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Latest plans received by Cheshire East Council Cheshire East Council has received the following planning applications:
Congleton: Declan Cleary, Eastfield, Bida Lane, conversion of existing roof space to form extra bedroom and en suite, and erection of single car garage; Mr N McAllister, 2, Boundary Lane, reserved matters application for approval of details of appearance and landscaping following outline application; Mrs J Booth, 20, Falmouth Road, single-storey side extension and formation of utility room.
Holmes Chapel: Mr M Rowley, Mr D Hill, 62, Coniston Drive, amendment to revious planning application reference 10/3539c for twostorey side extension.
Rural: David Whittaker, Sandilands House, Twemlow Lane, Cranage, extension of kitchen to form family room, relocation and reconfiguration of garage and workshops and addition of bedroom above, addition of orangery, replacement of orch and widening of access/ driveway; Mr and Mrs Kearney, 28, Station Road, Scholar Green, conversion of existing bungalow to dormer bungalow; Mr and Mrs S Occleston, 38, Brooklands Drive, Goostrey, new family dwelling and associated works to provide turning area separate from existing dwelling; Nigel Macbeth, The Energy Conservation Group, for 31, Grays Close, Scholar Green, install solar thermal panels on the east/west roof at the front and rear of the property.
Sandbach: Steve Badger, Foxes Hollow Farm, 27, Elm Tree Lane, two-storey and single-storey rear extension.
4, Pear Tree Cottages, Dog Lane, Brereton, application for a lawful development certificate — proposed replacement of a ground floor felted flat roof with a mono pitch lean-to tiled roof; David Ball 2, Pear Tree Cottages, Dog Lane, Brereton, application for a lawful development certificate — proposed replacement of a ground floor felted flat roof with a mono pitch lean too tiled roof.
Approved with conditions
Cheshire East Council has made the following planning decisions:
Rural: Andrew Fithon, Wheatsheaf Farm, Buxton Road, North Rode, demolition of a workshop building (conservation area consent).
Positive certificate Rural: Wendy Caulfield,
Alsager: Mr P Pulford, 143, Lawton Road, extension of dropped kerb.
Rural: Paul Hare, Cheshire Peaks and Plains H Trust, Ropewalks, Newton Street, Macclesfield, for land at Elmstead Road, Chelford, change of use of land-amenity to car parking; Mr M Potts, Amos Developments, Alexandra House, Queen Street, Leek, for 6, Rode Hall Barns, Church Lane, North Rode, installation of a solid fuel stove flue and oil tank.
Tried and tested formula still works after 26 years
From painting out of a Morris Marina van, Gutterplus ‘85 soon expanded thanks to the massive demand for PVCu products such as fascias.
Gutterplus ‘85 — established in 1985 — celebrates 26 years of continuous trading this year in the PVCu home improvement market across the Staffordshire and Cheshire areas.
The family business has seen many changes over the years and has also seen off thousands of impersonators.
With guarantees backed by manufacturers and quality prod-
cts tried and tested over the last 20 years or so, Gutterplus ‘85 is reparing for the next 26 years.
From the highs of the 90s and the noughties when around 20 highly trained employees attended to customers’ needs to the resent day with its very difficult climate, where even established quality companies are struggling and folding, Gutterplus ‘85 is fortunate enough to have a very strong customer base that trusts the company and they alone are keeping Gutterplus’ 85 in business at present, for which the company is very grateful.
Gutterplus ‘85 started off ust doing simple PVC guttering work and painting out of a Morris Marina van on a art time basis but soon expanded into the massive demand for PVCu exterior home improvements ie fascias,
argeboards, soffits, cladding etc. Gutterplus ‘85 believes that it was one of the first companies to venture into this territory.
Employing and training their
Gutterplus ‘85 believes it was one of the first companies to venture into the PVCu exterior home improvements trade.
own staff, Mick and Paul Lambert recruited another family member Neil Lambert who became the company surveyor, and also their father who had old-fashioned principles and endless energy.
