Politics

Councillors ignore planners and approve new Aldi store for Crewe

Councillors ignore planners and approve new Aldi store for Crewe

By Stephen Topping, local democracy reporter
Plans for a new Aldi store in Crewe have been approved after developers vowed to spend £40,000 to protect great crested newts on the site.

Cheshire East Council’s strategic planning board passed proposals for the land, off University Way, despite officers recommending it for refusal.

June 26, 2019
Cheshire East Council bids to appoint new £166,000-a-year chief executive

Cheshire East Council bids to appoint new £166,000-a-year chief executive

By Stephen Topping, local democracy reporter
Cheshire East Council will step up its efforts to hire a new chief executive this week.

A special meeting of the council’s staffing committee will take place on Friday to approve a new job description for the role.

June 25, 2019
MP candidate calls on Cheshire East to obtain injunction for Barony Park

MP candidate calls on Cheshire East to obtain injunction for Barony Park

A Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Crewe & Nantwich has called on Cheshire East Council to use a Court Injunction to prevent further unauthorised encampments on Barony Park.

Conservative candidate Dr Kieran Mullan says many other UK authorities use injunctions, which would see traveller groups removed on the same day they arrive.

June 25, 2019
Better buses plea as Cheshire East to overhaul public transport plan

Better buses plea as Cheshire East to overhaul public transport plan

By Stephen Topping
Better buses are likely to be at the top of the agenda when councillors are given the chance to overhaul the borough’s transport plan.

Cheshire East Council had been close to adopting its local transport plan for up to 2023 under the previous Conservative administration, following public consultation last summer.

June 24, 2019
David Marren

Nantwich councillor to appeal after being expelled by local Conservative party

A Nantwich town councillor expelled by his own Conservative party for comments over the Barony Park travellers issue, says he will appeal the decision.

Cllr David Marren was suspended initially over his comments which laid the blame at the former Cheshire East Council Conservative ruling party for a lack of action over securing the park.

June 24, 2019
Cheshire East planners call for new Aldi store in Crewe to be rejected again

Cheshire East planners call for new Aldi store in Crewe to be rejected again

By Stephen Topping, local democracy reporter
Planning officers are again calling on councillors to reject Aldi’s plans for a new Crewe store despite more than 3,000 people signing a petition to support it.

The retailer is closing its supermarket at the Grand Junction retail park next year and wants to build the new 1,801sq m store off University Way as a state-of-the-art replacement.

June 23, 2019
“Plan B” needed for Cheshire East economy over HS2 fears

“Plan B” needed for Cheshire East economy over HS2 fears

By Stephen Topping, local democracy reporter
Borough chiefs are being urged to have a ‘plan B’ for Cheshire East’s economy in case the next prime minister pulls the plug on HS2.

Cheshire East Council is currently working on an economic strategy for the next five years – setting out an ambition to create 6,200 jobs and grow the local economy by at least £15.9 billion per year.

June 22, 2019
Crewe & Nantwich MP Laura Smith public surgeries in July

Crewe & Nantwich MP Laura Smith public surgeries in July

Crewe and Nantwich MP Laura Smith has unveiled her July public surgeries.

Members of the public in her constituency can go along at various venues and dates to raise issues.

June 22, 2019
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