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Cheshire East Council local elections – Full round-up

Cheshire East Council local elections – Full round-up

Conservatives have lost control of Cheshire East Council after the local elections as they felt the backlash from disgruntled voters.

The Tories retained Nantwich South and Stapeley, as well as rural wards such as Audlem, Wrenbury, Bunbury, Wybunbury and Willaston.

May 4, 2019
Three motorcyclists in court after speeding at 137mph on Cheshire roads

Three motorcyclists in court after speeding at 137mph on Cheshire roads

Three men have been sentenced after a police dashcam caught motorcyclists travelling at speeds of up to 137mph on Cheshire’s roads.

The officer, riding an unmarked police motorcycle, had to travel at 125mph to catch up to the group after they had passed him on the A41 Whitchurch Road near Broxton on September 2.

May 4, 2019
Nantwich Partnership submits plans for Mill Island and Old Biot

Nantwich Partnership submits plans for Mill Island and Old Biot

Nantwich Partnership is hoping to carry out improvements to two visitor attractions in the town.

It has submitted plans for more seating and a landscape feature area on Mill Island.

May 2, 2019
Cheshire Girlguiding receives new Outdoor Activity Centre

Cheshire Girlguiding receives new Outdoor Activity Centre

Girl guides from Nantwich and other Cheshire towns will benefit from a new Outdoor Activity Centre.

The centre was part funded by a Cheshire Freemasons donation of £17,000 to ‘Girlguiding Cheshire Forest’.

May 2, 2019
Campaigners reveal scale of concern over fox hunting in Cheshire

Campaigners reveal scale of concern over fox hunting in Cheshire

By Stephen Topping
Figures released by campaigners have revealed the scale of concern surrounding alleged illegal fox hunting across Cheshire.

The League Against Cruel Sports received 21 reports of suspected incidents during the 2018-19 hunt season – which began last November and ended recently.

May 2, 2019
Cheshire East Council staff halved in a decade, figures show

Cheshire East Council staff halved in a decade, figures show

By Stephen Topping, local democracy reporter
The number of staff employed directly by Cheshire East Council has almost halved in the decade since the authority was launched.

Figures from the council show on April 30 2009, CEC had a headcount of 6,522 employees – excluding school staff and casual workers.

May 2, 2019
Man ‘Europe’s most wanted’ for horrific torture of Nantwich family

Man ‘Europe’s most wanted’ for horrific torture of Nantwich family

A man hunted in connection with the brutal murder of a Nantwich dad and kidnap and torture of his family, is now one of Europe’s most wanted.

Christopher Guest More Jr, who police want to speak to in connection with the death of Brian Waters, of Stapeley, almost 16 years ago, has now been added to Europe’s ‘Most Wanted’ list.

May 1, 2019
Residents and councillors demand Barony Park action from Cheshire East Council

Residents and councillors demand Barony Park action from Cheshire East Council

Angry Nantwich residents have called on Cheshire East Council to build perimeter fencing around Barony Park after it emerged the authority has potentially earmarked part of a £2 million investment for the work.

It comes after families lost use of the park for more than a week when the latest illegal traveller encampment parked on the site between Good Friday April 19 and Saturday April 27.

April 29, 2019
Reaseheath College “health and wellbeing” team honoured in national awards

Reaseheath College “health and wellbeing” team honoured in national awards

Reaseheath College’s Health and Wellbeing team has been recognised by the Association of Colleges (AoC) at its national awards.

The Nantwich college’s team of professionals was runner-up in the Mental Health and Wellbeing category of the AoC Beacon Awards, which showcase best practice and innovation among colleges.

April 29, 2019
Nantwich teenager presented with Queen’s Commendation Bravery

Nantwich teenager presented with Queen’s Commendation Bravery

Courageous Nantwich teenager Joe Rowlands has been presented with the Queen’s Commendation for Bravery by the Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire for saving his dad’s life in a dramatic kayaking incident at sea.

The 14-year-old Brine Leas pupil attended the presentation at Tatton Park with his proud mum and dad, Julie and Paul, of Stapeley.

April 28, 2019
Almost 1,500 emergency food parcels issued by Nantwich Foodbank in 2018-19

Almost 1,500 emergency food parcels issued by Nantwich Foodbank in 2018-19

Nantwich Foodbank handed out 1,474 emergency food parcels to local people in last year, its latest figures show.

The shocking figures reveal three-day emergency food parcels given out between April 2018 and March 2019, with 651 going to children, was an 11% rise no the previous year.

April 27, 2019
93% parents offered first choice primary school, says Cheshire East Council

93% parents offered first choice primary school, says Cheshire East Council

Nearly 93% of parents have secured their first choice primary school for September 2019 admission, according to Cheshire East Council.

Admissions figures show local schools offered 98.4% of Cheshire East residents a place at a school of their choice – with nearly 93% being offered their first preference.

April 27, 2019
Cheshire East Council defends £1,000-a-day  temporary officer

Cheshire East Council defends £1,000-a-day temporary officer

By Stephen Topping, local democracy reporter
The hiring of a temporary officer for more than £1,000 a day has been defended by Cheshire East Council chiefs who insist the alternatives were more costly.

Cheshire East has hired an interim officer to take on the role of monitoring officer – a role required by law, with responsibility for ensuring the council’s code of conduct is followed by members and officers.

April 26, 2019