Search starts for a new regeneration boss

Northwich Guardian: David Watson, outgoing chairman of Weaver Valley Partnership Board. David Watson, outgoing chairman of Weaver Valley Partnership Board.

THE man in charge of mid Cheshire’s regeneration is stepping down for personal reasons.

David Watson was appointed chairman of Weaver Valley Partnership Board in March 2013.

He said: “It has been a pleasure and a privilege to chair the board.

“Even though I have only been in the post for a relatively short period, I have witnessed an enormous amount of exciting things happening in Northwich, Winsford, Middlewich and the rural areas.

“I will continue to support the aims and objectives of the partnership on a local level wherever I can, and I hope to return as a board member at some point in the future.”

Weaver Valley Partnership Board was established in 2010 as a key delivery team for Cheshire West and Chester Council and Cheshire East Council to drive the economic regeneration of mid Cheshire.

The 12-strong body – which is made up of volunteer members – has a remit to plan, co-ordinate and deliver a programme of development for Northwich, Winsford, Middlewich and the rural areas in between.

A recruitment drive will be launched for a new chairman, who will have a 24-month tenure.

The appointment process will follow the board’s governance policy.

For more information visit weavervalley.org.uk

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7:11pm Mon 19 May 14

PhilM44 says...

Perhaps I've missed it but what regeneration has their been in Winsford? We have had a big spend on the crossroads at Verdin but the traffic is still slow (and the traffic flow quite frankly scares me - I don't know whether traffic is coming or going). We have built a new school with our own money and from what I understand passed it straight to the government when Eact was found lacking. We have seen businesses exit Winsford like there is no tomorrow. And have a plan to build new houses so more people can come to an area with few jobs and potentially increase unemployment.

Where is the vision to bring in national businesses, promote local talent to set up new business, use the natural beauty of the area to provide what could be fantastic and cheap recreational facilities.

I am making no comment on Mr Watson who I am sure has done a good job but really can we start some regeneration with imagation.
Perhaps I've missed it but what regeneration has their been in Winsford? We have had a big spend on the crossroads at Verdin but the traffic is still slow (and the traffic flow quite frankly scares me - I don't know whether traffic is coming or going). We have built a new school with our own money and from what I understand passed it straight to the government when Eact was found lacking. We have seen businesses exit Winsford like there is no tomorrow. And have a plan to build new houses so more people can come to an area with few jobs and potentially increase unemployment. Where is the vision to bring in national businesses, promote local talent to set up new business, use the natural beauty of the area to provide what could be fantastic and cheap recreational facilities. I am making no comment on Mr Watson who I am sure has done a good job but really can we start some regeneration with imagation. PhilM44
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6:37pm Tue 20 May 14

charlie.parkinson@talktalk.net says...

The Academy was built with a grant of 19.6 million from the coalition government although CWAC tried to claim they had put 22.5 million into Winsford in fact their contribution was 2.5 million they tried to deceive the residents of Winsford as i was part of the team that helped to set the Academy up we received notification that we had the money on the 6thDecember 2010 we were all informed by E mail are bid was successful the Marina has just had improvements done to enable narrowboats to navigate to Winsford and there will be a Regatta in September of about 40 boats there is to much to put into this post if you would like to give me a call on 01606 552761 i will endevour to bring you up to date on what is really going on in Winsford
The Academy was built with a grant of 19.6 million from the coalition government although CWAC tried to claim they had put 22.5 million into Winsford in fact their contribution was 2.5 million they tried to deceive the residents of Winsford as i was part of the team that helped to set the Academy up we received notification that we had the money on the 6thDecember 2010 we were all informed by E mail are bid was successful the Marina has just had improvements done to enable narrowboats to navigate to Winsford and there will be a Regatta in September of about 40 boats there is to much to put into this post if you would like to give me a call on 01606 552761 i will endevour to bring you up to date on what is really going on in Winsford charlie.parkinson@talktalk.net
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4:16pm Mon 26 May 14

PhilM44 says...

Charlie,

Thanks for your feedback. It is interesting that you identify the potential deception regarding the funding. It is a shame that the funding issue was not clarified a lot earlier by the Council.

I am also pleased to hear about the Marina developments but I must admit I am struggling to see how this development will benefit many of the Winsford Residents. If it were that there were to be further developments at the Marina (toilet facilities, recreational boating hire, small shop, pathway development and maintenance etc) then I could begin to see the embryonic regeneration that is so needed to benefit a larger number of residents.

Having just walked near the Flash this afternoon I could see some development in progress on the Quay but the surrounding pathways are in a very bad state. Once tarmaced, they have not been maintained and are not inviting to walk along (overgrown, muddy etc). They need addressing too.

And walking along Rilshaw Lane just clarified for me the lack of desire for the proposed development plans for Winsford by putting houses on our countryside to attract people to a town that is struggling to provide work for current residents.

Thank you for your offer to speak on the matter. I believe however that as a conversation between us two the message that you feel is needing to be heard would not be widely distributed. Instead I suggest that efforts take place to advertise the good work that you believe is going on to a much wider audience.

Regards

Phil
Charlie, Thanks for your feedback. It is interesting that you identify the potential deception regarding the funding. It is a shame that the funding issue was not clarified a lot earlier by the Council. I am also pleased to hear about the Marina developments but I must admit I am struggling to see how this development will benefit many of the Winsford Residents. If it were that there were to be further developments at the Marina (toilet facilities, recreational boating hire, small shop, pathway development and maintenance etc) then I could begin to see the embryonic regeneration that is so needed to benefit a larger number of residents. Having just walked near the Flash this afternoon I could see some development in progress on the Quay but the surrounding pathways are in a very bad state. Once tarmaced, they have not been maintained and are not inviting to walk along (overgrown, muddy etc). They need addressing too. And walking along Rilshaw Lane just clarified for me the lack of desire for the proposed development plans for Winsford by putting houses on our countryside to attract people to a town that is struggling to provide work for current residents. Thank you for your offer to speak on the matter. I believe however that as a conversation between us two the message that you feel is needing to be heard would not be widely distributed. Instead I suggest that efforts take place to advertise the good work that you believe is going on to a much wider audience. Regards Phil PhilM44
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