New High Peak MP, Andrew Bingham has expressed disappointment at United Utilities following the news that the plans for a second bridge in Whaley Bridge have been brought crashing down by news that United Utilities are now asking for a huge capital sum for their piece of land needed to make the bridge a reality.
Andrew said, “this is a devastating blow to everyone; the residents of Whaley Bridge, the Town Council and High Peak Borough Council, all of whom have worked incredibly hard over many years to try and deliver the much needed bridge. United Utilities had for some time intimated that they would gift the land and this helped to bring the external funding needed to build the bridge. Now they have turned round and said they want in the region of £1 million it has destroyed the whole package that had been put in place. Not only does it make the funding short, but it means that due to certain rules regarding public money, the existing funding agreed will be jeopardised as the whole project may not now qualify even for that. It is a real double hammer blow to us all !”
Andrew added, “this seems to be a current theme with United Utilities. Problems with the Malandra refuse site in Glossop and issues in Tintwistle all have United Utilities at the heart of them and in each case they do not seem to be giving much thought to local residents. I intend to write to the Chief Executive of United Utilities and ask for an urgent meeting to discuss all three issues. I will not stand by and let them ride rough shod over the people of the High Peak !”