Politics

Cheshire East Council defends £1,000-a-day  temporary officer

Cheshire East Council defends £1,000-a-day temporary officer

By Stephen Topping, local democracy reporter
The hiring of a temporary officer for more than £1,000 a day has been defended by Cheshire East Council chiefs who insist the alternatives were more costly.

Cheshire East has hired an interim officer to take on the role of monitoring officer – a role required by law, with responsibility for ensuring the council’s code of conduct is followed by members and officers.

April 26, 2019
ELECTION SPECIAL: Cheshire East Council & Nantwich Town Council  –  who is standing in your area

ELECTION SPECIAL: Cheshire East Council & Nantwich Town Council – who is standing in your area

Thursday May 2 could be a turning point in local politics.

Borough, town and parish council elections will provide the ‘fall out’ – if any – from Brexit among voters in Cheshire and across the UK.

April 23, 2019
Parents slam soaring number of school attendance fines in Cheshire

Parents slam soaring number of school attendance fines in Cheshire

By Stephen Topping, local democracy reporter
Fines for taking children out of school during term time have been slammed by parents – but MPs insist youngsters’ attendance is crucial.

It was revealed last week that the number of fines issued to parents in Cheshire in the first year following a high-profile court battle soared compared to previous years.

April 18, 2019
Hunt supporters claim Cheshire police chief has “obsession”

Hunt supporters claim Cheshire police chief has “obsession”

By Stephen Topping, local democracy reporter
Hunt supporters have continued their war of words with Cheshire’s police and crime commissioner after learning the county’s fox hunting review cost taxpayers £34,000.

April 17, 2019
Electric vehicles rise by 5,750% in Cheshire East with just 34 charging points

Electric vehicles rise by 5,750% in Cheshire East with just 34 charging points

Cheshire East has seen a staggering 5,750% rise in electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles in seven years but has just 34 charging points, according to latest figures.

Statistics compiled by the BBC Shared Data Unit shows that 1,170 fully electric or plug in hybrid cars, LGVs and quadricycles were registered in the Cheshire East Council authority area in 2018.

April 12, 2019
Nantwich Civic Society calls for action on town’s crumbling pavements

Nantwich Civic Society calls for action on town’s crumbling pavements

Disgruntled members of Nantwich Civic Society are aiming to ruffle Cheshire East Council feathers over the crumbling state of the town’s pavements.

They have launched their new “Puddleduck Campaign” to pressure the authority into much-needed repairs.

April 10, 2019
Councillor issues roads warning despite more Government pothole cash for Cheshire East

Councillor issues roads warning despite more Government pothole cash for Cheshire East

By Stephen Topping, local democracy reporter
The Government has handed borough chiefs another funding boost to tackle potholes – but an opposition councillor warns some roads might never be restored.

Cheshire East Council has been given an extra £533,171 from the Department for Transport to improve the borough’s roads.

April 8, 2019
Nantwich Town Council candidates unveiled for May 2 election

Nantwich Town Council candidates unveiled for May 2 election

Candidates who will battle it out in the Nantwich Town Council local elections on May 2 have been unveiled.

In total, there are 16 candidates nominated in the Nantwich North and West Ward, and a further 10 in the Nantwich South Ward.

April 8, 2019
Suspended chief operating officer quits Cheshire East Council

Suspended chief operating officer quits Cheshire East Council

The suspended chief operating officer at Cheshire East Council has quit his job, the authority has confirmed.

Peter Bates was one of three senior officials suspended 16 months ago pending internal investigations.

April 8, 2019
Full list of candidates unveiled for Cheshire East Council elections on May 2

Full list of candidates unveiled for Cheshire East Council elections on May 2

By Stephen Topping, local democracy reporter
The full list of candidates for next month’s Cheshire East Council elections have been confirmed.

Voters will head to the polls on Thursday May 2 to decide who they want to represent them on the borough council for the next four years.

April 4, 2019
HS2 Crewe railway station development consultation ends

HS2 Crewe railway station development consultation ends

Cheshire East Council has completed its public consultation on the type of development that could be seen around Crewe railway station following the arrival of HS2.

The public has submitted opinions on the development over the past six weeks.

March 30, 2019
Brexit won’t impact heavily on Cheshire East social care staffing, claim bosses

Brexit won’t impact heavily on Cheshire East social care staffing, claim bosses

By Stephen Topping, local democracy reporter
Brexit is not set to severely harm Cheshire East’s social care workforce, health chiefs have claimed.

Alex Mitchell, chief finance officer at NHS Eastern Cheshire clinical commissioning group (CCG), gave governors an update about how the area’s health system is preparing for Britain’s departure from the European Union.

March 28, 2019
Council and NHS bid to improve SEN services in Cheshire East

Council and NHS bid to improve SEN services in Cheshire East

By Stephen Topping, local democracy reporter
Work is under way to improve services for youngsters with special educational needs (SEN) in Cheshire East following a damning inspection last year.

Cheshire East Council and local NHS providers were criticised following a joint inspection from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and Ofsted last March – with inspectors hitting out at ‘serious weaknesses’ in provision.

March 27, 2019