Midcheshire Independent Issue 128

ISSUE 128 • March 2020 COVERING NANTWICH, NORTHWICH, WINSFORD, MIDDLEWICH, KNUTSFORD AND SURROUNDING AREAS FREE YOUR LOCAL Independent Follow us on Facebook: yourlocalinde MID CHESHIRE FREE YOUR LOCAL GOOD NEWS-PAPER 01565 63 1111 CARS Private Hire, Wheelchair & Minibus Service £2 Download Passenger Cars APP New starting fare PLUS 20p BOOKING FEE COMMUNITY HUB EXPANSION PLAN SEE PAGE 16 WOOF MUDDER TAKES THE LEAD SEE PAGE 12 High speed rail on track HIGH speed rail has the green light heralding a new era of prosperity and significant business growth for the area. That’s according to council chiefs and business leaders who have pressed for HS2 over the years and wel- comed PM Boris Johnson’s go-ahead for a super-fast line between London, Bir- mingham and Crewe say- ing it will offer a huge boost to inward investment and job creation. South Cheshire Chamber of Commerce hailed back- ing for HS2 as a victory for large local employers who have long supported the campaign. Working with the Business Council, Cheshire East Council and the British Chambers of Commerce, it has organised petitions and letters pressing the Gov- ernment to get on with the scheme and plans to trans- form Crewe’s existing sta- tion into an ultra-modern rail hub. Chamber chief executive Paul Colman said: “The benefits of HS2 to Crewe, and the entire North West region, in terms of inward investment and job creation, are well documented. “ The announcement means local businesses can now plan ahead, reassured over the town’s future as a modern rail town. The deci- sion was a long time com- ing – but it’s great news for businesses, investment and growth in many parts of the UK, particularly this part of Cheshire.” Crewe is set to serve as a major hub station for HS2 offering swift travel to Lon- don in less than an hour. Property sellers predict homes across South and Mid Cheshire will be much in demand with commuters as a result. Cheshire East Council has achieved significant successes, including alter- ing the HS2 route so that trains will stop at Crewe and extending platforms. published a report evidenc- ing the impact that HS2 will cause to nature. Dr Rachel Giles of CWT said: “We remain in favour of sustaina- ble transport but the damage HS2 is likely to cause com- pletely prevents this from being a sustainable scheme.” CWT joined five other Trusts in delivering a let- ter to Downing Street urg- ing the Prime Minister to ‘stop and rethink’ the pro- ject. It was signed by more than 66,000 people – 6,000 of which came from across Cheshire and Lancashire. Meanwhile Chamber offi- cials have also welcomed plans to improve other forms of transport. In a statement to Parliament, the PM announced £5billion of new funding to overhaul bus and cycle links for regions out- side London including over 250 miles of cycle routes and safe junctions in towns and cities across England. Artist’s impressions of how Crewe station will look Deputy leader Craig Browne said “We have received a number of signif- icant announcements over the reason months but we believe it is critical to have a Crewe north connection on to the high-speed network and an enhanced station at Crewe – which would unlock a range of benefits, not just for Crewe but for the whole borough and wider sub-region beyond. “We are mindful, however, of the impact HS2 will have across our borough and this council will seek to limit the disruption and pursue maximum levels of environ- mental, ecological and resi- dential mitigation for those negatively affected.” But the scheme remains controversia l. Chesh- ire Wildlife Trust (CWT)