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What the Dickens is Going On?

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The local newspaper this week includes yet another chapter in the Crewe Town Centre redevelopment with complaints about the state of the bus station in Crewe.


As we all know, current plans are for a new bus station development along with 450 space multi storey car park and retail/leisure offering.


Based upon this, then why would current tenants to the bus station Arriva do anything other than patch up any defects at minimal cost to themselves against a backcloth of imminent demolition?


Cheshire East are charged with offering a vacated Royal Exchange to their preferred developers and ongoing closures of retail outlets on the site provide evidence of their endeavour in this respect.


All clear then. Well it would be if there were not a Wilkins Micawber like attitude to things by the powers that be and perhaps an ill founded belief that ‘Something will turn up’.


Any retail novice will tell you that the current climate for the sector is miserable and that the High Street is not the place for investment in the foreseeable future. We can only hope that the preferred developer will proceed in their work with a Micawber like attitude as and when, of course, they are presented with an empty site.


Great Expectations then. Or more likely Hard Times and Bleak House(s) aplenty.


If you on the other hand have a more realistic handle on the Economic World and can relate to the Micawber principle of financial management – ‘Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen pounds nineteen and sixpence, result happiness’ – then give us a call at the South Cheshire Development Agency where we remain keen to invest in well managed businesses and start-ups committed to growth locally.


If we can help, then, to quote Dickens – ‘It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done.’ 


Mind you the guy who said it was on the way to having his head lopped off. Never mind ‘Something will turn up’.