Hello fellow resident! My name is James Pratt, I live in Crewe, St Barnabas ward and I’m a local councillor for our area.
From Minshull New Road, to Underwood Lane, West Street to Wheelman Road, Badger Avenue, Frank Webb, Rolls Avenue, Chassagne Square, Kettell to McNeill Avenue and all roads and communities in between – we are all Crewe St Barnabas.
I am your councillor, who also lives in your area and I’m working for local residents to tackle issues such as pot holes, litter, fly tipping, parking problems, street lighting, and anti social behaviour to make our area better. Please let me know about the issues you’d like me to work on or report them online.
|In February 2023 I wrote to every household in the area and delivered residents surveys to to find what issues you’d like to see tackled in our community.
You can still complete this survey online if you have not already.
If you would like to get in contact about any local issue please do get in touch.
Thank you for your support!
Here’s what I’ve been up to recently…
BOWEN COOKE AVENUE ALLEYWAY CLEAN UP
It was great to see how much better the alleyway between Bowen Cooke Avenue and West Street was looking this morning whilst I was out and about across our area today.
I have been working to tackle issues including fly tipping, littering and abandoned wheelie bins across St Barnabas which are a real eyesore for residents like ourselves who live nearby.
Thank you to Crewe Town Council, Ansa Environmental Services Ltd and The Guinness Partnership who have assisted with getting this location cleaned up.
Work to tackle these issues is not only about clean up visits, but begins with education in the first instance, which hopefully would prevent enforcement being needed. Fines for these offences are hefty, being up to £50,000 (or even prison!) for fly tipping and £80 for littering.
If you see instances of fly tipping, please report by calling 0300 123 5011, or online:
PYMS LANE TIP CLOSED 6TH & 7TH DECEMBER
Just a heads up that the Crewe Household Waste and Recycling Centre on Pyms Lane will be temporarily closed for essential site maintenance on Wednesday 6 December and Thursday 7 December. It will re-open as normal at 8.30am on Friday 8th December.
Further details of Christmas and New Year opening hours are available here:
SCHOOLS VISIT - UNDERWOOD WEST & LEIGHTON ACADEMY
Yesterday, PSCOs Jen & Andrea Crewe St Barnabas Police, Lindsay from Crewe Town Council and myself, visited Underwood West Academy and Leighton Academy primary schools to talk about the recent regeneration of Leighton Brook Park, our competition for the schools to design some new signs for the park and to talk about our local police.
We had a lovely time and were impressed with both schools - all the children were extremely well behaved. It was also nice to see how enthusiastic all the pupils were about what we have been doing.
Thank you to both Leighton Academy and Underwood West Academy for allowing us the time to come and visit and disrupt your busy days!
MONKS LANE ALLEY CLEAR UP
Thank you to the @crewetowncouncil Rangers who have been out and cleared the alleyway from Monks Lane to Minshull New road after I recently reported the overgrown weeds in this area. After their work it is now much easier to pass through especially for those who may be using a wheelchair, buggy or mobility scooter.
WHEELMAN ROAD - FRANK BOTT FIELDS
I met with The Guinness Partnership this morning to discuss issues with fly tipping to the rear of Wheelman Road on to the Frank Bott fields.
Work is now being scheduled to clear the waste, and further discussions are ongoing to look at the best way to prevent recurrence of the problem.
Fly tipped waste is not only illegal, it’s an unattractive addition to our local communities. Additionally, the waste being fly tipped can be dangerous to the environment, to wildlife and to people.
Fly tipping costs Guinness Housing and Cheshire East Council thousands to clear, which ultimately we all pay for from our council tax and service charges. This money could be much better spent on improving other services for tenants and residents!
ALDER DRIVE / REDWOOD DRIVE - REPAIRS COMPLETE
It is good to see the repairs to the 'trip hazard' kerbs are finally complete on Alder Drive and Redwood Drive. I've been pushing Taylor Wimpey to do this for some time.
The curbs have been replaced and sections of the footpaths resurfaced.
Persistence get things done! I'm now chasing a few other outstanding issues around the estate.
If there's an problem you see that needs tackling, please let me know.
Cllr James Pratt
LEIGHTON BROOK PARK - CCTV CAMERA 🧿
You may have noticed the CCTV camera I campaigned to have installed at Leighton Brook Park by the playground. But how does it work and what does it do?
I went to visit the CCTV control room to find out more!
The camera may be discreet, but it can see everything and everywhere as I found out. Not only can it see in the dark, but also looks all around and can zoom in on areas far away.
The camera is always recording, with control room operators monitoring the camera 24 hours a day, they have direct contact with the police if needed.
So next time you're in the park, remember to look up and give them a wave as they work day and night to look after our park and keep our community safe. 👍
OPERATION SCEPTRE - FRANK WEBB AVENUE
Last week I joined PSCO's Jen, Penny and Liz of Crewe Police to take part in operation Secptre at Leighton Brook Park where we carried out a knife sweep around the park. I am pleased to report nothing was found in the park, nor have any articles been previously found here.
Visits were then made to local schools to educate the dangers of carrying a knife.
The message is clear!
If you carry a knife you could be sent to prison, and you increase your risk of being seriously injured or killed.