Sunday, 18 September 2016

The Big Friendly Read - Frodsham Library 13 & 15 September 2016




Lynn and I have sponsored the summer reading challenges for several years now.  We were both thrilled and delighted to be able to attend some of the award ceremonies this last week for the children who completed the reading challenge.  It is one of our favourite events of the year!


It was wonderful to hear that, literally hundreds of the children who attended Frodsham Library, had completed the challenge.  In fact so successful was the challenge this summer that the Borough's Library Service were worried that they may run out of medals - and they had ordered 10% more medals this year than last!

Lynn and I have to say a huge thank you to the Library staff at Frodsham who make Frodsham Library such a wonderful and engaging place for our children - and encourage them in to a life long love books and literature.


Commemorating the Battle of Jutland and the Battle of the Somme

Last Sunday was one of those occasions when Lynn and I needed and wanted to be in two places at once.

At Chester Cathedral there was a service commemorating the Battle of Jutland and the Battle of the Somme, whilst in Frodsham we celebrated Heritage Weekend at St Laurence's with afternoon tea and a music concert.

The Service at Chester Cathedral was poignant and very moving.  The service paper included accounts of the Battle of the Somme and the Battle of Jutland - as well as commemorating the service and sacrifice of 16 year old Jack Cornwell VC who served on HMS Chester.













Wednesday, 7 September 2016

A new Junction 11a for the M56?

Yesterday Highways England unveiled their proposals for a new junction 11a on the M56.  There are two proposals being considered at the moment.  Both proposals are on top of the hill to the east of Junction 12.  The aim is to allow traffic to move from the M56 on to the central expressway - on or near the Brookvale roundabout - and then over the new Mersey Gateway Bridge.  

We can expect the details to be published on the Highways England website shortly.  In the meantime here are a few photographs from Highways England's presentation showing the proposed layouts.

The eastern option is apparently preferred by Highways England.  

From a Frodsham perspective if we are to have this junction - my preference is for the eastern option too - as it is further away from both Frodsham and Sutton Weaver.




Thursday, 25 August 2016

Apprenticeship Opportunities - Castle Park 14 September 2016

CWaC is organising a number of apprenticeship fairs over the next couple of weeks - one of which will be at Castle Park on 14 September between 4 and 6pm.

If you are a youngster looking to do something new and exciting this could be the opportunity you've been waiting for.

If you are an employer looking for apprentices you could use these events to attract new talented people.

If you want more information contact Zoe at:

zoe.bateman@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk



A new Junction 11a on the M56?

Highways England are to hold a consultation event on  6 September between 10am and 8pm at Runcorn Linnets Football Club about proposals for a new junction 11a on the M56.  The proposed junction would be near the top of the hill where the West Coast Main Line crosses the motorway.


Seemingly there are at least two proposals under consideration for siting the junction - one roughly where the marker is on the map below and the other further south (closer to Frodsham). 


The aim of the junction is to make traffic flows easier onto the new Mersey Gateway bridge.

My initial thoughts on seeing these proposals are that this junction seems to be very close to Junction 12 - and on a stretch of motorway that is prone to lorries backing up as they climb the hill when heading east.  Also, as we know, this stretch of the motorway is vulnerable to blinding sunlight in the morning in the autumn and spring.  Too many junctions in close proximity can impede rather than assist traffic flowing.  However having traffic flowing freely onto the Mersey Gateway bridge does make a lot of sense.

Given that we are missing a junction 13 would this be an opportunity to renumber the junctions - so we don't have to use an 'a' - or are we all too superstitious for that?