You may have read the exciting news recently that Cheshire East Council has bought part of Crewe Town Centre for redevelopment, including the bus station, at a price that represents fantastic value to the council tax payers of Crewe and Nantwich.
Much has already been said about the opportunity this presents for our town centre in terms of retail, but also for the leisure and food and drink venues that will be able to be introduced.
But it’s important that the Council looks after the existing tenants, and last week the Council Leader held a meeting to provide those all-important assurances. Those shops now have the security of knowing that they are not going to have to move on soon, and that their rents won’t increase, so they will still be able to provide their valued services to local people up until the point of development.
Creative plans are being looked at for the bus station, which may be sited elsewhere in the town centre, and I for one am delighted that the Council - now that they own the bus station - are finally in a position to provide the public with the quality transport hub that they have been waiting for.
As the tenant of 30 Victoria Street - one of the affected properties - I'm very much looking forward to hearing more about the developers’ plans this autumn, and am pleased that the Council have committed to proper consultation with Crewe’s retailers before coming to final decisions.
All the evidence so far points to the Council thinking ‘outside the box’ for this exercise and that is definitely what is required. We have a once in a lifetime opportunity to address the way Crewe town centre works, and nothing should be off the table - including how traffic flows through the area.
If you have any thoughts about Crewe town centre, please let me know and I will ensure they are passed on!
Edward Timpson MP
Member of Parliament for Crewe and Nantwich
Please remember, you can always contact me directly if you have any questions for me, or if there is anything I can do to assist you.
Since my last e-mail, I have...
- Met with the new Leader of Crewe Town Council, Cllr Simon Yates, to talk about the Council's plans for the new municipal year and to resolve the ongoing issue between the Town Council and some of our town's allotment holders. You can read more about it here.
- Held my regular constituency advice surgeries in Crewe and in Shavington.
- Rolled the opening pie at the annual Wybunbury Pie Wakes.
- Supported the Royal Life Saving Society's pledge to reduce the rate of drownings in the UK. This week is Drowning Prevention Week and you can read more about the RLSS on their website, www.rlss.org.uk
- Welcomed a report from British Gas that 3,438 homes in Crewe & Nantwich are now benefiting from smart meters, helping residents to monitor and better control their energy bills.
- Met with Paul Coleman at South Cheshire Chamber of Commerce to talk about progress on the Crewe Pledge.
- Signed up to Twitter! You can now follow me @edwardtimpson
Photo: Wybunbury Fig Pie Wakes 2015
I was delighted to attend the annual Fig Pie Wake organised by the Wybunbury Tower Preservation Trust. Congratulations to Mark, John and all those who helped organise another hugely successful event, but most of all thank you to Melanie Booth at The Swan for baking my pie. I am pictured with Jo and Lucas, the Head Girl and Head Boy at Wybunbury Delves Primary School.
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