Let us know your thoughts on Nantwich
We want to listen to our residents and visitors and find out what is important to you within the town.
The survey should take not much more than 5 minutes to complete and the findings will help inform the development of a Tourism Strategy for Nantwich.
This study is being carried out by Nantwich Tourism Strategy Working Group which is made up of residents, businesses, organisations, key stakeholders and representatives from Nantwich Town Council. Your participation is voluntary and answers will be kept anonymous and confidential.
Nantwich Town Council will destroy all data relating to this survey 1 year after the data was collected. To view further information on this please see the privacy notice.
Thank you for taking the time to complete this important Tourism Questionnaire.
Let us know your thoughts on Climate Change
Nantwich Climate Change Working Group would like to invite you to take part in this survey on the environment and climate change.
The survey should take no longer than 5 minutes to complete and the findings will help inform the development of a Climate Action Plan for Nantwich. This study is being carried out by Nantwich Climate Change Working Group which is made up of residents, key stakeholders and representatives from Nantwich Town Council. Your participation is voluntary and answers will be kept anonymous and confidential.
Visit the Climate Change page to find out more about how Nantwich is tackling Climate Change.
Other Consultations In Our Area
Residents’ views sought on police budget
Police and Crime Commissioner John Dwyer is asking people across Cheshire about their policing priorities for the coming year and the police precept – the part of Council Tax that funds Cheshire Constabulary.
You can complete the survey at: www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/policebudget202324
More than 40% of Cheshire Constabulary’s funding came from Council Tax in 2022/23. This key part of the police budget has enabled the Constabulary to make several improvements in areas most important to the public, including:
- Recruiting more call handlers and more than halving 101 average waiting times, from over 17 minutes in Summer 2021 to around five and a half minutes now.
- Cutting the average time it takes to attend emergencies to less than 10 minutes and reducing the average attendance time for prompt non-emergencies by a third.
- Increasing the number of arrests made by 35% over the past year.
- Maintaining the 122 community policing model, where each of Cheshire’s communities is allocated its own dedicated police team.
Police and Crime Commissioner, John Dwyer, said: “It’s through the public’s support via the police precept that we’ve been able to make Cheshire even safer over the past year and improve in a number of key areas.
“I want the Constabulary to be able to maintain these improvements and that’s why I’m launching this survey. I need people’s feedback on what they want our police service to focus on in 2023/24 and what level the police precept should be set at to be able to achieve this.”
Government funding for Cheshire Constabulary is set to increase, however inflation has seen nearly £14 million added to the cost of policing. As families and businesses have had to look at their own budgets in the current climate, the police have been doing the same and £6.7 million has been identified through savings and reserves to close the gap, however there is still a shortfall.
To find extra funding for policing, Commissioners can increase the police precept by £15 per year – £1.25 per month – for a Band D Council Tax property, without the need to hold a referendum. Nearly two thirds of Cheshire properties fall into Bands A-C, meaning most households would pay less, and at 6.4% across all Bands an increase of this amount would fall below the current rate of inflation.
John Dwyer added: “Increasing the precept by 6.4% – below inflation – would allow the Constabulary to meet this funding gap and maintain the improved level of service we have seen. The Chief Constable and I have focused relentlessly on the areas that matter most to people and things are moving in the right direction.
“However, setting the police precept is a responsibility I do not take lightly. I know that the cost of living is affecting people and public services in different ways and that’s why I’ve provided a number of options in the survey. It’s vital that I get the views of people right across Cheshire so please do have your say.”
The survey will close at midday on Tuesday 24 January. Have your say
Cheshire Fire Authority Budget Consultation 2023/2024
Cheshire Fire Authority is launching a consultation on its precept (its share of council tax) for the forthcoming 2023/2024 financial year.
Cheshire Fire Authority is the publicly accountable body responsible for providing a fire and rescue service to the communities of Cheshire. The Authority has two main sources of income; grants from government (which make up around 33% of its budget) and through local council tax (which accounts for 67%of its budget). For the last financial year in 2022/23, the Authority had a total budget of £46.6m.
The Authority has a legal duty to set a balanced budget, which means matching its income with its outgoings. Its outgoings include paying staff wages, purchasing firefighting equipment, improving or maintaining premises and paying for things like energy and fuel.
