UPON finding out that the HS2 Golborne Link was to be scrapped, many residents were best pleased.

But few more so than Barbara Ikin, who looks after Partridge Lakes Fishery and Cafe in Culcheth as the initial railway line was designed to take away small sections of a few of the lakes, the car park and entrance which Barbara said ‘would have most certainly impacted our lakeside café tranquillity'.

Barbara put forward the environmental and public impact that it would have on the space and the line was moved to not affect any of the lakes.

However, she said it didn’t feel like a ‘huge win’ due to the ‘terrifying’ impact of years of construction outside their gates.

Now though, she and the team can celebrate.

Barbara said: “I didn’t want to put anything on here before receiving official documentation from the Department for Transport themselves, and now that time has come, I couldn’t be happier to share the news.

“The scheme has been scrapped for our section, good riddance.”


The team at Partridge Lakes Fishery

The team at Partridge Lakes Fishery


And that’s not the only success Barbara is celebrating as her sister Holly Pirrie runs The Dress Studio next door at The Warehouse Studio and her business also lives on.

Barbara continued: “It feels like an enormous weight has been lifted, and now, I appreciate this place even more than I thought was possible and hope you all will too for many years to come without any disruptions.

“As many of our guests will have seen over the few past years, our café has been growing in popularity so we have been constantly reinvesting and developing the café but with this weight off our shoulders, wait to see what we have in store for the next few years.

“We only opened the café to the public – previously it was just open to people fishing – four to five years ago, so to see how much it has changed in that time, even just going from two to 16 local employees on the café team.

“We really cannot wait to see what the next five years has in store for us without any catastrophic train-shaped obstacles in our way.”