Work to begin on A49 Acton Swing Bridge: 23 January 2017

Acton swing bridge. A49 between Acton Bridge and Bartington

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Work to begin on Acton Swing Bridge, between Acton Bridge and Bartington, near Northwich

£1.5 million deck repairs to Acton Swing Bridge near Northwich will begin on 23 January 2017.

The work has been arranged by the Canal & River Trust and is being funded by Cheshire West and Chester Council. Contractors, Kier, will carry out the repairs, which are expected to be complete by July 2017.

The 84-year old bridge carries the A49 over the River Weaver.

The works will deliver a fully refurbished bridge deck, including strengthening works to the underside of the bridge as well as improvements to the bridge appearance.

During the works, the towpath underneath the bridge and the pedestrian walkway over the bridge will remain open as far as is reasonably practicable.

While the works take place the traffic over the bridge will be restricted to one lane which will be operated by traffic lights.

A height restriction up to 2.5m for boats will also be in place underneath the bridge between 23 January 2017 and 31 March 2017 and the bridge will not be able to swing during these times.

Full CWC Press Release

Merry Christmas from your local Councillors

Xmas Holly

Cllrs Charles Fifield, Harry Tonge and Paul Williams would like to wish all the residents of Weaver and Cuddington Ward a Merry Christmas.

For details of Christmas Church Services please contact:

Acton Bridge Methodist Chapel

Acton Bridge. Milton Baptist Church: Milton Rough, Station Road, Acton Bridge

Bartington Methodist Chapel:

Sandiway St John’s (CoE):

Weaverham St Mary’s (CoE):

Weaverham St Bede’s (RC):

Weaverham Storehouse Church:

We would also like to remind everyone of the Report It services via the Cheshire West & Chester website, which allows residents to report faults, useful at any time of the year but especially so over the Christmas break.

Details of service changes over the holiday period.

Tips for the Cold Weather:

September 2016 Update from your local Councillors in Weaver & Cuddington Ward

TFW 2015

Further details of the proposed roll out of blanket 20 mph speed limits across built up areas, including Weaverham, Cuddington & Sandiway and Acton Bridge have started to appear. Cllr Fifield had it confirmed there would be more community consultation with local residents affected when details of each local scheme are proposed.
The Council has now confirmed, the Borough roll out program, with Weaverham due for consideration in 2017/18 in 2 zones, Weaverham South in the Lime Avenue area and Weaverham North in the Wallerscote Road area.  Cuddington & Sandiway will be considered across 2 years, firstly in 2017/18 for Ash Road and Norley Road areas by the primary schools and secondly in 2019/20 for Denehurst Park Way, Glebe Road and Hadrian Way areas. Acton Bridge will see Cliff Road considered in 2019/20.  The default option of the policy will see the 20 mph limit introduced.
There would be a week long speed limit assessment completed in each area to see if they meet the criteria for a 20mph i.e. (1) mean speeds are currently less than 24mph; and (2) around schools where the mean speed is currently less than 30mph.
If the criteria are met, then local residents affected will receive a letter informing them of the proposal a fortnight before the formal Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) is advertised, giving the public the opportunity to object.
The Council has also started a review on car parking within the borough and there will be a formal consultation later in the year however we will continue to argue strongly against the introduction of car parking charges.

The Council regularly runs a number of Consultations, which we recommend residents CWC Consultations:

We also encourage residents to use the “Report It” service for issues such as pot-holes, dog-fouling, rubbish collection, via the Report It or contact 0300 123 8 123.

If you have any issues you would like to discuss or to enquire on behalf of a group about possible community grants, please contact us.

Cllrs Charles Fifield, Harry Tonge and Paul Williams

School Bus Changes: Update

Following our request that Cheshire West & Chester Council reconsider their decisions regarding the withdrawal of free school transport to Weaverham High School from Cuddington & Sandiway and Acton Bridge, we are disappointed that their original decision still stands.

