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The headlines and even a TV documentary in the last few weeks have suggested that Marks and Spencer and other retailers like House of Fraser are in an irreversible decline. The traditional high street is under real pressure not just from the internet but also the growth of out of town retail. Big increases in rents and in particular Business Rates have also made what was was once many traditional retailers biggest strength into a big weakness
Sky News’s Adam Boulton also recently suggested HERE that the death of the High Street is nigh!
It’s really important that our local Councils Cheshire West and Cheshire East respond to changing events with a radical new approach to how to develop and improve our town centres. Town centre’s perhaps need to be redeveloped as mixed-use spaces. Yes, some high-quality retail space for local retailers but also social ( cafe’s restaurants etc ) and residential space too.
In this climate, Cheshire West’s decision to develop Baron’s Quay at Northwich and create more retail space seems very unwise. This raises additional concerns about Winsford which is at a much earlier stage of redevelopment
Lib Dem Winsford Cllr Charlie Parkinson commented that Chesire West and Chester’s announcements of a new Weaver Square consultation for a new master plan for Northwich was a case of ”More good news for Northwich, what about Winsford? ..millions more.. poured into Northwich to try and rescue Barons Quay…is Winsford being kicked into the long grass yet again ?’
Let’s hope Winsford doesn’t suffer more delays and that lessons are learned and the mistakes in Northwich are not repeated.
Richard Dawson – Eddisbury and Weaver Vale Liberal Democrats
We are putting together a strong experienced team of candidates to fight the seven Winsford seats on Cheshire West in May 2019.
We have already delivered 5000 FOCUS leaflets during the Christmas holidays. Currently, we are delivering our Spring edition of FOCUS.
The new Cheshire West Council elected in 2019 is likely to be finely balanced between Labour and the Tories, so just a small group of Lib Dem Councillors could be in a position to decide how the next Council is run.
To download a copy of the Spring Focus click HERE.
Cllr Malcolm Gaskill
Bunbury By-Election 22nd March 2018
A BIG THANKS TO BUNBURY from Mark Ireland-Jones
‘I would like to thank everyone that helped in anyway in the by-election, your time and efforts were very much appreciated, it was my first foray into elections, I enjoyed it, I am much fitter having walked miles and learnt a huge amount!
Although we didn’t win we took a good share of the vote and both Labour and the Greens had reduced shares compared to last time so we have re-established ourselves as the main challengers to the Conservatives.Our campaign was well received giving us a good base for May 2019!
CON: 53.3% (-16.9)
LDEM: 27.5% (+27.5)
LAB: 14.3% (-3.4)
GRN: 4.8% (-7.2)
Excellent performance from the Eddisbury and Weaver Vale team on Saturday 16th March with both Vera and Paul Roberts extremely capably chairing and generally being their usual supportive selves.
Special mention also to Daniela Parker who stole the show with her well practiced and smooth delivery on the leasehold policy motion (with a strong summation from Paul again).Conference endorsed this unanimously.
John Edwards eloquently presented his radical new motion regarding lifting pensioners from poverty, which was also unanimously supported by conference. Thanks also to Ian Priestner for his excellent summation. It was backed by Andrew Haldane who tipped it as having the potential to be passed by Federal conference and put his support behind supporting John and our local party in achieving this goal.
Good to see E&WV members making such an impact on Policy.
Our by-election campaign in Bunbury is going very well. Mark Ireland-Jones and the team have been busy delivering our third Focus leaflet and canvassing across the ward.Many local members, our Councillors and even certain members of the House of Lords have been helping out too. The reception on the doorstep has been very positive indeed. Only 11 days to go !!
Bunbury is a Ward in Cheshire East Council and the by-election takes place on the 22nd March 2018
You can find a copy of the latest Focus Leaflet is HERE
Richard Dawson -EWV LibDems Campaign team
Our by-election campaign in Bunbury is picking up. Mark Ireland-Jones and the team have been busy delivering our resident’s survey and the first focus leaflet.Canvassing is going very well too!
You can download a copy of the latest Focus Leaflet is HERE
Richard Dawson -EWV LibDems Campaign team
Our Tarvin and Kelsall team John Edwards and Ted Lush have been busy delivering our latest Focus Leaflet .You can download a copy HERE
Our Winsford Councillors have been very busy delivering our latest Focus Leaflet for Winsford. You can download a copy here
The Eddisbury & Weaver Vale team hit the Bunbury by-election campaign trail today, led by Mark Ireland-Jones.
Despite it being cold, wet and windy, we contacted many people most of whom were glad to see us and keen to raise varied issues including buses, potholes and our Beeston Castle and Tarporley Station Campaign (petition HERE)
We all defrosted over coffee afterwards at the excellent Tilly’s Cafe in the heart of the village.
If you would like to help at the next door knocking event, please contact Mark on 07810 637233.
Politics in a Pub reached The Gate, Winsford on Thursday. Lively discussions across three tables covered NHS and Social Care funding, Cross Party commissions,Social Media, Closures at Ellesmere Port, giving up on reversing Brexit, MP lobbying, Pensioner poverty, Housing, opportunities of May 2019 CWaC elections, the reshuffle, Farage’s 2nd referendum.
Some time was spent on planning support for the Alyn and Deeside by-election, party going over Saturday (12th) and the anticipated Bunbury by-election.