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Saturday, 15 September 2012

Leader’s Message: “Stand up and be counted!”

 

The latest response figures to the Local Plan consultation show only a small proportion of people living in Cheshire East are interested in how their borough will look by 2030.

With just over two weeks left until the Local Plan consultation closes, residents have been very slow to get involved - with just 145 responses from an estimated 243,000 people in the six consultation towns!

Now time is running out to have a say in this important document that will affect your future, your children’s – and your grandchildren’s.

The Local Plan will set out where future housing, jobs, roads, schools, access to local health services - such as hospitals and GP surgeries - leisure facilities, parks, green spaces, roads and much more.

Council Leader Councillor Michael Jones said: “We need your opinions to defend your towns and villages.

“This is a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ opportunity for this generation to stand up and be counted and really make their mark.

“For all residents of Cheshire East, the Local Plan consultation is your time to decide what your neighbours, your neighbourhood, your roads, schools and countryside will look like over the next 20 years. You must tell us what you want!

“Some say that Cheshire East Council does not listen, but as Leader I can give examples of where residents have spoken up for themselves and have been listened to and have enjoyed a consultation victory.

“In Wilmslow where people were consulted on the Wilmslow Vision, also part of the Local Plan consultation, the community pulled together to make sure their views were heard by submitting around 1,500 completed questionnaires. That’s the sort of spirit we want.”

Deputy Leader Councillor David Brown added: “I am absolutely astonished. We are a traditional rural area and we have the chance to keep it like that, and to influence where developments can and can’t go.

“But the issue is being met with an almost stony silence! This is an opportunity of a lifetime - grab it with both hands!

“145 responses at this stage is woeful and I’m just hoping that it’s because people are too busy.

“I can guarantee that if you do make the time to fill out a consultation form, it will be one of the best investments you’ll make for you and your family’s future.”

  • To have your say on the Local Plan consultation log on to: www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/localplan or to find out more please visit the Council’s Facebook or twitter pages.
  • Consultation documents are also available at libraries in the six consultation towns which are: Crewe, Nantwich, Macclesfield, Knutsford, Poynton and Handforth.

  • The consultation runs until October 1, 2012.

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