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’s new Waste Strategy to be debated by Full Council

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    8 July 2021

    Cheshire West and Chester Council’s vision for a greener and more environmentally-friendly waste collection service will be presented to the authority’s informal Full Council next week.

    The new Waste Management Strategy seeks to respond to the challenges of climate change by supporting residents in reducing the amount of waste they produce and recycling more.

    The strategy, which will run for the next 20 years, has already been approved by the Council’s Cabinet and now faces the final hurdle of being debated by all councillors.

    Due to the rising number of COVID infections in the borough and the need to keep everyone safe, the authority has decided to hold the Full Council meeting on Thursday 15 July remotely, rather than meeting in person.

    Government regulations mean that the decision to adopt the new Waste Management Strategy will be taken by the Council’s Chief Executive following a debate by members.

    The new model seeks to provide a fairer and more efficient waste and recycling service that will give great value for money.

    It will also help the authority reduce significant cost pressures on the service due to cuts to the Council’s budget.

    The key recommendations include:

    Household waste collected fortnightly using a 180 litre wheeled bin (as per the current arrangement).

    Two larger capacity recycling bins on wheels collected fortnightly to replace existing 55-litre boxes.

    Food waste will be collected weekly using the existing small food bin (as per the current arrangement).

    The Council would introduce an optional chargeable garden waste collection service over 40 weeks of the year, covering the ‘growing season’ between March and November.

    There would be a charge of £40 per year per container for green waste collections. This equates to £2 per collection and is in line with the current additional capacity charge. Residents will be able to choose to pay for this service or to make alternative arrangements.

    The garden waste collections continue fortnightly, in line with the frequency of the proposed kerbside collection service.

    Alternative arrangements will be made for properties that cannot accommodate the new service.

    If adopted, the new service would reduce carbon emissions by 220,000kg a year and reduce the cost pressures on the service by almost £1m.

    Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Highways and Strategic Transport, Cllr Karen Shore, said: “Our current Waste Strategy is nearly 20 years old and no longer meets the challenges we face as a community.

    “The new Waste Management Strategy provides the borough with a solution that will help us to meet our climate change commitments and the budget pressures we face.

    “We have consulted widely on our plans for the new strategy, we have listened to what people have said and we have used this information to develop our plan.

    “Some of the decisions we have made have been extremely difficult but they have been made in the interests of our borough. The Council cannot resolve all the issues we face on its own, which is why we are asking people in our borough to work with us and contribute a little more.

    “We know our residents want to work together for a greener future. We know they want less waste and more recycling. We will continue to listen to our residents and work with them throughout this process.”

    If the new Waste Management Strategy is approved following Full Council, it will be implemented from 2022 onwards.


  • Libraries launch the 2021 Summer Reading Challenge ‘Wild World Heroes'

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    2 July 2021

    Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Library Service is launching this year’s Summer Reading Challenge for children from 10 July.

    This year’s Challenge ‘Wild World Heroes’ will be a celebration of reading, nature and action for the environment. Developed in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund, Wild World Heroes will inspire children to stand up for the future of our planet.

    The Wild World Heroes live in Wilderville, a pretty cool place, but there are lots of things that they can do to make their town even better for the people and animals that live there.

    The challenge is organised by The Reading Agency and is in partnership with local libraries across the UK. It is open to all children, free of charge.

    Children will receive a collector’s pack for joining, stickers as a reward for reading books and a certificate and a medal after completing the challenge of reading six books.

    For the first time, children under four can take part in a special Mini Challenge, with stickers for reading books and a special golden sticker when they have completed.

    The challenge can be joined online via: www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/read or in a library, from Saturday 10 July.

    Council Leader and Cabinet Member for Wellbeing, Councillor Louise Gittins said: “Children's reading can 'dip' during the long summer holidays if they do not have regular access to books and encouragement to read for pleasure and this can be a problem for schools to put right in the new term. The disruption of education for pupils caused by COVID-19 makes this challenge even greater.

