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More HS2 disruption in Cheshire amid latest Phase 2b plans

More HS2 disruption in Cheshire amid latest Phase 2b plans

By Stephen Topping, local democracy reporter
High-speed rail could cause yet more disruption in Cheshire after the Government announced plans for extra infrastructure to be built.

Residents are being asked for views on the latest plans for HS2 Phase 2b, between Crewe and Manchester.

June 9, 2019
Edwardian orphanage in South Cheshire to be converted to retirement flats

Edwardian orphanage in South Cheshire to be converted to retirement flats

By Stephen Topping, local democracy reporter
An Edwardian former orphanage described as a jewel in Crewe’s crown is set to be converted into retirement flats after standing empty for 12 years.

Cheshire East Council’s southern planning committee has given the go-ahead for Grade II-listed Webb House in Victoria Avenue, to be transformed into 54 extra care apartments with a swimming pool and gym – subject to final design tweaks being approved by planning officers.

May 29, 2019
£11m Sydney Road bridge scheme to be complete by end of June

£11m Sydney Road bridge scheme to be complete by end of June

Work on the £11 million scheme to replace Sydney Road Bridge in Crewe will continue until the end of June, highways chiefs say.

The later than planned opening is due to poor weather conditions experienced earlier in the year and delays with works carried out by utility companies to divert their services.

May 28, 2019
Reaseheath College opens new Halls of Residence on Nantwich campus

Reaseheath College opens new Halls of Residence on Nantwich campus

The latest halls of residence building has been officially opened at Reaseheath College and University Centre in Nantwich.

It brings the total capacity on campus to 850 bedrooms, and is part of a recent £80 million investment.

May 28, 2019
Volunteers rebuild 4,000-year-old Bronze Age house at Beeston Castle

Volunteers rebuild 4,000-year-old Bronze Age house at Beeston Castle

A Bronze Age house is being reconstructed by English Heritage volunteers at Beeston Castle near Nantwich – 4,000 years after it disappeared.

Workers are using authentic tools and archaeological evidence informed by the recent discoveries at the Bronze Age settlement in Cambridgeshire as well as earlier discoveries at Beeston Castle.

May 27, 2019
Warning to train fans as Flying Scotsman heads for South Cheshire

Warning to train fans as Flying Scotsman heads for South Cheshire

Trainspotters and photographers have been warned not to risk their lives trying to photograph the world’s most famous steam locomotive when it comes to South Cheshire.

Flying Scotsman will haul the luxury Northern Belle train from Crewe to Carnforth on Saturday July 20.

May 27, 2019
Welsh Row in Nantwich to close for five days

Welsh Row in Nantwich to close for five days

Welsh Row in Nantwich is to close for five days starting on May 28 for “structural patching work”, says Cheshire East highways.

The closure will be in place from 9am until 5pm each day between Tuesday (May 28) and Saturday June 1.

May 26, 2019
Record breaking crowds enjoy Reaseheath College Family Festival in Nantwich

Record breaking crowds enjoy Reaseheath College Family Festival in Nantwich

Record-breaking crowds thronged to Reaseheath College’s Family Festival, making the event the best and biggest since its launch 23 years ago.

Around 11,000 visitors enjoyed the action-packed event on the college’s Nantwich campus, which offered hundreds of fun activities and displays in a day of perfect spring sunshine.

May 22, 2019
Scrap plans for HS2 rail line in Cheshire, Lords urge Government

Scrap plans for HS2 rail line in Cheshire, Lords urge Government

By Stephen Topping, local democracy reporter
Lords are calling on the Government to consider scrapping plans to build a new HS2 line through Cheshire’s countryside and upgrade the existing mainline instead.

May 20, 2019
Swan family provides attraction for Nantwich walkers!

Swan family provides attraction for Nantwich walkers!

This beautiful swan and her new family are proving a real attraction for people out and about in Nantwich!

Captured by this stunning photo by Laura Hockenhull, the swan recently had what is believed to be six cygnets hatch on the banks of the River Weaver.

May 20, 2019
Cheshire East responds to critics over Barony Park traveller encampments

Cheshire East responds to critics over Barony Park traveller encampments

Angry residents are set to descend on Nantwich Town Council this week amid ongoing concerns around unauthorised traveller camps on Barony Park.

The fourth group of travellers to use the public park for an encampment arrived on Sunday – just an hour after the UK Triathlon event had finished.

May 16, 2019
Plastic Free Nantwich campaigners hail Aldi support

Plastic Free Nantwich campaigners hail Aldi support

Plastic Free Nantwich campaigners have hailed Aldi bosses after revealing it was the only supermarket in town to support their campaign.

Aldi in Nantwich has allowed campaigners into their store to help shoppers take off unnecessary and wasteful plastic wrapping on shop products.

May 11, 2019
Nantwich Scouts triumph at 53rd Cheshire Hike competition

Nantwich Scouts triumph at 53rd Cheshire Hike competition

Two young Nantwich Scouts were triumphant at the 53rd Cheshire Hike competition.

Jake Long and Stanton Smith, both 11, are celebrating success after taking three top prizes as they represented the 7th SWC Nantwich Millfields Scout group at the 2019 competition.

May 10, 2019