THIS Letter is, in fact, updates from a
previous Letter from Nantwich. First, the campaigners who wanted a name
sign erecting in Blankney Avenue - a linking road with no houses - have
had their way (left). Secondly, the builders who wanted to add a couple
of houses to the end of a cul-de-sac development off the Waterlode - our
inner ring road - have had theirs (right).
Blankney Drive as it was
originally called 55 years ago - runs between Whitlow Avenue and Cronkinson
Avenue but is a road in name only. No houses were ever built there. And
no sign was ever put up - until now.
It has taken local Borough
Councillor Edith Williams and her fellow campaigners four years to get
the signs (one at each end) put up. Rather optimistically, I think, Cllr
Williams says (The Nantwich Chronicle, August 1)
that the two pieces of land (verges really)
are not big enough for a housing development. She wants the land to stay
empty as a tribute to the men who served on HMS Blankney (adopted by Nantwich in the Second World War). She even
suggests trees are planted as a living memorial. That would be nice; the
area is a little bare. But an area in the centre of Nantwich measuring
about 15 yards by 45 yards (very roughly) is the subject of a planning
application a four-storey block of 10 flats (See
this Letter from Nantwich). The Blankney Avenue pieces of land are about 100 yards by 10
yards or so each.
The residents of The Blankney
(are you keeping up?) objected when Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council
were asked to erect the name signs. They cited confusion for the postmen
and women. Which is a bit
much really when you think that Blankney
Drive / Avenue was first on the scene by about half a century!
WHICH brings me to my second picture. This
was taken (January 2008) of the extra homes in
The Blankney (to which the original residents also objected). Although I
object in principal to the influx of extra homes in Nantwich, I must
admit I find these perfectly acceptable. They fill in a small blank
space very neatly without overpowering the original homes.
I am not sure about living in
them though. As I said, they are on the inner ring road and opposite a
town centre car park. I don't know how much, if any, disturbance there is at
night, but it won't be perfectly quiet there.