Climate Emergency

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The Climate Emergency facing our world is a very real issue, but there is plenty we can do to take action to help protect our planet.

Cheshire West and Chester Council declared a Climate Emergency in the borough in 2019 and put forward its Climate Emergency Response plan, which aims to help the borough become carbon neutral by 2045.

This is a space to share ideas, stories and tips about what you are doing locally to reduce your carbon emissions and impact on the environment. Now's the time to react and play your part to make our borough carbon neutral.

The Climate Emergency facing our world is a very real issue, but there is plenty we can do to take action to help protect our planet.

Cheshire West and Chester Council declared a Climate Emergency in the borough in 2019 and put forward its Climate Emergency Response plan, which aims to help the borough become carbon neutral by 2045.

This is a space to share ideas, stories and tips about what you are doing locally to reduce your carbon emissions and impact on the environment. Now's the time to react and play your part to make our borough carbon neutral.

  • Council sets out vision for Ellesmere Port as a green energy ‘Super Place’

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    5 October 2021

    Council leaders in Cheshire West and Chester will hear about ambitious plans for the future of Ellesmere Port, which could bring in more than £1.8bn worth of investment for jobs and the borough’s green economy.

    At its meeting on Wednesday 15 October, members of Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Cabinet will be asked to endorse the vision, themes and strategic objectives for the Ellesmere Port Industrial Area in the Development and Infrastructure Investment Framework (DIIF).

    The document presents a shared vision for the area to form one of the first Net Zero Carbon industrial clusters in the world, and one of the UK’s ‘Super Places’ linking clean and green growth and low carbon technologies.

    The Ellesmere Port Industrial Area (EPIA) has 1,300 businesses employing 24,100 people. There are four distinctive development zones, that have attracted over £400 million investment to date including Regatta, Jaguar Land Rover / DHL, Westland Horticulture, Marks and Spencer, ESSAR, Peel (Protos), URENCO, Cheshire Oaks, University of Chester (Thornton Science Park) with a further £1.8bn forecast. The Framework predicts an increase to 1,463 businesses, employing 35,500 people by 2040.

    EPIA is already at the forefront of advanced plans to respond to the Climate Emergency through several transformational projects. Most significant is HyNet, an industry-led initiative to develop world-leading Carbon Capture Usage and Storage (CCUS) and Hydrogen Power. This project could transform the carbon balance in the area.

    Councillor Richard Beacham, Cabinet Member for Inclusive Growth, Economy and Regeneration said: “The vision for The Ellesmere Port Industrial Area is ambitious and transformational, we want the area to be a national and international exemplar for the ‘Green Industrial Revolution’ and to drive forward the new low carbon economy of the future.

    “The vision will have a direct impact on residents, connecting local people to jobs, skills and training opportunities in high value, innovative and growing employment sectors. Improved and sustainable travel across the area will also be a priority, including the new cycle route through Ellesmere Port and the work being completed on the A5117 shared use route.”

    The EPIA has already seen huge investments including Fulcrum BioEnergy developing a new £600m waste to fuel plant. The project was shortlisted to receive funding through the Government’s ‘Green Fuels, Green Skies’ competition, it would make Manchester Airport the only airport globally to have a direct pipeline connection to a Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) refinery.

    The Government released its Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution in November 2020. The overriding purpose of the plan is to ‘support green jobs and accelerate the UK’s path to net zero’. Cheshire and Warrington are at the heart of this Green Industrial Revolution as a renewably powered ‘SuperPlace’, ready to deliver the Ten Point Plan with clear proposals for decarbonising the economy and creating green jobs.

    Added Councillor Beacham: “The Council declared a Climate Emergency in 2019, following consultation with residents pledging to make the Council carbon neutral by 2030 and the borough carbon neutral by 2045.

    “HyNet has bid for Industrial Clusters Mission funding, the Cheshire and Warrington LEP has secured funding for sustainable travel improvements, and Peel, Essar, Vauxhall and other private sector stakeholders are investing significant amounts in delivering sustainable and low carbon technologies on their sites.”