    “Our Libraries have lots of exciting events and activities planned to help get children reading over the summer holidays. Get them involved by either coming to your local library or joining in on-line. The Wild World Heroes are coming to a library near you this summer.”

    Where possible some events will take place outdoors. Events include the “Same Same … But Different” theatre show, Animals Takeover, Mama G, storytelling, crafts and treasure hunts.

    Places can be booked for the physical events in the relevant library. You can book for the “Same Same … But Different” show and online events via: www.ticketsource.co.uk/cwaclibraries . All events will be free, with more being announced soon. All will be risk assessed and in line with any Covid-19 guidance.

    The award-winning author of “The Boy At The Back Of The Class” and “Night Bus Hero”, Onjali Q Rauf, will be doing a special question and answer session via Zoom and bookable via Ticketsource. Children can submit their questions for her by emailing libraryevents@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk, with those doing so being entered into a prize draw for her books. Those joining Wild World Heroes will also be in with a chance to win tickets to the Bewilderwood Adventure Park, and bundles of the Bewilderwood books.

    Children under the age of 12 are not charged late fees for books.

  • Council’s crackdown on fly-tipping intensifies

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    30 June 2021

    Cheshire West and Chester Council’s crackdown on fly-tippers is set to intensify with mobile CCTV cameras to be used at well-known hotspots around the borough.

    Anyone caught illegally dumping waste in west Cheshire could face a fine and even a prison sentence for the most severe cases.

    The Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment, Highways and Strategic Transport, Councillor Karen Shore said: “There is absolutely no excuse for fly tipping, it is a nuisance to our communities and costs money to clear away. That is why we will take any steps necessary to find and prosecute offenders.

    “The message is clear…Fly-tippers beware! We are watching and will do all we can to track you down, and make sure you pay for what you have done.”

    The Council is again urging residents to not be tempted to use the services of Illegal waste carriers who often target people on social media.

    Unlicensed carriers often simply dump the waste along country lanes or in alleyways leaving the bill for removal and disposal with the Council.

    The Council’s Regulatory Services team will look for any evidence they can find in fly tips and any householder or small businesses found to be using rogue traders to dispose of their waste can be prosecuted.

    Cllr Shore added: “Please check anyone disposing of waste for you is a licensed waste carrier – always be wary if you are approached by an individual to take your rubbish away.”

    If you discover illegal tipping of waste or see it being tipped, report it 24 hours a day on the Council’s website or ‘Report It’ app.

    Check a waste carrier is registered on the Environment Agency’s website: environment.data.gov.uk/public-register/view/search-waste-carriers-brokers

  • The Mersey Dee Alliance proposes a pathway from Covid Recession to Green Growth in a £400 million Stimulus Package Proposal

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    22 June 2021

    The Mersey Dee Alliance, representing the interests of the unique, cross border, functional economy in Flintshire and Wrexham in North Wales and Cheshire West and Chester and Wirral in the Northwest of England today launched a transformational plan for a £400m Fiscal Stimulus Package for the Mersey Dee Economy. The proposal has been submitted to Ministers in the UK and Welsh Governments.

    Councillor Mark Pritchard, Chair of the Mersey Dee Alliance said: “The MDA economy has been hit hard by Covid 19. Our GVA has contracted by 15%, equivalent to £3.5bn of the pre-pandemic, £22bn value of the economy. Thousands of jobs have been lost. Deeds not words are needed now to deliver an urgent fiscal stimulus to the MDA economy to save jobs and secure the future of our world class, manufacturing industry cluster.

    "Our proposals to the UK and Welsh Governments will create and safeguard 5,000 jobs and generate £1.2bn of net economic value in a short space of time.

    "The package aligns with UK Government priorities to strengthen the union, deliver 'levelling up' and implement the 10-point plan for a 'green industrial revolution'.

    "We will meet the needs of future generations with inclusive and sustainable growth as required by the Welsh Government’s Future Generations Act.”

