SPEAKERS: Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Highways Commissioner and Senior LLFA Manager – Kieran Collins and Rob Ruddock and Julie Barnard, Planning and Exercising Officers
Flooding has a devastating effect on our communities. Most recently Storm Christoph caused devastation across Cheshire in January 2021.
Flooding and drainage have many stakeholders from Cheshire West and Chester Council, as Lead Local Flood Authority, though to individual water companies, the Environment Agency and local landowners. This presentation will provide an overview of flooding, detail how Town and Parish Councils can help, how we can all prepare for future floods, where we can all get further information from and the operational state of readiness of the Highways Service in advance of this Winter season
Our Emergency Planning Team will also explain how they can help Town and Parish Councils produce their own Community Resilience Plans.
Subject to the outcome of the Integrated Rail Plan (due to be published shortly) the UK Government is getting ready to deposit a hybrid Bill seeking the powers to build and operate the Western Leg of HS2 Phase 2b, which will run between Crewe and Manchester with a connection to the West Coast Main Line serving towns and cities en-route to Scotland.
At this event on 13 September you can view the latest plans for HS2 in this area, and find out more about the hybrid Bill process. There will also be an opportunity for you to speak to the HS2 team of experts. There will be displays, interactive maps and literature for you to take away if you wish.
Please use this link to obtain more information and to plan your visit.
Applications Received by the council this week
Planning Consultation 21/03176/FUL – Birches Crematorium and Remembrance Park – Creation of children’s garden, outdoor seating areas, site cabin, greenhouse, walkways, storage shed and chiller room
IMPORTANT UPDATE FROM HIGHWAYS ENGLAND: The second weekend closure to lift the steel beams into position is going ahead this weekend: 29 Jan – 1 Feb. They’ll close the M6 in both directions within junction 19. A two-lane up-and-over diversion will be in place at the junction. They’ll also be closing the A556 in both directions to allow diverted traffic to flow freely. On 29 and 31 Jan, they’ll also need to close the M6 carriageway in both directions between junctions 18 and 20, from 9pm to 6am.
Please plan your journey in advance and use alternative routes if possible. EXPECT LONG DELAYS. For further information including details of diversion routes, visit www.highwaysengland.co.uk/projects/m6-junction-19
Please note: the precise dates and times of the works may be subject to change due to weather conditions or other circumstances including the impact of COVID-19. Where possible, we’ll keep you updated of significant changes. Please note this bulletin does not include any emergency closures that could be required during this period.
M6 Junction 19 Improvement Scheme
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- With COVID-19 cases increasing rapidly across the country, a new national lockdown has been put in place. Cheshire West and Chester Council is urging everyone in the borough to follow the restrictions and stay at home. Find out what you can and can’t do.
- COVID-19 vaccinations continue to be rolled out to people most at risk. The NHS will let you know when it’s your turn to have the vaccination so it’s important not to contact it for a vaccination before then. Full details about COVID-19 vaccinations.
- The Council’s dedicated helpline is still available to support vulnerable groups at higher risk from COVID-19. This is available from 8am to 7pm on a Monday to Friday, as well as 9am to 12.30pm on a Saturday. Call: 0300 123 7031.
We’ll be updating the resources section on the Council website so you can download the latest social media graphics and posters and share them with your networks.
The latest information and advice is also being posted across the Council’s social media channels. Please share any posts and use the hashtag #LetsTurnThisAround.
Work on A556 Gadbrook Park Junction
Cheshire West and Chester Council’s £2.99 million A556 Improvement Scheme at the Gadbrook Park junction begins on the 5 October. All works are scheduled for completion in Spring 2021.
As our population in Northwich increases our health care should not be decreasing.
This petition is for the residents of Northwich and surrounding areas to voice their strong concerns at the recent news that James Sumner (Chief Executive at Mid Cheshire Hospitals) has announced that opening times at the minor injuries unit will remain as 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday for another eight months.
Our concerns are that this is an attempt to fade Northwich Victoria Infirmary away under their radar of COVID-19, and we find that this would be unconscionable.
Our nearest A&E department at Leighton Hospital is not easily reached by public transport, and the cost of a taxi is out of the question for a lot of people. The VIN provides vital services to the people of Northwich and the minor injuries unit is invaluable. Whilst everyone accepted the reduced times at the height of the pandemic we do not accept that this should be the case for the next 8 months.
We the Residents of Northwich request that the opening times of the minor injuries unit be returned to 9am to 10pm and we would like reassurance from James Sumner the Chief Executive at Mid Cheshire Hospital that the existing services will remain available in Northwich long into the future.
SIGN THE PETITION HERE
Free cycle training for adults in west Cheshire throughout August. Places are limited.
As a reminder the cycle training is free one-to-one and small group cycle skills lessons for adults who live in Cheshire West and Chester. The training is tailored at a level suited to your needs, based on the National Cycle Training Standards. Choose from Basic (complete beginner), Urban (quiet local roads) or Advanced (complex junctions and busy roads), as well as bespoke Learn to Ride sessions.
Places for CWaC residents only are limited throughout August, so please sign up now to receive this free training. The courses last for two hours and can be booked at: www.bikeright.co.uk/cheshirewest-chester
For group bookings please call Bike Right on: 07712 388926
All courses are delivered in line with social distancing and hygiene guidelines, by qualified trainers.