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Leader urges positive feedback for borough's future
THE Leader of Cheshire East Council said he hopes to hear what residents want for Crewe and Nantwich in the future; not what they oppose.
Clr Michael Jones has urged residents to get involved in the Local Plan Consultation, after the council revealed last week that only 145 residents of an estimated 243,000 had submitted thoughts on issues inclusing future jobs, housing and transport.
Clr Jones said: “Many people in the borough have seen controversial site allocation outlines.
“Instead of opposing things, I want to hear people say what they support, what they want to see happen in their communities.”
Consultation on the draft strategy runs until October 1. The resulting Local Plan document will decide future infrastructure and land allocations.
It will set out where housing, jobs, roads, schools, leisure facilities, parks, green spaces and roads will be developed until 2030.
The council said taking time to have a say would ‘probably be one of the biggest investments’ residents can make for themselves and for future generations of children.
The draft strategy for Crewe proposes turning the town into a ‘gateway to the north’, with the town becoming a ‘nationally-significant economic centre’.
Plans to create 6,000-7,000 new homes are outlined, with proposals to redevelop Mill Street, linking the railway station and the town centre.
Improvements to roads are featured alongside new cycle and pedestrian routes.
The draft strategy also includes proposals to maintain green gaps between the towns of Crewe and Nantwich and the villages of Haslington, Weston, Shavington, Wistaston and Willaston.
Clr Jones added: “I want their views so that we can get it right and, in order for that to happen, I genuinely need a robust consultation. The more people who participate, the better our Local Plan will be.”
To have your, visit www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/localplan Consultation documents are available at Crewe and Nantwich libraries.