Nantwich Civic Society held its monthly
meeting yesterday (October 20th, 2015).
The new “For Sale” signs around the
former gas works in town has
stimulated questions about what will
happen to the cars that park there
currently when the site is developed.
Members raised questions and concerns -
and held a detailed but frustrating
discussion about the forthcoming
problems from displaced parking when the
St. Annes Lane / former Gas Works site is
Whilst St. Anne's Lane has never been an
official car park, it holds approx
200 vehicles each day.
When this site is developed all these
vehicles will be displaced into the rest
the town, especially “free parking”
clogging up residential streets.
There appears to members to be no plan
for accommodating them.
Already, members report local streets
being blocked by workers' cars around
the centre and it is spreading further
out all the time.
There are no answers, currently, that we
know of to
this rising tide of traffic-related problems in our town.
Although there has been a story in the
press about a by pass, we are not
aware that a town study is already in
progress. Thus, our members wish to
stress the urgent need for a traffic and
parking study leading to a set of
solutions to current and future
Civic Society members are
not alone in town for having real
concerns about future parking and
traffic requirements arising from the
many hundreds of
new houses already being built or
planned for the
town and surrounding parishes.
The Civic Society recognises the
economic benefits of new development,
but we are worried because we are not
aware of any plans being put in place
accommodating more cars and people.