    Ellesmere Port has attracted extensive Public Sector investment including:

    • £6 million Regional Growth Fund to support £200m private sector investment.
    • £8 million Local Growth Fund that has contributed towards the £16m Ellesmere Port Public Service Hub and new Ellesmere Port Bus Interchange.
    • Enterprise Zone status secured for 10 key sites.
    • Town Centre Improvement Programme (46 per cent shops on Whitby Rd improved).
    • Over £3 million combined investment from Local Growth Fund and Local Sustainable Transport Fund for improvements in new sustainable shared-use transport infrastructure at Stanney Lane and Sutton Way Boulevards; Thornton Way; Thornton Road; Lees Lane; A5117; and Canal Towpath improvements.
    • £12.4m investment to modernise and refurbish Council housing stock at Sutton Way.
  • This year’s environmentally themed Summer Reading Challenge is a big success

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    30 September 2021

    More than 2,000 children aged up to 12 took part in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge in Cheshire West Libraries.

    The Challenge had the theme of “Wild World Heroes”, focusing on how the children can help their local environment.

    For the first time ever, a Mini Challenge was available for the Under-Fours, with 335 taking part.

    The total figure for those taking part in either challenge was 2344 with 1226 (52%) completing the challenge to read six books over the summer holidays.

    To support the Challenge lots of events took place in libraries these included 19 animal handling workshops, events by Cheshire Dance, Chester Zoo, Noodle Performance Arts, Radiate Arts, Jem Bear and lots of environmentally themed craft and other activity sessions. In total 972 people attended these events.

    Online children’s events were also held. This was initially intended as a contingency in case physical events were not possible but still proved popular. Many children enjoyed a question and answer session with the popular author Onjali Q Rauf.

    Children also enjoyed sessions from professional storytellers John Kirk, Robin Simpson and Mama G.

    Chester Zoo put on an interactive Zoom event on making habitats for garden creatures, the first they have done online. The Mama G event broke new ground by being online but also shown on a screen at Neston Library, which was watched and enjoyed by children there.

    Council Leader and Cabinet Member for Wellbeing, Councillor Louise Gittins said: “This year’s Summer Reading Challenge has been a great success – particularly the environmental theme.

    “Our Libraries played their part in helping the environment by removing the need for children to fill in a card registration form this year. The service also stopped giving out plastic and other rewards, such as fridge magnets, to children and switched to medals that can be used next year if not given out.

    “A big thank you to everyone who has made this year’s challenge and events possible.”

    Councillors provided £5,500 in funding for the Summer Reading Challenge which was used to purchase materials to enable outside events to take place (such as gazebos and picnic blankets) and other items such as craft resources.

    Those children who completed the Challenge were entered into a prize draw for either a World Wildlife Fund plush panda (for the Mini Challenge) and BeWILDerwood tickets and books (for four to 12 year olds).

    Nationally, the Reading Agency continued its digital offer from last year with its website and events on Facebook. There were 273 active users and 56 completers from the borough on this website.

  • Help plant wildflowers in Neston this weekend as part of Big Green Week

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    23 September 2021

    Join the Friends of Parkfields this Saturday at 11am to help sow a new wildflower meadow to benefit bees, butterflies, and local young people to help them enjoy, learn and care for local wildlife.

    The meadow will complement a pond recently created to attract wildlife at Parkgate, near Neston. Native wildflowers will also be sown on the pond edges along with other new wetland areas.

    Wildflower-rich grasslands are essential for bees, butterflies, hoverflies and other pollinating insects. They also provide food and shelter for other wildlife, including birds and mammals.

    Bees and other pollinators spend the spring and summer months collecting nectar and pollen to feed their young, in the process they pollinate our garden plants and crops, as well as other wildflowers.

    By doing this, they play a vital role in the production of the food we eat. Without pollinators we would have no apples, pears and other fruit. In fact, most plants need help from pollinators.

    A community orchard was planted adjacent to this area in the spring through Trees for Climate, a national multi-million pound woodland creation programme, part of the Government-led Nature for Climate Fund.

    The orchard is already looking great, producing some initial fruit in its first year. The introduction of the new meadow nearby will only help this orchard thrive even more.

    Council Leader and Cabinet Member for Wellbeing, Councillor Louise Gittins said: “What a wonderful event. I’m sure this wildflower meadow will look amazing next spring, not just for people using Parkfields, but for local wildlife too.”

    The Council’s Cabinet Member for the Climate Emergency, Councillor Matt Bryan said: “Our bees and other pollinating insects are in trouble. Their populations have declined drastically in recent decades. We now have only a fraction of the abundance and variety of the insect wildlife that we once had so it is vital to support those that remain by providing habitats such as wildflower meadows as part of many actions to respond to the climate emergency in coming years.”

