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The Conservative Group on the Borough Council has issued the first in a series of Frequently Asked Questions posters which answer some of the questions we get asked the most about what the council does with your money. Here are the first few. Click on any of them to make them larger.
The Planning Department has received an application to build a detached house on this site. You can read the application details and make any comments by clicking here. I am able to assist residents with planning applications if needed. Please do get in touch.
We now believe that the two applications are likely to be heard by Strategic Planning on 20th June. I have arranged for the meeting to be held in Ellesmere Port, and it will start at 4pm, which is the usual time for Strategic Planning.
Currently the Ellesmere Port & Neston Conservatives’ website can be found at http://epnconservatives.wordpress.com rather than the usual address. Apologies for any inconvenience.
On 1st May, the Conservative Executive approved plans for a £15million Sports Village in Ellesmere Port to replace the EPIC.
You can read the full story by clicking here.
It all boils down to these few points:
- For decades, Labour failed to invest in the EPIC. In the end they resorted to boasts about putting a net up by the ceiling to prevent bits of it hitting swimmers on the head when it crumbled.
- After the new council was set up and elected in 2008, during its shadow year, the old Labour council spent £100,000 on consultants to establish what leisure facilities were needed and wanted in Ellesmere Port for the future.
- Labour’s report concluded a 50metre pool was not needed, was not justifiable and not affordable to build, maintain or use.
- Cllr Justin Madders handed this report, which had been voted on and supported by Labour councillors several times, to the new council in 2009, describing its proposals as “unbeatable”.
- The Labour MP was asked for his help 2 years ago to see if funding could be secured to build an even bigger pool than 25metres. Not only did he fail to find a single penny, Sport England have made it clear that they will provide funding for a 25metre pool only, as they believe there is no need or justification for a larger pool.
- Labour’s claims to have an alternative provider who can build a 50m pool for less than our plans are false. They did not have the full specification of the site or the other sports and facilities proposed for inclusion. When they spoke to council officers and fund the full information, they agreed that they couldn’t get near the standard of the council;s proposals for the same price.
It is, I am afraid, yet another example of the local Labour Party trying to deceive people. They energetically supported one thing for years, when the Conservatives come forward with plans that are even better, as we have, Labour then claim they can provide something even bigger, despite quickly being proven to not be true.
So, whilst other councils are closing their leisure centres (including Labour-run Manchester who are closing other leisure centres because of the very high cost of their 50m pool), here in Cheshire West we are building whole new leisure centres, with no thanks to the Labour Party.
Thanks to the extra money our Conservative council is investing highways we are repairing more roads than ever before, and more efficiently too.
There are some roads being resurfaced in Little Sutton in the next fortnight, these are:
- Glenwood Gardens, Little Sutton – Works will commence on Tuesday 30th April 2013 and will last for 1 day.
- Forge Road, Little Sutton – Works will commence on Tuesday 30th April 2013 and will last for 1 day.
- Fulwood Gardens, Little Sutton – Works will commence on Tuesday 30th April 2013 and will last for 1 days.
- Sutton Hall Gardens, Little Sutton – Works will commence on Wednesday 1st May 2013 and will last for 1 day.
- Hillcrest Drive, Little Sutton – Works will commence on Wednesday 1st May 2013 and will last for 1 day.
It would be a great help if you could try and keep your car(s) off the road on the day your road is being resurfaced and, of course, drive carefully for the next few days after completion.
If there are any roads by you which need attention, then let me know.