    Councillor Louise Gittins, Leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council said: "I am passionate about climate change and sustainable growth. The MDA Fiscal Stimulus Package will accelerate investment in switching from carbon-based fuels to renewables and greener fuels like hydrogen, with carbon capture and storage for initial phases of hydrogen production.

    "We are proposing a major investment in cycleways and public transport to reduce carbon and noxious emissions from cars. Our Active travel proposals will enable delivery of a strategic cycling corridor linking Birkenhead to Chester and Ellesmere Port, and from West Kirby through to Deeside in Flintshire, removing barriers and opening-up employment opportunities."

    Councillor Stuart Whittingham, Wirral Council and Vice Chair of the MDA said: “Businesses and residents of the MDA area do not see a border between England and Wales. They just see enterprise, supply chain, employment and leisure opportunities in an area with an integrated economy and close cultural ties. That’s why there are 153,000 inter regional journeys both ways over a 24-hour period per day.

    "Our economy will prosper more with a strong partnership between the UK and Welsh governments. The MDA Proposition is not only an opportunity to maximise sustainable and inclusive growth but also an opportunity to develop a positive partnership between the UK and Welsh Governments.

    "The Mersey Dee Alliance is a high performing partnership between Councils, businesses and universities. We are a model partnership that the UK and Welsh governments can build on.”

    Ian Roberts, Leader of Flintshire County Council said: “We have worked with neighbouring local growth partnerships to develop our proposals. The MDA will continue to work closely with the North Wales Economic Ambition Board, the Cheshire and Warrington LEP and the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority. We will avoid duplication and complement the programmes of our partners.

    "Flintshire supports this package as the home of Airbus. We must do everything we can to support our excellent manufacturing firms who provide skilled work with good pay.”

    Councillor Mark Pritchard concluded: “The MDA economy faces big challenges to recover from Covid-19 and to adjust to 'net zero' operations. We have made transformational and innovative proposals to meet those challenges.

    "We want to get things done and we will work creatively and flexibly with both governments to deliver investment from multiple sources at pace. This will include seeking some investment via a future fiscal event with provision made for the MDA in the Comprehensive Spending Review to be announced in the autumn of 2021."

  • Ellesmere Port poised to become a global player in green energy - say industry experts

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    18 June 2021

    Ellesmere Port has the potential to attract more than £2bn in regeneration investment and become one of the first Net Zero Carbon Industrial cluster in the world.

    This is the verdict from a high-profile group of industry leaders who gathered this week to discuss exciting plans for the future of the Cheshire town.

    Delegates at the Cheshire West and Chester: Developing a World Class Location for Net Zero Growth webinar heard about plans to position Ellesmere Port at the heart of the nation’s green industrial revolution.

    Over the next few years, the town is expected to attract a number of major energy-related projects aimed at providing sustainable carbon-free alternatives to power homes and businesses.

    These include a £600m waste to fuel plant on the site of the Essar Oil, Stanlow Refinery. A further £400m has already been brought into the town through the Ellesmere Port Industrial Area, attracting new investment from major players such as Regatta, DHL and Jaguar Land Rover.

    The online event heard from a range of industry experts, including Peel NRE managing director Myles Kitcher, Hynet project manager Richard Holden, Rachel Perry from HyNet and Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Director of Economy and Housing Gemma Davies.

    Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, Planning and Climate Emergency, Cllr Matt Bryan, said: “We declared a Climate Emergency in 2019, following consultation with residents. We have a response plan, leading the way in best practice, and looking at all aspects of Council business to drive down emissions, waste and become a net zero exemplar authority. We have pledged to work to make the Council carbon neutral by 2030 and the borough carbon neutral by 2045.”

    Ellesmere Port has attracted extensive Public Sector investment including:

    • £6 million Regional Growth Fund to support £168m 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

    Added Councillor Bryan: “The Ellesmere Port Industrial Area has also seen huge investments including major energy related projects like Fulcrum BioEnergy developing a new £600m waste to fuel plant. A new Development and Infrastructure Investment Framework (DIIF) has highlighted the potential for the area to attract a further £2bn development regeneration investment.

