Cheshire West and Chester Council has worked with travel partners to arrange free travel for Armed Forces personnel and veterans for Armed Forces Day this weekend. The Cheshire West and Chester Enhanced Partnership is an agreement between the Council and local bus operators to work together to improve local bus services.
Agreements exist with Chester’s 'Park & Ride' services, dial-a-ride, Stagecoach, Arriva, and Warrington’s Own Buses. Different agreements for different days - see below to view the detail:
Some of the travel offers available this weekend include:
Changing Lives Together are going to offer free dial-a-rides to those from the Armed Forces, a valid identity card would be needed. Community Transport | Changing Lives Together (changing-lives-together.org.uk) Telephone: 01606 784100 to book.
Nationally, Stagecoach is offering free travel during the weekend of 25 and 26 June. Any serving personnel in uniform or on proof of military ID or a Veteran wearing medals, or a Veterans badge, will be allowed free travel. Stagecoach (stagecoachbus.com)
Arriva is offering free travel on Saturday 25 June 2022. Simply show the driver your Armed Forces identification card, Armed Forces Veteran identification card or MOD issued Veteran’s Badge.. North West Ticket Zones | Arriva Bus
Warrington’s Own Buses will offer free travel on 25 June 2022. Warrington's Own Buses - Buses in and around Warrington (warringtonsownbuses.co.uk)
Ginger Scooters in Chester offer two free trips per day to Armed Forces personnel. For more information see: Chester — GINGER and search ‘offers’
The Armed Forces community which includes serving personnel including regulars, reservists, Cadet Force Adult Volunteers and veterans - together with their immediate families can travel free on Chester's Park and Ride services.
Check your local operator’s website to see if there are other offers available, check time tables if planning to travel by rail this weekend.
Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, John Dwyer, has launched a survey for people living and working in rural communities to better understand their policing needs. The feedback will be used to hold the police to account on tackling criminal activity in rural areas.
With around two thirds of Cheshire classed as rural, protecting these communities is a priority in the Commissioner’s Police and Crime Plan. Unfortunately, many of the crimes committed within rural areas often go unreported. The Rural Crime Survey aims to gather a range of people’s experiences and build on the relationship that rural communities have with the police. You can have your say at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ruralcrimesurvey2022.
Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, John Dwyer, said: “I would like to encourage anyone who lives and works in or visits Cheshire’s countryside to share their feedback through my survey. I am committed to protecting our rural communities and it’s vital for me to hear from as many people as possible so I can identify both where the police do well and what more can be done to prevent and tackle rural crime. Rural Crime committed in Cheshire can have a devastating effect on a victim’s livelihood and tends to fall into one of five categories; agricultural (theft of farm machinery, livestock or damage to property), equine (theft from working stables), wildlife (poaching and interfering with protected species), heritage (theft from churches or protected monuments) and environmental (fly tipping or polluting land or water)."
John Dwyer added: “In Cheshire we are fortunate to have a fantastic Rural Crime Team and I will continue to work alongside them, the Chief Constable and partners such as the Environment Agency to ensure rural residents feel confident in their police service. If we work together, taking on board the views of residents we can make Cheshire’s countryside an even safer place to live, work and visit. Please do have your say.”
Ukrainians fleeing conflict by staying with family in Cheshire West and Chester are offered support to help them settle into the borough. Cheshire West and Chester Council is appealing for anyone who has arrived in the borough through the national Family Visa Scheme to get in touch to find out what help and support is available.
The Council is funded by government to provide support for refugees coming to the UK under an alternative scheme, Homes for Ukraine, which enables residents to become sponsors and offer accommodation to a Ukrainian guest for a minimum of six months. Under this scheme the Council has full details of each arrival, but not for those who have arrived in the borough under the Family Visa Scheme, which makes it very difficult for the Council to engage and offer support.
Regardless of which route Ukrainians have arrived, the Council’s role is to help to make sure that all arrivals, including their sponsors, are safe and supported, that refugees have access to services like health, education, work and benefits and that Ukrainian families are supported to integrate into local communities.Alongside this, the Council has been working with partners in the community and voluntary sector to help refugees arriving through the Family Visa Scheme to access support.