    The project to create an educational area is being led by the Friends of Park Fields with support from Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Total Environment Team, the local ward councillor, Neston Town Council and Cheshire Police Commissioner.

    Cheshire West and Chester Council declared a Climate Emergency in 2019 and has developed a Climate Emergency Response Plan that sets out the actions needed for the borough to become carbon neutral by 2045, including how residents can play their part. The Council has also recently approved its Environmental Management Strategy which covers wildflowers.

    Please register if you would like to attend on Saturday at:

    To find out more about the Friends of Parkfields, or to become a member please visit

    Find out about other Great Big Green Week events taking place across the borough on Eco Communities Great Big Green Week website.

  • Pupils urged to get cycling during Bike to School Week

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    22 September 2021

    Cheshire West and Chester Council is encouraging pupils across the borough to cycle to school during this year’s national Bike to School Week (27 September to 1 October).

    The national event, organised by Sustrans and supported by the Bikeability Trust, celebrates cycling to school and the positive impact an active lifestyle can have on pupils’ health and wellbeing.

    Choosing a more active form of travel to get to school, such as walking, cycling or scooting, will also help cut air pollution near the school gates and will help towards the borough’s target of becoming carbon neutral by 2045 as part of the Council’s commitment to tackle the Climate Emergency.

    The Council’s Road Safety Team organises free Bikeability courses at both primary and secondary schools across the borough, providing pupils with important road safety knowledge and the bike skills to confidently ride their bike to school. Free courses for families and adult would-be commuters are also available.

    Councillor Karen Shore, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment, Highways and Strategic Transport said: “It’s great that families have been getting active and heading out on their bikes to explore the local area. We’ve been encouraging families to keep this up as schools opened for the autumn term and lots of schools have signed up to our Bikeability courses to support their pupils to ride safely.

    “Active travel, such as cycling, provides a range of physical and mental health benefits for our children and helps set them up for a great day of learning in the classroom. Using the journey to school to get active will not only benefit your child’s health but will also improve the air quality in our communities.”

    Comments from parents and guardians about the Bikeability courses include:

    “I couldn’t recommend this more and I’m hugely grateful for it. My youngest child has really struggled with confidence riding and the course has transformed his ability. Both instructors were so kind and helpful. I still can’t believe this opportunity was available, thank you so, so much.”

    “George had an absolutely fantastic time and the whole experience boosted his confidence dramatically. Thank you.”

    “We did our training with Mike. When we got home Seth couldn't wait to show everyone what he had learned. We really hope bike right offers more sessions in the next holidays. We really enjoyed, and Mike was amazing. Thank you”

    Parents are also advised to check their school's website and social media channels regularly for the latest information from their school and details about drop off and pick up arrangements.

  • Step It Up during Recycle Week 2021

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    20 September 2021

    Cheshire West and Chester Council is supporting Recycle Week which launches today, Monday 20 September.

    The theme for Recycle Now’s 18th annual Recycle Week is Step It Up. We can all take action to drive down emissions, clean up and shake up the climate crisis by recycling more, particularly aerosols and bathroom plastics.

    The Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment, Highways and Strategic Transport, Councillor Karen Shore said: “Recycle Week this year is an opportunity to take things up a level. Look out for messages on how you can play your part on our social media channels.

    “Residents have really boosted recycling in the borough during the pandemic and I would like to express my sincere thanks for that but now we can all Step It Up a level to really make a difference.”

    Cabinet Member for Housing, Planning and Climate Emergency, Councillor Matt Bryan added: “By recycling more of the right things, more often in our home and everyday lives we can help tackle the climate emergency. Currently the UK’s recycling saves 18 million tonnes of CO2 per year from being emitted. We’re ready to take this fight to the next level and Step It Up this Recycle Week.”

    The Council is promoting recycling as part of its new Waste Management Strategy, find out more on the Council’s website.

    Top tips for recycling:

    1. Flatten cardboard boxes so that you can fit more in your green box.
    2. All plastic bottles can be recycled, from water bottles to shampoo bottles, so put all of them in your recycling container.
    3. It is not just newspapers that you can recycle at home. Also, recycle, envelopes, birthday cards and phone books.
    4. All sorts of cardboard can be recycled, even toilet and paper towel tubes.
    5. Recycle metal, such as empty spray cans and tin foil, and of course, all empty soda, fruit, vegetable and other food cans.
    6. Keep a space in your kitchen so that you can recycle as you are cooking or cleaning. It will make it easier for you to put the recyclables in their proper place.
    7. When going out, stop at your local recycling centre and drop off anything that cannot be recycled at the kerbside.
    8. If you are ever unsure about what you can recycle, check the Cheshire West and Chester Council website.
    9. Glass can be recycled endlessly; so be sure to always recycle your glass bottles and containers.

