Budget Engagement 2021 - 2025


Cheshire East Council provides more than 500 services for approximately 382,400 residents. From gritting roads to looking after vulnerable people, hundreds of council services are accessed every single day. 

As your council, we have a responsibility to deliver cost effective services in a way that provides our residents with value for money and to ensure every penny is accounted for and spent wisely to deliver so many vital local services which support the needs of local people.

The following budget engagement explains how Cheshire East Council sets its budget, and shows what its spending plans for the next few years look like.

Watch the launch video below, or read a transcript of the video (PDF, 78KB).

View and feed back on this engagement

This engagement is currently paused. We are currently analysing the responses received, and preparing a summary of responses for the council to consider, before it approves the Medium Term Financial Strategy for 2021 - 2025.

If you have any queries about this engagement please email the council's Research and Consultation Team at RandC@cheshireeast.gov.uk.

Engagement timeline

  • 2 December 2020 - Budget Engagement starts
  • 8 January 2021 - Budget Engagement closes
  • 17 February 2021 - Council to finalise the Medium Term Financial Strategy for 2021 - 2025

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Your comments

Add your comments about the Budget Engagement below.

We moderate all comments before we make them public. We try to approve new comments as soon as possible, though our core hours for approvals are between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday. Moderation rules (PDF, 39KB).

We will publish your name alongside your comment, but not your email addresses. We ask for your email address in case we need to contact you about your comment. If you wish to remain anonymous, put "Anonymous" in the name box.

Comments, alongside names, will also be included in reports of engagement responses, which will be distributed to key decision makers and published on the website.

  • Amy piper
    1. 10 December 2020 at 6:19PM, Amy piper wrote

    We need a bypass. We always get over looked. With ansa and the motorway links middlewich is very often gridlock and the narrow roads to the a54 cannot take much more. Also the amount of houses that keep being built it’s ridiculous the amount of extra traffic that has come through with no where for it to go. Before long the slip round to middlewich from the m6 will be backed up. Maybe then we will get what we need.

  • Nigel Young
    2. 12 December 2020 at 7:55PM, Nigel Young wrote

    Please don’t spend money widening/dualing the A500. As I’ve said before you’ll only create a 2 car wide queue rather than a one car wide queue. The problem is traffic flow around the roundabout at J16. Spending on Crewe bus station should also be kept to a minimum too.

  • Simon Brownbill
    3. 15 December 2020 at 7:23AM, Simon Brownbill wrote

    Over 2000 residents have signed a petition asking for a bypass for Disley. This needs action now, not in several years time.

    Also our local police are telling us there are road safety issues in the area yet your highways department say there isn’t?

    Finally we border both Greater Manchester and Derbyshire and for residents in Disley it is self evident our highways are under invested in compared to neighbours.

    Disley needs a highways review urgently.

  • Barbara Francis
    4. 15 December 2020 at 11:58AM, Barbara Francis wrote

    If there were better train and bus links, then all of this road widening and bypassing wouldn't be needed. How does all of this spending on roads fit in with the environmental plan?

  • V Altunel
    5. 21 December 2020 at 8:50PM, V Altunel wrote

    Will you try and spend some money on doing the roads, not patching but resurfacing. The roads around Cheshire East are disgraceful, not to mention the damage they are causing to people's cars. I work in the community, and I'm fed up of constantly have to spend money repairing my car, I don't earn big money and could do with not spending on repairs.

  • Amy Parrish
    6. 24 December 2020 at 1:54PM, Amy Parrish wrote

    Replacing Congleton tip and resurfacing the roads!

  • Jeanette Thayre
    7. 28 December 2020 at 11:10PM, Jeanette Thayre wrote

    As someone who works in the social care sector I find it unbelievable that I can not get a public transport between Crewe and Nantwich after I finish a shift at 8pm. Considering Nantwich and Crewe are the same constituency the public transport links between them are appalling!

    This needs to be sorted. As we should be trying to lower our carbon footprint and get people on public transport this needs to be addressed within your strategy.

  • Jessie tomlinson
    8. 02 January 2021 at 5:43PM, Jessie tomlinson wrote

    Once again middlewich becomes the poor relation

    I am objecting to the considered closing of our tip ..in the long term I do not think this will save money as fly tilling will increase ..not only will this mar the country side but will come at great cost

  • Lynn Lavelle
    9. 06 January 2021 at 9:55AM, Lynn Lavelle wrote

    Re: SL fees consultation 2021/22, Is there a reason that there is no proposed uplift to the sleeping night rate, and what is the rationale for hourly rate for waking night support being lower than the day rate?

