Residents and businesses turned out in force for the first ‘Your Town, Your Choice’ consultation events in Crewe this week.
More than 85 suggestions were put forward by visitors at the residents’ event at Crewe Lyceum on Monday afternoon and by the local business community on Monday evening.
Passionate residents were keen to see better road infrastructure in and around Crewe, more entertainment and leisure venues in the town centre and for the bus station to be vastly improved but not moved from the centre of the town.
There was also desire from some resident to retain some of Crewe’s heritage in any redevelopment.
People are being asked to fill in a questionnaire as part of the consultation and more than 500 of these have been completed online since the beginning of the month.
Councillor Michael Jones, Leader of Cheshire East Council, said: “I have said before that Crewe is on the cusp of its most significant transformation ever – but it is important that we get it right.
“We must not promise and then not deliver. This is the best chance Crewe has had for regeneration in 30 years.
“I thank everyone who has given us their thoughts so far. We are a listening Council that puts residents first and we will be considering everyone’s comments.”
Mike Christelow, of Wistaston, who was one of more than 60 residents in attendance on Monday afternoon, said: “I think the Council’s intentions are very positive and make a real bold statement, which is exactly what Crewe needs. I think the delivery of these intentions will remain a very significant challenge. It won’t be a simple thing but it is what is needed.
“I’d like to see the development of more cultural and entertainment opportunities in the town centre. A cinema, theatre and leisure activities, hotel and investment in education are things that might turn Crewe into more of a destination town in its own right.”
William Snook, of Edleston Road, added: “I’d like to see better access to Crewe by road and more nightlife attractions in the town for the younger generation to enjoy – as most are going to Nantwich, Chester and Manchester for a night out.
“Some more diverse pubs and clubs could bring in some more revenue to Crewe and keep our town as modern and fresh as possible.”
People have until the end of July to take part in the consultation and there will be a further residents’ event at the Crewe YMCA, on Gresty Road, next Monday evening (July 20), from 6pm until 8pm.
The event will take a slightly different format to Monday’s sessions in that there will be a presentation at around 6.15pm, followed by break-out group sessions to garner feedback.
Attendees should register in advance by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call her on 01270 685705.
Those attending will be able to pick up a questionnaire about the redevelopment of the town. The Council wants as many people as possible to fill it in, either on paper or online via the Council’s website at www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/crewetowncentre.
Questionnaires can also be found in Crewe Municipal Buildings, Crewe Library, Delamere House, Edward Timpson’s office on Victoria Street, Rimini café on Queensway and Crewe Lyceum.
All those completing the survey can enter a prize draw to win a VIP family ticket to the Hollywood Special Effects Show at Crewe Lyceum Theatre.