    “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.”

    Some of the major projects that are planned or are already under way in Ellesmere Port, that were highlighted during the webinar, are:

    Progressive Energy - HyNet

    Progressive Energy develop projects which reduce carbon emissions across industry, homes and transport. The team is focused on hydrogen and capturing and storing carbon (CCS). They are the lead developer of HyNet North West.

    HyNet is the UK’s leading low carbon hydrogen and Carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) project offering a low cost, low risk route to decarbonise the North West industrial cluster and other sectors of the regional economy. Kick starting the hydrogen economy, it will deliver a material contribution to net zero and considerable economic benefit. Repurposing Liverpool Bay gas fields infrastructure provides a low capital entry for CCUS deployment of one million tonnes of CO2 per year with incremental growth to 10 million tonnes per year and beyond.

    The HyNet project aims to start the transition to a hydrogen economy delivering 80 per cent of the Prime Minister’s 2030 UK target for low carbon hydrogen.

    It is ready to transform the region creating the world’s first net zero carbon industrial cluster, and an attractive investment location.

    Fulcrum BioEnergy

    Fulcrum BioEnergy has recently signed a deal to develop a £600m waste-to-fuel plant at Ellesmere Port on the site of the Essar Oil Stanlow Refinery. This zero-carbon project will deliver transformational change for the North West.

    The innovative bio-refinery will convert several hundred thousand tonnes of pre-processed waste, which would have otherwise been destined for incineration or landfill, into approximately 100 million litres of low carbon sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) annually.

    This new development promises to lead the way to a cleaner and more sustainable future in the North West and change the way aviation fuel is made to help decarbonise the UK. By using SAF from residual domestic household and commercial waste, greenhouse gas emissions are reduced by approximately 70 per cent and have the future potential to be fully carbon neutral when compared to fuels produced from conventional crude oil.

    SAF produced at the site offers a 90 per cent reduction in particulates, which may benefit local air quality in and around airports.

    The new venture will complement Essar’s wider plans to build a green energy industrial cluster at the Stanlow site. Earlier this year, it announced its participation in production of blue hydrogen under the HyNet project.

    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

    At the centre of North West England’s Energy and Clean-Growth economy lies a technology and production led cluster spanning an innovation corridor from Ellesmere Port through to the M56 corridor. The Ellesmere Port Industrial Area is one of the most important industrial and employment clusters in the UK. It has the potential to fast track the UK’s Green Industrial Revolution and help to achieve the UK’s ambitious carbon reduction targets.

    As a highly industrialised area, Ellesmere Port has the 5th highest emissions in the country. Without interventions, by 2045 the area will have added 70 million tonnes of CO2 to the atmosphere from industry in Cheshire.

    The Ellesmere Port Industrial Area

    The Ellesmere Port Industrial Area (EPIA) currently 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 £2 billion forecast.

    A new Development and Infrastructure Investment Framework (DIIF) 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 implemented at an industrial scale.

    The Framework expects an increase to 1,463 businesses, employing 35,500 people by 2040.

    The Ellesmere Port Industrial Area (EPIA) zones:

    Stanlow and Thornton Zone

    This zone will help establish HyNet and enable the delivery of CCUS and Hydrogen power. This will put the EPIA, and the region at the forefront of low carbon energy technologies implemented on an industrial scale and unlock significant additional economic growth opportunities.

    The presence of the University of Chester at Thornton Science Park will create a link between research and innovation and practical application of technologies. This area will be a global leader in research, development, demonstration and application of innovations, focused on energy, environment, advanced manufacturing and the automotive industry.

    This unique offering, combining research, development, demonstration, and industrial scale application, can support EPIA in being at the forefront of world first technologies, and innovations.

    Western Advanced Manufacturing Zone

    This area can support the future transition of car manufacturing in the UK. The research and development function of Thornton Science Park and advancements in hydrogen power and low carbon technologies across EPIA will create the opportunities for advanced vehicle manufacture in this area, including electric and hydrogen vehicles, and could attract international investment.

