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11.03am Friday 29th November 2013
ASDA to build store on Barons Quay and create 300 new jobs
10.59am Wednesday 13th November 2013
More details about Barons Quay wanted
12.47pm Monday 11th November 2013
L Byrne wrote:
Perhaps the 'regeneration bosses' would tell us where the £80million is going to come from and who is going to pay the financing costs.
It would also be interesting to know if there is a Plan B if Walmart, owners of ASDA, decide that six grocery supermarkets is enough in a town of of just over twenty thousand residents and change there mind about coming.
10.33am Thursday 7th November 2013
10.30am Thursday 7th November 2013
Northwich starts to plan its future
L Byrne wrote:
It is such a shame that the new development by the river is so out of character with the old timber-framed style of the rest of the town centre. It is also a terrible shame that the development was not invested in sorting out the town centre instead. Northwich is better than any other Cheshire town because of its distinctive look but our council haven't a clue about how to preserve this.Maybole
I agree with everything you say except the the part about the council not having a clue in your last sentence. The 'council' in question, of course, is Cheshire West and Chester and the evidence is that when it comes to investing in Chester itself that it can do a reasonable job or , more likely, pay someone else to do it. For example, the £40million plus of our council tax that is being spent on a new theatre there.
On the other hand, the same rules do not apply when it comes to Northwich. We evidently have to be satisfied with what CWAC Council thinks we deserve. In the case of Baron's Quay, that apparently means allowing ASDA to dictate the size and architectural design of the largest building on the most significant and attractive site in the town. A large glass and aluminium grocery store on the bank of the Weaver. Would the citizens of Chester allow a similar monstrosity along their River Dee? Not bloomin' likely , they wouldn't.
It is such a shame that the new development by the river is so out of character with the old timber-framed style of the rest of the town centre. It is also a terrible shame that the development was not invested in sorting out the town centre instead. Northwich is better than any other Cheshire town because of its distinctive look but our council haven't a clue about how to preserve this.
5.23pm Wednesday 6th November 2013
Removal of 250,000 tonnes of crude oil sparks fears in Lostock
5.18pm Wednesday 6th November 2013
L Byrne wrote:
Sounds like a good idea and it is reassuring to know that David Roberts, who fought hard against the monstrosity known as Barons Quay, is heading the committee.
It is not clear in the report but it would be nice to hear that the brief for the committee will actually cover the whole of Northwich. By this I mean outlying parts of the town including, for example, Hartford, Davenham, Weaverham and Kingsmead.
I am told that the origins of the fragmentation of the town go back to the early 1900s when the manual workers from the chemical factories in the town were housed close to their places of work and the managers lived further away in the posher areas. Those days have gone, thank goodness, and it seems that we have an opportunity to take a coordinated joined up approach that we should not miss. If we did work together our masters in Chester would have to listen and give Northwich its fair share of resources.
10.19am Wednesday 16th October 2013
Town council seeks assurances over parking charges
11.41am Friday 27th September 2013
Safer roads ahead as Cheshire West takes over parking enforcement
4.26pm Thursday 12th September 2013
Umbrella group will create a stronger presence against HS2
L Byrne wrote:
The comparison with the construction of the M6 is misleading. Motorways are all about mass transport of goods and people and the benefits outweigh the costs. They certainly did in the 60s and 70s when many were built.
HS2 on the other hand is being designed to benefit a very small group of people, those who can afford to travel business class or do so on expenses.
I think that most would agree that improvements in rail services are necessary although as an occasional user of the Euston/Runcorn route I have no complaints. Just less than two hours is fast enough for me. I can read a newspaper and have a little snooze. However, the solution is not a silver bullet type train which only the elite could afford. Why do you think that the Government is not willing to provide information on the likely fare levels?
Surely the common sense solution is to spend £10billion or so on improving what we have already got including inter city links across the North and allocate a big chunk of the 'saving' by not spending £50billion on HS2 on essential infrastructure projects, particularly with a high jobs content, in this region.
11.58am Thursday 12th September 2013
11.35am Thursday 12th September 2013
HS2 will ne a burden on our future
Mid Cheshire Against HS2 were campaigning in Middlewich only last weekend and spoke to a couple of people keen to open the Middlewich line but against HS2.
One thing I would bring to people's attention about HS2 is the business plan includes 7.5 billion pounds worth of cuts to the standard rail services, how this will affect the campaign to open the local middlewich route I don't know but it's not good news in general, for example Stoke on trent which will lose up 90% of it's inter city services and will not be served by HS2. So much for bridging the North South divide!
The HS2 propaganda waggon is in full force this week in BS overdrive in the media, but wait for next week, the wheels are about to fall off!
PS Dave, nice website!
11.30am Thursday 12th September 2013
Would a council by any other name be as sweet?
10.10pm Friday 9th August 2013
Pub parking fee is not on
You get your money back whether you have an alcoholic drink or not,
Its the councils fault for charging for parking at the Infirmary in the first place!
12.36pm Thursday 18th July 2013
Travel mid Cheshire by train for £1.50
11.09am Thursday 4th July 2013
Don't waste cash on bad road ideas
3.18pm Friday 21st June 2013
BBC presenter Mark Radcliffe appeals for a new bridge at Winnington
9.18pm Sunday 16th June 2013
Roundabout plan is ridiculous
3.07pm Monday 10th June 2013
Calls for A556 speed limit to be reduced
6.13pm Wednesday 17th April 2013
Traders pour cold water on plan to trial artisan market
4.37pm Wednesday 17th April 2013
Plans in place to keep gyratory moving says council
9.03pm Tuesday 9th April 2013
Majority are against system
11.46am Thursday 14th March 2013
Parking restrictions start in Hartford on Monday
1.22pm Wednesday 6th March 2013
Northwich Town Council urges 'no' vote on gyratory
9.47am Wednesday 16th January 2013
Lostock Green residents "very unhappy" about INEOS signs
11.58am Wednesday 14th November 2012
No more Thundersprint for Northwich
8.45pm Saturday 13th October 2012
Would 20mph limit make gyratory safer?
3.45pm Saturday 13th October 2012
Does new group hold the quay?
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