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  1. NHS moan one - walk in centre

    Less than a week to get an appointment! Gosh, you're lucky! I recently had to wait over a month to speak to my GP over the phone!
  2. New Market ?

  3. Green Belt homes plan is madness

    Our new MP is not showing any signs of clashing with either - he appears to be 'sitting on the fence' - alongside all the councillors throughout the town. As for Andy Farrell, even though their 'aspirations for becoming a city' are all over the documents, he's just been in the news saying it's nothing to do with them wanting 'city status'.
  4. Green Belt homes plan is madness

    The figure given is 9,000 on actual designated green belt. This doesn't include the masses of agricultural land which will also disappear if the preferred development option is accepted. It's complete madness! - especially as the homes built will be in the council tax band D bracket! The developments would include a few 'Affordable' homes, at 20% less than market value in the area; so will start at around £400,000, which is circa 17.5 x the average salary in Warrington. Employment opportunities will be provided nearby, in the acres of warehouses (also on green belt).
  5. Green Belt homes plan is madness

    It may or may not be a consideration but not the main part. CLLR STEVE PARISH seems to have disappeared, without answering my question, "WHAT IS THE REAL REASON all of you councillors – of all parties – are so desperate to promote the building of multi-thousands of band D housing?”
  6. Green Belt homes plan is madness

    The ww news item on the extended consultation, probably most 'hot' issue in Warrington at the moment gets relegated to archives after less than 24 hours?
  7. Green Belt homes plan is madness

    The green belt boundary isn't clearly defined. The boundary of the ancient woodland isn't even clearly defined - in the above map it's chopped off at both ends! Like I said the designations on the plan are 'all to cock'. The problem with the present proposals, not just for this area but for the whole town is that 'the 'housing needs figure' has been more than doubled. It doesn't even reflect genuine housing 'need', Warrington desperately 'needs' genuinely affordable housing / social housing. None of the housing planned for Appleton is genuinely affordable. As 'affordable' is 80% of market price in the area the so called 'affordable' houses here will start at circa £400K. I don't think there is any real 'need' to sacrifice any green fields anywhere in the town as there is enough brownfield, and land which already has permission but which developers have 'land banked'. With regards to Appleton, there are enough commuter / dormitory estates of 'aspirational' housing and a lack of genuinely affordable and social housing. Still waiting for CLLR STEVE PARISH to answer my question, "WHAT IS THE REAL REASON all of you councillors – of all parties – are so desperate to promote the building of multi-thousands of band D housing?”
  8. Green Belt homes plan is madness

    For the most part, the areas outlined for development in South Warrington in the LDP proposals are designated Greenbelt. What you call 'the New Town acquisitions assigned for future release' have no designation on these WBC maps, but as small pockets of green land within greenbelt I doubt they could be treated as other than greenbelt with regard to any proposals to develop them. Any previous permissions or designations by the New Town are irrelevant to the present proposals. The New Towns programmes ended years ago and Warrington already reached it's NT growth target so there wouldn't have been any need to release this land anyway. N.B. The designations in the above map are 'all to cock' anyway!
  9. Green Belt homes plan is madness

    I think a common sense approach like that Davy51 would be understood by most people but unfortunately not by the 'powers that be'.
  10. Green Belt homes plan is madness

    Confused52 Not sure what you mean when you say "The area within the boundary of the New Town is not Green Belt according to case law." could you explain please?
  11. tunnel

    Next to the where the Friar Penketh pub has been built, directly opposite the old theatre there used to be a tiny pub. In that pub there were steps leading down to what you first might expect to be a cellar but was in fact the entrance to a tunnel. The tunnel was about 5ft high, 3ft wide with old wooden supports and about 6-8ft in was blocked off with planks of modern type wood, you could see through gaps in the planks that the tunnel went further. I saw it in the 70's. I don't find it difficult to believe that there could have been tunnels under the town at some stage, but I don't think that they would have been dug by Cromwell's men - when would they have had the time? and why would they dig them? They came here to fight not hide. Rumour has it, that there was a tunnel from the academy to the parish church. I think any tunnels would far predate these. I think it's more likely that there were tunnels from the friary and from the parish church site - where there has been some kind of a church since circa 650 - both leading to the old Motte castle. So, by using these tunnels one could get from the friary to the church. These could have been the routes to safety for the religious orders if ever the town was attacked. The old Motte castle would have been where everyone in the town would have fled to safety. As for construction, I doubt they were 'hewn from rock'. They could have been made simply by digging trenches. putting the framework in and filling in above with a foot or two of soil. The purpose of these tunnels would merely have been to get them, unseen and protected to the castle. There were probably other tunnels from the friary surfacing in different locations around the town, giving them alternative escape routes should the friary be raided. The religious orders would be obvious targets for raids, having valuable icons etc and during the persecutions, considering the brutal deaths they would suffer if caught, it would seem to me stupid of them not to have devised some form of escape routes.
  12. Green Belt homes plan is madness

    I agree Davy51. A supermarket in Golden square would not only be useful for town centre dwellers, being close to the bus station it would be useful for shoppers using public transport. But I don't think there will be much effort by WBC to encourage public transport - the massive car parks are too much of a cash cow.
  13. Green Belt homes plan is madness

    CONFUSED52 The reason the Southern Expressway, the new high level bridge and the Howshoots link didn't get built was because no-one wanted to pay for them! An additional 20,000 + houses will certainly NOT "get us out of the mess we are in" it will only create a worse mess! and the new roads would not be being built if 20,000+ houses were not being built. Are you aware that WBC believe that there is no significant problem on Lumb Brook Road at present and that they believe that our local road network could cope with the proposed additional houses in Appleton without any highways improvements other than a few bus stops? City Status is irrelevant in general 'planning terms' but the LDP is very relevant and the 'aspirations of WBC for city status' are certainly not irrelevant to their LDP proposals. The mass expansion plans are not to support local need, they are to promote growth - to become a 'city'. Otherwise, how does WBC explain to the Government Inspector why the 'housing target' is so far over target! The Government does not want to be seen as 'the bad guy' (and lose votes) by forcing mass housing development where it is not wanted, so has included in planning guidance the direction that local authorities are to; "set out their own approach to housing density to reflect local circumstances". WBC's 'own approach' is mass expansion. Steve has attempted to make us believe that the Government is forcing this mass expansion upon us. This is incorrect, it is WBC who are doing that! The Government are hoping to get additional housing built by offering extremely generous 'sweeteners' to local authorities. They are providing an 'infrastructure fund' - on top of other 'sweeteners' such as the 'new homes bonus'. The infrastructure fund would pay for the new roads. So what is the future council tax income from the proposed band D houses so desperately needed for? I'm waiting for CLLR STEVE PARISH to answer the question.
  14. Green Belt homes plan is madness

    grey-man do you not suspect that there is a lot more to this than just the council 'wanting' to become a city council? Perhaps CLLR STEVE PARISH will enlighten us by answering the question; "WHAT IS THE REAL REASON all of you councillors – of all parties – are so desperate to promote the building of multi-thousands of band D housing?”
  15. New Market ?

    I also question the need to demolish the old one Obs, and we are not alone in this, CABE questioned the need for this new car park but their expert opinion was not heeded by either the planning department nor our 60 councillors. I also question the need to build a new market now that we have ample space to site this facility in the Golden Square. The Golden Square shopping area should be reserved for shopping, and is in close proximity to the bus station. A supermarket here would also be useful.
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