Cheshire Independent Issue 133

MAY 2019 2 Follow us on Facebook: Cheshire Independent 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 2019. 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 john@in epend Classified Sales: JAYNEMEADOWCROFT 01204 478812 MACCLESFIELD MP DavidRutley and his Hazel Grove counterpart Will Wragg are joining forces to take action against road congestion on the A6. They met to discuss actions to help address problems fac- ing people living in Disley village in Cheshire East and High Lane village in Stock- port. It follows concerns over increased traffic and conges- tion following the opening of the A555Manchester Airport Relief Road. TheMPs say Dis- ley and High Lane are expe- riencing “significantly higher” levels of traffic on the A6 and on local roads than before the opening of the A555. People have raised con- cerns about the congestion, particularly acute during the morning and evening commutes, and their strong concerns about the impact of increased vehicle movements on air quality. Air quality is already a challenge and concern in Dis- ley, which is an Air Quality Management Area and along the A6 corridor. The MPs to follow up on agreed actions with Cheshire East and Stockport Councils, calling for effective and regu- lar monitoring of air quality and traffic counts, and reviews of traffic light sequencing at key junctions. Mr Rutley also said he would continue to work with local elected councillors in Disley, in support of plans and funding for further mit- igation measures. Mr Wragg said: “Residents in High Lane have been afflicted by conges- tion and poor air quality for many years. “There are steps that the councils can take to improve the situation and we are keen to work with all agencies to find a solution to this.” Mr Rutley added: “Res- idents in Disley village continue to experience signif- icantly increased traffic lev- els, with clear concerns about air quality. “It is vital that local councils take steps to more effectively monitor these concerns, so that the appropriate actions can be taken. “I will continue to work with Disley Parish Council, Cheshire East Council and local MPs, to help to find solu- tions to the current concerns of local residents.” A PROGRAMME to eradicate rough sleeping in Cheshire East has received awelcome fundingboost. The council appointed a rough sleeping coordinator, along with an outreach team, and has made beds available inMacclesfieldandCrewe to encourage rough sleepers to come off the streets. A further £388,303 has been made available to the council through the government’s rough sleeping initia- tive, toenableCheshireEast’s housing team to continue its work with rough sleepers and offer short-term shel- tered accommodation, avoiding the need to sleep indoorways andparks. The funding will also enable out- reach workers, already engaged with people who are rough sleeping, to source both emergency and longer- termaccommodation. TheservicewaslaunchedinOctober last year and so far 104 people have been assisted by the Cheshire East Council teamworking with the YMCA in Crewe, voluntary and faith groups, community organisations and hous- ingproviders. The council’s rough sleeping pro- gramme also works as a support programme for the homeless in need of long-termhelp and advice. It also seeks to bring stability to the lives of people who have been living on the streets, guiding them towards settled accommodation and enabling themtomove forward. Karen Carsberg, the council’s head of housing, said:“Thankfully, we have a low number of people sleeping rough in the borough – but one per- son sleeping on the streets is still one toomany. “Homelessness is an issue that we are determined to deal with in the most positive and sensitiveway. “We are eager to tackle the harm- ful effects of homelessness, such as the impact on family life and children, the potential harm to an individu- al’s physical and mental health, their self-esteem, confidence and loss of employment. “A number of factors can contrib- ute to homelessness. However, we are pleased that the measures we have in place are leading to more cases of successful prevention, with a year- on-year rise in numbers of people avoidinghomelessness.” MACCL E SF I ELD College has been con- firmed as the overall best performing FE institution in Chesh- ire and Warrington, according the latest National Achievement Rate tables. Principal and chief executive Rachel Kay welcomed the findings which show the college is the best-performing FE institution for ‘overall education and training’ across all age groups, as well as being the clear regional leader in the 16-to-18 category. She said: “The new- ly-published DfENational Achievement Rate tables make for particularly satisfying reading for everyone connected with Macclesfield College. Action call on A6 congestion fears College tops the table In brief . . . SUSO, the organisation in Macclesfield run with and for adults with learning disabilities, has been successful in securing £127, 922 of continuation funding from Big Lottery’s Community Fund. It is the group’s third award from the fund. O YE, O ye! At Treacle Market on Sunday April 28, Macclesfield will host the town’s inaugural Town Crier competition. Visiting Town Crier’s from far and wide will be dressed in their finery, ready to compete for prizes. THE Wilmslow office of Carefound Home Care has delivered more than 50 Easter gifts to local older people and their carers. Cash aid for rough sleeping “We take our responsibil- ities as an FE, HE and skills training provider extremely seriously and, through our on-going work, we give access to high quality learning to each and every student.” She added: “We are con- tinuing to change and transform lives through- out the community we serve, by being fully com- mitted to our overarching mission of empowerment through learning.” CLEANING SUPERVISOR THE KINGSWAY SCHOOL Orian are seeking an enthusiastic individual to join their efficient cleaning team at the Kingsway School, Stockport. The Cleaning Supervisor will have responsibility for overseeing the daily cleans on-site and ensuring that standards are maintained. Details regarding the position can be found below, for further information, please contact Amie Pearson at: or call 08454 707010. Location: Kingsway School, Stockport SK8 4QX Post: Cleaning Supervisor Salary: £9.50 Per Hour Hours: 25 Hours Per Week Working Pattern: Monday-Friday, 3.00pm-8.00pm