Politics

Cheshire East launches “contaminated land” public consultation

Cheshire East launches “contaminated land” public consultation

Cheshire East Council is seeking views from residents on its plans for dealing with potentially contaminated land in the borough.

The authority is updating its five-year strategy for identifying and inspecting potentially contaminated sites.

February 28, 2021
Cheshire East Council says highways maintenance funding “cut” by Government

Cheshire East Council says highways maintenance funding “cut” by Government

Cheshire East highways chiefs say their Government funding for highways maintenance has been slashed by almost £4 million.

CEC says it has been allocated £13 million from the government’s highways maintenance funding for next financial year.

February 25, 2021
New cycling infrastructure in Cheshire East “will provide safety”

New cycling infrastructure in Cheshire East “will provide safety”

By Ethan Davies, local democracy reporter
New cycling infrastructure “will enable the most vulnerable people in our society to maintain their independence by providing safety” in Cheshire East.

That’s according to Cllr Suzie Akers Smith, Cheshire East Council’s Cycling and Walking Champion.

February 23, 2021
More than 1,000 people “unlawfully deprived of liberty” by CEC, report finds

More than 1,000 people “unlawfully deprived of liberty” by CEC, report finds

By Ethan Davies, local democracy reporter
More than 1,000 people were unlawfully deprived of their liberty by Cheshire East Council, a new investigation has found.

The investigation by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman found that the council had “significant” delays in processing Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS).

February 21, 2021
Covid vaccine supply in Cheshire East “throttled back”, says CEC leader

Covid vaccine supply in Cheshire East “throttled back”, says CEC leader

By Ethan Davies, local democracy reporter
Covid-19 vaccine supplies in Cheshire East will be “throttled back” to allow other parts of the country “to catch up”.

That’s according to Cheshire East Council leader Sam Corcoran, who made his comments during his leaders’ address at a full council meeting and on Twitter today (February 19)

February 19, 2021
CEC Ward councillors get extra budget to tackle local highways problems

CEC Ward councillors get extra budget to tackle local highways problems

By Ethan Davies, local democracy reporter
Ward councillors in Cheshire East are to have an extra £4,200 to tackle issues like potholes from April.

As part of the Cheshire East 2021/22 budget, Cllr David Marren proposed an amendment to the finance plans which would see each member given ‘at least £4,200’ to tackle highway maintenance issues in their area.

February 18, 2021
4.99% Council Tax rise by Cheshire East Council approved by councillors

4.99% Council Tax rise by Cheshire East Council approved by councillors

By Ethan Davies, local democracy reporter
Nantwich residents will have to pay 4.99% more Council Tax to Cheshire East Council from April after councillors approved a new budget for the upcoming year.

The budget, formally known as the Medium Term Financial Strategy, sets out the council’s tax and spending plans from 2021 to 2025.

February 17, 2021
Rural Nantwich communities feel “cut off” by Cheshire East Council after floods

Rural Nantwich communities feel “cut off” by Cheshire East Council after floods

Angry parish councillors near Nantwich are clubbing together to call on highways chiefs to stop leaving rural areas “cut off” by flooded roads.

Villagers in the Wrenbury, Newhall, Sound and Marbury areas say council bosses have left them stranded by failing to empty gullies and clear the floods.

February 14, 2021
South Cheshire residents urged to air views on latest HS2 consultation

South Cheshire residents urged to air views on latest HS2 consultation

Crewe and Nantwich residents are being urged to have their say in the latest consultation for phase 2a of the HS2 scheme.

Phase 2a will connect the controversial high speed rail line to Crewe from Birmingham and Crewe.

February 11, 2021
Pothole-ridden main road in Nantwich “prioritised” for repairs, says Council

Pothole-ridden main road in Nantwich “prioritised” for repairs, says Council

Highways chiefs say they will repair a badly damaged road on one of the busiest routes into Nantwich in the next 24-48 hours.

The A51 Newcastle Road, close to Cheerbrook farm shop, was badly damaged more than two weeks in floods caused by Storm Christopher.

February 11, 2021
CEC to send out more food and energy vouchers at half-term

CEC to send out more food and energy vouchers at half-term

Cheshire East Council bosses say they will distribute more food and energy vouchers to vulnerable children and families ahead of the February half term.

More than 11,000 vouchers have been distributed so far, funded from Cheshire East’s share of the government’s £170 million Covid Winter Grant Scheme launched in December last year.

February 10, 2021
Cheshire East Council Mayor faces vote of no confidence over Handforth video

Cheshire East Council Mayor faces vote of no confidence over Handforth video

By Ethan Davies, local democracy reporter
A vote of no confidence in the Mayor of Cheshire East could be held next week, after appearing in the viral Handforth Parish Council video clip.

Mayor Cllr Barry Burkhill, who represents Handforth as an Independent, also sits on the parish council and can be seen in the longer version of the video, asking “‘where the chairman [Cllr Brian Tolver] has gone” after being placed in the Zoom’s waiting room by Jackie Weaver.

February 10, 2021
CEC to boost carbon emission reduction at Leighton Grange

CEC to boost carbon emission reduction at Leighton Grange

Cheshire East Council has agreed initial steps to boost carbon emission reduction at Leighton Grange near Crewe.

Councillors in the Cabinet have agreed the council can press ahead with its goal to install solar panels to provide energy to the composting plant at the site, along with initiating a tree planting scheme.

February 8, 2021