I am not usually minded
to write and express views to local councillors, but after reading your
comments in this week's Nantwich Guardian (October 1, 2005), I would like to
make the following comment:
While taking your
point about the Nantwich Walled Garden Society having to compromise with
the developers or end up with nothing, I would have thought that the
"nothing" optional was preferable.
My point is that the
compromise would leave Nantwich with a well-preserved Elizabethan garden
wall surrounding a modern apartment block. That is not the same - nowhere
near - to the Nantwich Walled Garden Society's desired objective of a
flourishing walled garden.
No matter how good
architects might consider the building, the apartments would not be a
matter of interest to historians.
A better idea - and
this could well be a hidden agenda - would be to demolish the wall and
reconstruct a section of it somewhere else in Nantwich. Part of the
LET me put my cards on the table and say
that at the time of writing this letter,
I was the webmaster for the Nantwich Walled Garden Society website.
It was something I offered to do (and was accepted) and which I did in an
unpaid capacity led by their views.
website, however, is a different matter. Here I can say what I
think - and I am doing so in this letter to Councillor Arthur Moran . . .
proposed tourist centre
on the banks of the River Weaver, perhaps. (See footnote). Far better
that than the compromise proposed by councillors.
Nantwich Walled Garden
Society see the walled garden as a tourist attraction
as well as for locals. How many tourists
and local people would want to come to see a block of flats? In any case, I have seen the
garden site. It isn't huge (around half an acre). How will anyone get eight flats on it?
OF course, as with all things that don't
happen straight away, the walled garden idea moved on - but the basic
idea stayed the same.
Restore the walled garden and
recreate the scene as it would have been in Elizabethan (the First)
AS at March 2019 the saga is, amazingly,
running. I won't take up website space by
reiterating the details. See (currently) nine pages to follow the
continuing saga. Starting here.
FOOTNOTE: What do
website visitors think? For more
information about the Nantwich Walled Garden Society and its struggle to
preserve the Elizabethan walled garden visit their
website. Perhaps you
would like to express support.
NWGS. is horrified
that there is plan to demolish part of the wall to provide
access to eight apartments. That access would be off the
roundabout already constructed in this part of Kingsley Village. (See
photograph above - and these).