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Big rise in fines handed to Cheshire East parents for taking term-time holidays

Big rise in fines handed to Cheshire East parents for taking term-time holidays

By Stephen Topping, local democracy reporter
Thousands of fines have been handed out to Cheshire East parents for taking their children out of school at term-time following a landmark court ruling.

Figures obtained by the Knowledge Academy under the Freedom of Information Act show both Cheshire East and West councils dished out more fixed penalty notices (FPNs) in 2018-19 than in 2017-18.

February 19, 2020
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
Firefighters tackle van fire in Nantwich

Firefighters tackle van fire in Nantwich

Firefighters from Nantwich tackled a fire which damaged a van in Nantwich.

The fire broke out at around 8.30am yesterday (February 17) on London Road.

February 18, 2020
Clarks in Nantwich to reopen as Coronavirus test proves negative

Clarks in Nantwich to reopen as Coronavirus test proves negative

The Clarks store in Nantwich is to re-open after Coronavirus tests on an employee came back negative.

The shop was closed on Friday and Saturday and again this morning and one member of staff self quarantined while tests were carried out.

February 17, 2020
Clarks in Nantwich says staff member being tested for Coronavirus

Clarks in Nantwich says staff member being tested for Coronavirus

Clarks in Nantwich has confirmed the store is currently closed while a staff member is undergoing tests for suspected Coronavirus.

The store on High Street was closed on Friday and yesterday, with a notice on the door saying “due to unforeseen circumstances.”

February 16, 2020
Businesses help Brine Leas students at Careers Convention

Businesses help Brine Leas students at Careers Convention

Scores of Brine Leas students in Nantwich were given a helping hand with their future job aspirations at a Careers Convention.

Local businesses attended the event as Brine Leas opened its doors to national employers, training and apprenticeship providers, and Further and Higher Education organisations.

February 16, 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