Local Liberal Democrats are delighted that Peel has at last decided to paint the swing bridges over the Manchester Ship Canal.
The news came following a letter sent to Peel by Warrington Council’s Leader and Chief Executive requesting that action be taken.
Leader of the Council’s Liberal Democrat Group, Cllr Bob Barr said, “At the March Council meeting we put forward a motion asking for a letter to be sent and this was approved by all councillors. The motion pointed out that Warrington had strong ambitions to project itself nationally and internationally but the dilapidated state of the three bridges let the town down badly. The bridges were an eyesore and detracted from our bid to become the City of Culture.
In April last year we handed over a petition with over 1700 signatures calling on Peel to repaint the swing bridges and live up to the claim in its Social Responsibility Statement of having a ‘duty of care to the population as a whole’. Despite several reminders we had absolutely no response from them. This shows little respect for both residents and visitors.
Peel is a very substantial land owner in the town, in addition to their ownership of the Ship Canal. We very much hope that this marks the beginning of a new era in the relationship between Peel and the people of Warrington. There are substantial shared interests between the company and the town. However, these will only work to mutual benefit if the company considers its responsibilities to the town as much as its obligations to its shareholders.”