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.