Reporter Jonathan White, Wistaston
The Main Hall of the Wistaston Memorial Hall on Church Lane was filled to capacity on the evening of Thursday 16th May 2013 for a Wistaston Parish Council meeting. The majority of attendees had come to hear Leader of Cheshire East Council Councillor Michael Jones speak and answer questions in relation to the proposed building of thousands of new homes in Wistaston on what is currently open farm and park land. Three developers (Muller Property, Gladman Properties, and Dolphin Land and Development Consultancy) are targeting Wistaston land off Church Lane, Middlewich Road and Wistaston Green Road.
Concerns expressed by attendees included the potential loss of Wistaston's green gap, increase in traffic, reduction of open space and recreation areas, and the negative impact on local schools and health facilities.
Councillor Jones stated that Cheshire East Council stands strongly against these unwanted, unsustainable developments and was producing a robust five-year-housing plan to protect local residents.
A representative from the recently formed 'Hands Off Wistaston' campaign group (firstname.lastname@example.org , www.facebook.com/HandsOffWistaston , @HandsOffCW2) advised attendees who object to the proposals to register and submit their objection and reasons for their objection to Cheshire East via http://cheshireeast-consult.limehouse.co.uk/portal/planning/cs/addsites . The representative also advised attendees to register and sign the online ePetition to protect green space in Wistaston via http://moderngov.cheshireeast.gov.uk/ecminutes/mgEPetitionDisplay.aspx?ID=26&RPID=3712586&HPID=3712586