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Well deserved promotion for Nicola to Deputy Town Clerk

Middlewich Town Council are pleased to announce the appointment of former Admin Assistant Nicola Antoney as the new Deputy Town Clerk from 1st June 2020.

Nicola who has worked at the Council since November 2012, started as a temp before being offered the Admin Assistant role in August 2013. Chairman of the Internal Committee, Jonathan Parry said “Nicci is a very valuable member of our team and has been vital during this last year. Her work ethic and commitment is what we need in a small council. She fully deserves this role and I am very confident we know have an excellent leadership team in place to take this council forward and work towards our aspirations of making Middlewich Town Council one of the few gold standard councils in Cheshire East.”

Nicola said “I am over the moon with the appointment, and looking forward to continuing to support, the Town Clerk, the Town Council and the residents of Middlewich in moving the Council and Town forward in this in new chapter. I would like to thank the Clerk Lisa Benskin and all the Cllrs for their support and faith in making me Deputy Clerk and I look forward to seeing what we can achieve.”

Town Clerk, Lisa Benskin added “It is important to recognise and reward talent within an organisation and this appointment is designed to do exactly that. Well done Nicci!”

The Council will be looking to recruit an admin assistant to add to the team, when they return to the offices, following the Covid19 lockdown, later in the summer.

Any queries on the article or inquiries re the role should be sent to the Town Clerk by email:

Notice of Councillor Vacancies

Further to the resignation of Cllrs Helen and Russell Watkinson, the Clerk has issued the Notice of Vacancy which is shown below.

Electors in the Cledford Ward have until 18th June 2020 to request an election by writing to the Returning Officer, whose address is in the notice.

Please note than in the case of an election being requested, this cannot take place until May 2021 in light of The Coronavirus Act. The Town Council will be responsible for the costs of any election.

If you have any queries please contact the Town Clerk on or the Elections Office on 01270 685922.

Town Clerk Appointed


Middlewich Town Council is pleased to announce the appointment of Lisa Benskin as the Town Clerk. Lisa has been working at the Council as Interim Clerk since January 2020.


Cllr Carol Bulman, Chairman of the Recruitment Sub Committee said “We are delighted to announce the appointment of Lisa to the permanent position of Town Clerk. Her expertise in legal and financial matters have already proved invaluable to the Council in her role as Interim Clerk and we now look forward to  benefiting from her rigorous approach to all our efforts. The decision to appoint Lisa was unanimous.’


Lisa, a Principal member of the Society of Local Council Clerks, qualified as a solicitor in 2006 specialising in Commercial Litigation and moved into the world of Clerking in 2014 when she took on the role of Deputy Town Clerk at Knutsford Town Council. Lisa is currently a non-practicing solicitor and believes her legal background is very useful for the role. She said “I am looking forward to getting to know Middlewich and its residents better, understanding what they want and need from their Town Council and implementing the decisions of the Council to achieve these aims. My long term goal is to help Middlewich achieve Gold Quality Council Status. The team of staff and Councillors have been really supportive and helped me settle in to life at the Council, and I am pleased to have the opportunity to continue working with them.”


Lisa notes that it has been a busy few months, from working with the Council to resolve the majority of the issues raised by the Internal Auditor to helping support and providing guidance to a 200 strong volunteer group set up to support the Town through the current Covid-19 crisis. Lisa added “the dedication of the Volunteers in the Town to help those residents who are vulnerable or self-isolating has been amazing. The fact that two residents set up the volunteer group themselves initially is really impressive and shows what a brilliant community Middlewich is”.


Community Mayor Project to Cease

20200117 ‘Community Mayor’

Nominations for Community Deputy Mayor for Middlewich now open. Please click on the link below for a nomination form. Closing date is 6th September 2019.


Community Deputy Mayor Nomination Form





Nominations are invited for the Deputy Community Mayor for Middlewich

Flying the Flag for Middlewich


Budget Setting Timetable

Civic Way Car Park Notice

Traffic regulation order – Various Roads, Middlewich

Notice of making Cheshire East Borough Council (Various Roads, Middlewich) (prohibition of heavy commercial vehicles) Order 2019

Notice is hereby given that on 7 March 2019 Cheshire East Council has made an Order under Sections 1, 2 and 3 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (hereinafter referred to as “the 1984 Act”) and Part III of Schedule 9 to the 1984 Act

  1. The effect of the Order, which will come into effect on the 22 March 2019, will be to prohibit heavy commercial vehicles, with an operating weight in excess of 7.5 tonnes, on the lengths of road specified in the Schedule to this Notice. The Order will have exceptions for loading/unloading, access, council vehicles, emergency services, public service vehicles and other vehicles used in connection with demolition or statutory undertakers duties.
  1. Copies of the draft orders; plans showing the restricted areas; a statement of reasons for making the Order and a copy of this public notice are available at:

Cheshire East Borough Council Offices
Middlewich Road
CW11 1HZ

  1. Any person who desires to question the validity of the Order or any of its provisions on the grounds that it or they are not within the powers conferred by the 1984 Act, or that any requirement of the 1984 Act or any instrument made under the 1984 Act has not been complied with, that person may, within 6 weeks from the date on which the Order is made, make an application to the High Court for that purpose.


Middlewich Traffic Order list

Middlewich Traffic Order

Next round of Beat Meetings

Cheshire West & Chester Council Refuse Centurion Way Development

Centurion Way Refusal

Winners of Middlewich Oscars 2019

Your Winners for Middlewich 2019 Oscars are:

Young Person of the Year Award—Zack Jennings
Business of the Year Award—The Kinderton Hotel
Excellence in Education Award— Middlewich High School Kindness Group
Arts, Crafts & Leisure Award—Rebecca Broad, White Light Ceramics
Senior Citizen of the Year Award—George Webster
Music & Culture Award— Middlewich & District Concert Society
Service to the Community Award— Sonya Edwards
Town Mayor’s Special Award—Pam Johnson




Referendum on the adoption of the Middlewich Neighbourhood Plan




Draft Brooks Lane Development Framework

A Six weeks public consultation will take place between Monday 14th January and Monday 25th February

  • The deadline for receipt of comments is 5pm Monday 25th February
  • Copies of the draft Development Framework will be available to view in Middlewich Library and at the Council’s offices in Sandbach, Crewe (Delamere House) and Macclesfield. The latter two, although some distance from Middlewich, are required under the Council’s Statement of Community Involvement. There will be response forms at each of these locations
  • Our preference is to receive responses via our web site/consultation portal, however we will equally accept responses by e mail to or by post to Spatial Planning (Westfields), C/O Municipal Buildings, Earle Street, Crewe CW1 2BJ

It’s Oscars 2019, if you haven’t got your nominations in, there is still time. You can collect your nomination forms from the Council Offices of the Library or you can do it on line here

Police Beat Meetings

The next Police Beat Meetings are being held in Middlewich Police Station on the follwing dates and times
25th January at 5pm – 6pm
30th January at 11am – 12pm

Local Middlewich Businesses Sponsor Tour of Britain

Middlewich Town Council continue their support of Stage 3 of The Tour of Britain on 6th September, which is estimated to have the first cars arrive in Middlewich soon after Midday. With teams participating from all over the world, including Olympic winners Team GB and Team Wiggins, the day is a proud moment for Middlewich […]