    For more information on Recycle Now, visit

  • Blacon High School benefits from net zero extension

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    25 August 2021

    Students at Blacon High School are set to benefit from a £2.1 million extension which has been completed ready for the start of the autumn term.

    The new two-storey building, funded by Cheshire West and Chester Council and Blacon High School, has achieved net zero carbon status as the building generates more energy than it consumes.

    This is one of several projects that will help the Council achieve its priority of tackling the Climate Emergency and achieving its objective of the borough becoming carbon neutral by 2045 and the Council, as organisation, by 2030.

    The new facility will allow the school to increase its capacity by 150 students to 750 and includes provision to support students with special education needs, a dining area and two dedicated rooms to support the creative curriculum on the ground floor. There are also six new classrooms located on the first floor and additional bicycle storage has been installed on site to encourage more pupils to cycle to and from school.

    The building, which is one of the first projects to be supported by the Council’s Climate Emergency capital funding, is powered from on-site and off-site renewable energy sources, including solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on the roof, with the remaining carbon balance offset to achieve net zero carbon status.

    Building materials have been selected to ensure the extension is well insulated to help reduce heat loss and, in turn, the amount of energy needed to run the building.

    The additional teaching block, which was designed and built by Pave Aways Building Contractors, has scored an A+ energy efficiency rating with a building emission rate of 0.08 kg CO2/m2 per year.

    Headteacher Rachel Hudson said: “We are absolutely delighted to see the completion of this project, which will enable us to meet the demand and need for places within our local community. This is testament to the belief and confidence in Blacon High School by all those involved.

    “This outstanding facility will help us to support students to achieve the best outcomes in a high quality learning environment.”

    Councillor Bob Cernik, Cabinet Member for Children and Families at Cheshire West and Chester Council, said: “It’s great to see the new building completed and ready to welcome students when they start back in September. The additional facilities will be a great asset, providing them with an ideal base for their learning so that they can achieve their best.”

    Councillor Matt Bryan, Cabinet Member for Housing, Planning and Climate Emergency, said: “It’s fantastic to see one of our new buildings achieving a net zero carbon status, something that will not only benefit the school, with lower running costs, but also the borough as we aim to reduce our emissions and become carbon neutral by 2045.”

    Pave Aways Managing Director Steven Owen said: “We are delighted to have achieved such a highly sustainable building that will benefit the students and the environment for years to come.”

    “Securing an A+ energy rating is always an achievement but is especially rewarding as it has been a challenging time for construction with the COVID pandemic and material shortages. Reaching this very high standard of construction is a credit to our team and sub-contractors.”

  • Borough hosts judges for North West in Bloom bid 2021

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    18 August 2021

    Cheshire West and Chester has hosted a visit from the judges for this year’s North West in Bloom competition.

    North West in Bloom is the voluntary regional organisation that administers the Britain in Bloom competition in Lancashire, Cheshire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside, and is one of the 18 regions and nations that comprise Britain in Bloom.

    Britain in Bloom is one of the most effective, and longest running environmental competitions in the United Kingdom and each year it grows in size and importance and involves more people, groups and organisations within the community.

    The aim of the competition is to encourage the improvement of our surroundings through the imaginative use of trees, shrubs, flowers and landscaping. It also aims to achieve a litter free and sustainable environment.
    Entries in the competition are asked to focus on its three key areas: Horticulture, Environment and Community.

    The Council has four entries in the competition this year – a whole borough entry and entries for Grosvenor Park, Chester, Marbury Park and Alexandra Park, Hoole.

    The Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Highways and Strategic Transport, Councillor Karen Shore said: “Of course, all our parks and greenspaces are wonderful assets to the Borough and it was difficult deciding which locations to enter into the competition, however the whole borough entry was a great opportunity to showcase all the amazing work that takes place throughout the entire borough.

    “Teams from across the Council have contributed ideas for projects and schemes to be included in the entries.

