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    Article: Aug 3, 2020
    By Cllr Ian Marks

    As part of its 'Backing Local Business' campaign, the Warrington Guardian asked for a comment from former Council Leader Cllr Ian Marks on the response from the Government and the Council to the pandemic.

    The Government acted quickly to support businesses. This was welcome given its free market instincts. There was cross-party consensus that the state had to use its powers, finances and authority to avert an economic catastrophe. However spraying money all over the place was easy. How the country emerges from the crisis is far more difficult with widespread fears about second waves. The economy will struggle to recover for a long while and every day sees more businesses closing down and jobs being lost.

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    Read the latest from Councillors Brian Axcell, Sharon Harris and Judith Wheeler

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    Article: Jul 21, 2020

    Warrington's Local Plan will be doomed to be met with public disapproval until the volume of housing growth is reduced. This requires action from both the council and the government.

    I have had hundreds, if not thousands, of conversations with people about Warrington's Local Plan. The same concerns come up time and again - traffic congestion, protecting green spaces, school and health provision. Another consistent theme, which somewhat underpins the plan, is the overall volume of growth which the plan suggests. For all kinds of reasons, people do not feel that building in the region of 20,000 houses offers the right future for Warrington.

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    Article: Jul 8, 2020
    It has now been over twelve months since the consultation closed on Warrington's Local Plan. Some 3,500 people responded to the plan. So where is the Local Plan up to?
    Somewhat surprisingly given the number of objections, not least those made by the South Warrington Parishes, it appears that the next version of the Local Plan won't look too different from the last one. Having sifted through all of the responses, including those from landowners and developers, the council reckons that they have one outstanding issue - the delivery of infrastructure - and they even think that they have solved that problem over the past twelve months. As a councillor and lifelong resident of Warrington, I am not only disappointed but frustrated. It seems that the powers that be simply are not listening to the people who they are meant to serve.
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    Article: Jun 16, 2020
    By Cllr Bob Barr

    Cllr Bob Barr, Liberal Democrat Group Leader on Warrington Borough Council, commented to the BBC and Warrington Guardian as the town's economic recovery begins:

    It will be a relief to businesses in Warrington that not only is non-essential shopping now possible, but that a good number of shoppers want to take advantage of it. However, this isn't the launch that we wanted for the new Time Square, or the level of re-opening for Golden Square and our other retail parks.