"What Knutsfordians need now is another set of knights to wake up and save Knutsford from Tatton Park.
Speaking against the BeWILDerwood proposals to Cheshire East’s strategic planning meeting, Tory town councillor Mike Houghton said: “The supposed economic benefits to Tatton are very much to the disadvantage of Knutsford. BeWILDerwood restricts Knutsford’s freedom of movement, economy, health and wellbeing.”
BeWILDerwood will ‘cost’ the Cheshire East taxpayer upwards of £6.75 million, What will Knutsford get in return? Nothing.
What have our three Tory councillors done to protect our town? Nothing. Indeed Olivia Hunter went out of her way to speak in favour of the development.
Mobberley Clr Jamie Macrae spoke in favour of the development, Clrs Steve Wilkinson and George Walton arranged for substitutes to attend strategic planning.
Nobody wanted the BeWILDerwood development in Tatton Park bar Tory councillors. Why were the views of Knutsfordians ignored by Cheshire East Council?
What else is planned for Tatton Park which will further harm Knutsford’s freedom of movement, economy, health and wellbeing?
- PS Knutsford Town Council has decreased the precept for 2014/15 even though Knutsfordians will be paying some 40 per cent more than we did in 2013/14.
The Knutsfordian can be found banging his head against a brick wall."
12 October 2013 19:19
Dear Cheshire East Council
Please may I have the names of senior council officers and any councillors who have had any input into the Bewilderwood project. Many thanks
Here we enter the fantasy world of hide and seek.
Bewilderwood involves ostensibly sound people offering to run a children's theme park in Tatton Park for the park and the council. This offer comes with a "we can't raise the £5 million needed up front from conventional sources" - Could the reason possibly be that the project does not stand up? Predictions have been done, but who really knows? After all, the experts involved at Lyme Green fell short of the mark, and should not have advised to go ahead up to the £1 million mark on fees before calling a halt.
The "offer" also comes with a right granted to Cheshire East Council to step in if the project fails, so could the Council really succeed where the pros couldn't?
So, Cheshire East Council will put up the £5 million and have already met some expenses. A "broker" is so confident of success he will give Cheshire East Council the rights to some of his books! What's this worth? The right - what are the odds? More fantasy!
Cheshire East Council is working in tandem with Stockport Council over the Cheadle Constituency Link Road for votes. Therefore, it would be prudent to look into how exactly Cheshire East Council conducts its planning applications.
Of of these matters is the plan to set up a theme park in Tatton Park, Bewilderwood - one of the most bizarre proposals I have ever come across, and please bear in mind I keep an eye on Stockport Council, where bizarre is almost the default setting.
Aparently, after 20 years the site would be made clear again. By whom, exactly? The access roadworks would remain I assume.