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Cheshire East Council has published its Pre-Budget Consultation Report for 2019 to 2022.

Set against a backdrop of increasing demand and rising costs, the report sets out proposals on the council’s financial plans as to how services will be delivered for the period from April 1 2019 through to March 31 2020.

Along with almost every other local authority, Cheshire East is facing a particularly challenging financial position with the reduction of central government funding to balance the position for the next three years.

The council is inviting the opinions and views from residents, businesses, councillors, staff, town and parish councils, local community groups and other stakeholders. The feedback received will be used to inform the budget setting process.

To have your say, please go to: cheshireeast.gov.uk/budget

The consultation runs until 14 December and findings will be considered before the final budget is agreed by full council on 21 February 2019.

High Speed Two (HS2) Limited are holding two consultations between 11 October and 21 December 2018, on the working drafts of the Environmental Statement and the Equality Impact Assessment Report.

To back these up, they are holding a series of information events around the county ans setting up a number of information points.

Further details are contained in this document.

Do you have an unwanted winter coat or pair of winter boots?  If so, the Lighthouse Centre knows someone who could make good use of them: call Lisa on 07817 958 202 or see the contact details on the image below.

Cheshire Police have supplied us with a picture (below) of markings that burglars sometimes make outside properties they've visited.  Please take note!

burglars' markings on properties

Cheshire East Council encourages you to “Know Your Numbers” and has arranged a number of sessions for free blood-pressure tests throughout the area.

The nearest for us are at Ruby's Fund, Roe Street, CW12 1PG between 9 am and 12 noon on 10 September, and at Bromley Farm Wellbeing Hub, Parnell
Square, CW12 3EQ between 12 noon and 3 pm on 11 September.

The new Millennium bench in situ

In January's icy weather, both ‘Millennium’ benches on the A34 opposite Astbury village green were damaged — one beyond repair — and the telephone box lost a pane of glass.

The phone box's lost glass had already been replaced and the less-damaged bench repaired (by E Beech Joinery) and on Tuesday the replacement for the second bench (by Brown's Furniture).  These two local companies have made excellent work of restoring the benches to their former glory.

Cheshire East Highways have informed us of a couple of temporary road closures:

  • Dodds Lane is currently closed to through traffic between its junctions with Peel Lane and Mow Lane for surface patching.  Work is expected to finish today (9 August); meanwhile, the suggested diversion is via Peel Lane and Mow Lane, which is a bit awkward, as...
  • Peel Lane is currently closed to through traffic between its junctions with Dodds Lane and Mow Lane for surface patching.  Work is expected to finish today (9 August); meanwhile, the suggested diversion is via Moss Road, Canal Road, Bunts Lane, Canal Street, Albert Place, High Street, Market Street, Mountbatten Way, Rood Hill, Clayton Bypass, Clayton-by-pass Roundabout, West Road Roundabout, West Road, Newcastle Road Roundabout, Newcastle Road, The Village
  • Childs Lane will be closed to through traffic on 23 October 2018 between its junction with Brownlow Heath Lane to outside Brownlow Farm for tree cutting works by Scottish Power.  The suggested diversion is via Wallhill Lane, Sandbach Road, Padgbury Lane, Newcastle Road, Childs Lane

In recent weeks Cheshire Police has experienced high periods of demand on the 101 service which means that people have been waiting longer than normal during peak times.

This is a national issue that many other forces are also experiencing but fortunately the picture has improved in Cheshire.

There were a number of reasons behind the increase in demand including the unexpected and prolonged hot weather, repeat calls and the public’s understanding about when to ring 101.

A lot of the demand is being driven by the public requesting information or asking for help with issues that the police do not actually deal with such as noise nuisance, dog fouling and fly tipping and these can be addressed by other agencies — including local authorities and housing associations.

It is important for people to know that when they do need to speak to the police about a non-emergency issue there are better ways of getting in touch without having to pick up the phone.

Although the situation has improved we would like to highlight the range of options that are available which may provide a quicker and more efficient service than calling 101 — see our new Contacting Cheshire Police web page.