    The area will also play an important role in diversifying the business base of the area, unlocking new land for development for a diverse range of business uses. Importantly initiatives in this area will make existing manufacturers more resilient and support their ongoing operation and growth to secure and safeguard existing jobs.

    EPIA Central

    This is the main arrival point to EPIA. Located next to a major road junction, the rail station and town centre, it is the area regularly accessed by the public for recreation and leisure use. This is the place where community and industry mix in a high-quality environment. For residents it presents an attractive waterfront destination, easily accessible from the town centre, and providing cultural as well as employment, skills and learning opportunities.

    For existing businesses, it will act as a site to engage with the community, with the aim of improving understanding of the complex process of the industrial area. This will help link local people with local jobs it will also be a place new business support services can start up including digital technology, innovation and training

    Eastern Growth District

    The Eastern Growth District will develop over the next 10 to 15 years into the UKs most advanced clean and green energy industrial cluster, playing a significant role in driving forward the low carbon economy, as well as supporting industry to deliver environmentally beneficial processes that reduce and recover waste, create energy, and increase the efficiency of complex industrial processes.

    It will play a key role in enabling HyNet, and along with the rest of EPIA, it will service industrial users to make processes efficient, less resource intensive, and reduce the environmental impact of industry, creating one of the UKs first ‘SuperPlaces’.

  • Council teams support Clean Air Day

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    14 June 2021

    Cheshire West and Chester Council is supporting this year’s Clean Air Day to highlight how we can all make a difference to air quality in the borough and help protect children’s health.

    Clean Air Day organisers ask us all to do our bit to clean up the air around us as we approach the longest day of the year. Held on Thursday, 17 June, this year’s theme is protecting children’s health.

    The Council’s Road Safety team is encouraging parents and carers to reduce the number of vehicles outside schools by walking, cycling or scootering all or part of their journey.

    Fewer cars around schools means cleaner air. An animation promoting this message has been produced and can be viewed on the Council’s YouTube channel here.

    If you do have to drive, park away from the school and avoid engine idling. The Council’s Breath of Fresh Air campaign explained how turning a vehicle’s engine off while stationary protects the health of people in their cars and on the pavement. Find out more on the Council’s website.

    The Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment, Highways and Strategic Transport, Councillor Karen Shore said: “Clean Air Day is the perfect opportunity to promote walking, cycling or scootering to school to cut down pollution at the school gates and also to make the school run safer for children. It’s a great way to keep children active too and they arrive at school energised and keen to learn.

    “We can all do our bit to make our difference to air quality in the borough – please think how you could use other methods of travel for all or part of your journey. Also be aware of the effects engine idling has on your health, the health of people around you and the environment. If you’re parked up, please switch your engine off.”

    Clean Air Day is organised by the national charity, Global Action Plan. Their website has a wide range of resources and toolkits to help communities, schools and workplaces to improve air quality. (www.cleanairday.org.uk).

    National road safety charity, Brake, will hold their annual ‘Kids Walk’ on Wednesday 16 June with thousands of children aged four to 11 years taking part in a short, supervised walk around their area to share important road safety messages. The Council’s Road Safety team has helped schools in Whitby Heath, Farndon and Childer Thornton arrange walks to support the event.

    The Council’s Low Emission Strategy to tackle air pollution in the borough includes the recently installed charging points for electric vehicles in car parks across the borough to encourage the use of low emission vehicles. Drivers of electric vehicles are now able to recharge their cars using dual-socket fast GeniePoint chargers, installed and managed by ENGIE EV Solutions.

    This supports the Council’s Climate Emergency agenda and its target for the borough to be carbon neutral by 2045.

  • Project tackles fly-tipping in Fields area of Ellesmere Port

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    10 June 2021

    Cheshire West and Chester Council has reached the final phase of a project to reduce fly-tipping and help residents manage their waste in the alleyways of the Fields area of Ellesmere Port.

