Politics

Councillors demand action on blocked gullies amid flood problems

Councillors demand action on blocked gullies amid flood problems

By Stephen Topping, local democracy reporter
Councillors in Cheshire East are again calling for action to clear blocked gullies – claiming their regular reports of problems are falling on deaf ears.

Cheshire East Council has stepped up efforts to clear gullies following the major flooding which first hit the borough last summer – with an extra two gully emptying machines being used.

January 26, 2020
Cheshire East bus network review to undergo fresh review

Cheshire East bus network review to undergo fresh review

By Stephen Topping, local democracy reporter
Another review of Cheshire East’s bus network is on the cards – two years after the last one saw evening and weekend services axed.

Cheshire East Council has faced repeated calls to reinvest in bus services since the last review in 2018, which led to the council cutting £1 million from its subsidised bus budget.

January 26, 2020
Increased funding for Crewe & Nantwich schools, claims MP Kieran Mullan

Increased funding for Crewe & Nantwich schools, claims MP Kieran Mullan

Crewe and Nantwich MP Kieran Mullan says £66.4 million Government investment in local schools should be welcomed.

He says it is the largest funding boost in a decade, but comes amid growing anger from “Fairer Funding for Schools” campaigners who say Cheshire East is being short-changed.

January 24, 2020
New HS2 report reveals impact on nature across Cheshire, says Wildlife Trust

New HS2 report reveals impact on nature across Cheshire, says Wildlife Trust

A new report published by The Wildlife Trusts reveals the scale of the destruction and impact HS2 will cause in Cheshire, says Cheshire Wildlife Trust.

January 22, 2020
Nantwich Town Council seek public views on Civic Hall plans

Nantwich Town Council seek public views on Civic Hall plans

Town councillors are seeking views of Nantwich residents over its plans for a £200,000 extension of the Civic Hall.

The proposals, as revealed by Nantwich News earlier this month, include extending the rear of the hall.

January 21, 2020
Nantwich Food Festival WILL go ahead after CEC car parks agreement

Nantwich Food Festival WILL go ahead after CEC car parks agreement

Nantwich Food Festival WILL go ahead as planned in 2020 after organisers reached agreement with Cheshire East Council over use of its car parks.

A cloud had been hanging over the festival after it emerged in December that Cheshire East had stalled on talks to use its key sites, Love Lane and Bowling Green car parks.

January 16, 2020
South Cheshire town and parish councils “invited” to help fund bus network

South Cheshire town and parish councils “invited” to help fund bus network

By Stephen Topping, local democracy reporter
Town and parish councils are being invited to chip in alongside Cheshire East Council to help improve the borough’s bus network.

CEC recently confirmed it is working with neighbouring Cheshire West and Chester Council to fund a Sunday service for Crewe, Shavington, Leighton Hospital, Middlewich, Winsford and Northwich.

January 15, 2020
Cheshire East children’s services faces budget cut despite “requiring improvement”

Cheshire East children’s services faces budget cut despite “requiring improvement”

By Stephen Topping, local democracy reporter
Cheshire East Council children’s services could face a £167,000 budget cut – despite a recent Ofsted report saying it “requires improvement to be good”.

The proposed budget cut for “early help” children’s support in 2021-22 will not affect front-line services, councillors have been told.

January 14, 2020
Council accused of “blank cheque” to raise parking charges in Nantwich

Council accused of “blank cheque” to raise parking charges in Nantwich

By Stephen Topping, local democracy reporter
A Cheshire East Council executive has denied claims next year’s budget is a ‘blank cheque’ for raising car parking charges across Cheshire East.

Draft budget plans for 2020-21 that went out to public consultation said Cheshire East Council hopes to rake in up to £4.5 million by the end of 2023-24 after a review on car parking.

January 13, 2020
Cheshire East bosses face battle to tackle £7.5m budget overspend

Cheshire East bosses face battle to tackle £7.5m budget overspend

By Stephen Topping, local democracy reporter
Cheshire East Council chiefs insist they can achieve their cost savings targets as they tackle a budget overspend estimated at £7.5 million.

Council members were warned about the funding gap for 2019-20 at last October’s full council meeting.

January 11, 2020
Call to improve “eyesore” buildings in Nantwich town centre

Call to improve “eyesore” buildings in Nantwich town centre

Empty shops and crumbling buildings are leaving “eyesore” sites across Nantwich town centre, it was claimed at Nantwich Town Council.

Councillors heard how empty and boarded up shops, as well as poorly maintained buildings, are leaving a bad impression of the town for visitors.

January 11, 2020
Welsh Row residents say double yellow lines scheme will not work

Welsh Row residents say double yellow lines scheme will not work

Two Welsh Row residents in Nantwich say plans to put double yellow lines down one side of the road close Malbank School are flawed.

The scheme aims to put lines on the road between Nixon’s Row and the traffic lights at Taylor Drive in a bid to prevent double parking problems which have plagued many residents.

January 10, 2020
Councillors to back badger vaccinations in bid stop culling

Councillors to back badger vaccinations in bid stop culling

By Stephen Topping, local democracy reporter
Cheshire East Council chiefs are to back badger vaccinations and take an extra step against culling on land leased out to farmers.

The authority already has a policy against badger culling taking place on its own land.

January 9, 2020