Minister Greg Clark praises Northwich's regeneration schemes

Northwich Guardian: Clr Eveleigh Moore Dutton, deputy leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWAC), Weaver Vale MP Graham Evans, Greg Clark, Minister for Cities and Constitution, and Clr Mike Jones, CWAC leader. Clr Eveleigh Moore Dutton, deputy leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWAC), Weaver Vale MP Graham Evans, Greg Clark, Minister for Cities and Constitution, and Clr Mike Jones, CWAC leader.

NORTHWICH is leading the way when it comes to town centre regeneration, according to the latest Government minister to pay a visit.

Greg Clark, Minister of State for Cities and Constitution surveyed Baron’s Quay, Memorial Court and Hayhurst Quay when he visited on Monday.

He was joined by Weaver Vale MP Graham Evans, Cheshire West and Chester (CWAC) leader Clr Mike Jones and CWAC deputy leader Clr Eveleigh Moore Dutton, who are seeking Government support for future regeneration projects in the town.

Mr Clark said: “Northwich is leading the way.

“Graham was particularly keen for me to see it myself – I see proposals from councils all over the country but he said that we’re actually getting on with it and are in the next phases in Northwich.

“He said this is a place you can back – there’s confidence that the council is going to be delivering on its commitments because it’s already doing it.

“A lot of places in the country recognise the potential for regeneration but a lot are still talking about it.”

Mr Clark explained that he was interested in enhancing the role of local councils.

“One of the things I want to do is give more power to progressive councils,” he said.

“I’m trying to get decision making returned here so they can invest in the future of their economy.

“My view is that people who live and work in an area are the best ones to make decisions and it is clear looking here that CWAC has a very strong vision on what it takes to make the most of the assets in Northwich.”

He praised planned and existing developments on the waterfronts of the River Dane and River Weaver and was interested in the idea of a cinema in the town centre, which CWAC hopes will create a family-friendly night time economy.

“It’s already a very attractive town and is going to be a real hot spot for the north west,” he said.

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12:15pm Thu 22 May 14

northwich_cyclist says...

“My view is that people who live and work in an area are the best ones to make decisions" - right, so why are the views of the local people consistently ignored and overruled? Incinerator, massive housing developments, Baron's quay, HS2 - all examples where the voices of local people are being ignored.

If you want our votes, Mr Evans, it's about time you started listening to the grass roots and representing our views.
“My view is that people who live and work in an area are the best ones to make decisions" - right, so why are the views of the local people consistently ignored and overruled? Incinerator, massive housing developments, Baron's quay, HS2 - all examples where the voices of local people are being ignored. If you want our votes, Mr Evans, it's about time you started listening to the grass roots and representing our views. northwich_cyclist
  • Score: 8

3:26pm Thu 22 May 14

L Byrne says...

Yet another Northwich Guardian photo opportunity for a group of gurning Tory politicians on the usual building site. This time accompanied by the regurgitation of a party press release as 'news'.

More evidence that the Tories are getting twitchy about the virtual certainty of losing control of CWAC council next year and Graham Evans losing his seat particularly if UKIP fields a candidate. Squeaky bum time, I think it is called.

Next week, watch out for another photo of a Tory big-wig in Waitrose's. And so it goes on.u
Yet another Northwich Guardian photo opportunity for a group of gurning Tory politicians on the usual building site. This time accompanied by the regurgitation of a party press release as 'news'. More evidence that the Tories are getting twitchy about the virtual certainty of losing control of CWAC council next year and Graham Evans losing his seat particularly if UKIP fields a candidate. Squeaky bum time, I think it is called. Next week, watch out for another photo of a Tory big-wig in Waitrose's. And so it goes on.u L Byrne
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9:52pm Thu 22 May 14

Jack Hay says...

I'm in favour of the recent developments in Northwich. I've lived here for nearly thirty years, and the town was ignored for most of that time, and we all complained about that. Now it's getting attention, it's time to move on and make the most of the attention rather than fighting it. I think the marina development is great, I am looking forward to Barons Quay and I really want the cinema to come as soon as possible. We never got this kind of money for redevelopment and improvements before. If MPs and ministers turn up to look, so what - ministers control the purse strings, so it's better for us residents if they know the town than if they don't.
I'm in favour of the recent developments in Northwich. I've lived here for nearly thirty years, and the town was ignored for most of that time, and we all complained about that. Now it's getting attention, it's time to move on and make the most of the attention rather than fighting it. I think the marina development is great, I am looking forward to Barons Quay and I really want the cinema to come as soon as possible. We never got this kind of money for redevelopment and improvements before. If MPs and ministers turn up to look, so what - ministers control the purse strings, so it's better for us residents if they know the town than if they don't. Jack Hay
  • Score: 15

8:51am Fri 23 May 14

MrT1976 says...

Couldn't agree more Jack. We are finally having investment in our town yet people still moan, and when we had no investment people moaned about wanting investment!!
Couldn't agree more Jack. We are finally having investment in our town yet people still moan, and when we had no investment people moaned about wanting investment!! MrT1976
  • Score: 6

8:45pm Sun 25 May 14

MatthewB says...

MrT1976 wrote:
Couldn't agree more Jack. We are finally having investment in our town yet people still moan, and when we had no investment people moaned about wanting investment!!
It is usual odd few that like to moan about Northwich......then never leave.
It is a great town. Always has been.
Lived in Northwich myself for 9 years and would be more than happy to move back when the time is right.
One of the best towns in Cheshire.
[quote][p][bold]MrT1976[/bold] wrote: Couldn't agree more Jack. We are finally having investment in our town yet people still moan, and when we had no investment people moaned about wanting investment!![/p][/quote]It is usual odd few that like to moan about Northwich......then never leave. It is a great town. Always has been. Lived in Northwich myself for 9 years and would be more than happy to move back when the time is right. One of the best towns in Cheshire. MatthewB
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