    “Our entries are also strengthened by close partnership working with organisations like Cheshire Oaks, Barons Quay, Northwich BID and, of course, the various ‘Friends of’ groups and volunteers, who make a huge contribution to maintaining and caring for these much-loved parks and greenspaces. A big thank you to everyone who has been involved.”

    The entries focus on meeting the three Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) themes and are very much not just about horticulture but also how the Council engages with communities and its work to tackle the Climate Emergency.

    North West in Bloom judges, Bernard Pendleton (Chair of North West in Bloom) and Neil Harvey visited the borough over two days this week to meet Council representatives, businesses, volunteers and community organisations.

    Judges assess entries against the RHS criteria but also provide constructive feedback and suggestions to help the entrants improve for next year. Results will be announced in October this year.

  • Council reviews waste and recycling collection rounds to create greener and more efficient service

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    10 August 2021

    Waste and recycling collections in west Cheshire are about to be transformed to create a greener, more efficient service for residents.

    Approximately 60 per cent of all properties in the borough will receive a new collection day.

    Cheshire West Recycling (CWR) has reviewed the existing arrangements and proposed a new model. It will increase working efficiency and create a fairer system for collection staff. This will reduce CO2 emissions and contribute to the borough’s Climate Emergency agenda.

    The changes are also a response to the increased number of properties in the borough. Between 2012 and 2020, the number of households in the borough increased by 13,000. This has resulted in a nine per cent rise in the demand for the waste and recycling service.

    Cheshire West Recycling Managing Director, Rob Edmondson, said: “The increase in demand means we have had to rebalance the collection rounds to provide a better value for money and more efficient service. It means we can reduce the number of collection rounds, which in turn results in reducing costs and will have a beneficial effect on the environment.”

    “It is standard practice for waste and recycling collections services to periodically review their rounds to ensure they are maximising resources. It will also support the long term changes to the service introduced through the new Waste Management Strategy.”

    Mr Edmondson added: “We would like to thank all our customers in advance for continuing to work with us to help create the best collection service we can.”

    Last month, Cheshire West and Chester Full Council approved plans for the new Waste Management Strategy, which seeks to encourage residents to reduce the amount of waste the borough produces and to recycle more. The changes include the introduction of larger capacity recycling bins. Food waste collections will continue to be weekly and there will be the introduction of a charge for the garden waste collection service, which residents can choose to take up or make their own arrangements.

    Householders in the borough affected by the changes will be notified by a tag fixed to their bins. New waste and recycling collection calendars outlining the changes will also be delivered to residents. Householders with bag collections will be informed by letter.

    The bin tags and letters informing residents of the changes to their collections will be delivered to residents between Monday 30 August and Friday 10 September.

    Delivery of the new waste and recycling collection calendars will begin on Monday 20 September. These will also include information about the annual suspension of the garden waste collection service and collection arrangements during the festive period.

    It is anticipated that the new routes and rounds will be introduced from Monday 11 October.

    Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment, Highways and Strategic Transport, Cllr Karen Shore, said: “The transformation of the waste and recycling collections in Cheshire West and Chester will provide us with a modern service that will help us to meet the challenges we face both in terms of reducing costs and in supporting our ambitions around climate change.

    “There will be several changes to the waste and recycling service over the coming months that will transform the service. We want people to embrace these changes. We will continue to listen to our residents throughout this process and keep them updated on any developments.”

  • Cheshire West and Chester Council approves plans to transform waste and recycling services

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    28 July 2021

    Councillors have approved plans for the future Waste Management Strategy for west Cheshire following a special Full Council meeting.

    At the meeting held at Chester Racecourse on Tuesday 27 July, the majority of council members voted to accept the new strategy.

    The move means that the Council can now progress with its plans to transform the way waste and recycling services in the borough are delivered.

    The new model will support residents in reducing the amount of household waste the borough produces and give people more capacity to recycle.

    It will help the borough to respond to the challenges of climate change through waste reduction and by cutting Carbon Dioxide emissions.

    The Council will work alongside its waste and recycling partner Cheshire West Recycling to deliver a range of innovative new measures. These will be designed to encourage community recycling and tackle litter.

    The plans also reaffirm the Council’s commitment to continue its good performance in diverting as much waste as possible from costly disposal in landfill sites.

    The Council will continue to explore opportunities to use energy from waste and emerging technology to further reduce costly waste processing and treatment.

    The strategy will also review the borough’s Household Waste Recycling Centres, looking at their locations, access and opening times.

