Sisters celebrate scrapping of HS2 Golborne link

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TWO sisters from Culcheth, who feared for the futures of their neighbouring businesses are celebrating following the latest update from HS2.

Holly Pirrie and Barbara Ikin both run businesses that were set to be heavily affected by the proposed HS2 trainline however, they have breathed a sigh of relief with the news that the Government intends to remove the Golborne link from the High-Speed Rail Bill.

The sisters were just two of many that stood to be affected by the works. Based on Glaziers Lane, the sisters may work next door to each other but they have very different careers!

Barbara leads Partridge Lakes Fishery and Lakeside Café. Often described as a hidden gem, the business is a local beauty spot and central to the Culcheth and Croft Communities. The café offers lakeside views and is a regular host of community events & fundraisers; whilst the fishery offers the ideal location to enjoy the sport and wildlife.

Barbara said: “Reflecting on the last five years, we’re very grateful that the business has grown from strength to strength. We now have nearly 40 employees from the local community at the lake and this news means that we can continue to focus on the future.

“As a business owner, it goes against the grain to be told to effectively pause and not re-invest, this is now wonderful news for our plans and growth. I am so excited for the short and long term future. ‘

Next door at The Warehouse Studios, Holly runs The Dress Studio & Pageant Girl. Holly organises nationwide pageants including Miss Teen Great Britain, and The Dress Studio is a prom dress superstore, which attracts customers from across the UK to the area.

Holly added: “We are still finding it hard to believe that we finally have some good news. Like many, this has been a weight on our shoulders. We have spent hours reviewing the plans, challenging them and it has felt like years of ongoing meetings and reports. It was clear from the plans that the construction and development would have had a devastating impact to Culcheth and Croft, the news is brilliant for everyone in the area.”

Holly is now hopeful her sister will host a party at the lakes for the community to celebrate…. Watch this space!


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