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Tuesday 17 January 2012

Peppa Pig set to appear at the new Tesco Store, Crewe

Yesterday, saw the official opening of the new Tesco store on Vernon Way. The new 64,000 square foot Tesco Extra store, which has replaced a smaller superstore, benefits from extended opening hours, a new phone shop, Tesco Direct desk and family café.

It also has an extended food and counter range including an olive bar, fresh meat and fish counter as well as larger clothing, home and electrical departments.

Opening celebrations will continue this Saturday between 11am and 4pm as the store will welcome another special guest, Peppa Pig. Peppa will be the guest of honour at a free family fun day where shoppers will be treated to complementary face painting and a barbeque.

Crewe Library Re-Opens

Cheshire East Council is reminding residents that Crewe library fully re-opens today, Monday, January 16. The library had been partially closed since November 2011 to allow for essential improvements to be made.

A reduced service has been offered during this time, with residents still able to borrow and return books.

The improvements include a larger children’s play area, new shelving and carpets and the installation of energy-efficient lighting.

The official opening of Crewe library will take place on Saturday, February 4.

Forthcoming planning application for proposed gypsy and traveller site in Crewe

Tomorrow, will see a planning application put forward to the development of a permanent gypsy and travaller site in Crewe. The proposed site is on Parkers Road. If approved, the site would house 10 pitches and an amenity block with washrooms, kitchen, dayroom and laundry.

No doubt this topic will divide opinion, but residents are urged to voice their concerns by contacting the planning office on the below.

Development Management
PO Box 606
Municipal Buildings

Or via: planning@cheshireeast.gov.uk

The Council can also confirm that it has received a petition from residents campaigning against the proposed site. The matter will be debated at the next meeting of full Council on February 23.

Please share your opinions on this topic, by leaving a comment to this post.

Tuesday 10 January 2012

Odeon, Crewe - Useful Information

Here is the updated information for the Odeon Cinema in Crewe

Contact Information
0871 22 44 007
Calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras.

ODEON Crewe,
Phoenix Leisure Park,
Dunwoody Way,

Auditorium information
Number of screens: 5

Number of seats
Screen 1: 93 seats
2 wheelchair space in the middle of the auditorium

Screen 2: 143 seats
2 wheelchair space at the front of the auditorium

Screen 3: 190 seats
2 wheelchair space at the front of the auditorium

Screen 4: 139 seats
2 wheelchair space at the front of the auditorium

Screen 5: 95 seats
2 wheelchair space in the middle of the auditorium

Ticket Prices
Super Saver / Peak
All day Monday / Thursday / before 5pm Friday.
Friday from 5pm, all day Saturday and Sunday.
Child 12 years and under £5.10 £5.50
Teen Ages 13-17 £5.50 £6.00
Senior Ages 60+ £5.10 £5.50
Adult Ages 18+ £6.20 £7.10

1 adult, 3 children or 2 adults, 2 children £20.40 £22.00
Film Fan Tuesday 25% off for ODEON Première Club members

Upgrades Add the cost to your ticket price
3D Films + £2.00 Adult / + £6.40 Family / + £1.60 Others

Reel Cinema in Crewe is now Odeon! Film listings w/c 10/01/12

If you hadn't already noticed, your Reel Cinema is now an Odeon! Here are the listings for the coming week.

Alvin And The Chipmunks - Chipwrecked
Running time: 87 mins (Contains mild comic threat)..Wednesday12:45 14:45 16:45 .Thursday12:45 14:45 16:45 .Friday13:00 15:15 .Saturday11:15 13:00 15:15 .Sunday11:15 13:00 15:15 .Monday13:00 15:15 ..

Dolphin Tale 2D
Running time: 112 mins (Contains one use of mild language and scenes of emotional distress)Rating: ...Saturday11:00 .Sunday11:00 ..

Running time: 91 mins (Contains strong bloody violence, language and sex references)Rating: ..Wednesday18:45 21:00 .Thursday18:45 21:00 ..

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
Running time: 133 mins (Contains moderate action violence)Rating: ..Wednesday12:15 15:00 17:45 20:45 .Thursday12:15 15:00 17:45 20:45 .Friday12:15 15:00 18:00 21:00 .Saturday12:15 15:00 18:00 21:00 .Sunday12:15 15:00 18:00 21:00 .Monday12:15 15:00 18:00 21:00 ..

