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Wednesday 19 November 2014

Tribute to Honorary Freeman Anne Blacklay


Willaston and Rope Ward Councillor Brian Silvester has paid tribute to Honorary Freeman Anne Blacklay from Nantwich.

He said, “Anne was the Leader of the Conservative Group and the Crewe and Nantwich Council when I was first elected to the Council in 1976. The Conservatives had just taken control of the Council and it was an exciting, hectic but difficult time. Anne was well respected by all sides, a great lady and a good Leader.

One of the first things she did as Leader of the Council was to save the Crewe Market and the railway cottages in the Dorfold Street area, in the centre of the town, from the demolition plans of the previous Labour administration.

Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council was only formed in 1974 and Anne was one of the first Leaders and she helped lay the foundations for it to be come one of the best Councils in the country.

I would like to send my sincere condolences and sympathy to her family and friends.”

Fight to stop further 53 houses in the green gap in Rope

In 2012 Wain Homes had an application for 80 houses off Rope Lane refused because it was in the Green Gap.(See phase 1 attached) They gained permission  on appeal. In the decision letter the Inspector said that the ‘the development would not materially reduce the physical or perceived separation of Shavington and Crewe.’

This latest application (see attached) will virtually obliterate the green gap between Shavington and the A500 and if the Gresty Oaks development is passed it will be gone for good. It would virtually destroy the Green Gap and the beautiful open countryside at the edge of Shavington and many acres of good agricultural land would be lost forever. It would be the latest step towards joining Crewe up with its surrounding villages. Most  people are aware of the ugly urban sprawl in places like Stoke on Trent and we do not want that on our doorstep.

Rope Lane is the main route to Shavington High School and Shavington village. Rope lane is congested and dangerous now at peak times.To have an additional 100  cars  added to the traffic movements can only lead to further highway congestion and add to the accident and pollution problems.  

No apparent regard has been taken of the fact that Swill Brook is a flood zone and that there is significant potential for flooding. Gresty Lane and gardens adjacent to the brook regularly flood now and this further development will only exasperate the flooding problems. Also the development would put extra pressure on local schools and NHS facilities which are already under pressure.

In summary there are good planning reasons to refuse this appeal. This site has not been included as one of the strategic housing sites in the Local Plan. The site is marked in the submitted local plan as ‘Proposed Green Belt Broad Area of Search. I strongly feel that this appeal should be rejected. It is detrimental to the open countryside, it would mean the permanent loss of good agricultural land, it would bring further  traffic problems, it would exasperate the current flooding problems, it impinges massively on the green gap between our towns and is unsustainable.” I would urge residents to write in to object using this web site  or e-mail Quoting Ref 14/3267N Land east of Rope Lane, Shavington.  

Residents can also write to the Planning Inspectorate,3/26 Hawk Wing. Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Bristol, BS1 6PN

NB On the 24/9/14 the original application was refused because of the reasons listed below, which are very similar to my original objections above.

Cllr Brian Silvester BA (Hons)

Willaston and Rope Ward Councillor

Cheshire East Council

11 Rimsdale Close



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