Parish chiefs re­solve to con­tinue fight over HS2

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A COUN­CIL’S cam­paign against the pro­posed HS2 high speed rail link be­tween Crewe and Lon­don was re­newed at its most re­cent meet­ing.

Mem­bers of Mottram St An­drew’s Parish Coun­cil say that the Lon­don to Manch­ester high speed rail link will have an ad­verse af­fect on peo­ple in the area who cur­rently travel to the cap­i­tal from sta­tions around Macclesfield and Wilm­slow.

At the meet­ing, the HS2 pro­pos­als and their ef­fect on the coun­cil’s res­i­dents were dis­cussed.

Af­ter some de­bate, the coun­cil re­solved to con­tinue to cam­paign for ad­e­quate rail links to be put in place from Wilm­slow and Macclesfield to the pro­posed new HS2 link to en­sure that the area does not suf­fer a re­duc­tion in ser­vice should the pro­pos­als go ahead.

The coun­cil also de­bated the ef­forts which are es­sen­tial to se­cure Mottram St An­drew and New­ton are in­cluded in the su­per­fast broad­band in­stal­la­tions for the area be­ing car­ried out by Con­nect­ing Cheshire – a part­ner­ship of four Cheshire coun­cils, BT and the Euro­pean Re­gional Devel­op­ment Fund.

Bill Pilk­ing­ton, chair­man of the coun­cil, said: “Af­ter pres­sure ex­erted by coun­cil­lors we are await­ing a de­tailed re­port which sets out the spe­cific lo­ca­tions where broad­band will be avail­able and those which will re­main un­cov­ered by the su­per­fast net­work.

“The coun­cil is re­solved to en­sure that all res­i­dents in our area are even­tu­ally in­cluded in the scheme.”

As a re­sult of the ef­forts of Coun Bill Pilk­ing­ton and Coun Wen­nell, a sub­stan­tial bud­get has also been al­lo­cated by Cheshire East High­ways for the in­stal­la­tion of safety mea­sures on Priest Lane around Mottram St An­drew Academy School.

This will in­volve the pro­vi­sion of speed in­di­ca­tion de­vices on a per­ma­nent ba­sis af­ter the a trial last year.

The coun­cil is also cur­rently tak­ing steps to en­sure that landown­ers in the area are fully aware of their obligations to erad­i­cate or at least con­trol in­va­sive plant species in­clud­ing Hi­malayan bal­sam, Ja­panese knotweed and rag­wort.

●● Mottram St An­drew parish coun­cil mem­bers Ron Tay­lor, Pilk­ing­ton, chair­man and Don Hatch, vice chair­man



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