    The project has been designed to work closely with local residents to help manage the fly-tipping problems in the area, raise awareness of how to manage waste and encourage community clean up events.

    The project has seen residents in the area working with staff from the Council’s Waste Management, StreetCare, Localities, Regulatory Services and Community Safety teams, and has also involved Cheshire Police and local ward councillors.

    Earlier this year letters were sent to residents in Victoria Road, Woodfield Road, Ashfield Road and Highfield Road in Ellesmere Port to ask them to get involved. Meetings were also held to discuss ideas on how to improve the area and information was provided to help residents have the correct bins to manage their waste and recycle where possible.

    The Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment, Highways and Strategic Transport, Councillor Karen Shore said: “Residents have really got involved in the project and made a difference to their community. The next phase of the project will see our Your Streets Officers work closely with residents to organise community projects like litter picks and planting schemes. It is hoped that they can also get involved in the town’s Ellesmere Port in Bloom entry, working with other groups.

    “When I visited the alleyways last week, I was very impressed with clean up work that has has taken place and the enthusiasm from local residents. One gentleman very resourcefully used items he found fly-tipped behind his home to transform his section of the alleyway into an attractive garden space. A big thank you to everyone who has got involved.”

    To ensure the area remains in its current clean state fortnightly patrols will be carried out in the area and any instances of fly tipping will be passed to the Council’s Regulatory Services team to investigate, which may lead to Fixed Penalty Notices being issued or the prosecution of offenders.

    In the autumn the project will be reviewed with everyone involved being able to discuss the results to date and plans for the future.

  • Volunteers help clean up Burton beauty spot

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    Qwest volunteering team in Burton

    8 June 2021

    Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Greenspaces team has worked with volunteers from Council-owned services company, Qwest, to transform a Burton beauty spot.

    One of the Council’s Greenspace Rangers worked with the volunteers to restore a pool area at a small beautiful greenspace site called Hampston’s Well, in the historic village of Burton.

    With a lot of hard work and enthusiasm the team made a great start at restoring the pool area itself by extracting some of the built-up mud and silt. The Greenspaces team will continue the restoration of the area working closely with the emerging Friends of Hampston’s Well group, who have already started to improve access and have plans to restore the whole site to its former glory.

    The Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment, Highways and Strategic Transport, Councillor Karen Shore said: “A big thank you to everyone involved in this project – it looks great.

    “I hope this example will inspire more people to play their part and get involved in the Great British Spring Clean, which is happening between 28 May and 11 June, to make our borough even more beautiful. Volunteering is a great way of getting outdoors and making a difference in your community.”

    A toolkit is available, including litter pickers, bags, spades and rakes, from the Council’s Your Streets officers for individuals or groups who would like to organise a clean-up event in their community, subject to availability. A jet washing machine is also available. For more information see the Council’s website or email: yourstreets@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk.

    If anyone would like to volunteer with the Friends of Hampston’s Well Group please contact the Secretary via their Facebook page.

  • Council leaders plan for a greener future with new waste and recycling

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    8 June 2021

    Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Cabinet is set to decide on a more sustainable future for waste and recycling services in the borough.

    At its meeting on Wednesday 9 June, cabinet members will discuss the proposed Waste Management Strategy, which will shape how the Council delivers waste services over the next 10 years.

    It will respond to Climate Change challenges, waste reduction and the need to recycle more. The new model will provide a fairer waste and recycling service that will give greater value for money.

    The Council’s current Waste Strategy is nearly 20 years old and is no longer fit for purpose.

    In January, the Council embarked on a major consultation exercise to plan for the new Waste Management Strategy. Residents and other stakeholders were asked to give their views on proposals for the new service. More than 14,800 people responded, and the proposed new service has been shaped based on these responses.

    More than 73 per cent of those who responded agreed with the Council’s key priorities for the waste strategy. They are to reduce overall waste, maximise recycling and deliver an efficient and cost-effective service.

