"A MAJOR revamp" of the Snow Hill and Swine Market
(right) areas of the town is announced in the "Nantwich Chronicle" (March 5,
which, it is said will include:
A sliding roof at Nantwich Swimming Pool
A Health and Fitness Suite (presumably at
the Pool); and
More car parking - possibly in a
multi-storey park. (Well, Nantwich certainly needs more car parking -
even when the addition of the Weaver Stadium parking on non-match days - but
a multi-storey park?)
Residents and businesses are to be asked about the
The facelift will also cover the former
Nantwich Gasworks site, which the same edition of the weekly newspaper says has
just been linked to Mill Island by a footbridge.
The sliding roof at the baths will
replace one which the Chairman of Nantwich Town Council, Cllr Bill McGinnis, is
quoted as saying would be "third class in its operation." That would have cost
£1.4 million pounds.
footbridge link will enable motorists parking on the St Anne's Lane car park
- adjacent to a proposed housing development - to walk straight on to Mill
Island without going "all round the houses" back into Welsh Row and along the
Waterlode for events such as Nantwich Food and Drink Festival in September.
It will also provide a more direct
route to the town centre via Mill Street (across the Waterlode from Mill
Island). The footbridge is the result of work by
Nantwich Now Market Town Initiative with money from Rural Enterprise, Cheshire
County Council and Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council and others.
Nantwich is in the new Cheshire East district (Cheshire having been split into
two parts) concern has been expressed by Nantwich Town Councillor, Arthur Moran,
that the plan will not be carried out in time - or at all. The new authority
comes into being on April 1 (I wonder who chose that day?) 2009.