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TRINITY METHODIST CHURCH
Wagg Street, Congleton, CW12 4BA. Welcome to our March Services Sunday 4th 9am Communion led by Rev. Tony Windsor 10am Morning Worship led by Anne Anderson Footsteps for children and young people 6.30pm United Service led by Rev. Philip Berry Sunday 11th 10am Morning Worship with Communion led by Rev. Philip Berry Footsteps for children and young people 6.30pm United Service at United Reformed Church Sunday 18th 10am Mothering Sunday Family Service Worship for all ages (to include Messy Church) led by a Trinity team 6.30pm United Service at Wellspring Sunday 25th 10am Morning Worship led by Rev. Philip Berry Footsteps for children and young people 6.30pm Café Service at Brookhouse Green Wednesday 28th 6.30 p.m. Café Service in the Nelson Room
CHESHIRE EAST BOROUGH COUNCIL Local Government Act 1972 as amended by the Local Government Planning and Land Act 1980 Disposal of Public Open Space Land Off Crewe Road, Alsager Surrounding Crewe Road Public Conveniences 1. Cheshire East Borough Council proposes, in accordance with
Section 123 of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended by Section 118 of the Local Planning and Land Act 1980) to dispose of an area of open land off Crewe Road, Alsager which surrounds Crewe Road public conveniences by way of a freehold transfer together with such rights over the Council’s adjacent retained open space land as are necessary to facilitate use of the land as public conveniences. 2. The land referred to in paragraph 1 above totals 67 square metres or thereabouts. 3. Full details of this proposal have been deposited together with plans at the Reception, Westfields, Middlewich Road, Sandbach CW11 1HZ and may be inspected free of charge during normal office hours, Monday to Friday. Copies of the proposal and plans may be bought from the offices of the Borough Solicitor at a cost of £2. 4. Any representation or objection with respect to the proposal should be sent in writing to Caroline Elwood, Borough Solicitor, Legal Services, Cheshire East Borough Council, Westfields, Middlewich Road, Sandbach CW11 1HZ quoting reference [MJ.JG-Legal.CreweRd] no later than15 March 2012. Please state the grounds on which it is made. Caroline Elwood, Borough Solicitor, Cheshire East Borough Council, Legal Services, Westfields, Middlewich Road, Sandbach, Cheshire CW11 1HZ 01 March 2012
World Book Day Events
CONGLETON LIBRARY Thursday 1st March, 7.00 - 9.00pm
Meet the Authors Elizabeth Lister
Daniel Wood Nik Perring R. W. Hughes Monday 5th March, 7.00 - 8.30pm The Inca Trail to Macchu Picchu An illustrated talk by Stephen Smith
Library Meeting Room Refreshments available at both events
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Biddulph Schools Partnership Trust
Statutory Notice This is a proposal to form a partnership of schools by acquiring the Biddulph Schools Partnership Trust. The schools in the partnership will be James Bateman Junior High School, Knypersley First School, Moor First School, Oxhey First School, Squirrel Hayes First School and Woodhouse Middle School.
Notice is given in accordance with section 19(3) of the Education and Inspections Act 2006 that:
the governing body of James Bateman Junior High School intends to make a prescribed alteration to James Bateman Junior High School which is a Community School located at James Bateman Junior High School, Park Lane, Knypersley, ST8 7AT;
the governing body of Knypersley First School intends to make a prescribed alteration to Knypersley First School which is a Community School located at Kynpersley First School, Newpool Road, Knypersley, ST8 6NW;
the governing body of Moor First School intends to make a prescribed alteration to Moor First School which is a Community School located at Moor First School, School Lane, Biddulph Moor, ST8 7HR;
the governing body of Oxhey First School intends to make a prescribed alteration to Oxhey First School which is a Community School located at Oxhey First School, Pennine Way, Biddulph ST8 7EB;
the governing body of Squirrel Hayes First School intends to make a prescribed alteration to Squirrel Hayes First School which is a Community School located at Squirrel Hayes First School, Springfield Road, Biddulph, ST8 7DF;
the governing body of Woodhouse Middle School intends to make a prescribed alteration to Woodhouse Middle School which is a Community School located at Woodhouse Middle School, Woodhouse Lane, Biddulph, ST8 7DR.
The proposed alteration in each case is to: Change school category from Community to Foundation Together with one or more of the proposed partners to acquire a trust established otherwise than under the School Standards and Framework Act 1998.
The proposed name of the foundation will be the Biddulph Schools Partnership Trust and the proposed implementation date is 1st May 2012. The trust does not already act as a foundation for any foundation or voluntary school.
The proposed members of the trust are:
• Biddulph High School (1 Trustee) • Staffordshire Local Education Authority (1 Trustee) • The Co-operative Movement initially represented by the Co-operative College (1 Trustee) • The Schools (2 Trustees each) In addition learners at each of the schools, parents, staff, members of the local community and local community organisations will be able to become members of the Trust. The Trust will have a Stakeholder Forum composed of members, which will be able to appoint some of the Trust’s trustees. As the Trust develops the Trust will welcome other schools joining the Trust.
