STORIES of ARAG’s DEMISE, DISMISSED

ARAG’s DEMISE MUCH EXAGGERATED.

We have realized that totally incorrect and misleading information has been circulated about the current situation regarding Alsager Residents Action Group and feel it necessary to make the true situation absolutely clear.

Because of our 100% attendance at Planning Appeals and attendance at Cheshire East Strategic Planning Board and its Southern Area Planning Committee we reached the conclusion that we were wasting hundreds of hours of our time, submitting evidence which was completely ignored, because Cheshire East’s decisions were entirely political. So we took a decision to stop attending the Planning Board/Committee and discontinue the constant updating of our website BUT we never concluded that ARAG would cease to exist, indeed we as officers do not have the authority to do this.

ARAG has continued to be fully involved with the Local Plan deliberations and continue to represent Alsager residents throughout the consultation period. Often we have been the sole Alsager representatives present although  lots of other organisations, Town and Parish Councils are there. We never cease to be amazed by the attitude, lack of commitment and capability demonstrated by our own Town Council.

We are currently attending the Inspector’s Hearings which will determine whether he considers East Cheshire have done enough for the Local Plan Examination to be resumed; following the presentation of new evidence provided by us among others. There are a number of areas which we will be challenging over the next few days but we will have to wait some weeks before we hear the Inspector’s decision about proceeding with the Examination.

The continued support we receive from members and residents is very much appreciated and it seems clear that they still see the organisation as a primary source of information as well as you keeping our group up to date with the many issues affecting Alsager.

Finally, we have had direct communication with Sainsbury’s, earlier this week, and they have stated very clearly that their Alsager Store is definitely going ahead.