station, multi-storey car park and retail units.

February 19, 2020
Flood warnings issued for River Weaver in Nantwich

Flood warnings issued for River Weaver in Nantwich

Flood warnings have been issued today for the River Weaver in the Nantwich area, after heavy rains from Storm Dennis.

Rain over the past 24-36 hours will leave the Weaver levels dangerously high, say the Environment Agency.

February 16, 2020
Cheshire East scheme to fuel bin lorries with hydrogen will boost air quality

Cheshire East scheme to fuel bin lorries with hydrogen will boost air quality

By Stephen Topping, local democracy reporter
A scheme to fuel Cheshire East bin lorries with hydrogen could soon help residents breathe cleaner air.

Emissions from the fleet belonging to Ansa, the Cheshire East Council-owned waste management company, had soared since it relocated to Cledford Lane two years ago.

February 15, 2020
Bus Users Group lobbies Cheshire East over “disgusting” Crewe bus station

Bus Users Group lobbies Cheshire East over “disgusting” Crewe bus station

By Stephen Topping, local democracy reporter
Cheshire East Council chiefs are being urged to make sure Crewe bus station is brought up to scratch ready for the long-awaited Royal Arcade redevelopment.

A new bus station is part of Cheshire East Council’s vision for Royal Arcade – which is also set to include a new cinema, gym, bowling alley, shops and a multi-storey car park.

February 15, 2020
Fly-tipping: the full cost to Cheshire East taxpayers

Fly-tipping: the full cost to Cheshire East taxpayers

Fly-tipping has cost taxpayers in Cheshire East more than £860,000 over the past eight years, alarming statistics revealed today.

Overall costs of clearing all incidents of fly-tipping in the borough totalled £863,818, figures obtained in a BBC Shared Data Unit investigation show.

February 14, 2020
Cheshire Police Crime Commissioner appeals for dog-loving volunteers

Cheshire Police Crime Commissioner appeals for dog-loving volunteers

Cheshire Police’s Crime Commissioner is on the lookout for dog-loving volunteers to help ensure police pooches are being treated correctly.

Volunteers will make unannounced visits to kennels to observe, comment and report on conditions Cheshire Constabulary’s dogs are housed.

February 14, 2020
Police hunt fly-tippers after this pile dumped off A51 in Nantwich

Police hunt fly-tippers after this pile dumped off A51 in Nantwich

Police are hunting fly-tippers who dumped this massive pile of rubbish by the side of the A51 Nantwich bypass.

It’s the latest in a number of incidents as people attempt to avoid waste removal and waste recycling centres.

February 13, 2020
New £8 million training centre opens at Reaseheath College

New £8 million training centre opens at Reaseheath College

A new £8 million technical education centres has been officially opened at Reaseheath College in Nantwich.

The Centre for Advanced Engineering and Agri-Technology will deliver skills in precision engineering, precision farming, service engineering and diagnostic testing.

February 12, 2020
South Cheshire Chamber welcomes Government HS2 decision

South Cheshire Chamber welcomes Government HS2 decision

South Cheshire Chamber of Commerce members have welcomed the Government’s green light today for HS2 to go ahead.

They hailed the Government’s backing for HS2 as a victory for key employers who have long supported the campaign.

February 11, 2020
Planners claim transformed Crewe town centre can thrive

Planners claim transformed Crewe town centre can thrive

By Stephen Topping, local democracy reporter
Town planners insist Crewe’s new-look town centre can work alongside the bustling Grand Junction retail park.

Cheshire East Council wants to transform Royal Arcade in Crewe town centre – with the authority hoping that a new cinema, bowling alley and shops can be built in 2023.

February 11, 2020
Floods and fallen trees across South Cheshire during Storm Ciara

Floods and fallen trees across South Cheshire during Storm Ciara

Trees were felled, buildings damaged, and roads flooded across South Cheshire which was battered by Storm Ciara over the last 18 hours.

February 9, 2020
Councillors APPROVE 200 roads being axed from Cheshire East gritting routes

Councillors APPROVE 200 roads being axed from Cheshire East gritting routes

By Stephen Topping, local democracy reporter
More than 200 roads including many rural lanes in and around Nantwich will be taken off Cheshire East Council’s gritting routes after councillors approved the plan.

The controversial policy, which will come into effect from October this year, has been met with fierce criticism with many saying the council is putting lives in danger.

February 5, 2020