MACCLESFIELD • TYTHERINGTON • BOLLINGTON ALDERLEY EDGE • PRESTBURY • WILMSLOW • HANDFORTH • POYNTON • BRAMHALL • DISLEY • ALSAGER • BIDDULPH • CONGLETON • SANDBACH ISSUE 126 FREE CHESHIRE FOLLOW US ON TWITTER: @CheshireIndy FREE YOUR LOCAL GOOD NEWS-PAPER Independent Let us help. With great advice, home style, measure and planning service, plus quality fitting of top brands and designs. You will be glad you did. Visit our showroom: Tuesday to Saturday Thornycroft Farm | Pexhill Road | Siddington | Cheshire | SK11 9JN | T: 01260 224445 Flooring & Carpets Alternative Flooring, Bronte, Brintons, Ulster, Jacaranda, Cormar, Adam, Axminster, Telenzo Carpets, Crucial Trading, JAB, Ted Todd and more…. Modern & Traditional Carpets Natural Wood Flooring Laminate Flooring Stair Runners & Rods Luxury Vinyl Tiles Bespoke Rugs & Runners WIN SEE PAGE 8 DINNER FOR EIGHT AT THE A BILLION WELCOMES! Tourism bonanza set to boost our economy CHESHIREEast landmarks and attractions have helped push tourism figures to a record high. Tourists continue to flock to the area and visitor rates are soon set to top £1billion a year, according to the latest official figures. Continuing investment in the bor- ough’s heritage attractions at Tat- ton Park, Quarry Bank Mill and Jodrell Bank will lead to the pre- dicted boost in numbers, according to tourism chiefs. Almost 16 million visitors passed through the borough in 2016/17, with festivals and dozens of other events and attractions continuing to boost the area’s popularity. Landmarks such as Tatton Park and Jodrell Bank have contributed to the record figures alongside events such as the RHS Flower Show. Notable there was a strong increase in staying visitors, the value of which increased by 6.3 per cent to £241m. Cheshire East’s visitor economy has increased by 3.2 per cent on the previous year’s figures – placing the total value of hospitality and visitor revenue at £921m. It means it is on target to reach £1 billion by 2020. Employment in the borough’s vis- itor economy also continues to rise, with a further increase in full time equivalents to 11,557. Council leader Rachel Bailey said: “We are fortunate to be ideally posi- tioned for a great day visit as well as for visitors from all over the country, and abroad, staying with us. “We are delighted that more people are discovering what the borough has to offer. Some visitors come for the shows – Nantwich, Royal Chesh- ire, the RHS Flower Show – or con- certs, including Rewind and Blue Dot festivals. “Other visitors came to see our great historic places of interest, our breath-taking countryside, or to explore our canals and rivers. Many choose to stay overnight in our qual- ity hotels and bed and breakfasts, which are good value.” In addition, horticultural shows, heritage and antiques markets, clas- sic car shows and farmers’ markets have all proved popular. Detailed analysis of the latest fig- ures shows a 69.3 per cent increase in the value of the visitor economy to Cheshire East since the borough came into being in 2009. Overnight stays in 2017 injected £200m into the hotel industry – an increase of 6.6 per cent on the pre- vious year. The area can also boast Green Flag status for eight of its glorious parks including Bollington Recreation Ground; Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve; Congleton Park, Sandbach Park; Tatton Park and Tegg’s Nose Country Park. Landmark: Jodrell Bank observatory and inset: Stunning parkland at Tatton Park JUST OPENED IN TYTHERINGTON A new and unique experience! Highly qualified Hair Stylists experienced in all aspects of top quality hair care Luxury Hair Extensions and colour techniques Blow Dry Bar – Free Parking – Choice of complementary drinks For more information turn to page 23 EST SINCE 2006