THURSDAY, 1st MARCH, 2018.
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High Street road closure for gas work
Further road closures are scheduled to take place in the centre of Congleton for the replacements of centuryold gas pipes.
A section of High Street, and Market Square, will be closed to road users when gas maintenance work outside the town hall begins on Friday, 30th March.
The works, which will be carried out by gas company
Cadent, are scheduled to be completed by Friday, 13th April.
High Street will be closed from number 21, the old Britannia Bank, to the junction of Kinsey Street.
Market Square, which leads on from Market Street to the back of the town hall, will also be closed.
A spokesman for Cadent said: “It’s essential work that we have got to do.
“What we are doing is a rolling, big plan of work across the country to replace old metal gas pipes.
“Some of the gas pipes that we will be working on have been there for over 100 years and our job is to make sure that gas gets to people’s houses safe. It is not an individual job. It is part of a whole programme of work and it is time for this section in High Street.”
He added: “We are talking about working on 50 metres of piping under the surface of the road. • —Turn to page 22.
Putting one foot in front of the other for charity on Sunday were Thomas, (7), Michael, (10), and Martha Wood, (5), from Congleton, who took part in the Knyp Pool fun run. For more pictures to page 29. (“Chronicle” photo. 922/18).
‘Lack of transparency’ over centre’s closure
Cheshire East council has been taken to task over the “complete vacuity of information” given to users, carers and families who will be affected by the closure of a local care centre.
It was decided on Thursday that, as part of its 2018/21 budget, Mountview Day Care Centre on Melton Drive, Congleton will be closed as part of efforts to save £20m.
Suzy Firkin, who has been campaigning to ensure that there are alternatives in place for users of the day care centre, stated that closing the centre and the lack of transparency from the council over the matter was “akin to burning down your house before deciding where to move to”.
The approved budget also includes a 5.99% increase in council tax, the highest possible amount that can be implemented without a referendum.
Lincoln House, a care centre in Crewe, will also close as part of the approved budget. • —Turn to page 22.
Council tax rises
Households in east Cheshire will face a hike in their council tax bills after councillors voted to approve the budget on Thursday.
Rates will increase by 5.99% across the borough. Residents will see the bill for council tax band D properties rising from £1,324.92 to £1,404.28, or an additional £1.53 a week.
Speaking before the vote on the budget, which sets out Cheshire
East Council’s expenditure for the next fi nancial year, opposition councillors raised concerns about the impact on residents.
Defending the budget, Conservative councillor Paul Bates, who represents Congleton West, stated that government cuts and increasing costs had left the authority “between a rock and a hard place”. • —Turn to page 22.