Letter from Nantwich
for a forum on the Riverside
For the latest news on the
Riverside scheme see this Letter from Nantwich,
reporting on the new footbridge, and this one about
plans and photographs used on this website are with the kind permission
of Alderman Doug Butterill. They are the copyright of all parties
involved in the scheme.
to the letter.
is the riverside scheme as seen in the plans drawn up for the Nantwich Forum-led
consortium by Bower Edleston, the Nantwich architects as a Conceptual Vision.
Consultation sessions on the scheme on this page were held in June 2005.
The scheme on the left covers the riverside from near to the Beam Bridge sluice gate down to
the Nantwich Lake.
The one that interests me most is the "northern section" (not its
because it contains two alternative sites for the visitors' centre (8),
The top one is the "behind-the-baths (10)" site while the lower
one is on Mill Island.
The three photographs below are taken from
Bower Edleston's scheme plan and show how the visitors' centre might look. It is
not at all
the large building I imagined when I heard how much was
supposed to go into it.
Presumably, the picture left is the
visitors' centre as seen over the footbridge from the
car park and development area - it wouldn't appear to be the current Mill Island entrance
. . .
Area 9 on the map is the "potential development site" which I feel could
be a useful car park - as it is at the moment! A new footbridge is marked 7.
Other features on this area of the scheme are: 11, boat hire; 6,
fishing platform (in an area known as The Willows, where the river was diverted
around the mill and the main channel went on to become the mill race); and 3, a wheelchair-accessible footbridge.
Although the drawings are not captioned on the
plan, this has to be a restaurant in the centre.
Continuing the scheme with the middle section of the plan,
have: 2, car park; 4,
play area; 5, woodland walks; 12, the airman's
grave; and 13, improved walkway (llll). The
"southern section" covers a picnic area by Nantwich
Lake (1) and the existing car park (2).
I am not sure what the picture
of the centre, on the left, shows as there are no
"hills" in the riverside area! Perhaps it is an introduced bank
- or an idea borrowed from another scheme!