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George tells Cheshire East to ‘get King Street improvements moving’
TATTON MP George Osborne has given his backing to plans to improve King Street in Knutsford for pedestrians and traffic.
Mr Osborne met with members of the Knutsford Town Plan King Street working group to be updated on the progress made since the extensive public consultations took place in 2012.
“I had a good meeting with the Knutsford Town Plan working group and they’ve done a good job consulting the residents of Knutsford and shopkeepers about the future of King Street,” he said.
“Cheshire East Council should now pick up the work of the Knutsford Town Plan and get the scheme moving.”
Andrew Malloy, chairman of the town centre working group, said he was encouraged by Mr Osborne’s support.
“He spoke to us both as our local MP and as Chancellor of the Exchequer and gave us some good pointers on how best to present the scheme for funding,” he added.
Cheshire East Council has now confirmed it will match fund the £15,000 provided by Knutsford Town Council towards the cost of preparing a detailed study which will consider all aspects of the scheme, including local site conditions, costings, concept drawings and illustrations to show how the street will look after the works are completed.
Cheshire East Council leader Clr Michael Jones said: “CEC are committed to working with Knutsford Town Council, and are actively working with Knutsford Town Plan to develop their proposals for public realm enhancements along King Street.
“The proposals include enhancing the pedestrian experience, upgrading parking and footways along King Street whilst maintaining access for all road users by creating some shared space capacity that will complement the existing vibrant retail community, whilst at the same time managing traffic better within the town centre area.”
Doug Henry, chairman of the Knutsford Town Plan, welcomed Cheshire East’s commitment to the scheme.
“Pedestrian priority will help retain the town centre’s unique character for future generations and will support local businesses’ delivery arrangements, allowing passing traffic to see their frontages,” he said.
“We are now in discussion to make the town plan a community interest company to allow us to apply for grants.”
For more information about the King Street scheme and the work of Knutsford Town Plan visit knutsfordtownplan.
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