Well folks How marvellous we have a new website . Must admit my Christmas is now complete. How much did that cyphon from the Swanbach bridge drain fund repair Probably all of it
So now it will be easier to see why nothing has been done ( even for dangerous situations); supported by a host of statistical excuses, of course.
A couple of weeks back the editor removed a post of mine to Rachel Bailey posing a number of questions regarding the pattern of funding reduction since 2010 under her party's government and also period in control of Cheshire East following her gritting letter. He deemed it "political". Today we see Mr Fousert posting a blatantly political comment channeling Boris Johnson and criticising "Labour led" Cheshire East. Interesting.
I too deplore all the cuts to highways maintenance and consequences, but this year Cheshire East had another cut in the highways budget from central government and have had a cumulative budget cut of around 60% since 2010. For many years Tory led Cheshire East had the facility to raise rates by 1.9% but chose not to. As they say in Yorkshire – you don't get owt for nowt.
It'll be interesting to see if the editors again block this post.
Norman is a shining example of challenging '' The Computer says No'' mentallity that our local Council Employees seem prone to, especially in the Highways and Planning Departments, hiding behind their situational power bases and playing politics to climb the greasy pole, it seems to me! No sign of an ''I'm on it'' mentality. Norman maybe should consider running to be our next Councilor for Cheshire East and start a culture of Do it, Do it Right and Do it Now!! Well done Norman, Socially distanced Virtual Pat on the Back and hand shake from me for starters
Maybe Cheshire East should take health and safety seriously and provide a depth gauge fixed to the bridge wall to warn motorists of the depth of the water? It doesn't have to be technically. Maybe Cheshire East could ask Norman? A piece of 4x2 painted white with black horizontal lines calabrated in one foot increments should do the job. For added safety a yellow rubber duck floating on the water as a bench mark. I suppose a no swimming sign would be stupid.
Can I ask a daft question, if electric and water is dangerous how will an electric car or motor bike cope with a flood? I'm worried about the rubber duck being cooked.
We hear so much in the 'meeja' about Boris and his "leveling up" agenda. It is a pity that this Labour led Cheshire East Council did not do the same vis a vis the way that rural communities are ignored or receive a second class service when compared to the urban areas. Road gritting and road repair/maintenance are just a couple of examples. Can we expect better in the New Year? I doubt it.
Normans effort has shown the unwillingness by certain C E Council departments to do what the people pay them to do, particularly keeping the roads safe and clear. Council employees should gauge the level of need rate paying residents have on specific subjects instead of sending out negative letters. Do we have to experience a serious accident before action is taken?
So well done Norman for highlighting the need for the community to have safe roads.
Well done Norman . That chair bound action lady at C E was bound to have a go at you Pity she seems to be totally incapable of action and getting a team to repair the drain
Sounds like Norman has dug a right hole for himself
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Norman; I do believe there are some surplus traffic lights just this side of Adderley, if you decide to set up your own works.........
We don't know each other but I know your Dad's House and have lived in the village since 1991 (blimey, I was only a lad when I came here!) and so maybe our paths have crossed in the past!
Thanks for the message and hope you and your family have a great Christmas.
I feel It is quite right that the C.E. council tell Norman not to attempt to fix the ages-old broken drain, as it is clearly their job not to fix it. It is something they take very seriously and they are obviously very good at, as they have managed to keep it broken for many many years. People need to understand that these things don't just happen, they have many meetings about it where they repeatedly don't allocate any budget for it, what more can we ask of them? If people just started fixing things willy nilly it would completely throw into chaos the councils 'let's not do anything about it' department's long-term strategy. it is very reassuring that they have swiftly visited the site and immediately re-covered the broken drain thus compounding the problem even further, we are truly blessed to be in the hands of such a talented professional body are we not? Colin Cliffe, AOL chatbox, from within the Paddock Lane potholes.
