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NEW HQ PLANS

EMER­GENCY ser­vices have backed plans to have fire and po­lice head­quar­ters un­der the same roof.

The merger be­tween Cheshire Po­lice and Cheshire Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice could save the pub­lic £1.5m a year due to re­duced costs - but will cost an es­ti­mated £6.6m to set up.

Chiefs of both ser­vices agreed to the idea on De­cem­ber 9.

It is hoped the two ser­vices will be shar­ing the Cle­monds Hey HQ in Winsford by April 2018.

Cheshire Fire Author­ity chair­man John Joyce said: “This is an am­bi­tious pro­gramme, but it is one we be­lieve of­fers us the best chance of con­tin­u­ing to pro­tect and im­prove the safety of the com­mu­ni­ties we serve.

“Work­ing to­gether like this means we can min­imise the im­pact of the cuts all pub­lic ser­vices are fac­ing.”

Cheshire Fire will sell their cur­rent base in Winsford. While front-line de­part­ments would stay sep­a­rate, un­der the same roof the back of­fice and ma­jor­ity of pro­fes­sional ser­vices could be shared.

Cheshire Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sioner John Dwyer said: “Sym­bol­i­cally, bring­ing both com­mand teams to­gether un­der one roof will have real ben­e­fits for the way both or­gan­i­sa­tions work.”

TEA AND TUNES

MAC­CLES­FIELD Com­mu­nity Artspace is host­ing a ‘Tea and Tunes’ af­ter­noon in aid of char­ity.

The event has been or­gan­ised in con­junc­tion with The Harold Ward Fund for Hope and will take place at the Artspace, on the sec­ond floor of Arse­nal Mill, Heapy Street, be­tween 3pm and 7.30pm.

Singer He­len Hart will be per­form­ing a var­ied se­lec­tion of songs, joined by other mu­si­cians for dif­fer­ent num­bers, in­clud­ing sax­o­phon­ist Ben Ward.

Tea, cakes and nib­bles are in­cluded in the ticket price, which cost £7 for adults, £4 for con­ces­sions and un­der fours go free.

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