The rationale for acquiring the Trust, the contribution it will make, and the direction it will provide to the schools can be summarised as:
Working as a shared trust will clarify our vision and aims, raise expectations, aspirations and standards, and make our existing collaboration more sustainable. We believe it will help our children achieve even more than they do now. We aim to provide the very best education possible for all children in our communities by working together more effectively, sharing very best practice and learning across all of our schools as well as promoting community cohesion.
Key aims for our Trust are to:
• Ensure consistently high expectations across all of our schools: among learners, staff, parents and carers. • Enable all pupils to benefit from high quality teaching and learning. • Work effectively with parents and carers, professionals and the wider community to promote health and well-being, in order to create the right conditions for learners to thrive. • Make efficient use of all resources available to us and thereby maximise the benefits for learners. • Work with external partners to widen the range of opportunities available to our workforce and our young people. • Improve social cohesion within our community by strengthening our commitment to co-operative values including respect, social justice, fairness and democracy. This notice is an extract from the complete proposal. Copies of the full proposals can be obtained from the school by writing to the Governing Body (address above) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Within four weeks from the date of publication of this proposal any person may object to or make comments on the proposals by sending them to the school at email@example.com in writing to the Governing Body of any of the schools (addresses above).
Dated: 1st March 2012.
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ON PAGE SIX We won’t be in your pocket for planning advice, says council
By Chris Young Cheshire East Council will not be in the pocket of developers because of a new planning policy, a top officer has claimed.
Since October, planning applicants can pay the authority for advice on their proposal.
The council can charge p to £2,000 for such meetings.
But the charge-for-advice scheme has led to fears of a public perception that Cheshire East could be accepting money for favours to developers.
However, these fears were dismissed at a meeting of the council’s Environment and Prosperity Scrutiny Committee last Tuesday.
A planning officer said council advice was not a cast iron guarantee developers would get their way, and planning committees would retain the power to make the final decision.
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The authority received 102 “pre applications” since October, bringing in £38,040. It expects to make £95,000 from the scheme in the first year.
Steve Irvine, Cheshire East’s development and building control manager, gave an update on the scheme at the meeting in Sandbach. He said the policy had been very successful so far, and made applicants feel they were getting a better service.
But Coun Ken Edwards said: “Is there a conflict of interest? The developer still has to satisfy a planning committee. If I pay for advice and take this advice and put my application in, I would expect to see it passed.
“The local community might think Cheshire East is making money out of developers. It seems a bit of a concern.”
But Mr Irvine assured the committee: “This pre application advice is very clear, it doesn’t bind the council into approving these applications — it is just advice. Members of planning committees still make the final decision.”
Coun Edwards replied: “Then we need to make this very clear to members of the public.”
Coun Andrew Thwaite said: “It is a worry, but we have always told people to ask for advice first because it is a more sensible use of resources.”
He said whatever advice the officers gave, it would be down to elected councillors to decide which developments went ahead.
Coun Thwaite added: “If a councillor is not happy, they can call it in and it will go before a planning committee. We are the safeguards of public interest.”
Mr Irvine explained that the policy meant the council was involved in developers’ plans from the beginning. This would lead to information trickling down to town and parish councils and local residents, removing the danger of applications being submitted before the community knew anything about them.
He believes the experience of council staff would benefit developers too, and their advice would make it more likely to produce suitable planning applications that had a better chance of being approved than those produced without council advice.
Mr Irvine said: “Those who engage with the council from the beginning can be, and should be, given advantages.”
Euro MP wants expenses freeze
Congleton MEP Chris Davies is calling for Euro-MPs to face an expenses freeze until 2014. The Liberal Democrat wants the European Parliament to reject an inflation-linked increase in its administration costs, and says that MEPs should accept cuts in the value of their expenses budget.
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Armed robbery at off-licence
Police are appealing for witnesses following an armed robbery at an off-licence.
At about 10pm on Sunday, two men with large kitchentype knives threatened a member of staff in Bargain Booze on Booth Lane, Middlewich.
They stole money from the till and cigarettes before escaping on foot.
Det Cons Bob Scrannage said: “Although the staff member was unhurt he was left shaken by his ordeal.”
One man was white, about 5’ 8” tall and wore dark hooded clothing and gloves. His face was covered with a scarf or something similar.
The other man was black, with similar clothing and also had his face covered.
Both had local accents. Police have not revealed how much money they got away with.
Anyone with information should contact Det Cons Scrannage on 101 quoting incident number 964 of 19th February. Or leave information anonymously by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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Eaton Parish Council update
Eaton Parish Council is happy to report that finance has been passed by the Environment Agency to replace the culvert under the A536.
Agreement has been reached with Roland Homes to replace the black and white railings around the entrance to Havannah Lane as part of the development in Havannah village.
Two bags of daffodils have been planted in the centre of the village and thanks to those who undertook the planting.
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