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Sandbach is a great thriving town in which to live but it has problems that need to be improved.

In 2019 Matt was planning to stand as an Independent in the (CE) Elections because he no longer trusted the Conservatives to run the Council.

Having assessed the balance of votes in Ettiley Heath Matt decided not to stand for fear of dividing the vote and was pleased to see Labour win the seat and a new coalition running the council.

Matt feels it is only fair to accord the new coalition some time to tackle the many problems surrounding CE Council and hope they succeed in creating a more honest and effective council.

Read on to find out more of Matt’s views and what he can do to help.

Politics

Sandbach Vision

Matt’s vision for Sandbach is based on three main points.

Safe

Safe is wide ranging, including:

  • Safe from crime
  • Safe air to breathe
  • Safer roads

Thriving

  • Thriving for the young, those in their working years and our older population. There is no reason why Sandbach could not be a place in which older people thrive alongside the younger population.
  • Thriving businesses means managing the market, the parking, the business taxes such that a diverse range of shops can do business in our town.

Managed

  • Everything needs to be managed proactively and efficiently.

Sandbach Town Council

What does a Town council do?: Sandbach Town Council
Town Councillors can have an influence through lobbying Cheshire East Council using their budget.

Financial rules of the council: Finance Regulations

Cheshire East’s Sandbach Vision in full

Environment

Road Congestion and Air Quality

The road congestion and air quality need to be addressed.

traffic queues

This photograph shows some of the frequent queueing in Sandbach.

Air Quality for School Children

Clean air day children school walking environment – unicef

Road Condition

Potholes

Matt has recently written to the chronicle and to our local MP Fiona Bruce concerning the dire state of our roads, starting with the large number of potholes on our roads.

Road condition letter.

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Here is an excerpt of the letter..

“In my opinion there are a number of roads within Cheshire East which are by way of their age, surface, camber and geography are inherently dangerous to all road users yet victims and their families stand no chance of legal redress through the courts using one of the Highways Acts.

We need brand new trunk roads with few bends, better surfaces, fewer intersections and we desperately need a new M6 in Cheshire East yet there are no new trunk roadsand the M6 “improvement” is years late and a bad joke on frustrated motorists.”

White lining

White Lining has been neglected and yet this simple feature helps traffic to flow around our streets.

Praise for the rail trail

In June Matt wrote to the council praising the great condition of the popular rail trail starting at Ettiley Heath and continuing on to Malkins Bank.

Rail trail path

Rail Trail
The Salt Line Rail Trail

Matt’s not claiming to be  perfect

Matt had to go on a speed awareness course which he is quite happy to admit to but also wants to raise the probems caused by the condition of our roads.

Road condition and Speed Awareness

Pot hole 2A Sandbach
Pot hole 1 Sandbach

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About

I am married with two grown up children.  We have lived in Sandbach since 1985.  Both our children attended the local schools for their education and I have served as parent governor at my childrens’ primary school.

I commute to work at Manchester airport and understand the difficulties face by commuters, especially getting in and out of Sandbach at peak times.

I enjoy running and I am a member of Sandbach Striders running club.

I like living  in Sandbach and there are many things that are very good about the town but there are also things I feel need addressing as the town expands.