THE publication of a map in the 2008 annual
report of the County Fire Brigade, showing its various PDGs (or
performance delivery groups), reminded me of a proposal many
years earlier in which there was an idea that the Chester district
(coloured deep yellow in the maps here) should merge with, and take over the
running of, the South Cheshire district (the red area).
I forget the minute
details, but I do remember my reaction at the time that a map of the
districts looked like a witch (Chester) with a plume in
her hat and a wart on her nose, eating up my home district. I didn't mention that viewpoint
to anyone else, and I never heard anyone else express a similar
Do you remember the previous
version of Cheshire, before places like Warrington, then in Lancashire, was
taken into our boundary? That looked a little like a teapot! The changes
(here) left Cheshire looking like . . . well, nothing.
My way of seeing the
imagery is a little like the drawing you sometimes see which can
either be two silhouetted faces getting up close and personal against a white
background or an ornate white candlestick against a black
background. There are a number of such drawings which can appear to
be different things according to how you look at them.
I wonder if anyone
else sees a map of the United Kingdom as a man in a top hat, riding on
the back of a pig and chasing a bear cub? And how about - zoom in a
little - a sea monster's head in the Irish Sea, with the Isle of Man as its
No? Just me then. Oh,
South Cheshire "under
attack" (above), and the full Cheshire map showing all the county fire
authority's PDGs (right).
Macclesfield. In the event it was
in the South Cheshire town of Sandbach. But that
would still mean that we
would have decisions about Nantwich made by councillors from
Knutsford, Wilmslow, Poynton, Macclesfield, Congleton, Middlewich,
Sandbach and Crewe - and not just Nantwich.
All those towns made up
the revised authority. It was feared that some of the projects in
the pipeline for Nantwich and Crewe would be
East Cheshire still sounds like
an alien territory to me (and many other locals, no doubt) when we
all know that Nantwich is a South Cheshire town!
Mind you, many older
Dabbers such as myself have memories of the 1974 Local Government
Reorganisation which made Nantwich Urban and Rural districts part
of new Crewe and Nantwich borough.
Crewe people will know how we felt . . .
no, still feel. It was still our impression that Crewe got the
better deal when decisions are made. But it was with some pride that
we saw that Crewe's big events (such as the Mayor's borough-wide
"Oscars" ceremony) were held in Nantwich's Civic Hall. There
equivalent venue in the railway town.
Nantwich Town Council own
and run the Civic Hall and other assets that Cheshire East sold to
WHEN you started
reading this, you probably thought I was going to make a serious point about
the plans for a reform of the administration of Cheshire,
merging the current six administrative areas into one area - or, as
an alternative, two areas. So let me make that serious
We soon knew that the
UK Government had decided that Cheshire would be governed by two unitary
bodies in a county split from north to south. Nantwich would be part
of East Cheshire with a headquarters probably in