Human Interest

Councillors ignore planners and approve new Aldi store for Crewe

Councillors ignore planners and approve new Aldi store for Crewe

By Stephen Topping, local democracy reporter
Plans for a new Aldi store in Crewe have been approved after developers vowed to spend £40,000 to protect great crested newts on the site.

Cheshire East Council’s strategic planning board passed proposals for the land, off University Way, despite officers recommending it for refusal.

June 26, 2019
Nantwich pupils to see work published in new book

Nantwich pupils to see work published in new book

Classmates at a Nantwich school will see their work published in a new book after excelling in a creative writing contest.

Practically all Year 5 pupils at Highfields Academy are celebrating success in The Incredible Diary of… competition run by the Young Writers Publishing
Portal.

June 25, 2019
Cheshire East Council bids to appoint new £166,000-a-year chief executive

Cheshire East Council bids to appoint new £166,000-a-year chief executive

By Stephen Topping, local democracy reporter
Cheshire East Council will step up its efforts to hire a new chief executive this week.

A special meeting of the council’s staffing committee will take place on Friday to approve a new job description for the role.

June 25, 2019
MP candidate calls on Cheshire East to obtain injunction for Barony Park

MP candidate calls on Cheshire East to obtain injunction for Barony Park

A Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Crewe & Nantwich has called on Cheshire East Council to use a Court Injunction to prevent further unauthorised encampments on Barony Park.

Conservative candidate Dr Kieran Mullan says many other UK authorities use injunctions, which would see traveller groups removed on the same day they arrive.

June 25, 2019
Young farmers at Reaseheath secure global travel scholarships

Young farmers at Reaseheath secure global travel scholarships

Two young farmers are looking forward to global travel thanks to an annual scholarship run by Reaseheath College and the Cheshire Agricultural Society.

Sarah Heath, a trainee land agent from Tarporley, and Rebecca Kelsall, a herdswoman from Sandbach, have each been awarded £2,000 John Platt Travel Scholarships.

June 24, 2019
Better buses plea as Cheshire East to overhaul public transport plan

Better buses plea as Cheshire East to overhaul public transport plan

By Stephen Topping
Better buses are likely to be at the top of the agenda when councillors are given the chance to overhaul the borough’s transport plan.

Cheshire East Council had been close to adopting its local transport plan for up to 2023 under the previous Conservative administration, following public consultation last summer.

June 24, 2019
David Marren

Nantwich councillor to appeal after being expelled by local Conservative party

A Nantwich town councillor expelled by his own Conservative party for comments over the Barony Park travellers issue, says he will appeal the decision.

Cllr David Marren was suspended initially over his comments which laid the blame at the former Cheshire East Council Conservative ruling party for a lack of action over securing the park.

June 24, 2019
Cheshire East planners call for new Aldi store in Crewe to be rejected again

Cheshire East planners call for new Aldi store in Crewe to be rejected again

By Stephen Topping, local democracy reporter
Planning officers are again calling on councillors to reject Aldi’s plans for a new Crewe store despite more than 3,000 people signing a petition to support it.

The retailer is closing its supermarket at the Grand Junction retail park next year and wants to build the new 1,801sq m store off University Way as a state-of-the-art replacement.

June 23, 2019
“Plan B” needed for Cheshire East economy over HS2 fears

“Plan B” needed for Cheshire East economy over HS2 fears

By Stephen Topping, local democracy reporter
Borough chiefs are being urged to have a ‘plan B’ for Cheshire East’s economy in case the next prime minister pulls the plug on HS2.

Cheshire East Council is currently working on an economic strategy for the next five years – setting out an ambition to create 6,200 jobs and grow the local economy by at least £15.9 billion per year.

June 22, 2019
Crewe & Nantwich MP Laura Smith public surgeries in July

Crewe & Nantwich MP Laura Smith public surgeries in July

Crewe and Nantwich MP Laura Smith has unveiled her July public surgeries.

Members of the public in her constituency can go along at various venues and dates to raise issues.

June 22, 2019
Worker, 53, who fell from Stapeley building site has died

Worker, 53, who fell from Stapeley building site has died

A man who plunged from a height while working at a building site in Nantwich has died, police have confirmed.

June 21, 2019
Criminal Resolution Orders used in Cheshire for serious offences

Criminal Resolution Orders used in Cheshire for serious offences

Cheshire Police are resolving around 3% of reported crimes with Criminal Resolution orders, according to latest figures.

And CRs, which do not appear on a criminal record or standard DBS check, have been used for serious crimes such as possession of a firearm, rape of a girl under 13, other sex offences and aggravated burglary.

June 20, 2019
Popular Nantwich school site manager scoops national honour

Popular Nantwich school site manager scoops national honour

A primary school site manager in Nantwich has scooped a national “Hardest Working Hands” award!

Keith Challinor, 56, has worked at Pear Tree Primary in Stapeley, since the school first opened 15 years ago.

June 19, 2019