YOUR VIEWS How are we go­ing to af­ford to pay for this grand road scheme?

Stockport Express - - Your Views -

RE­GARD­ING your front page story on Au­gust 30, doesn’t that just take the bis­cuit?

“The sys­tem will be put in place to ac­com­mo­date im­prove­ment works to cope with in­creased traf­fic fol­low­ing the in­tro­duc­tion of the A6 to Manch­ester Air­port Re­lief Road.”

We were in­formed by here- to­day- and- gone­to­mor­row coun­cil­lors and mas­sively over­paid coun­cil pan­jan­drums that the build­ing of this road would de­crease lo­cal traf­fic.

As we said all along, this was a lie.

In ad­di­tion, we have to pay for the main­te­nance of this road from our coun­cil tax, as it is very much a coun­cil project.

How ex­actly are we go­ing to af­ford that then? I would ask them, but Stock­port coun­cil is ig­nor­ing all Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion re­quests on the sub­ject, de­spite the leader of the coun­cil work­ing for the In­for­ma­tion Com­mis­sioner.

I guess they all have a lot to hide. Sheila Oliver Romi­ley the Red Rock de­vel­op­ment in Stock­port? I haven’t seen the front of it but the back is right next to and clearly vis­i­ble to peo­ple driv­ing though Stock­port on the mo­tor­way.

This de­vel­op­ment should be at­trac­tive to en­tice peo­ple to come into the town, but in­stead we get some­thing that looks cheap and tacky.

If you want a good ex­am­ple of town cen­tre de­vel­op­ments done right just take a look at the old Town Hall in Old­ham, which has won ar­chi­tec­tural awards.

Old­ham is one of the most deprived bor­oughs in the coun­try, if they can af­ford to em­ploy de­cent ar­chi­tects then why can’t Stock­port? Daniel M Ad­dress sup­plied em­bar­rass­ment for him - but let me spell it out.

It is the Con­ser­va­tiveled Cheshire East Coun­cil who, sens­ing a nice lit­tle earner for them­selves as they own the land, have de­cided to put for­ward the site op­po­site Marks & Spencer for de­vel­op­ment.

They wish to con­crete over the Green­belt for the sake of a quick buck and the re­sult­ing traf­fic im­pact of the 2,000 houses they wish to build will be most sorely felt in Stock­port.

As most lo­cals know, the A34 is rammed now at peak times and the con­se­quences of all the ex­tra cars, mak­ing their way to­wards Manch­ester, hardly bear think­ing about.

No mat­ter how much he tries to ob­fus­cate the is­sue now, he re­ally can’t avoid the key fact that the plans he now says are op­posed by lo­cal Con­ser­va­tives are in fact pro­posed by... lo­cal Con­ser­va­tives! Al­beit from just over the bor­ough bound­ary.

Res­i­dents could be for­given for com­ing to the con­clu­sion that the right hand re­ally doesn’t know what the left hand is up to. Do these fel­low Con­ser­va­tives never speak to each other?

At the end of the day lo­cal peo­ple might well ask, es­pe­cially as Stock­port now has two Tory MPs, how this de­vel­op­ment - so strongly op­posed by res­i­dents on both sides of the bor­ough bound­ary - can have been al­lowed to progress so far.

The only pos­si­ble con­clu­sions are either that Stock­port Con­ser­va­tives, coun­cil­lors and MPs have been ig­nored by their friends over the bor­der or that they are to­tally pow­er­less to in­flu­ence the de­ci­sion. In which case, what is the point of them? Coun­cil­lor Mark Hunter Leader of the Lib­eral Demo­crat Group Stock­port Coun­cil

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