Gym plans withdrawn

PLANS to convert an office space in Chetham Court on Winwick Quay into a gym have been withdrawn.

Bosses at Pure Gym Ltd are seeking planning permission to extend its current facilities to house a bigger fitness suite.

In a letter, senior planner Caroline Wright said: “The application proposals are intended only to improve and enhance the existing Pure Gym facility at

Chetham Court creating a more pleasant leisure and working environment for its staff and customers.

“The small increase in floorspace will bring a vacant unit back in use and will not undermine the vitality or viability of other employment uses or nearby centres.


Plans for flat destroyed by fire resubmitted

PLANS to build a new bungalow on the same site where a fire engulfed a house killing a war veteran have been resubmitted to the council.

The house, on Gerosa Avenue in Winwick, was destroyed after a blaze broke out on Monday, July 7, 2014 killing 94-year-old Samuel James.

Blueprints to build a bungalow on the now derelict land were submitted to the planning authority earlier this year but were refused.

The proposed development was turned down as it represents an inappropriate form of development in the green belt.

The decision, which has been published on the council’s website, claimed the bungalow would result in a loss of openness and harm to the character and appearance of Gerosa Avenue and Golborne Road.

Home owner Jack Chadwick said the new plans addressed the issues previously raised.

Anyone who has any queries or concerns should write to the council within 21 days.


Firefighters hit the highways for motorway safety month

TALKS on road safety will be held at M62 Burtonwood Services later this month.

Firefighters will be giving information and advice to drivers to highlight the dangers they face on the county's motorways

In Cheshire from 2014 to 2015 there were 576 road traffic collisions on motorways with 52 of them sadly resulting in death or serious injury.

In a bid to decrease these figures Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service is working with Highways England throughout August.

Road safety manager Colin Heyes said: "We hope that this campaign, in which we are working with Highways England, will drive down the number of people killed on our motorway network and that a successful campaign locally will lead to a national campaign in the coming years."

John McTaggart from Highways England added: “Our traffic officers are whole heartedly behind this initiative to drive home some safety messages for motorway driving.

"Firefighters provide a vital service in quickly responding to incidents, freeing people from vehicles and putting out motorway fires and through the clear initiative they are key partners in helping us get drivers back on the move again after incidents happen.”

The talks will take place on Friday, August 7, and Wednesday, August 12 from 10am to 2pm.


Sewing group present thoughtful gift to Wolves fan

THOUGHTFUL members of the Burtonwood Sewing Group created a cuddly friend to accompany one of the mascots when he walked out with the team for Challenge Cup semi-final.

Last month, the Warrington Guardian published a story about four-year-old Kayden Rodd, switched allegiances to Warrington Wolves after hearing Wire fans singing during this year's Magic Weekend.

He was delighted after he was given the opportunity to walk out on to the pitch with his sporting idols.

So the team of sewers helped to make the day even more special by building Teddy Kayden.

The group have previously made Teddy George, who is has been dubbed as the mayoral correspondent, and can often be spotted at events attended by the Mayor of Warrington, Cllr Geoff Settle.