    The Council’s fleet of refuse collection vehicles will be updated to make it more efficient and cost-effective. This will include options for new energy-efficient and electric vehicles.

    There will be an ongoing education campaign to encourage people to reuse and recycle more.

    The current system of kerbside sorting of waste and recycling will be replaced. The new service will respond to residents’ concerns by removing the existing boxes that some people find difficult to carry and are easily damaged.

    The key changes approved by Full Council include:

    • Household waste will be collected fortnightly using a 180 litre wheeled bin (as per the current arrangement).
    • Two larger capacity recycling bins on wheels, which will be collected fortnightly to replace existing 55-litre boxes.
    • Food collections weekly using existing small food bin (as per the current arrangement).
    • People will be supported with special arrangements if their housing circumstances make it more difficult to accommodate larger bins.
    • A chargeable garden waste collection service to be provided over 40 weeks of the year, covering the growing season between March and November. Residents would be able to opt into this service or make their own arrangements.
    • The garden waste collections to continue fortnightly, in line with the frequency of the proposed kerbside collection service
    • There would be a charge of £40 per year per container for garden waste collections. This equates to £2 per collection and is in line with the current additional capacity charge.
    • The changes to the services would reduce carbon emissions by 220,000kg a year. This supports the Council’s ambition of making west Cheshire a carbon-neutral borough by 2045.

    Cheshire West and Chester Council is facing unprecedented pressure on its budgets. The Council faces a funding gap of up to £31m between 2021 and 2024. The new strategy will help the Council reduce the cost pressures surrounding the Waste Management Service.

    The changes will be introduced in 2022, with the charge for garden waste starting from March 2022.

    Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment, Highways and Strategic Transport, Cllr Karen Shore said: “The decision by Full Council to approve the plans for the new Waste Management Strategy means we can now move forward and start to make the changes.

    “We know that people in our borough feel strongly about waste reduction and recycling and we would like to thank everyone who has taken an active role in shaping our new strategy. It represents the best option for the future of our borough if we are to meet our climate change commitments.

    “Given the financial pressures the Council faces, we have had to make some tough decisions if we are to continue to provide those services people in our borough rely upon.

    “We now need to work together as a community to embrace the changes the new strategy suggests and safeguard the future of our borough.

    “We have consulted with our residents throughout this process and we will keep this conversation going as we move towards implementing the new strategy.”

    Cheshire West Recycling Manager Director, Rob Edmondson, added: "The focus of the company is now to work collaboratively with the Council to ensure the new services are implemented effectively and with minimum disruption to our residents. I would also like to thank everybody within the Cheshire West Recycling for their personal commitment to maintaining essential waste services throughout the pandemic and know that they will embrace this new challenge with the same level of enthusiasm."

  • Cycle route plan for Chester City Centre

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    23 July 2021

    Plans for a new cycle route through the centre of Chester are about to be unveiled by Cheshire West and Chester Council.

    The new route will run along St Martin's Way in the city centre, from the Grosvenor roundabout to the City Walls roundabout.

    As part of Chester's new Northgate development and the Clockwise traffic management system, highways engineers have removed the central barrier that runs along the middle of St Martin's Way.

    The £72m Northgate project includes a new indoor market, a six-screen cinema, cafes, restaurants and officer space. It is expected to be completed in 2022.

    The one-way Clockwise traffic management system through the city centre has been implemented to support the development and the installation of a new drainage tunnel.

    The new cycle lane will be part of Cheshire West and Chester Council's ongoing Active Travel initiative. This aims to encourage more residents to choose greener forms of transport such as cycling over the car.

    The plan is to make the borough's towns and city centre accessible for everyone and support the Council's Climate Emergency pledges.

    Council planners have consulted with local residents and sustainable transport groups over the proposed new cycleway.

    Cheshire West and Chester Council's Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Inclusive Economy said: "The Northgate development is a once in a generation opportunity to create an exciting and dynamic shopping and leisure attraction for Chester City Centre.

    "We want as many people as possible to be able to access the new development. We also need to reduce traffic congestion on our roads, which will contribute to cleaning the air and reducing CO2 emissions."

    "The ongoing roadworks in Chester City Centre allowed us to look at the central reservation on St Martin's Way to create the new cycleway."

    "We will be publishing more detailed plans soon, which we will share with residents and other road users."

    For more information on Active Travel in Cheshire West and Chester, visit: