BUSY cleaning up areas of the
Riverside and removing weeds and litter, volunteers working
under the auspices of Nantwich Civic Society noticed that
visitors to the town were getting lost as they set out on the
network of footpaths that had been created. They didn't seem to
know where the pathways went or that they could reach other
parts of the town by using them.
The idea of two-sided
signs, showing things to see in a particular part of the town,
a map of the Riverside, was born early in 2012. (One face of the
Mill Island sign is pictured right).
We also realised that there was
lots of local history and natural history to tell people about. So the Civic
Society applied to Nantwich Town Council for a grant for seven signs. They
awarded it to us and wanted us to use the services of another community-based
group in the area – Greenspaces South Cheshire C.I.C – to develop the content
with the help of local groups.
We consulted Cheshire Wildlife Trust,
Nantwich Museum, Nantwich in Bloom, and Nantwich Anglers. We also consulted
Cheshire East Council's footpaths team, led by Genni
Butler, over the content and information on the signs.
The former Riverside Project Officer, James Thompson, who is now a
director of Greenspaces South Cheshire - a Community Interest Company -
researched and co-ordinated the content along with Nantwich Civic Society
members and Doug Butterill of Nantwich in Bloom.
The reasons for these signs were:
o to inform
residents and visitors alike about their environment;
o what they
can see all around them as they walk along the river and lake side;
o to give
some historical information and photographs about the localities of each sign;
o to provide
maps of the footpaths and connections to the wider area.
We decided that there were seven key locations where
signs would best serve the public from the south end at Nantwich Lake and Coed Wen to the Reaseheath end at
Beam Bridge, via the Nantwich
Swimming Pool and Shrewbridge Road car park.
I am very pleased with the result and
have had compliments about them. We want to thank the Town Council for their
commitment to local groups and improving facilities in the town. I particularly
want to thank Cheshire East's Streetscape Team, who did most of the installation
work as their contribution in kind towards this great