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Part of listed building could be bulldozed for new homes

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Dear Sir, Sandbach firefighters have been getting some unfair criticism lately for the way they respond to incidents. But seeing them tackle the blaze at Brick Bank Farm (pictured) really brings home

the fact that they put their lives on the line for the safety of others. While there might be room for improvement in the service I don’t think anyone can doubt their bravery as individuals. - Paul Smith via email

Money could be better spent Dear Sir, Two points struck me when I attended and spoke at the first day of appeal hearing into plans to build 150 houses off Congleton Road in Sandbach. Firstly the cost of the hearing with barristers and a judge for 8 days must be huge. Secondly, people were talking in a language many might not recognise about ‘predetermination’ and ‘5 year housing supplies’. What does this all mean? I keep thinking about a four

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year old boy living in Sandbach who won’t be going to school with his friends next year because the primary school he wanted to go to is full. For the next seven years he will be driven to a primary school outside Sandbach. Money that should be going to build the new schools, roads and facilities needed to support the new houses is instead going to lawyers, landowners and property developers. - Sam Corcoran, Radbroke Close

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Sandbach stores to get makeover SANDBACH MP Fiona Bruce has pledged her support to a new project to spruce up shop fronts in the town centre. The town council has received a £10,000 grant from the Portas Initiative and a ‘town team’ has been established to spend the funding. The team is made up of businesses representatives from across Sandbach, along with local councillors. One of the initiatives is a trial Shop Front Improvement Scheme, which will assist in the renovation of some shop fronts within the town centre. MP Fiona Bruce said: “I am delighted to see that the Sandbach Town Team has decided to launch

this scheme. “The vibrancy of our town centre depends on good quality shops, both inside and out.” There is proven demand for a scheme to address the varying levels and disrepair of some shop fronts and the town council has previously received several enquiries from business owners for assistance via such a project. Sandbach Mayor Mike Benson said: “I am sure the end result will benefit the community as a whole and may inspire other retailers to join in improving their shop frontages.” As there is a limited amount of funds, the project has been split into two phases, with the first focussing on High Street and Market Square. Depending on its success, Phase Two will include the remaining streets.

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AN intrepid team of 30 members of Sandbach Round Table and Sandbach 41 Club have completed the Three Peaks Challenge. The adventurers scaled Scotland’s Ben Nevis, Snowdon

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SOARING temperatures have seen a surge in support for Sandbach’s markets. People have been flocking to the town’s market stalls throughout July to enjoy some outdoor retail therapy. Saturday August 24 sees the return of Sandbach’s Crosses Market between 9am and 1.30pm, held on the town’s historic cobbled market square.

in Wales and England’s Scafell Pike, raising more than £6,000, for charity. The money will benefit the Manchester Eye Hospital, SPARKS and the Sandbach Talking Newspaper.

Good business SANDBACH-based e-cigarette company 10Motives are expanding after taking bigger premises at Edwin Foden Business Centre. Company director Tony Jones said: “The business exploded and we’re up to 10 people and growing.” Currently the EU is calling for e-cigarettes to be classed as medicines.

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Trouble at the mill


£40m plans and 600 new jobs scrapped PLANS for a £40m retail and leisure park as part of the controversial Old Mill Quarter development have been scrapped. Muller Property Group will now focus on their application to build 250 homes on the site – submitted two months ago. Estimated to create 600 jobs, the original proposal for a retail park with supermarket, garden centre, hotel pub plus 650 houses drew huge opposition from local residents. Muller was set to appeal Cheshire East Council’s decision to reject those plans but has

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CRIME in Cheshire has fallen by 4%. And latest figures revealed that burglary is down by 11 per cent on last year.

now opted to listen to concerns over additional traffic and noise pollution. “After significant thought and research, we, and our advisers, believe that the residential plans for the site are the best option going forward,” explained chief executive Colin Muller. “I strongly believe this site is very well suited for new homes and is the best located site in Sandbach to provide much needed family and affordable homes and open space in close proximity to the town centre.”

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Getting vocal Eye in the sky Call for MPs to fight for residents SANDBACH councillor Sam Corcoran wants a stronger voice for local residents over planning issues. Cheshire East councillors recently voted down a motion calling on local MPs to take a more proactive stance against planning matters in Parliament. Cllr Corcoran, who represents Sandbach Heath and East, said: “When elephants fight it is the grass that suffers. “In this case Conservativecontrolled Cheshire East Council is fighting a Conservativeled government and it is the residents and green fields of Cheshire East that are being trampled upon.