We believe this is the wrong decision and if parents are taking the matter to Appeal we will assist and attend if they contact us to request it.

We are still corresponding with the School Transport to ensure as much information regarding the potential new commercial service for Cuddington & Sandiway pupils can be confirmed as soon as possible.

For earlier information see November update.

Merry Christmas from your local Councillors

Xmas Holly

Cllrs Charles Fifield, Harry Tonge and Paul Williams would like to wish all the residents of Weaver and Cuddington Ward a Merry Christmas.

For details of Christmas Church Services please contact:

Acton Bridge Methodist Chapel

Acton Bridge. Milton Baptist Church: Milton Rough, Station Road, Acton Bridge

Bartington Methodist Chapel:

Sandiway St John’s (CoE):

Weaverham St Mary’s (CoE):

Weaverham St Bede’s (RC):

Weaverham Storehouse Church:

We would also like to remind everyone of the Report It services via the Cheshire West & Chester website, which allows residents to report faults, useful at any time of the year but especially so over the Christmas break.

Details of service changes over the holiday period.

Tips for the Cold Weather:

School Bus Changes in Cuddington & Sandiway and Acton Bridge

We support the concerns of local residents in their opposition to the changes to the walking route assessment for Weaverham High School pupils from Cuddington & Sandiway and Acton Bridge.

We have asked the Council School Transport department to reconsider these changes, also highlighting 2 specific areas of concern in addition to the main roads themselves, the West Road / Forest Road junction for Cuddington & Sandiway children and the West Road and Station Road junction for Acton Bridge children.

If after this, the Council still will not change it’s mind then we have requested it seriously considers delaying the implementation until September 2016, to minimize the disruption on for the current academic year, especially those in their final year for exams and to also allow time to consider how to reduce the effect of more vehicle movements on the village of Weaverham around the high school itself.

The specific policy which the Council School Transport department has reassessed the routes upon can be found at:

http://www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/idoc.ashx?docid=041abde4-1490-4bc8-848c-84e191d18043&version=-1

Cllrs Charles Fifield, Harry Tonge & Paul Williams

4.11.2015

CWC School Transport page:

http://www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/default.aspx?page=320

Autumn Update from your Local Councillors in Weaver & Cuddington

TFW 2015

Thank you for electing us as your 3 Councillors for Weaver and Cuddington Ward (which comprises Weaverham, Acton Bridge, Bartington, Cuddington, Delamere Park, Dutton and Sandiway) of Cheshire West and Chester Council back in May. 

Weaverham resident Paul Williams, an active member of the Weaverham Trust, and Harry Tonge, a former Delamere Parish Council Chairman, have joined Charles Fifield, from Acton Bridge, your borough Councillor since 2011.

We were pleased to have been able to attend the Cuddington & Sandiway Gala, the Weaverham Rose Fete, the Royal British Legion summer lunch, the Weaverham & Acton Bridge Village Show.  We were very pleased to be able to attend the ceremonial re-opening of the Round Tower in Sandiway at the end of July.

Round Tower Re-opening July 2015

Round Tower Re-opening July 2015

The previous Conservative run administration, froze the Council tax last year and this year as well.  Cheshire West & Chester Council has been investing in Northwich, we are pleased the new Northwich Memorial Court leisure centre opened in May, the Lion Salt Works opened in March and construction is fully under way at Barons Quay.

Thank you for electing us!

Harry, Charles & Paul just after the 2015 result was announced.

Harry, Charles & Paul just after the 2015 result was announced.

Cllrs Charles Fifield, Harry Tonge and Paul Williams would like to thank the people of Weaver and Cuddington ward for electing them as their representatives on Cheshire West and Chester Council in May 2015.  Weaver and Cuddington ward comprises Acton Bridge, Bartington, Cuddington, Delamere Park, Dutton, Sandiway and Weaverham.