By the early 90s, they had devised and perfected (almost) free-standing PVCu carports and canopies, which are still very popular today, and also ventured into PVCu double glazing very tentatively, not taking on too much until they knew exactly what was expected by customers. In no time at all they were producing their very high standards to PVCu windows and doors etc and are members of Fensa (self assessment scheme) and Fair Trades organisations.
Like their PVCu cellular products Gutterplus ‘85 selectively purchase all their PVCu windows and doors locally manufactured by a family business whose attention to detail is like their own.
“It comes as standard.” Today Gutterplus’85 is ageing gracefully with a wealth of experience in the home improvement market. Some employees have retired and been replaced by equally competent and fussy people who care just as much as their predecessors. Gutterplus ‘85 values its very good reputation highly and intends to keep it that way. Staff often see their old installations on a daily basis while driving around and they still look good today after 20 years or more later. Gutterplus ‘85 likes to think those customers got good, old-fashioned value for money, even maybe an investment.
Gutterplus ‘85 is in safe hands for the future. Eventually owner Mick Lambert will pass it down to daughter Kelly who already plays a large part in the dayto-day running of the company while both sons also work for the company, along with the other loyal employees.
Finally, anyone looking to get property repairs carried out presently or in the future should remember Gutterplus ‘85’s name and give them a call or email.
Gutterplus ‘85 also has a trade and DIY outlet at Longport, Stoke-on-Trent, (off the A500) junction 16 M6.
See the advert in the classified section or call 01782 832500.
CALVES (147): 41 black and white bulls sold from £16 to £120 (£47.61). The year started with a bang: five best bulls over £300 and 11 £250/£290. Best heifers to £300 with 13 over £200. Bulls: Holstein x (37): (£43.57) to £94 (Astbury); Friesian (4): (£66.50) to £120 (Biddulph Moor); Ayrshire (1): £14; Hereford (3): (£134.33) to £148 (Siddington); Red (1): £62 (Astbury); Simmental x (21): (£246.05) to £326 (Brereton); Limousin x 2 (3): (£15) to £335 (Alsager); Blonde D’Aquitaine (1): £190 (Brereton); British Blue (11): (£246.36) to £310 (Kingsley Moor); Shorthorn (4): (£30.50) to £34; Aberdeen Angus (6): (£99) to £150; Brown Swiss (2): (£59) to £68 (Haslington); Montbeliarde (8): (£93.38) to £166 (Astbury); Swedish Red (2): (£66) to £98 (Siddington). Heifers: Hereford (2): (£129.50) to £135 (Siddington); Simmental x (21): (£183/10) to £265 (Biddulph Moor); Limousin x (4): (£203.50) to £300 (Alsager); Blonde D’Aquitaine (1): £115 (Brereton); British Blue (4): (£193.75) to £205 (Marton); Aberdeen Angus (11): (£113.82) to £160 (Goostrey); Sussex (1): £85 (Medhurst Green).
POULTRY (751 HEADS): the first bank holiday of the new year saw a busy trade with a wide range of both hybrid and pure breed poultry, rabbits and ducks, together with large numbers of pheasants. Best prices included mandarins at £38, Vorwerks £22, Brahmas £16, Rhode Island red and light Sussex pullets £12, Marans £12. Post-Christmas prices for turkeys and geese held up well with turkeys fetching up to £23 and geese £16.
DAIRY, STORE AND BREEDING CATTLE (49): with no forward cattle on offer, a good selection of feeding stock saw Simmental crosses lead the steers at £750, with Limousin crosses to £725. A few native suckler-bred weaned calves looked well sold, at up to £580. Among the heifers, it was Charolais crosses to the forefront again to lead the section at £668, with Blue crosses to £665. Only a small selection of feeding bulls on offer, with stronger beef Shorthorns to £480. There were several customers looking for freshly calved dairy heifers, but sadly only one forward, a youngster making £1,150. A nice run of heifers with calves however, saw Simmental crosses with bull calves to £700 and with heifer calves to £680.
