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  • Ed Miliband in Crewe

    Richard Hoffmann, Labour Party member from Sandbach said, I was in the audience with Ed Miliband on February 28th at Pickmere Court in Crewe. He spoke for a short while and then opened up the floor to questions. He said they could be as easy or difficult as people wanted to ask him. Many good questions came forward, several about the NHS and elderly social care. I got to tell Ed about my...

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  • Get Better Card

    Members of Congleton CLP demonstrated outside Cheshire East Council's offices on February 21st showing their concern about the Council's waste and incompetence in these times of austerity. The Council's failings were highlighted on a Get Better Card which will be presented to the Leader of The council on February 28th. Symptoms of a sick council: WASTE · Tory-run Cheshire East Council blows £810K on...

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  • Tatton Theme Park

    Bewildered Firstly I would like to say what a great place Tatton Park is. The house and formal gardens are beautiful and over 800,000 people a year enjoy visiting the park. Tatton Park is run by Cheshire East Council and it makes a loss. That is something that the council are trying to change by promoting the farm and introducing more visitor attractions. Bewilderwood fits well into that framework as an attraction for young...

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  • Council sponsors conference

    Council Leader Forced to Pay Back £1,000 At the Cabinet meeting on Monday 4 February a member of the public asked why Cheshire East Council had used taxpayers’ money to sponsor the Cheshire & Wirral Conservative Party conference. The Conservative Leader was also quizzed about tweets by a BBC journalist present at that conference. Arif Ansari @ArifBBC Michael Jones, leader of Cheshire East on President Obama: "Dreadful man in America with no economic vision." Leader of...

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  • Bedroom Tax Hits Cheshire East

    Residents of Chancellor George Osborne’s constituency of Tatton, living in housing trust-owned homes, are facing financial upheaval as a result of the introduction of the so-called ‘Bedroom Tax’. Changes to the welfare system come into force in the spring and will see housing benefit slashed by up to 25 per cent as part of the Government’s Welfare Reform Act. Under the reform, working-age tenants renting from a local authority, housing association or social landlord who...

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  • Social Event

    To celebtate a succesful 2012 and to kick off a new campaigning year, we invite you to join us for a social evening on Monday 18th February, 7.30 to 10.30, in the Bar B Room of the Market Tavern in Sandbach. Local singer Hayley Strangelove will entertain us, and we’ll have buffet refreshments provided. We hope the evening will be an opportunity for meeting both regular CLP attenders and those who show their...

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  • Management failings at CEC

    Bewildered The Information Commissioner has ordered Cheshire East Council to release a report that the Council has suppressed. The Information Commissioner (whose national HQ is in Wilmslow in Cheshire East) has recently ruled against Cheshire East Council over a report about plans for the “BeWILDerwood” adventure park at Tatton Park. This report was withheld from public disclosure by Cheshire East Council when a member of the public requested it last spring. The council now has...

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  • Labour welcomes HS2

    The next fast train from Crewe is headed to Europe The government today has announced plans to build a new high speed rail line linking Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds to London and thence on to Europe via the existing High Speed line. Labour has long argued that, in order to stimulate the economy, get people back into work and cut the deficit, we need to invest in national infrastructure. The government change of heart...

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  • PCC Budget Cuts Labour responds

    John Stockton, the unsuccessful Labour candidate in last year’s PCC elections, has responded to John Dwyer's police budget. “I read with interest that Cheshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Mr Dwyer, has chosen to do the following: 'PCC forced to axe 38 police', this is not, of course, the case. Mr Dwyer has chosen to raise the police precept (police budget) by only 2%, which will lead to 38 front line police and 35 back office...

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  • Developers love Tories

    Property Developers Love the Conservatives Cheshire East Council has recently announced that it will give away £1M in grants to housing developers and social housing providers. This is an astonishing admission of the failure of the coalition government’s policy to stimulate house building by encouraging house building on greenfield sites. This costly initiative shows that the real reason for the flatlining of the economy is that the private sector will not invest because it...

