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River levels high in Cheshire

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

While the worst of the flooding appears to be in Shropshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire, other parts of the region have been seeing an impact from Storm Dennis.

This was the River Weaver in Nantwich, Cheshire, over the weekend:

River Weaver in Nantwich

Severe disruption: A523 Cheshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A523 Cheshire both ways severe disruption, from Brook Street to A536.

A523 Cheshire - A523 The Silk Road in Macclesfield closed and it's slow in both directions from the Brook Street junction to the A536 junction, because of a police investigation.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Council to confirm new chief executive

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Cheshire East Council is due to confirm its new chief executive at a meeting tomorrow night.

Lorraine O’Donnell was recently the director of transformation and partnerships at Durham County Council and will replace Kath O’Dwyer, who has served as acting chief executive since April 2017.

Council headquarters

Ms O’Dwyer was due to be appointed to the £151,000-a-year role in December, but decided to return to her hometown of St Helens instead, to become the council chief executive there.

A report going before councillors tomorrow said there was a "rigorous assessment phase" to choose Ms O'Donnell, including an interview last Thursday.

Bin lorries converted to use gas fuel

Bin lorries in Crewe and other parts of Cheshire are going to be converted to use hyrdogen fuel.

Cheshire East Council has been given £1m to pay for the move and will also set up the first green hydrogen fuelling facility in the North West of England.

Ex-MP looks to win council seat

BBC Radio Stoke

The former Crewe and Nantwich MP Laura Smith is hoping to become a Cheshire East borough councillor.

She has been confirmed as Labour's candidate for the Crewe South ward by-election next month.

Laura Smith
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The former teacher lost her parliamentary seat in the December general election after two years as MP.

Prospective candidates had until 16:00 today to register their nomination. The full list of candidates will appear on the Cheshire East Council website.

8% of urgent ambulance calls in the North West take more than an hour

A BBC investigation has found that thousands of patients who've had strokes, heart attacks and fits are being made to wait over an hour for an ambulance.

Across the North West, 84,548 out of 1,044,119 calls led to waits of more than an hour. That's a higher proportion than in many other English regions that responded to a request for their data. Only the East Midlands and South West were higher.

BBC News obtained the data under the Freedom of Information Act covering the period from the start of 2018 to September 2019.

The North West Ambulance Service has been invited to respond.

Close up of side panel of large ambulance
Trying to escape from police, Stephen Beaumont also tries to perform a U-turn into traffic
Trying to escape from police, Stephen Beaumont also tries to perform a U-turn into traffic

Change to council decision-making process delayed

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Cheshire East Council is going to wait another 12 months before scrapping its cabinet and replacing it with a number of decision-making committees.

The idea was a manifesto promise from the Independent Group before it entered a coalition with Labour after last year's local elections. Councillors had voted to introduce the change in May.

Cheshire East Council

Councillor Brendan Murphy, leader of the Real Independent Group, said he understood there would be some disappointment, but more work needed to be done to ensure " a robust process is fully in place".