NEVER mind strange signs, any
drivers who followed the sign (left) to Crewe along Millstone Lane from
July 2009 onwards would have found themselves utterly lost. There are
NO road signs further along the street.
But, as of mid-September,
that isn't a problem as this sign has also been removed (See
Part 1 of this letter).
A road sign which was three quarters
of the way along Millstone Lane, which pointed to everywhere but
Crewe, is missing, as are all signs at the Crewe Road - Millstone
Lane junction (above). Nor are there any signs pointing to Stone
(A51) and other locations at the Churche's Mansion roundabout a
little further on. The last time I looked, there was one sign to Whitchurch and Audlem by
the roundabout. But that was all.
I had thought it was a
temporary measure as part of the signage renewal programme. But
the signs are not being replaced!
Drivers from out of
town are not meant to be on these roads in the first place - if they
have been following earlier signs properly - and so, it would seem,
don't need to be told where Crewe, for instance, is located. (It's
first left, by the way). Let's hope that supermarkets, hospitals,
etc, won't follow the same illogical thinking. What about sign
makers, too? They cannot be happy about
the latest situation on the roads. You can still drop off to see
Nantwich as these roads still have signs to car parks, but getting
out of town again to travel to your next destination
might be a problem..
Leave the Waterlode car
park and a sign sends you to the left to "Crewe (A532)", but the
next sign sends you to the right, to "Crewe (A5020)" when Crewe via
the A532 is straight on. If only you knew it.
A MEMBER of staff in Cheshire
East Council highways department told me it was all to do with the
reclassification of Millstone Lane from an A road to a B road. It
seems that B roads don't have road signs!
Beam Street is also devoid of
signs - apart from car park signs. The man at Cheshire East didn't mention that had been
reclassified, but I was asking about Millstone Lane.
The only signs now remaining in some areas of town
are those pointing to car parks, or indicating roundabouts and
The idea is to get cars and
lorries not to use certain roads in Nantwich, apparently.
Millstone Lane has a problem with
cars parked along some stretches because the owners aren't able to
gain access to the rear of their property to park.
They could create a
car-parking space in front of their house, but that would mean them
losing their garden, and backing in or out (you have to do it one
way or the other) would be tricky on what is not an over-wideroad.
The move also keeps vehicles out of Hospital Street, scene of a
double fatality in recent years.
Millstone Lane is a bus route and
so it can be tricky driving along it, and lorries use it, too.
The trouble is that drivers
do make mistakes, try as they might, and some will find themselves
driving along Millstone Lane to get to Crewe. With no road signs to
help them, one option is to turn round and start again - using the
road a second time. The idea isn't working.
Visitors to Nantwich are not
stupid. They will soon realise they are being sent on a wild goose
chase and will avoid the town like the plague. That will cut down on
the need for car parks, and then the car park signs needn't be
replaced. You can see how it works.
the man from the council also said: "That's not to say that at some
stage there won't be new signs coming back." But local authorities
don't usually go back on something they have done - unless there is
a huge public outcry. . .
CREDIT where it is
due, I wasn't the one who found out that the signs weren't coming
back. In a letter in The Nantwich Chronicle of August 12, Wellington
Road campaigner Rachel Shenton drew the attention of the readers to
the fact that the start of affairs was permanent.
She had been speaking to
someone she referred to as "our highways man" who told her the lack
of signs to Crewe in Millstone Lane was because "the
preferred route" was down Hospital
Street, Pratchitt's Row, Wellington Road,
Audlem Road, Peter de Stapleigh Way, Ellwood Road and Newcastle
Road. In other words, the "round the houses" route mentioned
As Rachel asked: "Whose
Funny how the preferred
route from Millstone Lane includes part of Hospital Street and yet
that from the town centre (car parks and some
access to shops) doesn't. Is that street
being protected from vehicles or not?
In the same edition of The Chronicle, there is a report that
"hundreds of illegal and redundant" road signs, from Audlem in the
South of the half county and Poynton in the north, have been "binned
by the skipful". There are more than a few of ours in the dead road
signs depot at Wardle, near Nantwich.