PIGS (349): the 16 cull sows and boars sold to 57p. Coloured sows to 44p. One boar 32p, 15 sows to 57p (39.25p). The 80 butchers’ pigs met a steady demand with only the very best handy weighted gilts over 100p to a top of 113p. Prices: 8 porkers to 109p (93.65p); 13 cutters to 109p (75.61p); 59 baconers to 113p (84.06p); 80 overall averaged 97.20p. The 253 store and breeding pigs saw nine vendors from across the Welsh border help swell the numbers. Prices £/head: £47 at 55kg; £46 at 40kg; £46 at 36kg; £42 at 30kg; £35 at 35kg; £34 at 24kg; £30 at 30kg; £27 at 27kg.
FARM PRODUCE (51 LOADS): a busy and successful first produce sale with 51 loads on offer to a huge crowd of potential purchasers and onlookers. Purchasers had to have their wits about them since, with no local weighbridges open, some loads were sold per bale, rather than per tonne. The first load to be sold was big bale barley straw, which made a record price of £120 per tonne, setting the trend for that commodity with other loads at £88 and £92 per tonne and £20
and £28 per bale. Recent high prices have certainly drawn out those vendors of small bale hay with 12 loads available today with no significant effect on trade with best quality £200 to £250 per tonne and other variable quality £105 to £185 per tonne. Nine loads of big bale hay sold equally well at up to £170 per tonne for first quality with those consignments being sold per bale varying between £35 and £58 per bale. Best quality haylage found ready demand from the horse trade at £75 to £130 per tonne, £32 to £35 per bale, with silage varying in quality and price between £40 and £72 per tonne, £27 per bale. Those looking for wheat straw found plenty of choice with 12 loads selling from £70 to £82 per tonne and £18 to £24 per bale.
EGGS (1415 DOZ): heavier loadings of eggs reflected in the prices. It was an egg bonanza except for those looking for duck eggs. The small entry resulted in a record average. Free range, extra large £1.40; large 90p; medium £1; small £0.40. Barn eggs: extra large £1; large 80p; medium 60p. Only 7½-dozen duck eggs, £3.70 to £3.90 (£3.83); 48 netted rabbits £2 each; 140 brace pheasants £1.50 per brace; six dressed turkeys, 7kg birds £16 to £18 each; 12 x 3-4kg rolled turkey breast £10 each.
POTATOES (888 BAGS): the best were at a premium. Those that looked damp met with little interest. One three tonne run of Wilja all made £3.75. Victoria to £5.25; Nadine to £2.25; Wilja to £4.50; Caesar to £3.50; catch weights, whole barley £4 per bag; rolled barley £3.75 per bag; 449 bags of stockfeed carrots £1-£1.30 (£1.22).
CULL COWS, BULLS AND OTM CATTLE (96): 65 black and white cows from £249.76 to £860.16 (£507.20). Good cows in demand, which is looking good for the special Continental cull cow sale on the 20th. Cows: Limousin x 756kg 114p or £861.84; Holstein x 768kg 112p or £860.16; Limousin x 760kg 113p or £858.80, Scholar Green; Holstein x 812kg 104p or £844.48; Limousin x 606kg 139p or £842.34; Friesian 790kg 104p or £821.60, Rushton Shorthorn 774kg 105p or £812.70; Aberdeen Angus 754kg 105p or £791.70; Holstein x 754kg 105p or £791.70, Byley; Friesian 698kg 110p or £767.80, Congleton. Cull cows: Holstein x (54): (83.01p) to 114p Friesian (11): (83.33p) top 117p.