“I don’t deny that Cheshire East Council is spending a lot on fighting planning applications, but it isn’t being very successful – just ask those living by Hind Heath Road in Sandbach or Loachbrook Farm in Congleton. “In fact the council has lost 11 out of 17 recent appeals. “If the council is to be effective in defending the countryside from speculative housing applications then it needs to do something different. “We should be asking our local MPs to change the planning rules to give a stronger voice to local residents.” • What do you think? Email your views to

Store backs families in need SANDBACH Waitrose has pledged its support as the town’s Food Bank copes with increased demand. The store recently accepted the cause as one of its charities, meaning more food to support those families in need. “We have seen an increase

in referrals although we do not see the level of need found in larger towns,” said a Food Bank spokesperson. “We’re pleased to be one of Waitrose’s charities for their token scheme, receiving £320.” Collections take place in store on October 10 and 11.

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Open doors

SANDBACH Golf Club opened its doors last month with a range of golfing activities. The event attracted a number of first time players who enjoyed the picturesque course with its deceptive fairway and greens. Various prizes were handed out at the end of the day with Elaine Stubbs winning first prize. Organisers were so pleased with the response that they hope to hold a similar event next year.

photographer, took pictures over Crewe, Wardle, Beeston Castle, Nantwich, Wistaston and this image of Sandbach. He said: “It was an unforgettable experience.”

Beat the scams SANDBACH Computer Center is offering free advice over potential scams. “A lot of customers have been scammed over the phone by individuals saying they have problems with their computers,” said owner Sue Critton. “Some have paid over £100 for repairs and handed over remote access which can lead to identity theft or virus.” If you are worried, call Sue on 01270 761221.

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Volcanic trip for students SOME 49 students have been on an adventure in the Bay of Naples on a geography field trip with Sandbach School. The Year 10 boys visited Sorrento on their first day to see how tourism affects a popular tourist attraction. Pupils also took the opportunity to visit the ruins of the third largest amphitheatre in Italy and have a look at volcano Solfatara, learning about its volcanic activity and how

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it would affect local people. The students also enjoyed the gigantic ruins of Pompeii where they saw preserved buildings, pictures and casts of the people who were taken by Vesuvius. The fourth day took them to Mount Vesuvius, with a tour guide, to see the picturesque landscape surrounding the volcano before looking around the better preserved ruins of Herculaneum which was covered by a mudslide caused by Vesuvius. Pupils Oliver Shenton and Sam Porter said: “In the evening we had our final day to relax by the pool before returning for an early night in our dorms. “An early wake up on our final day in Italy took us back home to England for the end of the best Geography trip we’ve ever had.”

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SLUG dish out their explosive mix of covers at the Market Tavern on Saturday, August 31. Expect classic rock, glam rock, rock ‘n’ roll and contemporary tracks in a set packed with something for everyone. This band give it 110% every single time. Live music starts around 9pm, admission is free.


Dance fever


PREPARATIONS are well underway for the third annual Day of Dance. Around 16 Morris Dancing teams with accompanying bands will perform on the Market Square, inside St Mary’s and outside The Old Hall on Saturday, September 14, between 10.30am and 3pm. Taster sessions will also be on offer to spectators on a day not to be missed in Sandbach.

Proms party

DOUBLE champs Foden’s Band will perform at a special Coronation Celebration open air concert at Sandbach Park this month. Bring your picnic, rug and chairs and settle down to an amazing night of entertainment, culminating in a ‘Last Night of The Proms’ style sing along of classics including Land of Hope and Glory and Rule Britannia and fireworks. Tickets for Friday, August 23 are priced at £10 to adults and FREE to accompanied children – available from the town council office. Gates open at 5pm.

Time to laugh

SANDBACH band Blunderbuss Benefit return home at this month’s eagerly-awaited Fake Festival. The three-piece have been added to the line-up for the event which takes place at the town’s rugby club on

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Society will focus on planting. Sat Aug 10 - Farmers Market On the Cobbles Ice Cream Dream

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Sandbach Library, 10am11.30am Animal handlers will walk through a Creepy House as part of the Summer Reading Challenge. £3.50 per child. For more information call 01270 375355.

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On the up

SANDBACH look set for a strong finish in TACS Partnership CCL Division Three. The club have clawed their way up into fifth after heroics from the likes of skipper Ross Kesteven and young paceman Laurence Bowyer. The 17-year-old bowler recently claimed 6-20 from 13 overs to sink Trafford.



SANDBACH Director of Rugby Pad Davenport believes the club has never been stronger as they gear up for the new season. With senior squads competing at their highest-ever levels and key backroom appointments, Davenport feels strength in depth will pay dividends. England strength and conditioning coach Calvin Morris is helping to put the players through their paces.

“We now have a senior coaching team who will be doing their best to improve performances of all teams from Junior Colts right through to the 1st XV,” said Davenport. “I would imagine that the quality of coaching is as good as any club in the North West and better than many.” Sandbach face home friendlies against Wilmslow, Warrington and Chester before Cheshire Cup action on Aug 31.

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