“Neighbour from hell”
evicted from home
by David Skentelbery
A “NEIGHBOUR from hell” who threatened and harassed council tenants at Warrington has been evicted following legal action taken by housing chiefs.
The man, in his 50s, subjected neighbours on the Mee Brow estate at Culcheth to noise, harassment and threatening behaviour.
He had been causing problems for some time in Beaverbrook Close.
In another successful legal action, Golden Gates Housing, the arms length housing organisation which runs Warrington’s 9,000 plus council homes, obtained an injunction against a tenant at Latchford who had been causing anti social behaviour in their area.
The man, in his 20s, had caused problems through loud music, threatening behaviour and intimidation.
The order offers protection to those living in the area and, if breached, the tenant could be arrested.
Peter Mercer, director of Golden Gates Housing, said: “We are trying to build strong and safe communities where people can live in peace of mind. As such, we will simply not tolerate anti-social behaviour from our tenants or their visitors and we will continue to take a firm stance against any perpetrators.”
Church celebrates centenary
by Gary Skentelbery
SOME very special guests attended Newchurch Parish Church’s Centenary weekend marking 100 years since the Church was opened by the then Bishop of Liverpool the Rt Rev Francis Chavasse.
Special guests at the Culcheth near Warrington church, included the current Bishop of Liverpool James Jones and Diana Osborne, grand daughter of Rev Whittenbury – Kaye, the Rector when the church opened in 1904.
A flower festival also took place over the weekend to mark the occasion with over 500 visitors.
During the weekend music was performed by a variety of individuals and groups, and a piece of music was composed for the occasion – called ‘Century on’.
Rev Chris Stafford said: “It is remarkable to think that Newchurch Parish Church was opened in the same week as the Foundation stone was laid for the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral!”
Pictures show Charlotte Andrew aged 7, Siobhan Beaudin aged 5, guest Mrs Diana Osborne grand daughter of Rev Whittenbury – Kaye, the Rector when the church opened in 1904, Rose Queen Megan Bunce aged 10, Rev Chris Stafford and Matthew Beaudin aged 5. Rev Stafford and the Bishop of Liverpool James Jones are also pictured with the Centenary Cake and Rev Beryl Smart, (left) and reader Barbara Alldred.
Warning over fake
by John Hendon
TRADING Standards chiefs at Warrington have issued a warning about doorstep salesmen selling bogus liquor.
Villagers at Burtonwood seem to have been targeted by the rogue traders who claim thehy are selling unwanted duty free spirits.
The 1.5litre bottles have been sold for ?10-?15 each and appear to be a bargain as the genuine ones would sell for around ?25.
But complaints have been received from householders who have discovered the bottled did not contain alcohol but had been filled with coloured water.
As Trading Standards do not yet know whether the contents are harmful, the team is issuing a warning to people not to buy alcohol from traders who call at their homes.
The main targets have been the elderly – buying spirits for Christmas to share with their families. The concern is that if people buy these bottles and put them away for Christmas they may not realise they have been ripped off until their homes are full of guests – putting a dampener on their festivities.
Trading Standards are currently working alongside police to tackle the scam.
Coun Mike Hannon, (pictured) the borough council’s executive member for community and wellbeing, said: “We are warning people to be vigilant and not to be tempted by any offers, such as this, that seem too good to be true.
“As the liquid hasn’t yet been analysed, we cannot be sure that the contents aren’t harmful. However, as these criminals are prepared to rip off elderly pensioners, there probably not too concerned about what goes in the product either.”
Anyone needing information can contact Trading Standards on 01925 442678.
Crossing the road is
“like a horror movie”
by Lesley Wilkinson
WATCHING people trying to cross the road at Westbrook, Warrington is like watching scenes from a “horror movie” according to MP Helen Jones.
The Warrington North MP has called for a pedestrian crossing on the busy road separating Marks & Spencer and IKEA from Boots and Next on the Gemini Retail Park.
She said: “Crossing the road here can be quite a nerve racking process for the most active of us but for the elderly or those with limited mobility it can be a nightmare.
“Last week I witnessed two young mums with children in buggies struggle to cross – it was like something out of a horror movie with cars shooting past them on both sides.”
She complained about the lack of footpath access from the shops to the highway, and the lack of pedestrian crossing on any stretch of the road.
“I will be calling on the borough council to examine the case for a crossing before there is an accident,” she added.
Helen Jones faces the traffic at Westbrook.
New guidance for
by staff reporter
ORGANISERS of carnivals, processions, fun runs and charity events across Warrington are being given useful guidance and advice, thanks to a pioneering partnership of public organisations.
Warrington Borough Council, Mersey Regional Ambulance Service and Cheshire Police have joined forces to publish an easy to understand guide to help organisers plan and arrange public events.
The booklet is part of a major drive by public bodies, under the banner of the Warrington Event Safety Advisory Group, to improve public safety at events taking place across the borough, in particular those using roads.
More than 50 public events take place on Warrington’s roads every year, including the unique tradition of town and parish “Walking Days”.
The new guide covers a range of issues such as highway safety, barriers and signage, risk assessments, first aid, fire safety, stewards and security, food, alcohol and licences and communication, the law and providing for people with disabilities.
It also gives useful contact information, websites and publications and information on what to do if events go wrong.
Duncan Richardson, chairman of the Warrington Event Safety Advisory Group, said: “This guidance is written specifically for events taking place in Warrington and is the result of close co-operation and some tremendous work by the town’s public agencies.
“The positive feedback we’ve already received suggests that the creation of the Warrington Event Safety Advisory Group has already made life easier for event organisers. This guide has been developed to build on that feedback and to give people the clear guidance they need to organise an event in a safe and secure way.”
For more details, members of the public can contact Graham Naylor on 01925 442512 or email email@example.com