BUTCHERS’ SHEEP (689): the 524 butchers’ lambs sold to 201.0p for 42.4kg Texel crosses from K House, of Buglawton (170.2p). Short entries have been reported at all centres this week with trade being very steady. Although short of lambs, trade was fast from the off, with just enough lambs to allow buyers to open up on several orders. The better end particularly the handy “export” weights from 39-44kg, were generally from 185p upwards, to a top of 201p for smart Texel crosses from Ken House. A large proportion of heavy lambs in again, with most 47-50kg from 160-175p, and heavier 50-55kg selling to a limited customer base and mostly 140-160p. Prices for lambs: premium to 201.0p (192.4p); prime to 181.0p (176.5p); others to 160.0p (155.5p). The 161 cull ewes and rams averaged £72.93, with Texel rams to £102, mule ewes to £89.50, £85 etc and Texel cross ewes to £86, £84 etc. More good quality ewes and an outstanding trade, with all customers firing on several cylinders. Plenty of stronger ewes at £80 and over, and even the plainer, half-meated sorts mostly from £60 to £70.
BUTCHERS’ CATTLE (104): several of the smart variety attracted strong competition to a top of 187p for the best bulls, a 510kg Limousin cross. Best of the steers was a handyweight 504kg Blue cross at 181p, while heifers were led by a Blue cross, weighing in at 512kg. Plainer cattle o all sorts sold well, with many at 125p to 140p being bid at furiously by several buyers. Prices: 26 steers to 181.0 (142.1p); 27 heifers to 183.0 (144.4p); 51 bulls to 187.0 (138.3p); 104 overall 140.09p.
A strong entry of sheep despite the early morning smattering o snow that appeared to deter barren cow vendors.
Trade for lamb continued to follow a steady decline commencing immediately after Christmas, although family butchers were keen to replace stock.
The same pattern followed with clean cattle, with primestoc being in strong demand.
Within the barren cow section, export demand was, as usual, prominent, with all grades selling to an average of £621 apiece.
A pleasing entry of dairy cattle sold well.
CLEAN CATTLE (9): not much choice in terms of quality with the market topped by a heavy Limousin heifer at 160p. The remainder on offer were steers and bulls with young bulls topping 143p for a prime Angus with steers to 136p for a heavy Simmental. Top price heifer £920, steer £971.70.
OVER 30-MONTH STOC (44): a sharp trade responding to a shortage in supply, seeing best continentals to 125p for a Limousin with others to 116.5p and MRI to 115p, Belgians to 111p with best Friesians to 105p. Grade one stock averaged 96.5p, grade two to 87.5p (83p), grade three to 81p (66p). Top price of the day was £1,056.25p (£621.62).
DAIRY CATTLE (21): a nice entry for the first sale after new year saw 21 forward and two to £1,920. The first to reach it was a Roylane Jordan daughter; sold giving 30kg, she went to Mr J Fernyhough, of Swythamley. He also took home a Bomuz Homestead daughter at the same money. Next in line at £1,780 was a Picston Shaker daughter. Cows peaked at £1,550 for a British Friesian second-calver, sold giving 32kg. Averages: Q1 heifers to £1,920 (£1,873); Q2 heifers to £1,720 (£1,517); Q2 cows £1,550 (£1,465).
STORE CATTLE (6): strong Angus steers to £620 for a 20-month-old beast, with 19-month-old steers at £585; 18-month-old bulling heifers to £430.
BUTCHERS’ LAMBS (794): standardweight lambs topped 180p for three pens (160p); mediumweights to 208p and 200p, both from Alan Lancaster (172p); heavy lambs to 184p (160p). Quality prices, lambs: premium 208p (197p); prime 190p (165p); commercial 144p (140p).
EWES AND CULL SHEEP (65): a rapid drop in entry, producing top prices of £96 fo Texels with others at £90 to give an average for the section of £71. Rams to £87 (£75).
CALVES (67): a shortage o quality led to strong prices for best animals taking Limousin bulls to £262 (£178). Simmentals to £245 (£205); Charolais from Woodward Partners to £242 (£187); Blues to £228 (£186); Angus topped £140; Herefords topped £88; Friesians to £47 (£25); Heifers produced Blues to £232 (£169); Limousins £218 (£132); Charolais to £168 (£155); Angus to £85. ‘Better bus services are needed if council cuts transport for the elderly’
By Chris Young Buses must run more regularly if cuts to trans-
ed to the end of this month as the bad weather prevented some people from attending consultation events.
well be that because of this new policy we have better public transport for Cheshire East generally.”
ort for the elderly and disabled are approved, says Alsager councillor Shirley Jones.
