Environment

Planning approved for new Crewe bus station and car park

Planning approved for new Crewe bus station and car park

By Belinda Ryan, local democracy reporter
Building work will begin in January on Crewe’s new bus station and multi-storey car park and the scheme should be completed by August 2023 now planning permission has been granted.

That was the claim of the agent representing the developer at Wednesday’s meeting of Cheshire East’s strategic planning board.

September 16, 2021
Award-winning sandwich shop in Nantwich to close

Award-winning sandwich shop in Nantwich to close

An award-winning sandwich shop in Nantwich is having to close down because of the pandemic, owners revealed today.

Bloom & Bo, on Pillory Street, will close its doors for the final time on Saturday (September 18).

September 15, 2021
Car parking charges to be widened to current CEC “free” towns

Car parking charges to be widened to current CEC “free” towns

By Belinda Ryan, local democracy reporter
Car parking charges look set to be introduced in Middlewich, Sandbach, Alsager and other Cheshire East towns which are free at the moment.

Sunday charging is also on the cards, with Cheshire East planning to introduce a flat £1 rate for stays longer than an hour across all council-owned paying car parks in the borough on Sundays and Bank Holidays.

September 14, 2021
New Nantwich social group to boost happiness and wellbeing

New Nantwich social group to boost happiness and wellbeing

Volunteers of Nantwich Buddies are launching a new social group to help ease isolated people out of lockdown.

The “Happiness Hub” group aims to tackle loneliness by offering a friendly environment for people to enjoy.

September 14, 2021
Cheshire East Council cemetery plans branded “inhumane”

Cheshire East Council cemetery plans branded “inhumane”

By Belinda Ryan, local democracy reporter
Cheshire East is to reconsider its borough-wide cemetery strategy after claims the plans are “at best thoughtless and at worst inhumane”.

The council reviewed the strategy in 2018 and a long term proposal was that families would have to bury loved ones in Crewe or Macclesfield as other local cemeteries became full.

September 12, 2021
More people will need CEC emergency assistance scheme, councillors fear

More people will need CEC emergency assistance scheme, councillors fear

By Belinda Ryan
More people will need Cheshire East’s emergency assistance scheme to support their families once the £20 universal credit uplift ends, a councillor has said.

The scheme provides rent deposits, furniture, white goods and emergency food to vulnerable people facing immediate hardship following a crisis or disaster or to prevent homelessness and to keep families together.

September 10, 2021
Nantwich town councillors reject new CEC policy on asset transfers

Nantwich town councillors reject new CEC policy on asset transfers

Nantwich Town councillors have rejected a new Cheshire East Council draft policy on how it will transfer its assets in future.

In the past, the town council has taken over CEC assets such as the Civic Hall, indoor market and public toilets.

September 10, 2021
Police defend handling of M6 crash which left drivers stranded for 12 hours

Police defend handling of M6 crash which left drivers stranded for 12 hours

Police chiefs defended their handling of the impact of the M6 crash this week which left thousands of drivers stranded for up to 12 hours on the motorway in soaring temperatures.

The incident, which resulted in the death of an HGV driver, happened northbound between junctions 17 and 18 when a lorry collided with a railway bridge.

September 9, 2021
Bin collections in Cheshire East disrupted as Covid hits drivers

Bin collections in Cheshire East disrupted as Covid hits drivers

By Belinda Ryan, local democracy reporter
Bin collections have been disrupted in some areas of Cheshire East because of the impact of Covid and the availability of HGV drivers.

Cheshire East has managed to deliver local essential services throughout the pandemic and, unlike some local authorities, has maintained bin collections.

September 9, 2021
Car parking income for CEC drops by £3 million in lockdown

Car parking income for CEC drops by £3 million in lockdown

By Belinda Ryan, local democracy reporter
Car parking income in Cheshire East was down by more than £3 million last year compared to the previous year because of the pandemic.

Cheshire East suspended parking charges between March 27 and June 15 last year because of Covid-19.

September 5, 2021
MP Kieran Mullan backs Nantwich youth club drive for weekend sessions

MP Kieran Mullan backs Nantwich youth club drive for weekend sessions

A bid to run youth club sessions at weekends in Nantwich could help cut down on anti-social behaviour in the town.

That’s the view of Crewe & Nantwich MP Dr Kieran Mullan, who has backed members of Guy Harvey Youth Club in their bid to increase the number of evenings it opens.

September 1, 2021
Hundreds of Cheshire East families use emergency assistance scheme

Hundreds of Cheshire East families use emergency assistance scheme

By Belinda Ryan, local democracy reporter
Nearly 700 vulnerable households were helped by Cheshire East Council’s emergency assistance scheme as they struggled to keep their families fed and a roof over their heads.

Figures released by the council show 1,284 claims were made for assistance under the scheme in the financial year 2020/21.

September 1, 2021
More than 2,000 children enjoy free holiday activities in Cheshire East

More than 2,000 children enjoy free holiday activities in Cheshire East

More than 2,000 children and young people across Cheshire East have participated in hundreds of free summer holiday activities.

Activities were funded by the government’s Holiday Activity Programme, coordinated by Cheshire East Council.

August 28, 2021