Fire­fight squad moo-ves two cows

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TWO stranded cows were res­cued from the Bridgewater Canal in Run­corn.

Cheshire Fire And Res­cue Ser­vice fire­fight­ers were called out to res­cue what was be­lieved to be a stranded cow at 8.50pm on Mon­day, July 2, but it tran­spired that it had com­pany.

Fire­fight­ers de­ployed an in­flat­able raft to get to the pair, be­fore guid­ing them to a nearby slip­way and help­ing them out of the canal.

Three ap­pli­ances from Lymm, Run­corn and Bolling­ton were re­quired at the scene, as well as an an­i­mal res­cue team from Lymm.

A fire ser­vice spokesman said: “The an­i­mal res­cue team from Lymm were called to re­ports that a cow had fallen into the canal in Run­corn.

“On ar­rival crews found that two cows were both in the wa­ter­way.

“The team used an in­flat­able raft to get to the an­i­mals; they then guided them to a nearby slip­way and as­sisted them out of the canal.

“The team were in at­ten­dance for ap­prox­i­mately two hours.” ● VIL­LAGERS have de­clared vic­tory in their bid to thwart plans to build houses on a field in Run­corn as part of ma­jor re­gen­er­a­tion plans.

Colin Camp­bell, Friends Of Hal­ton Vil­lage (FOHV) chair­man and founder, re­vealed that Hal­ton Bor­ough Coun­cil had asked ur­ban de­sign­ers to re­move the con­tentious ‘plot 11’ from its Hal­ton Lea NHS Healthy New Town master­plan in a re­cent email to group mem­bers.

Con­sul­tants WYG had en­vis­aged build­ing homes on a strip of green space run­ning along­side the Methodist Church from Main Street to Shop­ping City in a bid to boost vis­i­bil­ity and sense of safety. But vil­lagers op­posed the plans. The field was also ear­marked for res­i­den­tial construction in the key plan­ning doc­u­ment, the draft Hal­ton De­liv­ery And Al­lo­ca­tions Lo­cal Plan (DALP), which pro­posed a smaller area of land than in­di­cated by the Healthy New Town master­plan.

Mr Camp­bell said a pe­ti­tion op­pos­ing the Plot 11 pro­pos­als col­lected about 360 sig­na­tures.

He said Wes­ley Rourke, Hal­ton op­er­a­tional di­rec­tor for econ­omy, en­ter­prise and prop­erty, has asked WYG to re­move the plot.

The an­nounce­ment is an early win for the fledg­ling Friends Of Hal­ton Vil­lage group but it re­mains to be seen whether the de­ci­sion will be bind­ing on whether the site is in­cluded for res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment in the fi­nal DALP.

Mr Camp­bell had sug­gested to Hal­ton Vil­lage res­i­dents that the group would have more suc­cess in win­ning con­ces­sions in al­ter­ing the draft Hal­ton Lea healthy new town (HHNT) plans if they opted for a spirit of col­lab­o­ra­tion with the coun­cil and con­sul­tants.

Vil­lagers had ex­pressed over­all sup­port for the healthy new town master­plan, with some con­cerns over traf­fic, de­mand on pub­lic ser­vices and the most vo­cal griev­ances fo­cused on Plot 11.

Other master­plan pro­pos­als in­clude im­prov­ing pedes­trian ac­cess; dis­man­tling over­head road and pedes­trian ac­cess and re­plac­ing it at ground level; parks and ac­tiv­ity trails; a pub­lic square; and tear­ing down East Lane House to be re­placed with ‘lin­ear parks’ and town­houses to ac­cord bet­ter with hous­ing de­mand sur­veys.

After the meet­ing, Mr Camp­bell said: “Friends Of Hal­ton Vil­lage are de­lighted with the re­moval of Plot 11 from the Healthy Hal­ton New Town Master­plan.

“FOHV were given the op­por­tu­nity to take part in the con­sul­ta­tion and after a pre­sen­ta­tion by HHNT our opin­ion was that the res­i­den­tial pro­posal was not suit­able use of the land next to the Methodist church.

“Thank­fully HHNT and Hal­ton Bor­ough coun­cil lis­tened to FoHV con­cerns and have now re­moved Plot 11 from the master­plan.”

Vil­lagers op­posed homes next to the Methodist Church in Hal­ton Vil­lage

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