A Letter from Nantwich update

March 2013

The completed Greenway is officially opened

 

Right: Posing for an official picture at the opening ceremony are, seated: Cllr Arthur Moran (Nantwich Town Council and Cheshire East Council), Cllr George Walton (Mayor of Cheshire East) and Cllr Margaret Martin (Mayor of Crewe). Standing behind them are Peter Fowler, North West Regional Director of Sustrans, and actors in the human form of the metal images that stand at the entrance to Alvaston Hall - a roman soldier, a civil war soldier and a railway engine fireman 

 

Left: One of the new signs that have appeared at various places along the Greenway. This one is on the corner of Barony Road and Park View. Erected by Sustrans, they not only tell people which way to walk or ride, but how far away the destination is.

Picture: Andrew Lamberton

 

THE Greenway, the roadside route for pedestrians, cyclists, etc, that links Nantwich (the Barony) with Crewe (the Park), has been officially opened. And the ceremony which marked the occasion was impressive.

    Nantwich historian, Andrew Lamberton (who provides material for "A Dabber's Nantwich") was invited to attend and provided these pictures and details.

   Three civic dignitaries were present - Cllr George Walton (Mayor of Cheshire East), Cllr Margaret Martin (Mayor of Crewe), and Cllr Arthur Moran (a Nantwich representative on Cheshire East Council, a Nantwich Town Councillor and former Mayor of Nantwich). There were also, according to Andrew, about 80 other people.   

   There were representatives from local walking clubs, cycling clubs and the Beam Heath Trust among others. Perhaps more spectacular were three horses and riders and two Shetland ponies.

   Andrew said: "After the opening ceremony, those present were invited to walk along the Middlewich Road section of the Greenway to the Rising Sun for a hot cross bun. However, work was still

 

Picture: New and old . . . two methods of transport are shown here - a skateboard and a penny farthing cycle.           

 

 

not quite finished on the toucan crossing by the public house resulting in a long queue of traffic building up at the temporary traffic lights."

   At the side of the Greenway, near to the entrance drive to Alvaston Hall Hotel, are three metallic portraits of local figures that are part of the national Portrait Bench created by Sustrans, the charity behind Connect2 which was responsible for the Greenway being created.

   In the case of the local project, the portraits are of a Civil War Parliamentarian soldier (representing Nantwich), a steam locomotive fireman (representing Crewe) and a Roman soldier (representing the soldiers who settled in this part of Cheshire East). For the sake of the official photograph, there were human versions of the three figures.

    Read more about the Portrait Bench on a leaflet to be found on: www.sustrans.org.uk/assets/files/connect2/pb_leaflets/nantwich_leaflet_v4_lowres.pdf

   There is more information from Sustrans at: www.sustrans.org.uk/what-we-do/connect2/schemes/north-west/nantwich-to-crewe-along-the-a530-corridor. This is one link, despite the break.

 

lWHAT do I think now it is open? Despite my earlier reservations, I like the Greenway and find it very useful - John Brough. 

  

Picture: Two Shetland ponies at the start of the walk along the Greenway to the Rising Sun after the ceremony.

 The two pictures here are by Andrew Lamberton

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