High Legh Parish Council would like to support Knutsford Town Council’s objection to the proposed Boundary Commission proposal to put Knutsford, along with High Legh, into the Altrincham constituency. The Parish Council feel strongly that this makes no sense at all. Altrincham is very much part of the urban area of Greater Manchester, with transport links directly to the city. Whereas Knutsford, is a historic town of Cheshire, surrounded by countryside and villages, looking to the rest of the county for its services. The proposed changes will find Knutsford cut off from its traditional county and rural routes to become an uncomfortable fit in a much larger urban constituency. More specifically, the distinctly and historically rural Parish of High Legh looks and allies itself southwards to Knutsford and to the wider county of Cheshire, and has very little emotional, demographic or physical correlation or connection to the urban Altrincham/Trafford.
We support George Osborne MP’s suggestion that Knutsford is instead combined with Macclesfield in a single constituency, including High Legh, resulting in two Cheshire towns and the surrounding villages, in one Cheshire constituency. This would be the right size in terms of population to achieve the required changes.
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