The leader of Crewe Town Council, Councillor Jill Rhodes, has written to the Secretary of State for the Home Department, the Rt Hon Suella Braverman, to request the urgent prioritisation of Crewe and towns like it in the future delivery of investment in social infrastructure.
Crewe hosts diverse and densely populated communities which fall within the highest levels of deprivation in the UK. Crewe residents find that accessing basic statutory services is very challenging, particularly in relation to the following areas:
- Lack of available social and affordable housing
- Over-subscribed schools
- Lack of availability and access to GP services and primary health care (including dentists)
Councillor Jill Rhodes wrote:
“Whilst we welcome more people moving to our town, the impact of the strain on central public services is felt by the community as a whole, as well as those working within those services."
"HS2 will soon reach Crewe and the inward investment will benefit the local businesses and wider economy, but without the investment needed in social infrastructure, such as schools, health care and housing, Crewe, a town of diversity and growth, is facing an unsustainable situation. The residents of Crewe, current and future, deserve the opportunities and support of properly resourced infrastructure and services that represent the needs of the community as it is now and as it continues to grow.”