Readers rubbish anti-Cheshire FRESH claims

Sproston Parish Council voiced concerns over rural hub project

Sproston Parish Council voiced concerns over rural hub project

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MIDDLEWICH residents are refuting claims from anti-Cheshire FRESH protestors that a new rural hub will ruin the town centre.

Sproston Parish Council expressed its concern that the 47 acre food, rural enterprise and shopping hub will be the death of trade in Middlewich town centre.

But readers voiced their own opinions on the Guardian website, with many suggesting the Pochin-led development will be a boost to the local economy.

“This development looks a perfect opportunity to bring to Middlewich something actually worth having, something that has a link with the agricultural heritage of the area, that develops it even further and attracts investment into the area,” said a reader named ‘Basilcat’.

“How exactly will jobs be lost? OK, the existing auction sites will have their existing staff that will likely move over, but what about the other additional facilities that will be created – surely that will create jobs and those people will spend money at local businesses, pubs, shops etc.

“I agree that the roads desperately need sorting out, especially the A54 from the M6 through to the town centre, this could be a step closer to getting Pochin Way through to Sandbach completed.

“Perhaps the councillors should be putting their energy into getting this issue up the agenda and stop stifling progress.”

‘Eyrej’ added: “I went to the Cheshire FRESH exhibition and thought it looked like a great opportunity for Middlewich, as did many of the other people there.

“The reported objection group are Sproston Parish Council, is their concern really just about traffic? It will be small price to pay for the regeneration effects this project will have on Middlewich.”

The development hopes to offer a range of business, education, research, leisure and retail opportunities. But Sproston Parish Council feel this could quickly turn into a new retail park.

Another reader, ‘Christophe’, added: “What is it with these people who are opposed to any positive development or change to our town?

“The plans for Cheshire FRESH look good, and I’m for any boost to the town. First complaining about Tesco's expansion onto derelict land and now this.”

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3:12pm Mon 10 Feb 14

concernedres says...

Which is worse, large amounts of farmland underwater in the South taking farmland out of productive use or Pochin covering productive farmland in Cheshire with concrete? at least the former will recover in time, once we have lost farmland to industrial sites they are lost forever. The very industry that Pochin hopes to serve by this development is being reduced because of it, particularly when one considers that both current auction site will be lost to housing. There are large amounts of brownfield sites around Cheshire which need to be redeveloped before open farmland.
Proposed mitigation for adding a new “T” junction to the A54 and copping with the extra traffic movements is a section 106 contribution of just over £100. I fail to see how a little paint in the hands of Cheshire East will produce the free flow of traffic through Middlewich, indeed if both Cheshire East and West think that £105K will solve the problem of the extra thousands of new traffic movements per day on the A54 why have they not done something about this before to ease current congestion? The answer I think is that it will not! Junction improvements works cast many millions of pounds (as has been demonstrated by Cheshire West in Winsford recently) and that was for a comparatively simple junction which did not have to cope with crossing a river and a canal. This development does not contribute to any works which may divert extra traffic from the A54 and the centre of Middlewich, it merely adds to the congestion and will not regenerate the Town.
"concerned"
Which is worse, large amounts of farmland underwater in the South taking farmland out of productive use or Pochin covering productive farmland in Cheshire with concrete? at least the former will recover in time, once we have lost farmland to industrial sites they are lost forever. The very industry that Pochin hopes to serve by this development is being reduced because of it, particularly when one considers that both current auction site will be lost to housing. There are large amounts of brownfield sites around Cheshire which need to be redeveloped before open farmland. Proposed mitigation for adding a new “T” junction to the A54 and copping with the extra traffic movements is a section 106 contribution of just over £100. I fail to see how a little paint in the hands of Cheshire East will produce the free flow of traffic through Middlewich, indeed if both Cheshire East and West think that £105K will solve the problem of the extra thousands of new traffic movements per day on the A54 why have they not done something about this before to ease current congestion? The answer I think is that it will not! Junction improvements works cast many millions of pounds (as has been demonstrated by Cheshire West in Winsford recently) and that was for a comparatively simple junction which did not have to cope with crossing a river and a canal. This development does not contribute to any works which may divert extra traffic from the A54 and the centre of Middlewich, it merely adds to the congestion and will not regenerate the Town. "concerned" concernedres
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9:37am Tue 11 Feb 14

concernedres says...

Re Cheshire Fresh

Is it going to be a police problem to ensure emergency vehicles can safely move through traffic to get to the motorway weaving through “auction market vehicles” which will by necessity be entering or leaving the site from the A54 or is this down to the developers? You only have to look at the situation in the south of England with flood water to see the comparison if this situation arises with only one stranded vehicle - chaos will ensue.
Re Cheshire Fresh Is it going to be a police problem to ensure emergency vehicles can safely move through traffic to get to the motorway weaving through “auction market vehicles” which will by necessity be entering or leaving the site from the A54 or is this down to the developers? You only have to look at the situation in the south of England with flood water to see the comparison if this situation arises with only one stranded vehicle - chaos will ensue. concernedres
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5:15pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Muddlewich resident says...

I think the new housing developments will create more traffic than this plan. At least Cheshire fresh is contributing to the towns economy.

The traffic situation had progressively got worse over the years and I fear that it will only ever be properly addressed when the M6 starts to queue to get through Middlewich.
I think the new housing developments will create more traffic than this plan. At least Cheshire fresh is contributing to the towns economy. The traffic situation had progressively got worse over the years and I fear that it will only ever be properly addressed when the M6 starts to queue to get through Middlewich. Muddlewich resident
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