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Rise in refugee children dumped at Cheshire’s M6 service stations

Rise in refugee children dumped at Cheshire’s M6 service stations

EXCLUSIVE
More children fleeing war-torn countries were abandoned at Cheshire’s M6 service stations in 2017-18 than in every other year this decade.
In a special report, Stephen Topping speaks to those on the front line dealing with rising numbers of young asylum seekers dumped in Cheshire.

August 15, 2018 0 comments Environment, Human Interest, News, Politics
Cheshire East Council chiefs leave air quality data investigation to police

Cheshire East Council chiefs leave air quality data investigation to police

By Stephen Topping
Cheshire East Council chiefs say they did all they could to try to get to the bottom of the air quality scandal before handing it to police.

Cheshire Police has been looking into the deliberate manipulation of Cheshire East Council’s air quality data over the past year after it was revealed that some figures between 2012 and 2014 were changed.

August 2, 2018 1 comment Human Interest, News, Politics
Auditors refuse Cheshire East Council “value for money” certificate

Auditors refuse Cheshire East Council “value for money” certificate

By Stephen Topping
Auditors have refused to give Cheshire East Council the all clear for a third year running as the investigations swirling around it continue.

Grant Thornton has approved the council’s finances for 2017-18, but it has refused to issue a ‘value for money’ certificate over governance concerns.

August 1, 2018 0 comments Human Interest, News, Politics
Private landlords face tougher penalties for poor housing in Cheshire East

Private landlords face tougher penalties for poor housing in Cheshire East

Private sector landlords in Crewe and Nantwich are being warned of tough new penalties to crack down on poor housing standards.

Cheshire East Council has amended its housing enforcement policy to include new powers, which could see the most serious offenders banned from letting properties altogether or entered on to a national database of rogue landlords.

July 31, 2018 0 comments Environment, News, Politics
Thousands of GP patients in South Cheshire still without full out of hours access

Thousands of GP patients in South Cheshire still without full out of hours access

Thousands of registered GP patients in South Cheshire still do not have access to out of hours appointments, latest figures revealed today.

Only 13% of the 185,538 patients registered in the South Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group area have full out of hours provision, according to data compiled by the BBC and shared with Nantwich News.

July 30, 2018 0 comments Health, Human Interest, News, Politics
Councillor calls on Cheshire East to make plans to tackle fracking firms

Councillor calls on Cheshire East to make plans to tackle fracking firms

By Stephen Topping
A Labour member is calling on Cheshire East Council to make sure it has a voice if gas firms apply to frack on the borough’s land.

Cllr Nick Mannion, member for Macclesfield West and Ivy, told Thursday’s full council meeting that CEC should challenge the Government over its policy to make decisions on fracking sites that go against the wishes of both communities and local planning authorities.

July 27, 2018 0 comments Environment, News, Politics
More than 1,000 take part in Cheshire East Council culture change scheme

More than 1,000 take part in Cheshire East Council culture change scheme

By Stephen Topping
More than 1,000 people have taken part in a programme to change the workplace culture of Cheshire East Council.

The local authority revealed in March that it had hired consultancy firm Sticky Change on a 12-month contract worth £152,460 to help it work on a ‘brighter future together’ scheme.

July 25, 2018 0 comments Human Interest, News, Politics
New Cheshire Fire training centre costs soar by more than £1.6 million

New Cheshire Fire training centre costs soar by more than £1.6 million

By Stephen Topping
A new training centre for Cheshire’s firefighters has moved a step closer to reality – but its cost has soared by more than £1.6 million.

Members of the Cheshire Fire Authority approved plans for a state-of-the-art training centre in Winsford last September, with the facility expected to cost more than £9 million.

July 24, 2018 0 comments Human Interest, News, Politics
Cheshire Wildlife Trust wins extra funding in HS2 Phase 2a battle

Cheshire Wildlife Trust wins extra funding in HS2 Phase 2a battle

Cheshire Wildlife Trust says it has secured more funding to secure landscaping and ecology work when the HS2 rail line is built through South Cheshire.

Members of the trust say they have “received assurances” from the company that their concerns have been taken on-board for Phase 2a of the work.

Former Cheshire East Council officer says tribunal “took its toll” on health

Former Cheshire East Council officer says tribunal “took its toll” on health

By Stephen Topping
A former HR officer who lost her employment tribunal case against Cheshire East Council says she will now rebuild her mental and physical health after a demanding 18 months.

Sue Wallace, of Connah’s Quay, claimed the local authority had unfairly dismissed her in December 2016 because she attempted to highlight a failure to pay the minimum wage to staff who worked ‘sleep-in shifts’ through the whistleblowing process.

July 20, 2018 0 comments Human Interest, News, Politics
Former Cheshire East Council officer loses unfair dismissal case

Former Cheshire East Council officer loses unfair dismissal case

By Stephen Topping
A former HR officer who accused Cheshire East Council of unfairly dismissing her after trying to raise concerns through the whistleblowing process, has lost her employment tribunal.

Sue Wallace, of Connah’s Quay, claimed the local authority dismissed her in December 2016 because she attempted to highlight a failure to pay the minimum wage to care staff and Tatton Park employees who had worked ‘sleep-in shifts’.

July 18, 2018 0 comments Human Interest, News, Politics
Bid to improve care for SEND youngsters in Cheshire East after damning inspection

Bid to improve care for SEND youngsters in Cheshire East after damning inspection

By Stephen Topping
Urgent measures to improve support for youngsters in Cheshire East with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) have been drawn up following a damning inspection.

Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) found “serious weaknesses” when they assessed Cheshire East Council and NHS bodies in the borough on their provision for SEND support in March.

July 17, 2018 0 comments Health, Human Interest, News, Politics
Nantwich Barony Park ‘transfer’ could help resolve travellers issue

Nantwich Barony Park ‘transfer’ could help resolve travellers issue

Nantwich Town councillors could request Barony Park be transferred to them from Cheshire East Council in a bid to resolve ongoing issues with illegal traveller encampments.

The idea was mooted at last night’s Nantwich Town Council where members of the public, police and councillors discussed how to prevent traveller groups gaining access to the park.