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Bewilderwood Posted on Sat, March 22, 2014 16:46

“What Knutsfordians need now is another set of knights to wake up and save Knutsford from Tatton Park.

Speaking against the BeWILDerwood proposals to Cheshire East’s strategic planning meeting, Tory town councillor Mike Houghton said: “The supposed economic benefits to Tatton are very much to the disadvantage of Knutsford. BeWILDerwood restricts Knutsford’s freedom of movement, economy, health and wellbeing.”

BeWILDerwood will ‘cost’ the Cheshire East taxpayer upwards of £6.75 million, What will Knutsford get in return? Nothing.

What have our three Tory councillors done to protect our town? Nothing. Indeed Olivia Hunter went out of her way to speak in favour of the development.

Mobberley Clr Jamie Macrae spoke in favour of the development, Clrs Steve Wilkinson and George Walton arranged for substitutes to attend strategic planning.

Nobody wanted the BeWILDerwood development in Tatton Park bar Tory councillors. Why were the views of Knutsfordians ignored by Cheshire East Council?

What else is planned for Tatton Park which will further harm Knutsford’s freedom of movement, economy, health and wellbeing?

– PS Knutsford Town Council has decreased the precept for 2014/15 even though Knutsfordians will be paying some 40 per cent more than we did in 2013/14.

The Knutsfordian can be found banging his head against a brick wall.”

An ever-growing road network

Bypass Posted on Sat, March 22, 2014 08:14

Kim Barrett of campaign group PAULA, which is opposed to the SEMMMS A6-Manchester Airport Relief Road (A6-MARR), says:

“The plan to push a polluting, traffic-generating dual carriageway through our area, in order to facilitate massive expansion at Manchester Airport, is just one of many schemes, the impact of which must be considered together. Rather than having to fight each one in turn, far better would be a debate on whether local people want to see their area transformed by an ever-growing road network, or would prefer the money to be spent on improved cycling provision and public transport.”[6]

Councillor Paul Crompton, Chairman of Somerford Parish Council, which would be impacted severely by the Congleton Link Road, says:

“No-one has put forward a case for this new strategic road and it wider implications are not understood. What we do know is that as local people affected by these plans we feel overwhelmed and ignored.”