MBNA Chester Music Festival

MBNA Chester Music Festival features Ensemble Deva 3rd -13th of June. 11 days of the highest class of chamber music in chester, the venues include Chester Town Hall, Chester Cathedrtal and St. John’s Church.

Performances to inspire any lover of music and culture are set to take place such as the opening recital of ‘La Creation du Monde’ with Gwilyn Simcock, Rob Buckland, Benedict Holland performing Darius Milhaud’s famous work.

But that’s just one event of many. With recitals and orchestral specticals including the cast of the ensamble Steve Reich, Rob, Sophie Rosa, Martin Roscoe, and a grand finale which promises to be the highlight of the festival.

This finale is a chance for musicians and audience alike to let of steam with an assortment of cafe-inspired gems and a programme of music devised and rehearsed for your eyes. Do not miss this!

350 New Homes Will be Built in Ellesmere Port

Ellesmere PortIn fantastic news for the surrounding area, it has been announced that multi million pound housing development on the edge of Ellesmere Port’s town centre have been approved.

The venture will see 300 new houses built in the quaint Cheshire region after planning permissions were granted. Situated on 29 acres of the former HH Robertson site on Cromwell Road, the emphasis will be on open space for the finished project.

Footpaths and cycle links will be created as well as more accessibility to the train station and the town centre. Trees will be planted, there will be a new avenue on Cromwell Road and the canal footpath will additionally be worked on to allow easier access to the local network of footpaths. Playing fields will also be improved thanks to a £262,000 cash injection from the developer.

St Modwen is the regeneration developer behind this ambitious new project in a move which could not only see housing rise sharply but could also bring in 700 construction jobs for the local area.
“We are delighted to have secured planning consent for the delivery of up to 350 much needed family homes.

“This will provide a significant contribution to the council’s supply of housing land and will regenerate a former brownfield site, delivering a sustainable, high-quality development. The scheme will be complemented by extensive areas of new open space, local transport and town centre access links. We hope that the development will act as a catalyst for the transformation of the wider area.”

As for the marketability of these new homes, it’s estimated that 25% of them will come under the ‘affordable’ bracket. The houses themselves will be a mix of 2 bedroom flats and 2 to 4 bedroom houses.

Councillor Brian Jones: “This is excellent news. That land has been empty for the last 17 years so I’m made up that something is being done with it. We need housing, and especially affordable housing, in the town.”

Preliminary work is expected to commence as early as next year.