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  • Lostock Incinerator Approved

    The Guardian reports that the Secretary of State for Energy has approved the incinerator plant in Northwich, the plant that George Osborne signed the petition against...

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  • Loachbrook Farm

    Loachbrook Farm The Labour Group on Cheshire East Council supports the decision to take legal action over the planning inspectorate’s decision to allow 200 new homes to be built on the outskirts of Congleton. The Loachbrook Farm site is high quality agricultural land and it is not within walking distance of local facilities. In fact the site meets only 3 out of the 15 accessibility criteria set out in the North West Development...

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  • Troubled Youth

    Support for Troubled Youth The Labour Group fully supports extra help to support youngsters in difficulty to prevent them getting into trouble and being taken into care. Although Multi-Systemic Therapy (MST) is being promoted as 'pioneering' the approach/principle has been around for many years and was always fundamental in social work training. All professionals working with children and their families consider the Systems in which that child is living. The Labour...

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  • Junction 17

    Government Funding has been obtained for the improvements to Junction 17 with a roundabout on the Sandbach side and traffic lights on the Congleton side. To be built in 2014....

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  • Police Cuts

    FRONTLINE POLICING BEING HIT HARD IN CHESHIRE - Nearly 100 frontline police officers have already been cut New research by the Labour Party shows that nearly 100 frontline police officers – working in neighbourhoods, 999, response and traffic - in Cheshire have already been cut. Analysis by the House of Commons library for the Labour Party has shown that frontline officer numbers have reduced by 94 already. John Stockton, Labour's Candidate for Police & Crime Commissioner, has pledged to...

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  • Problems with Car Parking Charges

    CAR PARKING CHARGES When car parking charges were introduced Labour predicted that the use of council car parks would reduce, but the Conservatives pushed ahead anyway. Latest figures prove that the Conservatives got it wrong. The council’s own financial report says, “The Car Parking Service is forecasting an adverse income variance of £529,000, due to continuing economic recessionary pressures and low customer demand. This is potentially an ongoing pressure that will carry into 2013/2014.”...

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  • Contractors in Cheshire East

    Labour Helps Council Save Money The BBC revealed that Cheshire East Council spent £3M on temps in 2009/10 and £2.6M on temps in the first 6 months of 2010/11. The figure for the full year of 2010/11 was discussed at a meeting with press and public excluded and so is confidential, but the figure for 2011/12 can now be revealed as £6.8M. These outrageously high figures for agency workers show that the council cut...

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  • Congleton East Election

    The Congleton East by-election on August 30th for Congleton Town Council was won by the Conservative candidate with 614 votes. Labour's candidate, Robert Boston, was second with 533 votes, with UKIP third and the LibDems last....

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  • Special Constables can't offset cuts in police numbers

    Special Constables should not be seen as replacement for full time police officers John Stockton, Labour’s Cheshire PCC candidate, is calling for the Government to change course and implement a proper plan to cut crime, not police. Police officer numbers in Cheshire have fallen to their lowest level for nearly a decade; we’ve lost 144 since March 2010 and we will have lost nearly 250 by 2015. Now John Stockton is warning that, as Government cuts bite,...

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  • Police Numbers Plummet in Cheshire

    John Stockton calls for plan to cut crime, not police. ALARMING new figures show police numbers have fallen to their lowest for nearly a decade across England and Wales; including the loss of 144 officers in Cheshire since March 2010. John Stockton, Labour’s Cheshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) candidate, is calling for the Government to change course and implement a proper plan to cut crime, not just police officers. The figures show that there...

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  • Crewe & Nantwich Select PPC

    Crewe and Nantwich Labour Party has selected Dr. Adrian Heald as its prospective parliamentary candidate. Dr Heald currently works as a consultant at Macclesfield and Leighton Hospitals....

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  • M6 Junction 17

    A bid has been put in for government ‘pinch point’ funding for improvements to junction 17. The government will announce in the autumn whether the bid is successful and then improvements could be implemented by 2014. The plans envisage traffic lights at the end of the south bound slip road (on the Holmes Chapel side of the junction) and a roundabout at the end of the north bound slip road (on the Sandbach side...

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  • Middlewich Incinerator Latest

    Just become clear that Covanta's appeal against refusal of planning permission for its incinerator in Middlewich has been refused by the Secretary of State....

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  • Domestic Violence Campaign

    From detection to protection: John Stockton & Kate Green launch campaign to close the domestic violence intervention gap LABOUR’S policy review 'from detection to prevention' is being launched today (Tuesday 17th July 2012). Two women every week are killed at the hands of their abuser in England and Wales. Latest statistics show one in five 999 calls are about domestic violence. The new campaign - being rolled out across the North West - aims...

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  • Cheshire Roads

    Road RepairsThe state of the roads in Cheshire East is bad and getting worse. Labourcouncillors have been raising concerns within the council and have heldmeetings with Conservative councillors and Cheshire East Council officers onthis matter. The Labour group supports Cheshire East Council in its lobbying of thegovernment for more funding for road repairs. However, the decisions overhow this money is to be allocated must be transparent and fair. Concern hasbeen raised that preferential treatment is...

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  • Lyme Green Latest

    Lyme Green Investigation to Include Councillors The council’s own internal audit team has concluded that the council started work on a waste transfer station at Lyme Green before obtaining planning permission, has spent over £800,000 on the site so far and has repeatedly broken its own and EU procurement rules. However, the initial investigation covered only the actions of employees and did not cover the actions of councillors. The Labour Group is pleased that it...

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  • Police Commissioner Candidate

    John Stockton selected as Labour's candidate for Cheshire PCC LABOUR’S new Cheshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) candidate has pledged his key priority will be to ‘cut Cheshire’s crime, not police’. John Stockton has been selected to stand as Labour's candidate for the election this November to become Cheshire’s first PCC. The election takes place on November 15. John has pledged to stand up for communities against the Government’s 20 per cent cuts to policing and the loss...

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  • Congleton Youth Jobs

    Local young people are crying out for action on jobs Young people in Congleton Constituency are crying out for action on jobs. The number of young people out of work for a year in our area is up 800% in the last year. Across the country it has quadrupled, so the increase in Congleton Constituency is twice the national average. Yet still complacent ministers are refusing to bring in a plan for jobs and growth....

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