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By Chris Young Congleton’s businesses need a bypass and space to expand or many will leave the town, according to bosses at two of its largest companies.
And this week East Cheshire Chamber of Commerce joined Congleton Town Council in calls for a northern ypass to be included in any plans for Congleton’s future growth.
Companies have described existing access to the town’s biggest employment site, Radnor Park, as “embarrassing”, and said a bypass would allow businesses to grow and relieve the town’s chronic traffic problems.
A number of businesses have formed a group called “Link 2 Prosperity” which will lobby Cheshire East Council and central government to fund a bypass and more space for companies to expand. They have asked other businesses that would benefit to contact the Chamber of Commerce and show their support.
The Chamber believes Cheshire East Council’s town plan for Congleton, currently being drafted, should include a bypass.
Andrew Pear, managing director of Reliance Medical based at Radnor Park, described the
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And Anthony Bird, chief executive of Senior Aerospace Bird Bellows, believes that investment is vital to makes sure companies like his, which employs 200 people and produces parts for the aerospace industry, stay in Congleton.
He reckons his firm could create 100 more jobs in the next seven years with the right infrastructure.
Mr Pear, whose company produces medical dressings, pharmaceuticals and first aid products, said: “You need room for expansion, and if you don’t have that level of capacity, the businesses will go.”
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Swimming training in Congleton really was up to Olympic standard at the weekend. Bill Furniss, the coach of Great Britain’s gold medal swimmer in Beijing Rebecca Adlington, provided a full day swim clinic for Dane Valley Amateur Swimming Club at Congleton Leisure Centre. He was accompanied by swimmer Rebecca Turner of Team GB seen here with club swimmers, from left, Ella McQuillan, Amelia O’Connor and Sarah Abrahamse. For more pictures and the story, turn to to page 31. (“Chronicle” photo. 2024a/12).
Students ‘mortified’ at awards publicity
Students at Congleton High School condemned by a parent for asking classmates to vote for the “campest boy” and “class creep”, are now considering introducing alternative categories such as “most likely to win a Nobel Peace Prize” and “most likely to find a cure for cancer”.
school has said i t not received any complaints f rom the parents.
In a statement issued last week head teacher David Hermitt said that taken out of context, some of the awards could be “highly emotive” and that students would be asked to reconsider some of the categories.
They are said to have been “mortified” after the “Chronicle’s” front page story on Thursday, in which a mother and father said some of the award categories promoted bullying, was picked up by the national Press.
There are fears in the school that the publicity could “upset” the revision of some of its top students.
Other award categories were for the girl with the shortest skirt in school, laziest person, most annoying person and the most attractive teacher.
Nomination forms were handed out to year 11 pupils sitting their GCSEs later this month.
But the school released another statement on Tuesday after the story was carried by “The Telegraph”.
It said: “Students at Congleton High School are mortified that they have caused offence to their fellow classmates as a result of the inappropriate nominations for their Y11 yearbook.
“Each year students in Y11 nominate their classmates for unusual humorous awards as part of their Y11 celebrations, which are then included in their yearbook. The categories are chosen by the Y11 student committee and at no time did they intend to cause offence.”
As a result students will reconsider the nominations and remove the offensive ones.
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