We would also like to thank everyone who voted Conservative to elect our 2 Conservative MPs, Graham Evans in Weaver Vale (includes Acton Bridge, Bartington, Dutton and Weaverham) and Antoinette Sandbach in Eddisbury (Cuddington, Delamere Park and Sandiway).

Cllr Charles Fifield, Graham Evans MP, Harry Tonge & Paul Williams in Weaverham

Cllr Charles Fifield, Graham Evans MP, Cllr Harry Tonge & Cllr Paul Williams in Weaverham

Paul Williams, Harry Tonge & Charles Fifield with Eddsibury Parliamentary candidate Antoinette Sandbach

Cllrs Paul Williams, Harry Tonge & Charles Fifield with Antoinette Sandbach MP in Cuddington & Sandiway

Please elect Charles Fifield, Harry Tonge and Paul Williams for Weaver and Cuddington Ward

Charles Fifield will be standing again for election in May, joined by two new running mates, Harry Tonge and Paul Williams.

Charles has lived in Acton Bridge all his life and was first elected to represent Weaver & Cuddington ward in May 2011.

Harry Tonge is a former Chairman of Delamere Parish Council.

Paul Williams lives in Weaverham and is the Treasurer of the Weaverham Trust.

Weaver & Cuddington ward comprises Acton Bridge, Bartington, Cuddington, Delamere Park, Dutton, Sandiway and Weaverham.

Charles, Harry and Paul

Charles, Harry and Paul

3 Positive Reasons to Vote for your 3 Local Conservatives:

(1) Conservatives froze the Council Tax in 2014 and have done so again for 2015: Since Cheshire West & Chester Council was created in 2009 we have saved over £130m from our annual running costs, whilst protecting front-line services and continuing to invest in our schools, adult services and roads.

(2) Conservative run Cheshire West & Chester Council is investing in our town centres, the £80m regeneration of Northwich is underway, the new Memorial Court leisure centre will be open this summer and work has started on the first stage of the Barons Quay shopping & cinema development, due to open in Autumn 2016.

(3) In Weaver & Cuddington ward we have worked and will continue to work with residents, Parish Councils and community groups to find local solutions to local issues such as car parking, recycling & refuse collection. Your Conservative Councillors have used their members budgets to support local projects and initiatives.

Cllr Charles Fifield, Graham Evans MP, Harry Tonge & Paul Williams in Weaverham

Cllr Charles Fifield, Graham Evans, Harry Tonge & Paul Williams in Weaverham

Paul Williams, Harry Tonge & Charles Fifield with Eddsibury Parliamentary candidate Antoinette Sandbach

Paul Williams, Harry Tonge & Charles Fifield with Eddsibury Parliamentary candidate Antoinette Sandbach in Cuddington & Sandiway

Charles Fifield is married to Vickie with 3 young sons and has lived in Acton Bridge all his life. He is a Chartered Surveyor, specializing in commercial property and has worked in Northwich for 20 years. He has been a member of Acton Bridge Community Association since 2005 and has organized the annual raffle for Christ Church Crowton since 2004.
Charles was first elected to Cheshire West & Chester Borough Council in 2011 to represent Weaver & Cuddington ward. He believes our Parish Councils are important to our communities and as such he has always tried to attend their monthly meetings in Acton Bridge, Cuddington & Sandiway, Dutton and Weaverham.  Weaverham and Cuddington & Sandiway Parish Councils meet on the same night so it isn’t always possible to attend both if a major item is up for discussion.   He has also actively supported local initiatives and community groups with his Members Budget as a Local Councillor since 2011.

One initiative Charles is proud to have worked on is the “Grass Verges and Car Parking protocal”, which has recently started to be used in the Cheshire West, a way of resolving long standing issues of car parking problems in residential areas.  Charles is hoping to be able to expand the use of this if re-elected.  He was also pleased to be able to help re-establish the Community Safety Action Trust in Weaverham, encouraging Cheshire West and Chester to work in partnership with the Parish Council, Weaver Vale Housing Trust, PCSO’s and Weaverham High, to find potential solutions to local issues.  During his 4 years as a Councillor, Charles has served a number of roles including as Chairman of the Appeals Committee and Town & City Centres Working Group, he is currently the Chairman of Corporate Scrutiny Committee.

