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Council chief to write to Eric Pickles over planning rules 'shambles' after board rejects controversial flats plan in Runcorn

Cllr Paul Nolan, Halton Borough Council's development control committee chairman, is to write to communities secretary Eric Pickles, pictured, about the 'shambles' faced by planning chiefs when dealing with application to convert East Lane House in Runcorn into flats. Picture: Composite of images by Oliver Clay and PA Wire.

Committee chairman to write to Eric Pickles over East Lane House application

Animal owners to be told if pet killed on the roads after Halton MP's motion backed in Commons

Derek Twigg MP with campaigners including Halton constituent Pauline Krause, centre, left, celebrating their victory in Parliament.
Government backs call from Derek Twigg for mandatory contact with owners after e-petition signed by more than 122,000 supporters

'Write to Tesco's boss' - Runcorn retail boss slams supermarket giant over claims supermarket is dragging its heels over store

Karl Clawley, Runcorn Shopping Centre manager.
Shopping centre manager quips that supermarket chain seems content for unit to remain empty for next 56 years

Charity estimates over 2,500 Halton children go to school in incorrect or unclean uniforms due to cost

The Children's Society has called on the Government to explore capping the costs of school uniforms.
The Children's Society estimates £4.7m is spent by Halton parents annually

Pair cleared of kidnapping Runcorn man and making him deliver drugs to Scotland

Liverpool Crown Court
But Shaun Rimmer and Jack Quinton will be sentenced on March 26 after admitting other offences including handling stolen goods

Flag raising ceremony at Runcorn Town Hall to mark Commonwealth Day

The Commonwealth Flag will be raised at Runcorn Town Hall on Monday, March 9.
Act to take place on Monday, March 9
Ditton Community Centre in Widnes has won a Best Performer award from the Association of Public Service Excellence

Ditton Community Centre in Widnes scoops award

Volunteers celebrate 'best performer' title

Everyone invited to homeless support sleepover and soup kitchen at Widnes church

Terri Kearney, of Nighstop, has invited residents and organisations to show their support by coming down to St Paul's Church in Widnes for a couple of hours or to stay for the night.
Campaigners to 'sleep rough' in bid to highlight struggles faced by homeless

Mersey Gateway finance deal wins two international awards

Mersey Gateway scoops two European infrastructure awards. Photo shows (L-R) Hugh O'Connor, General Manager of Merseylink, Richard Walker, Project Director at Merseylink, David Parr, Chief Executive of the Mersey Gateway Crossings Board, Rob Polhill, Leader of Halton Borough Council and Chair of the Mersey Gateway Crossings Board
'Flexible approach' to procurement and £250m in savings brings in double gong victory for project

Runcorn nature spot to host solar eclipse gathering

A combination of two images of the full moon and the Sun in hydrogen light. This shows what will happen during the eclipse and how much of the Sun will be visible. The Moon's surface will not be visible as it is shown here when the eclipse takes place on March 20. Picture by Andrew Davies, of The Knowledge Observatory.
Area set to be plunged into darkness during near-total passage of the Moon's shadow over the Earth
Huges crowds turned out for the occasion. Picture: Rob Stratford.Huges crowds turned out for the occasion. Picture: Rob Stratford.

IN PICTURES: Widnes Vikings smash Guiness World Record attempt

More than 3,300 take part in epic fitness video session at Select Security Stadium

Widnes pub rebrands to support Prostate Cancer UK ahead of Vikings season

Widnes and Wigan held a pre-match press conference highlighting the awareness of prostate cancer with Vikings head coach Denis Betts and Wigan counterpart Shaun Wane. PIC: @RLPix
The Cricketers Arms on Lowerhouse Lane was renamed Men United Arms

Widnes Vikings Guinness World Record attempt supported by Halton Housing Trust

Widnes Vikings are to hold a Guinness World Record attempt for the biggest number of people to exercise to a fitness video at once on Thursday, February 5.
The Super League club aims to set the record for the most people exercising in a fitness video

Widnes Vikings calls on thousands to take part in Guiness World Record attempt

Widnes Vikings have called on thousands of residents to take part in an attempt to set a Guiness World Record for the largest ever number of people to exercise to a fitness video.
Residents from across Halton needed as club teams up with Halton health staff for campaign launch and bid to topple record set in China by group of 2,958
The Picture of Doreen Gray is coming to Runcorn at The Brindley

Up to 30 actors sought in Runcorn and Widnes to appear on stage and on film in comedy show at The Brindley

The Picture Of Doreen Gray producers offer residents chance to act in performance

Award winning musical coming to Runcorn theatre

Her Benny will be at The Brindley, Runcorn this April
Her Benny performance at The Brindley

Male strippers to descend on Runcorn theatre to perform show

The Dreamboys will be at The Brindley, Runcorn on April 2
The Dreamboys to appear at The Brindley
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Recap: Non-League football registration deadline day

It is the last day for non league clubs to make signings and we’ll have all the latest news in our live blog

Upbeat Town ready for title chasers

Runcorn Town manager Simon Burton
Glossop North End pose stiff test

Wild tame the Lions in outstanding style

Widnes Wild trio #58 Troy Evans, #77 Bobby Caunce and netminder #64 Greg Ruxton defend the net against Nottingham Lions. Photo: GEOFF WHITE
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