    Residents who responded also said that the existing boxes were difficult to carry and easily damaged and that more recycling capacity should be provided to households.

    Based on the findings of the consultation and some of the challenges facing the service, the key recommendations for the new Waste Management Strategy include:

    • Household waste collected fortnightly using a 180 litre wheeled bin (as per the current arrangement).
    • Two larger capacity recycling bins on wheels 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 makes 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.
    • 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.

    If adopted, the new service would reduce carbon emissions by 220,000kg a year and help to ensure that the service is more financially sustainable.

    The new service would be in place for a minimum of three years. During this time, the Council would continue to look at ways it could continue to work with residents to reduce the amount of waste that we all produce and increase levels of reuse and recycling.

    Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment. Highways and Strategic Transport, Cllr Karen Shore said: “We would like to thank all those residents of the borough who took part in the Waste Strategy consultation. It was the largest response we have ever had and it is an area that people in our borough are very interested in.

    “It is clear from the responses that people in Cheshire West and Chester share the view that we must do all we can to reduce the amount of waste we produce and recycle even more than we do already.

    “People recognise that Climate Change presents us with challenges and it is clear from the responses that residents of the borough are ready to rise to these challenges.

    “Bin collections is one of the areas where we have direct contact with every household in the borough. We are determined to offer our residents a modern service that responds to their needs.

    “We have some tough decisions to make due to the financial pressures we face. We will make a decision which will provide the best long-term outcome for everyone in our borough.”

    Cllr Shore added: “Our residents have told us that they want to continue to engage with the Council over the future for waste and recycling services in the borough and we will do this. As the world continues to change we will have to be prepared to change with it in the years to come and we will ensure that our residents are involved in this process every step of the way.”

    The Cabinet meeting will take place at 10am on Wednesday 9 June and can be viewed via the Council’s website: www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk

  • Children get the message across about single use plastics

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    8 June 2021

    Cheshire West and Chester Council, working with Chester and District Friends of the Earth, has installed a series of colourful signs, designed by children, giving important messages about single use plastics and encouraging people not to drop litter at the Groves in Chester.

    The signs were designed by the winners of a competition arranged by Friends of the Earth, Chester last year but the pandemic delayed them appearing in pride of place by the River Dee.

    Now a series of 12 signs are in place along railing at the Groves for all to see. The overall winner was by Maddy Scott of Shocklach Oviatt C of E Primary school, who created a polluted ocean scene using a very creative, torn paper collage.

    The Council’s Cabinet Member for the Climate Emergency, Cllr Matt Bryan said: “Plastic litter can be dangerous for both people and animals so we urgently need to keep up the fight against single-use plastics. These precious habitats, like our wonderful River Dee, are home to many species of wildlife at risk of permanent harm from litter pollution.

    “The signs look wonderful and the children’s ideas for getting their message across are really impressive. We all need to play our part by using alternative to plastics where we can and not dropping litter.”

    Helen Tandy, Chester and District Friends of the Earth said: “We achieved Plastic Free Chester in 2018 via a Friends of the Earth Chester & District Campaign working with Surfers Against Sewage. We then organised a competition with local schools around plastic pollution, working with Cheshire West & Chester Council we agreed the art would be shown along the River Dee to raise awareness.

    “I am so pleased, after a delay due to Covid, we are now able to all view this fantastic artwork and the children can now visit and see the art in situ.”

    There are lots of things we can do to reduce single-use plastic:

    • Remember your refillable water bottle
    • Take a reusable coffee cup and refuse single-use take away cup
    • Refuse single-use packaging
    • Resist a straw or a buy a reusable one
    • Refuse a single-use plastic bag and take your own
    • Take your own cutlery or use sustainable alternatives
    • Avoid single-use plastics in the bathroom
    • Refuse single-use condiment sachets
    • If you visit a beach, grab a handful of plastic litter and recycle or dispose of it.
    • Get local milk in reusable glass bottles

    This project supports the Council’s Climate Emergency agenda and its target for the borough to be carbon neutral by 2045.