South Cheshire councillors will be meeting with Cheshire East officers tomorrow (Thursday) for an update on the planned regeneration of Crewe town centre – and demanding work work starts on the bus station immediately.
Labour councillors will be pushing for action.
Cllr Steve Hogben (Lab) who represents Crewe South, said: “The people of Crewe deserve a town centre that they can be proud of, and frankly the continual delay to anything positive happening has only added to the feelings of scepticism and disappointment that they rightly feel. This meeting on the 23rd must provide certainty about the future for Crewe, with a timescale that will be kept to. If that does not happen then serious questions need to be asked on behalf of those that we represent.”
Cllr Suzanne Brookfield (Lab) who represents Crewe East said: “There is no reason why the people of Crewe should have to put up with this eyesore a moment longer. Time after time they are promised an updated facility and yet all that they see is the place getting worse and worse. If we want more people coming into Crewe then we have to sort out the bus station as well as the much needed car parking review, so we can finally see fairer transport opportunities across the borough. The residents of Crewe need to see the development start, and as the principal town in the borough it is not too much to ask.”
Cllr Joy Bratherton (Lab) who represents Crewe East said: “The Market hall was due to open originally this summer, and obviously Covid-19 will not have helped with keeping this project on track. We need clarity as to who will be operating the site and we need to see the exciting plans for this location finally happening. I have wonderful memories of attending the market when it was a vibrant busy hub of the town, and I would like my grandchildren to be able to experience the same buzz. Covid-19 will of course have had a huge impact on the timescale of this, but now more than ever, people will need a place that they can look forward to visiting in the future.”
Cllr Laura Smith (Lab) who represents Crewe South and played a role in the original application for The Future High Street Fund when she was the Labour MP for Crewe and Nantwich, said “I am very much looking forward to this meeting on the 23rd when we will hopefully be given a positive update for the future of Crewe and the much needed investment the town deserves to see. With the news of the Crewe Town Board being set up to oversee the Future High Streets bid and the towns fund bid, it is essential as Crewe borough councillors that we voice our residents’ wishes and concerns over the development, something that we have all listened to many times before as elected representatives. Ten years of the Government’s austerity and cuts have ravaged our town centre, and now the UK faces the challenge of the long term economic impact of the Covid-19 crisis. We must make sure the people of Crewe do not end up paying for the pandemic and they must not see further delay. We have all waited long enough.”