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  • Changes at CEC

    Change at Cheshire East Council Cheshire East Labour Group welcomes the recognition by the Conservative leadership that Lyme Green has exposed serious weaknesses in the council's organisational culture and management structure. It is a clear vindication of the severe criticisms made by last year's Audit Commission report. This, together with the report of the Independent Investigator on the debacle of Lyme Green, highlights the need for greater strategic and political leadership, and the creation...

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  • Countryside Policy

    On Thursday 13 December, Cheshire East Council debated the following motion proposed by Cllr Peter Nurse and seconded by Cllr Roy Cartlidge. Cheshire East Council draws attention to aspects of Government policy towards the Countryside and in particular:- • The failure of policy to deal with Bovine TB which will now have a further year to develop; • The slow response to the spread of Ash Dieback Disease which threatens to destroy the stock of one of our...

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  • Councillor Resigns

    Who’s Next? In 2011 Cheshire East Council spent over £800,000 on a waste transfer facility at Lyme Green near Macclesfield, without getting planning permission and breached EU procurement rules. The Council’s own planning board refused to grant planning permission and work was stopped. An independent investigator was commissioned to look into the affair and has just reported back. On 7 January, Cllr Rod Menlove resigned from his position on the Cabinet, which he has...

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  • Council Tax Hits Poor

    20% Council Tax Increase The government’s attack on low income working families will continue in 2013 with the withdrawal of council tax benefit. Under the old system many on low incomes had their council tax paid by the government, but from 1 April 2013 this benefit will be withdrawn and instead Cheshire East Council will introduce a set of council tax discounts for the elderly and those on benefits. However, the new discounts will...

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  • Cheshire East VFM Audit

    Cheshire East criticised regarding value for money The Audit Commission qualified its report on Cheshire East Council on the basis of obtaining value for money. The independent Audit Commission said that Cheshire East Council lacked strategic direction and political leadership. The Auditor also criticised the council for concentrating on saving money rather than obtaining value for money. Rather than looking for cuts and savings I would like to see the Council looking at how...

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  • Council Tax Discounts

    Council Tax Discounts on Empty Properties At the meeting on 13 December Cheshire East Council voted to remove council tax discounts on empty properties. This action will remove a perverse incentive for property owners to keep their properties empty. There is a severe shortage of housing at the moment, so any action taken to increase the supply of housing is welcome. Houses left empty for more than 2 years will face an...

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  • Crime prevention cuts

    Tory cuts to Community Safety Fund put crime prevention at risk in Cheshire - John Stockton John Stockton, Labour’s Police and Crime Commissioner candidate for Cheshire responding to new figures revealing 60 per cent cuts to the Community Safety Fund for Cheshire said: “I find it absolutely shocking that not only are the Tories cutting 250 police in Cheshire but they have also cut local crime prevention budgets by a whopping 60 per cent. “This...

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  • Backdoor privatisation

    Back-Door Privatisation of Parks & Playgrounds Cheshire East Council has finally admitted it has too many temps. Documents released to justify the outsourcing of Streetscape show that the bulk of the purported saving by outsourcing the maintenance of parks and playgrounds “will be achieved through the removal of existing casual/agency staff”. Labour and Independent councillors have called in the decision to outsource Streetscape and demanded that it be properly debated by a committee of the...

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  • Letter from John Stockton

    Dear John Dwyer, The issue of this Government’s attitude to policing continues to dominate the headlines with yet more evidence this week of how, when it comes to the safety of our communities, David Cameron and this Tory-led Government just don’t get it. As a candidate in the forthcoming Police and Crime Commissioner elections, you must now agree to answer questions on where you stand on these issues. 1. The abusive remarks Cabinet Minister...

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  • Crewe Town Council

    At last Crewe is to get its own town council. Elections for the 20 member council will be held on 4th April 2013....

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