Council leader: 'I will listen to the people of Knutsford'

First published in News Knutsford Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Entertainment Reporter

THE leader of Cheshire East Council will be talking to Knutsford residents about the blueprints for the town’s future on November 14.

Clr Michael Jones will be discussing the Local Plan and Town Strategy at St Johns Wood Community Centre in Longridge.

The Knutsford Local Plan consultation, which ran for four weeks from the end of August, is now being discussed at borough level after residents were given the opportunity to voice their opinion.It will determine future infrastructure up to 2030, setting out housing, jobs, roads, schools, leisure facilities, parks and green spaces that will affect generations to come.

But many residents believed they were not given enough time to respond to the consultation and argued it shoud have gone on for longer.

Borough and town councillor Peter Raynes organised the meeting to keep the public informed.

He said: “There has been growing interest in the new borough plan and councillors are aware that people want more opportunity to be consulted and involved.

“We are organising this public meeting to give anyone in Knutsford the opportunity to speak directly about their concern to the leader of Cheshire East Council.

“The town council urges residents of Knutsford to attend and let us know your concerns and aspirations for Knutsford’s future while the plan is still being written.”

Clr Michael Jones will be discussing the current status of the Local Plan and what happens next between 7pm and 8:30pm.

He added: “The development of the Local Plan to defend towns and villages is important and people need to be listened to.

“I will listen to the people of Knutsford, as I have listened to residents elsewhere in Cheshire East.

“We must protect our villages and towns and minimise the impact of development on people’s lives.

“But we also need to be robust, otherwise we will leave ourselves open to unsustainable development.”

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