A political flyer has sparked a bit of a debate in Crewe after the town was compared to Hiroshima after it was hit by an atomic bomb.
The leaflet was sent to people by Putting Crewe First showing the town centre next to the aftermath of the 1945 nuclear bombing by the US.
The group’s leader Councillor Brian Silvester defended the comparison saying that many people refer to the town as a ‘bomb site’.
However, the authors are facing a backlash for comparing the Cheshire high street to a disaster zone.
Councillor Connor Naismith said: ‘He said: ‘It is disgusting, desperate and insensitive to compare Crewe town centre to a tragic event during the fight against fascism in which tens of thousands of people lost their lives.’
‘Crewe is better than Brian Silvester, and I am confident we will reject him convincingly again [at elections] in May 2023 in favour of candidates who actually do put Crewe first, not just with words but with actions.’
The Royal Arcade was demolished in early 2021 with plans for a new bus station, multi-storey car park and leisure facilities.
Councillor Silvester says the local council has broken promises on the timescale for the regeneration project which was initially billed as being finished by Christmas 2020.
He said: ‘Originally in 2018, Cheshire East promised the £48m town centre redevelopment would be completed by Xmas 2020.
‘Here we are two years after it should have been completed and not a brick has been laid. Crewe’s Labour councillors have totally let down the good people of Crewe. And they can’t blame Covid for the delay.
‘Thousands of houses have been built in and around Crewe since the Covid outbreak in 2020, so why couldn’t the promises on the town centre development been kept?’
The council says the new timeline for the building work to be completed is the end of 2023 with a temporary bus station being brought in on January 4.
Cllr Silvester has been a controversial figure in Cheshire East politics over the years. In early 2021, Twitter suspended his account for ‘spreading misleading and potentially harmful information related to Covid-19’.