Cheshire West and Chester Council has come under fire by the Tax Payer's Alliance over the cost of its luxury limousine used by civic dignitaries.
The Bentley Continental has a starting retail price of £132,000. Some say the money could be better spent elsewhere.
In a statement to Granada Reports, The council said:
Cheshire West and Chester Council do not pay for any lease or own any civic vehicle.
The City of Chester Charter Trustees lease two vehicles, including a Bentley Flying Spur and a Jaguar XE Prestige. The Jaguar replaced a Vauxhall Insignia in Autumn 2017. Ellesmere Port Charter Trustees also lease a Vauxhall Zafira Tourer.
Councillor Alex Black, Chair of the City of Chester Charter Trustees, said:
Charter Trustees are separate organisations from the Council and raise their own precept. They have their own decision-making powers and manage their own budgets. The Council cannot influence their decisions.
These two vehicles are in constant use by our very busy civic team. Decisions like vehicle leases are discussed and voted on by the board of trustees. There are a number of factors that go into deciding which vehicles are most appropriate, including suitability, supporting local industry and environmental impact.
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A fascinating tradition in our region dates back many centuries and only happens once every five years.
The Mystery Plays involves more than two hundred amateur actors and puts a modern twist on stories from the Bible.
They attract visitors from around the World to Chester Cathedral.
For one family taking part, this year's mystery plays will be particularly poignant. Our reporter Andrew Fletcher met them during final rehearsals.
More than two hundred amateur actors are about to take to a very special stage in Chester.
The Mystery Plays, which put a modern twist on stories from the Bible, attract visitors from around the World to Chester cathedral when they're performed every 5 years.
Taking part this year is the Russell family. For them, this year's mystery plays will be particularly poignant as father and husband Stewart died two years ago.
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The Duchess of Sussex is to join the Queen next week when the monarch attends a series of official events in Cheshire, according to the royal family website.
The engagements will be the first time just the Queen and Meghan have taken part in royal events together.
The newest member of the royal family will accompany the head of state as she opens the Mersey Gateway Bridge at the Catalyst Science Discovery Centre in Widnes, opens the Storyhouse Theatre in Chester, and has lunch at Chester Town Hall on June 14.
It's a fascinating building that dates way back to the 14th century and is in a prime site in Chester.
The Guild Hall has been largely forgotten by tourists and visitors who pass it on the way to the races or the many popular bars and restaurants in the city.
But now there's a plan to breathe new life into the grand old building. Our grand old Paul Crone went to see it.
Trains have been halted on several services in the Chester area after the electricity supply had to be isolated.
At this time, known affected routes are:
- between Chester and Hooton
- between Flint and Crewe
- between Shotton and Crewe
- between Wrexham General and Helsby
- between Chester and Mouldsworth
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Riley Partridge,13, from Chester doesn’t want his world to close in on him because of his stammer.
He's stammered since he first started to talk. It varies in severity - some days it’s really bad and on other days it doesn’t bother him.
At school, Riley’s favourite subject is Drama but he gets nervous when he has to say his lines and doesn’t like to have the main part as it's too much pressure.
- School for Stammerers is on ITV tonight at 9:00pm.
- For more information on the McGuire Programme visit the website