Cheshire East Council Leader Michael Jones addressed a packed Wistaston Memorial Hall last Thursday evening when he attended Wistaston Parish Council’s May meeting.
There were over 200 residents packed into the Hall, all concerned and outraged about the speculative plans for building on all of Wistaston’s remaining green fields.
Michael Jones said: “I agreed to come to this meeting a few months ago when Ward Councillor Margaret Simon asked me to meet the parish council and talk to them about topical issues. At the time I agreed to attend we would have expected to be discussing street lighting, potholes and maybe their allotments but, in the last few weeks, events have overtaken that.
“Wistaston is under siege from several developers, two of whom are even speculating on the same piece of land. Naturally, residents are outraged by this. They want their village to remain a village and retain its identity. They do not want to lose the green fields that separate them from neighbouring parishes. They want to retain their Green Gaps.
“I am very concerned that their quality of life has been affected so badly in the last couple of weeks.
“Most fortunately, with so many residents present at the meeting, they were able to hear me offer them my strongest support and I was able to get the message over to them that these speculative plans are unplanned, unsustainable and unwanted.”
Wistaston Ward Councillor Margaret Simon, who attended the meeting with Michael Jones, said: “I am grateful to Michael for agreeing to come to Wistaston.
“It was very reassuring for parish councillors and residents to hear him support them in the fight to reject these speculative plans by developers.
“The message was loud and clear that their elected representatives were fully behind Wistaston residents in any forthcoming fight to fend off and reject these unnecessary plans.”
Residents can comment online on the latest Wistaston speculative development on land at Wistaston Green Road, Wistaston (Site H) by logging on to www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/localplan