In spite of the impact of austerity and the fact the Authority has not received capital funding (to pay for assets like fire stations) from the Government since 2014, it has in recent years been able to invest in its staff and its services through careful financial management and planning. This has allowed it to maintain equipment, invest in new technology, improve training and modernise its buildings. This has enabled Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service to become one of the most effective and efficient fire and rescue services in the country.
Unfortunately, the Authority is now facing further significant financial pressures, for example as a result of increases in the cost of energy and pay increases for staff (which are negotiated on a national basis and not always funded by the Government). Even after identifying a significant amount of savings, the Authority could be facing a funding gap of nearly £1m when it attempts to settle its 2023/24 budget; potentially more depending on the outcome of the pay dispute involving firefighters.
Fire and rescue authorities have been lobbying the Government in the hope that it will allow them to increase the amount that their council tax precept by more than has become the norm. In recent years increases have been limited to 2%. This level of increase in 2023/24 could mean that the Authority would struggle to maintain current levels of services in light of increases in costs.
The Government has now confirmed that it will allow authorities to increase their council tax precept by up to £5.00 per year for a Band D property. This would raise an additional £1.3m in funding compared to raising the precept by 1.99%, which would enable the Authority to maintain its current level of services and meet some of the pressures it faces from inflation and rising costs.
The impact of this increase on all council tax bands would be as follows:
- Band A – an increase of £3.33 per year, taking the annual precept from £54.99 to £58.32
- Band B – an increase of £3.89 per year, taking the annual precept from £64.15 to £68.04
- Band C – an increase of £4.44 per year, taking the annual precept from £73.32 to £77.76
- Band D – an increase of £5.00 per year, taking the annual precept from £82.48 to £87. 48
- Band E – an increase of £6.11 per year, taking the annual precept from £100.81to £106.92
- Band F – an increase of £7.22 per year, taking the annual precept from £119.14 to £126.36
- Band G – an increase of £8.33 per year, taking the annual precept from £137.47t o £145.80
- Band H – an increase of £10.00 per year, taking the annual precept from £164.96 to £174.96
The Fire Authority will consider its budget in February 2023 and at the meeting it will set its council tax precept. Before deciding what to do the Authority is keen to understand what people think. Please take a few moments to share your views on the Authority’s proposal to increase its share of council tax. The survey, which is open until Monday 23 January 2023.
Town Centre Vitality Plans – Consultation 2022
Cheshire East Council wishes to see town centres across the borough thrive, but town centres are facing a number of challenges.
With this in mind, Cheshire East Council has commissioned an expert team to produce bespoke Town Centre Vitality Plans (TCVP) for each of the borough’s nine Key Service Centres (KSC).
These draft plans are about establishing an agreed set of priorities and are not a commitment to finance the delivery of proposals – funding would need to be sought once plans are agreed as and when opportunities for funding arise and resources allow. Having an agreed set of priority projects is however generally an important step in being able to bid for funding.
Public Conveniences Consultation
Nantwich Town Council invited its residents, local businesses and visitors to take part in and complete a short survey on whether there should be investment at the former Snowhill site to re-introduce public conveniences. The site is located on Snowhill car park, Waterlode, Nantwich and for those unfamiliar with the location can view the sites proximity to the Town Centre on the map.
At Finance Committee on 25th November Members considered a report and survey results for the Public Conveniences survey. The Clerk highlighted some of the main responses including the positive response to the refurbishment of Snowhill, and the requirement for Sunday opening of public conveniences.
It was resolved that the re-introduction of toilets at Snowhill to be taken to the next stage of design and feasibility. We will endeavor to keep residents informed of progress.
May 2019 was a significant month for Nantwich Town Council with the local elections and a fresh Council featuring five new Councillors. A new Mayor and Deputy Mayor of the Council were elected. Alongside all this the new Town Clerk, Samantha Roberts, joined the Council in September 2019.
During the months that followed we began developing the Corporate Strategic Plan for the next three years.
We opened a public consultation process on the draft Corporate Strategic Plan with key stakeholders and the local community, as it was important that your views were considered and incorporated within the document.
Consultation responses have now been received and included in the plan, and the final version including the amendments will be published in due course.
The three-year corporate plan has five key Core Priorities and the overarching vision of ‘making Nantwich an even better place’.
Let us have your thoughts – please let us know which places and buildings make Nantwich, Nantwich.