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A message from John Dwyer, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire:

Following the publication of my Police and Crime Plan last week, I’m delighted to be launching my Autumn Survey.

This is a chance for residents across Cheshire to tell me about what’s happening in their communities, their experience with the police, and how they view their police service in general.

Starting today, the survey is being posted out to every household in Cheshire and it’s also available to complete online at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/5P75ZBS

I’m carrying out this in-depth survey because as Police & Crime Commissioner I control a budget of over £240 million, I set the policing element of residents’ council tax (police precept), and I set out the public’s policing and crime priorities for the Chief Constable to deliver in order to keep our communities safe.

This is a big role. It’s important that residents understand what their Commissioner does and that they have a big say in how policing is delivered in their communities.

In the survey, I am also asking people for their views on the police budget. Over 40% of Cheshire Police’s budget comes from the police precept and we’ve estimated that a small rise will be necessary to keep the police at a standstill.

But I want to know whether residents would be happy with this, or whether they feel our police service needs more in order to deliver on their priorities.

For example, every extra 5p per week paid through the police precept above this standstill would raise an extra £1 million. That would mean with every extra 5p per week Cheshire Police could provide:

  • 5p per week: 18 Officers, or 22 Intelligence Analysts, or 25 Call Operators
  • 10p per week: 36 Officers, or 44 Intelligence Analysts, or 50 Call Operators
  • 15p per week: 54 Officers, or 66 Intelligence Analysts, or 75 Call Operators
  • 20p per week: 73 Officers, or 89 Intelligence Analysts, or 100 Call Operators

The feedback I receive here will inform my police precept proposals which I will take to the public early next year.

These are big decisions, and my Autumn Survey is designed to give every resident an equal opportunity to have a big say in how our police service protects them.

I’d be grateful if you could share this survey throughout your networks – I want as many people as possible to have their say, so that the Chief Constable and I can protect our communities and deliver on the public’s priorities set out in the Police and Crime Plan.

If you’d like a hard copy of the survey, please email pcc@cheshire.police.uk

Yours sincerely
John Dwyer

COVID Update

Case rates across the country are very high, more so in Cheshire East, Staffordshire and the North West.
We need to continue with the precautions we have been taking and we urge everyone to wear a face covering when in shops, offices, or any space where there are large groups of people,  Go to the Cheshire East Council website to find out about testing centres around the borough.

Vaccination programme

Cheshire CCG has provided the following resource to help everyone find the information they need to access vaccinations when they are eligible. COVID-19 Vaccination Programme – What You Need to Know - Cheshire CCG

Anti-vaccination protests

Unfortunately, the COVID-19 vaccination programme has attracted a minority group of anti-vaccination protestors.
Our health partner, Wirral Health and Community Care Trust, has a hotline for reporting anti-vaxx activity. Call: 0300 123 4607 or email: wcnt.immunication@nhs.net

Healthwatch across Cheshire East

A reminder that Healthwatch Cheshire are taking a Healthwatch van and engagement stands across Cheshire East over a 9-week period up to 19 November 2021. For more information, locations, dates and times, visit the Cheshire Healthwatch website.

Energy Projects Plus is offering eligible  local residents a completely FREE OF CHARGE service called LEAP (Local Energy Advice Partnership). LEAP can help you to save money and keep your home warm and cosy.

The Save Energy Advice Line 0800 043 0151 provides free, impartial and expert advice on how you can save money and stay warm in your home.

Funding is available in Merseyside & Cheshire this winter for qualifying households with high heating costs and a broken gas boiler. Eligibility criteria apply.

To download leaflets click on the links above or for more information click HERE

If you are interested in development regarding land-use in the countryside then CPRE, the countryside charity, invite you to meet them at their presentation on “Tackling Climate Change in the Countryside” in the Sustainability Event at Chester Cathedral on Saturday 6 November 2021.

Image linking to poster for COP26 eventThe event is kindly hosted by Chester Cathedral with the Chester Sustainability Forum.

It will be in the cloisters and the chapter house between 9am and 5.00pm, with displays, information, activities and discussions from many of the members including ourselves.

Recognising the Climate Crisis and Climate Emergency Declarations, in January 2020 CPRE published four major policy documents covering “Building and Planning”, “Energy”, “Transport” and fourthly “Land Use, Forestry and Farming”, which is most closely related to our main role as “The Countryside Charity”. Their presentation entitled, “Tackling Climate Change in the Countryside” is all about the policies in this fourth document.

They hope that you will come to talk with them and find it interesting, encouraging, challenging, cooperative and helpful, as we work to improve sustainability and its correlated actions on climate change.

Cheshire East Highways will now be carrying out investigation works on Primitive Street from Monday 4 October to Friday 8 October.

The road will be closed between its junction with Woodcock Lane and just east of Biddulph Transport. Pedestrian access to any premises situated within the temporary closure will be maintained at all times. Cyclists will be required to dismount in order for access to maintained. Vehicular access will be maintained for emergency vehicles and residents where possible.

The alternative route will be via Woodcock Lane, High Street, Top Station Road and Primitive Street.

See https://one.network/?GBTMI21132845 for more details.

Join us to plant daffodil bulbs around the parishes on Saturday, 23 October (note the change of date)! We're acquiring a big sack of bulbs that should add more spring colour next year and into the future.

Watch this pace for more details of times and places, or contact Councillor Phill Critchlow by email at phill.critchlow@astbury-parish.org.uk or phone 01260 272 174.