Politics

Costs to upgrade A500 to dual carriageway soar by £10 million

Costs to upgrade A500 to dual carriageway soar by £10 million

By Stephen Topping, local democracy reporter
Costs for the project to upgrade the A500 between Crewe and the M6 to a dual carriageway have soared by £10 million.

But Cheshire East Council believes it will not have to pay the difference.

June 18, 2019
Crewe & Nantwich MP backs perimeter fencing for Barony Park

Crewe & Nantwich MP backs perimeter fencing for Barony Park

Crewe and Nantwich MP Laura Smith has called for authorities to secure Barony Park “urgently”.

She has joined the chorus of appeals from town councillors and residents for Cheshire East Council to fast-track work to secure the park to prevent future unauthorised traveller encampments.

June 17, 2019
Cheshire East Council to press on with HS2 Crewe Hub plans

Cheshire East Council to press on with HS2 Crewe Hub plans

By Stephen Topping, local democracy reporter
Cheshire East Council has agreed to press ahead with plans to have the Crewe Hub HS2 up and running by 2027.

Cabinet members have unanimously approved plans to prepare a planning application for the station, which is expected to be submitted in summer 2020.

June 16, 2019
David Marren

Nantwich councillor expelled by local Conservative party for leader attack

Nantwich Town councillor David Marren has been expelled by his party for comments he made about lack of action over travellers on Barony Park.

June 13, 2019
Cledford Hall considered again for transit travellers site

Cledford Hall considered again for transit travellers site

By Stephen Topping
Cledford Hall is again being considered as a transit site for gypsies and travellers as Cheshire East Council deals with a rise in illegal encampments.

Cheshire East Council gained planning permission for a transit site at Cledford Hall, in Middlewich, back in 2015 – but that lapsed last year after no work had begun on the site within three years.

June 12, 2019
Crewe & Nantwich MP says 5,900 households will be hit by TV licence plan

Crewe & Nantwich MP says 5,900 households will be hit by TV licence plan

Crewe & Nantwich MP Laura Smith has hit out at the BBC’s plan to scrap the free TV licence for people over 75.

Ms Smith says the proposal would hit up to 5,900 households in her constituency.

June 11, 2019
More HS2 disruption in Cheshire amid latest Phase 2b plans

More HS2 disruption in Cheshire amid latest Phase 2b plans

By Stephen Topping, local democracy reporter
High-speed rail could cause yet more disruption in Cheshire after the Government announced plans for extra infrastructure to be built.

Residents are being asked for views on the latest plans for HS2 Phase 2b, between Crewe and Manchester.

June 9, 2019
Third delay to Cheshire East Council £10 million IT project sparks anger

Third delay to Cheshire East Council £10 million IT project sparks anger

By Stephen Topping, local democracy reporter
Council chiefs in Cheshire are holding back from sparking a contract dispute with the firm delivering their £10 million IT project – despite it being delayed three times.

Cheshire East Council and Cheshire West and Chester Council entered into a joint agreement with technology firm Agilisys in 2017 to launch a new HR and finance system called Best4Business.

June 7, 2019
Special needs children “left in limbo” by Cheshire East Council, say lawyers

Special needs children “left in limbo” by Cheshire East Council, say lawyers

Dozens of children with special needs were “left in limbo” after Cheshire East Council failed to meet 2019 school allocation deadline, say specialist lawyers.

Experts say 34 SEN children out of a total of 134 suffered delays in receiving their transition education healthcare plans or statements for 2019.

May 30, 2019
New Mayor of Cheshire East is Cllr Barry Burkhill

New Mayor of Cheshire East is Cllr Barry Burkhill

Councillor Barry Burkhill has been elected as Mayor of Cheshire East.

He was sworn in at the annual mayor-making ceremony on Wednesday May 22.

May 24, 2019
Cheshire East Council to move to committee system for decision making

Cheshire East Council to move to committee system for decision making

Cheshire East Council is set to move to committee system of decision making after a notice of motion to move away from a ‘leader and cabinet’ model won support.

The notice of motion was brought by Cllr James Nicholas, deputy leader of the Independent group.

May 23, 2019
Cheshire East Council votes in first ever Labour leader

Cheshire East Council votes in first ever Labour leader

By Stephen Topping, local democracy reporter
Cheshire East Council has its first ever Labour leader after Cllr Sam Corcoran fought off a Conservative challenge to claim the role.

The Labour and Co-Operative Party member for Sandbach Heath and East won 43 votes in the race to become council leader today (May 22) while Wybunbury Cllr Janet Clowes, Conservative, received 25.

May 22, 2019
South and Mid Cheshire health chiefs to cut £20 million from budget

South and Mid Cheshire health chiefs to cut £20 million from budget

By Stephen Topping, local democracy reporter
Health chiefs in mid and south Cheshire are set to cut more than £20 million from their budgets while transforming care in the community.

NHS South Cheshire CCG – which covers Crewe, Nantwich, Middlewich, Sandbach and Alsager – is aiming to cut £10.5 million from its budget by March 31 2020.

May 20, 2019