MP calls on Rail Minister to improve Alsager rail services

Alsager-railway-stationJPG low resAlsager MP Fiona Bruce spoke in a debate on ‘Rail Services in North Stafordshire’ calling for better rail services in Alsager.

Mrs Bruce pointed out that there were a number of issues concerned residents had raised, she said, “Earlier this month, I held a surgery late one evening at Congleton station. I was impressed, though not entirely surprised, that no less than 30 to 40 residents came along on a dark wintry evening. I know from my postbag that there are considerable concerns in my constituency about train services. [Read more…]

Alsager road works could cause disruption for drivers

Linley Lane temp lights feb 2019 low resWorks have started (7th January) to install a new roundabout on Linley Lane as part of the development of  the old Twyfords factory.

Traffic control will be in operation with temporary traffic lights (two-way signals) while the work on forming a new roundabout on A5011 Linley Lane between the junction with Crewe Road and the Railway Bridge takes place.

Drivers are warned that the temporary traffic control systems are expected to cause some disruption to traffic in the area and to take this into account when planning their journey.

The works are expected to take around 7 weeks and are due to be completed by the 1st March 2019.

Alsager Community Theatre – Can’t Pay – Won’t Pay

can't pay won't payIn March ACT will be bringing to the stage the outrageous and rarely performed comedy Can’t Pay?, Won’t Pay! written by Dario Fo, translated by Lino Pertile and adapted by Bill Colvill and Robert Walker.

Written in the crisis-hit atmosphere of 1970s Italy, this hilarious and critically acclaimed farce centres on direct action by housewives against inflationary supermarket prices and struggles with their Communist trade unionist husbands who face unemployment and worse! [Read more…]

World Day of Prayer

world day of prayer 2019World Day of Prayer

(A women led, global, ecumenical movement)

Everyone – men, women and children of all ages are invited to join this annual World Day of Prayer, Wesley Place, Alsager, Friday 1st March 7.30pm organised by our local Alsager churches. [Read more…]

Cheshire East Council is to consult on proposals to increase parking charges

A Pay and Display Parking Sign.

A Pay and Display Parking Sign.

Cheshire East Council is to consult on proposals to increase parking charges across the borough from March 2019.

The proposals aim to ensure that the income generated from car parks makes the best use of the council-owned assets, and therefore benefits the taxpayers of Cheshire East. They include: [Read more…]

Council to introduce new wheelie bin delivery charges

Wheelie binsCheshire East Council has announced it is to introduce a charge for the supply of new and replacement waste and recycling bins.

The charge for the supply of new and replacement standard 240-litre household bins will be £30 each for recycling, black residual and garden waste bin and £25 for a smaller-sized 140-litre residual, recycling and garden bin.

A 25 per cent concessionary rate will apply to residents on qualifying benefits, while any bins broken during the collection process will be replaced free of charge.

In the first instance of a bin being lost or stolen, a replacement will be provided free of charge but, if this recurs within three years, a charge will be made. [Read more…]

Funds needed to ease school run traffic chaos

Newpool 3 low resA church next to Knypersley First School have agreed to their car park being used to help ease school run traffic chaos but need £10,000 in order to do so.

Every morning and afternoon Newpool Road, Tunstall Road and Meadowside get dangerously congested and chaotic while parents drop off or collect children as the school has no parking for parents. The Life Stream Church in Newpool Road adjacent to the school has a large car park and have agreed to let the school have a key to open it to be used by parents during the busy school runs but the church have been informed by their insurers that they need to improve the standard of the car park surface before allowing this to happen. [Read more…]

Cabinet approves support to reopen Kidsgrove Sports Centre

Sports Centre dec reducedPlans to reopen part of Kidsgrove sports centre under a community management model have taken another positive step forward.

The Council’s Cabinet have agreed to make a one-off capital contribution of £300,000 towards a significant refurbishment programme that includes improvements to dated “dry side” facilities at the sports centre.

The Borough Council and Staffordshire County Council are working with Kidsgrove Sports Centre Community Group, a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), to develop viable proposals for volunteers to reopen the sports centre. Both councils signed a Memorandum of Understanding in February this year agreeing to work together to support the group in their goal until aspirations to replace the building with a new leisure centre in the long-term are achieved.

The draft refurbishment plans, involving an initial budget of £700,000, feature improvements to the reception, gym, aerobics studio, changing rooms and a new sports hall roof. The sports centre, managed by the borough council, closed in June 2017 when the joint use agreement for its management came to an end. [Read more…]

Recycling review could be costly for gardeners

Brown Bin low resFollowing a review of the current recycling services the council are considering implementing a new twin stream service for kerbside recycling, and to bring in charges for garden waste.

A public consultation was carried out by the Borough Council following a series of issues and problems including large numbers of missed collections. It revealed that 58 per cent were not happy with the current service. Most who responded are happy with the frequency of collections but least satisfied with the type and range of containers. There was also a preference to use wheelie bins for recycling. [Read more…]

Biddulph Moor Bonfire & Fireworks Spectacular

bonfireThe Biddulph Moor Bonfire & Fireworks Committee with representatives from the community including Biddulph Moor Village Hall, the Parents Association of Moor First School, Oasis Church and Biddulph Moor Scout group, are once again, holding their Bonfire & Fireworks Spectacular.

The event will take place on Saturday 3rd November at Biddulph Moor Village Hall on Hot Lane, Biddulph Moor and gates will open at 6:00pm. [Read more…]