Having read the post Norman placed regarding the ongoing flood we are all so aware of on A529, I would like to support his action. I'm not entirely sure how many years this issue has gone on, but it is clearly too long. Cheshire East may have made aware the problem to the "flood risk" department, but they may need to consider alerting the "road resurfacing" department too. By the time it's all sorted I'm sure this will involve several other departments. Maybe they should enlist the services of a reliable maintenance department and just fix it and stop passing it to all the departments which it seems pass it to the next department until it ends up in the hands of the "not enough funding" department. Spend our hard earned taxes on fixing the problems and less time sending letters to tax payers who are trying to help might be a good start.
Hi Bob. I think that may be for Kelsey Green. She lives opposite the butchers, first house nearest the car park
I was concerned to hear of John Mcgregors loss of a sheep to dog worrying. It is a problem that has escalated year on year and far more so since the keeping of a dog during lock down became so popular. Responsible owner ship and control is a absolute must for any dog owner. I have 3 hounds which would naturally chase if given the chance and cause damage. They are exercised on a lead or I have negotiated with understanding farmers to allow them to run loose in well fenced stock free pastures for which I am very grateful. If in doubt to the stock situation they are not let loose. However as a veterinary surgeon in the Lakes in the late 60s and the seventies I was called only too frequently to incidents of worrying. Frankly there is nothing worse than a field with severely damaged ewes and lambs. Sometimes it looks like a battlefield from WW1 with sheep littered around. with distraught ewes look in vain for their dead or damaged lambs and vice versa the pathetic bleating of surviving lams looking for their mothers. You just wonder where to start.
Even the loss or damage to a single animal is profoundly distressing. The law is to be tightened which is about time,it will include just chasing even if no damage is caused. The usual excuse always trotted out is "They only wanted to play". Thankfully the vast increase in the dog population consists of small cockapoo types which will only inflict rather less damage. It is possible to train dogs not to chase or attack sheep. That takes a lot of time and training but is quite possible as Rosie achieved with ours.
Hello to those who can remember me, Bob Shepherd's son from Lock Cottage. Just wanted to say a Happy Christmas to all. Lived in Audlem for a long time and very happy memories at St James and Brine Leas Scholl. I follow this web site daily as it actually keeps me sane as I do a very stressful job and its good to see such a great community spirit is still going after all these many years. The village has grown so much but it is amazing to see the core nature of the village is being maintained.
If a K Green lives in the village please contact me ref a card with family photo of Gillian and Patrick etc .contact 07816022507
I would have liked to comment on Jennifer and John's tongue-in-cheek remarks but I'm afraid I'm too busy doing the ironing.
I must say, Jennifer, you are a lady after my own heart. My wife, Ann, always preferred it when I was out of the way (probably playing tennis) while she rodded out our drains.
This was when we lived near the centre of the village and the problem recurred from time to time – now we live in almost the highest house in the village and we don't get the problem – it is, as they say, all down hill from here.
Thanks for your kind words Lynette. I'm not really a great one for internet chat – I leave all that to him and concentrate on administering his blood pressure medication when he's read something on the Audlem website that's set him off again.
Of course the irony of this is that our Wes is actually quite progressive in his views in real life and supports the feminist cause and eliminating gender stereotyping and roles. Only last week, for example, he went off to do the weekly shop at Morrisons and left me at home to rod out the blockage in the sewer pipe to our cess pit. Bless him.
I just wanted to wish Jennifer Lechley and her husband Wes a very happy Christmas .
I thought the article Jennifer wrote was brilliant , I think you should take up writing professionally if you don't already .
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Good one Geoff. I had to read twice to get it.
How about Wendy Saint(s) ....go marching in?
Let's hope the Chatbox humourists take up the challenge and amuse us through the festive season.
Hello all Unfortunately we have a dead lamb as people see fit to walk their dogs whilst having no control of the animal I asked the editors to put up something explaining the law regarding dog worrying however it would seem they have not seen fit to post it.
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