Harry Tonge originally hails from the North East of England. After graduating from University, he moved to Cheshire in 1975, to work for Royal Dutch Shell at the Stanlow refinery in their Human Resources team.
Over the period of his career with Shell (35 years) he had the opportunity to work across a wide variety of increasingly senior jobs and an equally wide variety of locations before retiring in 2010.
He met his wife, Anne, at Stanlow. They have two grown up children, and, in recent times, two grandchildren.
Since retirement Harry has tried to put something back into the community. He is a magistrate on the West Cheshire bench, and works as a volunteer with a Chester-based advice charity. He believes people have to contribute in shaping their local community and this led him to stand and be elected as a parish councillor for Delamere.
He found the experience on the parish council, particularly the time he was chair of the council, very rewarding, especially when it was able to ensure that the wishes of the local community could be brought to bear to influence Cheshire West and Chester decisions affecting the locality. If elected as a Cheshire West and Chester councillor, ensuring that connectivity of council decisions and local wishes would be at the forefront of his objectives.

Paul Williams lives in Weaverham and is a retired Chartered Accountant. A magistrate for 20 years, he is a member of Weaverham Trust and its Treasurer since 2012. Paul is married and has three daughters and three grandchildren. He is also a trustee of the Eric Hosking Trust, a natural history charitable trust set up in memory of one of the world’s leading bird photographers.
“I am both delighted and honoured to have been selected,” said Paul. “Should I be fortunate enough to be elected in May, I will work as hard as possible for all residents to ensure that our area continues to be a great place in which to live and work. My experience as a magistrate has given me a particular interest in helping both old and young alike.”

Spring Update from your Weaver & Cuddington Ward Councillors

Harry Tonge & Paul Williams with Cllrs Charles Fifield, John Grimshaw & Alan Mckie

Harry Tonge & Paul Williams with Cllrs Charles Fifield, John Grimshaw & Alan Mckie

Your Conservative run Council has continued its record of saving money and improving services. We froze the Council Tax for 2014 and are freezing it for 2015.

In Northwich, the new Memorial Court leisure centre is due to open in Spring 2015. Barons Quay has now started on site, with the cinema, restaurants and new shops scheduled to open in Autumn 2016.

We encourage residents to use the “Report It” service for issues such as pot-holes, dog-fouling, rubbish collection, via the website or contact 0300 123 8 123: http://www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/residents/online_services/report_it.aspx or “SMYLE” smart phone app.

We have been continuing to work to find a long term solution to the issues of car parking in residential areas within our ward to establish a “Grass Verges & Car Parking” protocol on this matter with Cheshire West. We have been able to secure some initial funding via our Members Budgets and the Parish Council to go towards it. This creates a potential solution and we are pleased we have been able to ensure Weaver & Cuddington ward is acting as a “pilot area” for the protocol so our residents will have the opportunity to benefit first.

If you have any issues you would like to discuss, a Community Project in Weaver and Cuddington ward or anything else that would benefit our residents, please contact us via www.weaverandcuddington.com or 01606 854 294

Cllrs Charles Fifield, John Grimshaw and Alan McKie

Thank you John and Alan. Welcome to Harry and Paul who join Charles as our three candidates.

In May, John Grimshaw and Alan McKie will both be stepping down from representing Weaver & Cuddington ward. We wish them both well and thank them for their service.

Acton Bridge resident Cllr Charles Fifield will be standing again for election in May, joined by two new running mates, Harry Tonge from Delamere and Paul Williams from Weaverham.

Weaver & Cuddington ward comprises Acton Bridge, Bartington, Cuddington, Delamere Park, Dutton, Sandiway and Weaverham.

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