CONGLETON MP Fiona Bruce says Middlewich is being increasingly recognised on the map in her New Year's message for 2020.

Dear everyone,

Middlewich has long been recognised as a caring community and as a pleasant place to live. This is in no small measure due to the commitment of residents to the town and its community life, through groups such as Good Neighbours, several active Christian churches, the Clean Team and many others. My thanks to all of you.

Increasingly Middlewich is also being rightly recognised as an important place strategically on the map of Cheshire, as evidenced by national Government’s commitment of £50 million to the Middlewich Eastern Bypass, work on which is now underway.

Government has also invested funding to investigate the potential of reopening Middlewich railway station and it has been heartening that initial results are proving positive. There is a long way to go yet though! And I have huge respect for those residents who have campaigned for years for this – be assured of my continued commitment also.

One of the things I’ve learnt over almost 10 years of having the privilege of being your MP – for which I thank you – is that little, if anything, is achieved for the community by an individual alone.

Making a difference is about us all working together. I also recognise that everyone has something to contribute.

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That means in order to serve residents best I need to constantly listen to, and understand, your priorities.

So as this new year – and new Parliamentary term – begins, I am conducting a fresh local listening project. May I invite you to to meet me at one of my regular surgeries at the library, to tell me what your priorities are for Middlewich, as we enter a new decade?

I look forward to to hearing from you, and in the meantime wish you all a peaceful and blessed new year.