DECEMBER 2018 2 Independent CHESHIRE No part of this publication may be used or reproduced without the express permission of the publisher. Every effort is made to ensure that the articles and advertisements that are carried are authentic, however the publisher of the Cheshire Independent accepts no responsibility for claims made. Investors in Publishing Ltd 2018. Cheshire Independent is published monthly by Investors in Publishing. Publishing House, 3 Bridgebank Industrial Estate, Taylor Street, Horwich, Bolton BL6 7PD. Tel. 01204 478812 Fax. 01204 667345. SalesDirector: ROBINATKINS 01625 501675 Editor: JOHNPATRICK Classified Sales: JAYNEMEADOWCROFT 01204 478812 COMMUNITY groups from across Cheshire East are set to benefit from a £2m pot of funding over the next two years – thanks to the New Homes Bonus Community Fund. The fund is open to not- for-profit organisations, including town and parish councils as well as voluntary, community and faith groups in Congleton, Macclesfield, Poynton and Wilmslow among other areas. The scheme is designed to achieve positive bene- fits based on locally-identi- fied needs. The priorities for each of the areas have been set by seven geographical award groups, made up of elected members and a representa- tive from the town and par- ish councils. Cheshire East Council’s cabinet approved a £2m New Homes Bonus (NHB) fund to assist communities where new housing developments have been built between 2011 and 2017. Each group can bid for a minimum of £10,000. Paul Bates, council port- folio holder for finance and communications, said: “This £2m fund is great news for the people of Cheshire East – seven areas are set to benefit considerably to the total tune of £2m over two years. “The fund will make it possible for local councils and the voluntary, commu- nity and faith sectors to apply for projects that can make a lasting difference to their community.” The Community and Vol- untary Services (CVS) has been working in partnership with Cheshire East Council on the New Homes Bonus and is offering free funding support to all organisations wishing to bid to the first round of this fund. For fur- ther information please visit the CVS website www.cvsce. CONSULTATIONhas begun onAlderley Edge’s emerging Neigbourhood Plan with people and local businesses urged tohave their say. The plan has been produced by a group of volunteers and is the result of twoeyars’swork.Thegrouphasspenta lot of time assessing the results of pre- vious consultations and surveys and taken account Cheshire East’s emerg- ing Local Plan.The result is suggested policies covering five areas of village life: housing, the local economy, the villagecentre, character and landscape and transport and infrastructure. The plan will be used by Cheshire East Council to decide whether or not to approve future planning applica- tions in Alderley Edge. The full report canbe readwww.AlderleyNP.comor in the library and Festival Hall. At this stage the proposals are not highly detailed. That will come at the nextstage.Thegroupwilltakeallviews into account and draw up the final Alderley Edge Neighbourhood Plan document after the six week consulta- tionwhich ends in earlyDecember. LOLLIPOP lady Pam Pearson has collected her British Empire Medal – awarded in recognition of her 40 years help- ing children get to school safely. She received the hon- our in the Queen’s Birth- day Honours in June and was presented with her medal by the Lord Lieu- tenant of Cheshire at an investiture ceremony at Tatton Park. Now aged nearly 80, Pam still continues her crossing patrol duties for young children attending Parkroyal Community School in Macclesfield. She has been their regular lollipop lady for nearly 35 years and says she loves every minute of it. Even on bitterly cold mornings in winter, the grandmother of four is stopping traffic on Bond Street, and is back there again in the afternoon. She said: “We have a lot of protective clothing to wear, which is good in the winter but in the summer it does get a bit hot. The drivers are usually very good but the boys on bikes sometimes ignore me. “I was encouraged to take it up by a police- man neighbour of mine. That was more than 40 years ago. “Receiving the medal from the Lord Lieuten- ant was wonderful. The whole thing was just out of this world.” Parkroyal head Caroline Beau- mont, pictured here with Pam at the ceremony, said: “I would like to extend a huge Parkroyal thank you to Pam for the invaluable services she has `provided to our fam- ilies over the years.” The British Empire Medal was introduced by King George V in 1917 and was awarded to peo- ple who had contributed outstanding services during the war effort. It was reintroduced as part of the Queen’s birthday celebrations in 2012. MACCLESFIELD’S countdown to Christmas was getting underway with its big annual lights switch on. Local bands were providing stage entertainment and there were also Christmas market stalls, a craft fair and a chance to visit Father Christmas in his Town Hall grotto. Victorian carol singers to get peo- ple in the festive mood, a big parade and firework display were also on the programme. Pam honoured for 40 years of safe crossing Having your say on development The countdown is on £2m in grants up for grabs In brief . . . GATLEY United Reformed Church held a successful Christmas Fair. Visitors to the Elm Road church enjoyed a variety of stalls and the chance to meet Father Christmas. WORK on a new housing development in Handforth is now underway. Plans for the 13 homes on disused land on Wilmslow Road were approved in 2011. Housebuilder Elan says it is now set to launch the scheme. CHESHIRE East Council has taken a robust stance on anti- Semitism. The authority’s cabinet has adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) Working Definition of Anti- Semitism. tiffin kitchen Indian Street Food Restaurant and Gin Bar Formerly The Mint Restaurant NOWUNDER NEWOWNERSHIP Multi AwardWinning Chef Fabulous new menu including dishes that we eat at home,tantalising and unique to this area. 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