She said that long waits for buses between Alsager and Leighton Hospital in Crewe at certain times of the day were bad for vulnerable people, whose council-provided trans-
ort to and from day centres was likely to end due to budget cuts.
At the meeting, Alison McCudden, commissioning manager, said: “We have a growing elderly population. We had an overspend on adult services this year, and then there are the pressures of the Government’s spending review.
“We would remove our transport fleet but provide a personalised service through taxi firms, volunteer drivers and travel training for people who can get about independently.”
Coun Dorothy Flude pointed out that the council also planned to shut travel information offices at Macclesfield and Crewe bus stations to save money.
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She was addressing Thursday’s meeting of Cheshire East Council’s Health Scrutiny Committee, which was discussing the cuts.
For over a year, the council has been moving towards a policy of “personalisation” in adult care, allowing peo-
le to use a personal budget as they saw fit.
As part of that policy, and due to budget pressures, the council plans to ditch its fleet of minibuses for the elderly and disabled, which cost £1.6m a year to run and are sed by 500 people, equating to £3,200 per person. Instead, the council wants to encourage people to travel by public transport or taxi.
A public consultation into the plans was due to end in December, but has been extend
She said: “I agree with independent travel but we will tell some of these people that if they get into trouble using the bus or can’t find out where to go, they can ask someone. To close these information centres will obviously harm people who experience these difficulties. People will get lost and not want to use the bus again.”
Coun Jones said: “The bus from Alsager to Leighton Hospital is used extensively and it usually runs at every 20 minutes, but there is a 40 minute gap between services at some times of the day.
“I hope this policy will mean the council starts looking more at public transport and makes a better integrated system. I want people to be as independent as possible, but it is very important that public transport is available for them.”
The bus service that links Congleton, Sandbach, Macclesfield and Crewe is hourly.
Mrs McCudden said: “It could
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‘False hopes’ raised over day care centre
The closure of a local mental health centre must not be seen as a “fait acompli”, a councillor has warned.
The Cheshire and Wirral Partnership Trust, which provides mental health care in the area, plans to close The Willows Day Centre on Park Street, Macclesfield, in January 2012. Although it says existing users will be well looked after following the closure, many users and their carers are still worried.
A public consultation in October led to responses like: “I feel we are ust a number and you don’t care,” and “To lose the Willows is the worst thing that could happen. We are all being abandoned.”
But closure is still recommended and has the support of the Central and Eastern Cheshire Primary Care Trust. It argues that the centre duplicates services that are provided elsewhere in the borough.
Cheshire East Council’s Health Scrutiny Committee discussed the consultation process at a meeting at Westfields on Thursday.
Coun Arthur Moran, from Crewe, said: “This consultation aper flags up some concerns for me. It could seem like a fait accom-
li. We go out to consultation, but udging by this recommendation it looks like we were going to close it anyway.
“It does raise false hopes.” However, Fiona Field, director of governance and strategy at the trust, said: “Some of these comments are sad and anxious. Change for any of us is difficult but if you’re a vulnerable person it is quite worrying.
“I am confident these people will be supported through the change.”
She said those that used the Willows would be given individual assessments to see what services they needed, and how either the council or the trust would provide these via other facilities, or in the community.
Plans to close two other services for those with mental health problems have been delayed due to a legal challenge.
The Risley Street respite centre, also in Macclesfield, and Primrose Avenue respite centre in Haslington are both earmarked for closure, with their users being transferred to a similar facility in Winsford.
The partnership trust and primary care trust say the facilities are underused, and not suitable for modern needs.
But staff at the Winsford centre, Crook Lane, have challenged the closures, fearing they will not be able to cope with the increase in users.
A new public consultation on the impact of both closures will begin later this month and results announced in March.
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