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Ideas flowing for town
3:06pm Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in Letters
I AM writing in agreement with your correspondent (Denis Cain – CWAC Isn’t Listening, October 2).
The idea of building an inadequate swimming pool in the centre of the town doesn’t appear to be addressing the problem which the town is facing with regard to sustaining the business community.
Linked to another vanity project (the Baron’s Quay supermarket store proposal) all serves to drag people away from the main shopping areas and threatens not only the livelihood of the shops, but also, the life of the town.
Meanwhile we appear to have a unique resource going begging which, with some vision could prove to be a fantastic attraction to visitors and a real tourist trap.
How many visitors, I wonder, even know that there are two rivers running through the town? Even if they did know, how would they know where they are? And what would they do if they did find them?
I understand that The River Weaver Navigation Society have identified these resources as opportunities not to be missed.
Imagine the attractions of businesses and small shops, cafes, bars, and specialist sales along the river frontage behind Witton Street/Leicester Street.
Imagine the river traffic which would be attracted to the area, with a ready tourist community for boat trips up the river towards Hunts lock and Vale Royal Abbey and down to the industrial complex and the new Winnington village, whilst stopping off at the boat lift.
Regular services to these areas, might even prove attractive to some residents wanting to avoid the new traffic chaos being dreamt up by the Town Council.
Although I am reluctant to advocate accessing EU Funds, it would be an ideal project to propose for financial support on a grand scale.
Set against the idea of another large supermarket with a (pay to park?) car park on the roof, where people will just drive in, and out of the town again, this appears to be a far more attractive option.
CHRIS WATKIN Cuddington Chairman of UKIP Cheshire West
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