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  • Article: Nov 16, 2018
    By Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Mr G Foster Clark

    Filled to capacity with close family, relatives and friends, St Luke's Church, Goostrey, was a place of laughter, song and tears last Friday as the village celebrated the life of one of the stalwarts of the church.

    His funeral was a fi tting send off for Mr Gerald Foster Clark, a resident with his wife, Liz, for more than 35 years, who died last month.

  • Article: Nov 1, 2018
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    I am dismayed that Cheshire East Council, at its recent meeting, voted against supporting a People's Vote on whatever deal the Government comes up with, with the option of remaining in the EU.

    I suspect that this, at least in part, reflects the commonly held myth that the referendum last June was binding and there is no need to revisit this decision.

  • Article: Nov 1, 2018
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    Could I, through your pages, enquire what, if anything, is happening regarding the closure of Congleton Town Post Office? Readers will remember it shut when the firm that accommodated it closed recently.

    Post Office Counters that run our post offices stated at the time that every effort was being made to find a replacement site.

  • Article: Nov 1, 2018
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    The changes to the care at home services provided by Cheshire East, described in last week's Chronicle, seem to have been thrust upon providers and customers alike with a minimum of consultation.

    It seems that a tendering process was instituted by the council and as a result many current providers lost out to ones further away, meaning clients will lose these carers.

  • Article: Nov 1, 2018
    By Robert Douglas in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    An 18 month Policing for the Future inquiry by the Home Affairs Committee has this week revealed that the police service "urgently needs more money".

    The Home Affairs Committee said policing is at risk of, "becoming irrelevant" to most people as crime rises and the proportion of solved cases falls. It found that the number of offences recorded has risen by a third over three years, with violent crimes soaring, while during the same period charges and summons have plummeted by 26%.

  • Article: Oct 18, 2018
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    Beth Roche's letter in last week's pages section of the Chronicle seems to support the idea of multi-academy trusts (MATs).

    While I believe cooperation is an excellent value in our educational system, especially vertically in the transition from primary to secondary education, it is not the only one in town.

    The two types of schools have very different objectives, secondary ones being very focused on exam results and league tables while the former hopefully have more latitude for a more general ethos including many extra-curricular subjects such as the environment, social aspects and physical activity.

  • Article: Oct 11, 2018
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    In response to your Open Debate article in last week's Chronicle, local newspapers are perhaps one of those things that we take for granted until they disappear.

    I admit I would not be as interested in the issues surrounding Congleton if there was not a credible, well written and topical local newspaper with its dedicated staff.

  • Article: Oct 4, 2018
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    With regard to your article on page fi ve of last week's Chronicle concerning charging for waste bins, Cheshire East seems to have wrong priorities.

    While acknowledging that it needs to balance its budget, this should not be at the expense of driving its waste strategy in the wrong direction.

  • Article: Sep 27, 2018
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    I am grateful to "DC" of Congleton for responding to my letter on business rates in last week's Chronicle.

    He is right that I do not pretend to understand the niceties of how these rates are calculated and collected.

    However, they do penalise improving a business, especially those operating at low margins such as Shakeeze and so act as an impediment to such change.

    They do this because the rates are calculated on the value of the property as calculated by an independent evaluator rather than just the land that it is built on.

  • Article: Sep 27, 2018
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    It is said that you can lead a horse to water though not force him (or her) to drink.

    If the water is poisoned, we have a wise horse grateful for its free will.

    The same can be said of Brexit.

    One of the reasons for the long time it is taking to leave might be that the people concerned in negotiating on our behalf are not convinced of its merits.