Puss In Boots 2D
Running time: 90 mins (Contains mild comic fight scenes and innuendo)Rating: ..Wednesday12:30 14:30 .Thursday12:30 14:30 .Saturday11:30 ..

Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows
Running time: 129 mins (Contains moderate violence)Rating: ..Wednesday11:45 14:30 17:15 20:00 .Thursday11:45 14:30 17:15 20:00 .Friday11:45 14:30 17:30 20:15 .Saturday11:45 14:30 17:30 20:15 .Sunday11:45 14:30 17:30 20:15 .Monday11:45 14:30 17:30 20:15 ..

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Running time: 153 mins (Contains scenes of sexual violence)Rating: ..Wednesday17:00 20:15 .Thursday17:00 20:15 .Friday17:00 20:45 .Saturday17:00 20:45 .Sunday17:00 20:45 .Monday17:00 20:45 ..

The Iron Lady
Running time: 105 mins (Contains real images of moderate violence, injury detail and brief nudity)Rating: ..Wednesday13:00 15:30 18:00 20:30 .Thursday13:00 15:30 18:00 20:30 .Friday13:15 15:30 17:45 20:00 .Saturday13:15 15:30 17:45 20:00 .Sunday13:15 15:30 17:45 20:00 .Monday13:15 15:30 17:45 20:00 ..

War Horse
Running time: 146 mins (Contains infrequent moderate battle violence)..Friday14:00 17:15 20:30 .Saturday14:00 17:15 20:30 .Sunday14:00 17:15 20:30 .Monday

Crewe Train Station Redevelopement

Earlier this week, Cheshire East Council’s Strategic Planning Board gave the green light to a multi-million pound project that will start the overhaul of Crewe Station and the redevelopment of the adjoining Royal Mail site. An official press release read;-

Councillors voted in favour of the application that kick-starts the first phase of an ambitious wider landmark scheme that will transform this part of Crewe. It includes:

A new surface-level car park of about 240 spaces
Improved facilities for taxis
A new area for people to pick up and drop off their family and friends
New ticket machines and passenger information displays
Reopening the pedestrian subway linking the new facility straight into platforms one to five and six to eleven
A new commercial development site to provide a business opportunity for activities, which will be ancillary to the station.

The scheme was given a boost after the Council and its partner Network Rail were successful in their bid for £6.177m from the Government’s £100m rail stations improvement fund. The announcement was made at the end of November.

Cheshire East Council and Network Rail own the land. In a bold move, the Council bought the landmark former Royal Mail site in Crewe for £2.75m. The 4.5-acre Weston Road site became vacant when Royal Mail relocated its sorting offices.

The site is seen as a prime spot for a landmark development as part of ambitious plans to redevelop Crewe Rail Station. The Council will continue to work with rail industry partners to deliver further investment to create an iconic 21st century gateway to the town.

The project is central to the Council-backed ambitious plans to regenerate and revitalise the town centre and surrounding area. This vision is called ‘All Change for Crewe’.

Councillor Jamie Macrae, Cabinet member with responsibility for prosperity, said: “This decision is excellent news and a vote of confidence in our plans to transform this historic station.

“A revitalised rail hub is critical to boosting the town’s visitor economy and its attractiveness to business.

“The scheme is a real milestone in our 20-year All Change for Crewe project. We hope it will act as a springboard to attracting further investment from Government and the rail industry to achieve Cheshire East’s ultimate ambition for the redevelopment of the station.”

Network Rail’s route managing director Jo Kaye said: “The station is used by three million people a year and it has long been recognised that there is a need for additional car parking, because more and more people are choosing to travel by train.

“The extra spaces created and the new retail outlets will bring even more people to the station for commuting, business and leisure travel – all of which will help grow the economy of Crewe. When the work is completed, passengers will have the facilities they have come to expect from a major station on one of the busiest rail routes in the country.”

New shops in Crewe town centre

It's been a while since my last update, so here's an update on new shops in Crewe

A new Frankie & Benny's restaurant has opened on the retail park - next to the fairly new TKMAXX store. I've not sampled the menu yet, but standby for a review soon. In Crewe town centre, Poundland finally opened it's doors in December.

Crewe town centre has also seen the return of the outdoor market. Speaking to some of the traders and they are determined to stay in the heart of the town centre due to the greater footfall.