  • Derek Ainsworth
    10. 07 January 2021 at 8:07AM, Derek Ainsworth wrote

    I would like to strongly object to any cuts to the highways service, they do a sterling job with the disgraceful amount of existing funding.

    Long term sustainable investment into highway condition improvements are required across the borough.

    What long term investment strategy does the authority have????

  • J Patterson
    11. 07 January 2021 at 4:43PM, J Patterson wrote

    Theres a lot of information and its not easy to know exactly what is what. Information needs setting out more clearly.

  • David McGifford  - Chief Officer Congleton Town Council
    12. 08 January 2021 at 12:22PM, David McGifford - Chief Officer Congleton Town Council wrote

    1. Need to ensure that the £4 million allocation for the Congleton waste disposal site replacement is retained within the budget.

    2. The promised new homes bonus phase 2 funding has disappeared - this needs to be re introduced as we and many other towns have been working towards schemes to access this.

  • Councillor Robert Douglas
    13. 08 January 2021 at 12:37PM, Councillor Robert Douglas wrote

    Cheshire East Council MUST keep its commitment approved and budgeted for by its full Council in February 2020 of providing the new purpose recycling site at Congleton as part of its commitment to be carbon neutral by 2025.

    New homes bonus phase 2 funding must be re introduced

  • Cllr Suzy Firkin
    14. 08 January 2021 at 1:34PM, Cllr Suzy Firkin wrote

    Provision of a new recycling centre previously budgeted at £4m by CEC and approved in Feb 2020 must be reinstated. This is essential if we are to meet our carbon neutrality targets.

  • Ann Banks, Sandbach Town Clerk on behalf of the Town Mayor
    15. 08 January 2021 at 4:20PM, Ann Banks, Sandbach Town Clerk on behalf of the Town Mayor wrote


    CEC states that spending is under significant pressure, due to the direct impact of reduced Central Government grant funding and with increasing demands against public services being felt over the last few years. Sandbach Town Council has a realistic understanding of these pressures, however is concerned that this a short and badly timed consultation regarding our fiscal relationship is of little benefit, due to the very limited opportunity to reply in any depth.

    This response has been prepared by the Town Mayor on behalf of the Council.

    28. Electric Vehicle Car Pool Scheme (Revenue and Capital Investment)

    29. Crewe Town Centre Civic Heat Network (Revenue Savings and Capital Investment) This proposed project is to deliver a local heat and power network to Crewe Town Centre.

    There has been NO investment in the power network for Sandbach Town Centre, despite a large increase in population of 7,000+ since last census. The Town Centre cannot support the installation of vehicular charging stations, in line with Cheshire East’s own ‘Green’ commitment, due to the lack of infrastructure and investment.

    Loss of new homes bonus scheme to the sum of £1 million pounds.

    This should be reinstated. It is a small sum against the total proposed CEC budget, but could provide a great deal of local benefits.

    We note all the improvements to Highways and Town Centres within Cheshire East but are unable to see any long term strategic plans for Sandbach, a town struggling with the impact of the increased housing, which was permitted to fulfil the requirements of the NPPF and Local Plan. Sandbach’s inner relief road is starting to resemble Rood Hill in Congleton, a road that is now being relieved of the weight of traffic flow through a full bypass of the town, something that Middlewich will also benefit from in the future. Both of these new bypass roads will add considerable traffic and will negatively impact the roads within Sandbach, causing further traffic congestion and pollution within this residential market town.

    The increased provision for school places and social care is understood, as the pressures that create the demand for these services are beyond the simple implication of fiscal constraints are due to the continued rise of our local population and the population of the country as a whole.

  • Research and Consultation Team, Cheshire East Council
    16. 11 January 2021 at 3:19PM, Research and Consultation Team, Cheshire East Council wrote

    Cheshire East Council's Research and Consultation team would like to thank you very much for your comments and suggestions. We really appreciate the time you took to think about these and we will include these in our summary of the engagement responses. This summary will be used to inform the final Medium Term Financial Strategy for the council, which will be agreed on in February this year. The summary will be published on this page in the next few weeks.

    If you wish to you can get involved in future consultations via our website: https://www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/council_and_democracy/council_information/consultations/consultations.aspx

    Or by registering to be part of the Cheshire East Council Digital Influence Panel: https://surveys.cheshireeast.gov.uk/s/Influence/

    Results of our consultations can be found via: https://www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/council_and_democracy/council_information/consultations/consultation-results/consultations_results.aspx

  • Jan Eales
    17. 20 April 2021 at 1:12AM, Jan Eales wrote


    Could I please be added to your mailing list. I have only just moved to the town of Middlewich and as I am shortly to retire from Trafford Council, I am interested what is happening in my new home town. Thank you.

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