THANKS FOR VOTE, MARTIN
PLEASE can we congratulate Coun Martin Hardy for listening to his community and voting against The Cheshire East Local Plan, a Plan which would decimate the Green Belt of Macclesfield and Cheshire East. The Community of Whirley I BEGIN this column almost literally lost for words. Evidence of the detriment to health from traffic pollution grows year by year.
The laxity of supervision and scrutiny that has resulted in deliberate ‘falsification’ of Cheshire East pollution data by a culprit absolutely beggars belief.
In almost 40 years of involvement in local politics I have witnessed many examples of ineptitude.
This represents a new low.
Conspicuous by its absence among apologies regarding this scandal is any evidence that the council will cease treating pollution data with casual disregard when it comes to planning matters.
Under our absurd planning system each and every field developed hands somebody a windfall comparable to winning the lottery. Necessary infrastructure improvements either never happen or are paid for by the rest of us who sit in the traffic jams and choke on the fumes that these new developments exacerbate.
There are two Air Quality Management Areas (designated because nitrogen dioxide traffic pollution is above government target limits) that impact most on readers of this newspaper. These are the A6 in Disley and the central section of the Silk Road.
Liberal Democrats have opposed the development of thousands of new homes in High Lane and are campaigning for a Disley by-pass. Recently approved developments in Macclesfield town, such as housing on current King’s School sites will make current pollution blackspots worse and create new ones. The jams we choke in locally, or while struggling to reach Manchester or Stockport, will get worse.
Cheshire East should be monitoring pollution to protect our health. They should not just collect data, false or otherwise, and then ignore it.