Concern expressed over town car parking shortage

 December 2015

Updated in a Letter from Nantwich in January 2019                        A NANTWICH CIVIC SOCIETY PAGE


 

 

 

JEFF STUBBS, Chairman of Nantwich Civic Society, in an open letter to Cheshire East Council, calls for an urgent Traffic and Parking Study and Plan for Nantwich

 

 


Dear Sirs

   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. Anne's Lane / former Gas Works site is sold off.

   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 of 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 problems.

  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

   

 

One of the new signs about the former gas works site

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 for accommodating more cars and people.

  Can you tell us, please, what you are either already doing or plan to do in the near future to examine the needs for the future traffic and parking requirements of the town?

   Any study should obviously contain a serious element of public consultation.

   The society has already furnished CEC with some suggestions for expanding parking spaces in and around existing car parks (Partnership Walkabout in February .

 

2015), but these additional spaces are just a drop in the ocean of parking needs over the next five years or so.

    Society members make these suggestions in a spirit of helpfulness because the best interests of our town will be served by an urgent study and strategy.

   We do not want to slide into more parking problems for residential streets and traffic chaos in the future.

   We look forward to receiving your reply.

Jeff Stubbs,

Chair,

Nantwich Civic Society.

 

Town Council supports the plan

 

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