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  • Article: Mar 21, 2019
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    It is becoming apparent that the Conservative councillors on Cheshire East Council are now devoting their energy and resources to producing Press releases detailing all the good work that the council is doing in many areas.

    Though I do not want to deprecate this activity, I do not remember similar activity throughout the electoral cycle.

  • Article: Mar 14, 2019
    By Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    I am astounded, if it is true that Cheshire East has decided not to include a separate cycle lane in the imminent Congleton Link Road as described by Anthony Bolding in last week's letter pages.

    True, on the infrequent times I use the Alderley or Wheelock by-passes, I rarely come across bicycles probably for very different reasons.

  • Article: Mar 7, 2019
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    While agreeing that freedom to practice one's religion as discussed in your article in last week's Chronicle, page four is vital in a multicultural society such as our own, it is important also that this does not trespass over to undue infl uence.

    We are all free to decide what if any religion to pursue and for this to change during our lives.

  • Article: Feb 28, 2019
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    Concerning your editorial on bullying, I would like to make a few comments.

    While all organisations will do what they can to reduce bullying, what matters is how they respond to allegations.

    It is necessary to conduct a robust internal investigation and give privacy to both parties until it is concluded.

  • Article: Feb 21, 2019
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    Regarding the change of charges for parking that Cheshire East is implementing on 8th March, as described in last week's Chronicle, there are two glaring disasters from a Congleton and environmental perspective.

    The first is raising the charges for car parks close to railway stations; this is being done, it is stated, to refl ect private charges in these localities and induce other ways of accessing stations.

    The result will be less use of the train and yet even more congestion around the stations effected as those still using it decide to park elsewhere, resulting in more congestion, pollution and danger to residents and children.

    Reintroducing charging on Park Street car park will act as a disincentive to visiting Congleton for retail, leisure or tourism purposes.

  • Article: Feb 14, 2019
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    I would like to pick up on one issue from your excellent editorial on Congleton Leisure Centre in last week's Chronicle.

    This is the provision of solar panels on the site to help with the energy costs of heating the water in the pool that is such a high proportion of the running costs.

    Whether these be photovoltaic or water heating or a combination, they would be a timely reminder that the borough understands the challenge of climate change and is doing what it can to counter it.

  • Article: Jan 31, 2019
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    I welcome Heather Seddon's letter in this week's Chronicle detailing the increasing use of food banks and poverty in the UK over recent years.

    It is challenging, however, to see how having Labour in power nationally would serve these people any better than the present Conservative government.

  • Article: Jan 17, 2019
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    I read with interest your long article in last week's Chronicle about Congleton's town mayor, Coun Suzie Akers Smith's attempts to improve cycling provision within the town, especially relating to the many new developments on the outskirts of the town.

    It is diffi cult for me not to see this as an example of political campaigning when we are within a few months of the local elections on the 2nd May.

  • Article: Jan 10, 2019
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    While appreciating the useful information contained within The Voice autumn 2018 edition, I would like to mention some defects from my perspective in Cheshire East's services to add some balance.

    The fi rst is that although the borough's website allows constituents to access a wide variety of services and report issues, it is a different matter when you need to speak or meet someone.

  • Article: Jan 3, 2019
    By Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    Reading the letter pages of last week's Chronicle made me realise how important transparency is to the workings of the council and elsewhere.

    Often, different political parties cannot really act differently because of the fi nancial, logistical and legal constraints on them.

    What they can do, however is create a process whereby all communications internally and externally that the council conducts are preserved and easily retrieved up to say fi ve years or longer.