PROGRESS in the negotiations that
Nantwich Town Council is having with Cheshire East Council over the
towns assets is reported in the latest edition of the local
authority's newsletter, "Talk of the Town".
[The glossy, eight-page A4 publication
used to be labelled Spring, Summer, etc, but now uses the
The local council manages
four allotments, already owning two of them - Wellington Road and
Welshman's Lane. They are now in talks with the borough council
about the other two - both at Brookfield Park (right), adjacent to the Town
Council's base, Brookfield Hall.
And now I hear that the
town council will be taking over (from Cheshire East Council) the
running of the Tourist Information Centre (TIC). That's based in the
Civic Hall, in Market Street.
WHEN Cheshire East Council
announced it was going to close or sell off some of the town's
assets because of budgetry cutbacks, the Town Council decided it
made sense for them to try to buy them, even if it meant the local
precept - the amount that ratepayers pay the council for various
services - having £67 a year per household added to pay for running
The Spring 2013 "Talk of the
Town" says the council "has resolved to increase allotment fees and
charges to £26 per plot for allotment holders living within the Town
Council boundary." In future, households will be allowed to have only
one allotment. Local people get priority on a waiting list for
allotments. People living outside the town boundary will be charged
The Snow Hill toilets transfer - which was delayed
while the Town Council considered a programme of repairs - was "the
latest asset to be transferred" said a paragraph on the front of the
March 2013 edition of "Talk of the Town".
East Council had agreed to provide financial help for the work and
an upgrade and
renovation was to be carried out. This
has now (2014)been done, I understand.
With the closure of
other toilets in the town, the
Town Council is working on a "comfort
scheme" in which retail outlets such as shops, cafes and pubs will,
in return for a small subsidy, allow members of the public to use their toilets free of charge
and without making purchases.